Still haven’t cut the cord from your cable TV package? YouTube might get you there. In more outlandish weekend news, international scientists plan to drill deep into the Earth, and are searching for the ideal chunk of oceanic crust to get things started. We also explain why Ghost In The Shell‘s remake underwhelms and ransomware that demands a high score.
Senior Editor Nicole Lee doesn’t watch a lot of TV. Instead of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, she watches YouTube videos and on-demand shows from Hulu or Netflix. She’s arguably the perfect candidate to cut the cord. But until recently, one thing held her back: baseball. With YouTube TV (and a few other services), she’s finally managed to cut her cable TV cord.
We’d know a lot more about what’s under the Earth’s crust if Jules Verne’s Icelandic volcano weren’t but a figment of his imagination. Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology’s (JAMSTEC) largest drilling ship called “Chikyu” is very real, though, and a group of international researchers plan to use it to drill into the Earth’s mantle for the first time.
The JAMSTEC-led team will conduct a two-week preliminary study in the waters off Hawaii this September to determine if that’s where their Chikyu should drill. If the location doesn’t work, they’ll look at their other choices in the waters off Costa Rica and off Mexico.
A typical ransomware takes your files hostage in exchange for money, but “Rensenware” asks for something else. It forces you to play an anime-type shooter game called Touhou Seirensen (Undefined Fantastic Object) and score 0.2 billion points in Lunatic mode. Based on what we’ve seen of the gameplay, some of you might wish your computers were infected with ransomware that ask for a reasonable amount of cash instead. Rensenware, which was first spotted by the Malware Hunter Team, was created as a joke.
Lucasfilm swore that it wouldn’t create a digital version of the late, great Carrie Fisher for future Star Wars movies, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be cut out entirely. Her brother Todd has revealed that Disney still wants to include Carrie in Episode IX, but that it plans to use recent footage of the actress instead of relying on a computer generated facsimile. Both Todd and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have granted permission to use the shots.
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