Takashi Miike to direct live action JoJo's Bizarre Adventure movie
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 10:14 AM
By Nick Valdez from Japanator:
Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure was the one manga I never thought I'd see a live action version of. After struggling for years to even get an anime version off the ground, it seemed very unlikely. But thanks to the anime's surge in popularity (not to mention the success of the manga, now in its eighth iteration), we're getting a movie version sooner than you'd think.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Japan is teaming with Toho (the studio behind Godzilla) to bring a live action version of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable to Japanese theaters next Summer. It's also going to be directed by Takashi Miike, who's no stranger to adapting weird properties like Ace Attorney and Yatterman (not to mention his more popular films, Audition and Ichi the Killer), and he's already found a ton in Barcelona which mirrors Morioh Town.

Miike's films tend to be overhyped, but I always appreciate his vision. I mean, if this is successful, maybe we'll get more films? I'm hoping for more Battle Tendency love myself.

[via THR]



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Success And Its Opposite
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 10:01 AM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
Gabe is playing an Xbox game at home, alone, and without compulsion - specifically, Forza Horizon 3. I don’t know what caused this to happen, but it’s happening and we have to deal with that. Specifically, I have to deal with that. I grabbed a copy after being coated in his effusions, and with a jaunty spirit, named my international racing mogul Sloth. In my mind I can see his business card, and underneath where it says Sloth is a curl of italicized cursive that says “It’s Ironic.” I want to know way, way more before I talk about it, but the…

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'Safe' Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Explodes in China
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 09:54 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's phone-on-fire department:
Rahil Bhagat, writing for CNET: The tendency of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to catch fire has led to the company's global recall of around 2.5 million of the phones, to be replaced with new, safe units. Samsung could have another problem on its hands, though, as a Chinese man says a brand new Note 7 exploded on him, Bloomberg reported. Samsung had previously said Chinese models of the phone were safe as they use a different battery than Note 7 devices sold in the rest of the world. Hu Renjie, 25, claimed his brand new Note 7, bought over the weekend from JD.com, exploded while charging, burning two of his fingers and damaging a MacBook Pro. Hu said that a representative from Samsung paid him a visit concerning this incident and asked for the smouldering corpse of his phone to perform an autopsy, but he refused.

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Game Theory: The TRUTH About Minecraft's World!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 09:54 AM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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Elon Musk: First Humans Who Journey To Mars Must 'Be Prepared To Die'
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 09:54 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's future department:
At a conference yesterday, Elon Musk outlined his company SpaceX's plan to send humans to Mars. The vehicle is called the Interplanetary Transport System and it is capable of carrying 100 tons of cargo (people and supplies). Musk added that this rocket ship could take people to Mars in just 80 days. But he also reminded that the first batch of people who are brave enough to go to Mars should be well aware that they are almost certainly going to die. The Verge adds:During the Q&A session that followed, the question inevitably came up: what sort of person does Musk think will volunteer to get strapped to that big rocket and fired toward the Red Planet? "Who should these people be, carrying the light of humanity to Mars for all of us?" an audience member asked. "I think the first journeys to Mars will be really very dangerous," answered Musk. "The risk of fatality will be high. There's just no way around it." The journey itself would take around 80 days, according to the plan and ideas that Musk put forward. "Are you prepared to die? If that's okay, then you're a candidate for going," he added. But Musk didn't want to get stuck talking about the risks and immense danger. "This is less about who goes there first... the thing that really matters is making a self-sustaining civilization on Mars as fast as possible. This is different than Apollo. This is really about minimizing existential risk and having a tremendous sense of adventure," he said.

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Transformers: Devastation Available For Free On Playstation 4
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 09:20 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:


Sony will allow their Playstation Plus subscribers to download Transformers: Devastation for free on Playstation 4 all throughout the month of October. Just last month, Sony unlocked the award winning indie videogame Journey on PS4 and this is the last week to grab it before Remastered Resident Evil 4 and Transformers: Devastation hit the digital market for free on October 4th. “Next up is Transformers: Devastation. Drawing on the talents from the original Transformers TV series for the story and voice work, the game should feel pleasantly familiar to fans. Fabled developer PlatinumGames also delivers a fun and rewarding combat system » Continue Reading.

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Across US, Police Officers Abuse Confidential Databases
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 08:32 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's policing-police department:
Sadie Gurman and Eric Tucker, reporting for Associated Press:Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found. Criminal-history and driver databases give officers critical information about people they encounter on the job. But the AP's review shows how those systems also can be exploited by officers who, motivated by romantic quarrels, personal conflicts or voyeuristic curiosity, sidestep policies and sometimes the law by snooping. In the most egregious cases, officers have used information to stalk or harass, or have tampered with or sold records they obtained. No single agency tracks how often the abuse happens nationwide, and record-keeping inconsistencies make it impossible to know how many violations occur. But the AP, through records requests to state agencies and big-city police departments, found law enforcement officers and employees who misused databases were fired, suspended or resigned more than 325 times between 2013 and 2015. They received reprimands, counseling or lesser discipline in more than 250 instances, the review found.

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Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts - And May Share Them With Police: The Intercept
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 08:32 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's privacy-woes department:
The Intercept is reporting that despite what Apple claims, it does keep a log of people you are receiving messages from and shares this and other potentially sensitive metadata with law enforcement when compelled by court order. Apple insists that iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends. From the report:This log also includes the date and time when you entered a number, along with your IP address -- which could, contrary to a 2013 Apple claim that "we do not store data related to customers' location," identify a customer's location. Apple is compelled to turn over such information via court orders for systems known as "pen registers" or "tap and trace devices," orders that are not particularly onerous to obtain, requiring only that government lawyers represent they are "likely" to obtain information whose "use is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation." Apple confirmed to The Intercept that it only retains these logs for a period of 30 days, though court orders of this kind can typically be extended in additional 30-day periods, meaning a series of monthlong log snapshots from Apple could be strung together by police to create a longer list of whose numbers someone has been entering.

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Milk and Soap Studios – Sofubi Optimus Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 08:01 AM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:


The Transformers license for collectibles continues to expand as companies Milk and Soap Studios have joined forces to create a white and clear plastic vinyl Optimus Prime figure! A bit of an oddity, but a cool one nonetheless, as this Prime features an upper body made of clear plastic and the lower half of milk white plastic, sporting black decals and eyes for contrast. As a vinyl statue, this Optimus unfortunately can’t transform. Release date and pre-orders have yet to come out, but he’s to be priced at 1,080 yen (approximately $10 USD), so he won’t be too pricey. Check » Continue Reading.

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Masterpiece Grapple – Exclusive Diecast Figure
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 08:01 AM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:


Thanks to the Facebook page of site sponsor RobotKingdom, we have news of another diecast mini-figure packaged with a Masterpiece figure. This time the figure is Ultra Magnus and will be coming with MP-35 Grapple as a Transformers Asia exclusive. Separate listings for the MP-35 + diecast Ultra Magnus are available via our sponsors up above for about $154.99 USD.

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55 Percent Of Online Shoppers Start Their Product Searches On Amazon
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 07:02 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's how-you-buy-stuff department:
Another year, another data point showing Amazon has surpassed Google as the default search engine for shopping, a report on Recode reads. Fifty-five percent of people in the U.S. now start their online shopping trips on Amazon.com, according to results from a 2,000-person survey commissioned by the e-commerce startup BloomReach. That stat marks a 25 percent increase from the same survey last year, when 44 percent of online shoppers said they turned to Amazon first. From the report: Over the same time, the percentage of shoppers who start product searches on search engines like Google dropped from 34 percent to 28 percent. The number of online shoppers who check out a retailerâ(TM)s website (other than Amazon) first also shrunk, from 21 percent to 16 percent.

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BlackBerry Says It's Done Designing and Building Its Own Phones
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 07:02 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's end-of-an-era department:
BlackBerry today reported its fiscal second-quarter sales and said that it will stop making its iconic smartphones and focus on its software business. The Verge adds: BlackBerry has announced that it plans to stop making its own phones as the struggling company continues to focus on its software and security products. This is far from the end of BlackBerry devices, the production of which will be outsourced to third-party manufacturers -- as was the case with the company's recent DTEK 50, a clone of Alcatel's Idol 4 with BlackBerry branding. "The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners," said CEO John Chen in a statement. Elsewhere he stated: "We are reaching an inflection point with our strategy. Our financial foundation is strong, and our pivot to software is taking hold." This isn't surprising news considering BlackBerry's ongoing struggle in the mobile market. According to estimates from Gartner, the company claimed just 0.1 percent of the market in the second quarter, equating to sales of some 400,400 units. The last BlackBerry phone manufactured by the company was the Priv, the company's first Android-powered device, released November last year.

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Vladimir Putin Is Replacing Microsoft Programs With Domestic Software
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 05:40 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's state-sponsored-software department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Moscow city will replace Microsoft Corp. programs with domestic software on thousands of computers in answer to President Vladimir Putin's call for Russia's authorities to reduce dependence on foreign technology amid tensions with the U.S. and Europe. The city will initially replace Microsoft's Exchange Server and Outlook on 6,000 computers with an e-mail system installed by state-run carrier Rostelecom PJSC, Artem Yermolaev, head of information technology for Moscow, told reporters Tuesday. Moscow may expand deployment of the new software, developed by Russia's New Cloud Technologies, to as many as 600,000 computers and servers, and may also consider replacing Windows and Office, Yermolaev said. Putin is urging state entities and local companies to go domestic amid concerns over security and reliability after U.S. firms shut down paid services in Crimea following Russia's 2014 annexation. The plan poses a challenge to the likes of Microsoft, SAP SE and Oracle Corp. in the country's $3 billion software market. Adding to pressure, Putin's internet czar German Klimenko wants to raise taxes on U.S. technology companies to help Russian competitors such as Yandex NV and Mail.ru Group Ltd.

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Nissan Debuts 'ProPILOT' Self-Driving Chair
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 02:51 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's first-world-problems department:
jasonbrown writes from a report via PC Magazine: The Japanese automaker Nissan this week debuted what it's calling the ProPILOT Chair -- an autonomous chair that automatically queues for you while you sit back and relax. With its built-in cameras, the high-tech chair "detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and traveling along a set path." Standing (or sitting) in line has never been so much fun. "Nissan drew inspiration for this new chair from its ProPILOT autonomous driving technology, which has been available in the company's Serena minivan in Japan since August," the report adds. "The ProPILOT technology allows the vehicle to maintain a safe distance between the car ahead, and ensures that it stays in the center of its lane." While the product appears to be a marketing stunt, Nissan is actively looking for restaurant partners in Japan who want to offer this technology to their customers. Japanese restaurants can tweet their name and website along with the hashtags #NissanProPilotChair #Wanted in an effort to be outfitted with the technology. You can watch the joyful and jazzy launch video here.

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Subterranean Ledes
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 12:10 AM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Subterranean Ledes

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DJI Unveils the Mavic Pro, a Foldable and Ultra-Portable Camera Drone
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '16 at 12:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's invasion-of-privacy department:
It didn't take long for DJI to respond to GoPro's voice-controlled Karma drone. Today, the company has unveiled the Mavic Pro, an ultra-portable drone that can fold up into roughly the "size of a standard water bottle," DJI says. Of course, it also features a high-resolution camera and several autonomous software tricks. PetaPixel reports: Despite its petite form factor, the drone packs a punch: there's a 4K camera on the front, a visual navigation system, a 4.3-mile (7km) range, and a 27-minute flight time. By comparison, the Karma has a range of 0.62 miles (1km) and a flight time of 20 minutes. The Mavic Pro can be operated with a remote controller for long-range uses, or simply with your smartphone if you're not planning to fly it far. For the latter, the drone can go from folded up to in flight in less than a minute. In the Mavic Pro is a new FlightAutonomy system, which uses 5 cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation, 2 ultrasonic rangefinders, redundant sensors, and 24 computing cores to serve as the drone's "brain and nervous system." Using FlightAutonomy, the Mavic Pro can follow positions and routes while avoiding obstacles at 22mph (36kph), allowing you to create advanced flights with minimal input and flying skills. What's more, the drone can even be controlled with your physical gestures, making it easy to shoot an aerial selfie if you so desire. A new compact remote controller has been designed for the Mavic Pro, and it features an LCD screen with essential data, dedicated buttons (e.g. Return-to-Home, Intelligent Flight pause), and a OcuSync video link system that provides live view at 1080p resolution. DJI is also announcing DJI Goggles to go along with the Mavic Pro. Wearing the goggles allows you to fly the drone with an immersive 85-degree view in full 1080p, viewing the world through the eyes of the drone. The DJI Mavic Pro will be available starting October 15th, 2016, with a price tag of $749 for just the drone and $999 with a remote controller bundled in. The DJI Mavic introduction video can be viewed here.

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Fixing Problems
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '16 at 09:11 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

'What was the original problem you were trying to fix?' 'Well, I noticed one of the tools I was using had an inefficiency that was wasting my time.'

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Elon Musk Proposes Spaceship That Can Send 100 People To Mars In 80 Days
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '16 at 08:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's one-way-ticket department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Today, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the Mars vehicle -- the spaceship his company plans to build to transport the first colonists to Mars. It will have a diameter of 17 meters. The plan is to send about 100 people per trip, though Musk wants to ultimately take 200 or more per flight to make the cost cheaper per person. The trip can take as little as 80 days or as many as 150 depending on the year. The hope is that the transport time will be only 30 days "in the more distant future." The rocket booster will have a diameter of 12 meters and the stack height will be 122 meters. The spaceship should hold a cargo of up to 450 tons depending on how many refills can be done with the tanker. As rumored, the Mars vehicle will be reusable and the spaceship will refuel in orbit. The trip will work like this: First, the spaceship will launch out of Pad 39A, which is under development right now at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. At liftoff, the booster will have 127,800 kilonewtons of thrust, or 28,730,000 pounds of thrust. Then, the spaceship and booster separate. The spaceship heads to orbit, while the booster heads back to Earth, coming back within about 20 minutes. Back on Earth, the booster lands on a launch mount and a propellant tanker is loaded onto the booster. The entire unit -- now filled with fuel -- lifts off again. It joins with the spaceship, which is then refueled in orbit. The propellant tankers will go up anywhere from three to five times to fill the tanks of the spaceship. The spaceship finally departs for Mars. To make the trip more attractive for its crew members, Musk promises that it'll be "really fun" with zero-G games, movies, cabins, games, a restaurant. Once it reaches Mars, the vehicle will land on the surface, using its rocket engines to lower itself gently down to the ground. The spaceship's passengers will use the vehicle, as well as cargo and hardware that's already been shipped over to Mars, to set up a long-term colony. At the rate of 20 to 50 total Mars trips, it will take anywhere from 40 to 100 years to achieve a fully self-sustaining civilization with one million people on Mars, says Musk.

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FBI Investigating Possible Hack of Democratic Party Staffer Cell Phones
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '16 at 06:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's can-I-have-your-number department:
In what may be part of the original Democratic National Committee hack, the FBI is currently investigating a possible hack involving the cell phones of a small number of Democratic Party staffers. CNN reports: The development comes on the same day Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told lawmakers that 18 states have asked for help in warding off cyberattacks on their electronic voting systems. Law enforcement officials have reached out to the staffers individually about "imaging" their phones to search for evidence of hacking, such as malware. Investigators are still probing whether this attempted hack is part of the original breach of Democratic National Committee emails -- which is widely thought to be the work of the Russian government -- or a new hacking attempt. "Our struggle with the Russian hackers that we announced in June is ongoing -- as we knew it would be -- and we are choosing not to provide general updates unless personal data or other sensitive information has been accessed or stolen," interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile told CNN. Cybersecurity was a major theme at the debate last night between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. While Clinton blamed the Russians for the "election-related cyberintrusions," Trump said "It could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It could also be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds." We will update this story as it develops.

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Game OverThinker (Remastered) - THE SMASHING SEVEN
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '16 at 05:42 PM
By moviebob from MovieBob:


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