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Amazon is developing a series based on Iain M. Banks’ sci-fi novel Consider Phlebas

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Last fall, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos charged his company’s studio division to produce bigger shows with a “global appeal,” in an attempt to compete with other streaming video companies in the race to produce high-end original content. Since then, Amazon has moved quickly to begin developing an impressive slate of genre television shows that include adaptations of novels such as Ringworld, Snow Crash, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Amazon has acquired the rights to another huge book: Consider Phlebas, the first installment of Iain M. Banks’s space opera Culture series.

THR reports that Amazon will partner with British screenwriter Dennis Kelly (who created the critically acclaimed Channel 4...

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SciFi TV is in a pretty good place right now, what with The Expanse, Star Trek, The Orville, Altered Carbon, and now a Culture show.

Exclusive: Telegram is holding a secretive second pre-ICO sale

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You have to admire Pavel Durov’s audacity.

Over the past few months, the CEO of Telegram convinced 81 accredited investors, including Silicon Valley giants Sequoia Capital and Benchmark, to give him $850 million in a presale of his company’s cryptocurrency in advance of an initial coin offering, or ICO. Now he’s trying to raise even more money from accredited investors before the coin gets offered to the public in a secretive second presale.

This week, investors got an email explaining that Telegram is doing another private presale, four sources with knowledge of the deal told The Verge.

The exact amount to be raised is still being determined, according to one source, but two other sources said Telegram is estimating it will be around...

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This whole thing stank from the beginning. Now, it's even worse.
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Signal Foundation

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Long before we knew that it would be called Signal, we knew what we wanted it to be. Instead of teaching the rest of the world cryptography, we wanted to see if we could develop cryptography that worked for the rest of the world. At the time, the industry consensus was largely that encryption and cryptography would remain unusable, but we started Signal with the idea that private communication could be simple.

Since then, we’ve made some progress. We’ve built a service used by millions, and software used by billions. The stories that make it back to us and keep us going are the stories of people discovering each other in moments where they found they could speak freely over Signal, of people falling in love over Signal, of people organizing ambitious plans over Signal. When we ask friends who at their workplace is on Signal and they respond “every C-level executive, and the kitchen staff.” When we receive a subpoena for user data and have nothing to send back but a blank sheet of paper. When we catch that glimpse of “Signal blue” on a metro commuter’s phone and smile.

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Time for a wake-up call...

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This pilot fish supervises the IT help desk, so he's on the scene when one of his support techs takes a call that's very ordinary -- mostly.

"It was some normal problem like 'install this printer' or 'the computer forgot my password, please reset it,'" says fish.

"But at the end of the call, when they were discussing various things, the user happened to mention, very proudly, that she always turns off her computer at the end of the day every Friday, so it can get its updates over the weekend.

"The tech didn't have the heart to break the bad news to her. He just told her that was a good idea and to have a nice day."

Sharky has a better idea: Send me your true tale of IT life at sharky@computerworld.com. You'll score a sharp Shark shirt if I use it. Comment on today's tale at Sharky's Google+ community, and read thousands of great old tales in the Sharkives.

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Rancher finds “creepy and un-American” spy cam tied to his tree, sues feds

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Enlarge / U.S. Border Patrol supervisor Eugenio Rodriguez surveys the Rio Grande River and surrounding environs August 7, 2008 in Laredo, Texas. (credit: John Moore / Getty Images)

Last November, a 74-year-old rancher and attorney was walking around his ranch just south of Encinal, Texas, when he happened upon a small portable camera strapped approximately eight feet high onto a mesquite tree near his son's home. The camera was encased in green plastic and had a transmitting antenna.

Not knowing what it was or how it got there, Ricardo Palacios removed it.

Soon after, Palacios received phone calls from Customs and Border Protection officials and the Texas Rangers. Each agency claimed the camera as their own and demanded that it be returned. Palacios refused, and they threatened him with arrest.

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President Trump: “We have to do something” about violent video games, movies

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Enlarge / Donald Trump starred in this widely panned video game released in 2002. His White House comments on Thursday did not reference its potential influence on America's youth. (credit: Activision)

In a White House meeting held with lawmakers on the theme of school safety, President Donald Trump offered both a direct and vague call to action against violence in media by calling out video games and movies.

"We have to do something about what [kids are] seeing and how they're seeing it," Trump said during the meeting. "And also video games. I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is shaping more and more people's thoughts."

Trump followed this statement by referencing "movies [that] come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else." He made a suggestion for keeping children from watching violent films: "Maybe they have to put a rating system for that." The MPAA's ratings board began adding specific disclaimers about sexual, drug, and violent content in all rated films in the year 2000, which can be found in small text in every MPAA rating box.

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Why do old people assume that video games and violence are connected when there is no evidence of that being the case?
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