Episode 40: Tencent games, Deadwood Movie & Tractor Beams

Welcome to what is yet another episode full of fun and laughter from those nut job nerds you all hate to love or love to hate? First up we have the Professor telling us about how Tencent Games is planning to use police databases to restrict access to video games; which angers Buck due to breach of privacy issues and the reality that information will be flowing both ways. Professor is excited to see who is going to be the first criminal located by the police using video games to track him down. Ahhh, China, wanting to be the world’s number 1 in everything is now tackling the obstacle of behaving with extreme stupidity on an international level.

          This week the DJ brings us a story about the Deadwood tele-movie. Then the discussion delves into the range of movies and does Netflix and other streaming services spell the end of cinemas? Trust me, this is when you want to sit back with a cup of tea and watch the sparks fly. Best news is that apparently most of the original cast is back for this, including Ian McShane. Also some other movies in the works are Braking Bad, a new Super Mario movie (please, please, please don’t be a crappy as the last one) and also Steven Universe. So we will get to enjoy more from Dakota, check in on the crystal meth scene and hope the DJ stops doing weird accents.

          Buck brings us news of a real life working tractor beam that has been developed in Oz! A team working at the University of Adelaide has made science-fiction a reality for us, although on a reduced scale. But it is a start and now we have lasers and a tractor beam, now we need force fields and shields, please. Buck and the Professor geek out about the possibilities that this tractor beam represents for the future; which in reality is pretty darn sweet, right?

          Also we hope everyone who attended Supanova Brisabne had as much fun as we did. It was awesome meeting so many fantastic people, check the Facebook page to see some of them, and that is only a tiny sample of how incredible it was. Until next time stay safe, stay nerdy and we hope you enjoy.


Tencent Games’ unique approach to gaming

- https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/05/tencent-games-to-verify-ids-for-children/

Deadwood TV movie starts shooting

- https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/deadwood-movie-starts-shooting/

Tractor beams

- http://www.sci-news.com/physics/tractor-beam-atoms-06569.html

Games currently playing


- Mafia - https://store.steampowered.com/app/40990/Mafia/


- FAR: Lone Sails - https://store.steampowered.com/app/609320/FAR_Lone_Sails/


- Guns of Icarus - https://store.steampowered.com/app/209080/Guns_of_Icarus_Online/

Other topics discussed

Equifax data breach

- https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-08/smiley-credit-check-australians-financial-information-at-risk/8887198

My Health Record government website

- https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/

Oldpeoplefacebook reddit page

- https://www.reddit.com/r/oldpeoplefacebook/

PUBG Lawsuit

- https://www.pcgamer.com/pubg-corp-has-filed-a-lawsuit-against-epic-games/

Days of Our Lives

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Our_Lives

Breaking Bad TV movie in the works

- https://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/movies/2018/11/08/breaking-bad-movie/

Fear the Walking Dead

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_the_Walking_Dead

Walking dead TV movies in the works

- https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/11/rick-grimes-walking-dead-adventures-will-continue-in-movies/

A new Super Mario movie

- https://variety.com/2018/film/news/super-mario-bros-animated-movie-illumination-1203021006/

Steven Universe TV movie

- https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/21/17597892/steven-universe-the-movie-trailer-sdcc-2018

Netflix vs Hollywood

- https://newrepublic.com/article/148102/can-netflix-take-hollywood

Peter Cushing – Star Wars Actor

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Cushing

The Crow – 1994 movie

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crow_(1994_film)



More info about Tractor beams

- https://journals.aps.org/prapplied/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.10.044034

Boaty McBoatface

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boaty_McBoatface

First object to be teleported from Earth to the Moon

- https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608252/first-object-teleported-from-earth-to-orbit/

The Jaunt – A Stephen King short story

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jaunt

Gun of Icarus – Mobula ship

- http://gunsoficarusonline.wikia.com/wiki/Mobula

First voyage of James Cook

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_voyage_of_James_Cook

Richard Feynman – American theoretical physicist

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Feynman

Margret Hamilton - American computer scientist, systems engineer, and business owner

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Hamilton_(scientist)

Hedy Lamarr - Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.

- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedy_Lamarr

Satan 2 – The Super Nuke

- https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/15/russia-set-test-super-nuke-satan-2-missile-capable-wiping-britain-twice-7390285/

Melbourne Cup 2018 winner – First British trained horse

- https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/nov/06/melbourne-cup-won-by-british-horse-and-british-trainer-for-the-first-time

The Story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

- https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/jul/11/butch-cassidy-sundance-kid-reel-history


Famous Birthdays

6 Nov 1946 – Sally Field, American actress (Forrest Gump, Gidget, Flying Nun), born in Pasadena, California - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Field

6 Nov 1948 –Glenn Frey, American rock vocalist (Eagles-Take it Easy), born in Detroit, Michigan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Frey

6 Nov 1988 – Emma Stone, American actress who has been the recipient of such accolades as an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe, she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2017. She appeared in Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2013, and in 2017, she was featured by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Born in Scottsdale, Arizona - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Stone

7 Nov 1728 – Capt James Cook, was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cook

7 Nov 1867 - Marie Curie, Polish-French scientist who discovered radium and the 1st woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903, 1911), born in Warsaw, Poland - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_curie

8 Nov 1431 - Vlad III also known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad Dracula , Wallachian prince, born in Sighișoara, Transylvania, Romania - https://www.onthisday.com/people/vlad-the-impaler

8 Nov [O.S. 29 October] 1656 - Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), born in Haggerston, Middlesex - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Halley

8 Nov 1847 - Bram Stoker, Irish theatre manager and author (Dracula), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1912) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bram_Stoker

Events of Interest

30 Oct 1961 – Tsar bomba was tested over the Mityushikha Bay nuclear testing range, north of the Arctic Circle over the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. The bomb was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created. It also remains the most powerful explosive ever detonated. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsar_Bomba

5 Nov 1605 - The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunpowder_Plot

6 Nov 1935 – First Flight of the Hawker Hurricane, a British single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s–40s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was overshadowed in the public consciousness by the Supermarine Spitfire's role during Battle of Britain in 1940, but the Hurricane actually inflicted 60 percent of the losses sustained by the Luftwaffe in the engagement, and it went on to fight in all the major theatres of the Second World War. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Hurricane

7 Nov 1861 – The first Melbourne Cup, Australia's most well-known annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3,200 metre race, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne,Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest "two-mile" handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known locally as "the race that stops a nation". - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne_Cup

7 Nov 1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid were supposedly killed in a shootout with police in San Vincente, Bolivia ; the exact circumstances of their fate continue to be disputed. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Cassidy


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