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How Turkish trolls tried to kill movie

Turkish genocide film ‘The Promise’ was nearly killed off by a Turkish news board determined to wipe the coverage of the genocide from history.

The Promise was a historical romance set against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide and starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac and was expected to be controversial.

Descendants of the 1.5 million Armenians killed by the Ottoman Empire shortly after the onset of World War I have long pressed for the episode to be recognised as genocide. The Turkish government has long insisted that the deaths were not a premeditated extermination.

But the film looks set to be sunk by a one star campaign, despite great reviews. More than 100,000 Turks registered on IMDb that the film was rubbish, even though the film had only been shown to 900 people in Toronto.

The online campaign against The Promise appears to have originated on sites like Incisozluk, a Turkish version of 4chan, where there were calls for users to “downvote” the film’s ratings on IMDb and YouTube.

Similar campaigns have been run against Star Wars spinoff Rogue One to indie Holocaust-denier drama Denial to Justin Simien’s upcoming Netflix series Dear White People.

In 2016, the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters became a magnet for a downvoting campaign from 4chan and Reddit users. They organized to give hundreds of thousands of “thumbs down” to the film’s YouTube marketing materials. In the end, Ghostbusters lost an estimated $70 million.

On IMDb, The Promise now has an average of 4.2 stars thanks to more than 35,000 10-star ratings that have been left by supporters of the film to counter the more than 60,000 one-star ratings. (There are fewer than 1,400 ratings between two and nine stars.)

Turks ban YouTube now

In yet another hamfisted move to stop citizens talking about government corruption, the Turkish government has shut down YouTube.

In a week after the government was told that its shutting down of Twitter was illegal, Turkey is now banning Google’s popular video site, Youtube.

At the heart of the problem were a series of videos which incriminate the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Edrogan, in a corruption scandal.

According to Webrazzi, “the videos included wiretapped sound recordings where, for example, the PM tells his son at home to hide large sums of money from the investigators. It is alleged to be around a couple of million dollars”.

The Turkish government demanded that they were taken down because they would result in an informed population. An informed population would not vote for a man involved with a corruption scandal.

Google refused to take down the videos and so Edrogan unleashed the hounds.

A Google spokespinner opined: “We’re seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey. There is no technical issue on our side and we’re looking into the situation.”

It appears that all ISP in Turkey have been roped in to blocking the site.

Turks impale Google

It would appear that Turkey, once home of the famous Ottoman sofa, is back on the warpath and, while it may not be knocking on the gates of Vienna any time soon, has Google in its sights.

The Turks have been quiet since 1683 after losing the Battle of Vienna to a re-vitalised Hapsburg alliance. But tensions have been mounting between the nation and the search engine Google.

Apparently Google’s YouTube has been saying some nasty things about Turkish secular saint Atatürk and been off and on banned in the country.

Now, in what will appear to be a complete coincidence, the Turks have stuffed up all the security on Google’s web products.

Writing in his blog, a spokesGoogle said that on Christmas Eve Chrome detected and blocked an unauthorised digital certificate for the “*.google.com” domain.

It found that the certificate was issued by an intermediate certificate authority (CA) linking back to TurkTrust, a Turkish certificate authority.

Since intermediate CA certificates carry the full authority of the CA, anyone who has one can use it to create a certificate for any website they wish to impersonate.

In response, Google updated Chrome’s certificate revocation metadata on to block that intermediate CA, and then alerted TurkTrust and other browser vendors. TurkTrust told Google, it had mistakenly issued two intermediate CA certificates to organisations that should have instead received regular SSL certificates. On December 26, Google pushed another Chrome metadata update to block the second mistaken CA certificate and informed the other browser vendors.

But the problem is pretty severe. It means that Google will have to issue an update to Chrome to no longer indicate Extended Validation status for certificates issued by Turktrust.

So why did Google get the works? Well that’s no one’s business but the Turks. 

AMD tablet chip details leaked

AMD has been telling the world+dog about its new tablet-specific Z-Series processors and has been leaking details of its Hondo chip to the Turks.

In a press conference on Friday, AMD was talking about the dual-core Z-01, with a 5.9-Watt TDP but was quiet about Hondo.

The chipmaker also tried to get everyone excited about its “branding plans” for its A-Series “Llano” processor for notebooks which are shipping this month, and previewed new APUs that it plans to release later in 2011.

The announcement was a follow up to the Fusion APUs that were announced in January which come with single- or dual- Bobcat cores. These E-Series and C-Series products were followed up by G-Series versions for embedded devices. They integrate CPUs with “discrete-level” GPUs on one chip.

What makes the Z-Series interesting is that they are designed for tablets.They are similar to the E-Series, C-Series, and G-Series, with the same Bobcat cores and 45nm process.

The Z-01 has 1.0GHz clock speed, two Bobcat cores, Radeon HD6250 graphics, with 80 GPU cores and 5.9-Watt TDP. It is not clear what AMD has done to lower power consumption.

AMD seems to be tying its fortunes more to Microsoft pushing the Z-01’s DirectX graphics, Internet Explorer 9 acceleration, and compatibility with Adobe Flash 10.2.

What AMD is doing to see off the Android hoards is to push software that allows the launching Android apps directly from the Windows desktop. AMD dusted off Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks, on stage to demonstrate his “lightweight, optimised, soft hypervisor” that will initially focus on x86 Windows hosts.

However AMD has leaked some info on its upcoming Hondo APU, the successor to the brand new Desna APU designed specifically for tablet devices.

The leak came from  a Turkish site, donanimhaber  which claims that the new Hondo chip will be based on a revised and power optimised Bobcat core and is aimed at Windows 8 devices.

Hondo will deliver superior power efficiency and AMD claims its “app power” with FCH is about 2W and the TDP is under 4.5W. This is a significant improvement over Desna, rated at 4W in app power, with a 5.9W TDP. The new chip will stick to the 40nm process.

It is all part of AMD’s Brazos-T platform and it will feature a new Hudson M2T fusion controller hub. The new Hudson M2T is a redesigned Hudson M3 with a power optimised I/O feature set and SDIO support for Wi-Fi. It is smaller than the Hudson M1 (A50M) currently used in the Brazos platform and AMD has done away with some features deemed unnecessary for tablets, thus reducing power consumption to less than 1 watt.

Hondo will be slower with two cores clocked at 1GHz and the same HD 6250 graphics core ticking at 276MHz. This should be good enough for the tablet market. Hondo will be replaced by Samara chips sometime in 2013. 

Turkish teen hacked iOS 5 to help Apple

A Turkish teen has told the world and its dog  that he wanted to show Apple how easy it was to unlock the iOS 5 operating before it hit the shops.

Mert Erdir, 17, found a way to unlock iOS 5 on his device the day after Apple announced the new mobile operating system.

According to AP, Erdir tried to get in touch with Apple to warn it about the security flaw but instead got an automated message. Apple has a policy of denying that its software has security flaws until there is a sufficient public outcry.

After getting nowhere with Apple, Erdir took his method to Gizmodo which published Erdir’s method. He had hoped that the article would attract Apple’s attention, but the story went viral.

It did not take much hacking genius to get past Apple’s faith-based security.

He downloaded the operating system and got stuck in the activation screen. He used the notification centre, a new feature of iOS 5, to unlock the operating system.

Apple has still not contacted Erdir since he shared how to unlock iOS 5. Strangely Erdir is still an iPhone fan and wants to become an official iOS developer, which costs $99 a year.

For all his fame he has raised enough cash to buy some ice cream and a diet coke, he moaned.