Sci-Fi Short Film “Connected” DUST presents USC Student Film Week – YouTube

“Connected” by Christopher Satola. In a near future where world humanity has been deprived of closeness of each other through technological communication advancements, a small boy, Timmy full of curiosity goes on a journey to learn the value of interpersonal communication, human emotions and expressing them through discovering the underground art of theater.

Although the message is not new, I truly enjoyed this short film by Christopher Satola on Dust.

I hope young Ethan Suess continues to be involved in other film projects. He demonstrated a clear understanding of his character’s growing dismay with the lack of genuine empathy and connection he had with both his family and his surrounding world, and just how invasive technology was becoming to what little control he had left over his character’s privacy.

 

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Loot box crackdown forces Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games out of Belgium

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“Mixing games and gambling, especially at a young age, is dangerous for mental health,” said Belgium’s justice minister, Koen Geens, when the changes to the law were first announced. “That is why we must also ensure that children and adults are not confronted with games of chance when they are looking for fun in a video game.”

Source: Loot box crackdown forces Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games out of Belgium

I have ALWAYS hated 🤮 the randomness of Loot Boxes when playing online PVP video games (such as @Destiny) even when the prizes I was optioned were free. I seemed to always be the one who got stuck with nothing useful.

For those people who actually read this blog of mine, a Loot Box:

is an in-game purchase consisting of a virtual container that awards players with items and modifications based on chance. Loot boxes are considered to be a type of microtransaction.

https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/loot-box

 

The thought of actually paying for Loot Boxes makes me cringe, considering that in 15+ years I haven’t even been able to win ONE flipping cup of coffee ☕ during Tim Hortons​ Roll up the Rim to Win​ event.

IMHO, I agree with Belgium’s ruling on Loot Boxes and I’m additionally pleased that other countries, including China and Australia, have taken actions to try and curb their use.

If a gamer is putting money down on these things, whether it’s real currency or money earned in game, in the the hope that there’s something really cool inside that box, then Loot boxes definitely fall under the description as “games of chance” or “simulated gambling”.

The smartest thing the gaming industry could do is either completely eliminate Loot Boxes, or ONLY make them available in those video games rated AO (18+ yrs of age).
In the meanwhile they will just have come up with better ways to generate revenue streams for existing video games including DLC, microtransactions and character/avatar cosmetics currently available.

Use Official Facebook App For Mac | Facebook For Mac Desktop

While I do like my iMac, generously donated to me by wonderful friend Kathleen Kenny​, I have to admit that I have found the selection of apps in the #MacOS #AppStore very limited, with many MUST-HAVEs missing or the best alternatives somewhat, well…. “pricey” would be generous. I would rather use the term “HIGHWAY ROBBERY” to describe my horror as I scrolled through the selections.

So being the Google​ Search freak that I am, I went looking for alternatives outside the App Store and came across this YouTube​ video posted by a gent using the pseudonym Smart Solutions, who lauded the free Fluid app, which lets you create your own apps for your favourite websites. Even better, the video showed just how easy it was to use.

FYI, there is a Premium version of the Fluid app, but all it does is open any app you’ve created to full-size instead of you having to do it yourself.

Best 10 Mac Apps 2018 – Erick Edword – Medium

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“Amphetamine, Hyperdock, Parallels Desktop 12, Duet, Atom, Logic Pro X, Wunderlist, Evernote, GIMP, iTools are among best 10 Mac Apps 2018.”

Source: Best 10 Mac Apps 2018 – Erick Edword – Medium

Hi Erick, thanks for the article. I just recently got my hands on an iMac when my friend bought themselves a more recent model, and I’ve been pouring through webpages trying to find the best apps to make my life easier.

I do have one observation however, regarding your recommendation of Christian Baumgart’s “Hyperdockapp.

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It seems that there have been absolutely no updates to the app since January 2017, and the Developer is no longer paying any heed to Support Request emails from Hyperdock users who have been running into considerable trouble since the Mac OS X update to High Sierra. Additionally, there have been no posts on Hyperdock’s Facebook page since 2012 or the Hyperdock twitter account since 2015

I would therefore recommend dropping your recommendation for Hyperdock, in order to prevent people from potentially wasting their money on what is likely an abandoned app.

Science is Reducing Plastic Pollution in our Food Chain. Here’s How.

The Earth needs all of our help to stay clean! Here’s one way we can all make a difference, and two ways science is reducing plastic pollution.

Source: Science is Reducing Plastic Pollution in our Food Chain. Here’s How.

Absolutely bowled over when the host said that almost 91% of all plastics are not recycled. What a horribly travesty

If first world governments at all levels​ were genuinely interested in saving taxpayers money, they could start with reducing the amount of plastic going into landfills by passing a law eliminating one-use plastic accessories.

Following that, impose a mandatory deposit on all remaining glass and plastic to encourage folks to stop throwing recyclables out because it’s more convenient, and if certain members of the right, center or left are concerned with the underground economy that would upsurge as a result of folks who root through trash and blue bins pulling out discarded glass and plastics and returning them for the money, make the return deposits taxable to stop the whiners calling it “free money”.

Of course, government would have to make certain that there is a task force capable of imposing an equally hefty penalty for those who refuse to comply with the necessity of removing plastics from the waste stream.

Finally, as an added bonus the recycling industry would finally become stable and commercially viable which translates into job creation, a boost to the economy and tax revenue at all levels.

The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse – The Verge

“In many cases, ignoring a troll can carry just as dear a price as provocation.”

Source: The conventional wisdom about not feeding trolls makes online abuse worse – The Verge

So true. I’ve lived through many situations where by staying quiet, I allowed a situation to impact my life for year, instead of confronting it.

Stop The Meter

The CRTC just decided to let your Internet Service Provider put a meter on your Internet!

Bell Canada and other big telecom companies can now freely impose usage-based billing on independent Internet Service Providers (indie ISPs) and YOU. Big Telecom companies are obviously trying to gouge consumers, control the Internet market, and ensure that consumers continue to subscribe to their television services.  

This means we’re looking at a future where ISPs will charge per byte, the way they do with smart phones. If we allow this to happen Canadians will have no choice but to pay more for less Internet.

This will crush innovative services, Canada’s digital competitiveness, and your wallet. 

We need to stand up for the Internet.

Sign the Stop The Meter petition at: http://StopTheMeter.ca 

Want to know more? Here’s the lowdown: 

This decision is a blow to consumer choice, to access, and to free expression. Independent Internet service providers (ISPs), such as TekSavvy, pay incumbent telecoms like Bell for access points in their networks. In applying usage-based billing (UBB) to these indie ISPs, the CRTC has allowed Bell to determine and limit how many gigabytes of usage their independent competitors can provide to their customers.

– This severely limits competition in the telecommunications market, which is bad for innovation and diversity of content.

– This also means that the cost will necessarily be passed down to you, the consumer. 

– Usage-based billing, or metering discriminates against certain forms of information insofar as it charges consumers more for content that requires the use of a large amount of gigabytes, such as audio and video.

– This also means that those who produce media-based art, and depend on the Internet to show the world their work, are less able to produce and disseminate their content freely. This means less innovation and more control of art, film, music, and other forms we may not yet know of!

Sign the petition and save the freest medium we have ever known (again!). Stop the Meter and save our net!

Read more at SaveOurNet.ca: http://saveournet.ca/content/what-does-usage-based-billing-mean-net-neutrality

Read more at OpenMedia.ca: http://openmedia.ca/blog/crtc-decision-all-bell-and-usage-based-billing-all

Read TV Versus The Internet by Steve Anderson: http://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2010/10/06/TVversusInternet/

Read more at CBC.ca: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/10/28/crtc-usage-based-billing-internet.html