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Comment: Colossus: The Forbin Project (Score 4, Interesting) 165

by FairAndUnbalanced (#45773007) Attached to: A Short History of Computers In the Movies
I think there's a ton of CDC equipment in Collosus: The Forbin Project. It has a fairly standard "computer takes over the world" plot line but is a bit of fun as well.

Note the movie trivia entry at this IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064177/trivia

"When the executives at Control Data Corporation found out that Universal was planning a major movie featuring a computer, they saw their chance for some public exposure, and they agreed to supply, free of charge, $4.8 million worth of computer equipment and the technicians to oversee its use. Each piece of equipment carried the CDC name in a prominent location. Since they were using real computers - not just big boxes with a lot of flashing lights - the sound stage underwent extensive modifications: seven gas heaters and five specially-constructed dehumidifiers kept any dampness away from the computers, a climate control system maintained the air around the computers at an even temperature, and the equipment was covered up at all times except when actually on camera. Brink's guards were always present on the set, even at night. The studio technicians were not allowed to smoke or drink coffee anywhere near the computers."

Comment: The Drafthouse will kick you out! (Score 1) 924

by FairAndUnbalanced (#44149847) Attached to: The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens
The Alamo Drafthouse theaters (now in many major cities and expanding) famously has a very strict no talking and no cell usage policy during all movie showings. Here's an example of their strict policy in action from their corporate blog: http://drafthouse.com/blog/entry/she_texted._we_kicked_her_out

Comment: Avid Media Suite Pro (Score 1) 704

Avid Media Suite Pro (circa 1993) was, imho, the first combination of hardware/software that made it truly easy to stick a board in a PC (well, a Macintosh IIfx) and edit full-frame video in the style of real-time non-linear editing. The experience was just like using a word processor for text or photoshop for images -- a fluid editing experience with simple cut and paste of video and audio. You could also easily injest and output your video from tape. To get up and running, you simply plugged the Nubus board into the IIfx and loaded the software. Although Avid shipped the Avid/1 in 1988, and Adobe shipped Adobe Premiere 1.0 in 1991, I think Avid's Media Suite Pro set the original bar for accessible prosumer video editing.

Comment: Misleading Perception Of Ranking (Score 1) 186

by FairAndUnbalanced (#42257527) Attached to: Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds
The Netflix chart gives a misleading perception of "ranking." Some of these services are tiered offerings, like TimeWarner Cable and AT&T U-Verse, but you can't tell from the chart what percentage of the customers have subscribed to lower-speed service or higher-speed service. It's possible that a higher ranking ISP just happens to have more customers paying more money for faster access -- that doesn't make them a faster ISP.

Comment: Clarification on PC/Xbox cross platform play (Score 1) 162

by FairAndUnbalanced (#20933657) Attached to: Orange Box In Stores Wednesday
In case you were confused by this Slashdot article where Valve talks about Xbox's playing against PC's, what they mean is Xbox's and PCs on the same LAN. There is still no way for an Xbox360 to connect to servers out on the public Internet. They are trapped behind the Windows Live system. Just FYI....(it confused me).

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