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A Closer Look At "Batman v Superman" Trailer

Dark Horizons - 7 hours 27 min ago

Yesterday's release of the first trailer for Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" comes after a rather rough 24-48 hours for the film which has seen the buzz surrounding it going from curious and heavily anticipated to one of suspicion and division. Whatever your feelings about the new trailer, the footage offers some fascinating footage and here's some screen captures of all the key shots in the teaser:

More "Force Awakens" Details & Designs

Dark Horizons - 7 hours 27 min ago

As the "Star Wars Celebration" convention draws towards a close, a couple more facts regarding the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have come to light from various panels and exhibits on the floor.

Numerous costumes were on display on the exhibit floor where descriptive cards for them reveal that there's been some name changes. Thirty years on after the events of "Return of the Jedi," the remains of The Galactic Empire have become The First Order, whilst The Rebel Alliance has become The Resistance.

Also available are numerous pieces of artwork and photos showcasing the film's main villain Kylo Ren along with the new look Storm Troopers along with Snow Trooper and Flame Trooper variations.

First Order Snowtrooper and Flametrooper(!): #StarWarsCelebration

— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) April 16, 2015

Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power

Recent /. Posts - 7 hours 33 min ago writes Diane Cardwell reports in the NYT that many utilities are trying desperately to stem the rise of solar power, either by reducing incentives, adding steep fees or effectively pushing home solar companies out of the market. The economic threat has electric companies on edge. Over all, demand for electricity is softening while home solar is rapidly spreading across the country. There are now about 600,000 installed systems, and the number is expected to reach 3.3 million by 2020, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. In Hawaii, the current battle began in 2013, when Hawaiian Electric started barring installations of residential solar systems in certain areas. It was an abrupt move — a panicked one, critics say — made after the utility became alarmed by the technical and financial challenges of all those homes suddenly making their own electricity. "Hawaii is a postcard from the future," says Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar, a policy and advocacy group based in California. But utilities say that solar-generated electricity flowing out of houses and into a power grid designed to carry it in the other direction has caused unanticipated voltage fluctuations that can overload circuits, burn lines and lead to brownouts or blackouts. "At every different moment, we have to make sure that the amount of power we generate is equal to the amount of energy being used, and if we don't keep that balance things go unstable," says Colton Ching, vice president for energy delivery at Hawaiian Electric, pointing to the illuminated graphs and diagrams tracking energy production from wind and solar farms, as well as coal-fueled generators in the utility's main control room. But the rooftop systems are "essentially invisible to us," says Ching, "because they sit behind a customer's meter and we don't have a means to directly measure them." The utility wants to cut roughly in half the amount it pays customers for solar electricity they send back to the grid. "Hawaii's case is not isolated," says Massoud Amin. "When we push year-on-year 30 to 40 percent growth in this market, with the number of installations doubling, quickly — every two years or so — there's going to be problems."

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HomeStarRunner: Record Store Day b/w B-est of B-sides

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"Limited Edition Colored 180gm Vinyl Picturedisque".


DIA Polygraph Countermeasure Case Files Leaked

Recent /. Posts - 8 hours 29 min ago
George Maschke writes (of which I am a co-founder) has published a set of leaked Defense Intelligence Agency polygraph countermeasure case files along with a case-by-case analysis. The case files, which include polygraph charts and the exact questions used, suggest that the only people being "caught" trying to beat the polygraph are those using crude, unsophisticated methods that anyone who actually understood polygraph procedure and effective countermeasures (like, say, a real spy, saboteur, or terrorist) would ever use. has previously published polygraph community training materials on countermeasures that indicate they lack the ability to detect countermeasures like those described in our free book, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector (PDF) or in former police polygraph examiner Doug Williams' manual, How to Sting the Polygraph . Williams, who was indicted last year after teaching undercover federal agents how to pass a polygraph, is scheduled to stand trial on May 12 in Oklahoma City.

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Does Lack of FM Support On Phones Increase Your Chances of Dying In a Disaster?

Recent /. Posts - 10 hours 24 min ago
theodp writes You may not know it," reports NPR's Emma Bowman, "but most of today's smartphones have FM radios inside of them. But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off. The National Association of Broadcasters has been asking mobile makers to change this. But the mobile industry, which profits from selling data to smartphone users, says that with the consumer's move toward mobile streaming apps, the demand for radio simply isn't there." But FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate says radio-enabled smartphones could sure come in handy during times of emergency. So, is it irresponsible not to activate the FM chips? And should it's-the-app-way-or-the-highway Apple follow Microsoft's lead and make no-static-at-all FM available on iPhones?

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US Military To Recruit Civilian Cybersecurity Experts

Recent /. Posts - 13 hours 29 min ago
An anonymous reader writes The U.S. Army is to create a new cybersecurity division, Cyber Branch 17, and is also considering launching a cyber career track for civilians, according to an announcement made this week by Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon. Cardon, who currently heads the U.S. Army's cyber command, ARCYBER, spoke to the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Tuesday about the growing threats and capabilities used in cyber warfare. He argued that creating a cyber career management field for civilians would result in an easier recruitment process, as opposed to recruiting internally and trying to retain the talent, he said. Cardon maintains that recruiting and retaining talent in the field is often challenging, given internal employment constraints surrounding compensation and slow hiring processes.

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FBI Overstated Forensic Hair Matches In Nearly All Trials Before 2000

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:29pm
schwit1 writes The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory's microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country's largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence. The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.

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Google To Propose QUIC As IETF Standard

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 7:33pm
As reported by TechCrunch, "Google says it plans to propose HTTP2-over-QUIC to the IETF as a new Internet standard in the future," having disclosed a few days ago that about half of the traffic from Chrome browsers is using QUIC already. From the article: The name "QUIC" stands for Quick UDP Internet Connection. UDP's (and QUIC's) counterpart in the protocol world is basically TCP (which in combination with the Internet Protocol (IP) makes up the core communication language of the Internet). UDP is significantly more lightweight than TCP, but in return, it features far fewer error correction services than TCP. ... That's why UDP is great for gaming services. For these services, you want low overhead to reduce latency and if the server didn't receive your latest mouse movement, there's no need to spend a second or two to fix that because the action has already moved on. You wouldn't want to use it to request a website, though, because you couldn't guarantee that all the data would make it. With QUIC, Google aims to combine some of the best features of UDP and TCP with modern security tools.

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Joseph Goebbels' Estate Sues Publisher Over Diary Excerpt Royalties

Recent /. Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 4:23pm
wabrandsma writes with this from The Guardian: The estate of Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's minister of propaganda, is taking legal action against the publisher Random House over a new biography, claiming payment for the use of extracts from his diaries. Peter Longerich's biography of Goebbels is to be published in May (Random House/ Siedler). Longerich, who is the professor at Royal Holloway's Holocaust Research Centre, maintains this case has important censorship implications. 'If you accept that a private person controls the rights to Goebbels' diaries, then – theoretically – you give this person the right to control research,' he said.

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Killing Floor 2 Regional Gore Cuts Possible

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:05pm
A post by Tripwire Interactive on Steam warns potential customers of Killing Floor 2 that the upcoming first-person shooter sequel may have some of its gore cut upon full release to comply with...

New Mass Effect Details?

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:05pm
A post on reddit claims to offer details on the next Mass Effect game offered by a user named benjamin_stone who says they come from a survey. This survey would appear to answer as many questions as...

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:05pm
Bound By Flame on Steam. Save 80%.

Saturday Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:05pm
Ultra Street Fighter IV PS4 Version Dated. Microsoft inks deal with Unity and Unreal Engine for easier game development. Thanks HARDOCP.

Saturday Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:05pm
FCC moves toward 'historic' spectrum sharing plan. Thanks HARDOCP.
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