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The Mandalorian was shot on a holodeck-esque set with Unreal Engine, video shows

This is the LED set used for The Mandalorian. ILM The interior of the set, as performers might see it. ILM Here's the set with a large prop in it—sometimes only the LED set was used, and sometimes it was used in tandem with practical elements. ILM The camera captures both physical objects and the virtual background directly. ILM This visualization shows virtual set elements alongside real actors and how they appear in a shot. ILM Scene assets can be removed or moved easily. ILM As seen in this screen capture from a promotional video by Epic Games, directors and DPs can do location scouting in VR. Epic Games Also from that video: you can see that the frustum for the camera is displayed on the panel in real-time in sync with camera orientation. Epic Games For some shots, the scenes and assets used in shooting may not be final. In those cases, a green screen can be displayed for use in post-production. Epic Games Lighting can be changed in real-time using a..

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Review: Time travel and murder combine in HBOs riveting Beforeigners series

Beforeigners trailer. Two police detectives from wildly different time periods must learn to work together to solve a murder in Beforeigners, a riveting blend of science fiction and police procedural from HBO Europe that is already poised to become one of the standout shows of the year. Like Netflix's Ragnarok, it is a Norwegian TV series that draws heavily on the history and mythology of the region. But Beforeigners eschews the supernatural, and the campier teen soap elements, to deliver a thoughtful, moving, and often quite ribald and funny tale of various worlds colliding. (Some spoilers below, but no major reveals.) Series creators Eilif Skodvin and Anne Bjørnstad wanted to follow up their successful series Lilyhammer with a science fiction story built around the idea of refugees arriving from different historical periods rather than different countries, and they combined the concept with a hard-boiled murder mystery. They've cited District 9 and The Leftovers among the..

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California man arrested on charges his DDoSes took down candidates website

EnlargeUS Air Force A California man has been arrested on charges he used distributed denial-of-service attacks to take down the website of a Congressional candidate whose rival employed his wife. Arthur Jan Dam, 32, of Santa Monica, was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday. According to a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, Dam DDoSed the website of a candidate that The Intercept reported was running against Katie Hill in the 2018 primary election. Hill won by fewer than 3,000 votes and went on to flip a Republican-held seat in the general election. Hill later resigned after nude photos of her were published without her consent. Dam, who The Intercept reported was married to Hill fundraiser Kelsey OHara, allegedly staged four attacks that took down the website of Bryan Caforio, Hill's rival candidate in the primary. The candidate spent from $27,000 to $30,000 in response to the 21-hour outages and also experienced a reduction of campaign contributions. Rolling ..

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Google faces state lawsuit alleging misuse of schoolkids private data

Enlarge / Students use Google Suite apps on computers in a classroom in Groton, Mass. on May 11, 2016.David L. Ryan | The Boston Globe | Getty Images Adults who use Google products and services tend to know, at least on some background level, that the cost for access to "free" tools is paid in data. Google also provides low- and no-cost hardware and software tools to students and educators in school districts nationwide, and one state now says that children are also paying that privacy price, in violation of the law. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit (PDF) alleging Google's collection and use of data from schoolchildren in his state is in violation violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico's Unfair Practices Act. COPPA, one of the few US federal laws protecting data privacy, imposes certain restrictions on the collection and use of personal data associated with children under age 13. Under the law, websites, app..

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The man behind the global struggle to create digital taxes

Hes no Tom Cruise, but Pascal Saint-Amans is signed up for a Mission Impossible. Amid a stand-off between the United States and France over how to tax companies like Google and Facebook, the Frenchman — who heads the tax policy center at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris — has been given less than a year to hammer out a global deal on digital tax. If he fails, an all-out trade war could ensue. “Theres no plan B,” said Saint-Amans, while tucking into a Caesar salad earlier this week in Brussels during a break between meetings at the European Commission, the European Parliament and local think tanks. His next destination: a two-day meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bankers starting Saturday in Saudi Arabia, the latest attempt to rally support for a global deal. They are expected to give their backing for his work. If Europe, the U.S. and much of the world cant agree on new rules by December, a raft of countries including Austria, Fr..

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Get ready for price hikes up to 10% annually after sale of .org registry

EnlargeDenisKot / Getty The nonprofit Internet Society attracted widespread condemnation late last year after announcing it was going to sell off the Public Interest Registry, a subsidiary that administers the .org domain, to a private equity firm called Ethos Capital. People were particularly alarmed because the move came shortly after ICANN removed price caps on registration and renewal fees for .org domains. That opened the prospect of big price hikes in the coming years. In a Friday press release, Ethos Capital announced it would voluntarily commit to limit price hikes for the next eight years. But under the new rules, Ethos Capital would still be able to raise prices by 10 percent a year—which would more than double prices over the next eight years. Ethos framed this as a concession to the public, and strictly speaking, a 10 percent price hike limit is better for customers than completely uncapped fees. But 10 percent annual increases are still massive—far more than inflation or ..

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SpaceX pushing iterative design process, accepting failure to go fast

Activity Thursday at SpaceX's launch site near Boca Chica Beach. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said Thursday the company is "driving hard" toward an orbital flight of the company's Starship vehicle this year. It has not been decided yet whether this orbital launch will take place from the company's new facility near Boca Chica Beach in South Texas, a site at Cape Canaveral in Florida, or perhaps even an ocean-based launch platform. The company is pressing ahead with all three options in parallel. The orbital mission would involve a future iteration of Starship with six Raptor engines, Musk said. Since late November, when the very first prototype of a Starship vehicle was damaged during a pressurization test, SpaceX employees have been working on a new version of the vehicle dubbed SN1, for serial number 1. The company has gone with this nomenclature because Musk envisions building the large spaceships rapidly, with each new iteration improving on the last—be it through smoo..

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The strange, unexplained journey of ToTok in Google Play fuels user suspicions

EnlargeToTok.ai In late December, Google and Apple removed the ToTok social messaging app from their marketplaces after US intelligence officials told The New York Times it was a tool for surreptitious spying by the United Arab Emirates government. About a week later, Google reinstated the Android version of the app with no explanation, a move that confounded app users and security experts. Now Google has once again baffled industry watchers by once again banishing the app without saying why. (Apple, meanwhile, has continued to keep the iOS version of ToTok out of the App Store.) [email protected] Over the past few days, Play Protect, the Google service that scans Android devices for apps that violate the companys terms of service, started displaying a warning that says: “This app tries to spy on your personal data, such as SMS messages, photos, audio recordings, or call history. Even if you have heard of this app or the app developer, this version of the app could harm your device.” ..

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German hate speech crackdown sparks censorship fears

BERLIN — Germany is cracking down on hate speech online amid a rise in right-wing extremism, but critics warn that civil liberties will end up as collateral damage. Hours before a far-right extremist shot nine people dead at two hookah bars in central Germany on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkels government passed the first of two laws to further toughen its rules — already considered some of the worlds strictest — governing speech online. “Hate crimes should finally end up where they belong — in court,” said the Social Democrat Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht after the bill was approved by the government. The draft law will force social media companies to proactively report potentially criminal content on their platforms to law enforcement. While Lambrechts government argues the measures are needed to counter a rise in right-wing extremism proliferating online, however, an unlikely alliance of opponents are sounding the alarm on potential damages to civil liberties. Berlin..

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Report: 300 Oracle employees walk out over Ellisons Trump fundraiser

Oracle founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison.Oracle PR / Flickr About 300 Oracle employees walked off the job on Thursday to protest founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison's decision to hold a fundraiser for President Donald Trump the previous evening, Bloomberg reports. It was a rare sign of dissent for a company known for its stodgy corporate culture. But the circumstances of the small-scale protest also suggest that Ellison has less reason to worry about future employee revolts than some of his fellow tech moguls. "The protest, called No Ethics/No Work, involved about 300 employees walking out of their offices or stopping work at remote locations at noon local time and devoting the rest of the day to volunteering or civic engagement," Bloomberg reports. Bloomberg's source asked not to be named for fear of retaliation. Oracle has more than 130,000 employees, so a walkout by 300 workers is hardly a serious threat to the company. Some employees, worried about r..

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