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  1. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Camron in Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet   
    [ame=]YouTube - Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet: Exclusuive Extended Trailer[/ame]
    My two cents: Yes please.
  2. Pchan liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in New Server modules   
    I updated the server to the latest php today. I also enabled some different modules to get a better performance boost out of the server. If anyone comes across any error pages of any kind, please let me know. Other than that, the forums should load a bit faster now.
  3. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Kite in No More Superman
    Owen Vaughan reports on some complex copyright issues that could spell the end of the man of steel
    It seems that copyright law is more powerful than Kryptonite or Lex Luthor. A bitter legal row over Superman could result in the character leaving DC Comics, the comic book company that has published his adventures since his first appearance in 1938.
    In only four years, the entire copyright to the original Superman story will revert to the families and estates of the superhero's creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. According to their lawyer, this means that from 2013 neither DC Comics nor its parent company, Warner Bros, will be able to produce any new Superman story without the permission of the Siegels and the Shusters.
    The Siegels and the Shuster estate is currently fighting Warner Bros over licence fees the studio paid to DC Comics for use of Superman in films and television. This week a court ruled against them but in a surprise twist the judge in the case told Warner Bros that if it did not start production on another Superman film by 2011, the Siegels would be able to sue to recover damages.
    Despite internet rumours that the studio is in a panic, Warners says that its still has no plans to put another Superman film into production. In fact it is planning for possibility of a life without Superman - painful though that may be.
    Whether Warners does rush out another Superman is irrelevant to Marc Toberoff, who is representing the Siegel family and the Shuster estate in their legal action. "Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the original Superman story, which was published in Action Comics No 1, and that story contained Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane - all the basic elements of the Superman story," he told The Times.
    "They sold that story for $130 in 1938 and signed a publishing release handing over their copyright. After that the character went through the roof but they still only got paid a page rate for their stories. For most of their lives, their families lived just above the poverty line while everyone else made millions.
    "Siegel and Shuster created Superman when there were no superheroes.
    Superman launched the whole superhero genre in America and it made a fortune for DC and Warners Bros. We did a study of the value of Superman
    - it was a very complicated and expensive analysis - and it came to about $975 million."
    He said that Siegels successfully recovered their half share of the copyright in 1999. DC retained the Shuster part of the original Superman copyright because Shuster did not have any children and only spouses and children could recapture copyright. However, a recent change in US copyright law gives the executors of an creator's estate the same benefits, with the Shusters set to recover their share from DC in 2013.
    When asked if it was possible that the Siegels and Shuster estate could take Superman to another company, Mr Toberoff replied: "Absolutely."
    This week a judge ruled against the Siegels and Shusters, saying that the licence fees that Warners paid to DC Comics for Superman were not below fair market value. Warner Bros and DC Comics said: "We are very pleased that the court found there was no merit to plaintiffs' position that the Superman deals were unfair to DC Comics and, by extension, the plaintiffs."
    However, Mr Toberoff said that the case paled in comparison to the fact that in 2013 his clients would own the entire copyright to the first Superman story. "I was looking for an analogy to World War II: We won the war but they still want to fight the battle. The more we fight, the closer we get to 2013. Plus all the fighting just antagonises my clients. So it's almost like they are driving my clients into the arms of a competing studio."
    To have Superman leave DC would be huge blow to the publisher. Superman is, along with Batman, the company's signature character: he has appeared in thousands of comics, five films and hundreds of cartoons and television series; he is part of the fabric of America and is arguably the world's most recognisable and popular superhero.
    "Instead of treating the matter like a business deal, where everyone gets their fair share, Warner Bros has opted to have a war of attrition.
    They have spent so much money on lawyers, that from a business point of view they should have put that money towards a fair settlement of this action," said Mr Toberoff.
    However, he cautioned that reversion of copyright only applied to the US, which means that whatever happens after 2013, DC will still own the foreign copyright to Superman. "If my clients decided to take Superman to another studio that studio would still have to deal with DC, so it's almost like a stalemate situation."
    Warners Bros believes that the Shuster claim is not valid but is planning for possibility that it is. The studio says that Action Comics No 1 is missing many key elements of the Superman story: there is no Daily Planet, no Perry White, no Jimmy Olsen; no Lex Luthor, Brainiac or Kryptonite. Most importantly, Superman doesn't fly in the issue and his famous shield is crude and almost unrecognisable. Because these features are missing, and because the Siegels and Shusters would have no control of Superman outside the US, no studio would strike a deal with them, it says.
    Warners says that it wants to a strike a deal with the Siegels and Shusters but only one that is fair and economically viable. "Not doing another Superman film would be painful but Warners has other superhero franchises, such as the Flash and the Green Lantern, that it can exploit," said a source at the studio.
    Even though Superman Returns made almost $390 million worldwide at the box office, the film was expensive to make and poorly received by the critics and comic fans. This is the reason why the studio did not do a sequel, the source said. He stressed that the studio had no plans to develop a Superman film or television series.
    Yesterday the Scottish comic book writer and producer Mark Millar told The Times that Warners had approached him and Matthew Vaughn, the director of Layer Cake, to reboot the franchise. The last attempt at reviving Superman on screen, Superman Returns in 2006, was deemed to be a critical and financial failure and Millar and Vaughn had plans to turn the Man of Steel into a Lord of the Rings-type epic. However, the studio got cold feet and Millar and Vaughn moved on to other things. "They spoke to me and Matthew last year and we were obviously very interested as the love is there and the potential is enormous," he said yesterday.
    "But we're not involved in Superman at this stage."
    Millar, who is currently is collaborating with Vaughn on the movie adaptation of his hit comic Kick-Ass, told The Times earlier this year that his plan was "to do a Superman movie unlike anything you've ever seen before. Matthew wanted to cast someone who looked nothing like Christopher Reeve and create a new Superman for this generation. But Superman is still in stasis at the moment because the last one lost so much money and [Warners] are scared to do anything with the character right now. I'm not holding my breath."
    Unlike Siegel and Shuster - and scores of comic book writers and artists throughout the years - Millar has managed to retain control over his creations. But asked if there was a danger that Marvel and DC would lose control of their characters, he said: "The big companies will own those old characters as long as Disney own Mickey Mouse, unfortunately. Guys like Jerry and Joe created Superman at a very different time. Anything created before the Eighties and Nineties was signed away to the big companies and the best-case scenario, realistically, is a generous pay-out for their families in these situations. Guys like me, who created new characters in this past decade, owe an enormous debt to all the creators who came before us. What happened to them taught us that companies don't have loyalties to creators when they get old and we need to retain ownership on the characters to look after our creative freedom and our long-term finances."
    overall, if the creators / estate owners gave a crap about Superman, they would push for a new Tv series with today's effects it would be awesome instead of the shit known as Smallville which is an insult to Superman.
    PS the hint at selling SUperman to another publisher (aka marvel) wouldnt happen,
    marvel wouldnt take superman, he wouldnt fit in the marvel universe
  4. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by DeathscytheX in Ryan Reynolds is Green Lantern
    Justin Timberlake? are you serious? Thank god he didn't get the part.
  5. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Kite in Google OS set to take on Windows
    Google is to launch a new operating system, in its most direct challenge yet to the dominance of Microsoft.
    Google Chrome OS will be a development of its Chrome web browser. The search giant initially aims to install the new system on small, low-cost computers known as netbooks, which are currently outselling more powerful personal computers. Google said that it believed the software would eventually be used on PCs as well.
    The move is likely to intensify the rivalry between Google and Microsoft, whose Windows operating system is used on the majority of the world’s personal computers. Operating systems help to run and control the basic functions of a computer.
    Google said that the project was a “natural extension” of its Chrome browser and was necessary because older operating systems were designed at a time when the internet did not exist.
    “Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS,” said Sundar Pichai, a Google Vice President, and Linus Upson, engineering director, in a blog post. “We're designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you on to the web in a few seconds.”
    Google said that the new software would be released later this year on an open source licence, meaning that computer developers and programmers across the world will have the chance to use, modify and improve it. Netbooks running the finished product will go on sale in the second half of next year.
    The company claimed that Chrome OS would change the focus of operating systems from controlling desktop PCs to a system designed to run the internet as fast as possible.
    “The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way and most of the user experience takes place on the web,” Mr Pinchai and Mr Upson said.
    Google has a big task on its hands. Many companies and products have tried to take on Microsoft’s Windows and failed. Although rival systems such as Linux and Apple's OS X are widely acclaimed, some analysts estimate that Windows and other Microsoft products are used on more than 90 per cent of computers. Microsoft is to release an updated version of its own operating system, Windows 7, in October.
    Google has repeatedly trampled on Microsoft’s territory recently. First, it launched Google Chrome, a web browser, in competition with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It has also recently released Android, an operating system for mobile phones, a direct challenger to Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, which is used on the majority of smartphones.
    And the Chrome browser has been a big success challenge to Internet Explorer with over 1% share of the browser market in almost a year compared to IE's 65% and Firefox's 23% shares.
    I'm sure MS is terrified.
    clivex, Bristol, England
    And the Chrome browser has been a big success challenge to Internet Explorer with over 1% share of the browser market in almost a year compared to IE's 65% and Firefox's 23% shares.
    sounds like to me the OS wont be running many programs, so for netbooks probably more ideal then modern desktops
  6. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Kite in Wolverine WP   
  7. CabbitGirl liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Attachments feature available to AC Family members   
    vBulletin 4 is supposed to have a really fancy attachment manager feature that is supposed to (eventually, if not right away) tie into the member albums for a much easy way to upload pictures for posting and organizing them. Until the new version is released, I've went ahead and set the AC Family usergroup to have full attachment features. Everyone can upload pictures into any topic and you all have a 10mb storage space. I've also set the thumbnails for 800 pixels so pictures will look better in topics compared to the usual avatar size you might see when an admin or mod might have uploaded a picture. This storage amount is currently separate from the user album amount which is 20mb. Also, pictures uploaded in a post are not connected to your album and vice versa. However, you can always upload a picture to your album and then post it in a topic. Once you have have used the attachment feature, you'll see a new 'manage attachments' link in your user cp at the bottom left of your settings. It will allow you to delete old attached images to make more room for new pics, etc. This of course, is still separate from the pictures uploaded to your albums.
    As you can see, this is just another thing that aggravates me with vb, which I hope they will fix soon. But in the meantime, feel free to upload pics into topics/photo albums/etc because eventually these two features should become one and the same.
    If you have never used the attachment feature before, you'll see it in the editor screen as a little paper clip image:
    The main point of me turning this on now is if someone wants upload a pic or two that is relevant to a topic, or maybe post a pic from a manga or something you found online but don't feel like having it in your album or maybe you want it more private for the photo album forum without having to publicly display it in your profile, etc.
    If you want to use an image repeatedly in other topics like a smilie or facepalm then you should upload that to one of your albums instead of attaching it repeatedly because it could just fill up your attachment storage space with multiple copies of the same uploaded pic.
    If anyone wants to test this for me, I'd appreciate it so I'll know I have the settings correct. btw, ".jpg" files are set for the largest image size. If you try to upload a .jpeg, rename it to .jpg and it should upload fine.
  8. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by CabbitGirl in Posting And You!   
    dunno if any of you have seen this, but i thought it was pretty funny X'D
    [ame=]YouTube - Posting and you[/ame]
  9. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Eppy in Fairy Tail to be Animated
    Source: MAL News post, Scan of WSM
    w00t that is gonna be awesome =D
  10. CabbitGirl liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in 10 New Games   
    Gunmaster 2
    Axegang Rampage
    Bazaar Mahjong
    Egyptian Tomb II
    Egyptian Tomb II Swap Mode
    Egyptian Tomb II Click Mode
    Dwarf on a Wharf
    Animal Mahjong Solitaire
    Cafe mahjong
  11. Pchan liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Tornado development and dissipation caught on video   
    Wow. You can see right inside the top of the tornado.
  12. Pchan liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Tornado development and dissipation caught on video   
    Wow. You can see right inside the top of the tornado.
  13. slippers liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in E3 2009: Super Mario Protest   
    [ame=]YouTube - E3 2009: Super Mario Protest[/ame]
    "What have I become?"
    lmao. X'D
  14. CabbitGirl liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in More arcade games including Sonic and Mario!   
    [/url] Sonic The Hedgehog 2
    Sonic Mega Collection Mini
    Mario Puppets
    Jump Mario
    SuperMario Rampage
    Xeno Tactic 2
    Ninjas vs Pirates TD Full
    Mushroom Farm Defender
    Pandemic Version 2
  15. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Eppy in Hacker Swipes 'One Piece'   
    i have a feeling they leaked on purpose jsut so they can hurt the fansub community even more....cause would have to be a pretty bored hacker to do that..."So you are saying the hacker ignored all your bank account numbers and whatnot and just stole an ep of anime....uh huh yeah *gavel sound* case pun intended"
  16. DeathscytheX liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Builders Construct $10,000, Fully Functional R2-D2
    Click the link to see the video of the R2-D2. The title is mis-leading tho. "Fully Functional" my ass. It just looks, sounds and move like R2. I was hoping someone was actually making a real R2 droid, but still, it looks cool.
  17. Pchan liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Homemade Wolverine Claws   
    [ame=]Homemade Real Wolverine Like Claws X-Men - Video[/ame]
    Damn things look dangerous as hell but awesome. X'D
  18. Kite liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Thor
    Click the links for pics of the actors. I'm waiting to see who will the play the female cast. They better fill out the costumes well.
  19. Pchan liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Homemade Wolverine Claws   
    [ame=]Homemade Real Wolverine Like Claws X-Men - Video[/ame]
    Damn things look dangerous as hell but awesome. X'D
  20. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Kite in Freedom or piracy? - Isohunt

    While the founders of one of the world's largest free file-sharing websites, The Pirate Bay, have been sentenced to jail, a 26-year-old Vancouver man is taking on the global recording industry with his own lawsuit, asking the courts to rule that his BitTorrent site is totally above board.
    And since Gary Fung is arguing that his site — — is a search engine, this copyright case is being closely watched, because if he loses on those grounds it has implications for Google and every other website that offers links to copyright material.
    In essence, he says, every search engine, in fact every website, that links to downloadable content that is copyright protected could be held liable.
    "That is what we have been arguing in court," he said. "I think that is why the judges are having so much trouble deciding our case. There is nothing simple about it, and the ramifications are huge.
    "It goes far beyond our sites, it goes far beyond BitTorents. It goes to core issues about what liabilities website owners have running a website on the Internet.
    "It is the issue of 'linking' — what liability do you have for simply linking to material that is copyright?"
    Sitting outside a Vancouver cafe, Fung flips out his iPhone to demonstrate how Web surfers can use Google to easily find torrent sites just as they could go to isoHunt. Simply specify that you want to search for torrent files — BitTorrents being a free, open-source file-sharing application — and that's enough to provide links for everything from free movies to music and games.
    For example, type "Slumdog Millionaire filetype:torrent" in Google search and in minutes you could be watching the film.
    isoHunt is awaiting a U.S. court decision in which it has been sued by the Motion Picture Association of America. It recently asked the B.C. Supreme Court to rule it is not infringing copyright with its websites that include isoHunt, TorrentBox, and Podtropolis. The judge said he cannot make a ruling without a full court hearing.
    So will the file-sharing world be looking to this University of B.C. grad as a bastion of BitTorrents, or will his websites join others shutting down in the wake of The Pirate Bay decision?
    Fung doesn't believe his sites will shut down anytime soon, nor does he fear the type of treatment meted out to The Pirate Bay founders, who are now appealing a recent Swedish court decision in the wake of revelations that the judge is a member of several anti-piracy organizations.
    Firstly, Fung's court cases are civil, not criminal as in the case of The Pirate Bay. And secondly, Fung doesn't consider himself a pirate. While The Pirate Bay publicly mocks requests by copyright holders to take down copyright material or links to it, Fung said his company has a full-time employee dealing with requests to take down copyright material. Additionally, he argues that isoHunt is simply a search engine, and that it doesn't host copyright content.
    "Eventually, I want to work with them," Fung says of the recording industry. "It is unfortunate that they are making a war of this."
    The crux of the problem, according to Fung, is that the recording and movie industries have been unable to adapt to new technology that has fundamentally changed the way content is distributed. Peer-to-peer file sharing is here to stay, he says, and attempts to turn back the clock are doomed to fail.
    "They have made war against consumers, suing thousands of people. And then they stopped suing consumers and they are trying to shut down websites," he said. "What they are doing is [like] wack-a-mole — they can shut down The Pirate Bay or other sites, but look at Napster and where that got them. Trying to shut down websites is not a solution, you shut one down and another will come up."
    Fung started isoHunt as a hobby while he was still a student at UBC, where he studied computer engineering. Now he makes money from advertising on the site, but he won't say how much.
    "Right now I have to say it is a business. We have to make money to sustain our business, and to sustain the lawsuits that are costing quite a bit."
    Isohunt doesnt host files, so if they are sued successfully, then it will be open season on linking to any files, linking to this article is actually illegal, as it is copywrited and ive not requested to do so
  21. Myk JL liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Deadpool movie & Wolverine 2
    Did anyone see Deadpool after the credits? Any idea if a Deadpool movie based on the Deadpool from the Wolverine movie will be any good?
  22. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by DeathscytheX in G.I. JOE Trailer 2   
  23. DeathscytheX liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Funimation Nabs 'Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood'
    I wonder if their streaming will be in decent enough quality or if I should still grab a fansub...
  24. Pchan liked a post in a topic by Sledgstone in Starship Enterprise vs. Battlestar Galactica: Who would win?
    Click the link to read who would win. I think its a decent comparison, but I'd like to see the TNG Enterprise vs. Galactica instead.
  25. Sledgstone liked a post in a topic by Kite in Greatest Action Story Ever Told!!!!!!!!!   

    repost from years back ^^