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30 Aug 22:38

Complications Cancelled by USA

by Matt Porter

Damn, this was good show. Maybe Hulu can pick it up

USA has cancelled medical drama Complications after just one season.

The news comes via The Hollywood Reporter, who reported that USA did not pick the show up for a second season due to "a strong drama pipeline that includes upcoming new series Colony and Queen of the South."

Jason O'Mara in Complications. Jason O'Mara in Complications.

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31 Aug 01:38

Wes Craven Dead at 76

by Chris Carle

Acclaimed horror writer-director Wes Craven has died from brain cancer, the Hollywood Reporter reports. He was 76.

Craven was internationally known for his horror films, including such classics of the genre as the 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream. A Nightmare on Elm Street saw the creation of the iconic horror character Freddy Krueger, who scared and thrilled audiences in various films, TV shows and video games.

Wes Craven in 2014 on Post Mortem. Wes Craven in 2014 during a Mick Garris interview.

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28 Aug 11:41

Clarkson reported to be earning £10m a year for new show

by Jack Evans

File under: Latest News

Clarkson reported to be earning £10m a year for new show Jeremy Clarkson is set to receive £10million a year for a new motoring show hosted on the Amazon Prime platform. The former Top Gear presenter is due to net £800,000 per episode following his signing by Amazon. continue reading

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29 Aug 00:43

Photos of New Supergirl Prove Her Awesomeness

by Scott Collura

Have you seen the various behind-the-scenes photos of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist hanging around in her costume? There she is walking her dog, who she loves so much. And here she is talking on her iPhone, and being so great at it! Also, she eats a Super-shield cake in one shot! And the best (so far): Here she is leading a group of mini-Supergirl (Scouts) for a stroll while cradling a puppy!

In a word, she's awesome. And so are the photos. Take a look at a few of them below:

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29 Aug 02:44

Liz Debuts New Look In THE BLACKLIST Season 3 Trailer

by Jessenika Colon
THE BLACKLIST Season 3 is getting a makeover, or at least Elizabeth Keen is. Picking up right after the events of the season 2 finale, Liz (Megan Boone) and Red (James Spader) are on the run and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, hence Liz’s new ‘do, which garnered an almost sensual reaction from Red, […]
29 Aug 18:00

The many (surprisingly realistic) hacks of 'Mr. Robot'

by Violet Blue
Most infosec pros agree that few Hollywood films or TV shows have gotten hacking as "right" as USA's Mr. Robot. The show's creator, Sam Esmail, told Engadget, "The hacker side of it actually was a combination of my frustration with the way hacker c...
29 Aug 03:34

Google Search starts connecting you directly to plumbers, locksmiths

by Richard Lawler

More creepiness

Amazon launched a home services directory in 41 cities a few months ago, and now Google is dipping its toe in the water. According to the Wall Street Journal, for those "in and around" San Francisco, searching for terms like lock repair or clogged...
29 Aug 14:32

Blackberry Venice live unit pictured, packs an 18MP OIS camera

It was about time the BlackBerry Venice followed the numerous leaks with a live appearance and today's the day. The Canadian company's foray into the Android realm is apparently imminent, now that a working device has shown up, in this case in the hands of the folks over at Techrum. While we already had a general idea how the smartphone would look, we're now treated to detailed (well, 0.5MP, but still) images of several key features. And what's the single most revered Blackberry feature, if not the hardware QWERTY keyboard? Only here, it's hidden behind the display and slides out of obscurity only when needed. Sure, you'll be provided an on-screen one for less intense typing. In a departure from tradition, the power button has been moved to the left side. In all fairness it would have been ridiculously out of place on the top plate of a tall, slider-type device. That spot has now been reserved for the SIM and microSD slots. Hands-on with the Blackberry Venice The headline feature may turn out to be on the back though, and that's the camera. An 18MP unit, the main shooter boasts optical image stabilization and fast focus, so we'd speculate there's some phase detection tech. The lens is also joined by a dual-LED flash. Finally, the images reveal what looks like Android Lollipop, but that's hardly any news, given that KitKat is two years old and Marshmallow hasn't been launched yet. BlackBerry Venice in the flesh Source (in Vietnamese) |...

26 Aug 16:11

Gmail and Google Calendar to make business travel planning even more seamless

by Josh Noriega

We can always rely on Google to make our lives that much more efficient.  This time, communication between Google apps are updated to help us save time (and trouble) when planning our business trips or vacations.


Specifically, Google Calendar will now automatically extracts traveling information from relevant Gmail emails.  The goal is to make a seamless experience (and to save you planning work).

"When an individual receives an email in Gmail with flight, hotel, restaurant, or ticketed event information, that event will be automatically added to their Google Calendar, complete with things like flight numbers and check-in times. Calendar will even update those events if plans change and a new email is received (for instance, when a flight is delayed or a reservation pushed back). "


Users should receive a notification once the feature is activated.


The feature will be enabled by default.  However, if you prefer to still handle such matters yourself (or think this kind of thing is creepy), you can disable it in the Calendar settings.

Google says that the feature will launch in the coming weeks.  Hit up the source link for more details.  Are you glad to this see this integration with Google Calendar?

Source: Google Apps Updates


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27 Aug 14:42

SmartHalo turns any bike into a smart bike

by Justin Marden

665806b1506a83f46367741adab298ce_originalBike lovers may have something to get excited about this week, as a new product just surfaced on KickStarter that aims to make bicycles more tech-friendly. SmartHalo is a new device made for the avid bike rider, and it looks like it’s packing some great features. It’s a relatively small, circular device (the Kickstarter page claims it is about the size of a hockey puck) that attaches to the handlebars of a bike. The companion smartphone app gives users access to all kinds of features, including activity tracking, navigation, security warnings, and more. The app connects to the device via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

SmartHalo is constructed from military-grade materials, and the team behind it says that it secures to the bike with “tamper-proof screws,” meaning it won’t be easily stolen. On the top are low-energy LED lights that form a circle (there is also a single light in the center) around the edge. This makes the basis for the ring of light that gives the rider contextual directions, warnings, notifications for phone calls, and more. In addition, the device recognizes when your smartphone is out of range, and will sound an alarm if it detects excessive rattling of the bike. The SmartHalo team apparently thought of everything, including a morse code-esque tap pattern that the user can program into the device. If the alarm sounds, and the user’s smartphone is dead or out of range, they can just tap their pattern on SmartHalo to disable the alarm. Also built in is a smart night-light, which turns on automatically when the sun goes down, and turns off when the smartphone app is out of range to conserve power.

Probably one of them most interesting features is the navigation function of SmartHalo. Using the app, users can navigate to a location, and SmartHalo will provide directional lighting, including lights for turns and even u-turns. City bikers will especially enjoy this feature, since looking down at a smartphone every few seconds causes excessive distraction on busy city streets. The device is sporting a 2,000 mAh battery that can supposedly last at least three weeks on a charge, which will be a relief for bike owners who don’t want another device they have to charge every night. Of course, it has been weather-tested, since it will be kept outside most of the time.

SmartHalo has already been fully funded on KickStarter. After only three days, the project has hit over $100,000, doubling the $50,000 funding goal. The estimated delivery to backers is May 2016, which will be a long wait for some users. At the time of this article, the cheapest reward package available (that gets you a SmartHalo device) is the “$131 or more” package. Keep in mind that SmartHalo is not based in the U.S., so American backers will have to pay an extra $15 with that package, making it at least $146.

Source: SmartHalo KickStarter, Mashable 

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22 Aug 14:23

When you have eliminated the JavaScript, whatever remains must be an empty page.

25 Aug 14:34

Source Control - Revert All

Writing a revert all function for our current source control software, colleague wanted to "test" it. Reverted the source code of the revert all button...

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26 Aug 18:01

Tired of not having line numbers? Try this easy trick!

26 Aug 16:57

Every bug report ever...

27 Aug 18:59

Medium app update discription

27 Aug 22:07

Short list of the complete text of common Severity 1 errors sent straight to dev from level 1 ops.


sounds familiar

  • "Help! I can't log in."
  • "The system doesn't work."
  • "There is a typo on the button to post the form."
  • "Website lags for 2 seconds on refresh."
  • "Hyperlink doesn't change color when clicked on." (link was already visited and browser history was not cleared)
  • "Website doesn't work with javascript disabled."
  • "Fatal error, please see attachment for details." (no attachment)
  • "Page automatically logs me out if I leave it idle for over 2 hours."
  • "Can't remember my password."
  • "Where is the file I'm looking for?"
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28 Aug 11:56

HTTP Status Cats API [x-post /r/webdev]

26 Aug 17:48

Patrick Stewart On The Joy Of Being Whipped With Wet Towels

by Matthew Jacobs

The following article is provided by Rolling Stone. 

During the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart – who played the show's dramatically serious, almost Shakespearean Captain Jean-Luc Picard – said something he has always regretted. A veteran of serious theater, the actor projected a grave sobriety off-camera as well as on, so when fellow cast member Denise Crosby attempted to crack his exterior, saying, "Come on, Patrick, we've got to have fun sometimes," he blew up. "'We're not here to have fun,' that was my line," the actor says. "I yelled it. What an asshole. What a really, really pompous dick. But I've changed. I'm here to have fun more than anything else. If it ain't fun, I won't show up." He bellows with laughter.

In recent years, Stewart, 75, has been experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in lightheartedness. Today, he's dressed notably casually in faded jeans and a grey polo and he's prone to wild, animated turns when discussing his latest venture into fun: the madcap new Starz comedy series Blunt Talk, which premieres on August 22nd. On the show, he plays beleaguered TV news anchorman Walter Blunt, a trustworthy broadcast journalist when he's not working past his personal demons. The first episode alone finds Blunt drinking to excess, cavorting with a prostitute, snorting cocaine and allowing himself to be whipped by his manservant (played by Adrian Scarborough), who shouts, "You've been unclean, Major!" As he recounts his character's acts, he laughs boisterously at the ridiculous adventures he's had so far in making the show.

Although he's dipped a toe in comedy in the past – playing King Richard in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, appearing in Ricky Gervais' Extras, doing sketches with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert – Blunt Talk has been an altogether different experience for him. "It's giddy this time," Stewart says. "I get dizzy with the thought of it, but it's giving me so much pleasure because I always wanted to do comedy." His eyes widen again at the thought of it.

You fit quite well into a comedy series.
Who knew?

What do you have in common with Walter Blunt?
My first job was on my local newspaper at 15. I left school and became a cub reporter. And all I got to do were births, deaths, and marriages for a year. And then they fired me.

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What TV news do you watch?
I watch a lot, cable as well as network, and BBC and iTV. There are so many options to choose from here. I've always been intrigued by the role of the anchorman. So when Jonathan [Ames, Blunt Talk's creator] first said Walter Blunt was a newsman with his own show, I was on board instantly because I just wanted to be sitting behind the desk.

How did it feel when you were finally behind the desk?
It is so unlike being an actor. I know some people say, "No, no. They're all actors. They're all bullshitting," but no actually they're not. Well, many of them are not.

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Do you think you could hack it as a newsman?
I have no ambitions to be Jon Stewart. I wish I were, but that's never going to happen. But to have people bringing you the news that you can trust, who you believe are properly committed to an honest, open, revelatory and truthful kind of journalism is a marvelous thing. And Walter is like that. It's just that he's struggling to keep his private life in shape and he has weaknesses. But then I get media people who say, "Oh, you should be around media people more often if you think Walter has excessive weaknesses."

You were very serious early in your career. How did you loosen up? Did the Star Trek cast help you?
They did. They were solely responsible. If I'm funny in any way at all, they made me funny. "Oh, my God, if I'm going to keep up with these guys, I've got to find a way to be funny as well." And so, I did. On Star Trek, we made this pledge to one another. Each one of us would be responsible for one big belly laugh a day. So you could say that's seven to nine big laughs. That's not bad for a day of work, is it?

Did you have an interest in doing comedy growing up?
Laurence Olivier was my hero when I was younger. I remember reading an interview with Olivier, where they were talking about his impact on audiences, and he said, "Oh, yes, of course, it's wonderful to hear audiences gasp or cry out or sob. But it's not as wonderful as hearing them laugh." And I went "What?!" My hero! My tragic, dramatic actor talking about making people laugh! But of course, he is right. And then in another interview I heard him say, "The first thing I look for in any script I read is where the comedy is." It is a brilliant observation. So here I am, this great age, approaching my 55th year in this business, suddenly, the lead actor in a comedy series.

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And you're getting whipped onscreen.

[Laughs] Yes, whipped with towels. That's actually not an unpleasant experience. He hit all the poisonous alcoholic chemicals out of my body. I've done a lot of things in this show that I've never done before.

Like what?
Daily, I would announce to the crew, because it amused all of us, "By the way, first time I've ever done this before!" I've never done a bedroom post-coital scene before. And I got to do it with Elisabeth Shue. I mean, how wonderful is that? I've never been chased by an irate husband through the canals of Venice in Los Angeles. I've never, never done a line of cocaine in my life. Adrian Scarborough and I had to have someone come on the set and show us how to do it. I won't name names.

When did you first fall in love with comedy?
My earliest heroes were Laurel and Hardy, partly because I have a family connection with Stan. We're not blood relatives, but my grandmother – who had a boarding house in Northeast of England – used to put up vaudeville artists when they came into town for the week. Stan's parents, who were both vaudeville entertainers, would always stay with my grandmother and one day they showed up with this little baby and said, "Do you think you could babysit for us at night when we're at the theater?" So Stan was held in my grandmother's arms many, many, many times, so I always felt a connection with him.

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What was it you liked about Laurel and Hardy?
They were profoundly serious about what they were doing [as characters]. Everything was serious and for a good purpose, but the world conspired to make life difficult for them. And even when they tried to be mischievous, it didn't really quite work. The line that really sticks in my is, "And our wives will be none the wiser!" [in 1933's Sons of the Desert]. Of course the wives were wiser and then they found out. So it was the intense seriousness that Stan and Ollie brought to most projects, coupled with that little twinkle that lets you know, "By the way, we think this is funny, too." It was always marvelous.

What other comedians did you like?
Danny Kaye was an early hero of mine. I liked his craziness, his fantasy world in the original Walter Mitty movies. I knew, as a child, what it was like to live in an imaginary fantasy world. God, it was better than the world I was actually in.

You have a fantasy dancing scene with a bunch of showgirls on Blunt Talk that reminded me of Danny Kaye.
Danny would have loved being in that number. He would probably have danced it better than me, but he would have loved being in that number. There were indeed days where I would almost have to pinch myself to convince myself this really was happening.

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Speaking of pinching yourself, outside of TV, you and your pal Ian McKellen are now part of Taylor Swift's "squad." So what are the fringe benefits?
We are waiting on communication from Taylor of what she exactly expects of us given that she has invited us to be part of her squad. She's gonna be in L.A. shortly, so maybe we'll find out.


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27 Aug 18:31

Civil War: Who's on Whose Side?

by Jim Vejvoda

Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner took to Twitter to reveal some concept art from Captain America: Civil War that confirms which heroes are on Cap's side and Iron Man's side.

Renner tweeted the following three pieces of artwork today (UPDATE: These apparently first popped up at

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27 Aug 16:20

God Mode, a Windows 10 tweak with a cool name

by Joe Jejune

Also checkout the cool image of god :)

Playing God in your Windows cosmos

28 Aug 07:39

IndyCar drivers pay tribute to fallen fellow racer

by Jack Evans

File under: Latest News

IndyCar drivers pay tribute to fallen fellow racer Photo credit: YouTube IndyCar drivers have led this incredible tribute to Justin Wilson, a driver who died after sustaining injuries during a race last week. Travelling across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the drivers carry on in formation in front of hundreds of people. continue reading

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28 Aug 00:47

Tesla Model S broke Consumer Reports' rating system

by Autoblog
The 2015 Tesla Model S P85D is officially the highest-rated vehicle ever tested by Consumer Reports. In fact, it's so good, it actually broke the magazine's rating system, achieving 103 points on a 100-point scale. The reviewers call the sedan "a g...
28 Aug 07:40

Tencent's kids smartwatch is both cute and connected

by Richard Lai
While there are already a handful of connected wearables for kids in the market, here's one with a more complete set of features. Courtesy of Chinese tech giant Tencent, this QQ Watch comes with a 1.12-inch 128 x 128 OLED screen, IP65 ruggedness, a...
28 Aug 03:30

In a first, over a billion people logged onto Facebook in a single day

This past Monday was special for Facebook as the social network saw over a billion people using it on that day, something that has happened for the first time in the company's history. The statistic was revealed by none other than Mark Zuckerberg himself. "We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day," the CEO said in a Facebook post. "On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family." While Facebook has already achieved 1 billion monthly active users milestone, having the same number of people using the service in a single day is much more significant. According to official statistics, the social network had an average of 968 million daily active users and 1.49 billion monthly active users last...

24 Aug 12:16

Innovative new bike-mounted child carrier

by Jack Evans

File under: Latest News

Innovative new bike-mounted child carrier Photo credit: YouTube YouTube The number of people choosing to cycle has rocketed over the past few years, but it's one of the few activities that is difficult to do with very young children. Bicycle seats are available, as are attachments to the rear of the bike. However, these change the weight distribution of the bike and can spoil the enjoyment for the rider. continue reading

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26 Aug 10:14

Gross Suppression Of Science …Former NOAA Meteorologist Says Employees “Were Cautioned Not To Talk About Natural Cycles”

by P Gosselin

Note: This has been updated to a sticky post (hence the dark background). New posts are below.

Former NOAA meteorologist David Dilley has submitted an essay below that has 2 parts: 1) How the government has been starving researchers who hold alternative opinions of funding, and 2) climate cycles show we are starting a cooling period.

Readers will recall that David Dilley is a 40-year meteorology veteran and the producer of the excellent video: “Is Climate Change Dangerous?“, which first was presented at NTZ. Since then the video has been viewed more than 10,000 times and the NTZ story shared in social media over 800 times.

DilleySuppressing the Truth – the Next Global Cooling Cycle

By David Dilley, former NOAA meteorologist

For over 15 years an inordinate proportion of government and corporate research grants have been awarded to universities for a single specific purpose: to prove human activities and the burning of fossil fuels are the main driving mechanisms causing global warming.

Unfortunately agendas by strong arm politics and the suppression of contrary views have become the primary tools used to manipulate the media, local and state governments (and in turn the general public) into believing what they want us to believe.

Many former research department heads, such as Dr. Reid Bryson (known as the Father of Climatology), openly state that research grants are driven by politics, and in order to receive a government grant you have to play the game. Topics for grants go with the political wind.

In the mid 1990s government grants were typically advertised in such a way to indicate that conclusions should show a connection to human activity as the cause for anthropogenic global warming. The result: most of the research published in journals became one-sided and this became the primary information tool for media outlets.

According to some university researchers who were former heads of their departments, if a university even mentioned natural cycles, they were either denied future grants, or lost grants. And it is common knowledge that United States government employees within NOAA were cautioned not to talk about natural cycles. It is well known that most university research departments live or die via the grant system. What a great way to manipulate researchers in Europe, Australia and the United States.

Disinvited, views suppressed

Not only governments manipulate, but so do some universities in order to protect their grants. A perfect example happened in 2012 when I contacted the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben Maine USA to see if they would be interested in a climate change lecture. It should be noted that the institute has very close ties with the University of Maine. So I indicted that my lecture would involve information on natural climate cycles, and they responded saying, “That is fine.” Then In May of 2013 they asked me to speak at their lecture series on June 29th – an invitation that I accepted. They even consequently advertised the event and posted it on their online calendar.

All seemed well as I prepared for the lecture. But then came the manipulation and suppression of views. Just four days prior to the lecture, three people from the University of Maine viewed our web site ( The next morning, just 3 days prior to the June 29th lecture, I received an email from Eagle Hill stating that my “lecture is canceled due to a staffing shortage”. Upon checking their web site, the calendar did show my lecture as being canceled, but carried the notation that “we hope to have a different lecture on the 29th”.

So what happened with the staffing shortage? A news service called “The Maine Wire“ interviewed the President of Eagle Hill, and he said that the University of Maine “felt some people in the audience may be uncomfortable hearing Mr. Dilley’s lecture”.

What did they want to hide from the public?

The IPCC and most anthropogenic believers want to maintain the belief that global warming during the past 100 years has been caused by human activity alone, and this is why most of their climate talks and lectures do not even mention prior global warming cycles.

The politically driven United Nations IPCC and United States global warming ruse will likely end up being one of the greatest scandals of the 21st century. If left unchecked it will continue to lead the world down a dangerous path that could jeopardize the lives of millions of people. Many have been led to believe the earth is heading into catastrophic global warming. Is this a political ruse, and will it likely blindside governments within the next few years? When it comes to climate, history does repeat itself.

Cooling has already begun

Alternating global warming and cooling cycles have historically occurred and ended like clockwork every 220 to 230 years, with nearly 4000 cycles occurring during the past half million years. The last global cooling cycle began around 1795, or about 220 years ago. If the time clock strikes on time as it has over and over again throughout history, the upcoming cooling cycle has already begun in the Arctic and Antarctic, as shown in my video, “Is Climate Change Dangerous?

Dilley_1Earth has experienced 5 global cooling cycles during the past 1,000 years (soon to be 6). The initial 20 to 40 years of a new global cooling cycle are historically the coldest period, and associated with the most rapid cooling (see attached graphic). If a large volcanic eruption occurs during this period, large amounts of sulfur dioxide will be emitted into the atmosphere with the cooling cycle being exacerbated by sulfate aerosols floating in the upper atmosphere ( The sulfate aerosols are highly reflective and can cool the earth for 1 to 3 years, with the end result being a year of no summer in some regions of the world.

Major volcanoes during cooling periods

Of the past 5 cooling cycles dating back to 900 AD, 4 were associated with strong volcanic eruptions during the initial 15 to 25 years of the cooling cycles. The volcanic explosive index (VEI) for these eruptions were between 5 and 7 on a VEI scale ranging from 1 to 8. The last occurrence was in 1815, when VEI 6 Tambora erupted. The combination of this massive volcanic eruption occurring some 15 to 20 years into the new global cooling cycle was instrumental in causing the year of no summer in 1816. During the next several years, nearly one third of Europe perished from famine, plague and civil unrest. Back then the earth had a population of 1 billion to feed; today there are 7 billion.

Similar cooling cycles and eruptions occurred in the year 1600 when VEI 6 Huaynaputina (Peru) occurred about 20 years into the new cooling cycle. In 1350 Rangitoto (New Zealand) about 25 years into a cooling cycle, and in the year 834 Eldgja (Iceland) a great VEI 6 eruption occurred about 25 years into the new cooling cycle. The current global warming cycle is now ending.

Shouldn’t governments around the world be preparing for a major event that is by far more dangerous than any warming cycle could possibly be?

26 Aug 20:54

Star Wars Scores 4-Week IMAX Monopoly

by Michael Martin

IMAX has scored a deal to screen only Star Wars: The Force Awakens on all of its North American and most of its European screens for four weeks when it opens this December.

According to Hollywood Reporter, this means any other films opening at that time won't be able to compete with the Disney release. "Warner Bros.' In the Heart of the Sea, set to open Dec. 11, will get only one week in Imax. Fox's The Revenant, set to go wide Jan. 8, might get a crack at Imax screens by the Jan. 15 weekend," claims THR.

The last time IMAX committed its screens to a movie for a month was for The Hobbit and its sequels. No other movie has had a similar deal since.

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26 Aug 20:55

Mr. Robot Season Finale Delayed Due to Virginia Shooting

by Eric Goldman

USA Network has announced they are delaying the season finale of Mr. Robot, which was set to air tonight. The finale will instead air a week from today, on Wednesday, September 2nd. USA explained that the shocking on-air murder of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Virginia this morning was behind the decision.

Said the network, in a statement, "The previously filmed season finale of Mr. Robot contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time."

Christian Slater and Rami Malek in Mr. Robot. Christian Slater and Rami Malek in Mr. Robot.

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27 Aug 02:40

LG made a solid, roll-up keyboard for your tablet or giant smartphone

by Mat Smith
To the untrained eye, LG's new Bluetooth keyboard looks like a (very long) mobile battery, but that's because it's all bundled up. Unfurl the Rolly and you'll get a "full-size" keyboard that automatically switches on and connects to your nearest (LG?...
26 Aug 20:26

Facebook's entry into the virtual assistant space is called M, lives in Messenger


Not sure if creepy or genius

After Apple, Google, Microsoft, and a few other, smaller companies, Facebook is now jumping straight into the virtual assistant space. The social network's newly revealed competitor for the likes of Siri, Google Now, or Cortana is called M. It lives inside Facebook Messenger. M is for now getting a very limited release, with just a few hundred people in the San Francisco Bay Area being lucky enough to be able to use it. It will be quite a long time before every one of the 700 million monthly users of Facebook Messenger will get M as an option in the app, especially because of how M is said to pair AI with actual human input. That will be its biggest differentiating feature, Facebook thinks. On one level, M works like its competitors - you can ask it stuff, and it will answer. It can also plan things for you, but it's capable of pulling off stuff out there 'in real life' too. For example, it can complete certain tasks, from organizing dinner parties to "tracking down an unusual beverage in New Orleans", or redecorating your office or whatnot. It will even call your cable company and endure through the hold times and various automated messages you hear before you can actually speak to a customer rep. All of this is possible thanks to "M trainers", Facebook employees who will make sure that every request made to M is answered. You won't know whether what M outputs comes from its AI or from actual humans working behind the scenes, however. At the moment, M is only using the data in Messenger to base its answers and suggestions on, not the stuff in the main Facebook app. That may change in the future, though. Source | Via 1 • Via...