Archive | January, 2012

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New Teaser for Game of Thrones, Season 2

Posted on 31 January 2012 by Jessica Dunn

HBO just release a new teaser for Season 2 of Game of Thrones, and I don’t know if the trailer itself is that good or if I’m just already so excited it doesn’t take much GoT to make me happy, but I really cant wait for this season to start.  One thing I do really like about the trailer is the use of Varys as narrator, since he’s already kind of like an omnicient narrator who suddenly finds himself a character in the story.

Last season was fantastic and pretty damn faithful to the book, so I expect this season will equally as great.  The story only gets better, the stakes only get higher, and characters only get more frustrating!  So, watch the teaser and get your face palms ready because Winter is Coming on April 1st.


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Supreme Court Dismisses GPS Evidence as Unconstitutional Without Warrant

Posted on 31 January 2012 by DM

In what was all the rage last week coming off the war against huge technologically impactful bills such as SOPA and PIPA, the Supreme Court of the United States held that under the Fourth Amendment using a GPS tracking device was considered a search. This topic was going to have to be discussed sooner or later and frankly I am surprised it was not discussed a little sooner.  Ok only a little surprised.  We live in a world where technological advances have begun to outpace legal decisions rapidly and because of this, we see a great many of these decisions being made later than sooner.

In the immediacy this means that Police Departments who were not already doing so will begin obtaining warrants before placing such devices, but what does this decision mean in the long run? I am guessing it is going to mean a great deal.  In a world where we watch shows like Burn Notice that use technology (both existent and not) to violate personal privacy in the name of good, individuals are going to be more and more tempted to use the user-friendly tech for their own ends.  Unfortunately, this can be perfectly legal much of the time.  This decision marks a trend towards recognizing personal freedoms in a digital age.

DM
All Geeks Considered

Source:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/gps-devices-are-being-used-to-track-cars-and-errant-spouses.html?ref=technology

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Ultrasound Treatments May Lead to a New Male Contraceptive

Posted on 30 January 2012 by DM

Recent studies at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine have indicated that an ultrasound may be the future of male contraceptives. To date only used on rats, this treatment has reduced the sperm count in rates to the point where a human would be considered infertile.  While the duration of the treatment and the safety factor of multiple treatments are yet to be tested, researchers remain positive about the possibilities.

On one side, I think this is a great thing.  A non-invasive, cheap, and reversible treatment could greatly help population control in a growlingly overcrowded world.  However, I am wary that individuals might use this as method of birth control and end up with an STI they didn’t see coming.  I suspect that couples who care about such things will continue to use multiple levels of protection.  In any case, I look forward to seeing more of this research in the near future.

DM
All Geeks Considered

Source:

http://www.healthcareglobal.com/healthcare_technology/sperm-killing-ultrasound-waves-are-a-male-contraceptive

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What did Eden of the East Mean?

Posted on 30 January 2012 by VinnieAve

I have to warn you know, this post is not meant for people who haven’t  seen Eden of the East so if you haven’t please stop reading and watch the series, its only 11 episodes you can do it I believe in you.

So I’ve only just finished the series so clearly I haven’t seen the movies, I will get to them but I want to talk about the TV show for now. Clearly, this show is more aimed at a Japanese audience that an American one but I hope I was still able to glean some information from the show about its message. The show both challenges and defends the post-college age people who haven’t been able to find jobs and become reclusive and totally connected through the internet. These people are NEETs (Not involved in Employment, Education, or Training). The message I get from the show is that most people (who are older and in-power) find them as a blight on society who have done nothing but drain the resources and waste time, and of course it is the NEETs’ own fault they are like this.

The show presents a different sort of image of the NEETs, yes they are very technologically literate, yes they use it a lot, yes they are not good with the opposite sex but they are very intelligent. At the end of the series there is a major crisis that cannot be solved by one person but through an internet message board they are able to solve this issue that would have destroyed much of Japan. This is only one aspect of these people but another is that before they show starts they had been put to work briefly to prevent a smaller (but still major crisis) that happens in Japan, they are shown to have felt self-worth and pride when they were helping people get through this crisis.

Sadly, I doubt that this was seen by people who are in power that it could really challenge their perceptions but I can hope that it would. This show has a similar message to the Occupy movements of this past fall, these are people who are out of work and have no major prospects for work and some of given up and are just going to not care anymore. This is the show that says that at the end has a simple message, if you treat people with dignity and humanity, they will be more productive and change.

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30 days in: Star Wars: The Old Republic

Posted on 29 January 2012 by Jessica Dunn

So, yesterday I just got the email letting me know that my Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) account was just renewed. It made me realize that I’ve been playing this game for a month now and it might be a good point to talk a little bit about it, now that I’ve really gotten a chance to feel it out. Continue Reading

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Redline Podcast

Posted on 29 January 2012 by VinnieAve

On this episode Jess, DM, and Vinnie discuss 2009’s Redline.

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Being a Better Geek: Firefly Week 1

Posted on 27 January 2012 by VinnieAve

Every nerd has those things that he or she hasn’t watched or read. Each week on Friday DM and I will be talking episodes of series that one (or both) of us hasn’t seen. He got first pick.

Why Firefly?
I never knew I liked Westerns.  I never knew that I liked the “caper” genre either.  Joss Whedon found a way to introduce those concepts to the horror/fantasy nerd I was.  Even if Firefly had never been made, Joss Whedon would forever be on the map with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff Angel.  I will forever consider Firefly the gem in his crown though. Continue Reading

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DC WHAT ARE YOU DOING!

Posted on 21 January 2012 by VinnieAve

This ad appeared in a comic shop in Florida and will be distributed at Megacon. Now, this was not designed by DC however, it was approved and funded by them. While its bad that a comic book store would do since it might alienate customers and prevent some new people from coming in, its even worse for a giant in the comics industry is attacking the small fries in the industry. I know that some of you might say that I thought it was cool that IDW was doing a similar promotion with 30 Days of Night and Twilight but that was a smaller franchise attacking a bigger one. Continue Reading

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A Response to Heavy Hitting Internet Sites’ Blackout

Posted on 20 January 2012 by DM

While All Geeks Considered as an entity does its best to hold to a non-political standard in favor of providing you with information and commentary on the various things people geek out about, there are times when this is not possible or appropriate.  On January 18, 2012, as of 12:01 AM we along with many other large and small entities “went black” in order to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills that are being considered by the United States of America’s Congress.

Among the larger Internet entities, Wikipedia, Google, Mozilla, Twitpic, Reddit, Craigslist, the Cheeseburger Network, and WordPress participated in this protest, their actions ranging from making their position clear on the site’s banner to shutting down services and redirecting traffic to petitions and places of information about the bills.

We cannot go into sufficiently detailed information here to describe in detail what changes these bills would make to current U.S. law but we will provide you with links to find this information yourselves. In Google’s words, “These bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.” Considering that, we encourage you to follow the provided links and look into how this may effect you and how you utilize the Internet.

DM
All Geeks Considered

More Info:

http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/technical-examination-of-sopa-and.html

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

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What Does DMP’s Kickstarter Sucess Mean for the Future?

Posted on 17 January 2012 by VinnieAve

So this past weekend Digital Manga Publishing (DMP) launched another Kickstarter Project and before Sunday it was fully funded. Their goal was to get to $6,500, so it’s not entirely unreasonable. This is not to forget that about a month ago they ran another Kickstarter to reprint Osamu Tezuka’s Swallowing the Earth, which is not the best received of his works published her. So when I saw that they wanted to print a previously unreleased Tezuka work, Barbara. So after a few hours more or less they made their goal, and are now exceeding it, hopefully by a good deal.

There has been a lot of talk on Twitter and the rest of the internet about this event. I’ve had a few discussions and I want to bring up the major points that I think need to be discussed in general. The first thing that I wondered what how much did they know this would go fast. This was after the first Kickstarter was successful but had not shipped (it’s expected to hit next month). So this might end up being too hasty if Swallowing the Earth does not do well, and that the only people who want and will pay essentially retail for this book are those in the kickstarter (194 backers with most giving at least $30, which the level where you actually get the book), I hope this isn’t the case but it could happen. If this happen this might mean that Barbara could in general backfire even though 189 backers are currently participating. I also expect that this grew so fast due to the success of the first kickstarter.

I said that this is essentially a pre-order system since the majority of people in each went for the level where you get the book or the in case of Barbara the most popular being the book with Kickstarter only companion. I feel that honestly, if there is another Tezuka book that is part of his darker works, it will sell, if there is anything we’ve learned from Vertical, Inc., its that Tezuka is name that move books.

In a more hopeful note, I hope that DMP or other companies that are looking to take other risks might try a Kickstarter for other authors that are less represented in the Americas. Hopefully, there might be enough support for this Kickstarter to show that classic manga is desired in America, not just Tezuka, sadly I don’t know how many other authors have as much name recognition of Osamu Tezuka. I mean I would love some Go Nagai stuff but there is little chance that this will get released since I’ve gathered that people have tried and failed. Another hope is that this could be extended to anime, maybe we could get a release of some bad Tezuka movies, like Cleopatra.

In case anyone is wondering, I have backed both of the DMP projects.

Barbara Kickstarter Page

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