FCC Grants OneWeb Approval To Launch Over 700 Satellites For 'Space Internet'
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 11:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's mission-is-a-go department:
OneWeb has been granted approval from the FCC to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement: "Humans have long sought inspiration from the stars, from the ancient Egyptians orienting the
pyramids toward certain stars to the Greeks using constellations to write their mythology. In modern
times, we've done the same, with over 1,000 active satellites currently in orbit. Today, the FCC harnesses
that inspiration as we seek to make the promise of high-speed internet access a reality for more Americans, partly through the skies..." The Verge reports: OneWeb plans to launch a constellation of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) technology in order to provide global, high-speed broadband. The company's goal has far-reaching implications, and would provide internet to rural and hard-to-reach areas that currently have little access to internet connectivity. Additionally, OneWeb has a targets of "connecting every unconnected school" by 2022, and "bridging the digital divide" by 2027. According to OneWeb, the company plans to launch an initial 10 production satellites in early 2018, which, pending tests, will then be followed by a full launch as early as 2019.

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Bumblebee Spinoff Could Feature VW Beetle, Filming Set for August
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 10:52 PM
By MV95 from TFW2005:
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With Transformers: The Last Knight now out in theaters in most places around the world, Paramount and director Travis Knight are almost ready to turn their attention to the Bumblebee spinoff. The film, which is set to be released next June, is expected to start filming in August. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently sat down with both Entertainment Weekly and Screen Rant in separate interviews to discuss The Last Knight, Bumblebee and the possible films to follow. “It’s the story of a 17-, 18-year-old girl who, through a series of events, she and Bumblebee find each other, and » Continue Reading.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Opens Strong in China
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 10:52 PM
By AzT from TFW2005:
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TFW2005 member G1 Evac brings us news of The Last Knight’s strong opening day in China, noted in Deadline. Rolling out in 41 overseas markets this weekend, Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight has clocked an estimated $85M through Friday, according to the studio. That includes $47.9M (RMB 330.76M) from China which, in that market, is 69% above Transformers: Age Of Extinction’s June 27, 2014 bow in local currency. Par puts the opening day for Last Knight at No. 3 for an import ever in the Middle Kingdom (including Thursday’s midnight shows). The debut sets the film on track for a » Continue Reading.

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The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Transformers’ Star Jerrod Carmichael interview
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 09:35 PM
By AzT from TFW2005:
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The Hollywood Reporter brings us an interview with Transformers: The Last Knight cast member Jerrod Carmichael, in which he shares his experiences on set and lessons learned. How was it working on a Michael Bay set? It may have been the single biggest learning experience I have had in my career. A reason I wanted to do the film was to see what a production of that size was like and to see how comedy can translate internationally. You can say a quippy thing or something sarcastic but does that translate to China? Does it play well in India?  It’s » Continue Reading.

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Japanese Magazine Figure-Oh #233 Scans: The Last Knight, MPM-03 Bumblebee, Legends And More
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 09:35 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to Loopaza Mega Store on Facebook we have got clear scans of Japanese Magazine Figure-Oh #233 Scans. The magazine brings us some nice shots of Japanese exclusive TLK-15 Calibur Optimus Prime, Leader Class TLK-19 Megatron and other The Last Knight figures, MPM-3 Bumblebee, Masterpiece Lambor+ (Sideswipe) and Sunstreaker, LG Legends series next releases, Prime 1 Studios The Last Knight Optimus Prime statue and more. You can read on to see the pictures and then sound off at the 2005 Boards.    

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Obama Authorized a Secret Cyber Operation Against Russia, Says Report
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 07:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's retaliatory-actions department:
Jessica Conditt reports via Engadget: President Barack Obama learned of Russia's attempts to hack U.S. election systems in early August 2016, and as intelligence mounted over the following months, the White House deployed secrecy protocols it hadn't used since the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound, according to a report by The Washington Post. Apparently, one of the covert programs Obama, the CIA, NSA and other intelligence groups eventually put together was a new kind of cyber operation that places remotely triggered "implants" in critical Russian networks, ready for the U.S. to deploy in the event of a pre-emptive attack. The downed Russian networks "would cause them pain and discomfort," a former U.S. official told The Post. The report says CIA director John Brennan, Obama and other officials had at least four "blunt" conversations with Russian officials about its cyber intrusions beginning August 4th. Obama confronted Vladimir Putin in person during a meeting of world leaders in China this past September, the report says, and his administration even sent Russia a warning through a secure channel originally designed to help the two countries avoid a nuclear strike. Moscow apparently responded one week later -- after the U.S. election -- denying the accusation.

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32TB of Windows 10 Internal Builds, Core Source Code Leak Online
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 06:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's treasure-hunt department:
According to an exclusive report via The Register, "a massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online." From the report: The data -- some 32TB of installation images and software blueprints that compress down to 8TB -- were uploaded to betaarchive.com, the latest load of files provided just earlier this week. It is believed the data has been exfiltrated from Microsoft's in-house systems since around March. The leaked code is Microsoft's Shared Source Kit: according to people who have seen its contents, it includes the source to the base Windows 10 hardware drivers plus Redmond's PnP code, its USB and Wi-Fi stacks, its storage drivers, and ARM-specific OneCore kernel code. Anyone who has this information can scour it for security vulnerabilities, which could be exploited to hack Windows systems worldwide. The code runs at the heart of the operating system, at some of its most trusted levels. In addition to this, hundreds of top-secret builds of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, none of which have been released to the public, have been leaked along with copies of officially released versions.

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6 Female Founders Accuse VC Justin Caldbeck of Making Unwanted Advances
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 06:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's sad-reality department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Yesterday The Information reported on allegations made by half a dozen women working in the tech industry who say they have faced unwanted and inappropriate advances from Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Justin Caldbeck, co-founder and managing partner of Binary Capital. The women include Niniane Wang, co-creator of Google Desktop and a prior CTO of Minted; and Susan Ho and Leiti Hsu, co-founders of Journy, a travel planning and booking service. The Information also talked to three other women who said Caldbeck made inappropriate advances to them. It says these women did not want their names disclosed for fear of retaliation from the VC -- and because of wider concerns they might suffer a backlash from men in the industry who don't see inappropriate advances as a problem. Among the allegations made to The Information are that Caldbeck sent explicit text messages to women; that Caldbeck sent messages in the middle of the night suggesting meeting up; that Caldbeck suggested going to a hotel bedroom during a meeting; that Caldbeck made a proposition about having an open relationship; and that Caldbeck grabbed a woman's thigh under the table of a bar during a meeting. Several of the women reported finding Caldbeck's advances so awkward they gave up on continued dealings with him. In Caldbeck's initial statement, he "strongly" denied the allegations and claimed: "I have always enjoyed respectful relationships with female founders, business partners, and investors." However, in response to The Information's story, his tone changed significantly: "Obviously, I am deeply disturbed by these allegations. While significant context is missing from the incidents reported by The Information, I deeply regret ever causing anyone to feel uncomfortable. The fact is that I have been privileged to have worked with female entrepreneurs throughout my career and I sincerely apologize to anyone who I made uncomfortable by my actions. There's no denying this is an issue in the venture community, and I hate that my behavior has contributed to it." Caldbeck has since released a full statement to Axios, where he says he "will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from Binary Capital..."

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Tesla Is 'In Talks' To Build a Factory In China
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 04:54 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's local-markets department:
Tesla confirmed yesterday that it is "in talks" with the municipal government of Shanghai to manufacture its vehicles in the country. Tesla said in a statement: "Tesla is working with the Shanghai Municipal Government to explore the possibility of establishing a manufacturing facility in the region to serve the Chinese market. As we've said before, we expect to more clearly define our plans for production in China by the end of the year. Tesla is deeply committed to the Chinese market, and we continue to evaluate potential manufacturing sites around the globe to serve the local markets. While we expect most of our production to remain in the U.S., we do need to establish local factories to ensure affordability for the markets they serve." Quartz reports: The announcement follows more than a year of speculation that the electric-vehicle maker would set up shop in China, and confirms that Tesla is altering its China strategy away from merely exporting vehicles in order to reach more Chinese consumers. Earlier this year, Musk made a stealth visit to China to visit Wang Yang, one of the nation's highest-ranking officials, to discuss Tesla's plans. Tesla has been selling vehicles in China since 2014, but to date, its share of the electric vehicle market remains marginal, at just 2% as of June 2016, according to trade blog CleanTechnica. There are several reasons for this, one of which is price. Tesla currently exports its vehicles to China, and the government places an import tax of 50% on Tesla cars. The sticker price for the most simple Model S in China is $104,972, compared to $69,500 in the US.

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'Chiropractors Are Bullshit'
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 04:54 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's calling-it-out department:
From an article on The Outline, submitted by two readers: If you're one of the approximately 80 percent of Americans who have suffered from back pain, you may have been referred to a chiropractor for medical help. In the modern-day internet landscape, you'll find chiropractic celebrities like Dr. Josh Axe (1.7 million Facebook followers), Dr. Billy DeMoss (20,000 Facebook followers), and Dr. Eric Berg (472,000 YouTube subscribers) giving advice that goes beyond managing spinal issues. Both in their offices and on social media, chiropractors have adapted to a marketplace that's demanding more than just pain management: they extol the virtues of an "alkaline diet," tell you how to manage stress with detoxing, and wax scientific about the adrenal gland. [...] Chiropractic care, I'm sorry to say, is little more than the buffoonery of a 19th-century lunatic who derived most of his medical theory from seances. It has not evolved much since its creation. Chiropractic beliefs are dangerously far removed from mainstream medicine, and the vocation's practices have been linked to strokes, herniated discs, and even death. Chiropractors can't replace your doctor, and I'm amazed that they're still even allowed to practice. [...] Though some chiropractors are now making an effort to introduce evidence-based practices into their treatment, chiropractic as a whole hasn't evolved like other areas of medicine -- with hypotheses, experimentation, and peer review. Instead, it was birthed by a strange combination of hocus pocus, guesswork, and strongly held religious beliefs.

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TFNation 2017 introduces A Brave New World – Brave Series Panel and Toy Display
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 04:18 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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TFNation 2017 have announced one of the extra-special events on their event program for their 2017 show. At TFNation 2017 fans will be able to enjoy far more than Transformers – you’ll also be able to learn about Takara’s other super robot lifeform series. That’s right, TFNation 2017 is bringing the love to the Brave Series! Yusha, or Brave, is a series of eight shows and toylines that Takara released in Japan between 1990 and 1997, bridging the large gap left when Transformers largely disappeared from Japanese airwaves and toy shelves. The Brave Series shows were produced by Sunrise, known » Continue Reading.

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Transformers The Last Knight Reveal Hidden Messages Masks Released in the UK
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 04:18 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Argos stores in the UK are now stocking some new (and possibly, store exclusive) Transformers The Last Knight masks. As if the voice changer masks and the Robots in Disguise masks being released for the movie were not enough, these masks constitute a third set of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee roleplay masks for the new movie. The masks are branded as a part of the “Reveal Hidden Messages” subline, which we know will be Target exclusive in the US and evidently Argos exclusive in the UK. They’re rereleases of the masks from the Transformers Prime line, sporting extra stickers as » Continue Reading.

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Texting While Driving Now Legal In Colorado -- In Some Cases
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 03:33 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's two-hands-on-the-wheel department:
Fines for texting and driving in Colorado have jumped to $300, but according to the fine print, the increased fine only applies to drivers who are texting in "a careless or imprudent manner." Therefore, drivers who are texting in any other manner are still within the law. FOX31 Denver reports: Before the new legislation, any texting while driving was illegal. Tim Lane of the Colorado District Attorney's Office confirmed the softening crackdown on all texting and driving. "The simple fact is that if you are texting while driving but not being careless, it's no longer illegal," he said. What constitutes "careless" driving is up to the discretion of each individual law enforcement officer. Cellphone use of any kind is still banned for drivers younger than 18. Teens caught with a phone in hand while driving will be slapped with a $50 fine.

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IT Services Company Wipro Forces 600 Employees To Work In Bed Bug Infested Office
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 03:33 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's pest-control department:
McGruber writes: Information Technology Services CorporationWipro's 600-employee call center in Chamblee, Georgia is in infected with bed bugs according to Atlanta television station 11Alive. The facilities manager admits there is a bed bug problem and it's been an issue since late May. Employees told the tv station that the bugs are all over the three floors -- and they're biting. But employees are being told they still must go to work. Kwanita Holmes sent 11Alive photos of what she said is a bed bug bite on her arm: "We're at work 8 hours a day and we're getting munched on all day," she said. Wipro said it's paying for in-home bed bug consultations and treatments for employees.

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Takara-Tomy The Last Knight Gold Vector Shield Offer
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 02:53 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Takara-Tomy have updated their website with details of a new movie accessory giveaway. The Gold Vector Shield is a gold chrome and blue accented version of the shield that came with the Leader class Age of Extinction Optimus Prime. From what we can decipher from the website and the image advert, we know this will be available on 15 July 2017, at a range of participating stores which will be displaying a poster to mark their involvement in the campaign. It also appears that this is a limited run of 2,000 pieces.

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The Last Knight Voyager Optimus Prime Reveal Hidden Messages Version Released in Taiwan
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 02:53 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Via TFW2005 member Prime Roller, we can report that the exclusive Transformers The Last Knight Voyager class Optimus Prime has made it to Taiwan retail. This figure is a redeco of the Dark of the Moon Voyager class figure, released as one of the three The Last Knight store exclusive campaigns in various parts of the world. His gimmick is featuring red “scrambled” messages, which can be decoded to reveal hidden symbols. He’ll be coming to the US as a Target exclusive. Also reported is the release of Armor Knight Megatron in Taiwan. He’s already out in the US as » Continue Reading.

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New official Transformers figure stand
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 02:53 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Our sponsors Robot Kingdom have listed an interesting new item – an official Transformers figure stand. Unlike the previous official stand that Takara-Tomy offered, which used a peg to plug into the ports on many Generations and Movie toys, this stand uses a rounded claw which the figure can be rested on for display. We’re unclear how this stand might be sold more widely, but we’d imagine it is something that Hasbro Asia are manufacturing for the Asian collectors market. For now, check out the attached image of the stand – we’ve not got any assembled images, nor an » Continue Reading.

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Loot Anime: Unnatural - Japanator Unboxing
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 02:53 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
As with many manga and anime, beings of otherworldly origin are a common staple in the media featuring all kinds of crazy stuff from the supernatural and paranormal. This month's Loot Anime is all about those Unnatural forces: Featuring Mob Psycho 100's world beyond our own hidden from plain sight, Parasyte's creepy alien invaders, Noragami's spiritual reality and Death Note's sinister entities.

Check out the video above and the gallery below to get a look at the contents of the latest Loot Anime crate themed "Unnatural".

Next month's Loot Anime is themed: Rise Up! It features goodies from Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Knights of Sidonia, BLAME!, and Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Loot Anime is a monthly mystery subscription box featuring items related to your favorite anime and manga. There will be 4-6 items with each box, about $60+ in retail value, licensed, and most are exclusive to Loot Anime.

If you are interested in signing up for next month's themed box, use the code "JAPANATOR" for $3 off first your order at Loot Anime!



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WikiLeaks Doc Dump Reveals CIA Tools For Hacking Air-Gapped PCs
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 02:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's open-window department:
An anonymous reader writes: "WikiLeaks dumped today the manuals of several hacking utilities part of Brutal Kangaroo, a CIA malware toolkit for hacking into air-gapped (offline) networks using tainted USB thumb drives," reports Bleeping Computer. The CIA uses these tools as part of a very complex attack process, that allows CIA operatives to infect offline, air-gapped networks. The first stage of these attacks start with the infection of a "primary host," an internet-connected computer at a targeted company. Malware on this primary host automatically infects all USB thumb drives inserted into the machine. If this thumb drive is connected to computers on an air-gapped network, a second malware is planted on these devices. This malware is so advanced, that it can even create a network of hacked air-gapped PCs that talk to each other and exchange commands. To infect the air-gapped computers, the CIA malware uses LNK (shortcut) files placed on the USB thumb drive. Once the user opens and views the content of the thumb drive in Windows Explorer, his air-gapped PC is infected without any other interaction.

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YouTube Claims 1.5 Billion Monthly Users
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 02:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's scale-and-speed department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Google's YouTube unit says it now reaches 1.5 billion viewers every month -- and its users watch more than an hour of mobile videos per day -- as it expands its video programming to sell more digital ads. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki also wrote that YouTube Red, the company's foray into original videos, has launched 37 series that have generated "nearly a quarter billion views." YouTube Red has 12 new projects in the works, she said.

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