AmiMoJo writes: 1980s fantasy adventure Hawk the Slayer has become a cult classic over the years. Low budget, with a trippy synth soundtrack, dialogue so bad it's good and legendary B movie actors such as Jack Palance (RIP), the film initially failed to get much attention but slowly gained a loyal fan base. Now the director is trying to Kickstart a sequel to the original film, called Hawk the Hunter. UK video game developer Rebellion is on board for the CG, and $4.5m has already been raised. The Kickstarter campaign hopes to get another $500k.
AmiMoJo writes: Apple Inc patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany's highest appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision rejecting the U.S. company's claims by a lower court. The Neonode N1 had substantially similar technical features, the patent court had found. It ruled Apple's easier-to-use interface was not in itself patentable. Motorola Mobility, at the time a unit of Google Inc but now owned by China's Lenovo Group Ltd, filed the original suit in a Munich court against the Apple user interface patent.
AmiMoJo writes: There's a big difference between the warm, shallow seawater lapping up against a beach and the icy depths of the ocean. Now, researchers are turning that temperature difference into energy at energy plants all over the world. The newest one opened up in Hawaii last Friday, where it expects to generate around 105kW constantly. OTEC plants operate 24/7, are suitable for base load, and are dispatchable, meaning they can vary their output according to demand. The pilot plant is the largest in the world, with Makai, the developer, signed up to deliver a 1MW plant to the Japanese island of Kyushu and develop a 100MW plant with Lockheed Martin.
AmiMoJo writes: It’s the famous line Steve Jobs often used on stage to introduce unexpected Apple gadgets since 1999. Of course he wasn’t the only one to utter it — TV detective Columbo was catching out criminals with the phrase way back in the 1970s and ’80s too. Now Swiss watchmaker Swatch has acquired a trademark on the phrase "one more thing".
AmiMoJo writes: Sorry kids, Christmas presents are cancelled this year, and Santa won't be visiting your local shopping centre. Due to an unpaid €200,000 tax bill Santa's Office, based in Lapland, has been forced to declare bankruptcy. Around 300,000 tourists visit Santa's official residence each year, but the attraction has suffered a sharp decline in revenue from recession-hit Russia.
AmiMoJo writes: The debate about comment sections on news sites is often as divisive as the comments themselves. Recently outlets such as The Verge and The Daily Dot have closed their comments sections because they've become too hard to manage. And they're far from alone. Moderating comments is a full-time job (or several full-time jobs) at many news organisations. Nicholas White, editor at The Daily Dot, noted that "in our experience, our community hasn't evolved in our comments. It's evolved in our social media accounts. To have comments, you have to be very active, and if you're not incredibly active, what ends up happening is a mob can shout down all the other people on your site. In an environment that isn't heavily curated it becomes about silencing voices and not about opening up voices." Riese, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LGBT site Autostraddle, continues "I completely understand why The Daily Dot wouldn't want to have comments — or in fact why most websites wouldn't want to have comments. I think 75% of the time they're more trouble than they're worth, and for us it's still a lot of work to keep up on. Not all of our users are necessarily on Facebook or are out as gay on Facebook, or are comfortable talking about queer stuff on Facebook. We keep comments on the site which is a safe space for people to exchange ideas — and that's a big factor for us."
AmiMoJo writes: Have you ever been squeezed into an airplane seat and then looked behind you to see you’re in front of a small child who has plenty of legroom? In a car, you’d be able to slide your seat back a few inches to give you some extra space, but without cramping the kid behind you. A new patent aims to put that same idea into practice on commercial aircraft. Of course, it’s not as simple as just having seats that can slide back and forth. Otherwise, we’d all just be slamming our seats all the way back in a futile, greedy attempt to maximize legroom. And if the seats in any given row were no longer aligned, that would be a safety concern. B/E Aerospace proposes sorting passengers by height, and giving staff control over spacing.
AmiMoJo writes: A new video from the drone shot down by William Merideth of Hillview, Kentucky recently shows that it only hovered over his property for 22 seconds, and was not "peeping". The video shows the drone hovering at altitude and surveying the area before falling out of the sky. Although the video jumps around a little, the drone's owner claims that it was not edited. The shooter says he did not know if the drone was being operated by a paedophile, criminal or ISIS terrorist before he opened fire.
AmiMoJo writes: Reddit's new CEO, Steve Huffman, announced new a content policy and the banning of a small number of subreddits today. Additionally, some subreddits will be "quarantined", so users can't see their content unless they explicitly opt in. "Our most important policy over the last ten years has been to allow just about anything so long as it does not prevent others from enjoying Reddit for what it is: the best place online to have truly authentic conversations.I believe these policies strike the right balance."
The list of removed subreddits includes/r/CoonTown and/r/WatchNiggersDie, while the list of quarantined boards includes/r/NiggerDrama,/r/NiggerFacts and/r/whitesarecriminals. Link to Original Source
AmiMoJo writes: Sources familiar with the decommissioning process at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say efforts to determine the state of molten fuel in the reactors have hit another snag. Two new devices developed at a cost of more than 4 million dollars to take X-ray-like photos inside the No.2 reactor are too big to install. TEPCO devised the machines so that they use elementary particles called muons to see through hard surfaces and map the spread of fuel inside, but found the 8-by-8-meter devices will not fit the No.2 reactor building site unless they remove and decontaminate other equipment first. They believe that would hinder the decommissioning process and cost twice as much money as they spent creating the devices.
AmiMoJo writes: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), the third largest telecoms provider in the world, is beginning to phase out ADSL for broadband internet access. NTT is no longer accepting new registrations, and no longer manufacturing the equipment required. Instead they recommend users opt for their FLET'S HIKARI fibre optic service. Their "Giga Mansion Smart Type" services offers 1Gb/sec for around $40/month.
AmiMoJo writes: A new preliminary proposal submitted to the Unicode Consortium suggests that specific emoji for food allergies should be added to the standard. The proposal (PDF), submitted by a Google engineer, is under discussion and may not be added to the standard at all but offers a peek into some useful new emoji. It suggests the addition of peanuts, soybeans, buckwheat, sesame seeds, kiwi fruit, celery, lupin beans, mustard, tree nuts, eggs, milk products and gluten to help those with allergies express them in shorthand.
AmiMoJo writes: The Sarkeessian Effect, a documentary about feminist writer/host Anita Sarkeesian featuring interviews with commentators such as Phil Mason (aka Thunderf00t) and lawyer Jack Thompson, had its first showing in Atlanta this weekend. Only 9 people turned up. 9 people, including the creator of the film.