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Unveiling the Sci-Fi Spectacle: NextCypher's "Deathlands" Directed by Jonathan Frakes

Jeff Garzik's production company, NextCypher, has enlisted the talents of Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes to direct an adaptation of the sci-fi novel Deathlands. Frakes, known for his role as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, brings his experience as a veteran director who has worked on TV shows like Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard, and Leverage: Redemption to this project. Garzik expressed his excitement by stating that he was "incredibly humbled and blessed" to have Frakes on board. Key Points: Deathlands Adaptation: Based on a series of novels by James Axler and Jack Adrian, Deathlands follows a group of survivors navigating a post-apocalyptic world using teleportation technology. Garzik described the show as a blend of "Mad Max meets AI meets the monsters from Tremors." Refreshed Adaptation: Garzik highlighted that the TV series offers a modern take on the original post-Cold War, post-nuclear war scenario presented in

Edward Snowden Endorses Legal Defense Fund for Tornado Cash Founder: Privacy Advocacy in Action

Whistleblower Edward Snowden recently threw his support behind the legal defense fund for Roman Storm, the co-founder of the now-sanctioned cryptocurrency mixing service, Tornado Cash. Storm, who faces charges of money laundering from the U.S. Department of Justice, announced plans to launch a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) to raise funds for legal representation.

Snowden's Endorsement

  • Snowden urged his followers on Twitter to contribute to Storm's defense fund, emphasizing the importance of supporting privacy advocates in the face of legal challenges.
  • The whistleblower highlighted the significance of privacy rights and the potential consequences of the arrests of Storm and his colleague Alex Pertsev on open-source development.

Background on Tornado Cash

  • Tornado Cash gained popularity for providing users with a means to anonymously transact Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.
  • However, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on the service, citing concerns about money laundering activities facilitated through the platform.

Implications for Developers

  • The fundraiser's website underscored the broader implications of Storm and Pertsev's arrests, characterizing them as a direct assault on open-source development.
  • The campaign seeks to rally support for the accused individuals, framing their legal battle as a defense of the principles of privacy and innovation in the cryptocurrency space.

Snowden's Advocacy

  • Snowden, known for his advocacy of privacy rights and involvement in projects like Zcash, has been a vocal critic of authoritarian measures targeting privacy-focused technologies.
  • He has previously criticized the U.S. government's actions against Tornado Cash as authoritarian and underscored the importance of privacy in the realm of cryptocurrencies.

Snowden's endorsement of Storm's legal defense fund underscores his ongoing commitment to advocating for privacy rights and supporting individuals facing legal challenges in the cryptocurrency space. As the case unfolds, the outcome could have broader implications for the development and use of privacy-focused technologies.


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