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"Fletch" Reboot Lives, "Crow" Reboot Dies

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

The long in the works reboot of the Chevy Chase-led 1980s comedy film series "Fletch" may have gotten a new lease on life thanks to the bankruptcy of Relativity Studios.

The project was originally setup at Miramax, moved to Warner Bros. Pictures, and at least half of it ended up at Relativity. With the company having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they are seeking ways to keep themselves active during this period with their rights to the "Fletch" franchise being one of their more valuable assets.

THR reports that the fate of the property is unclear at this point. Their current deal requires a film to start pre-production by the end of the year and insiders for the studio insist it is staying with them.

However, the trade has also heard from two sources saying that when Relativity released the rights to the Natalie Portman western "Jane Got a Gun," the rights to "Fletch" were reportedly returned to the Boies/Schiller Film Group which is producing both projects. They add that "Fletch is moving forward with its development without Relativity."

Meanwhile the fate of "The Crow" reboot looks grim. The trade reports that pre-production on the film in the U.K. has stalled with an entire production team departing this week along with several heads of departments. For now Relativity is only saying they still hope to go into production this Fall, but a statement of some kind is expected soon.

New "Daredevil," "Jessica," "Luke" Details

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

New "Daredevil," "Jessica," "Luke" Details More details about Marvel's various Netflix shows have come out in the days following the streaming service's Television Critics Association presentation earlier this week. Here's a breakdown:

First season show runner Steven De Knight says that despite the inclusion of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in the second season, don't expect it to ramp up the violence to be more akin to the last film about the character (2008's "Punisher: War Zone"). De Knight says:

"The first season of 'Daredevil' was violent, but I always say it was more implied. It wasn't nearly as violent as 'The Walking Dead,' a show that I love. On that, if somebody were to crush somebody's head in a car door, you would've seen the head crush on screen, but we didn't want to go quite that far. We wanted to keep it right around PG-16 and not go all the way to the R. I have no idea if they're planning to push it that far next season, but I would be surprised"

One thing De Knight has confirmed is that Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple character was originally set to be the Night Nurse Linda Carter, but the feature side of Marvel apparently has plans for her so they just used another name. [Source: Slashfilm]

Luke Cage
Heroic Hollywood has posted a report indicating that Cornell Cottonmouth, a drug lord villain with razor-sharp teeth from the early Power Man comics, will make an appearance in the upcoming series although in what context is unknown.

Jessica Jones
Show runner Melissa Rosenberg says the series is modelled on Brian Michael Bendis' "Alias" series version of Jessica Jones and the show will go beyond that: "He created this incredibly flawed, damaged interesting character. Regardless of gender, it was the character that drew me. He wasn't afraid to go there and we went even further. We've gone further in all of our storytelling."

Asked to compare it to "Daredevil" she says: "We exist in a cinematic universe, the mythology of the universe is connected, but it will look very different. Tonally they're very different... That was my one concern. Would I have to fit in with Daredevil? The answer was, 'No, we're hiring you for your point of view'."

She does confirm that we will get to see her as a full-on superhero complete with costumes, but only briefly. Also the Claire Temple character from "Daredevil" will be a part of the series with Rosenberg saying: "I think I'm allowed to say: Rosario Dawson will be dropping in. Smaller characters that populated that world will be popping in." [Source: ET Online]

Finally today Marvel have posted the show's logo on Twitter which you can see below:

Here's that official #JessicaJones logo you've been asking for.

— Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) July 31, 2015

Stars Talk "Bourne 6," "Fantastic 2" Possibilities

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

With the casts of "Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" and "Fantastic Four" doing press tours, a few key quotes have come up from some of the stars of those films.

First up Jeremy Renner spoke with ScreenRant about the Bourne franchise which he became a part of playing Aaron Cross in "The Bourne Legacy". With Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning to the franchise for the next outing, it's already been indicated Renner's character won't cross paths with Damon in the next film.

If the studio did decide to do it in another sequel though, Renner was asked if he'd be up for it. He says: "Yeah, I mean in two seconds. I love that world. I love the character. If they want to do that, I'm in. there's no 'no' coming from this direction."

Meanwhile, the "Fantastic Four" cast was asked by about what they would like to see in the film's sequel in terms of potential villains or antagonists. Actor Jamie Bell says: "You can't get away from Silver Surfer. I know chronologically speaking that was the next villain in the previous franchise but I think Silver Surfer is cool looking."

Michael B. Jordan on the other hand has a fresher idea: "Namor is a cool one, by far, he's the strongest mutant. You know what I'm saying? Maybe not by far, but he's the strongest mutant. It would be a pretty interesting battle, the Fantastic Four vs. Namor."

AMC Renews "Fear," Dates "Badlands"

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

AMC conducted their Television Critics Association presentation yesterday where they used the opportunity to announce that they have already ordered a second season of their yet to premiere spin-off series "Fear the Walking Dead".

The network has picked up the show for a further fifteen episodes, a big step up from the initial season order of just six episodes which will commence airing on August 23rd.

The first season is set during the month-long period when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was in a coma in the pilot episode of "The Walking Dead". Show runner Dave Erickson confirms to The Live Feed that we will NOT see the cause of the outbreak, and the series will not rush forward to 'catch-up' with the mother show. In fact the first season takes place only over a three-week period:

"By the end of season one, we know the world has changed; it is the end of the world as we know it but we aren't at the same place we were when Rick woke up in Georgia. By time we end season one, there's still a window of time and exploration that we have some real estate left. We come to realize things have changed but there's still the whole world … [they're] still insulated of the greater truth of what's going on. Part of what we'll explore in season two is that very thing. Will we look for next sanctuary and battle our way into it? That's not something I'll explore in season two."

The network has also scheduled a November 15th premiere date for its martial-arts series "Into the Badlands," and have ordered the Wild West-themed docudrama series "The West" which Robert Redford will produce for airing in 2016.

Moffat Talks "Doctor Who" S9 Episodes

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

"Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" show runner Steven Moffat turned up at the Television Critics Association presentation for BBC America yesterday where he discussed what's in store regarding the latter's ninth season which premieres in September.

Moffat confirmed that "Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams' guest starring role in an episode will NOT be a "returning character or someone in the Doctor's past. Her role will develop in an unexpected way." He adds that:

"Once you see what she's up to you'll appreciate what a clever idea [the role] was. It's a significant role, we're not just throwing her away. It's a great part and she's terrific in it."

Moffat dismissed talk of doing a 'Who' movie:

"First that would be up to the BBC. What are we going to do? Shut down for a year and make a movie? Does everyone want that - a whole movie and not a series? If there's a movie, you can't have a different doctor in the movie - that would be incredibly damning to the franchise."

He says the new season arc is less serialised than the last and won't be about Clara's love life but rather her embracing her role as companion:

"This is, I would say, one of the lighter [mysteries]. I'd say the story this time, because I thought it worked last year rather well, the main story is the emotional. Clara has now decided that the TARDIS is her real life and that's what she loves and loves running around in the TARDIS with the Doctor and getting into scrapes. The more dangerous the better. She's becoming like him."

One thing that will come up though is her splintering through time during the seventh season finale, a plot point that seemed to have been forgotten about last season:

"She'll have dreams about it. It's one of those things, if I put it in an episode, most of the audience will have forgotten now and go what the hell are you talking about? In my mind she has dreams. She has a vague awareness that there was other stuff but not very clear at all."

Finally, Capaldi himself has confirmed that his super brief eyebrow cameo in the "Doctor Who" 50th Anniversary special is set to be explained this season.

Source: EW

Starz Chief Explains "Da Vinci" Cancellation

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

Starz announced this week that the upcoming third season of "Da Vinci's Demons" would be the period drama's last, news which came as a surprise as the show had been a respectable performer for the network.

Speaking about the cancellation, network CEO Chris Albrecht tells Deadline that it essentially comes down to them having better performing shows that appeal to the same demographics:

"We really believe in serving underserved audiences in the premium cable space. The key is having shows that target a specific audience that becomes really passionate about the show. We have the success with Black Sails, which in some ways appeals to some of the same audiences, and while we have a lot of fan boys for Da Vinci's Demons, we have what may be the fan boy series of all time in Ash vs. the Evil Dead."

The show wrapped production on the third season before the news of the cancellation was announced, meaning the season finale wasn't planned as a series finale. Albrecht says that the finale though provides a "very satisfying conclusion". He adds that one of the reasons for the cancellation was that if it was to continue forward, the next narrative arc would've had to have been stretched over more than just a fourth season:

"If we didn't stop now, the story should've gone through the next point, and we would've been in it for at least a couple of more seasons... There is no bad news here. The show ran its course. If a show runs for three seasons, it doesn't mean it's not a success, especially in the premium space."

The entire final season of "Da Vinci's Demons" will be available in full through Starz's on-demand service from October 24th.

TV News: Ash, Downton, Descendants, Flash

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

Ash vs. Evil Dead
Starz has released the first official photo of Lucy Lawless in the upcoming "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" TV series which they talked up this week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Asked about doing more movies, Sam Raimi said during the presentation: "I'd love to direct if Bruce is starring in it and Rob was producing it, yeah.". [Source: Screen Rant]

Downton Abbey
PBS has announced a January 3rd 2016 U.S. premiere date for the final season of "Downton Abbey". 'Downton' will also have a celebratory float at January's Tournament of Roses parade to honor the show's final bow. [Source: Variety]

Disney Channel's "Descendants" telemovie, which explores the lives of the kids of the most infamous villains of their animated movies, pulled in a strong 6.6 million total viewers on Friday night. The movie also set a record with a further 1.4 million views on the WATCH Disney Channel app, and ranks as the top cable movie of 2015 amongst total viewers, Kids 2-11 and Tweens 9-14. [Source: Deadline]

The Flash
Actor Grant Gustin has posted a photo of himself sporting his new outfit for the upcoming second season of The CW's "The Flash" which returns October 6th. The costume features a new white background for the signature lightening bolt emblem on Barry's chest - better matching the design from the comics.

Trailer For "Zoolander" Sequel Leaks Online

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

It turns out the first trailer for the sequel to "Zoolander" has already premiered online. This first look at the comedy sequel showed up on Youtube last night for all of a few minutes before being pulled by the studio.

It was on long enough though that a description is out which says it begins with a journey through the cosmos while a Stephen Hawking soundalike provides voiceover.

The shot then arrives in the brain of Derek Zealander who is considering things such as orange mocha Frappucinos and hairdryers before asking the big question - "If God exists, then why did he make ugly people?"

Stiller, who directs from a script he wrote with Justin Theroux, returns as the dim male model alongside Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell and Christine Taylor reprising their roles from the 2001 original. It is scheduled to open early next year.

Channing Tatum Set For "Gambit" After All

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

Channing Tatum has closed his deal to star in the X-Men spin-off "Gambit" for 20th Century Fox according to THR. This follows on from reports last week that indicated the actor was seriously considering leaving the project after he and Fox failed to come to terms.

So was it the classic old Hollywood tactic of "negotiating in the press"? The trade says they did hit a sensitive spot in negotiations, but his participation hardly was in any real danger because the actor already had invested heavily in the superhero part.

What was a sticking point was both Tatum's backend compensation, and the extent of his involvement in the X-Men universe as Fox was seeing this as a multi-picture commitment.

Rupert Wyatt directed the Josh Zetumer penned film. Tatum, Reid Carolin, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg are producing.

Ian McShane Joins "Game of Thrones"

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:08pm

"Deadwood" alum Ian McShane is returning to HBO, the actor set to join the big-budget fantasy series "Game of Thrones".

The production will not reveal any details about McShane's character other than to say that though he has a relatively small amount of screen-time during the season, his character is of key importance.

He will appear in the sixth season of the series which is currently in production ahead of airing in April next year. Details about the new season are being kept under tight wraps as the show moves past the source material from which the series is based.

The casting follows on from reports this week that HBO plans for the show to go at least eight seasons.

Source: EW

2015/2016 TV Series Breakdown: ABC

Dark Horizons - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:07pm

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.

After a stronger season than expected, the Alphabet is keeping its schedule fairly stable with only a couple of its underperformers being swapped out for newcomers which hope to improve those troubled timeslots.

The network has ordered five new series for the Fall and a further five for later in the season, along with the return of four of this year's new shows for mid-season including the high profile "Agent Carter" and "American Crime".

The Catch
(Drama, TBD)
From Shondaland's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, "The Catch" is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She's a fraud investigator who's about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. "The Catch" stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria. "The Catch" was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson.

Dr. Ken
(Comedy, 8:30pm Fridays)
Doctor-turned-actor/comedian Ken Jeong ("Community," "The Hangover"), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife, Allison, is just the right partner to keep things sane. "Dr. Ken" stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly. "Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O'Connell. Executive producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O'Connell as co-executive producer.

The Family
(Drama, TBD)
This thriller follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is? "The Family" stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank. "The Family" was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television's Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.

The Muppets
(Comedy, 8pm Tuesdays)
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for "kids" of all ages. Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory") and Bob Kushell ("Anger Management") are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred"), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers.

Of Kings and Prophets
(Drama, 10pm Sundays)
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. "Of Kings and Prophets" stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab. "Of Kings and Prophets" was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi.

(Drama, 9pm Sundays)
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to "The Bakken" in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They're soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. "OIL" stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey. "OIL" was written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins and Don Johnson.

(Drama, 10pm Tuesdays)
A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. "Quantico" stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon and Graham Rogers as Caleb. "Quantico" was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper.

The Real O'Neals
(Comedy, TBD)
A fresh take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. "The Real O'Neals" stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi. "The Real O'Neals" was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage.

Uncle Buck
(Comedy, TBD)
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces' and nephew's nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality may just make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too. "Uncle Buck" stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. "Uncle Buck" was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill.

Wicked City
(Drama, TBD)
"Wicked City" follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock 'n' roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case. "Wicked City" stars Ed Westwick as Kent, Erika Christensen as Betty, Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver and Anne Winters as Vicki. "Wicked City" was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television's Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.

The nightly ABC schedule will be as follows:

8pm: "Dancing with the Stars"
10pm: "Castle"

8pm: "The Muppets"
8:30pm: "Fresh Off the Boat"
9pm: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
10pm: "Quantico"

8pm: "The Middle"
8:30 pm: "The Goldbergs"
9pm: "Modern Family"
9:30 pm: "Black-ish"
10pm: "Nashville"

8pm: "Grey's Anatomy"
9pm: "Scandal" 10pm: "How to Get Away with Murder"

8pm: "Last Man Standing"
8:30pm: "Dr. Ken"
9pm: "Shark Tank"
10pm: "20/20"

8pm: "Saturday Night College Football"

7pm: "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8pm: "Once Upon a Time"
9pm: "Oil"
10pm: "Of Kings and Prophets"

TBD 2016
"Agent Carter," "American Crime," "The Catch," "The Family," "Galavant," "The Real O'Neals," "Secrets and Lies," "Uncle Buck," "Wicked City"

"Cristela," "Forever," "Manhattan Love Story," "Resurrection," "Revenge," "Selfie"

Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:53pm

"Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness."

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Samsung Woos Developers As It Eyes Tizen Expansion Beyond Smartphones

/. - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:21pm
New submitter Manish Singh writes: Why is Samsung, the South Korean technology conglomerate which has the tentpole position in Android, becoming increasinglu focused on its homegrown operating system Tizen? At its annual developer summit this week, the company announced new SDKs for smartwatches, smart TVs, and smartphones, and also shared its future roadmap.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

One In Four Indiana Residents' E-Record Data Exposed in Hack

/. - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:14pm
Reader chicksdaddy reports that a data breach involving four million patients and more than 230 different data holders (from private practices to large hospitals) hit Indiana especially hard. It's the home state of Medical Informatics Engineering, maker of electronic records system NoMoreClipBoard. While data exposed in the breach affected 3.9 million people, 1.5 millon of them are in Indiana. According to the Security Ledger, though: [The] breach affects healthcare organizations from across the country, with healthcare providers ranging from prominent hospitals to individual physicians' offices and clinics are among 195 customers of the NoMoreClipboard product that had patient information exposed in the breach. And, more than a month after the breach was discovered, some healthcare organizations whose patients were affected are still waiting for data from EMI on how many and which patients had information exposed. 'We have received no information from MIE regarding that,' said a spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Radiology Association (, one of hundreds of healthcare organizations whose information was compromised in the attack on MIE..

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Answering Elon Musk On the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

/. - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 3:02pm
Lasrick points out a rebuttal by Stanford's Edward Moore Geist of claims that have led the recent panic over superintelligent machines. From the linked piece: Superintelligence is propounding a solution that will not work to a problem that probably does not exist, but Bostrom and Musk are right that now is the time to take the ethical and policy implications of artificial intelligence seriously. The extraordinary claim that machines can become so intelligent as to gain demonic powers requires extraordinary evidence, particularly since artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have struggled to create machines that show much evidence of intelligence at all.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Facebook's Slender 'Aquila' Drone To Provide Internet In Remote Areas

/. - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 2:09pm
Mickeycaskill writes: Facebook will start testing a 400kg drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737 next year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said, as part of the company's drive to connect people in remote areas to the Internet. Aquila will fly between 60,000ft and 90,000ft as to avoid adverse weather conditions and commercial air routes, while the attached laster can transmit data at 10Gbps. Facebook claims it can accurately connect with a point the size of a US 5-cent coin from more than 10 miles away.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

WinUAE 3.2.0 beta 6 - Late beta update for the best Amiga emulator!

Indie Retro News - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 1:54pm

After returning from a real life adventure, one I'll probably remember for the rest of my life, I was happy to see that Toni Wilen had once again released another Amiga emulator build of 'WinUAE 3.2.0 beta 6'. The previous beta was certainly an eye opener as it was the first release that featured a DOSBox CPU! Although I'm not sure if this meant you could play Dos games through an Amiga emulator (as I hadn't tested it), it was certainly nice to see. As for this big beta 6 it features many fixes and improvements that as always is worth upgrading to if you want the latest version.

Beta 6

- Bridgeboard floppy drive motor and click sound supported.
- x86 CPU status string was visible even when bridgeboard was not active.
- Added software readable A4091 DIP switches and Warp Engine SCSI jumpers to GUI. Note that default jumper state for Warp Engine is "No autoboot", you need to set all 3 jumpers to re-enable previous autoboot configuration.
- Even more Z2 and Z3 board address validation, do not map the board if OS attempts to map it over any existing mapped space. Some Z2/Z3 boards didn't use validating memory bank map routines.
- A590 XT drive emulation uses now generic "custom" HD emulation like all recently added MFM/RLL controllers. Automatic geometry fixing removed, it can cause problems.
- Fixed A590 XT random bug that tried to start DMA transfer middle of command phase in some situations.
- Remember last open Expansion panel expansion device, saved to config file.
- A2286 "The Real Time Clock has not been initialized." message is gone.
- A2386SX CMOS RAM size fixed, but BIOS still complains about invalid configuration and setup screen shows incorrect extended RAM size. (Why? Early boot phase extended RAM size counter is correct.) Floppy drive access also seems to stall for 5s+ regularly and then work normally again.
- Added x86 bridgeboard AT IDE drive emulation. Selection under IDE controllers. Only A2286 and A2386SX have BIOS support for AT IDE. At least fdisk and formatting confirmed working.
- Added IDE commands 0x40 and 0x41 (READ VERIFY SECTOR(S)), BIOS code uses it during formatting.
- Added support for XTIDE Universal BIOS ( See notes.
- Added supprtt for IDE emulation 8-bit data port width. (XT mode XTIDE Universal BIOS)
- Only show SASI harddrive types if selected controller uses SASI-like commands.
- Cirrus Logic hardware emulation text modes used graphics mode resolution when selecting host screen size. Larger than 8 pixel font width text mode was too narrow.
- Added x86 VGA board emulation (uses already existing Cirrus Logic emulation).

x86 bridgeboard VGA notes:
- Does not autoswitch, use END+F9 to switch between screens.
- Empty Amiga-side Janus PC window must still be open to enable keyboard input.
- It is not possible (at least not yet) to have Amiga RTG board enabled at the same time.
- VGA uses A0000-BFFFF, make sure bridgeboard "Address Sector" does not conflict. (Bad memories are starting to return from PC DOS era...)

RTG ROM configuration notes:
- Expansion panel has new "RTG board" category that currently lists 2 boards that need rom image, Picasso IV and x86 bridgeboard VGA ISA card.
- This selection is currently a special case: selected ROM gets automatically removed when RTG board is changed, always use RTG panel first to select the board, then Expansion panel to set the ROM.
- If Picasso IV ROM is not selected ("ROM disabled"): old rom loading method is used. In other words, you can ignore whole RTG ROM configuration if you are never going to use x86 bridgeboard VGA card.
- Probably any old ISA Cirrus Logic GD542x VGA ROM can be used, for example or seems to work.

XTIDE Universal BIOS notes:
- BIOS is loaded at 0xEC000 to guarantee it becoming last BIOS extension, it is required to make it work properly if there are other extensions (Janus handler/library). Make sure bridgeboard "Address sector" is not conflicting (D0000-DFFFF works fine, for some reason no BIOS checks A0000 to AFFFF region but it is documented as existing option in hardware).
- Uses Universal BIOS defaults (IO address base 0x300, no interrupt).
- A1060 and A2088 confirmed working.

Bridgeboard stuff is now mostly complete, only remaining problem is A2386SX stalls, possibly floppy controller/interrupt related.

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Ask Slashdot: Can You Disable Windows 10's Privacy-Invading Features?

/. - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 1:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: I really want to upgrade to Windows 10, but have begun seeing stories come out about the new Terms and how they affect your privacy. It looks like the default Windows 10 system puts copies of your data out on the "cloud", gives your passwords out, and targets advertising to you. The main reason I am looking to upgrade is that Bitlocker is not available on Windows 7 Pro, but is on Windows 10 Pro, and Microsoft no longer offers Anytime Upgrades to Windows 7 Ultimate. However, I don't want to give away my privacy for security. The other option is to wait until October to see what the Windows 10 Enterprise version offers, but it may not be available through retail. Are the privacy minded Slashdot readers not going with Windows 10? For reference, I am referring to these articles. (Not to mention claims that it steals your bandwidth.)

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ARIN IPv4 Addresses Run Out Tomorrow

/. - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 12:12pm
jcomeau_ictx provided that teaser of a headline, but writes: Not really. But the countdown at should go to zero sometime tomorrow around noon, considering it's at 45,107 as I write this, it's counting down about one address every two seconds, and there are 86,400 seconds per day. Just happened to notice it today. Might be worth a little celebration at every NOC and IT enterprise tomorrow.

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The Timmy Brothers – Water Makers

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:29am

A short look at the Timmy Brothers, Brooklyn–based makers of bespoke drinking water.

Bill and Terry Timmy are introducing handcrafted water to the world with an almost pathological attention to craftsmanship and a thirst for helping people become less thirsty.
The Timmy Brothers. They make water.

Paul Riccio – Writer/Director
Jamie Effros – Terry Timmy
Mike Mergo – Bill Timmy
Matt O'Shea & Laura Wood – Producers
Derek McKane – Director of Photography
Jason Kileen – Editor
Molly Finley – Art Director
Alexander Chizhov – Flame Artist
Lucas Hrabal – Camera Operator
Mat Guido – Audio Mixer
Joseph Wenkoff – Colorist
Mike Vernola – AD
Courtney Stephens – PA

Cast: Paul Riccio, Jason Kileen, Molly Finley, Jamie Effros, Mike Mergo, Alexander Chizhov, Lucas Hrabal, Mat Guido and Joseph Wenkoff

Tags: Comedy, Parody, Water, Craft, Artisanal, Handmade, Handcrafted, Bottled Water, Brooklyn, Burros, New York, Bushwick and Riccio

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