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Verse of the Day - Romans 8:19

Bible Verse of the Day - 12 hours 48 sec ago

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.

Romans 8:19

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Eagerly waits! Don't you just love that idea! Sounds like an oxymoron. It's not. Think of a groom waiting for his bride to come down the aisle. Imagine parents of a child that is due to be born. Remember what it was like as a child waiting for Christmas morning. Eagerly waits! That's what creation, so caught up with decay, disaster, and death, is doing! And what is creation waiting for so eagerly? Our transformation and revelation as God's triumphant and glorious children. Sounds pretty wonderful for a time and world like ours.

My Prayer...

O LORD, God of all creation and source of all redemption, I long for the day that every tear is dried and my bondage to decay is over. Please keep my heart set on the glory that is to be revealed when Christ returns. In the name of the Lord Jesus I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.© 1998-2017, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the Heartlight Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

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AI Just Made Guessing Your Password a Whole Lot Easier

/. - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 5:25pm
sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: The Equifax breach is reason for concern, of course, but if a hacker wants to access your online data by simply guessing your password, you're probably toast in less than an hour. Now, there's more bad news: Scientists have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to create a program that, combined with existing tools, figured more than a quarter of the passwords from a set of more than 43 million LinkedIn profiles. Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, started with a so-called generative adversarial network, or GAN, which comprises two artificial neural networks. A "generator" attempts to produce artificial outputs (like images) that resemble real examples (actual photos), while a "discriminator" tries to detect real from fake. They help refine each other until the generator becomes a skilled counterfeiter. The Stevens team created a GAN it called PassGAN and compared it with two versions of hashCat and one version of John the Ripper. The scientists fed each tool tens of millions of leaked passwords from a gaming site called RockYou, and asked them to generate hundreds of millions of new passwords on their own. Then they counted how many of these new passwords matched a set of leaked passwords from LinkedIn, as a measure of how successful they'd be at cracking them. On its own, PassGAN generated 12% of the passwords in the LinkedIn set, whereas its three competitors generated between 6% and 23%. But the best performance came from combining PassGAN and hashCat. Together, they were able to crack 27% of passwords in the LinkedIn set, the researchers reported this month in a draft paper posted on arXiv. Even failed passwords from PassGAN seemed pretty realistic: saddracula, santazone, coolarse18.

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Jeweler Forged Judge's Signature To Force Google To Kill Negative Reviews

/. - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:45pm
A sapphire salesman is facing jail time for forging a judge's signature in a case involving Google. Kelly Weill from The Daily Beast reports: Michael Arnstein is the third-generation owner of the Natural Sapphire Company, a Manhattan-based jewelry business. After a falling-out with a former business partner, Arnstein's company amassed dozens of negative reviews, which featured prominently in the Natural Sapphire Company's Google search results. Arnstein sued the former business partner in 2011, accusing him of writing defamatory negative reviews, and a judge ordered the partner to delete 54 of the negative comments. But some negative reviews remained, even after the court order. So Arnstein copied the judge's signature and forged new court orders of his own, demanding that Google scrub negative reviews from his company's search results, Arnstein admitted in a guilty plea on Friday.

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First Photo: Hugh Jackman Is “The Front Runner”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:25pm

Actor Hugh Jackman has released a first-look image of himself in Jason Reitman’s upcoming political drama “The Front Runner” which is based on Matt Bai’s 2014 book “All the Truth Is Out”.

Filming began today on the project about Gary Hart, the Democratic politician who was considered the frontrunner for the 1988 presidential race.

His campaign was rocked by allegations of an extramarital affair with actress Donna Rice, prompting the senator to drop out of the race and marking a turning point for personal indiscretions of political candidates becoming tabloid fodder.

J.K. Simmons, Vera Farmiga, Mamoudou Athie, Josh Brenner, Kaitlyn Dever, Sarah Paxton, Ari Graynor and Mike Judge co-star.

Day 1. Principal photography. The Front Runner. #thefrontrunner @JasonReitman @BronStudios pic.twitter.com/oHdi3hYQ2O

— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 18, 2017

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Judi Dench In Talks To Join “Artemis Fowl”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:21pm

Judi Dench is in early talks to join the Kenneth Branagh-directed “Artemis Fowl” film adaptation at Disney Pictures and The Weinstein Company.

Eoin Colfer’s children’s books follow a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind whose plot to extort gold from the secret Fairy People puts him directly in the crosshairs of some of the most dangerous creatures on earth.

Over the book series he becomes an antihero rather than a full-fledged villain, often working together with the fairies to stop various treacherous types.

Irish playwright Conor McPherson is adapting the script while Harvey Weinstein and Branagh are attached to produce. The film opens August 9th 2019.

Dench and Branagh most recently collaborated on the latter’s “Murder on the Orient Express” with that film getting a new trailer this week.

Source: Variety

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Three More Join Syfy’s “Tremors” Series

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:18pm

Emily Tremaine (“Vinyl”), Megan Ketch (“Jane the Virgin”) and Shiloh Fernandez (“Evil Dead”) are set to star join Kevin Bacon in Syfy’s pilot for a TV series continuation of 1990 cult classic “Tremors”.

Andrew Miller penned and Vincenzo Natali directs the pilot set twenty-five years later as the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, Nevada return.

The town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once, but age, alcohol and a delusional hero complex have all taken their toll.

Tremaine will play Emily McKee, Valentine’s whip-smart daughter. Ketch is charismatic young doctor Mindy Sterngood, the grown up version of the young pogostick riding girl in the original film.

Fernandez is Nico Garza, who has been killing time in the town waiting for the right moment to split. Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Productions are producing. Miller, Bacon, David Schiff and Jessica Rhoades all executive produce.

Source: Deadline

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“Gotham” S4 Dark Band Extended Trailer

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:10pm

Ahead of its premiere on Thursday night, FOX has unveiled a new ‘Dark Band’ extended trailer for the fourth season of “Gotham”.

While the first half is a recap of the third season, the second half is new season footage with more looks at Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) turning vigilante along with the Scarecrow in action.

The FOX clip is geolocked to the U.S., but a version is available to international users below as well. The new season premieres Thursday, September 21st at 8pm.

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Navy Plans To Use Xbox 360 Controllers For New Periscope Systems Aboard Its Submarines

/. - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:05pm
According to ABC News, the U.S. Navy is planning to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes aboard its most advanced submarines. High-resolution cameras and large monitors are replacing the traditional rotating periscope in the Navy's Virginia-class subs. While they can be controlled by a helicopter-style stick, the Navy plans to integrate an Xbox controller into the system because they're more familiar to younger sailors and require less training. They are also considerably cheaper. The controller typically costs less than $30 compared to the $38,000 cost of a photonic mast handgrip and imaging control panel. The Xbox controller will be included as part of the integrated imaging system for Virginia-class subs beginning with the future USS Colorado. It is supposed to be commissioned by November.

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Equifax Suffered a Hack Almost Five Months Earlier Than the Date It Disclosed

/. - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 3:20pm
Bloomberg is reporting that Equifax, the credit reporting company that recently reported a cybersecurity incident impacting roughly 143 million U.S. consumers, learned about a breach of its computer systems in March -- almost five months before the date it has publicly disclosed. The company said the March breach was unrelated to the recent hack involving millions of U.S. consumers, but one of the people familiar with the situation said the breaches involve the same intruders. From the report: Equifax hired the security firm Mandiant on both occasions and may have believed it had the initial breach under control, only to have to bring the investigators back when it detected suspicious activity again on July 29, two of the people said. Equifax's hiring of Mandiant the first time was unrelated to the July 29 incident, the company spokesperson said. The revelation of a March breach will complicate the company's efforts to explain a series of unusual stock sales by Equifax executives. If it's shown that those executives did so with the knowledge that either or both breaches could damage the company, they could be vulnerable to charges of insider trading. The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into the stock sales, according to people familiar with the probe. In early March, they said, Equifax began notifying a small number of outsiders and banking customers that it had suffered a breach and was bringing in a security firm to help investigate. The company's outside counsel, Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding, first engaged Mandiant at about that time. While it's not clear how long the Mandiant and Equifax security teams conducted that probe, one person said there are indications it began to wrap up in May. Equifax has yet to disclose that March breach to the public.

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Slashdot Asks: Which IT Hiring Trends Are Hot, and Which Ones Are Going Cold?

/. - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:40pm
snydeq writes: Recruiting and retaining tech talent remains IT's biggest challenge today, writes Paul Heltzel, in an article on what trends are heating up and what's cooling off when it comes to IT staffing. "One thing hasn't changed this year: Recruiting top talent is still difficult for most firms, and demand greatly outstrips supply," writes Heltzel. "That's influencing many of the areas we looked at, including compensation and retention. Whether you're looking to expand your team or job searching yourself, read on to see which IT hiring practices are trending and which ones are falling out of favor." What are you seeing companies favoring in the hiring market these days?

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Samsung Finally Lets You Disable the Bixby Button Without a Third-Party App

/. - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 2:00pm
Samsung has released an update to allow you to disable Bixby on the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8. The only problem is you can only disable the button and can't point it to another app. Android Police reports: As you're probably aware, there are two parts to Bixby -- Bixby Home and Bixby Voice. The main change here is to the Bixby Home shortcut; press the button and Bixby appears. After updating, a toggle is available under the settings gear at the top of Bixby home. Turn it off, and Bixby Home will no longer pop up when you tap the button (there's also a "Bixby Key" menu in the settings). Bixby Voice can be shut off in the settings as well, so the button will become completely inert. What if you want Bixby Home back? If you still have Bixby Voice turned on, pressing and holding the button will trigger Bixby on top of your current screen. You can open full screen mode and access your Bixby settings to turn Bixby Home back on at any time. Okay, but what if you also have Bixby Voice turned off in the Bixby settings? It seems at first like you've locked yourself out of Bixby, which might not be a problem for some people. However, you can access the Bixby settings by going into your main system settings -- Apps -- Bixby Home -- Mobile Data -- View app settings. That opens the Bixby settings without opening Bixby first.

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Equifax Stock Sales Are the Focus of US Criminal Probe

/. - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 1:20pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into whether top officials at Equifax Inc. violated insider trading laws when they sold stock before the company disclosed that it had been hacked, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. prosecutors in Atlanta, who the people said are looking into the share sales, said in a statement they are examining the breach and theft of people's personal information in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Securities and Exchange Commission is working with prosecutors on the investigation into stock sales, according to another person familiar with the matter. Investigators are looking at the stock sales by Equifax's chief financial officer, John Gamble; its president of U.S. information solutions, Joseph Loughran; and its president of workforce solutions, Rodolfo Ploder, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the probe is confidential. Equifax disclosed earlier this month that it discovered a security breach on July 29. The three executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in early August. The company has said the managers didn't know of the breach at the time they sold the shares. Regulatory filings don't show that the transactions were part of pre-scheduled trading plans.

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Studio Defends & Director Explains “mother!”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:54pm

In the wake of all the reaction to Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” from the critical division (but mostly acceptance) to the flat out audience rejection both at the box-office and reaction wise, something unexpected has happened.

Paramount Pictures has now issued a statement, via Indiewire, that essentially comes out to defend the movie and in the process slap themselves on the back for doing something that isn’t a sequel, toy commercial or adaptation of an old TV series. Paramount worldwide president of marketing and distribution Megan Colligan says:

“This movie is very audacious and brave. You are talking about a director at the top of his game, and an actress at the top her game. They made a movie that was intended to be bold. Everyone wants original filmmaking, and everyone celebrates Netflix when they tell a story no one else wants to tell. This is our version. We don’t want all movies to be safe. And it’s okay if some people don’t like it.”

While some of the conversation has been about the film itself, a good portion has been more about the choices with how the film was handled – from the $30 million budget to the deliberately vague marketing to the decision to go for a wide release rather than a limited release and slow expansion as was done with the better received “Black Swan”.

Even so, there’s no question the studio did take a gamble with the project and it’s a film people are going to be talking about for a long time to come. Aronofsky himself is taking all the conversation around the film in stride, telling EW:

“I think I knew it was going to be a lot of stuff. Anytime you do something that aggressive there are going to be people who enjoy it, who want to be on that roller coaster ride, and then there are others who say, ‘Oh no, that was not for me.’ It’s a strange one. You see Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer and people are conditioned for a certain type of movie. And… we didn’t do that type of movie. [Laughs] It’s all good. I don’t mind people are upset by the film because it’s supposed to be a reflection and a cautionary tale of what’s happening to the planet.”

For those who want to get into spoilers, there’s an interview with Aronofsky also at EW in which they break down the spoilers, allegories, and what the whole film means.

“mother!” is in cinemas now.

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“Star Trek: Discovery” Goes To A Familiar Place

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:52pm

There are various staples of “Star Trek” that come up every few episodes – metaphors for modern day social issues, time travel, spatial anomalies, etc.

One of the more fun ones though is the ‘Mirror Universe’ trope, an alternate version of reality where everyone has a nasty, cruel and murderous doppleganger.

The Original Series, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise all made use of the concept, and now Jonathan Frakes has revealed that “Star Trek: Discovery” will also be doing it.

Frakes, who played Riker on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and has helmed many episodes of Trek across numerous series along with two of the films, spoke at Creation Entertainment’s Continuing Voyage Tour in Chicago recently and tweets from that panel by 5YearMission include the quote: “Frakes just revealed that @startrekcbs will be doing a Mirror Universe episode.”

The premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery” takes place this coming Sunday on CBS with the second episode immediately available on CBS All Access. The first eight episodes will run from September 24th through November 5th with the series returning in January.

Source: Trek News

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Hardy, Tatum Wanted For “Beverly Hills Cop 4”?

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:48pm

Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy are reportedly under consideration to star alongside Eddie Murphy in the fourth entry in the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah came onboard to develop and direct the film last year, and the pair recently appeared on a Dutch talk show and suggested both names as one they were interested in for the key role.

Whomever is cast will play a new cop in Detroit who winds up clashing with Eddie Murphy’s Axel Foley, essentially flipping the premise of the original film. The plan is also to shoot much of the movie in Detroit, but getting a satisfactory script in place has been a problem.

Murphy’s involvement is also a big question – the actors hesitancy to commit to a recurring role on a “Beverly Hills Cop” TV series in 2013 was said to be a major reason the project never went to series despite a well-received pilot.

Source: JoBlo

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Trailer: Ansel Elgort In “November Criminals”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:47pm

“Carrie” remake stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort are reunited for “November Criminals,” the long in development gangland thriller which is oddly going direct to VOD despite a strong pedigree.

Based on the novel by Sam Munson, Elgort and Moretz play students falling in love who also delve into the underworld of Washington, D.C. to solve the mystery behind the death of a classmate.

Sacha Gervasi (“Hitchcock”) helms the film from a script by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke”) and with cinematography from Mihai Malaimare Jr. (“The Master”). The film hits digital on November 7th and cinemas on December 8th.

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The Story Trailer For “Call of Duty: WWII”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:45pm

Activision and Sledgehammer Games have premiered the story trailer for “Call of Duty: WWII,” this year’s entry in the long-running military FPS franchise.

Set in the final year or so of the war, the campaign component of the game follows Private Ronald ‘Red’ Daniels, a young recruit in the U.S. First Infantry Division who experiences combat for the first time on D-Day.

After surviving the beaches of Normandy, Red and his squad will fight their way across Europe, engaging the enemy in iconic battle locations such as the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, as they make their way into Germany.

Josh Duhamel, Jonathan Tucker and Jeffery Pierce lend their voices to the game which also offers a host of new multiplayer modes, features and gameplay innovations set in iconic World War II locations in the European theater of war.

“Call of Duty: WWII” will be released on November 3rd.

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Trailer: Blake Lively In “All I See Is You”

Dark Horizons - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:44pm

The trailer has arrived for the Blake Lively and Jason Clrke-led relationship drama “All I See Is You”.

Marc Forster helms the story about a blind woman and her husband who live a colorful if co-dependent existence in Bangkok. When she is given the opportunity to have a corneal transplant and regains her vision, their life and relationship are upended.

“Ray Donovan” and “Shameless” series scribe Sean Conway penned the script for the film which also stars Danny Huston and Yvonne Strahovski. The movie opens October 27th.

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