Thursday, January 28, 2016

Oracle Kills Off The Java Plugin


Oracle has announced that they will be killing off the Java Plugin. Chrome and Firefox are removing support for plugins anyway, so the Java plugin is a vestigial security risk leftover from an earlier web.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

Heroes Recancelled


Some good news came out this week, they are going to cancel the horrible, terrible TV series Heroes Reborn. I can’t believe this, but this new reboot/sequel of the original Heroes series is probably the most hated show on American TV right now. Its amazing how one can come up with such and exciting (albeit, borrowed) story concept with multiple promising premises, and then screw it all up and serve nonsense. Ten years ago (really, that long ?) when the original Heroes TV series premiered, it was the most watched show, and won many awards. They essentially took the humans-mutating-into-evos storyline from X-men, but gave the charachters a little more sense, and how they would try to fit in the modern world. But just after the first season, all hell broke loose, they lost direction, kept on adding more and more super-humans/evos, and finally admitted they had no idea how to take the story forward.


So when I heard about the new miniseries Heroes Reborn, I was a little sceptic, and a little hopeful. It started off ok, but very soon the cracks started to develop. Stupid writing, horrible actors, multiple unnecessary plot lines, and so many many new evos all filled up the screen. It was difficult to care about the charachters. Lets face it, kids are bad actors, so when the protagonists are going to be kids, they should have al least chosen credible actors. The original Heroes had go that right, it had great actors, and not too many bad guys.

When everyone is special, no one is.

But there was one episode of the new series which I particulary liked, episode 8 “June 13th Part Two”. That episode gave me hope, because for once they got something right. First, Masi Oka is there as Hiro Nakamura. He carries the two baby heroes back into 1999 ! And he becomes the foster father to Tommy, and trains him in the art of time-travel. Tommy knows about and improves his power, but then they are attacked. So for his own safety, Tommy travels to another place, and has his memory removed about everything he knows. This episode tied up a lot of loose ends, explains Tommy’s powers, and his dilemna at the start of the series. There is also som nice sequences with two Noah Bennets, and some other wierd Japanese game story. Noah and Tommy get their memory erased, so they know nothing of what happened. The stage was set, all that was needed was to  use Tommy’s and Malina’s powers to save the world. Again.

@Tim Kring. Please let the series die. Bringing it back up is just going to make it worse.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Here come the poorly made remakes–Bangalore Days




They have released the trailer to the Bangalore Days Tamil remake. And people who have watched the original are not happy. The rants have started on youtube and elsewhere.  The first thing that hits them, and me, is the wierd casting choices. With all the abundant talent in the Tamil industry, the choice of actors for this movie looks miscast. Bobby Simha stands out for being the wrong choice for Kuttan, and his dialogue delivery confirms it. And Rana plays Hulk in the movie. And that other girl, well her dubbing is all over the place. Its fun to read the comments on the youtube video, a bunch of tamil fans defending the remake, and all the mallus in the world sort of condemning it.

I am predicting there is going to be at least one dance scene which was not in the original. And maybe some unwanted stunts. But even with the bad casting, the story and screenplay is strong enough to see the movie through, no matter which language.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Google Doodle marks Nobel Prize winner Har Gobind Khorana


The Google Doodle for January 9th celebrates Har Gobind Khorana, the Indian-American biochemist, on what would have been his 96th birthday. He is most famous for his Nobel Prize-winning research on how the genetic code of a cell, or the order of nucleotides in nucleic acids, control the cell’s synthesis of proteins.

The latest Google Doodle  celebrates Indian-American biochemist Har Gobind Khorana

Who is Har Gobind Khorana?

Har Gobind Khorana was born on the 9th of January 1922 in a village called Raipur in Punjab, now part of Pakistan. He lived in India until 1945 when he was awarded a Government of India Fellowship. This allowed Khorana to travel to the UK and study for a Ph.D at the University of Liverpool where Roger J. S. Beer supervised his research.

Dr. Khorana then spent time at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich with Professor Vladimir Prelog, returned to India for a brief period and then back to England where his interest in proteins and nucleic acids came to fruition in Cambridge.

In 1952, a job offer took Dr. Khorana to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he worked with Dr. Gordon M. Shrum, Dr. Jack Campbell and Dr. Gordon M. Tener on the subject of phosphate esters and nucleic acids.

As the Google Doodle describes, it was at the University of Wisconsin that he and two others received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1968 for discovering that the order of nucleotides in our DNA determines which amino acids are built and in turn, the proteins that are created for essential cell functions.

Dr. Khorana is also renowned for constructing the first synthetic gene and received a multitude of awards during his lifetime, including the National Medal of Science.

Today’s Google Doodle was created by Bangalore-based illustrator Rohan Dahotre and celebrates Dr. Khorana’s work in DNA.