Film Facts: Jedi Edition

The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi has a built-in success factor. We’ve literally come to the point in film history where it’s not about what you like, but what corporate groupthink says you like. The Last Jedi verily contains the requisite great action sequences at the beginning and the end. One set piece has Kylo Ren (Adam Driver in his I’m going to break things mode) and Rey (Daisy Ridley totally…


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N.Y. Police Arrest 2 in the Drive-by Slaying of Rapper Chinx, Malika Haqq’s Ex

Two men in Long Island, New York, have been charged with five criminal counts each for their alleged roles in the fatal 2015 shooting of rapper Chinx, Malika Haqq’s ex-boyfriend.

PEOPLE confirms that both Jamar Hill, 26, and 32-year-old Quincy Homere have been indicted on counts of murder, attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in the shooting.

Their arrests were announced by Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in New York City. Both suspects were already in police custody on unrelated charges.

The 31-year-old Chinx, who was born Lionel Pickens, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Queens on May 17, 2015, authorities said. He was shot less than an hour after performing at a nightclub in Brooklyn.

A passenger in the car was also shot but survived.

Chinx and Haqq dated briefly before ending their relationship in 2015, and he was married when he was killed.

Haqq learned of Chinx’s death during filming for the E! reality series (and Keeping Up with the Kardashians spinoff) Dash Dolls. In the episode, Haqq turns to best friend Khloé Kardashian for consolation.

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Oilers activate goaltender Cam Talbot from injured reserve

It appears the Edmonton Oilers are nearing a return from starting goaltender Cam Talbot, as the netminder has been activated from injured reserve, the club announced on Friday.

Talbot was placed on injured reserve in late November while dealing with an upper-body injury. Edmonton went 3-3 in his absence, relying on 24-year-old Laurent Brossoit while Talbot was sidelined.

In 22 games this season, Talbot has managed a save percentage of .903 and a goals-against average of 3.00. The 30-year-old posted a .919 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average through 73 games in Oilers colours last season.

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We tested out Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac’s Super Cruise — here’s which one we liked better (GM, TSLA)

Cadillac Super Cruise Drive

Cadillac invited us to try Super Cruise, the brands new freeway-only hand-free autonomous tech.
Later in the week, we took a Tesla Model X with Autopilot on a road trip
For now, Caddy has the winner.

The two best semi-self-diving features in the car market right now are Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac Super Cruise.

Tesla’s system has been around longer (it debuted in 2015) and uses cameras, radars, sonar, and GPS navigation. In particular, the camera-based visual technology demands that each vehicle with the latest Tesla hardware also contains supercomputer-level processing power, so that it can crunch all the data.

Cadillac’s Super Cruise, arriving in late 2017, also uses cameras, notably a small unit mounted on the steering column that monitors whether the driver is paying adequate attention. The cameras that manage actually driving the car are aimed at the road and surroundings, however, and are matched with a radar system. But critically, Cadillac also makes use of 130,000 miles of laser-radar (Lidar) maps, and as long they’re current, the vehicle can determine exactly where it is.

Both systems are essentially adaptive-cruise control — which calibrates distances between cars and adjusts throttle and braking accordingly — plus automatic steering. They’re far from …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech