Things You Should Know This Week (05.07.16)

Movies

I saw Captain America: Civil War. Twice. I loved it. If you like movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you will too. Here’s a review on io9.

In a couple years there is going to be a young Han Solo movie. Harrison Ford is too old to play him, but Alden Ehrenreich isn’t.

Music

DJ Shadow has a new album coming out in June. It’s his first since 2011. This week, a video for The Mountain Will Fall was released and it is beautiful.

Law

WhatsApp was shut down for 3 days in Brazil. Why? Well, law enforcement wants access to messages. WhatsApp employs end-to-end encryption, meaning that they can’t get at the messages even if they wanted. So, a court got mad and told the 5 Brazilian wireless carriers to shut them down for a few days.

Copyright and Trademark law can be incredibly obnoxious in the hands of the wrong dead musician’s estate. Frank Zappa’s family highlights this as they get into a dispute with one of their own, Dweezil Zappa, over the use of the band name, Zappa Plays Zappa.

Ending on a Happy Note

The 100% Human Candidate will not be the Republican Presidential Nominee. He will, however, be a source of entertainment for days to come…and then hopefully fade into obscurity.

Ted Cruz Elbows Wife

Things You Should Know This Week (04.16.2016)

Movies
Another Suicide Squad trailer was released this week. While Batman v. Superman was terrible, I am keeping my hopes up on this one. The trailers have made it look playful, though there are rumored reshoots to make it even lighter. Given the positive response to the trailers, this seems like a smart move.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally got a full trailer. I still haven’t read the Harry Potter books (don’t kill me), but really enjoyed the movies. This looks like a fun expansion of the universe (Potterverse?).

This week is actually pretty heavy with trailers for geeks. The teaser for Doctor Strange was also released. This is Marvel’s expansion into the world of magic (though Daredevil touches on it a little bit). I like magic. I like Benedict Cumberbatch. I like that the trailer looks like a mixture of The Matrix, Inception, and Batman Begins. I’m down.

Gadgets
I don’t need a new Kindle, but man do I want the new Kindle Oasis. It is super expensive, but it gets months of battery life and had a design that lends itself to one-handed reading, which is a problem with my Paperwhite when I am trying to read while laying in bed or on the couch.

Law and Policy
Microsoft sued the government, challenging the constitutionality of Section 2705(b) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Under this section, a court can direct the recipient of a warrant (like Microsoft or Google) not to tell anyone of the existence of that warrant. For example, if the government decides that they want to look at your email for an investigation, under this section they can order Microsoft to share the contents of your email (but why are you still using Hotmail?) and Microsoft can’t tell you (or anyone) that this happened.

The Burr-Feinstein bill has officially been released and it is [still lame]
(https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160413/15143434173/burr-feinstein-officially-release-anti-encryption-bill-as-wyden-promises-to-filibuster-it.shtml).

Ending on a Happy Note
The post-wisdom teeth surgery zombie prank is something that I have watched numerous times this week. I recommend that you do the same.