Between his first published story in 1952 and his death in 1982, Philip K. Dick produced dozens of novels and more than a hundred short stories. Moving past famous works like A Scanner Darkly or The Man in the High Castle, Amazon Video’s anthology show Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams delves into the author’s extensive back catalog, adapting 10 of his lesser-known works for television — and collecting the original stories in a new book. Electric Dreams is full of classic Dickian themes: psychic connections, absurd consumer technology, and the blurry line between artifice and reality. But the show’s creators — Battlestar Galactica showrunner Ronald D. Moore, Justified producer Michael Dinner, and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston — take an expansive view of adaptation. Each episode features a different writer / director team, with a wide range of styles. Some installments add new detail to existing stories, while a couple are practically original … [Read more...] about How Electric Dreams updates Philip K. Dick’s Cold War stories
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The Internet is where we do most of our shopping, and a solid 90% of it is done at Amazon. Jeff Bezos has turned his humble bookstore into a sort of Automat of the digital age, selling everything from soup to nuts at low prices with speedy shipping. Nobody knows Amazon deals quite like we do. Except for you, that is. Get ready for Hogwarts with this amusing board game that casts players as alchemists using colored marbles to mix potions and create combos on the unique sliding dispenser board.Buy it here EVERY MORNING I WAKE UP AND OPEN PALM SLAM A VHS INTO THE SLOT. ITS CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK AND RIGHT THEN AND THERE I START DOING THE MOVES ALONGSIDE WITH THE MAIN CHARACTER, RIDDICK. I DO EVERY MOVE AND I DO EVERY MOVE HARD.Buy it here Amazon just released a $100 price drop on the latest and greatest GoPro, featuring true 4K video at 60FPS in a durable housing.Buy it here If you want something a little more conventional, you can pick up the well-reviewed Titanfall sequel for a little … [Read more...] about Amazon Daily Deals: 55″ Smart TV For $400
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Civil Action No. 98-1232 (TPJ) ____________________________________ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v. MICROSOFT CORPORATION, ____________________________________ STATE OF NEW YORK, et al., v. ____________________________________ MICROSOFT CORPORATION, ELIOT SPITZER, attorney general of the State of New York, in his official capacity, et al., ____________________________________ CONCLUSIONS OF LAW Upon consideration of the Court's Findings of Fact ("Findings"), filed herein on November 5, 1999, as amended on December 21, 1999, the proposed conclusions of law submitted by the parties, the briefs of amici curiae, and the argument of counsel thereon, the Court concludes that Microsoft maintained its monopoly power by anticompetitive means and attempted to monopolize the Web browser market, both in violation of § 2. Microsoft also violated § 1 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully tying its Web browser to its operating system. … [Read more...] about In Judge Jackson’s own words
Argued February 26 and 27, 2001 Decided June 28, 2001 No. 00-5212 United States of America, Appellee v. Microsoft Corporation, Appellant Consolidated with 00-5213 Appeals from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (No. 98cv01232) (No. 98cv01233) Richard J. Urowsky and Steven L. Holley argued the causes for appellant. With them on the briefs were John L. Warden, Richard C. Pepperman, II, William H. Neukom, Thomas W. Burt, David A. Heiner, Jr., Charles F. Rule, Robert A. Long, Jr., and Carter G. Phillips. Christopher J. Meyers entered an appearance. Lars H. Liebeler, Griffin B. Bell, Lloyd N. Cutler, Louis R. Cohen, C. Boyden Gray, William J. Kolasky, William F. Adkinson, Jr., Jeffrey D. Ayer, and Jay V. Prabhu were on the brief of amici curiae … [Read more...] about MS appeal ruling: Full text
Reader Comments of the Week First up this week, readers were engaging in debate over the pros and cons of outsourcing. Then we have silicon.com resident Naked CIO who has been ruffling some feathers again: this time, the issue of open source. And are you suffering from password overload? The results of our latest poll attracted some interesting comments… Outsourcing vs insourcing? Job boom: Indian outsourcing braced for eight million more Outsourcing has so many benefits: Cost savings Time zone benefits Quick turn around time Standardising business processes …and many more -- tinasilvee, Naples Outsourcing is more complex than it looks. The Value Proposition of how you provision your outsourcing - 50 per cent cost = 50 per cent value. The jurisdiction in the outsource country you choose will have much weaker data protection legislation than the EU. Misunderstandings abound. And if I misunderstand your nuance when we share a culture, I will completely misread what … [Read more...] about Dear silicon.com… outsource vs insource, Naked CIO on open source, password overload…
Two interesting posts fished out of my RSS feed in the last couple of weeks have stayed in my mind and coalesced into some ideas I'll share here. Firstly, David Terrar, a very smart guy who comes from ' a background of over 30 years operating in the trenches of the software business' wrote a fascinating post entitled 2.0 Adoption Warfare - can military tactics help?, in which he postulates around the value of using Captain Bill McRaven’s military Theory of Special Operations tactics to successfully conquer inertia and resistance and gain a beach head for implementing 2.0 and social tools in business. The second piece is an article in Prospect magazine by Stewart Brand ('one of the world’s most influential—and controversial—environmentalists') entitled 'How slums can save the planet' ....Sixty million people in the developing world are leaving the countryside every year. The squatter cities that have emerged can teach us much about future urban living. … [Read more...] about Would a Special Forces Approach to 2.0 Adoption Work?
Is our climate problem really all in our heads? I don't mean the question in the way that global warming deniers might: that climate change is an illusion or hoax. The science overwhelmingly shows that the world is heating up rapidly and, according to a study out just this week in Nature Geoscience, three-quarters of that warming is directly due to human activities. Rather, do we as a human species have some kind of psychological block that bars us from confronting the issue forthrightly? Evidence of the frustrating lack of progress on climate issues abounds. A new analysis by the Global Carbon Project finds that in 2010, with the recession's end, worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) jumped by 5.9 percent, the largest absolute increase since the Industrial Revolution. The International Energy Agency's latest World Energy Outlook warns that mankind is just five years away from locking in 2 degrees Celsius of warming and on a track that would eventually add 6 degrees C. The major … [Read more...] about Mind games on global warming
posted on 17 May 2015, 13:14 0 1. Industriality (Posts: 131; Member since: 08 Sep 2014) No less. posted on 17 May 2015, 14:15 0 11. CAMBODIANPATRIOT (banned) (Posts: 226; Member since: 10 May 2015) Tim Cook is the man. *applauding* posted on 17 May 2015, 14:29 2 26. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) Apple makes great products. The world is happy. posted on 17 May 2015, 14:51 0 33. darkkjedii (Posts: 27097; Member since: 05 Feb 2011) That camera comes in handy nowadays, cell phone cams in general do. 47. Mxyzptlk (unregistered) I agree. Amazing how useful it is in everyday life. 83. neela_akaash (Posts: 1235; Member since: 05 Aug 2014) Atleast Apple has taught people to Sell their body parts And waste their hard earned money.... posted on 17 May 2015, 19:06 2 65. Nathillien (unregistered) Just go and look at the comments on the source story in The … [Read more...] about Comments for : Cook says Jobs’ goal of Apple products changing the world has been achieved
Although Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Ghosts doesn’t feature Treyarch’s signature Zombies mode, it does offer something in the same vein. Extinction replaces Treyarch’s twist on a horde mode with aliens, but like Zombies it has up to four players attempting to survive wave after wave of inhuman enemy, as you earn cash for kills and objectives. To call Extinction a Zombies clone, however, isn’t entirely accurate.Extinction shares a lot of the same traits as Zombies, but it also requires different strategies to succeed. The game is broken into three sections, each with standard hives you must drill by setting a drill in place to destroy them, followed by a barrier hive separating you from the next session. It takes more than a quick set of thumbs to survive, it takes strategy and teamwork. With that in mind, we offer a few tips and tricks that could help you survive the alien onslaught.We’ll update this post with new tips, and if you have any … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks on making it through ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Extinction mode
Electronic Arts has brought the long-simmering debate over the potentially exploitative nature of loot boxes to a boil. Fans found the grind to unlock items and characters in Star Wars Battlefront II so egregious (nearly 40 hours of regular play for a single character) that they gave EA’s response to the controversy on Reddit the dubious honor of most downvoted post in the platform’s history. Developer DICE has already backpedaled, reducing character unlock costs by 75% and tweaking the item drop system, but, to an extent the damage is already done; EA has made its priorities clear.It’s good that players are voicing concerns now, because this is only the beginning. Take-Two (parent company of 2K and Rockstar Games) reported the other week that microtransactions (e.g. buying in-game items, virtual currency, and DLC) comprised 42% of its most recent quarterly revenue (“It’s been transformative,” said CEO Strauss Zelnick), and that the company … [Read more...] about Do players really like loot boxes, or are game publishers forcing them on us?