Ready Player One is jam packed full of Easter Eggs...even ones that Spielberg worked to keep out. The idea of Ready Player One was to adapt the book for the big screen, pulling on the 80s nostalgia to create something that kids and adults would both want to watch. But the director didn't want his own movies referenced, but a few got by him - including the little Gremlins. We've gathered as many references and Easter Eggs as we can - there's more being found everyday - covering homages, nods in dialogue and characters appearances. With so many, you, and even Spielberg, would be forgiven for not catching them all. The Gremlin reference was all thanks to the effects and production design team who, despite Spielberg's instructions, popped in a nod to his movie. Jurassic Park also makes an appearance, though the director told EW that it was OK as his ban was for his 80s movies specifically. There are, of course, other exceptions, like the DeLorean, but The Goonies restaurant was a no-go. … [Read more...] about Pretty much all the Ready Player One Easter Eggs, even the ones Spielberg missed
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The UK has a long history of producing great boxing champions - and Anthony Joshua is well on his way to joining the pantheon of greats. He may have grown up a troublemaker on a council estate in London, but his rise to the top of the sport has been nothing short of spectacular. Joshua, now 28, first laced up a pair of gloves when he was 17 but quickly developed his skills, something that was noticed by his coaches. And he went from fighting on his local club shows to competing on the world stage in three short years - before he won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London. His success represented a dramatic turnaround after a he had pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis in 2011. But Joshua was spared jail and when he turned professional in 2013, he began a journey that has taken him to the top of the sport. Here is everything you need to know about one of Britain's biggest sports stars... When is Anthony Joshua's next fight? Joshua is next in the ring on Saturday night when he takes … [Read more...] about Inside the life of heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua
Experimental feature Listen to this article Play audio for this article Pause Experimental feature or Give us your feedback Thank you for your feedback. What do you think? I‘ll use it in the future I don‘t think I‘ll use it Please tell us why (optional) Send Feedback Frithjof Kuepper is an amiable man. He giggles a lot. He likes to chat and he is generally polite at all times. But Kuepper, a marine biodiversity professor at the University of Aberdeen, is also one of a select breed of scientists who dive in the waters off Antarctica, the coldest, loneliest and most daunting continent on earth. That is where he was in January when he took out his laptop to type a plaintive message to fellow researchers in an irreverent Facebook group called “F**k the leopard seal”. “The horror,” he wrote, “is back.”Kuepper was in Rothera, a station run by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research … [Read more...] about Inside Antarctica: the continent whose fate will affect millions
It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers. The “You Won an iPhone” companies had display booths, and the “Your Computer May Be Infected” folks sent salesmen. Russia was represented by the promoters of a black-mask face peel, and Canada made a showing with bot-infested dating sites.They’d come to mingle with thousands of affiliate marketers—middlemen who buy online ad space in bulk, run their campaigns, and earn commissions for each sale they generate. Affiliates promote some legitimate businesses, such as Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc., but they’re also behind many of the shady and misleading ads that pollute Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the rest of the internet.The top affiliates—virtually all of … [Read more...] about How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet
Self-driving cars are supposed to be our salvation, drastically reducing the 1.3 million road fatalities worldwide each year by replacing humans with robots who can do precision piloting and never get distracted, drowsy or drunk. So why did a self-driving Uber SUV being tested in Tempe, Arizona, strike and kill a woman March 18 without so much as hitting the brakes? The accident will only drive more anxiety about autonomy given that 63 percent of Americans already say they’d be afraid to ride in a fully self-driving car, according to a AAA survey. As experts and investigators pore over the Arizona fatality to determine the cause, here’s a look at some factors that may determine how safe robot rides may, or may not, be.1. How do self-driving cars work?Driverless cars “see” the world around them by using data from cameras as well as radar and lidar -- sensors that bounce laser light off objects to determine their shape and location. High-speed processors crunch … [Read more...] about Just How Safe Is Driverless Car Technology, Really?