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Wil Wheaton shows why Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession is killing movies

Do you remember the past? Hollywood is really hoping that you do — it’s much too difficult to appeal to human beings on a shared emotional level. Much easier to simply make reference to a toy popular when the largest movie-consuming demographic was young and hope that draws in the millions. This obsession with nostalgia has been particularly pronounced in recent years, neatly emphasized by the upcoming release of a gritty-fied movie version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the success of Michael Bay’s brain-melting Transformers franchise.

Wil Wheaton skewers the phenomenon perfectly in his new video, a trailer for fictitious title Literally Everything Else From Your Childhood: The Movie. The trailer simply reels off a collection of…

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robots killing humans?

Question by brifos420: robots killing humans?
can anyone answer me this: what was the 1st documented case of a robot killing a human in US?

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Answer by Adam M
not till the 2030’s on the film with will smith…Irobot!

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Netflix saves The Killing one more time, six-episode final season will be a streaming exclusive

Netflix saves The Killing one more time, sixepisode final season will be a streaming exclusive

Netflix already pulled whodunnit The Killing from the scrap pile once, working out a deal with AMC to produce a third season for airing and subsequent streaming, and now it’s done it again. The Killing will see a fourth and final six-episode season (when is still up in the air), produced by Fox, which Netflix will stream exclusively in the areas where it provides service. This, along with continued hints of more Arrested Development in the works will probably get fans of other canceled/about-to-be canceled series excited, although we’ll have to wait and see how many refurb projects Netflix is ready to put next to its original content.

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Microsoft is not killing the Windows Phone back button

Recent rumors suggest that Microsoft may be planning to kill off the back button in Windows Phone 8.1. While the requirement for a hardware back button will likely be dropped, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that the software maker will replace it with an onscreen version if it goes ahead with the plans. We understand that Microsoft is experimenting with dropping the hardware requirements for back, Start, and search buttons in an effort to lower costs for device manufacturers. Any potential devices without hardware buttons will have buttons on the screen.

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Terrifying Giant Hornet Plague Killing Dozens In China


Note: To everyone sending me the dinosaur smut novels story I already posted it on Monday. Don’t you people read?! “Not at all.” I didn’t think so.

These are giant hornets. They’re like regular hornets, but f***ing giant. And apparently they’ve been swarming and killing people in central China this year in numbers previously unheard of, possibly due to a population spike as a result of climate change. If there was ever a reason to reevaluate our outlook on climate change, this is it.

Twenty-eight people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China, according to reports.

Victims described being chased for hundreds of metres by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times.

The hornet attacks are a recurring problem in the area from May to as late as November. According to Ankang police, 36 people died in the city and 715 were injured by the creatures between 2002 and 2005. But Zhou said the issue had been particularly severe this year, possibly because of weather changes.

Jesus, just look at those things. The stingers alone are– “Bigger than your penis.” Good one, jerk! Here I am trying to talk about real world stuff and all you can think about is my corn dog. It’s a blessing and a curse. A special kind of curse when I’m out camping with the guys.

Thanks to john, who agrees Mother Nature must have been really uninspired when she stopped making new things and just started making giant versions of existing creatures.

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What is the movie where robots become killing machines and the robots are made of erector sets?

Question by jj0deleon: What is the movie where robots become killing machines and the robots are made of erector sets?
I don’t know if its a movie or just a small story within the movie. I do remember some of the robots looking like spiders.

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Answer by pjwulfman
Its Called “Runaway” with Tom Sellick.
Written and directed by Michael Crichton

Little robots taking over this city. A lot of little spider things with poisonous darts.

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How do Americans Feel About Robot Killing Machines?

“In a blow to would-be Terminators everywhere, a majority of Americans oppose robots that could autonomously choose to kill a human. Of the 1000 people surv…

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This is the Modem World: The internet may be killing cash

Each week Joshua Fruhlinger contributes This is the Modem Globe, a column committed to discovering the culture of customer innovation.

This is the Modem World The Internet May Be Killing Cash

We prayer money. It can be exchanged for life-sustaining things, makes us powerful and drives us to make brand-new things. It likewise drives us to do some really weird stuff, but that’s a topic for another day and place. You may not acquiesce the altar of the dollar, however you certainly recognize the should have some in order to make it through.

While we love money as a culture, its time could be restricted as a currency, and the web might be to blame. Money wasn’t constantly king. Before we traded money, we exchanged gold, cows, clamshells, rice, copper, tea leaves and even bat guano. At some point in those currencies’ lives, people identified that there were other things worth more and proceeded to trade those.

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Inside Microsoft’s Cauldron Of Ideas: From Kinect, Bing And Killing Heaven Display Of Death, To Code That Can easily Find out, Pixels You Can easily Hold And Drugs Put together From DNA

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If Steve Wozniak is troubled Microsoft is now a lot more ingenious than Apple, the origin for that worry most certainly lies within Microsoft’s network of research labs. Dotted around the entire world, from Redmond to India and Asia by means of the UK, these university-style study establishments are the peaceful engines behind developments such as the Kinect depth camera which translates human movements into computable gestures, and Xbox users ’ motions into gameplay. Another noteworthy Microsoft product that its research arm has played a substantial part in developing is the Bing search engine — with specialists knuckling down to crack problems

such as the best ways to calculate relevance and design the auction mechanisms underlying search marketing. Microsoft Study has actually additionally helped to improve the dependability of the Windows OS via the development of Microsoft ’ s Fixed Motorist Verifier (which addresses the problem of trusting third-party software – and has actually made the Blue Screen Of Death a rarity, where as soon as it was a running joke). From the outside looking in, Microsoft ’s research laboratories appear likethe jewel in the crown of a corporation established ice ages ago, in technology terms, assisting to make sure that, in spite of being the grand old daddy of tech — with a previous sales chief for a CEO — Redmond continues to be a substantial force to be reckoned with in many of the spheres in which it plays. The laboratories are “ the far seeing eyes of Microsoft, ” states Andrew Blake, laboratory director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, giving the insider ’ s view. “ Our job is to be a cauldron bubbling with concepts and the concepts are there to be plucked out at the right moment, ” he informs TechCrunch. “ It’s sort of intrinsically challenging to anticipate exactly what’s going to be necessary, so that’s why you have the cauldron bubbling, due to the fact that let a thousand flowers bloom, let’s just see exactly what takes place. You genuinely have no idea just what the results are going to be. ” Microsoft invested a tremendous $ 9.8 billion on R&D in its 2012 financial year but Blake states the labs account for “ a small portion ” of that. “ We do not publish our budget however it’s a small fraction of the total investing on research and development, ” he states. “ I would not understand ways to invest [$ 9.8 billion]! ” On a press browse through to Microsoft ’ s Cambridge Study lab, we are revealed a glimpse of

the big range of study jobs bubbling away beneath the peaceful corporate facade nevertheless modest its spending plan: from jobs utilizing device discovering to utilize the power of big data to make much better predictions about the Earth ’ s climate; to research into brand-new individual interface mechanisms that blend the genuine and the virtual so you could ‘ hold ’ a 3D ball of pixels in your hand; to a PhD job recycling Kinect parts to fashion a wrist-mounted glove-less finger-motion-capturing device (below); to multidisciplinary research looking at making biological cells programmable using computer system software. If there ’ s a unifying thread linking all the diverse projects going on under the Microsoft Research umbrella, it ’ s the sheer range of study work being undertaken. This is not a model of corporate study securely connected to item groups and instant business intentions, as is the case with Study at Google – which has a stated objective to “ bring significant, practical benefits to our users, and to do so rapidly within a couple of years at many. ” Microsoft Research is a lot more akin to a university study establishment, says Blake, a structure that he argues allows for a far healthier and much more sustainable entity. ” It’s clear to us that for a healthy study lab you should have a renewal mechanism, ” he states. “ If you merely take people who are made use of to doing study and being complimentary thinkers and you placed a yoke on them, like on the oxen, and have them driving the technology wagon, eventually they get tired and where are they getting their beverage from? Where are the brand-new concepts going to come from? So that’s why we have this as an integral part of our framework — right in in our DNA is basic study

, and publishing, and going to conferences, and free association with the scholastic community. ” Blake notes that he has just recently finished arranging a scholastic conference in his very own area of know-how — pc vision — adding that: “ We senior individuals in Microsoft research, we take our turn doing those things and we release a ton in those seminars and we have researchers visiting us from other universities and we visit other universities. There’s a great deal of that stuff going on which is not that different from what you ‘d see in a university. ”

Of course there are important distinctions to a university. For something Microsoft Study is privy to large quantities of business venture information — which it can easily use to its advantage as a study aid. Instead of having to create a mini datacenter, say, to test research into improving the effectiveness of data centers, Microsoft Study staff could “ go and speak with individuals who run the Azure business venture any time they want and try their concepts out and see if they’re scraping the right itch, ” as Blake puts it. (And yes, the laboratory is dealing with a research job aspired at enhancing datacenter effectiveness.) So specialists definitely have relationships with item groups at Microsoft — however items being developed by the business do not restrict the research work being embarked on, according to Blake. Details and concepts circulation both methods. “ We could get an item group stating appearance we have got to develop this thing in a set timespan, are you going to assist us? And mainly individuals are quite keen to attempt and we discover out whether we’ve got anything to help. The business goals arise from the business venture; we are not business individuals right here, we are researchers, ” he says. And then from the other direction: ” We go out there fairly a lot and sort of sell our concepts [to the company] but it doesn’t

trouble us if the ideas aren’t used up right away due to the fact that we kind of think perhaps it’s not the right moment, ” says Blake. “ Business venture has its own cycles and you can easily ’ t do every thing in business venture; you have to concentrate on whatever is the concern of the day. So it does not put us off if we have actually devised something that we think is great and the business venture is not quite just what they require at that moment. ” In the situation of Kinect, says Blake, the Cambridge laboratory answered commercial pressure from the business to establish the item by drawing on relevant bits of (in some cases years-old) study to see if they might be made to, well, connect — which research ultimately went on to form the technical foundation for the commercial product. The Kinect people approached us and due to the fact that we had ideas at our fingertips we had the ability to pluck one off the shelf. “ [Prior to the concept for Kinect

] we were looking at all kinds of things speculatively, some of the things we never thought they would especially make items, ” states Blake. “ However the Kinect people approached us and since we had ideas at our fingertips we were able to pluck one off the shelf– the one that we thought would fit– and it did. And the solution actually amazed us.

We had these ideas at our fingertips. We didn’t think those concepts were excellent for this trouble but then we were really under pressure, which we were due to the fact that there was simply a year to deal with the Xbox group establishing solutions, so we had to place a wager. “ We ended up placing some quite surprising things together but they were things that were in our background and that we had been playing with over years. It would have been no excellent if someone had stated play with those now. It has to be component of your research experience that you have all these things either at your fingertips or at least in the back of your mind

. ” There is one clear influence the business venture has over the research laboratories: the kind of specialists they decide to work with. “ We’re probably not going to hire some analytical chemists due to the fact that we could ’ t truly see at the moment how that would really impinge on the company– not to say that it’s impossible — however we do not

go out to hire a whole lot of analytical chemists, ” states Blake. “ We work with a great deal of individuals around

a few of the core disciplines of computing and some of the fringe disciplines of computing and occasionally we go almost outside computing completely — just like our computational science team, where the key objective they’re doing is actually the science. But the link to the company is that they’re power users of calculation devices, and commonly their users are stressing our systems so hard that new things get devised. So we have this cluster of areas where we choose experience that is extremely broadly associated with the business. But then we fire the starting gun and these guys go off and you don’t understand what they’re going to develop. ” Asked which of the present jobs going on in the lab he considers most promising

, Blake is unwilling to play preferences. “ You’re asking me to select between my preferred youngsters– I cant possibly do that, ” he jokes. “ A great deal of the capability to do great research is not just deep analytical reasoning, which is a lot more just how the general public probably considers study, but with the exercise of excellent taste — it’s as much about just what you choose not to look into, as exactly what you pick to check out, ” he states, echoing the Steve Jobs product concept that ‘ determining just what not to do is as important as choosing what to do ’. “ Possibility costs, exactly what looks promising, people utilize their gut instincts to choose things which they think are going to be amazing. That’s why it’s so important that I hire the best research staff because it’s that great taste that is among the things that you’re delivering into the organization — so I really would find it very very tough to state just what’s going to blossom. ” He is willing to touch on promising locations of study — device learning being a discipline he thinks will playan increasingly important rolein constructing brand-new generations of software systems. Device learning methods are currently being utilized to create products — such as the Kinect gesture recogniser (which could figure out whether you ’ re raising your elbow or your knee), and to power the Xbox ’ s recommendation engine for games, TV and movies (which crunches your viewing data to anticipate what else you may like). However in an age of big information and increasing intricacy, equipment learning modern technology is coming to be

an imperative for more and more applications. “ One of the extremely early lessons from fabricated intelligence is that scheduling smart behavior is simply too tough — you simply can not capture it, ” states Blake. “ What’s much better is for the software

to establish in the method that humans find out, the means pets find out: by example. You reveal them things and those things get generalised and those generalisations come to be the software– you don’t really write the software, not completely. The important bits get created instantly with these finding out programs. “ We have a group right here that does device discovering — it’s about one-fifth of the laboratory — and now those ideas are type of dispersing outside that group. ” In the future perhaps exactly what Microsoft will be in is software for generating biological frameworks, it ’ s too vital for us to overlook. Specifically, states Blake, machine learning researchers are collaborating with specialists who create shows languages — to explore just how software can easily be developed that can easily discover and recognize unpredictability. ” Now what we’re doing is writing programs which instead of simply including numbers together or dealing with strings in fact reasons about probabilities and will certainly approximate exactly how likely things are, ” he says. “ That’s rather a fundamental capability that we’re pioneers in. ” Asked to look additional afield, to consider exactly what Microsoft may be in 10 or 20 years ’ time, must it still be around by then, Blake is quick to point out there is no means to know precisely just what lies ahead, nevertheless farseeing the laboratory ’ s eyes or deep and rich its cauldron of ideas. But he does point to the “ interface between computing and biology ” as a “ fascinating area ” — and one Microsoft Research is “ very involved ” with now. The multidisciplinary

nature of this work suggests specialists with computer science backgrounds are joining biologists. Or, when it come to Microsoft Study primary specialist, Luca Cardelli, have switched their focus from creating programming languages to trying to make use of computational reasoning as a means to open biological systems like cell division. “ What Luca and his collaborators have done is they have actually opened up that system a bit even more to show a bit even more of the information. However the insight they have actually got has originated from computational thinking, if you like, having computational processes and analogy offered to show just what the cell is doing. And extremely they just published the academic paper and at the same time a practical paper.

An experiemental paper came out which showed type of precisely the exact same thing — but in an experimental setting — so that’s quite a landmark piece of

work, ” states Blake. “ In the future perhaps what Microsoft will be in is software for producing biological structures; it ’ s too crucial for us to disregard. We have no concept at the moment whether it makes a company, ” he adds. “ A few of the things we’re investigating appear way off any type of kind of company, however who understands whether they may be part of Microsoft’s company in the future. “ I think it’s pretty clear that in 20 years time the intersection of biology and computing will certainly be a huge thing … It may be that individuals are creating medications by composing programs. Designing them from the ground up and making them out of DNA. They ’ d simply send the programs off to be put together; the means they’ll do that is they’ll just send them across the web to someone who produces DNA. ” Designing fragments of DNA definitely feels about as far away from churning out the next version — or also the next generation — of customer technology as you can picture a modern technology company could be. But Microsoft Corporation

is most certainly a far stronger, future-proofed business for having such a far-sighted, far-reaching focus. Apple TV consume your heart out.

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Microsoft reportedly killing off desktop gadget support in Windows 8

Windows 8 desktop gadgets

Windows desktop gadgets, originally introduced in Windows Vista, will reportedly be removed from the final version of Windows 8. That’s the word from Win8china, a site that has obtained one of the latest internal builds of Windows 8. Despite being supported in Windows 8 Consumer and Release Preview editions, build 844x of Windows 8, which is not available publicly, contains no references to desktop gadgets in the control panel or desktop mode.

Microsoft originally introduced a desktop widget engine in its Windows Vista operating system, utilizing a special sidebar. The mini-apps are based on HTML and can obtain information from web feeds. Microsoft removed the sidebar part of its gadgets implementation in Windows 7, but continued to…

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