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  • Asda Shades So Soft. I tried Aldi but it just seemed to run out quicker.

  • techxplore.com Third Thumb: People have no difficulty getting to grips with an extra thumb, study finds

    Cambridge researchers have shown that members of the public have little trouble in learning very quickly how to use a third thumb—a controllable, prosthetic extra thumb—to pick up and manipulate objects.

    Third Thumb: People have no difficulty getting to grips with an extra thumb, study finds

    > Cambridge researchers have shown that members of the public have little trouble in learning very quickly how to use a third thumb—a controllable, prosthetic extra thumb—to pick up and manipulate objects. > > The team tested the robotic device on a diverse range of participants, which they say is essential for ensuring new technologies are inclusive and can work for everyone. The results are published in Science Robotics. > > An emerging area of future technology is motor augmentation—using motorized wearable devices such as exoskeletons or extra robotic body parts to advance our motor capabilities beyond current biological limitations. > > While such devices could improve the quality of life for healthy individuals who want to enhance their productivity, the same technologies can also provide people with disabilities new ways to interact with their environment. > > ... > > Dani Clode, a collaborator within Professor Makin's lab, has developed the Third Thumb, an extra robotic thumb aimed at increasing the wearer's range of movement, enhancing their grasping capability and expanding the carrying capacity of the hand. This allows the user to perform tasks that might be otherwise challenging or impossible to complete with one hand or to perform complex multi-handed tasks without having to coordinate with other people. > > The Third Thumb is worn on the opposite side of the palm to the biological thumb and controlled by a pressure sensor placed under each big toe or foot. Pressure from the right toe pulls the Thumb across the hand, while the pressure exerted with the left toe pulls the Thumb up toward the fingers. The extent of the Thumb's movement is proportional to the pressure applied, and releasing pressure moves it back to its original position.

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    Furiosa's Box Office Opening Explained: What The Hell Happened With The Mad Max Prequel?!
  • Though I think I’m mainly disappointed we didn’t get more Theron Furiosa.

    Apparently, Miller wasn't happy with the de-aging technology.

  • My friends and family don't understand why I'm so happy with my air fryer notification.
  • I have also since this post purchased MMwave sensors. But they’re worse for picking up the cats.

    You can fine tune some and the Aqara FP2 seems to do a good job ignoring pets.

  • Japan constructs world's 1st wooden satellite
  • From the official site, it looks like it missed the 2021 launch date and there haven't been updates since.

  • Furiosa's Box Office Opening Explained: What The Hell Happened With The Mad Max Prequel?!
  • I don’t want to see more money grabs when a movie does well.

    I agree, but that's not the case here - Miller wrote Fury Road, Furiosa and The Wasteland (a prequel featuring Mad Max) at the same time, so everyone would have the back stories leading up to Fury Road. Theron wanted to make Furiosa first and she was probably right to do so - Fury Road feels like it should have been the big spectacular finish to a trilogy that you build up to.

  • news.sky.com Liz Truss: Rishi Sunak facing call to de-select former PM over appearance on 'hateful platform'

    Jess Phillips has written to the prime minister, saying Carl Benjamin, founder of the Lotus Eaters, "has despicable views about violence against women" and that Ms Truss should be de-selected.

    Liz Truss: Rishi Sunak facing call to de-select former PM over appearance on 'hateful platform'

    > Rishi Sunak has been urged to de-select Liz Truss as a Tory election candidate after she appeared on a platform founded by a YouTuber who made comments about raping a Labour MP. > > Labour's Jess Phillips has written to the prime minister saying that Carl Benjamin, founder of the Lotus Eaters, "has despicable views about violence against women". > > Mr Benjamin claimed he was being "attacked and misrepresented" and said his previous comments were a "joke". > > Mr Benjamin wrote on Twitter in 2016 that he "wouldn't even rape" Ms Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley. > > In 2019, when he was standing to be a UKIP MEP, he refused to apologise and later went on to say: "I've been in a lot of trouble for my hardline stance of not even raping her. I suppose with enough pressure I might cave. But let's be honest, nobody's got that much beer." > > ... > > A source close to Ms Truss said she has "no relationship with Carl Benjamin". > > However, Ms Phillips said Mr Sunak has a responsibility to "uphold high standards among your MPs and candidates" and should bar Ms Truss from standing in the election. > > She called the Lotus Eaters a "far-right" and "hateful" platform and claimed that "as well as these misogynistic views" Mr Benjamin had promoted conspiracy theories about immigration. > > She added: "It is clear that anyone willing to appear on this hateful platform is not suitable to be a candidate for any political party.

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    Bill Skarsgård not happy with The Crow's ending
  • Also, if they don’t nail the soundtrack, the whole movie is a failure. That soundtrack practically shaped my musical tastes and I still listen to many songs on it.

    That's an impossible task as the original soundtrack came together at the right time to create one of the best of all times. Anything they do will sound like they are trying to hard or not hard enough and the whole musical landscape is different.

  • www.lbc.co.uk UK set for '50 days of rain' in one of the wettest summers in over a hundred years

    Forecasters are predicting a summer of persistent rain and wet weather for Brits, as global warming continues to result in more erratic conditions.

    UK set for '50 days of rain' in one of the wettest summers in over a hundred years

    > The Met Office has briefed the Government and transport chiefs to prepare for at least 50 days of rain in the next three months, leading to fears over further flooding in the UK and dashing any hopes of a warm British summer. > > Last summer saw 40 days of rain, but the Met Office expects this summer to be even worse, jeopardising popular summer events such as Wimbledon, Trooping of the Colour, Royal Ascot and many festivals including Glastonbury. > > ... > > The UK’s wettest ever summer in 1912 saw rainfall on more than 55 days.

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    Furiosa's Box Office Opening Explained: What The Hell Happened With The Mad Max Prequel?!
  • I did also get this in my feed: Anya Taylor-Joy Is The Reason Mad Max Is Failing And It’s Not Her Fault

    While she doesn't bring the same physicality to the role as Theron, I think she did a good job in the lead, especially with so few lines.

  • Furiosa's Box Office Opening Explained: What The Hell Happened With The Mad Max Prequel?!

    > Furiosa's opening weekend numbers have been a point of discourse for many trades after its release. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Furiosa slumped to a $26 million gross between Friday, May 24, and Sunday, May 26. However, Furiosa was released over the Memorial Day weekend, taking its estimated domestic total to between $31-33 million. Concerning how Furiosa fared overseas, the reading is not much better. In territories outside of the United States and Canada, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga earned around $33 million, taking its worldwide total opening weekend haul to a lowly $64-66 million. > > Although Furiosa is receiving positive reviews, its box office returns for its opening weekend are underwhelming. Many could point to the film itself and wonder why Furiosa specifically is not resonating with audiences, though the issue is much broader than any one film. Instead, Hollywood as a whole has been suffering with box office success in recent years, with a variety of reasons factoring into this disappointing stretch of failed movies. Furiosa, unfortunately, is simply the latest in a long line of underperforming movies that, if its great reception is anything to go by, should be earning much more. > > The first problem facing Furiosa has affected other 2024 releases like The Fall Guy. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the wait time between a movie ending its theatrical run and being released on digital is increasingly shortening. The Fall Guy's poor box office was capped off with the announcement it would release on digital only two weeks after releasing in theaters. This shrinking wait time is causing audiences to stop spending money in theaters in favor of cheaper, home-video options, which has evidently impacted Furiosa too. > > Aside from wider industry problems, Furiosa's status as a prequel is likely a factor contributing to its poor box office. In recent years, prequels to giant movies simply do not have the same pull as they once might have. Some instances include Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, both of which grossed significantly less than their other franchise installments. Furiosa is now following suit, with a prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road obviously not high on the list of stories general audiences desired.

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    Bill Skarsgård not happy with The Crow's ending
  • That's it, folks are looking around for other franchises and they are likely pitching this every chance they get, despite the "franchise" being one great film and quite a few cash-ins of diminishing quality.

    I'm booked in to see the original in the cinema and I'm really looking forward to it. I'll go and see the new one too but don't expect much, which might mean I end up unexpectedly impressed by Bill Skarsgård's second one-man-army film of the year.

  • 'The Beast of Cumbria': 22 inch 'big cat' found in Dalton in 2008
  • It looks like she found a big cat, not a big cat. However, such large moggies are the source of most of these sightings and definitely explain the local ones at the time.

  • 'The Beast of Cumbria': 22 inch 'big cat' found in Dalton in 2008

    > Following the recent discovery of Panthera DNA on a sheep carcass in the Lake District, a woman from Burton-in-Kendal has sent in a photo of what she believes to have been a big cat in 2008. > > 86-year-old writer and local historian, Kath Hayhurst, was travelling in Dalton towards Hutton Roof Crags with her husband when they spotted a dead cat at the roadside near Plain Quarry. > > She says she took the photograph in the day time of August, 2008 after a spate of black cat sightings in the area.86-year-old writer and local historian, Kath Hayhurst, was travelling in Dalton towards Hutton Roof Crags with her husband when they spotted a dead cat at the roadside near Plain Quarry. > > She says she took the photograph in the day time of August, 2008 after a spate of black cat sightings in the area. > >.Kath said: "We were driving by when we came across the cat laying by the roadside and quickly noticed its large size. > > "We picked it up and put it in the boot of the car and took it home. I measured it from its ears to the tip of its tail and it was 22 inches. > > "Its features were more like a domestic cat, rather than a zoo-like cat, however it was just a lot bigger.

    Previously: DNA results and interview with the scientist.

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    "FRIENDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES" will be released on 4K UHD on September 24.
  • Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's DOA...

  • Time Team's 30th anniversary dig - an Iron Age -> Roman industrial village in Dorset
  • That's great thanks. Happy yo see it is still going. I know it got sneered at a lot in professional circles but it is the classic Reithian education through entertainment - viewers always learned something interesting each episode.

  • My friends and family don't understand why I'm so happy with my air fryer notification.
  • I ended up making binary sensors for each room in Node Red. Did I leave the room? Who else is there, nobody? Ok mark it clear…

    Why not use mmWave presence sensors?

  • japantoday.com Japan constructs world's 1st wooden satellite

    Japanese researchers said Tuesday that they have successfully constructed the world's first wooden satellite, with the tiny cube-shaped object expected to be sent into space aboard a SpaceX rocket launched from the United States, possibly in September. "LignoSat," a blend of the words lign...

    Japan constructs world's 1st wooden satellite

    > Japanese researchers said Tuesday that they have successfully constructed the world's first wooden satellite, with the tiny cube-shaped object expected to be sent into space aboard a SpaceX rocket launched from the United States, possibly in September. > > "LignoSat," a blend of the words ligno, a prefix meaning wood, and satellite, is the outcome of about four years of development efforts by a team involving Kyoto University and Sumitomo Forestry Co, with the aim of harnessing the environmental friendliness and low cost of wood in space development. > > Wooden satellites are seen as better for the environment when burning up upon reentering the Earth's atmosphere at the end of their operation, compared to conventional satellites made of metals, as they can create alumina particles, which may adversely affect weather and communications, according to the team. > > The latest development is "an extremely valuable step for both the space and wood industries," Kyoto University and the Tokyo-based wood products company said in their joint press release, noting that it will help "open up the possibilities of the use of wood, which is a sustainable resource." > > LignoSat is a 10-centimeter cube made from 4 to 5.5 millimeter-thick magnolia wood panels, with a frame partially constructed from aluminum. It has solar panels affixed to some sides and weighs roughly 1 kilogram. > > It is built based on a traditional Japanese technique that does not use any screws or adhesive materials. > > The team said it has confirmed the durability of the wooden material even in the harsh environment of outer space. > > "We would like to create a satellite, including the electronic substrate portion (contained inside), entirely made from wood in the future," said Takao Doi, an astronaut serving as a program-specific professor at Kyoto University.

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    There's little enthusiasm for Labour. Does it matter?
  • It probably does matter because, in 1997, everyone was fired up and not only enthusatic to get the Tories out but to get Labour in. Now it's just the former. Don't underestimate spite though.

  • www.businessinsider.com China's latest weapon of war is a gun-toting robot dog

    China's military has unveiled robot dogs that are capable of assessing targets and carrying machine guns.

    China's latest weapon of war is a gun-toting robot dog

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15911898

    > China has showcased robot dogs capable of firing machine guns in the latest display of its military prowess. > > The remote-controlled robots were unveiled during a military training exercise conducted by China and Cambodia earlier this month. > > According to a video shared by state broadcaster CCTV, the battery-operated robodogs can function independently for between two and four hours and are capable of moving forward and backward, lying down, and jumping. > > They can also plan routes, approach targets, and avoid obstacles, the video said. One of the robots shown in the video was fitted with a rifle to shoot targets, according to CCTV. > > Chen Wei, a Chinese soldier, told CCTV that the robot dogs will "serve as a new member in urban combat operations" and can replace the role of human soldiers in identifying and striking targets.

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    www.bbc.co.uk FBI investigating missing ancient treasures from British Museum

    Hundreds of artefacts ended up with people in the US who bought them on eBay, the BBC has learned.

    FBI investigating missing ancient treasures from British Museum

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/15875398

    > The FBI is investigating the sale to US buyers of what are suspected to be hundreds of treasures from the British Museum. > > The BBC understands the US law enforcement agency has also assisted with the return of 268 items, which the museum claims belong to it, that were sold to a collector in Washington DC. > > The British Museum announced last year that ancient gems, jewellery and other items from its collection, were missing, stolen or damaged. > > One buyer, based in New Orleans, told the BBC an FBI agent had emailed him asking for information about two pieces he had bought on eBay. > > The FBI agent said they were assisting the Metropolitan Police with investigating missing or stolen items from the museum. > > The buyer has said he is no longer in possession of either gem and does not believe they have been located by authorities. The FBI did not request further information from him. > > ... > > Neither the FBI agent, the museum or British police followed up with him - said Mr Birbiglia - so the two gems have not yet been tracked down by the authorities. > > “The whole thing just seemed like they [the FBI] were blowing it off,” he said. “He [the agent] didn't try very hard.” > > The BBC understands the FBI has also assisted with the investigation of 268 items in the Washington DC area that were sold by the same seller.

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    www.dailystar.co.uk UK is 'running out of ghosts' as old spirits dying off, paranormal expert says

    Paranormal expert and author Dr. Paul Lee believes the UK has been running out of ghosts as aging spirits are currently dormant or have moved on to the "other side"

    UK is 'running out of ghosts' as old spirits dying off, paranormal expert says

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.uk/post/12568246

    > > Britain is facing a ghost shortage as ageing spirits are passing over to the "other side", according to a leading paranormal expert. > > > > Dr Paul Lee believes that the UK's spectral heritage is in serious decline as many ghosts have become dormant or moved on. > > > > The paranormal researcher and author shared: "Since January 2020 I've been contacting all the reportedly haunted locations on my app, and asking if the residents, owners or staff have experienced any unexplained activity." > > > > He continued: "So far I've had almost 800 replies and even some supposedly highly haunted places like Conisbrough Castle in South Yorkshire, the Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK and Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, say they haven't experienced anything in the last few years." > > > > ... > > > > He suggested: "It could be that a spirit had a natural source of energy to begin with which has dwindled away over time, leaving them without the reserves to manifest anymore." > > > > However, Dr Lee, who hails from Fairstead, Norfolk, and holds a PhD in nuclear physics, offered a glimmer of hope, stating: "It may be that ghosts can be recharged." > > > > He concluded: "You sometimes hear stories of ghosts suddenly appearing again after many years' absence."

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    www.dailystar.co.uk UK is 'running out of ghosts' as old spirits dying off, paranormal expert says

    Paranormal expert and author Dr. Paul Lee believes the UK has been running out of ghosts as aging spirits are currently dormant or have moved on to the "other side"

    UK is 'running out of ghosts' as old spirits dying off, paranormal expert says

    > Britain is facing a ghost shortage as ageing spirits are passing over to the "other side", according to a leading paranormal expert. > > Dr Paul Lee believes that the UK's spectral heritage is in serious decline as many ghosts have become dormant or moved on. > > The paranormal researcher and author shared: "Since January 2020 I've been contacting all the reportedly haunted locations on my app, and asking if the residents, owners or staff have experienced any unexplained activity." > > He continued: "So far I've had almost 800 replies and even some supposedly highly haunted places like Conisbrough Castle in South Yorkshire, the Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK and Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, say they haven't experienced anything in the last few years." > > ... > > He suggested: "It could be that a spirit had a natural source of energy to begin with which has dwindled away over time, leaving them without the reserves to manifest anymore." > > However, Dr Lee, who hails from Fairstead, Norfolk, and holds a PhD in nuclear physics, offered a glimmer of hope, stating: "It may be that ghosts can be recharged." > > He concluded: "You sometimes hear stories of ghosts suddenly appearing again after many years' absence."

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    news.sky.com Cheese rolling: Dairy-loving daredevils descend on Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire for annual race

    The rough-and-tumble race is notoriously dangerous with bumps and bruises almost guaranteed for the many reckless cheese-chasers who tend to fall down the hill rather than run.

    Cheese rolling: Dairy-loving daredevils descend on Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire for annual race

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.uk/post/12556127

    > > Dairy-loving daredevils from around the world have descended on Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire for the annual cheese-rolling race. > > > > Competitors ran, slid and tumbled down the near-vertical incline in an effort to catch up with a 7lb wheel of Double Gloucester - a semi-hard cheese renowned for its strong and savoury flavour. > > > > The rough-and-ready race is notoriously dangerous with bumps and bruises almost guaranteed for the many reckless cheese-chasers who tend to fall down the hill rather than run. > > > > ... > > > > The race begins when the so-called "Master of Cheese" rolls a Double Gloucester down the hill. > > > > The competitors then follow, with the first one to make it to the bottom getting to keep the cheese. > > > > This year's hill was especially slippery and muddy after recent rain. Members of a local rugby club lined up at the bottom to catch the tumbling competitors. > > > > Three men's downhill races and one women's downhill race took place between midday and 1:30pm. > > > > Winners of the three men's races included local man Josh Shepherd as well as competitors from Germany and Australia. > > > > American YouTuber IShowSpeed was among those who took part in one of the men's races - and paid a visit to the medical tent after suffering bruising on his way down the hill. > > > > Abby Lampe from North Carolina in the US won the women's race by rolling down the hill at speed that left the rest of the field far behind. > > > > "You just have to roll," said Ms Lampe, a graduate of North Carolina State University, who also won in 2022. > > > > She added: "There's a little bit of pain, but it's just going to be temporary." > > > > ... > > > > The annual cheese-rolling event in Gloucestershire is believed to have been taking place for centuries, though its exact origin is unknown. > > > > The first written evidence of the event was found in a message that was sent to the Gloucester Town Crier in 1826. > > > > However, it is said to have been an old tradition even back then. > > > > Some believe it started as a way of claiming grazing rights on the ground around Cooper's Hill - while others think it could have been a fertility ritual. > > > > Around 20 miles away from Cooper's Hill on Monday, competitors in the town of Tetbury carried sacks of wool weighing up to 60 pounds (27kg) over a 240-yard (220-metre) course up and down steep Gumstool Hill. > > > > The Tetbury Woolsack Races have been held since 1972, drawing on a local tradition dating back to the 17th century in the historic wool-trading town.

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    news.sky.com Cheese rolling: Dairy-loving daredevils descend on Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire for annual race

    The rough-and-tumble race is notoriously dangerous with bumps and bruises almost guaranteed for the many reckless cheese-chasers who tend to fall down the hill rather than run.

    Cheese rolling: Dairy-loving daredevils descend on Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire for annual race

    > Dairy-loving daredevils from around the world have descended on Cooper's Hill in Gloucestershire for the annual cheese-rolling race. > > Competitors ran, slid and tumbled down the near-vertical incline in an effort to catch up with a 7lb wheel of Double Gloucester - a semi-hard cheese renowned for its strong and savoury flavour. > > The rough-and-ready race is notoriously dangerous with bumps and bruises almost guaranteed for the many reckless cheese-chasers who tend to fall down the hill rather than run. > > ... > > The race begins when the so-called "Master of Cheese" rolls a Double Gloucester down the hill. > > The competitors then follow, with the first one to make it to the bottom getting to keep the cheese. > > This year's hill was especially slippery and muddy after recent rain. Members of a local rugby club lined up at the bottom to catch the tumbling competitors. > > Three men's downhill races and one women's downhill race took place between midday and 1:30pm. > > Winners of the three men's races included local man Josh Shepherd as well as competitors from Germany and Australia. > > American YouTuber IShowSpeed was among those who took part in one of the men's races - and paid a visit to the medical tent after suffering bruising on his way down the hill. > > Abby Lampe from North Carolina in the US won the women's race by rolling down the hill at speed that left the rest of the field far behind. > > "You just have to roll," said Ms Lampe, a graduate of North Carolina State University, who also won in 2022. > > She added: "There's a little bit of pain, but it's just going to be temporary." > > ... > > The annual cheese-rolling event in Gloucestershire is believed to have been taking place for centuries, though its exact origin is unknown. > > The first written evidence of the event was found in a message that was sent to the Gloucester Town Crier in 1826. > > However, it is said to have been an old tradition even back then. > > Some believe it started as a way of claiming grazing rights on the ground around Cooper's Hill - while others think it could have been a fertility ritual. > > Around 20 miles away from Cooper's Hill on Monday, competitors in the town of Tetbury carried sacks of wool weighing up to 60 pounds (27kg) over a 240-yard (220-metre) course up and down steep Gumstool Hill. > > The Tetbury Woolsack Races have been held since 1972, drawing on a local tradition dating back to the 17th century in the historic wool-trading town.

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    gizmodo.com George Miller Reveals How Many Visual Effects Are in Furiosa

    Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth star in the new Mad Max film, currently in theaters.

    George Miller Reveals How Many Visual Effects Are in Furiosa

    > “In Fury Road, in [Furiosa], there are hardly any shots that haven’t been manipulated digitally,” Miller told io9. “For instance, changing the sky. When Steven Spielberg shot Jaws, the sea was changing all the time. If you look at that film one moment it’s choppy, one moment it’s flat. You don’t need to do that anymore.” > > So basically every shot in both Fury Road and Furiosa has some kind of digital changes to it. But, for the most part, it’s subtle stuff. The Furiosa scene Miller pointed to was “The Stowaway,” one of the film’s middle chapters and also its longest, most sprawling action sequence. In it, Furiosa (Anya Taylor-Joy) tries to escape the Citadel but instead finds herself in an epic battle versus a group of Wasteland pirates. > > “When you’re doing extended sequences like ‘The Stowaway’ sequence, that was shot over 78 days. It’s a 15-minute sequence but the skies are consistent,” Miller said. “So we took what we thought was a good sky and we can reproduce that sky right through the story. So some shots have the real sky because the real sky looked really good. But in the next shot, it might have been where it was a completely different sky so we were able to match that. You can do that.” > > The film clearly has other digital effects too but Miller is mostly a fan of the ones that are invisible and keep everything smooth and cohesive. It’s a huge game-changer. “If you were shooting Jaws again today, the sea would be consistent,” He said. “Even meticulous filmmakers, guys like David Lean when they shot Lawrence of Arabia—obsessively, meticulous with their camera and lighting and so on—you can see where they shot different times of day and so on. You can avoid it now to some degree. It’s a much smoother experience.”

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    Flight aborted after alleged Virgin mid-air nude run
    citynews.com.au Flight aborted after alleged Virgin mid-air nude run | Canberra CityNews

    A man has allegedly run naked through a Virgin Australia plane while it was flying from Perth to Melbourne, knocking over a crew member and forcing pilots to abort the flight.

    Flight aborted after alleged Virgin mid-air nude run | Canberra CityNews

    > Australian Federal Police officers arrested the “disruptive passenger” after Virgin flight VA696 returned to Perth Airport on Monday night. > > “The AFP responded to a request for assistance from airline staff,” a spokesman said on Tuesday. > > “Officers arrested a man after he allegedly ran naked through the aircraft mid-flight and knocked a crew member to the floor.” > > The man was taken to hospital for medical assessment where he remains.

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    www.theregister.com UK cabinet minister calls shoulder surfer ‘little weirdo’

    Tory comms leaked thanks to a barefooted Johnny Mercer’s wayward situational awareness

    UK cabinet minister calls shoulder surfer ‘little weirdo’

    > In setting the date for the UK's next general election, prime minister Rishi Sunak this week essentially announced the start of open season for political reporters all hunting for the top scoop of the day by any means necessary. He may need, however, to brief his ministers on basic opsec if he's going to stop any more internal memos from reaching the front pages. > > On May 22, less than 24 hours before PM Sunak said July 4 would be the day UK citizens decide on their next leader, The Times published a gem sourced from photos taken of veterans' affairs minister Johnny Mercer's laptop on a public train. > > It's an example of shoulder surfing – a type of social engineering technique that involves peering at other people's devices to discover secrets like passwords, PINs, sensitive emails, and the like. > > We're not sure what's worse here, the cyber hygiene gaffe and abject failure to protect internal party comms from the prying eyes of the British public traveling from Exeter to London, or the fact that along with his laptop Mercer was papped with his bare feet cheesing out the first-class carriage. For shame, Johnny. > > For those whose interests extend beyond the mere cybersecurity aspects of this story, the photos revealed Mercer's memo criticizing Downing Street for giving the PM too much airtime and should instead be offering more public speaking gigs to more popular members of the Conservative party, such as Kemi Badenoch and Penny Mordaunt. > > ... > > Perhaps more illuminating on the current government's attitude towards voting, Mercer also appeared to suggest that the Conservatives were suppressing votes from specific demographics. > > His memo states that he was upset that his attempts to let military veterans, who had previously been turned away from polling stations, use their ID cards to prove their identity when voting had been denied. Downing Street special advisers apparently blocked these proposals because it could also "open the floodgates" and allow students to also use their ID cards too. > > ... > > We got in touch with the Cabinet Office to ask for comment and find out if ministers are briefed on the dangers of shoulder surfing, but it hadn't responded by the time of publication. > > While we wait for a response from the UK gov, we can instead turn to Mercer's X account, which is where he responded to The Times' scoop by calling the public transport snapper a "little weirdo." > > "So some little weirdo has gone round snapping my laptop reading private messages from a private email account," Mercer Xeeted. "My shoes and socks were off because I'd just cycled across Dartmoor in the rain. > > "Shoot me now. Or grow up."

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    www.thedailybeast.com Republican House Candidate Posted IRA Cosplay Video

    Brandon Herrera, who is challenging GOP incumbent Tony Gonzales in Tuesday’s runoff, was called “jaw-droppingly stupid” by a Northern Ireland human rights campaigner.

    Republican House Candidate Posted IRA Cosplay Video

    cross-posted from: https://feddit.uk/post/12553938

    > > The “gunfluencer” turned Texas Republican congressional candidate Brandon Herrera posted to YouTube a video in which he wears a balaclava, fires an Armalite rifle, uses Irish stereotypes while joking about the IRA, and says he “fucking hate[s] the British.” > > > > “I’m not doing it because I like or support the IRA,” says Herrera, now 28 and a candidate for the Republican nomination in Texas’ 23rd U.S. House district, in the video posted on March 17, 2023—St Patrick’s Day—and titled “The AR-180: The IRA’s Lucky Charm.” > > > > “They were pretty heavily socialist. Of course they really hurt a lot of innocent people sometimes. I’m not doing this video because I like the IRA or I support them. I’m doing this video because I fucking hate the British. > > > > “Guys, I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Mostly.” > > > > ... > > > > Speaking to The Daily Beast, Aidan McQuade, from Northern Ireland and a former director of Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest human rights group, condemned Herrera for displaying “jaw-dropping stupidity” in his IRA-themed video. > > > > “It is quite an achievement to make a video of which the anti-Irish stereotyping is the least offensive part,” McQuade said. > > > > Other remarks by Herrera in the video include a promise to get “belligerently drunk” to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and, “The IRA [were] very famously unhappy for a certain group of folks going after their Lucky Charms,” a reference to famous ads for a U.S. breakfast cereal featuring a leprechaun character. > > > > Over footage of a gun jamming, meanwhile, Herrera says: “This is why Ireland isn’t free.” > > > > McQuade said: “From a historical perspective it is jaw-droppingly stupid to suggest that the course of the Troubles could have been changed with a more dependable Armalite. > > > > “From a human perspective, Herrera’s attitude to violence seems that of an adolescent video-gamer blissfully ignorant of the trauma that war inflicts on a society, and the unending grief of victims’ devastated families.” > > Archive

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    www.thedailybeast.com Republican House Candidate Posted IRA Cosplay Video

    Brandon Herrera, who is challenging GOP incumbent Tony Gonzales in Tuesday’s runoff, was called “jaw-droppingly stupid” by a Northern Ireland human rights campaigner.

    Republican House Candidate Posted IRA Cosplay Video

    > The “gunfluencer” turned Texas Republican congressional candidate Brandon Herrera posted to YouTube a video in which he wears a balaclava, fires an Armalite rifle, uses Irish stereotypes while joking about the IRA, and says he “fucking hate[s] the British.” > > “I’m not doing it because I like or support the IRA,” says Herrera, now 28 and a candidate for the Republican nomination in Texas’ 23rd U.S. House district, in the video posted on March 17, 2023—St Patrick’s Day—and titled “The AR-180: The IRA’s Lucky Charm.” > > “They were pretty heavily socialist. Of course they really hurt a lot of innocent people sometimes. I’m not doing this video because I like the IRA or I support them. I’m doing this video because I fucking hate the British. > > “Guys, I’m kidding, I’m kidding. Mostly.” > > ... > > Speaking to The Daily Beast, Aidan McQuade, from Northern Ireland and a former director of Anti-Slavery International, the world’s oldest human rights group, condemned Herrera for displaying “jaw-dropping stupidity” in his IRA-themed video. > > “It is quite an achievement to make a video of which the anti-Irish stereotyping is the least offensive part,” McQuade said. > > Other remarks by Herrera in the video include a promise to get “belligerently drunk” to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and, “The IRA [were] very famously unhappy for a certain group of folks going after their Lucky Charms,” a reference to famous ads for a U.S. breakfast cereal featuring a leprechaun character. > > Over footage of a gun jamming, meanwhile, Herrera says: “This is why Ireland isn’t free.” > > McQuade said: “From a historical perspective it is jaw-droppingly stupid to suggest that the course of the Troubles could have been changed with a more dependable Armalite. > > “From a human perspective, Herrera’s attitude to violence seems that of an adolescent video-gamer blissfully ignorant of the trauma that war inflicts on a society, and the unending grief of victims’ devastated families.”

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