So this week marks the beginning of a new format for these articles. They won't be too much different, but the content will be categorized.
Anyways, this week in Geek News, we’ve got a huge list of things going on, but first, I want to discuss something we pride ourselves on rarely talking about. That’s right, our Big BUZ this week comes to us from the world of real news.
Big BUZ: Politics of Guns
So by now, you’ve probably heard of the shooting that took place at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. If you didn’t the short end of the story is that one 20 year old Adam Lanza killed 27 people this morning at Sandy Hook Elementary school, and of those killed, at least 18 were children. While the story itself is something to be deeply concerned with, what I want to make this segment about is the idea of gun laws.
So, having fired a gun several times before, I’m of the opinion that regulation is important – I think that certain people should not be allowed to carry a gun, and I think that certain types of guns should not be allowed in civilian hands. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that you never point a weapon at anything you don’t intend to utterly destroy, but certain people are not capable of discerning what that means.
Of course, there are extremes. One extreme of the argument is that everyone should have a gun, so that they can be used as deterrents or preventative measures. Now the argument on this side is similar to the cold war idea of nuclear deterrent, but then the problem there is that so much time and so many resources get committed to arms races that it becomes a waste of all of that.
The other extreme is the complete ban on guns. This would be ideal if everyone were to adhere to it. But there are actually two problems with this point of view. The first is that a ban on guns does not prevent access to guns, or other weapons. Knives could still be used to kill people. The second problem is that it would be impossible to completely eliminate guns for those who hunt.
Now, these are just some of the perspectives out there, but what’s your take? Do you think that guns should be in public hands? How tight should gun control be?
So, next up on our line-up is this week’s tech news. Our first bit of tech comes from GE, surprisingly. GE, famously known for its appliance line up, has developed a piece of tech that might improve the future of computing with an adapted cooling system for processors developed from jet engine cooling technology. This cooling tech is based on contracting and expanding metal plates that pump air. These plates are smaller, more efficient, and use half the power of current PC fans, so it’s definitely something to look forward to. You can check out that story here.
Next up in tech, we have news from the medical world that there is a possible treatment method for leukemia. In an article from the New York Times, a 6 year old leukemia patient underwent a treatment that involved injecting disabled AIDs virus cells to reprogram her immune system, and while the treatment very nearly killed her, she ended up surviving and made it through cancer free. It’s been 7 months, and she is still in complete remission.
So that’s the tech news this week. And now we move on.
Last of Us Trailer
Okay, so there really isn’t much for me to say here. Just check it out.
On the Tube: TV and Movie News
Starting this week’s Tube news begins with a look at a franchise we all thought was just getting shot in the face courtesy of Mr. Michael Bay. That’s right – it’s Transformer 4 news. Coming out of Geektyrant is news that we have two more actors, apart from Mark Wahlberg, cast as lead roles for the upcoming movie. On the list are Nicola Peltz (of The Last Airbender fame) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) as the lead roles.
Next up on our Tube news, a story for fans of Arrested Development (don’t hide from me. I know you’re out there!). David Cross announced the fourth season back in August, and said that it would most likely be 13 episodes. Now, sitcom creator Mitch Hurwitz has confirmed that 20th Century Fox and Imagine TV have confirmed with Netflix that the show would be ordered as between 12-15 episodes, so it looks like there will be the 13 that Cross initially planned out. Season 4 comes out in spring of 2013, with all 13 episodes going live on Netflix at the same time.
We also have a Man of Steel trailer. It looks pretty interesting because it feels like a Snyder film. The darker world is definitely getting my hopes up.
And last up on our Tube news, we have a little bit of a guide to the awards season for 2012 in entertainment. It’s mostly stuff I wouldn’t pay much attention to since I’m not an awards show junkie, but you can check it out over at Indiewire.
This Week In BUZ
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