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Movie Review: The Interpreter

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Starring the impeccably talented Nicole Kidman and seasoned veteran Sean Penn, The Interpreter was a riveting political thriller chocked full of suspense and intrigue with a layer of melancholy on top. Just when you think you have the plot figured out, it twists and then twists again until the unexpected climax.

Revenge of the Sith Tickets Sell at Lightspeed

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With four weeks to go before the May 19 opening of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Fandango, the USA's largest online and phone movie ticketing service, is reporting unprecedented sales for the much anticipated movie, with sold-out shows in select markets.

Mad Max Mayhem

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Police are reported to have arrested eleven Mad Max movie fans as they tried to perform a scene from the second film, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, where outlaws chase down a fuel tanker.

At the Movies: The Amityville Horror

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This movie gave me goosebumps within the first minute. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, this movie definitely delivers it's intented payload. There's one phrase that kept going thru my mind as I watched this film:

Masters Of Doom Casting Call

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Since it was announced that Showtime would be producing a new bio-pic movie based on Masters of Doom, David Kushner's 2003 non-fictional account of the rise of id Software in general and its two well known founders, John Carmack and John Romero, in particular. The big question is: what actors should play these two roles in the movie?

Masters of Doom movie confirmed

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Masters of Doom tells the story of John Carmack and John Romero, and how they came to create the Doom series and found id Software. The movie version will be shown on US pay cable channel Showtime.

LEGO Star Wars Mini-Movie

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Meet Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Chewbacca and Yoda the Jedi Master as you've never seen them before in LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick! teehee

An Offer He Could Refuse

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Sunday sniping Francis Ford Coppola is hopping mad at Paramount for turning his "Godfather" into a violent video game (due out October 2005).

Sin City Making Big Bucks and Big News

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Released April 1, seems Sin City is on the tips of movie goers' and tech heads' tongues everywhere these days. Noted for using mostly cgi on AMD64 machines for it's action scenes, movies goers and comic fans just love the realistic blood and gore entreated.

Hollywood seeks iTunes for film

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In other movie news, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment is trying to develop and own the next iTunes--but for films.

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Benchmarking A 10-Core Tyan/IBM POWER Server For ~$300 USD

If you live in the EU and have been wanting to explore IBM POWER hardware on Linux, a load of Tyan Habanero servers recently became available through a German retailer for 269 EUR (~$306 USD) that comes equipped with a 10-core POWER8 processor. While not POWER9, it's still an interesting Linux-capable beast and the price is unbeatable if you have been wanting to add POWER hardware to your collection. Phoronix reader Lauri Kasanen recently bought one of these IBM POWER servers at the 269 EUR price point and has shared thoughts on this server as well as some benchmarks. Here is Lauri's guest post checking out this low-cost 2U IBM server. Recently a batch of refurbished POWER8 servers became available for very affordable prices. Always eager to play with power, especially for netbook-class prices, I grabbed one, and decided to run some benchmarks for everyone. For comparison data I used Michael's POWER9 benchmark from November, recent enough that software versions are close enough. Read more

today's leftovers

  • Google is winning in education, but Apple and Microsoft are battling for market share
    Apple used to have the most devices in U.S. schools, but Google soared to the top after the release of the Chromebook in 2011. In 2018, Chromebooks made up 60 percent of all laptops and tablets purchased for U.S. K-12 classrooms, up from just 5 percent in 2012. Microsoft is second at 22 percent, followed by Apple, with 18 percent of shipments to U.S. schools in 2018, according to data from Futuresource Consulting.
  • Design and Web team summary – 15 March 2019
    This was a fairly busy two weeks for the Web & design team at Canonical. [...] We maintain the Vanilla css framework that most of the websites at Ubuntu and Canonical use. Here are a few patterns and websites that were updated.
  • The New York Times has released an open-source tool to let you manage all your internal knowledge more easily

    Library is a wiki at heart, but it uses the familiar Google Docs as its backend and editing interface, easing maintenance for a wide population of users (“we wanted to meet people where they already were, rather than trying to teach them something entirely new”).

  • We Built a Collaborative Documentation Site. Deploy Your Own With the Push of a Button.

    Our solution to this problem has worked well for us. We hope others will find value in the technology we built, so we’re releasing Library to the open source community.

  • foss-north 2019: Community Day
    I don’t dare to count the days until foss-north 2019, but it is very soon. One of the changes to this year is that we expand the conference with an additional community day. The idea with the community day here is that we arrange for conference rooms all across town and invite open source projects to use them for workshops, install fests, hackathons, dev sprints or whatever else they see fit. It is basically a day of mini-conferences spread out across town. The community day is on April 7, the day before the conference days, and is free of charge.
  • FSFE Newsletter March 2019
    This month's newsletter highlights the new project the FSFE recently joined and the funding opportunities it offers, that you may want to take advantage of. You can get the latest updates on the Copyright Directive reform and the hottest news regarding Article 13, as well as a short summary of what else has happened during the past month. In the Editor's choice section this month you can find interesting news on developments with the Radio Equipment Directive, and find out who else have expressed their support for our "Public Money? Public Code!" campaign and what they have to say about it.