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Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals he has has undergone heart surgery

Mail Online - 10 hours 1 min ago
The Terminator actor shared on social media that he had his aortic valve replaced recently in Cleveland to go with his new pulmonary valve that he had inserted in April 2018.
Categories: UK News

The Technology That's Replacing the Green Screen

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-10-23 23:50
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Vox: As a compositor for venerable visual-effects house Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), [Charmaine Chan] has worked on films like The Last Jedi, assembling various digital elements into a beautiful, seamless image. Her job changed while working on The Mandalorian, one of the first shows to use ILM's upgrade for the green screen: LED panels that use the same technology as video game engines to place a realistic-looking world behind the actors. The result was a huge improvement, as green screens actually have a lot of drawbacks. Removing the green screen is never as quick as VFX artists would hope, and it also casts green light over the set and the actors. Even green-screen substitutes, like projecting an image onto a screen behind the actor, fail to dynamically respond to camera movements the way they would in the real world. ILM's solution fixes a lot of those problems. It also led to creative breakthroughs in which the old Hollywood order of making a TV show or movie -- wherein VFX came last -- was suddenly reversed. Now, artists like Charmaine work alongside actors, set designers, and other crew members during filming. That collaboration means this technology doesn't just eliminate a screen -- it eliminates a creative barrier. Watch the video [here] to see how it happens.

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Categories: Technology

Donald Trump wastes no time going after Joe Biden in his first campaign rally after their debate

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 23:42
President Donald Trump went on the attack against Joe Biden at his first campaign rally after their presidential debate, calling his rival a 'liar' and 'corrupt politician.'
Categories: UK News

Prince Charles backed plot to oust beleaguered Australian PM Gough Whitlam in 1975

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 23:22
The dismissal of Gough Whitlam's government by then governor-general Sir John Kerr, the Queen's representative, plunged Australia into a constitutional crisis.
Categories: UK News

Patreon Is Banning QAnon, Joining Facebook, YouTube and Others

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-10-23 23:10
Patreon is the latest tech company to take action on the QAnon conspiracy theory, announcing in a blog post Thursday morning that creators promoting the movement would be banned from the platform. Business Insider reports: Patreon, a membership platform that lets fans support creators and celebrities financially through subscriptions, previously hosted 14 QAnon influencers on the platform, according to a recent report from the progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America (MMFA). QAnon, the baseless far-right conspiracy theory that alleges President Donald Trump is fighting a deep-state cabal of human traffickers, has recently been banned or limited by Facebook, YouTube, Etsy, Spotify, Triller, and several other platforms. While many QAnon followers base their beliefs on "Q drops" from an anonymous "Q" figure on the messageboard 8kun, the movement is now spread by QAnon influencers who analyze and explain the "Q drops" for their followers. Patreon creators who used the platform to earn money included some of the movement's top influencers, MMFA found, including Patriots Soapbox, Sean Morgan, Praying Medic, and InTheMatrixxx, all of which were already banned from YouTube. As of Thursday morning, soon after the company published its blog post, those four creators were still up and running on Patreon with QAnon references in their profiles. By Thursday afternoon, the four users were taken down from the platform. Patreon said that creators who have been identified by Patreon's Policy and Trust and Safety teams as QAnon-specific will be removed, but those "who have propagated some QAnon content, but are not dedicated to spreading QAnon disinformation, will have the opportunity to bring their campaigns into compliance with our updated guidelines."

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Categories: Technology

Person hit by train between Witham and Shenfield

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:57
All lines are blocked in the area
Categories: Essex News

Barbarians broke Covid rules TWICE ahead of England match

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:53
RFU chiefs pulled the plug after learning of two breaches. A group of seven players left their London hotel to go to the pub, the night before Chris Robshaw and 11 others dined out in a restaurant.
Categories: UK News

BBC's Brexit guru Katya Adler and presenter Sangita Myska lead race to co-host Woman's Hour 

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:50
Katya Adler and BBC news correspondent Sangita Myska are being tried out as a potential host to join Emma Barnett once Jane Garvey departs at the end of the year.
Categories: UK News

Jacqui Smith doesn't dance around as she reveals her battle with the menopause in high office

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:49
Jacqui Smith will sweep down the Strictly staircase tonight in a big swishy skirt, to the strains of Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
Categories: UK News

JAMES JOHNSON dispels the idea that we're a nation of lockdown lovers 

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:40
But the polls obscure a hidden truth - because focus groups, moderated conversations with groups of voters, show the mood is very different from March and April.
Categories: UK News

Poland tightens abortion laws: Protestors and riot police clash

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:33
Catholic Poland's constitutional court ruled that existing legislation which allows for the abortion of malformed foetuses was 'incompatible' with the protection of life.
Categories: UK News

BEL MOONEY: Can I find love after my bitter, seven-year break-up?

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:31
This week Bel answers a question from a 47-year-old woman who feels stuck and lonely and scarred emotionally after a seven-year battle with her ex-husband.
Categories: UK News

Falling leaves aren't the only things that add glorious autumn colour to your garden, says Monty Don

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:30
British gardening expert Monty Don, shares his advice for adding colour to your garden with berries this autumn and advises cleaning slugs and soil off dahalias.
Categories: UK News

Uber and Lyft Need To Make Drivers Employees, Appeals Court Rules

Slashdot - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:30
An appeals court ruled Thursday evening that an injunction issued against Uber and Lyft over the status of their drivers was an appropriate measure. CNET reports: The injunction was issued in August by Judge Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco Superior Court, who ruled that the ride-hailing companies must start classifying their drivers as employees in the state. The judge allowed the companies 10 days to appeal the ruling, which they did. The First Appellate District court in San Francisco heard arguments from the companies last week and issued its ruling Thursday siding with Schulman. The appeals court said in its 74-page ruling that there was an "overwhelming likelihood" Uber and Lyft are violating California law AB5. That law requires some employers that use independent contractors to reclassify their workers as employees and provide more worker benefits. The injunction stems from a lawsuit against Uber and Lyft filed by the state of California in May in conjunction with the city attorneys from San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. The suit says the companies "exploited hundreds of thousands of California workers" by classifying drivers as independent contractors and are violating AB5, which took effect in January. As this lawsuit works its way through the courts, Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies have sponsored a state ballot measure campaign with nearly $200 million to bring the issue to voters. Proposition 22 aims to create an exemption for the companies to AB5 and allow them to continue classifying their workers as independent contractors. The report notes that this latest appeals court ruling "won't have an immediate effect. The court gave the companies at least a 30-day stay without requiring any changes to driver status."

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Categories: Technology

UK economy at risk of double-dip

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:26
Retail sales climbed by another 1.5 per cent in September - taking gains in the third quarter of the year to a record 17.4 per cent. Sales are now 5.5 per cent higher than they were in February.
Categories: UK News

Under-fire Virgin Holidays promises to refund £203m to customers

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:25
The Competition and Markets Authority investigated it after being alerted that some consumers were waiting 'an unreasonably long time' to get their money back.
Categories: UK News

I've got past what happened... Now I'm REALLY back, says Cliff Richard

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:25
DAVID WIGG: Over the years, Sir Cliff might have been dismissed, or even mocked, by some for his easy-listening style, but he has outlived and outsold nearly all of his contemporaries.
Categories: UK News

Exploring the Fosse Way - a quintessentially English road at the heart of Roman Britain 

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:24
The Fosse Way links Exeter with Lincoln via Corinium (modern-day Cirencester). Mark Jones explored part of the ancient route and says it's a 'magical shape-shifting thing'.
Categories: UK News

More festive shopping done online for first time this year in further blow to 'ghost town' centres 

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:23
More than half of gifts, clothes and household products are expected to be bought on the web - up from 31 per cent last year.
Categories: UK News

City firms shift £1 TRILLION to Europe in Brexit breakaway

Mail Online - Fri, 2020-10-23 22:22
It comes as business leaders claim the country's financial services sector is the 'forgotten child' in trade talks.
Categories: UK News

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