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World's Greatest Magicians At the Magic Castle

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 10:34pm

"TV Special from 1990

This Program featured the following Magicians: Kevin James, Paul Kozak, Rudy Kobe, Mark Sweet, Tina Lennert, Brian Gillis, Jonathon Neal Brown & Leann, Steve Smilk, Goldfinger & Dove. This Program was actually filmed at the Hollywood Magic Castle, which rarely lets Movie or Television Crews inside to film its interiors.
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From http://boingboing.net/2016/08/28/the-magic-castles-1990-telev.html ...


Scene Dissection - Shaky Cam in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 10:14pm

A short video essay I wrote and edited, taking a deeper examination into the use of shaky cam in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).

Cast: Alec Figueroa

Tags: video essay, experimental, bourne, edit, examination and shaky cam

How Security Experts Are Protecting Their Own Data

/. - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:30pm
Today the San Jose Mercury News asked several prominent security experts which security products they were actually using for their own data. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: The EFF's chief technologist revealed that he doesn't run an anti-virus program, partly because he's using Linux, and partly because he feels anti-virus software creates a false sense of security. ("I don't like to get complacent and rely on it in any way...") He does regularly encrypt his e-mail, "but he doesn't recommend that average users scramble their email, because he thinks the encryption software is just too difficult to use." The newspaper also interviewed security expert Eugene Spafford, who rarely updates the operating system on one of his computers -- because it's not connected to the internet -- and sometimes even accesses his files with a virtual machine, which he then deletes when he's done. His home router is equipped with a firewall device, and "he's developed some tools in his research center that he uses to try to detect security problems," according to the article. "There are some additional things I do," Spafford added, telling the reporter that "I'm not going to give details of all of them, because that doesn't help me." Bruce Schneier had a similar answer. When the reporter asked how he protected his data, Schneier wouldn't tell them, adding "I'm kind of a target..."

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Google Tests A Software That Judges Hollywood's Portrayal of Women

/. - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 5:30pm
Slashdot reader theodp writes: Aside from it being hosted in a town without a movie theater, the 2016 Bentonville Film Festival was also unusual in that it required all entrants to submit "film scripts and downloadable versions of the film" for judgment by "the team at Google and USC", apparently part of a larger Google-funded research project with USC Engineering "to develop a computer science tool that could quickly and efficiently assess how women are represented in films"... Fest reports noted that representatives of Google and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy appeared in a "Reel vs. Real Diversity" panel presentation at the fest, where the importance of diversity and science to President Obama were discussed, and the lack of qualified people to fill 500,000 U.S. tech jobs was blamed in part on how STEM careers have been presented in film and television... In a 2015 report on a Google-sponsored USC Viterbi School of Engineering MacGyver-themed event to promote women in engineering, USC reported that President Obama was kept briefed on efforts to challenge media's stereotypical portrayals of women. As for its own track record, Google recently updated its Diversity page, boasting that "21% of new hires in 2015 were women in tech, compared to 19% of our current population"....

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News, Media and Progress Update - August 2016

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 4:55pm

Media, news, and a progress update for the month of August 2016.

GoldenEye: Source 5.0 - Recap Server Patch & Full OST

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 4:44pm

Quick follow up to the 5.0 launch. Full OST, Linux Server Beta.

Development progress #3 (Sounds and Music)

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 4:42pm

Cursed Coins development progress. Zombie Lord boss last stage, Game sounds and music. New alpha release.

Steam Marines 2 - Coming Soon!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 4:34pm

Steam Marines 2, the sequel to the almost-smash-hit game Steam Marines is coming soon!

“Westworld” Unveils A New Third Trailer

Dark Horizons - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 4:08pm

Following on from a teaser late last year and the full trailer back in June, HBO has now released a brand new ‘mature’ third trailer for its upcoming highly anticipated sci-fi drama series “Westworld”.

Once again the ten-episode series continues to look stunning. Described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, it is set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past and explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Rodrigo Santoro, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr. star in this wholly reimagined take on the classic 1973 Michael Crichton film. It is slated to premiere October 2nd.

The post “Westworld” Unveils A New Third Trailer appeared first on Dark Horizons.

Hammer Time, Saving the World (and everything else)!

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 3:33pm

New build up! Tackling the new save system! New forge hammer stuff!

The “Red Dwarf XI” Trailer Is Smegging Here

Dark Horizons - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 3:25pm

The first trailer for the upcoming eleventh season of the long-running sci-fi comedy series “Red Dwarf” has arrived following a weekend marathon of old episodes on British cable channel Dave. The key cast returning to the iconic roles of Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten whom they’ve been playing for almost thirty years now.

The new series of six episodes kicks off September 22nd exclusively on the network in the UK, and a twelfth series of a further six episodes began production back in January and is slated to air next year.

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How G.E. Is Transforming Into An IoT Start-Up

/. - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 3:00pm
Slashdot reader mspohr shares an article about "General Electric 're-inventing' itself as a software start-up." Jeffrey R. Immelt, the CEO of America's largest manufacturer, describes how he realized that data collected from their machines -- like turbines, engines, and medical-imaging equipment -- could be as valuable as the machines themselves. Now G.E. is hiring software engineers and data scientists from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google to try to transform the company into a "124-year-old startup" to take advantage of the Internet of Things and offer futuristic new services like predictive maintenance. The Times calls it "the next battlefield as companies fight to develop the dominant software layer that connects the machines," adding that by 2020 there will be 100 times as much data flowing from G.E.'s machines. Now G.E. Digital is using the open source PaaS, Cloud Foundry, to develop Predix, a cloud-based operating system for industrial applications like monitoring and adjusting equipment in the field, whether it's an oil-field rig or a wind-farm turbine. To help transform the company into a digital powerhouse, they're building a 1,400-employee complex in San Ramon, California "designed to suit the free-range working ways of software developers: open-plan floors, bench seating, whiteboards, couches for impromptu meetings, balconies overlooking the grounds and kitchen areas with snacks." And they've also launched the Industrial Dojo program "to accelerate the ability for developers to contribute code that enables the Industrial Internet".

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Pre-Alpha v28 (Build 0.0.3.2) available now

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 1:50pm

A new level in Gassy Swamp world + brand new trailer.

Recent College Grads Aim To Land A Robot On The Moon

/. - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 1:50pm
Sunday the Indian Space Research Organization successfully test-launched a scramjet rocket, propelled by "an air-breathing propulsion system which uses hydrogen as fuel and oxygen from the atmosphere air as the oxidizer" rather than carrying a tank of liquid oxygen. "if the need for liquid oxygen is taken away, the space craft can be much lighter, hence cheaper to launch," notes one newspaper, adding that India is only the fourth country to flight-test a scramjet engine after the U.S., Russia and the European Space Agency. But in addition, 15 former ISRO scientists are now helping Team Indus, one of the 16 teams remaining in Google's $30 million Lunar XPRIZE competition, who will use ISRO's polar satellite launch vehicle to send their spacecraft to the moon. GillBates0 writes: An official designated as "Skywalker", said that such space missions used to be limited to extremely elite people and PhDs in the past. That stereotype is now breaking. "I was just a college student a couple of years ago and now I am working on an actual space mission, how cool is that," said Karan Vaish, 23, who is helping the team to design the lunar rover. Eighty per cent of the team is reported to be less than five years out of college.

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The end of this journey...

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 1:09pm

A short video of what could have been the next levels for A Tribute To Donkey Kong Country...

Tank Smasher Dev Log #4

Mod DataBase (DB)'s News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 1:05pm

V4 Update This updates main focus has been on Level Design. I have also completely remade the input system, this time around using the "Rewired" unity plugin wich fixed all of my problems regarding gamepads.

Digital Erections Aplenty In Starz’s “American Gods”

Dark Horizons - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:52pm

Starz’s upcoming fantasy series “American Gods” is going to feature many things – theological warfare, questioning of the nature of spirituality and belief, a wonderful cast… and a lot of erections.

Speaking with the Nerd World Report (via io9, showrunner Bryan Fuller shared some details about how they went about filming the apparent plentiful moments of male excitement in the series which is based on Neil Gaiman’s most sexually graphic work to date. Fuller says a lot of work goes into making sure the male actors are up to the task – even if it means a little digital enhancement:

“We have so many visual effects that involve digital erections, we have conversations, ‘Well, should we get [a] dildo and strap it onto the actors, is that going to be more cost effective? Or is it easier just to give them digital erections?'”

Male nudity isn’t a taboo on premium cable and Starz has no issue with graphic content or displaying male genitalia as seen in “Black Sails,” “Da Vinci’s Demons” and the like. A male erection though remains something of a taboo, even on premium cable, and it sounds like these won’t be on full display but rather suggested at.

And it’s not going to be all male nudity either, there’s plenty of female nudity in the series including the famous scene from the books involving Bilquis’ vagina. It’s a scene which was previously considered un-filmable, but Fuller says they’ve already finished shooting it and “it’s in the first episode.”

“American Gods” debuts on Starz in early 2017.

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Ask Slashdot: What's The Best Way To Backup Large Amounts Of Personal Data?

/. - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:50pm
An anonymous Slashdot reader has "approximately two terabytes of photos, currently sitting on two 4-terabyte 'Intel Rapid Storage' RAID 1 disks." But now they're considering three alternatives after moving to a new PC: a) Keep these exactly as they are... The current configuration is OK, but it's a pain if a RAID re-sync is needed as it takes a long time to check four terabytes. b) Move to "Storage Spaces". I've not used Storage Spaces before, but reports seem to show it's good... It's a Good Thing that the disks are 100% identical and removable and readable separately. Downside? Unknown territory. c) Break the RAID, and set up the second disk as a file-copied backup... [This] would lose a (small) amount of resilience, but wouldn't suffer from the RAID-sync issues, ideally a Mac-like "TimeMachine" backup would handle file histories. Any recommendations? This is also a good time to share your experiences with Storage Spaces, so leave your answers in the comments. What's the best way to backup large amounts of personal data?

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New “Star Trek” Series Gets Shorter Seasons

Dark Horizons - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:30pm

CBS’ new “Star Trek” series is quickly coming together, bringing the franchise back to where even the most recent film’s writer and co-star Simon Pegg says is where the franchise is truly at home – television.

“Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies” creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller is spearheading “Star Trek: Discovery,” though details about it have been kept under wraps beyond brief talk at presentations indicating that its one heavily serialised story across thirteen episodes. It also takes place a decade before the time of James T. Kirk, is set in the ‘Prime Universe’ of Trek, and will follow a female (and likely minority) character who will not be a starship captain.

Today, in a new radio interview (via AICN), Fuller revealed that the lead character in indeed a Starfleet officer and she is referred to in the series as ‘Number One’. Combined with the talk of the setting which takes place around the time of the events of “The Cage,” it sounds like the character will be akin to Majel Barrett-Roddenberry’s first officer from that original rejected TOS pilot episode.

Fuller also revealed that while this first season will consist of thirteen episodes, subsequent seasons will likely comprise no more than ten episodes each due to the sheer amount required to produce the show every year. Part of the reason is also that Fuller is serving double duty as co-showrunner on Starz’s “American Gods” series.

Fuller also spoke about some of the other talent onboard. Nicholas Meyer, who co-wrote and directed the iconic “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” will be scripting the second episode following on from Fuller and Alex Kurtzman’s pilot. “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies” alum Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have also signed on to serve as co-showrunners, while Jesse Alexander (“Alias,” “Hannibal”) and author Kemp Powers have become a part of the writing team.

Fuller says Joe Menosky, who wrote TNG’s “Time’s Arrow” and Voyager’s “Year of Hell” two-parters, was his mentor when Fuller first got started as a writer on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager”. Menosky is involved in writing the new series alongside Star Trek novelist Kristen Beyer and TV vet Aron Eli Coleite who all joined back in June.

Finally, Fuller also confirmed that the first season of of ‘Discovery’ could be the first live-action season of “Star Trek” NOT to utilize a time travel element as every season of the various shows produced between 1966 to 2005 had at least one if not two episodes involving time travel.

“Star Trek Discovery” is slated premiere on CBS in January ahead of subsequent episodes appearing on CBS All Access in the United States. It will stream within hours of the U.S. broadcast on Netflix in many parts of the world.

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Ubisoft F2P Game Shutdowns

Blue's News - Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:17pm
Ubisoft is shutting down three free-to-play online games in October (thanks The Escapist). The publisher/developer has revealed plans to sunset Tom Clancy's Endwar and Might & Magic Duels of The...
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