Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites

Australia blocks another 59 popular pirate sites

Australia’s federal court has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block dozens of popular pirate sites. The crackdown prevents users from accessing 59 illegal torrent and streaming sites including Demonoid, EZTV, YTS, RARBG, 1337x and Putlocker. A total of 160 domains have been blocked in two orders, including alternative routes to the Pirate Bay. The blockades were requested by film studio Village Roadshow and Australian broadcaster Foxtel. Many pirate websites are already banned in Australia,…

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Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials

Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government’s drive to tackle child obesity in England. Health officials believe the move is needed as people are consuming 200 to 300 calories too many each day. It could see the size of products reduced or ingredients changed in food and drinks bought in supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants. The targets are expected to be set by Public…

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Take-Two Kills Popular GTA V Modding Tool

Take-Two Kills Popular GTA V Modding Tool

Modding has been a huge part of the Grand Theft Auto games on PC ever since Grand Theft Auto III debuted a then-new 3D engine and a much larger world. Because Rockstar doesn’t provide any kind of formal editing tools, however, the end-user community took it upon themselves to create the necessary software. One of the most popular editing suites used in GTA V was a program called OpenIV, which supported database manipulation and could…

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Why are the Fast & Furious films so popular?

Why are the Fast & Furious films so popular?

The Fate of the Furious has raced to the top of the box office chart – breaking an international record in the process. The eighth film in the action thriller franchise took an estimated $ 532.5m (£424.7m) globally over Easter weekend. The figure makes it the strongest worldwide debut ever – marginally overtaking the $ 529m (£421.8m) taken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, the film’s US takings were down sharply on the previous…

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Carney warns about popular disillusion with capitalism

Carney warns about popular disillusion with capitalism

The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned that people will turn their backs on free and open markets unless something is done to help those left behind by the financial crisis. In a speech, he said: “Globalisation is associated with low wages, insecure employment, stateless corporations and striking inequalities.” In many advanced economies there are “staggering wealth inequalities,” he added. Mr Carney was speaking in Liverpool. He told his audience that politicians and…

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Drew Drucker: The Man Behind Some of Today’s Most Popular Albums

Drew Drucker: The Man Behind Some of Today’s Most Popular Albums

Photos Credit: Drew Drucker One could say that Audio Engineer Drew Drucker’s zeal for music began with incessantly tuning into Michael Jackson on the radio as child. After attending his first Michael Jackson concert, Drucker’s interest in music became an all-encompassing piece of himself. In high school, he took on a role that explored his inherent musical skill, but differed from the spotlight he was accustomed to seeing artists in. Behind the scenes, Drucker worked…

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