There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be

There is no Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp, and there never will be.

“I just don’t see it,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer, writing off any plans for future instalments without Captain Jack (as well as the ridiculous idea of anyone other than Depp ever playing him).

“The secret to any successful franchise is picking talented people, and Johnny is absolutely key to the success of Pirates. He’s such a unique character, such an endearing character, and such an irreverent character all in one.”

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Kodi 17.3 released – with critical security exploit fixed.

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May 22, 2017

Update from Kodi: Due to packaging issue after release some add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream are missing. Also on Ubuntu 14.04 an issue came to light. We will release v17.3 as soon as we can to solve this problem.

May 25, 2017

Sorry for this quick bump to v17.3 however we deemed it necessary. In the previous v17.2 we had a slight issue due to packaging certain binary add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream. Sadly we only uncovered this too late after release. Additionally on the older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 in combination with the available GCC 4.8 compiler an issue surfaced which we had to fix as well. This v17.3 release fixed both these issues and should be completely working again including the missing add-ons.

Fixes done in this release:

  • Fixed missing binary add-ons on release time
  • Fixed crash on older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 with GCC 4.8 compiler

From previous v17.2 release:

  • Fix selection after channelgroup switching in PVR guide window
  • Fix handling of gaps that caused eradic behaviour in EPG grid
  • Allow backing out of fullscreen pictures by mapping longpress guesture
  • Quick fix for wake up command not being called in PVR power management
  • Use alternative method to check if platform updates have been installed on Windows
  • Set the minimum version in the code which is currently OSX 10.8
  • Fix possible security flaw which could abused .zip files which try to traverse to a parent directory
  • Use the correct ttc font from the video file for subtitles on Windows
  • Detect and delete zero-byte database files which causes crashes

Security

You may have read in the news that malicious subtitle zip files could potentionally infect and harm your media player including Kodi. When Check Point researchers uncovered this flaw they contacted us up front to let us know about this flaw. Our developers fixed this secuity gap and have added the fix to this v17.2 release. As such we highly encourage all users to install this latest version! Any previous Kodi version will not get any security patch. We have began the roll out of this version and Android Play Store as well as Windows Store have this update pending and will roll out as soon as possible. Please be patient if you are using these store versions. Our official download page of course has the regular install files available for the supported platforms.

To be clear this possible vunrability is only present when you first enable a subtitle dowload add-on and then actually download zipped subtitles. Any subtitles that you already have as text file, are embedded in the video stream or are included with you DVD or Blurays are safe.

Only get static noise on Android?

if you have a Android device that only outputs static noise during playback we’d urge you to contact the manufacturer of your device. Recently we saw that Samsung released their Android 7.0 Nougat update for certain phone range that basically has broken audio support. This is something we as Team Kodi are not going to fix as it’s caused by a bug in their firmware. Only option you have is either stay at Kodi v16 or start contacting your device manufacturer and urge them to fix this issue.

Where can I download Kodi?

As alway you can find the official builds on our download page. Then click on the platform of choice and choose release build. You can install these build just on top of your current Kodi installation without doing a reinstall or cleanup as we do a full migration if needed. All you add-ons or installed skin will keep working.

Hacked: From Subtitles to Complete Takeover – Please update your players

Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.

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Twin Peaks (2017) – The Hype is coming (to an end?)

Attention people, perhaps the best thing ever is coming to your tv tomorrow! I’m just kidding. Following the hype around Twin Peaks is interesting.

Starting with a confession, I’ve never seen an episode of Twin Peaks. I vaguely remember it being shown on tv somewhere in the 90’s. It was positive received back then and people still wrote very positive reviews in the mid ’00s.

If I’m not mistaken the series will premier today on the Showtime network. IMDB rating before the show has aired on public tv is: 9,9/10 (395 votes), popularity is sky-high, media attention is high.

Or this is the best show ever and critics and film industry people thought it was perfect or this is getting blown up in a way I’ve not seen many times before.

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Training Day TV Series (2017) – There will be no season 2

Training Day

While we knew this cancellation was coming, it’s still a sad subject to address. The Training Day TV show has been cancelled. There will be no season two of the CBS police drama.

Taking place years after the 2001 Denzel Washington feature film, the Training Day TV series stars Bill Paxton as Detective Frank Rourke and Justin Cornwell as Kyle Craig. The rest of the CBS cast includes Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Christina Vidal, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

This cancellation was kind of certain with the untimely death of 61 year old Bill Paxton, on February 25th. He passed away at 61 years of age, due to complications following heart surgery. Deadline reports that season one production wrapped in December, which means all 13 episodes from the show’s first-season have already been shot before Bill Paxton died.

Network viewer ratings have not been good for this show. Even if we hadn’t lost the talented Mr. Paxton far too soon, CBS was unlikely to renew Training Day for season two. The IMDB episode ratings started 7.0 for the first episode but then climbed to a 8.5 during mid-season and kept this high towards the finale. Shows again that it is very important to catch the viewer’s attention in the first and maybe second episode if the shows is gonna be successful.


Even with the unplanned series ending (I think) it still has a decent story ending and the show is not that bad as some anonymous internet heroes rate it…

vSphere ESXi 6.x – Easy update for standalone servers

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To upgrade a vSphere host using this method you need access the keyboard of your server or use SSH to perform the commands. By default, remote command execution is disabled on an ESXi host, and you cannot log in to the host by using a remote shell. You can enable remote command execution from the direct console or from the vSphere Web Client.

Enable SSH on vSphere 6.5 host

Upgrading ESXi with esxcli commands requires an understanding of VIBs, image profiles, and software depots.

VIB

A VIB is an ESXi software package. VIBs are available in software depots.

Image Profile

An image profile defines an ESXi image and consists of VIBs. An image profile always includes a base VIB, and might include more VIBs.

Software Depot

A software depot is a collection of VIBs and image profiles. The software depot is a hierarchy of files and folders and can be available through an HTTP URL (online depot) or a ZIP file (offline depot).

Note

If you press Ctrl+C while an esxcli command is running, the command-line interface exits to a new prompt without displaying a message. However, the command continues to run to completion.

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Blade Runner – A Cult? How?

Later this year a remake of the movie Blade Runner is coming to theaters. Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years after the first movie. Lately the old movie from 1982 is rocketing sky-high in the popularity charts.

I vaguely remember this movie from a long time ago. I know the movie did not do that great at the box-office. It’s budget to make was about 28 million and according to sources gross was 33 million. Somehow this movie is labeled cult today. After watching the Final Cut version today I rated this movie on IMDB and was confused by the other ratings.

The movie ratings is thru the roof, IMDB 8.2, Moviedb 7.9, Metacritic 89%, Rotten Tomatos 89% and after some thought I rated it a 6.

Lets take a look at the IMDB ratings:

IMDB votes

Giving this a 10 or 1 is stupid so I’m not gonna discus those numbers. Very few people gave this movie less than 6, so it’s got something. A very high number of people gave this a 8 and a 9. Lets take a closer look.

IMDB votes

And this is where it gets sketchy.. This movie is 35 years old. People under the age of 18 rating this movie is so hard to believe… I can not image the teenager twilight saga, hunger games and pitch perfect generation watching this 2 hour long movie that tells you it is playing in the future and looks like it going down in an awful place in 1994 without electronic devices.

People between 18 and 29 also didn’t see the movie when it was released. They could have picked up one of the many DVD and Blue-ray boxes, but watching the Final Cut version (the latest one from 2007 and the Ridley Scott edited version) it’s also hard to image people are blown away by the visuals. The movie is just to old for that and the story is thin at best.

The name of the actor is the same size as the movie name.

The story is okay, the screenplay and logic on the other hand… The movie starts with a prologue in text explaining the story and problem with replicants (the androids). Harrison Ford is a special police detective who hunts these replicants. The story takes places in a very crowded and shitty world. (We really need to take better care of the world if this is going to be our world in 2019 😉 ) Apparently it always rains in 2019 and people are only active during the night.

A Ridley Scott scene 1982
Another Ridley Scott scene. No it’s not from Alien or Prometheus, the man has more visual settings then one Sci-Fi setting 😉

One funny moment in the beginning of the story ( and sadly around the 30 minute mark of the film) was when Harrison tells it’s too bright in here.

That was literally just 5 seconds after I had to change the energy-saving function from my tv from high to off because the picture was to dark 😀

I don’t know what the story behind the many Chinese people is in LA. You might have had a more diverse set of people if the movie had taken place in Hong Kong. The tv ads on the jumbotrons even have Chinese writing in it. It bugged me when they were walking between Chinese art and people and they had to go to “Chinatown” for a lead. Arriving in Chinatown… it was the most non-Chinese place in the whole freaking movie with a Arabic vibe to it.

Being a great detective that Harrison Ford is the files of the 4 replicants are given to him. One replicant has the function for human pleasure of something like that. So Harrison goes to the strip club and tada… replicant is found. For some reason the replicant likes to walk though a lot of windows and is shot after a short chase. Being the luckiest detective ever the second replicant shows up out of nowhere just 20 seconds after the first one has been taken of the street on the same spot.

I can’t tell you how he finds the two other ones but they end up being in a building together.

Building in Blade Runner

This building is owned by one man and during the meet and greet with one replicant he is telling that he is living mostly alone in it and that there hasn’t been a lot of demand for housing with the colonization on other planets. What!?

Looks like one big ass building for one man! And how come is it so crowded in every scene outside if people left for other planets?

The third replicant get shots while doing some gymnastics during a fight… (pretty dumb for a robot that is smarter than humans) and the final replicant Rutger Hauer is not happy about that and wants to kill Ford for that… I think. Not sure, they fight a lot but the replicant does not really fight.

To make it a so so film even worse at the end. The last replicant turns itself off or its life is up (they are only built to last 4 years) Totally unexpected and just stupid. Scene over. After that it seems like Ford is doing a James Bond at the end by taking some time off with the girl. Only the girl is a replicant and it kinda goes against everything told in the movie. At the last moment Ford finds an origami swan made of thin foil, I assume on the location where the Hauer replicant shutdown, with the origami or swan having absolutely no meaning what so ever in this movie.

ps. The replicant is gone, great police work Ford.

After writing this I wonder why I even gave it a 6…

You do not need to watch this one if you are going the see the remake.

 

Westworld – Season 2 in 2018

Westworld

About

The one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the re-imagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Storyline

Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park allows its visitors to live out their most primal fantasies with the robotic “hosts.” However, the robotic hosts have evolved an artificial consciousness that is similar to, yet diverges from, human consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged; but there is a price to be paid.

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Playdead’s INSIDE – A dreamlike platformer that takes you to incredible places.

What kind of game is INSIDE?

INSIDE is a puzzle-platformer adventure video game developed and published by Playdead and first released in June 2016. In the game, the player controls a young boy in a dystopic world, solving environmental puzzles while avoiding death in a 2.5D sidescrolling fashion, thematically and visually following up on the 2010 monochromatic video game Limbo.

Background story of the makers

Playdead started working on Inside shortly after the release of Limbo. Initially, the company started with the same custom game engine they used for Limbo, but later switched to Unity to simplify development. They developed rendering routines to give the game a signature look and which they later released as open source. The game was partially funded by a grant from the Danish Film Institute.

Release

Inside premiered at Microsoft’s E3 2014 conference, with a planned release in 2015. The game was released for Xbox One on 29 June 2016, Microsoft Windows on 7 July, and for the PlayStation 4 on 23 August. The game received critical acclaim upon release, with some critics and reviewers calling it a worthy successor to Limbo.

What are the strong suits of this game?

  • Amazing visuals
  • Riveting story
  • Clever puzzles
  • Brilliant sound design
  • Stellar camera work
  • Low PC requirements

 

Trailer

 

Homepage

playdead.com/games/inside/

REVIEWS

“MASTERPIECE! Inside is a 2D puzzle platformer that builds upon what made Limbo great, and in fact builds something greater.”
10/10 – IGN

“Inside expands on the concepts and scope of its predecessor in wildly creative ways, and it’s so immaculately designed and constructed from top to bottom that it almost feels suitable for display in an art museum. This is one hell of a followup.”
5/5 – Giant Bomb

“The universe Inside depicts is one of the eeriest, most captivating settings I’ve ever encountered in a game.”
9.5/10 – Polygon

 

#EXCFEY – A Sunday in Rotterdam, the match, the riots, the story

Excelsior - Feyenoord op grote schermen in De Kuip - Nieuws

Football (Soccer to be clear if) is the largest sport in the Netherlands and this years competition is coming to an end. We got three large clubs in this country: Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV. Last two years the league has been won by PSV, the four before those two by Ajax.

Feyenoord somehow has the largest fan base in the country but their last title was in ’99. Their last success in Europe was winning the UEFA Cup in 2002 but the years after that were not great. They are the largest club in the city of Rotterdam. Sparta and Excelsior are two other smaller clubs from Rotterdam, Excelsior being the smallest club with the lowest budget and stadium in the first division.

This season Feyenoord has been in the first place in the competition from the start and hasn’t slipped to second place with just one round to go. Feyenoord fans are going crazy with the probable championship title in foresight.

Here’s the story of Rotterdam, Sunday 7 April.

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