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That looks like a fun movie. Almost like a younger, more hip james bond maybe?

The blackening

Posted at 20:42 - 15th, September 2023 by Alex Alex
If black people make a movie making fun of black people, is that blacksploitation?

StarWars Dark Forces Remastered

Posted at 18:21 - 25th, August 2023 by Alex Alex
From a company called Night Dive studios. They've been making remasters of a lot of the old gems and seem to be gathering quite the cult following.

Andy, this is for you my friend.

Alex - I'd play D2 again if I had time and people to play with.

Zack Snyder's take on Dune?

Posted at 19:38 - 23rd, August 2023 by Alex Alex
Zack Snyder released a trailer for his upcoming scifi space opera called Rebel Moon and all I can think is Dune.

Still looks pretty decent though.

On another note, does anyone film on location anymore or is everything CG now?

Alex - The train station looks a bit off to me. something about how the camera is moving or the a...

Users / "owners" sue after buying Bored Ape NFTs

Posted at 14:03 - 18th, August 2023 by Alex Alex

The Sotheby's auction house has been named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by investors who regret buying Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs that sold for highly inflated prices during the NFT craze in 2021. A Sotheby's auction duped investors by giving the Bored Ape NFTs "an air of legitimacy... to generate investors' interest and hype around the Bored Ape brand," the class-action lawsuit claims.

The boost to Bored Ape NFT prices provided by the auction "was rooted in deception," said the lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Central District of California. It wasn't revealed at the time of the auction that the buyer was the now-disgraced FTX, the lawsuit said.

"Sotheby's representations that the undisclosed buyer was a 'traditional' collector had misleadingly created the impression that the market for BAYC NFTs had crossed over to a mainstream audience," the lawsuit claimed. Lawsuit plaintiffs say that harmed investors bought the NFTs "with a reasonable expectation of profit from owning them."

Sotheby's sold a lot of 101 Bored Ape NFTs for $24.4 million at its "Ape In!" auction in September 2021, well above the pre-auction estimates of $12 million to $18 million. That's an average price of over $241,000, but Bored Ape NFTs now sell for a floor price of about $50,000 worth of ether cryptocrurrency, according to CoinGecko data accessed today.

Investors previously sued Bored Ape creator Yuga Labs, four company executives, and various celebrity promoters including Paris Hilton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Hart, Snoop Dogg, Serena Williams, Madonna, Jimmy Fallon, Steph Curry, and Justin Bieber. The original class-action was filed in December 2022, and Sotheby's was added as a defendant in an amended complaint submitted on August 4.

Yuga describes its collection of 10,000 Bored Ape NFTs as "unique digital collectibles living on the Ethereum blockchain" that double as a "Yacht Club membership card." The website has some "members-only" areas. "When you buy a Bored Ape, you're not simply buying an avatar or a provably rare piece of art," the NFT collection's website says. "You are gaining membership access to a club whose benefits and offerings will increase over time. Your Bored Ape can serve as your digital identity, and open digital doors for you."

Lawsuit: Yuga “colluded” with Sotheby’s
The amended lawsuit alleges that "Yuga colluded with fine arts broker, Defendant Sotheby's, to run a deceptive auction." After the sale, a Sotheby's representative described the winning bidder during a Twitter Spaces event as a "traditional" collector, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit said it turned out the auction buyer was now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, whose founder Sam Bankman-Fried is in jail awaiting trial on criminal charges. Ethereum blockchain transaction data shows that after the auction, "Sotheby's transferred the lot of BAYC NFTs to wallet address 0xf8e0C93Fd48B4C34A4194d3AF436b13032E641F3,77 which, upon information and belief, is owned/controlled by FTX," the complaint said. Speculation that FTX was the buyer had been percolating since at least January 2023.

The lawsuit alleges that Yuga Labs and Sotheby's violated the California Unfair Competition Law, the California Corporate Securities Law, the US Securities Exchange Act, and the California Corporations Code. The plaintiffs also claim that Sotheby's Metaverse, an NFT trading platform opened after the auction, "operated (or attempted to operate) as an unregistered broker of securities."

"FTX has several deep ties to Yuga such that it would be mutually beneficial for both Yuga and FTX (as well as Sotheby's) if the BAYC NFT collection were to rise in price and trading volume activity. Upon information and belief, given the extensive financial interests shared by Yuga, Sotheby's and FTX, each knew that FTX was the real buyer of the lot of BAYC NFTs at the Sotheby's auction at the time that Sotheby's representatives were publicly representing that a 'traditional' buyer had made the purchase," the lawsuit said. FTX is not named as a defendant.

Ape prices soared, then plummeted
After the auction, the price of Bored Ape digital assets hit a new high and kept rising for months. It peaked at over $420,000 in April 2022 but plummeted to about $90,000 six weeks later, according to CoinGecko.

The class action lawsuit's named plaintiffs are Johnny Johnson, Ezra Boekweg, Mario Palombini, and Adam Titcher. They are trying to get certification of a class consisting of "all investors who purchased Yuga's non-fungible tokens ('NFTs') or ApeCoin tokens ('ApeCoin') between April 23, 2021 and the present." There were over 103,000 account holders of Yuga securities as of December 1, 2022, the lawsuit said.

"While the Executive Defendants made hundreds of millions of dollars, investors were left with NFTs worth a fraction of their artificially inflated value," the original version of the complaint in December said.

Yuga and other defendants have a September 12 deadline to file motions to dismiss the complaint. Sotheby's told CNN this week that the "allegations in this suit are baseless, and Sotheby's is prepared to vigorously defend itself." Yuga Labs similarly called the allegations "completely without merit or factual basis."

Well, duh.

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js - When the original NFT came out, I though that maybe it could be a good thing. Digital art...

Houston, we may have a problem - DART causes space debris field

Posted at 17:57 - 24th, July 2023 by Alex Alex
Remember that satellite that NASA launched and then sent in a direct collision course with a comet or an asteroid? Under the scenario of an asteroid / earth impact, NASA wanted to see if they could send something up there to knock the earth destroyer off course to save the planet.

It worked, kind of. They were able to change the path of the asteroid they chose, but were hoping for 10 degree change in patch and only got 4 degree. My math is probably way off but you get the point. NASA and the M5M saw this as a huge success, I remember the numbers being less than 50% of a change and people considered that a huge success.

Anyway, what's happening now?

Well, that's an interesting story as well. Ars reports:
Today, a paper was released by a team that analyzed images of the aftermath using the Hubble Space Telescope. They've spotted dozens of boulders that collectively would have originally made up 0.1 percent of the mass of Dimorphos, DART's target. And while they're all moving very slowly from the site of the collision, some of them should be able to escape the gravity of the double asteroid system.

So, for those keeping track at home,

  1. NASA blows a giant space rock off course but misses their target.

  2. As far as I can tell, we haven't plotted the new path - seems very silly to me

  3. We now have debris - about 100 different objects of different size floating around the rock that could potentially get out of its gravitational pull

Based on the amount of light they reflect, the researchers estimate that the boulders they're seeing are in the range of 4–7 meters across. This is based on the average reflectivity of the parent asteroids; obviously, any darker or brighter boulders will throw these estimates off. The researchers also use a single-density estimate based on the intact asteroids to figure out the boulders' likely masses. Collectively, they're estimated to carry about 0.1 percent of the pre-collision mass of Dimorphos.

So based on Hubble, they've been able to track the things but only when the light reflects off of certain surfaces. So for all we now, there could be more and larger objects out there.

Well done lads, you're failing upwards...

Can they give the Darwin Award to NASA when the planet gets hit?

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andrew - this is just like jurassic park when there are consequences for playing god..

My HDD is failing

Posted at 19:10 - 23rd, July 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: Western Digital, Hard drive, Solid state drive, price drops, amazon
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andrew - more expensive, but I've had s 250GB Samsung SSD for about 10 years now and it's still run...

World Order Mind shift

Posted at 13:51 - 12th, July 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: World Order, music videos, dance music, japanese music, robots, walking funny
Alex - I actually bought a compilation cd pack (3 discs) of happy hardcore from hmv when I had fi...

Upgrading phone

Posted at 18:52 - 11th, July 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: LG G8, android, iOS, iphone, samsung galaxy, nothing phone, lightphone
Alex - you still have the screen?

Nintendo kind of announces Nintendo Switch 2 at Financial call

Posted at 15:32 - 28th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: nintendo, switch, zelda, consoles, DS, DSi, 2DS, 3DS, XL, Tears of the kingdom, Nintendo Switch Pro
Alex - So you've got a friend code as well then?! Gimme gimme!

Music to listen to

Posted at 20:53 - 26th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: asian kung-fu generation, last scene, anime, attack on titan, music, alternative, rock
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Alex - Even though the video is live action it still looks anime...

Mario Wonder Trailer

Posted at 20:41 - 23rd, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: nintendo, mario, drugs, mushrooms, looks fun can i have some?
Alex - I've played mario rpg so many times without beting it that I'd be ok with paying for this

Edge send image links to microsoft

Posted at 4:15 - 15th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: microsoft, spyware, edge browser
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andrew - ENHANCE!

World's smallest Gamecube - The GameCube Nano

Posted at 16:18 - 13th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: modding console, mods, hardware, nintendo, gamecube, gamecube nano, macho nacho productions
Alex - Oh, everdrive. I have one for my n64. best investment for the console, hands down. Will ev...

Florida Man

Posted at 18:48 - 12th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: bite marks, kinky, bacteria, florida man
Alex - The wet heat maybe? Or maybe it's like the old witch hunts during the 1800...

Final Fantasy VII - Rebirth

Posted at 1:23 - 11th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: Final Fantasy VII, FF7, SquareEnix, episodic, RPG
Alex - What are you running on now? Still got a macbook pro or did you upgrade to m1/2?

"New" Sonic the Hedgehog game - Sonic Superstars

Posted at 18:06 - 9th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: sonic the hedgehog, sega, nintendo switch, sony playstation, microsoft xbox, steam, epic games store
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js - Looks interesting. I was a nintendo kid, so haven't had much opportunity to play sonic, b...

Apple VR / AR headset

Posted at 14:00 - 6th, June 2023 by Alex Alex
Tags: apple, vision pro, facebook, meta, metaverse, augmented reality, virtual reality, visionOS
Alex - As for the motion sickness, there are two relatively easy fixes. In this V...


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