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26 Oct 10:07

BBC Partners with Disney to Stream Doctor Who Under ‘Shared Creative Vision’

by Matthew Razak

Streaming the newest season of Doctor Who has been tricky for years now. While Amazon and HBO Max have played host to past seasons of the NuWho, as the rebooted franchise’s current iteration is called, there was no way to stream the current season until it concluded in the US unless you paid for BBC America in a cable package or bought the individual seasons themselves digitally. However, that is changing as the BBC has announced a major partnership with Disney that will bring Doctor Who to Disney+, with new episodes premiering there outside of the UK and Ireland.

The partnership doesn’t stop at Disney+ playing host to the series either. Disney is working with the BBC under a “shared creative vision” in a bid to regain the global popularity of the brand that was seen during the earlier years of NuWho, which sounds like Disney is putting some money behind this to bring yet another icon under its umbrella. The ramifications should be massive for the series, which should get a budget injection from having Disney help usher it forward and could mean that the show begins to once again try to create its own universe with spinoffs and the like. Doctor Who has seen a ratings slump for years under showrunner Chris Chibnall and is poised to get a dramatic boost in the arm from this.

That’s all the more likely considering the return of Russell T. Davies to the showrunner chair. He oversaw multiple NuWho spinoff series during his tenure before the series contracted back down to just one show. The partnership also comes as David Tennant returns as the Fourteenth Doctor after the shocking regeneration of Jodie Whitaker in “The Power of the Doctor” this past weekend. Tennant will star in three specials on Disney+ before Ncuti Gatwa takes over the role. It’s a perfect way to try to bring the Doctor back to a global audience as people see a familiar face on Disney+ and, theoretically, carry on with Gatwa after being reengaged.

“I love this show, and this is the best of both worlds – with the vision and joy of the BBC and Disney+ together we can launch the TARDIS all around the planet, reaching a new generation of fans while keeping our traditional home firmly on the BBC in the UK,” said Davies.

The BBC also released a “new” logo for the show, which you can see in the video above and the header. It’s a throwback to Doctor Who‘s logo from the series’s heyday in the 1970s when Tom Baker played the Fourth Doctor. It’s another hint that this next series of Doctor Who is going to be looking to pull people back in by leaning on the show’s most popular times.

There’s no word on where past seasons of the series will reside, but you have to believe that at some point they’ll make their way over to Disney+ as well.

Doctor Who will premiere on Disney+ and the BBC in November 2023.

25 Oct 13:00

If somebody's pissed me off at work, instead of my usual "kind regards" I'll sign off my emails to them with "regards". Everybody knows a plain "regards" really means "fuck you", right?

by @fesshole
Merijn

I've been doing this for years. Whoops.

If somebody's pissed me off at work, instead of my usual "kind regards" I'll sign off my emails to them with "regards". Everybody knows a plain "regards" really means "fuck you", right?

25 Oct 06:57

After a heavy drinking session, I shat the bed. Told the wife it was the dog to avoid embarrassment. The size and stench was so bad that she took him to the vet, and found out he was showing early signs of stomach cancer. I inadvertently saved my dog but can never take credit.

by @fesshole

After a heavy drinking session, I shat the bed. Told the wife it was the dog to avoid embarrassment. The size and stench was so bad that she took him to the vet, and found out he was showing early signs of stomach cancer. I inadvertently saved my dog but can never take credit.

21 Oct 10:35

I listed a free 50" plasma TV on Freecycle just to see what would happen. Everything kicked off, the admin for my area tried to get it for himself and he got sacked.

by @fesshole

I listed a free 50" plasma TV on Freecycle just to see what would happen. Everything kicked off, the admin for my area tried to get it for himself and he got sacked.

21 Oct 06:57

I got so drunk last night that I forgot I was vegetarian and went home with a large chicken kebab.

by @fesshole
Merijn

Lol sending this to my vegetarian sister

I got so drunk last night that I forgot I was vegetarian and went home with a large chicken kebab.

19 Oct 08:49

RT by @DemonTomatoDave: Be fair to Liz Truss. A Prime Minister cannot resign after 42 days. It has to be 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67 etc

by @DavidMuttering

Be fair to Liz Truss.

A Prime Minister cannot resign after 42 days. It has to be 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67 etc

18 Oct 14:01

I named my son Edward after Edward Elizabeth Hitler from Bottom. I can now shout Eddie at him in Richie's voice with impunity.

by @fesshole

I named my son Edward after Edward Elizabeth Hitler from Bottom. I can now shout Eddie at him in Richie's voice with impunity.

17 Oct 11:15

I was with my BF for 9 years, every October I would change my groans in bed to ooohhh like a ghost, climaxing in an appropriate way for Halloween. We thought it was funny but I did this on Saturday with my new partner and he's pardon the pun but he's ghosted me.

by @fesshole

I was with my BF for 9 years, every October I would change my groans in bed to ooohhh like a ghost, climaxing in an appropriate way for Halloween. We thought it was funny but I did this on Saturday with my new partner and he's pardon the pun but he's ghosted me.

17 Oct 11:15

I'm a strict vegetarian and an even stricter introvert. I was at an Italian restaurant, but there was a clear language barrier. Instead of receiving the pizza I thought I ordered, I was handed a plate of veal liver. I ate it all because I didn't want to be "that customer."

by @fesshole
Merijn

holy shit

I'm a strict vegetarian and an even stricter introvert. I was at an Italian restaurant, but there was a clear language barrier. Instead of receiving the pizza I thought I ordered, I was handed a plate of veal liver. I ate it all because I didn't want to be "that customer."

14 Oct 14:07

Signal stopt met ondersteuning voor sms in Android-app

by Jay Stout
Chatdienst Signal stopt over enkele maanden met de ondersteuning voor sms-berichten in zijn Android-app. Volgens de berichtendienst zorgde sms voor problemen bij gebruikers en bij het ontwerpen van de app. De functie wordt de komende maanden uitgefaseerd.
14 Oct 10:54

“Through the Fire and Flames” in Trombone Champ

by Andy Baio
Merijn

That YT link is a pro-click.

by law, DragonForce must be in every rhythm game ever made #
14 Oct 08:59

RT by @vanamerongen: all-time Dunning-Kruger champion

by @rohan_p

all-time Dunning-Kruger champion

14 Oct 08:39

I have no idea what any of the symbols on the oven mean. All I know is I have to choose the one that looks like a fan or else my wife gets annoyed at me. I've always wanted to try the one with the cool looking little baker man. They may as well be Egyptian hieroglyphs to me.

by @fesshole

I have no idea what any of the symbols on the oven mean. All I know is I have to choose the one that looks like a fan or else my wife gets annoyed at me. I've always wanted to try the one with the cool looking little baker man. They may as well be Egyptian hieroglyphs to me.

14 Oct 08:28

The WhatsApp groups I am in with my best friends have got me through the last 3 years. During this time we have been consistently offensive to each other. I will never tell them how much I love them.

by @fesshole

The WhatsApp groups I am in with my best friends have got me through the last 3 years. During this time we have been consistently offensive to each other. I will never tell them how much I love them.

07 Oct 10:43

RT by @vanamerongen: An interesting development in the Kim <> Kanye saga

by @kristenstockdal

An interesting development in the Kim <> Kanye saga

07 Oct 10:41

i ❤️ rss

by @molly0xFFF

i ❤️ rss

07 Oct 10:20

As a Doctor, I know that a lot of my patients ailments are in the mind. They are lonely. I arrange appointments to 'match make' those who I think will get on. I keep them waiting so they have chance to 'meet' in the waiting room. 20 years and 6 marriages. Call me Cilla.

by @fesshole

As a Doctor, I know that a lot of my patients ailments are in the mind. They are lonely. I arrange appointments to 'match make' those who I think will get on. I keep them waiting so they have chance to 'meet' in the waiting room. 20 years and 6 marriages. Call me Cilla.

07 Oct 10:17

This is a confession on behalf of my daft twat of an ex-husband who tried to iron a shirt while he was wearing it, with predictable results.

by @fesshole

This is a confession on behalf of my daft twat of an ex-husband who tried to iron a shirt while he was wearing it, with predictable results.

07 Oct 10:16

When I was 11, I used to type 'ass' into google images and have a wank, then follow it up with a search for 'assassins creed' so my parents thought I was innocently interested in the history of the assassin brotherhood.

by @fesshole

When I was 11, I used to type 'ass' into google images and have a wank, then follow it up with a search for 'assassins creed' so my parents thought I was innocently interested in the history of the assassin brotherhood.

05 Oct 09:14

Innovations in Juggling

by Andy Baio
Merijn

The link to the Labyrinth BTS featuring David Bowie is just lovely.

David Friedman looks at novel juggling routines #
03 Oct 12:02

Elon Musk's texts reveal his ideas for a blockchain-based Twitter

Merijn

Twitter, but WITH BLOCKCHAIN lmao

Texts exposed in the discovery process during the Elon Musk v. Twitter lawsuit have exposed not just a number of high-profile people embarrassingly simping for Musk, but also Musk's ideas about Twitter-but-on-the-blockchain.

In a text sent to his brother, Musk wrote, "I have an idea for a blockchain social media system that does both payments and short text messages/links like twitter. You have to pay a tiny amount to register your message on the chain, which will cut out the vast majority of spam and bots. There is no throat to choke, so free speech is guaranteed." In another message, to the president of his Boring Company, Musk narrowed in on an amount: 0.1 Doge per tweet or retweet. At today's prices, at 0.1 Doge per tweet, 1¢ would buy you about 160 tweets.

Musk's idea that there is some magical amount of money that ordinary people are willing to pay to send out a tweet or a retweet, but that spammers are not willing to pay to spam, seems preposterous. And given that "free speech is guaranteed" and blockchains are immutable, he would really need to hope that he finds this amount, because otherwise there's going to be a lot of spam permanently stored on Web3 Twitter.

As with many of Musk's ideas, the idea for a blockchain-based "free speech" social network is not new. On one of the more popular such services, BitClout, the home page shows posts such as "are there actually real ppl here, or only 'marketing' and ai-generated art?" It costs $0.01 to create a profile or to begin a tutorial on how to use the site. Out of the list of ten top-ranked creators on the site, the top two (Elon Musk and Naval Ravikant) haven't even signed up yet, and another five haven't posted in months.

Musk appeared to later toss out his blockchain social network idea, though not for spam reasons: "Blockchain twitter isn't possible, as the bandwidth and latency requirements cannot be supported by a peer to peer network, unless those 'peers' are absolutely gigantic, thus defeating the purpose of a decentralised network".

03 Oct 10:09

I once went home with a very attractive girl and we had sex. A bit later as we dozed in bed in the wee hours her sister came in drunk and so I got up to chat. We ended up having sex too. Sadly I awoke to them physically fighting in the kitchen and had to leave via a window.

by @fesshole

I once went home with a very attractive girl and we had sex. A bit later as we dozed in bed in the wee hours her sister came in drunk and so I got up to chat. We ended up having sex too. Sadly I awoke to them physically fighting in the kitchen and had to leave via a window.

03 Oct 10:04

Told a few mates that I had a submission on Fesshole. Now they all think I either wank into my kitchen bin or secretly hate my wife. When in fact it was just about Wordle.

by @fesshole

Told a few mates that I had a submission on Fesshole. Now they all think I either wank into my kitchen bin or secretly hate my wife. When in fact it was just about Wordle.

30 Sep 11:42

You Are a Small Speck

by Jason Kottke

It is nearly inconceivable how small we are in comparison to the size of the universe, but this video may make it a little less inconceivable. Do you know that the Sun is tiny compared to some other stars?

Tags:space    video   
30 Sep 11:27

Google is shutting down Stadia

by Andy Baio
predicted by virtually everyone since it launched, it'll close in mid-January #
27 Sep 09:35

The best of Fesshole for July 2012. That's the funniest, most interesting confessions from you, the public. Do please follow @fesshole and share to encourage the fantastic stories to keep coming in.

by @fesshole

The best of Fesshole for July 2012. That's the funniest, most interesting confessions from you, the public. Do please follow @fesshole and share to encourage the fantastic stories to keep coming in.

27 Sep 09:31

My partner thinks I'm obsessed with trees because I'm always staring at them but as a kid I used to focus on a tree and ask a question in my head. The movement of left or right would be my answer. It's become such a habit I'm 55 and still do it like the trees are psychic.

by @fesshole

My partner thinks I'm obsessed with trees because I'm always staring at them but as a kid I used to focus on a tree and ask a question in my head. The movement of left or right would be my answer. It's become such a habit I'm 55 and still do it like the trees are psychic.

26 Sep 11:18

A mysterious voice is haunting American Airlines’ in-flight announcements and nobody knows how

by Andy Baio

Here’s a little mystery for you: there are multiple reports of a mysterious voice grunting, moaning, and groaning on American Airlines’ in-flight announcement systems, sometimes lasting the duration of the flight — and nobody knows who’s responsible or how they did it.

Actor/producer Emerson Collins was the first to post video, from his Denver flight on September 6:

Here’s an MP3 of the audio with just the groans, moans, and grunts, with some of the background noise filtered out.

This is the only video evidence so far, but Emerson is one of several people who have experienced this on multiple different American Airlines flights. This thread from JonNYC collected several different reports from airline employees and insiders, on both Airbus A321 and Boeing 737-800 planes.

Other people have reported similar experiences, always on American Airlines, going as far back as July. Every known incident has gone through the greater Los Angeles area (including Santa Ana) or Dallas-Fort Worth. Here are all the incidents I’ve seen so far, in chronological order:

  • July – American Airlines, JFK to LAX. Bradley P. Allen wrote, “My wife and I experienced this during an AA flight in July. To be clear, it was just sounds like the moans and groans of someone in extreme pain. The crew said that it had happened before, and had no explanation. Occurred briefly 3 or 4 times early in the flight, then stopped.” (Additional flight details via the LA Times.)
  • August 5 – American Airlines 117. JFK to LAX. Wendy Wanderman wrote, “It happened on my flight August 5 from JFK to LAX and it was an older A321 that I was on. It was Flight 117. There was flight crew that was on the same plane a couple days earlier and the same thing happened. It was funny and unsettling.”
  • September 6 – American Airlines. Santa Ana, CA to Dallas-Fort Worth. Emerson Collins’ flight. “These sounds started over the intercom before takeoff and continued throughout the flight. They couldn’t stop it, and after landing still had no idea what it was… I filmed about fifteen minutes, then again during service. It was calmer for a while mid flight.”
  • Mid-September – American Airlines, Airbus A320. Orlando, FL to Dallas-Fort Worth. Doug Boehner wrote, “This happened to me last week. It wasn’t the whole flight, but periodically weird phrases and sounds. Then a huge ‘oh yeah’ when we landed. We thought the pilot left his mic open.”
  • September 18 – American Airlines 1631, Santa Ana, CA to Dallas-Fort Worth. Boeing 737-800. An anonymous report passed on by JonNYC, “Currently on AA1631 and someone keeps hacking into the PA and making moaning and screaming sounds 😨 the flight attendants are standing by their phones because it isn’t them and the captain just came on and told us they don’t think the flight systems are compromised so we will finish the flight to DFW. Sounded like a male voice and wouldn’t last more than 5-10 seconds before stopping. And has [intermittently] happened on and off all flight long.” (And here’s a second person on the same flight.)

Interestingly, JonNYC followed up with the person who reported the incident on September 18 and asked if it sounded like the same voice in the video. “Very very similar. Same voice! But ours was less aggressive. Although their volume might have been turned up more making it sound more aggressive. 100% positive same voice.

Official Response

View from the Wing’s Gary Leff asked American Airlines about the issue, and their official response is that it’s a mechanical issue with the PA amplifier. The LA Times followed up on Saturday, with slightly more information:

“Our maintenance team thoroughly inspected the aircraft and the PA system and determined the sounds were caused by a mechanical issue with the PA amplifier, which raises the volume of the PA system when the engines are running,” said Sarah Jantz, a spokesperson for American.

Jantz said the P.A. systems are hardwired with no external access and no Wi-Fi component. The airline’s maintenance team is reviewing the additional reports. Jantz did not respond to questions about how many reports it has received and whether the reports are from different aircrafts.

This explanation feels incomplete to me. How can an amplifier malfunction broadcast what sounds like a human voice without external access? On multiple flights and aircraft? They seem to be saying the source is artificial, but has anyone heard artificial noise that sounds this human?

Why This Is So Bizarre

By nature, passenger announcement systems on planes are hardwired, closed systems, making them incredibly difficult to hack. Professional reverse engineer/hardware hacker/security analyst Andrew Tierney (aka Cybergibbons) dug up the Airbus 321 documents in this thread.

“And on the A321 documents we have, the passenger announcement system and interphone even have their own handsets. Can’t see how IFE or WiFi would bridge,” Tierney wrote. “Also struggling to see how anyone could pull a prank like this.”

This report found by aviation watchdog JonNYC, posted by a flight attendant on an internal American Airlines message board, points to some sort of as-yet-undiscovered remote exploit.

We also know that, at least on Emerson Collins’ flight, there was no in-seat entertainment, eliminating that as a possible exploit vector.

Theories

So, how could this happen? There are a handful of theories, but they’re very speculative.

Medical Intercom

The first to emerge was this now-debunked theory came from “a former avionics guy” posting in r/aviation on Reddit:

The most likely culprit IMHO is the medical intercom. There are jacks mounted in the overhead bins at intervals down the full length of the airplane that have both receive, transmit and key controls. All somebody would need to do is plug a homemade dongle with a Bluetooth receiver into one of those, take a trip to the lav and start making noises into a paired mic.

The fact that the captain’s announcements are overriding (ducking) it but the flight attendants aren’t is also an indication it’s coming from that system.

If this was how it was done, there’s no reason the prankster would need to hide in the bathrooms: they could trigger a soundboard or prerecorded audio track from their seat.

However, this theory is likely a dead end. JonNYC reports that an anonymous insider confirmed they no longer exist on American Airlines flights. And even if they existed, the medical intercoms didn’t patch into the announcement system. They only allow flight crew to talk to medical staff on the ground.

Pre-Recorded Audio Message Bug

Another theory, also courtesy of JonNYC, is that there’s an issue with the pre-recorded audio messages (“PRAM”), which were replaced in the last 60 days, within the timeframe of all these incidents. Perhaps some test audio was added to the end of a message, maybe by an engineer who worked on it, and it’s accidentally playing that extra audio?

Artificial Noise

Finally, some firmly believe that it’s not a human voice at all, but artificial noise or audio feedback filtered through the announcement system.

Nick Anderegg, an engineer with a background in linguistics and phonology, says it’s the results of “random signal passed through a system that extracts human voices.”

Anderegg points to a sound heard at the 1:20 mark in Emerson’s video, a “sweep across every frequency,” as evidence that American Airlines’ explanation is accurate.

Personally, I struggle with this explanation. The wide variation of utterances heard during Emerson’s three-hour flight are so wildly different, from groans and grunts to moans and shouts, that it’s difficult to imagine it as anything else but human. It’s far from impossible, but I’d love to see anyone try to recreate these sounds with random noise or feedback.

Any Other Ideas?

Any other theories how this might be possible? I’d love to hear them, and I’ll keep this post updated. My favorite theory so far:

Photoillustration of an American Airlines jet headed towards a scared cartoon cloud
26 Sep 06:44

I'm a chemistry teacher. Since the start of the year, somebody's been pilfering the snacks I keep in my desk. They're about to learn the most important chemistry lesson of all: phenolphthalein indicator is also a powerful laxative.

by @fesshole

I'm a chemistry teacher. Since the start of the year, somebody's been pilfering the snacks I keep in my desk. They're about to learn the most important chemistry lesson of all: phenolphthalein indicator is also a powerful laxative.

23 Sep 10:26

I love my son, but can't stand reading bedtime stories. As a result, I cut them down to reduce the time commitment. His current favourites are The Two Little Pigs and Snow White and the Dwarf.

by @fesshole

I love my son, but can't stand reading bedtime stories. As a result, I cut them down to reduce the time commitment.

His current favourites are The Two Little Pigs and Snow White and the Dwarf.