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Comment All I can say is THANK F***ING GOD... (Score 0, Troll) 562

...you arrogant ridiculously bouffanted duck-tailed and bearded freak.

I'm happy to concede that this first new movie is pretty much Episode IV revisited - entirely for the purpose of establishing a baseline from which to create actual new movies.

They wouldn't have to do this, you rapist of childhood dreams, if you hadn't created the prequel "movies." 3 movies that will stand forever as a testament to size of your ego - just watch how uncomfortable many of the extremely talented people at ILM/LucasFilm are whenever you talk in your stupid gibberish about the juxtaposition of film and poetry during the 'making of' sessions. A legion of talented people who clearly understand that all they can do is nod their heads and say 'yes...' with confused looks on their faces.

Makes me wish I'd simply swerved hard left when you were driving alongside me northbound on the 101 just north of Corte Madera in 1997, in what I can only assume was your wife's mercedes convertible, Little did I know the horrors you were about to unleash. I was selfish not to.

Star Wars Prequels

George Lucas Criticizes the Force Awakens (theguardian.com) 562

RogueyWon writes: While many critics have responded positively to JJ Abrams's take on Star Wars, one particular industry figure seems rather less impressed. George Lucas has criticized the "retro" tone of The Force Awakens and lamented his own lack of involvement in it. Speaking to television talk-show host and journalist Charlie Rose, Lucas quipped that he had sold his "kids to the white slavers that take these things". "They wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that,” he said. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway, but if I get in there, I’m just going to cause trouble, because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that any more, and all I would do is muck everything up. And so I said, ‘OK, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’”
China

China Passes Law Requiring Tech Firms To Hand Over Encryption Keys (betanews.com) 170

Mark Wilson writes: Apple may have said that it opposes the idea of weakening encryption and providing governments with backdoors into products, but things are rather different in China. The Chinese parliament has just passed a law that requires technology companies to comply with government requests for information, including handing over encryption keys.

Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the controversial law is the Chinese government's attempt to curtail the activities of militants and political activists. China already faces criticism from around the world not only for the infamous Great Firewall of China, but also the blatant online surveillance and censorship that takes place. This latest move is one that will be view very suspiciously by foreign companies operating within China, or looking to do so.

Data Storage

Netflix To Re-Encode Entire 1 Petabyte Video Catalogue In 2016 To Save Bandwidth (variety.com) 285

An anonymous reader writes: Netflix has spent four years developing a new and more efficient video-encoding process that can shave off 20% in terms of space and bandwidth without reducing the quality of streamed video. With streaming video accounting for 70% of broadband use, the saving is much-needed, although the advent of 4K streaming, higher frame rates and HDR are likely to account for it all soon after. Netflix video algorithms manager Anne Aaron explained to Variety that certain types of video benefit little from the one-size-fits-all compression approach that Netflix has been using until now: "You shouldn't allocate the same amount of bits for My Little Pony as for The Avengers."
Software

Gigster Wants To Be the Uber of Software Development (techcrunch.com) 181

HughPickens.com writes: Josh Constine writes at TechCrunch that a company named Gigster is trying to bring the Uber business model to software development. Simply: a user sends them an idea, Gigster passes it on to developers who sign up to build software, and when it's done they send back a functioning app. After converting product requirements into a development plan, they let their group of remote developers start hacking away at the code. It has already resulted in a dating app for Muslim millennials, a way for citizens of the developing world to buy electricity, and has over fifty more projects in the pipeline. The entire development process goes through their app, and they charge a flat fee rather than an hourly rate. Gigster developers who satisfy customers can earn karma points and qualify for higher-paying contracts. One major caveat: Gigster will still own the code to the app it designs for you, and it "leases" the software to you. They say they want to be able to reuse certain components on other projects.

Comment He paid taxes when he exercised his options (Score 1) 240

Most of his stock in Facebook was via options rather than grants because during all of the anti-dilution grants he could not afford to tax bill inherent (and it would be a tremendous personal risk) to actually receiving grants OR exercising those options.

When he exercised his options, he had to sell enough stock to cover the taxes on the stock he retained post-exercise. He paid a SH**LOAD of tax on his 'fortune.'

Comment Re:Spare Us (Score 1) 232

I believe the poster meant to say "...does not care about languages subjectively." as in "tools in a toolbox - pick the right one for the job."

Of course, that statement always has to be bounded by the skillset of the engineers involved (e.g. picking C for a *nix systems application/daemon is a clear choice unless no one on your team knows C.)

Comment Re:Why was package versioning left out? (Score 1) 185

This is exactly what people need to accept about Golang if they're going to embrace it.

Google was happy to share it, but their desires for Go are primarily aligned with Google's needs - not the community's. It's not personal, it's business.

BTW, enjoy the debugging... ;)

Comment Re:Why the hell would anyone use Go? (Score 1) 185

This.

We use it in very specific places because it works well there (some of our services junctions points) and has excellent concurrency primitives. This lets us overlook the drawbacks that would arise by using it as a general purpose language. I suspect that we use it in the fashion that Google initially intended to use it (they use it much more pervasively now I believe.)

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