Mark Alexander

Mark Alexander

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When Fox approached William Gibson to write a script for Alien 3 back in the late ‘80s, the studio imagined that the lauded author would bring his distinct cyberpunk vision of the future to the franchise.Instead, Gibson turned in a complicated, politically-charged script influenced by the Cold War.Due to a number of factors, Fox ultimately ended up passing on Gibson’s script after deciding it wasn’t going to take the franchise in the direction the studio wanted, and the Gibson Alien movie became the stuff of fandom legend.Now, though, Dark Horse Comics is planning to realise Gibson’s vision as an all-new comic book series adapted from Gibson’s script and illustrated by Johnnie Christmas.In an interview with CBR, Gibson spoke about what a strange experience it was to eventually see that the version of Alien 3 that made it to cinemas bore virtually no resemblance to the script he’d turned in.Seeing his story adapted, he explained, is something he never imagined happening:
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For the first time, France’s military cyber command marched in this year’s Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees in Paris, alongside other units in the nation’s armed forces.The military noted that it’s a recognition of the advances that the unit has made since its formation last year, and reinforces that “cyber defense remains a national priority.”French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the formation of COMCYBER in December 2016, noting that the emergence of state actors operating in cyberspace was a new way to approach warfare.The command brought all of the nation’s soldiers focused on cyber defense under one command, with three main tasks: cyber intelligence, protection, and offense.The timing of the creation of the command is no coincidence: it came after widespread allegations from the United States that Russia had intervened in the 2016 Presidential election.Yesterday, those allegations gained some additional credibility as a grand jury issued incitements against 12 Russians, claiming that they had carried out cyberattacks to undermine the country’s election infrastructure.
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A MacBook Pro with Apple's butterfly keyboard.Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderMany of Apple's recent laptop models have a keyboard that many people say can be paralyzed by even a spec of dust.Apple released new laptop models with a "third-generation keyboard" this week that was designed to be quieter.The new MacBook Pro models got faster chips, improved displays, and the option to pack more storage space and RAM.But there's still one big question: Did Apple fix the MacBook Pro keyboard that's spurred thousands of complaints, a mea culpa repair program, and several class action suits?As Kyle Weins, founder of independent repair guide iFixit, wrote:
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Uber is aiming to make it as easy as possible to pay for its service.The ride-hailing company said Thursday that it's teaming up with Venmo to allow passengers to pay for either Uber rides or Uber Eats through the mobile payment app.And, yes, this means two new emojis.Uber said this partnership will make it simpler for people to split fares and costs.Passengers can already split a fare within the Uber and Uber Eats apps but it comes with a 25-cent per rider fee.With Venmo, there will be no fees.
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I en ny undersökning visar det sig att de flesta höga chefer tycker att deras företag är bättre på it-säkerhet än nästan alla andra företag.Det är ungefär som att det sägs att de flesta män tycker att de är bättre bilförare än genomsnittet.Eller att de flesta tycker att de är mer intelligenta än genomsnittetHur som helst, undersökningen heter C-Suite Survey 2018 och har utförts av analysföretaget Fico, i samarbete med Ovum.500 höga chefer från ett flertal länder har deltagit, varav 28 kommer från Sverige.Av de svenska deltagarna i undersökningen tycker 93 procent, 26 av 28, att deras företag har bättre it-säkerhet än sina konkurrenter.
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Timehop’s July 4th data breach was even worse than the company originally reported.More personal user data — including users’ dates of birth and genders — was compromised, according to a report from TechCrunch.An update to Timehop’s report confirms the additional breach.However, the company points out that while 21 million accounts were affected, not all accounts were compromised equally.For example, only 3.3 million accounts had the entirety of their name, email, phone, and date of birth taken, while the full 21 million accounts had at least their names leaked.Timehop is reassuring users that even though their personal data may have been stolen, the company is positive that users’ content — the “memories” that are stored in the app — wasn’t breached.
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In general, sure, but particularly on the planet's leading source of information: Facebook.But just because you find an ideological viewpoint abhorrent doesn't mean it's factually incorrect.So King wants to know: Could some clever researcher develop rules capable of classifying news as true or false—rules that could be shared with other people, platforms, algorithms, and universally applied?It's the kind of development King is optimistic could emerge from Social Science One, an independent research commission he co-founded to give social scientists unprecedented access to data inside Facebook and—one day, he hopes—other private companies with troves of scientifically valuable user data.Contained in the data set will be anonymized information on things like the age, gender, and political views of the people who clicked those links; what kind of device they used to access them; which links they viewed, shared, and re-shared (including the ones they shared without clicking on); along with the number of likes and loves and wows and so-ons that the posts received.Researchers will have a month to submit requests for money (up to $50,000 each) or data, before the initial review process kicks off.
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People who text while driving are six times more likely to be involved in a car crash.Yet a new study shows that many drivers are still willing to take the risk, as 'fear of missing out' and separation anxiety keep them from abiding by the law.However, actual crash risks vary based on the type of task being performed and the extent of its cognitive and physical demands on the driver.Talking on a mobile device increases crash risk by 2.2 times whereas texting increases risk by 6.1 times.Observational studies have found that as many as 18 percent of drivers in high-income countries, and up to 31 percent in low- and middle-income countries, use their mobile devices while on the road, contributing to significantly reduced road safety.Despite laws prohibiting such behavior, mobile phone use while driving is expected to increase.
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After a rapid ascent, it’s been a rough couple of months for MoviePass.And while last night’s outage isn’t exactly the end of the world for the theater subscription service, Friday night is the least the opportune moment for your service to crap the proverbial bed.That goes double now that competitors like AMC and Sinemia is pushing back hard.The company says it had the situation fully taken care of as of 9:30 ET last night.It also took to social media to let customers know that it would be issuing a refund for those paid out of pocket.Because watching Ant-Man and the Wasp on the second day just won’t cut it.
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Waking up in New York City can be like a safari—all you need to do is listen rather than open your phone the second your alarm goes off.If you’re reading this and you aren’t a birder, you might feel a lot like I used to feel: a little run-down from the constant onslaught of news but generally unwilling or unable to log off, even on weekends or holidays, due to your profession or web obsession.But after giving birds a chance, I have finally found a way to log off, save for a couple of useful apps and websites—and the fact that my recent history as a birder is basically an earnest expanding brain meme.I was at the lowest, dullest level of an expanding brain meme, level one.My mind first opened to level two when someone told me that the New York City Audubon society had a project where they put painted lawn flamingos on some of the city’s islands to try and attract wading birds.We got an affordable pair of decent binoculars and an intro-to-birding guide; took a few guided birding tours; and downloaded two birding apps, the Audubon Society’s and Merlin Bird ID.
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The exact numbers could change slightly when the final results come out later this month, but the company expects profits of 14.8 trillion won (about $13.2 billion).This ends a run of four consecutive record-breaking quarters.Savings Accounts Your Bank Might Not Want You Asking AboutWhile any company making that kind of profit is unlikely to be truly desperate for anything, Samsung must be concerned about the downward sales trends of its flagships.The Galaxy S9 is a great phone, but…While the Galaxy S9 is a great phone, it looks almost exactly the same as the Galaxy S8.
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Ten new Apple products have shown up in a a European certification database, fueling rumors of new iPad and Mac models this year.The Cupertino firm is widely expected to refresh both its tablet and notebook ranges in significant ways for 2018, including adding Face ID support to the iPad along with new Intel processors in the MacBook.Each could certainly be considered a highly-anticipated feature.On the iPad Pro side, the addition of the TrueDepth camera array from the iPhone X is widely expected, though Apple is also believed to be further trimming the bezels of the tablet.On the MacBook Pro side, would-be upgraders have been holding out in the hope that Apple would add new processor options to the notebooks.That’s dependent on Intel making the necessary chips, mind.
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Infrared imagery showed that Fabio appeared more organized.NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Hurricane Fabio on July 2 at 4:35 p.m. EDT (2035 UTC) .The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument analyzed the storm in infrared light which provides temperature information.Temperature is important when trying to understand how strong storms can be.The higher the cloud tops, the colder and the stronger they are.Cloud top temperatures were as cold as minus 63 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 53 degrees Celsius).At that time, although a banding eye-like feature appeared in visible imagery, it wasn't evident in infrared data, including in the AIRS image.
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US ride-hailing app Lyft announced yesterday that it is buying bike-sharing operator Motivate, prompting its rival Uber to ramp up its own bicycle offering.In a deal rumoured to be worth around $250m, Lyft confirmed that it has acquired Motivate's bike share systems across North America, and will soon operate under the moniker of Lyft Bikes.Motivate is the parent company of a number of bike-sharing programs in the US, including Ford Gobikes, Citi Bike and Divvy.Last year, 80 per cent of bike-share trips across the Atlantic were on Motivate bikes.However just several hours later, Uber retaliated with the announcement that its Jump electronic dockless bikes unit, acquired by the company in April, is launching a new long-term rental subscription service.Jump+ will see existing users offered the chance to rent their own personal e-bike and charger for $12 per week, or $50 per month.
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Giant Indian telecoms conglomerate Reliance has agreed to buy US open telecoms solutions provider Radisys for around $70 million.Radisys describes itself as a leader in providing open telecoms solutions.In practice this points towards strengths in NFV, CORD and telecoms cloud in general.Reliance, which launched its massively disruptive MNO Jio less than two years ago, seems to have decided it needs to invest heavily in the next generation of tech if it is to consolidate its position.“Reliance and Jio have been disrupting legacy business models and establishing new global benchmarks,” said Akash Ambani, Director of Reliance Jio.“Radisys’ top-class management and engineering team offer Reliance rapid innovation and solution development expertise globally, which complements our work towards software-centric disaggregated networks and platforms, enhancing the value to customers across consumer and enterprise segments.
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According to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, the author of Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn and the co-chair of the Economic Security Project, America needs to radically reform its tax code — to rebalance the economy and make it work more fairly for all American workers.“For three years worth of work at Facebook, I ended up with nearly half a billion dollars, which is nothing but a lucky break,” Hughes said.And even though we’re reading the headlines that unemployment is at 3.9 percent and the stock market is at record highs, what’s actually happening is that the median incomes in our country haven’t budged in nearly 40 years.At the same time stories like mine create an illusion of economic opportunity.”Hughes argues that the forces that have driven the success of Facebook, WhatsApp, enterprise technology companies, and even the finance sector, are the same forces that are keeping median wages down: automation and artificial intelligence, globalization without any kind of manned response for workers’ economic outcomes, and increasing financialization of the economy.“After Facebook’s IPO my husband and I made a commitment to give away the vast majority of our wealth in our lifetimes and the 1 motivating factor for me is rebalancing the economy to make it work more fairly.”
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The personal information of police officers as well as some of the capabilities — and deficiencies — of local police departments are part of a large data breach affecting the federally funded Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training facility at Texas State University.ALERRT, as it’s more commonly known, helped trained 114,000 law enforcement officers how to handle active shooter scenarios, and the facility has worked with federal agencies like the FBI.According to data breach hunter Flash Gordon, the database — which dates back to April 2017 and contains the names and work contact information of law enforcement officers, and agents from the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Border Patrol — was uploaded to a web server without password protection.The breach also included information about the officers and their home addresses as well as the skills and capabilities of more than 17,000 instructors, according to ZDNet.The ALERRT data breach also contained a database of more than 85,000 emails containing sensitive personal information, like an officer’s birth date or the last four digits of their Social Security number.“In the wrong hands this data could be detrimental or even deadly for the first responders who put their lives on the line every day,” security researcher John Wethington told ZDNet of the breach.
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Dentsu Aegis Network’s Data Sciences Team has launched DAN Explore, a tool to examine differences in media consumption habits across TV, digital, out of home and mobile.According to a statement by DAN, the tool aims to bolster media and communication strategies for the network’s clients and also to inspire creative themes.It will be further used for all clients of the Dentsu Aegis Network in India.The tool is also integrated with Dentsu’s proprietary data sources SVG|Columbus’ app inventory and M1 Panel.Gautam Mehra, South Asia chief data officer of Dentsu Aegis Network said: “The influence of sophisticated techniques like Artificial Intelligence, on the backbone of heightened processing capabilities has now made deeper understanding of audiences across various touchpoints very real."Through our access of deep rooted APIs with our partners in traditional and new media , and our proprietary data sources, we have endeavored to decode audience behaviors across various platforms to capture a unified audience view to solve brand challenges.”
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Microsoft and Razer may be partnering to bring mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One, Windows Central reports.If implemented, it wouldn’t be quite the same as a PC or laptop, as only a single keyboard would be supported and only a select number of buttons on a mouse.While mouse and keyboard support could bring about new gameplay possibilities on console though, it may raise further questions over fairness.Microsoft has promised keyboard and mouse support on its Xbox platform for years, but has only really delivered in Minecraft.Meanwhile, third-party hardware has made it possible to use a keyboard and mouse unofficially for some time, but recently as competitive games have become more adopted by mainstream gaming, their use has been controversial.Still, it’s not like keyboard and mice gamers on the Xbox One would have free reign.
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