Just got the official word that CISPA is back. CISPA would let corporations share all of your private, personal information with the government… with no restrictions. Last year the bill passed the House in a whirlwind, before any of us had time to mount a real opposition. We ended up stopping it in the Senate, but we can’t make the same mistake twice! Congress needs to hear a strong, clear message from Internet users. Immediately. Click here to sign the petition to Stop CISPA! Email, your love letters, your secrets and private conversations, your search and email history, what you say and do anywhere on the web…. All these things could become a part of a government file on you that everyone from the IRS to local police would have access to. Sign the petition to Congress now. And forward this email to your friends, we all need to do everything we can to get the word out to stop this.
Sony’s next-generation PS4 unveil is just two weeks away, which means leaks concerning both it and Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox Durango (sometimes referred to as the Xbox 720), are at an all-time high as well. Rumors continue to swirl that the next iteration of Xbox will lock out used games entirely and require a constant Internet connection. New games would come with a one-time activation code to play. Use the code, and the game is locked to the particular console or Xbox Live account it’s loaded on. Physical games will still be sold (the Durango reportedly supports 50GB Blu-ray Discs), but the used game market? Kiboshed. If this is true, it’s an ugly move on Microsoft’s part. Not only does it annihilate the right of first sale, it’ll eviscerate any game store or business that depends on video game rentals for revenue.
When the Wii U was released at the end of last year, Nintendo got a head-start on the long-awaited new generation of video game consoles. Now, Sony has announced a press conference for February 20th that is expected to unveil the PlayStation 4, codenamed ‘Orbis.’ This will precede the announcement of the Xbox 360′s successor, codenamed ‘Durango,’ but that too will likely be announced by E3 in June. Specs for development kits of both systems have leaked widely. The two systems both use 8-core AMD chips clocked around 1.6 GHz. Durango has 8GB of DDR3 RAM, while Orbis has 4GB of GDDR5 RAM, though Sony is trying to push that up to 8GB for the console’s final spec. Reports also suggest Sony is tinkering with its controller design, going so far as to add a “Share” button to let people exchange screenshots and recordings. Developers indicate the systems are very close in power, though Sony’s system currently has an edge. With the upcoming announcement of the PS4, the big-three console makers will kick off a new round of direct competition. They’ll maneuver to one-up each other with the most powerful hardware and the slickest software. However, they’ll also hope the release of three major consoles in rapid succession will help to anchor a part of the games industry that no longer enjoys the dominance it once did, thanks to threats from mobile.
I know there are a lot of stories already out there about Twitter being hacked. Just figured is throw my 2 cent in.
Earlier this week, hackers gained access to Twitter’s internal systems and stole information, compromising 250,000 Twitter accounts before the breach was stopped. Reporting the incident on the company’s official blog, Twitter’s manager of network security did not specify the method by which hackers penetrated its system, but mentioned vulnerabilities related to Java in Safari and Firefox, and echoed Homeland Security’s advisory that users disable Java in their browsers. Sure, blame everything on Larry Ellison. Looks like bad things do happen in threes — Twitter’s report comes on the heels of disclosures of hacking attacks on the WSJ and NY Times.
Add this to the many reasons why you should not purchase pirated versions of movies (especially in China): the box covers lie. And these DVD box covers don’t just lie, they go out of their way to make up ridiculous versions of movies either because they can’t properly translate English to Chinese, or because they just invent stuff based on their extremely limited knowledge of American cinema.
Take, for example, the Chinese knockoff version of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which seems too afraid to use the Star Wars title as its main selling point, and so they slapped a universally familiar image of Arnold Schwarzenegger on the cover in order to help sell the thing to unfamiliar customers.
The trickery doesn’t stop there, though. The Indiana Jones DVD features Indy holding a sword while what looks like the Eye of Sauron chases men on horseback.
And that’s not the only DVD cover that combines movies: here’s a Lord of the Rings film that merges itself with various versions of Harry Potter, creating one of the busiest and most confusing movies ever. Of course we’d still watch that movie in a heartbeat.
Or here’s one for Game of Thrones season 2 where Sean Bean is dressed in a Thor costume. What. the. hell.
And speaking of hell, sometimes they came up with other ways to merge movies, like this cover for Al Pacino’s Scarface that comes with the description from The Exorcist. Hey, who’s actually paying attention to this stuff, right?
Finally, our two personal favorites: a random Tom Cruise movie called Pepe Likes Tacos and a version of The Matrix Reloaded that comes with the tagline, “The White Men Wanted A Stud to Breed Slaves.” So that’s what the movie is about!
Oh Chinese bootleggers, can you create all our DVD artwork from now on?
If not, can you just make Pepe Likes Tacos into a real movie? We want to see just how much Tom Cruise likes tacos and how fast he’d run to get some.
Duncan Jones is about to make millions of fans across the globe ecstatic with the director being given the green light from Warner Bros to make a World Of Warcraft film.
WoW is one of the most popular computer game franchises of all time and Warner have been trying to adapt for some time already but no director has ever stuck aorund long enough to take it on.
“The gauntlet was thrown down ages ago,” commented Jones on Twitter. “Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. I’ve always said it’s possible. Got to DO it now! ”
Jones is thought to have a $100m budget to make this one happen, no small amount of money. A script is also in existence, having been written by Charles Leavitt.
No casting has been announced yet, although rumours are already linking Johnny Depp to the starring role. The projects producers; Thomas Tull and John Jashni eager for an Autumn start date. So expect confirmations soon.
World Of Warcraft is tentatively expected to open in 2015.