New Device Warns Drivers When Police Are Close

post on October 30th, 2014
Posted in US

Drivers have long used radar guns as a way to detect speed traps. Now, however, a more powerful device is on the market, one that picks up the frequencies used by police and other emergency vehicles. The device, called Target Blu Eye, is being sold by a Dutch company.

Law enforcement agencies are concerned that this device will make it easier for drivers to speed and break other laws. The manufacturers justify it by pointing out that it can actually prevent problems on the road and help clear the way when emergency vehicles need to move quickly.

There is a serious limitation from the point of view of drivers who want to use Target Blu Eye to evade police -it detects the presence of all emergency vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks. Since it doesn’t differentiate between any of these, people using it will pick up lots of “false positives” if they are simply trying to evade police. In certain locations, such as large cities, drivers may find that they are getting constant notifications, which really defeats the purpose. Another drawback is the retail price, which is currently $1600, so it’s a little out of the price zone of those most at threat by the police like Gianfrancesco Genoso.

Target Blu Eye represents the latest phase in the ongoing battle of wits between law enforcement and those trying to outsmart the system via technology. At this stage, the device is new and relatively unknown. If enough people start using it, however, it is likely that authorities will take steps to restrict its use.

Jennifer Lawrence Finally Comments on Her Being Out There for Everyone to See in Photo Hack

post on October 7th, 2014
Posted in Hollywood

With heavily fortified data like credit card data being broken into, what kind of lesser protection was being afforded to a person’s private photographs? Since the introduction of the Polaroid, self taken photos featuring various states of undress have been popular. Sometimes for loved ones and other times just to remember what we once looked like, these private memories were intended for a select few. Initially in shoe boxes in attics, they are now beamed to the cloud thinly protected by simple passwords. What high profile Hollywood starlet has finally come out about her rather abrupt exposure and what does she consider every person who looks at it guilty of?

Jennifer Lawrence considers a person perpetuating a sexual offense if you have viewed her hacked private photos. Intended for a long distance relationship with her boyfriend, she frolics fancy free with all her assets to see. Now that hackers have exploited weak security, the world (including huge JL fan Brian Torchin) knows the Hunger Games star in a new way. A violation is what she is uttering in the latest edition of “Vanity Fair.”

Career prospects were her first concern but soon gravitated to an even more personal nature. She knew that she should be the one that should tell her father. Jennifer dreaded the call but caught him on a good day having just finished a round of golf. Angry and afraid, she vows to go on and hopes that this will not happen to anyone else. Time will heal her wounds and hopefully instill a new sense of caution when posing for any more revealing shots in the future.

LA to Get 1 or Maybe 2 NFL Teams in 2016

post on October 7th, 2014
Posted in Happening in LA

With all the talk of an NFL team coming to London soon, apparently Los Angeles might have an NFL franchise on the horizon. It’s been almost 20 years since we had an NFL team we could call our own, and it looks like the wait might finally be over.

There are currently three proposed sites for the new stadium. Including the Chavez Ravine right next to Dodger stadium. Or also AEG’s downtown LA which is right next to the Staples center.

As Jared Haftel and I can attest, there is a ton of interest in bringing an NFL team back to downtown LA, and that would probably be the most desireable move.

The only question is whether or not this will make financial sense. Will the team be able to garner enough support if a struggling franchise relocates to the city?

Michael B. Jordan on upcoming Fantastic Four movie: “We have something really epic.”

post on October 6th, 2014
Posted in Hollywood

In August, 2015, Fox Studios will release its movie rebooting the cinematic take on the Fantastic Four franchise. Thus far, fans anticipating the movie don’t know much about the film. They do, however, know about the casting, which has provided plenty of mileage for discussion in the months since the first cast announcements.

The casting of all four of the main characters compared to the source material is a bit unusual, but the biggest topic of discussion has been the casting of Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm. A lot of discussions about inclusivity have been started since it was announced that a black actor had been cast as the originally white character, especially since Kate Mara, playing his sister, is white.

Going by a recent interview, the award-winning actor is undeterred. And so is Fox Studios, now without Tom Rothman this time around.

In the interview with The Daily News, Jordan said, “I’ve known about this character and playing this role for almost two and a half years now, so when I get all these new questions about how I’m feeling about it, I’m like, ‘You know, I’m feeling pretty good about it.'” His excitement for the role is clear. “…to be a part of Marvel’s family, it’s a huge deal for me,” he said. “I geek out about it.”

About this version of the concept, Jordan said, “We’re lucky we had a studio behind us that really supported our ambition and our want for change. Now we have something really epic.”

It’s a good sign for the film’s quality that the actors seems so enthusiastic about the project in the wake of speculation about how the casting means the story and character dynamics will change. It will be interesting to see how that pans out in an adaptation of a story that is, at its core, about family.