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Ian McKellen Posts Link To Lord of the Rings Filming Journal

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Despite what you might have heard, Ian McKellen’s creative process isn’t quite as simple as pretending to be the person he’s portraying in the film or play. In case you’re still unconvinced, however, the esteemed actor tweeted a link to an online diary he kept while filming Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, spanning from 1999 to 2001, then again from 2002 to 2003, and invites you to peruse it. “20 years ago, I arrived New Zealand to begin filming ’The Lord of the Rings,’” he wrote. “I joined the cast on January 10, 2000. During that time, I kept a journal, which today would be called a blog. Perhaps you’ll enjoy reading about those heady times.”

“It bears repeating that, as with Richard III or James Whale or Magneto, I must discover Gandalf somewhere inside myself – and that process depends on absorbing the words of the script and its story, listening to the reactions of the director and responding to the performances of the rest of the cast,” McKellen. “So now, still 3 months away from shooting (for me), my Gandalf doesn’t exist, not even in my mind. He will only come to life as the camera turns and discoveries are made in the very moment. Even when I am in the thick of it, in costume and make-up and speaking Tolkien’s words, I’m not sure I will be able to describe the character to you. Actors don’t describe – they inhabit.” You can read more of his inner musings here.

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Posted by James - January 11, 2020 at 7:40 pm

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Honda Aircraft Company BrandVoice: The Innovative Titan: How Large, Established Companies Can Out-Think Startups

“Once a company is established, it is very difficult to deviate from established business processes and hard to innovate rather than improve existing products,” he says.

Over a career spanning more than three decades at Honda, Fujino himself has shown the way to turn that narrative on its head. From the inside, his inventions and entrepreneurship guided an industrial titan to break out of the comfortable (and lucrative) box of being a self-described automaker to become a mobility innovator.

Honda Aircraft Company has garnered numerous awards for the design of the HondaJet, including the Award for Innovation in Aeronautics from the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences.

The climb was even steeper than it might have first appeared. The controversial, revolutionary design of the signature HondaJet, pioneering the lightweight private jet category, didn’t just have to convince Honda management. It had to sway an entirely different demographic also skeptical of change: the commercial aviation market. When Fujino received the Award for Innovation in Aeronautics from the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), its executive committee member remarked, “Throughout the design and development of the HondaJet, Fujino has demonstrated vision in introducing an innovative design as a first product in a very conservative market.”

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Posted by James - January 8, 2020 at 7:37 pm

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10 Cyber Security Stories in 2019 that make us feel less secure

Jack Wallen runs through 10 of the most important cybersecurity threats, breaches, tools, and news of the year.

2019 is almost over. On many levels, it has been a memorable year; technology continued to show its prowess and agility, especially given the number of security threats. These security threats came in many forms, from the standard to the “I never thought that could happen,” but no matter how the data breaches occurred, we are still far removed from living a life where technology is secure. Let’s look at the year of insecurity that was 2019.

SEE: The 10 most important cyberattacks of the decade (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Containers have become the darling of the enterprise–they make it possible for businesses to deploy microservices and applications at an unheard of rate and scale–but with that popularity comes the threat of attack. One of the most obvious points of entry is the container image. There was a significant rise in security issues within container images in 2019.

Kubernetes will remain at the top of the enterprise heap and will be the target of more attacks. Security tools will be at a premium in 2020–you can count on that.

According to IDC, global Android market share rose to 87% in 2019. With over 2.5 billion active Android devices, logic dictates that it is the biggest target for attacks, and logic is correct. Attacks like xHelper and Joker, as well as the adware attacks found in Google Play Store apps, prove that Android has a way to go before it can claim to be a fully secure platform.

SEE: How to prevent the top 11 threats in cloud computing (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

If it had not been for Capital One, the Evite breach would have been the largest in history. One hundred million records were breached from an inactive data storage file. The information was from 2013 and earlier, and it included names, usernames, email addresses, passwords, birthdates, phone numbers, and mailing addresses. Fortunately, Social Security numbers, bank account information, and credit card numbers were not part of the information stolen because the company doesn’t store that information.

SEE: These are the worst hacks, cyberattacks, and data breaches of 2019 (ZDNet)

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Posted by James - December 15, 2019 at 11:41 pm

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