Police Kill Innocent Man After Malicious 911 Call

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/12/29/a-police-officer-fatally-shot-a-man-while-responding-to-an-emergency-call-now-called-a-swatting-prank/

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/kansas-man-killed-in-swatting-attack/

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The best places to see Star Wars 8: The Last Jedi

(or Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi, if you insist on Roman numerals)

#1 IMAX With Laser – 3D or 2D

Movies shown at a Laser IMAX theater will expand up to the full IMAX screen height during the special IMAX sequences.

Further, the projectors have 4K resolution. Since this movie was mastered from a 4K digital intermediate, the 4K projectors will match the resolution of the master copy.

The extra brightness of the laser projection results in much greater contrast, leading to vastly improved detail in darker scenes. Colors will also be much bolder and more brilliant versus non-laser projection.

Because IMAX produces their own proprietary digital versions of movies, they can (and do) produce 3D movies at 4K resolution.

You can find a list of Laser IMAX theaters here:
http://imax.com/laser

#2 IMAX 70MM FILM – 2D only

While 70MM IMAX has a potential resolution far greater than 4K projection, the fact that the movie was mastered from a 4K digital intermediate removes this advantage. Still, the oversized film should easily capture what resolution that the 4K master does provide, so there is no resolution disadvantage either.

70MM IMAX will also expand the image up to the full IMAX screen height during the special IMAX sequences, which makes this an easy second choice if there are no Laser IMAX theaters in your area.

There will be no more than 20 of these film prints made for the entire world. No theater will receive more than one print, so 3D projection will not be an option.

A list of theaters that will have one of the 70MM IMAX prints (at least for the US/Canada/UK area) is available here:
http://imax.com/news/The-Last-Jedi-IMAX-Tickets

#3 Dolby Cinema – 2D only

Dolby Cinema uses laser projection much like Laser IMAX does. And it has the same outstanding advantages for colors and darker scenes. And the projectors are 4K. Because of this, these theaters make a good third choice if the first two options are unavailable in your area.

There are some disadvantages though. The image will not expand during the special IMAX sequences. The movie will be confined to the normal theater aspect ratio.

Also, while Dolby produces their own proprietary digital versions of movies much like IMAX does, and is therefore likewise capable of 3D at 4K resolution, they almost always choose to produce only 2D versions of a movie. There have only been two exceptions to this rule so far. It is very unlikely that Star Wars 8 will be the third.

You can get a list of Dolby Cinema locations here:
http://dolby.com/us/en/dolby-cinema/locations.html
http://amctheatres.com/dolby

#4 any Premium Large Format theater with a 4K projector – 2D only

Because this won’t be an IMAX theater, you’ll be stuck at ordinary movie aspect ratios. No expanded image height during the special IMAX sequences. That said, the large oversized screens look really good with 4K projection, which make these a good fourth choice if the first three options are unavailable.

Premium Large Format theaters do not produce their own proprietary versions of a movie like IMAX and Dolby do. They can only show what the Hollywood studios provide to them. And Hollywood studios only provide 4K resolution in 2D. Or to put it another way, they only provide 3D movies in 2K resolution. So if you want the movie to look good sprawled across a huge screen, you’ll need to choose a 2D showing.

You’ll often find that Premium Large Format theaters will have only a single 3D showing a day (if they have 3D showings at all), with the rest of the day’s showings all in 2D, even when they are showing a big 3D blockbuster.

You can find Premium Large Format theaters everywhere these days. Usually they have an X in the name of the theater room, but not always.

Note that this option is only valid if Disney releases a 4K version of the movie. Usually it is a given that if a movie is mastered in 4K, the Hollywood studio will release the 2D version in 4K. However, Star Wars 7 was mastered in 4K resolution and Disney made the exceptional decision to only release a 2K version to theaters. Hopefully they won’t do the same this time, but if they do, scratch option #4 from the list. Option 5 below can’t compete against 4K resolution, but liemax does do 2K projection better than anyone else does 2K projection.

#5 Digital IMAX (LIEmax) – 3D or 2D

This has a major disadvantage in that the projectors are only 2K. Not great when the image is spread across a giant screen.

While the image does expand slightly during the special IMAX sequences, it doesn’t expand much. Nothing even remotely like you’ll get with the first two options.

On the other hand if you really want 3D, and there are no Laser IMAX theaters near you, this is your best 3D option. The dual projectors, one for each eye, do 3D much better than theaters that provide 3D with a single projector. And the dual projectors make a brighter overall image with a bit more contrast (especially helpful with 3D glasses darkening the image). And the slight expansion of the picture during the special IMAX sequences is slightly better than no expansion at all.

But unless you really want 3D and there are no Laser IMAX locations near you, you’ll be much better served with one of the 4K options listed above.

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Every Wireless Router Ever Made Has a Massive Security Breach

As does every device that has ever been made that connects to a wireless router.

This means you need to patch all your computers and smartphones.

This means you need to update the firmware on your wireless router.

This means you need to update the firmware on any printer or other external device that connects through your wireless router.

This means you need to update the firmware on any wireless video streaming device for your TV (including your TV itself if it is a smart TV).

http://time.com/4983720/krack-attack-wpa2-wifi/

http://www.wired.com/story/krack-wi-fi-wpa2-vulnerability/

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2017/10/16/wifi_security_flaw_leaves_internet_communications_potentially_exposed.html

http://www.zdnet.com/article/here-is-every-patch-for-krack-wi-fi-attack-available-right-now/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/17/kracken_patches/

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Category 5

I remember years ago I posted that global warming would warm the waters of the Atlantic until, unlike today where the northern Atlantic has cool waters that weaken hurricanes that are bound for DC, NYC and Boston, the warm waters of the future Atlantic will continue to strengthen hurricanes so that they will tend to be category 5 when they strike the north.

I think we may be seeing the first step towards that. The waters of the Caribbean seem to have warmed to the point where it is much much easier for a hurricane to escalate all the way to category 5. Future warming will stretch this zone of warm water farther and farther north.

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Massive Global Computer Hacks – Make Sure You Are Fully Patched NOW

“The malicious software — called ‘ransomware’ because it encrypts systems and threatens to destroy data if a ransom is not paid — is spreading among computers that have not been patched, experts said.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/hospitals-across-england-report-it-failure-amid-suspected-major-cyber-attack/2017/05/12/84e3dc5e-3723-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

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We just got Zaid Khayr

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Anyone in the Mood for a Hiroshima/Nagasaki Debate?

  • I’ll start:
  • Hiroshima and Nagasaki were military targets.  Hiroshima was a huge military center filled with tens of thousands of Japanese soldiers, and was the headquarters in charge of defending the southern half of Japan from invasion.  Nagasaki was an industrial center with huge weapons factories.
  • The A-bombs were dropped at the height of the most brutal war in human history.  Japan did not offer to surrender until after both A-bombs had been dropped.
  • Anyone have a rebuttal?
  • Sorry about the bullet points.  It was the best way to force the system to format my text appropriately and not jumble everything into a single run-on paragraph.
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R.I.P. European Union

I see only four possible courses of action for the EU.

a) European leaders provide large amounts of military aid to Ukraine so that they can turn the Russian occupation there into an endless bloodbath. This occupies Russian attention for the next 30 years and diverts Russia from invading and destroying the EU.

Unfortunately I doubt that European leaders will do option “a”.

b) Massively ramp up European military spending and move large armored forces up to Russia’s doorstep in order to repel their invasion (and thereby deterring it).

Unfortunately if they aren’t going to do “a” then they certainly won’t do “b”.

c) Wait until Russia invades the EU and then fight a genocidal nuclear war with Russia.

Unfortunately if they aren’t going to do “a” or “b” then the odds of them doing “c” are nil.

d) Sit there and do nothing as Russia invades and destroys the EU.  France and England will survive, but only as individual nations, and only because they have their own nuclear arsenals.  Spain and Portugal will survive as an individual nations only because France sits between them and Russia. Switzerland might survive due to their geographic defenses, but might not if Russia decides to use nuclear weapons to coerce their surrender.

And it looks like it’s going to be “d”.

It’ll be a less friendly world for the US after the EU is destroyed.  We may have to go back to our old Cold War policy of supporting evil dictators in order to protect ourselves from the even greater evil of Russian domination.

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