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Verse of the Day - Romans 14:19

Bible Verse of the Day - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 12:00am

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 14:19

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

"Make every effort!" That's quite a challenge. But notice where that exertion is to be focused: peace and mutual edification. Both sides of this exhortation are two way responsibilities. I must pursue and share peace if I am going to have it myself. I must edify, and be open to being edified, if mutual edification is going to happen. In other words, we live with other people in God's family. He wants us to be responsible for making relationships work in our spiritual family. He reminds us it will require strenuous effort. But, isn't that true in every family relationship? Love means sacrifice, effort, and concern for others. When we share our love willingly, however, we're much more likely to see it coming back to us!

My Prayer...

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for my impatience and selfishness. Defeat the bad attitude of competitiveness that I often display in arguments and disagreements with others in your family. Energize me by your Spirit to see areas where I can be a blessing and an encouragement to others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.© 1998-2017, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the Heartlight Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

Facebook Open Sources Its Network Routing Platform Open/R

/. - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:34am
Facebook will open source its modular network routing software Open/R, currently used in its backbone and data center networks, which "provides a platform to disseminate state across the network and allows new applications to be built on top of it." An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: Facebook obviously has unique scale needs when it comes to running a network. It has billions of users doing real-time messaging and streaming content at a constant clip. As with so many things, Facebook found that running the network traffic using traditional protocols had its limits and it needed a new way to route traffic that didn't rely on the protocols of the past, Omar Baldonado, Engineering Director at Facebook explained... While it was originally developed for Facebook's Terragraph wireless backhaul network, the company soon recognized it could work on other networks too including the Facebook network backbone, and even in the middle of Facebook network, he said. Given the company's extreme traffic requirements where the conditions were changing so rapidly and was at such scale, they needed a new way to route traffic on the network. "We wanted to find per application, the best path, taking into account dynamic traffic conditions throughout the network," Baldonado said. But Facebook also recognized that it could only take this so far internally, and if they could work with partners and other network operators and hardware manufacturers, they could extend the capabilities of this tool. They are in fact working with other companies in this endeavor including Juniper and Arista networks, but by open sourcing the software, it allows developers to do things with it that Facebook might not have considered, and their engineering team finds that prospect both exciting and valuable. "Most protocols were initially designed based on constrained hardware and software environment assumptions from decades ago," Facebook said in its announcement. "To continue delivering rich, real-time, and highly engaging user experiences over networks, it's important to accelerate innovation in the routing domain."

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EFF Beats 'Stupid' Patent Troll In Court

/. - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:34am
An Australian court can't make a California advocacy group take down a web page, a U.S. federal judge just ruled on Friday. Even if that web page calls a company's patents "stupid." Courthouse News reports: San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued Global Equity Management, or GEMSA, in April, claiming the Australian firm exploited its home country's weaker free speech protections to secure an unconstitutional injunction against EFF. Kurt Opsahl, EFF's deputy executive director and general counsel, hailed the ruling as a victory for free speech. "We knew all along the speech was protected by the First Amendment," Opsahl said in a phone interview Friday. "We were pleased to see the court agree." Opsahl said the ruling sends a strong message EFF and other speakers can weigh in on important topics, like patent reform, without fear of being muzzled by foreign court orders. The dispute stems from an article EFF published in June 2016, featuring GEMSA in its "Stupid Patent of the Month" series. The GEMSA patent is for a "virtual cabinet" to store data. In the article, EFF staff attorney Daniel Nazer called GEMSA a "classic patent troll" that uses its patent on graphic representations of data storage to sue "just about anyone who runs a website." The article also says GEMSA "appears to have no business other than patent litigation." The judge granted EFF a default judgment, saying the Australian court's injunction was not only unenforceable in the United States but also "repugnant" to the U. S. Constitution.

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FOSS Community Criticizes SFLC over SFC Trademark War

/. - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 9:34am
Earlier this month Bruce Perens notified us that "the Software Freedom Law Center, a Linux-Foundation supported organization, has asked USPTO to cancel the trademark of the name of the Software Freedom Conservancy, an organization that assists and represents Free Software/Open Source developers." Now Slashdot reader curcuru -- director of the Apache Software Foundation -- writes: No matter how you look at it, this kind of lawsuit is a loss for software freedom and open source in general, since this kind of USPTO trademark petition (like a lawsuit) will tie up both organizations, leaving less time and funds to help FOSS projects. There's clearly more to the issue than the trademark issue; the many community members' blog posts make that clear. GNOME executive director Neil McGovern Apache Software Foundation director Shane Curcuru Google security developer Matthew Garrett Linux industry journalist Bryan Lunduke The key point in this USPTO lawsuit is that the legal aspects aren't actually important. What's most important is the community reaction: since SFLC and Conservancy are both non-profits who help serve free software communities, it's the community perception of what organizations to look to for help that matters. SFLC's attempt to take away the Conservancy's very name doesn't look good for them. Bryan Lunduke's video covers the whole case, including his investigation into the two organizations and their funding.

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Sony Pictures Now Looking Into Buying Fox

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 8:57am

Following the reveal that both Disney Pictures and later Comcast have been in talks to acquire a number of assets from 21st Century Fox, now comes word that Sony Pictures may now be interested in acquiring their film division 20th Century Fox.

The Washingon Post revealed that Fox has only been informally approached by Sony meaning talks are in the very early stages, but they reportedly are after the same assets Disney was after previously.

Sony has struggled with output for a while and so such a deal would see them gaining a lot of new and established IPs to exploit. The most notable of course is Fox’s “X-Men” franchise.

While Sony has a pre-existing deal with Marvel Studios over “Spider-Man,” \\reaching the same style agreement over “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” rights are hardly guaranteed. The chance of “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” crossover though would be more likely.

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“Beasts” Producer Talks Dumbledore Casting

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 8:46am

Following the reveal of the first cast photo for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sequel, the film’s producer David Heyman has now spoken about some of the casting choices.

Specifically he’s discussed the casting of Jude Law as Dumbledore and says it was because he possesses many of the same qualities that they have found in the Dumbledore character:

“One of the reasons we chose Jude is he has many of the qualities we find in Dumbeldore in the Potter films. He’s got authority, he’s got a twinkle in his eye, he’s sometimes a bit elliptical. So you have that but also have this youthful energy and jubilance. So he brings that twinkle, mischief, authority, and power, but at the same time brings far more youthful energy to the film. You understand why he would be your favorite teacher and be someone you believe is an extraordinary wizard.”

Law is part of a cast that also includes Ezra Miller as Credence, Claudia Kim as a Maledictus, Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, Katherine Waterson as Tina Goldstein, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queen Goldstein and Johnny Depp as Dark wizard Gellert Grindlewald.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is in production in the U.K. and France ahead of a late 2018 release.

Source: EW

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Is Firefox 57 Faster Than Chrome?

/. - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 8:34am
An anonymous reader quotes TechNewsWorld: Firefox is not only fast on startup -- it remains zippy even when taxed by multitudes of tabs. "We have a better balance of memory to performance than all the other browsers," said Firefox Vice President for Product Nick Nguyen. "We use 30 percent less memory, and the reason for that is we can allocate the number of processes Firefox uses on your computer based on the hardware that you have," he told TechNewsWorld. The performance improvements in Quantum could be a drink from the fountain of youth for many Firefox users' systems. "A significant number of our users are on machines that are two cores or less, and less than 4 gigabytes of RAM," Nguyen explained. Mashable ran JetStream 1.1 tests on the ability to run advanced web applications, and concluded that "Firefox comes out on top, but not by much. This means it's, according to JetStream, slightly better suited for 'advanced workloads and programming techniques.'" Firefox also performed better on "real-world speed tests" on Amazon.com and the New York Times' site, while Chrome performed better on National Geographic, CNN, and Mashable. Unfortunately for Mozilla, Chrome looks like it's keeping the top spot, at least for now. The only test that favors Quantum is JetStream, and that's by a hair. And in Ares-6 [which measures how quickly a browser can run new Javascript functions, including mathematical functions], Quantum gets eviscerated... Speedometer simulates user actions on web applications (specifically, adding items to a to-do list) and measures the time they take... When it comes to user interactions in web applications, Chrome takes the day... In reality, however, Quantum is no slug. It's a capable, fast, and gorgeous browser with innovative bookmark functionality and a library full of creative add-ons. As Mozilla's developers fine-tune Quantum in the coming months, it's possible it could catch up to Chrome. In the meantime, the differences in page-load time are slight at best; you probably won't notice the difference.

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Teaser Trailer: Disney and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2”

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:58am

The super-powered baby Jack-Jack is the focus of the first teaser trailer for “Incredibles 2,” the upcoming Disney and Pixar sequel that finally arrives thirteen years after the original.

Brad Bird returns as director for this new story with Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), Violet (Sarah Vowell), and Dash (Huck Milner) facing off against The Underminer.

“Incredibles 2” will hit theaters on June 15th 2018.

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Billy Ray To Polish “Terminator” Script

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:53am

“Captain Phillips” and “Shattered Glass” scribe Billy Ray has been brought onboard to do a final polish on the script for the next film in the “Terminator” franchise.

James Cameron is producing and “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller is directing the project which came out of a writer’s room that teamed scribes David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, and Josh Friedman working with a story created by Cameron, Miller, and David Ellison.

Ray will now tweak the result. Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are returning to the franchise for this entry which serves as a direct sequel to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”.

The new “Terminator” is slated for a July 26th 2019 release.

Source: Variety

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Photos: CW’s “Crisis On Earth-X” Crossover

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:46am

The CW has released nearly one hundred photos from “Crisis on Earth-X,” this year’s four episode crossover of The CW’s DC series “Supergirl,” “The Flash,” “Arrow” & “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” which airs November 27th & 28th.

Executive producers Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim penned the story for the crossover in which the wedding of Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) brings the gang together, but things go awry when villains from Earth-X attack the ceremony. The shots include a first look at Russell Tovey as The Ray, check out the album below.

The photos hit as the adaptation of the DC Comics title “Black Lightning” will premiere on the network on Tuesday, January 16th at 9pm.

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“Doctor Who” Christmas Special First Clip

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:42am

The BBC has released an extended clip offering a first look at “Twice Upon a Time,” the upcoming Christmas Special that serves as Peter Capaldi’s final outing in “Doctor Who”.

The holiday episode features Capaldi’s 12th Doctor and David Bradley taking over for the late William Hartnell as the 1st Doctor alongside Mark Gatiss as a WW1 officer.

The episode arrives on Christmas Day on both The BBC in the UK and BBC America in the US.

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New “All the Money In The World” Posters

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:41am

TriStar Pictures has released two new posters for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World,” the first to include the swapping out of Kevin Spacey’s name with Christopher Plummer.

The film follows the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer and Timothy Hutton co-star.

“All the Money in the World” is slated to open nationwide on December 22nd.

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Carmen Ejogo Joins “True Detective” S3

Dark Horizons - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:41am

Carmen Ejogo (“It Comes at Night,” “Alien: Covenant”) has been tapped to star opposite Mahershala Ali in the forthcoming third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology drama “True Detective” for HBO.

The macabre third season is set in the heart of the Ozarks and deals with a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who is an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.

Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Pizzolatto, who created the series, will serve as showrunner and direct alongside “Green Room” helmer Jeremy Saulnier.

Source: The Live Feed

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iPhone X Owners Experience 'Crackling' or 'Buzzing' Sounds From Earpiece Speaker

/. - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 7:34am
MacRumors reports: A limited but increasing number of iPhone X owners claim to be experiencing so-called "crackling" or "buzzing" sounds emanating from the device's front-facing earpiece speaker at high or max volumes. Over two dozen users have said they are affected in a MacRumors discussion topic about the matter, while similar reports have surfaced on Twitter and Reddit since the iPhone X launched just over a week ago. On affected devices, the crackling sounds occur with any kind of audio playback, including phone calls, music, videos with sound, alarms, and ringtones. The issue doesn't appear to be limited to any specific iPhone X configuration or iOS version. "The speakerphone for an $1100 phone should be at least as good as it was on the iPhone 6 and 7," complained one user, "but instead, it's crackly, edgy and buzzy." "I believe we all knew the iPhone X would be highly scrutinized," writes Slashdot reader sqorbit, "but the reported problems appear to be stacking up."

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Study of 500,000 Teens Suggests Association Between Excessive Screen Time and Depression

/. - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 6:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade -- doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls -- and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day. Another study, published on Tuesday, suggests that suicide and depression could be connected to the rise of smartphones, and increased screen time. Around 58 percent more girls reported depression symptoms in 2015 than in 2009, and suicide rates rose 65 percent. Smack in the middle of that window of time, smartphones gained market saturation. In Twenge's new study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, the researchers looked at two samples: a nationally representative survey by ongoing study "Monitoring the Future" out of the University of Michigan, which is administered annually to 8th, 10th, and 12th graders, and the Centers for Disease Control's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a sample of high school students administered by the CDC every other year. (Both surveys began in 1991.) Altogether, over 500,000 young people were included. The study authors examined trends in how teens used social media, the internet, electronic devices (including gaming systems and tablets), and smartphones, as well as how much time they spent doing non-screen activities like homework, playing sports, or socializing. Comparing these to publicly available data on mental health and suicide for these ages between 2010 and 2017 showed "a clear pattern linking screen activities with higher levels of depressive symptoms/suicide-related outcomes and non-screen activities with lower levels," the researchers wrote in the study. All activities involving screens were associated with higher levels of depression or suicide and suicidal thinking, and activities done away from a screen were not.

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Walmart Says It's Preordered 15 of Tesla' New Semi Trucks

/. - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 2:00am
Soon after Tesla unveiled its new electric Semi Truck and Roadster 2.0, Walmart says it has preordered 15 of the trucks. The Verge notes that the deal was "likely in the works before Tesla unveiled its new truck to the public." From the report: The pilot is planned for the U.S. and Canada. Five of the preordered vehicles will be for Walmart's U.S. business, and 10 will be for its Canadian routes, the company said. Walmart's fleet has about 6,000 trucks. "We have a long history of testing new technology -- including alternative-fuel trucks -- and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle," the company said in a statement. "We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions." Musk said the truck would enter production in 2019. JB Hunt Transport Services, a 56-year-old company based in Arkansas, also reserved "multiple" new Tesla trucks as well.

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Verse of the Day - 2 Peter 3:18

Bible Verse of the Day - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:00am

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

2 Peter 3:18

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Where do you need to grow in your walk with the Lord? How about keeping the tandem targets of grace and knowledge together as your goal. So often we pursue one or the other. But something seems to come unhinged in our soul when either of those becomes more important than the other. Let's keep grace and knowledge together because we see them together in our Savior.

My Prayer...

Holy God, I want to grow to be more like Jesus. I know I cannot do that without your Spirit's power and my hearts desire. In addition, dear Father, I want to grow in being a gracious person. I want to know and experience Jesus' presence in my life. Please bless me in this holy quest. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.© 1998-2017, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the Heartlight Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

A Stable Plasma Ring Has Been Created In Open Air For the First Time Ever

/. - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:00pm
New submitter mrcoder83 shares a report from Futurism: Engineers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able to create a stable plasma ring without a container. According to the Caltech press release, it's "essentially capturing lightning in a bottle, but without the bottle." This remarkable feat was achieved using only a stream of water and a crystal plate, made from either quartz and lithium niobate. The union of these tools induced a type of contact electrification known as the triboelectric effect. The researchers blasted the crystal plate with an 85-micron-diameter jet of water (narrower than a human hair) from a specially designed nozzle. The water hit the crystal plate with a pressure of 632.7 kilograms of force per centimeter (9,000 pounds per square inch), generating an impact velocity of around 305 meters per second (1,000 feet per second) -- as fast as a bullet from a handgun. Plasma was formed as a result of the creation of an electric charge when the water hit the crystal surface. The flow of electrons from the point of contact ionizes the molecules and atoms in the gas area surrounding the water's surface, forming a donut-shaped glowing plasma that's dozens of microns in diameter. Caltech posted a video of the plasma ring on their YouTube channel.

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The House's Tax Bill Levies a Tax On Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

/. - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:30pm
Camel Pilot writes: The new GOP tax plan -- which just passed the House -- will tax tuition waivers as income. Graduate students working as research assistants on meager stipends would have to declare tuition waivers as income on the order of $80,000 income. This will force many graduate students of modest means to quit their career paths and walk away from their research. These are the next generation of scientists, engineers, inventors, educators, medical miracle workers and market makers. As Prof Claus Wilke points out: "This would be a disaster for U.S. STEM Ph.D. education." Slashdot reader Camel Pilot references a report via The New York Times, where Erin Rousseau explains how the House of Representatives' recently passed tax bill affects graduate research in the United States. Rousseau is a graduate student at M.I.T. who studies the neurological basis of mental health disorders. "My peers and I work between 40 and 80 hours a week as classroom teachers and laboratory researchers, and in return, our universities provide us with a tuition waiver for school. For M.I.T. students, this waiver keeps us from having to pay a tuition bill of about $50,000 every year -- a staggering amount, but one that is similar to the fees at many other colleges and universities," he writes. "No money from the tuition waivers actually ends up in our pockets, so under Section 117(d)(5), it isn't counted as taxable income." Rousseau continues by saying his tuition waivers will be taxed under the House's tax bill. "This means that M.I.T. graduate students would be responsible for paying taxes on an $80,000 annual salary, when we actually earn $33,000 a year. That's an increase of our tax burden by at least $10,000 annually."

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'Robots Are Not Taking Over,' Says Head of UN Body of Autonomous Weapons

/. - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Robots are not taking over the world," the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured on Friday, seeking to head off criticism over slow progress towards restricting the use of so-called "killer robots." The United Nations was wrapping up an initial five days of discussions on weapons systems that can identify and destroy targets without human control, which experts say will soon be battle ready. "Ladies and gentlemen, I have news for you: the robots are not taking over the world. Humans are still in charge," said India's disarmament ambassador, Amandeep Gill, who chaired the CCW meeting. "I think we have to be careful in not emotionalizing or dramatizing this issue," he told reporters in response to criticism about the speed of the conference's work. Twenty-two countries, mostly those with smaller military budgets and lesser technical knowhow, have called for an outright ban, arguing that automated weapons are by definition illegal as every individual decision to launch a strike must be made by a human. Gill underscored that banning killer robots, or even agreement on rules, remained a distant prospect.

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