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Comment: Re:Actually.. (Score 1) 169

by 0100010001010011 (#48669845) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

You might want to use a different example for your first one:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has 7.0/10 on IMDB (after 5 years), got an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, 66 on MetaCritic (with an average user score of 7.6),

It was a good movie.

"This is the End" was also pretty good with a 6.9/83%/67/7.1 (respectively).

Comment: Re:Old quote comes into play (Score 2) 169

by SuperKendall (#48669311) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Because if they don't, they will be viewed as cowards?

How so when it will simply come out next week. Sony already owns Coward, the other companies will put up the movie as soon as they can.

Anyway, you exaggerate the level of effort required by Apple to do the right thing.

In my world the "right thing" is not to have an Apple Employee have to take even TWO HOURS the day before Christmas to serve Sony's fickle whims.

Here's some real Tough Love - sometimes people on vacation should get to stay on vacation. THAT is the Right Thing.

Comment: Old quote comes into play (Score 1) 169

by SuperKendall (#48668275) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

"Bad planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my partâ

Why should Apple make people work Christmas (most core Apple employees have the week off) because Sony finally came around to the ethical course of action? Sounds like a great thing to have decided WEEKS AGO.

Comment: Re:*sips pabst* (Score 1) 312

by TheRaven64 (#48667379) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

What crucial plot point did Tom Bombodil advance

He emphasised how parochial the Hobbits' world view was and he gave them the weapons that they'd carry for the rest of the book. The choice of the weapons and his explanation helped establish the individual characters of the hobbits.

I agreed with his decision to trim unnecessary storyline fat, and focus more on action.

In the first movie, the storyline is basically 'run, fight, run fight, run fight'. Anything that might be considered character development is cut. The novels have a lot of description and this is turned in the films into very slow shots of impressive visuals, which could equally be backdrop while things that actually advance the plot take place. Instead, Jackson focusses on impressive scenes of New Zealand and long tech demos for the Massive Engine. Plot takes very much a back seat.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 110

by BasilBrush (#48666561) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

Yeah. Looks like the second appeared in Mountain Lion, and the default was ticked, even though "Allow updates automatically" wasn't.

So most people who have had "Allow updates automatically" unchecked for years won't have ever seen the newer option.

I'm not complaining. But some people will have room to do so.

Comment: Re:"The World" is irrelevant to most people (Score 1) 185

by peragrin (#48666481) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

Because I let you choose to spread your idiocy that's why.

More people right now are living in peace with their neighbors than between the Yeats 1500-1900

If Iraq was fought like other wars in history the USA' army would be 50 million soldiers. Not 1.2 million.

There are 320 million people in the USA with an army of 1.2 million. That's 1/2 of 1%. There are more homosexuals people in the USA 3-5 million than soliders.

Even China with 1.2 billion people only has an army of 3 million.

Comment: Re:Anonymity on the Internet - Really Necessary? (Score 1) 87

by TheRaven64 (#48666263) Attached to: TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews
Pseudonymity would be enough. You don't need to know what the identity of the reviewer is, you just need to know what other reviews he or she has written and how accurate those were. Reputation needs to be linked to an identity, but there's no problem with an individual having multiple identities.

Comment: Re:Devil's Advocate says... (Score 2) 87

by TheRaven64 (#48666249) Attached to: TripAdvisor Fined In Italy For Fake Reviews
Does TripAdvisor have any kind of reputation system? I want to see reviews by people that have written other reviews that people have found helpful and confirmed by their own experiences in preference to reviews that someone who just created an account specifically to write a shill review wrote.

Comment: Re:Google's acquisition of Android Inc. Q.E.D. (Score 1) 79

by peragrin (#48666183) Attached to: Comcast-TWC Merger Review On Hold

True but do you really think they will lower rates or merely raise them?

The with 50% control of the nations ISP for end users do you really think thing will get better or will they try to turn themselves into AOL where you have to pay to access all forms of content and content providers have to pay even more to access the customers?

Something like 80% of US citizens don't have a choice in the matter of which ISP they use. they get one choice. Why is it that google fiber has rolled out into two cities and only those two cities have more than 2 competing high speed ISP's?

Comment: Re:As always, looking at this wrong. (Score 2) 199

by TheRaven64 (#48665815) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

I'm responsible for computer science admissions at an all-women college in Cambridge. I don't yet gave the figures for this year, but in the most recent year that I do have statistics for male computer science applicants had around a 15% acceptance rate, female applicants had around a 20% acceptance rate over the entire university. In spite of this, only 14% of our total admissions for CompSci were women. You can see the whole figures here. The women that we admit are not clustered anywhere particularly on the bell curve, so we're not bumping up the ratio by letting in inferior female candidates - we're just not seeing many women apply.

These numbers are even worse if you discount international students. The vast majority of women who make it to the interview stage are from outside of the UK. If you only count international students, then the gender ratios are more equal. To me, this means that there's something cultural in the UK (and, from what I've seen, the US) that isn't happening elsewhere, which puts women off computer science before they even get to university applications.

In some countries, the pressure is in the opposite direction. If you work in any computing-related discipline, you've probably worked with some extremely competent Iranian women (unless you work at a company like Google that refuses to hire anyone from Iran). If Iranian women want to pursue further education, they have a choice of engineering or medicine, but medicine in a country with a strong patriarchal ethos doesn't lead to many career paths (no one trusts a woman doctor), so they go to engineering. Within engineering, they have the choice of computer science or something that involves working in a factory, so most of them go into computer science. And then they graduate and realise that the job market looks much better abroad and that they have marketable skills, so they leave.

It's not something that has a quick fix, but it really needs to start in primary schools. It's easy to put young children off a career path very early on and very hard to fix it later.

Comment: Re:*sips pabst* (Score 1) 312

by TheRaven64 (#48665761) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Jackson had already shown quite a lot of restraint and faithfulness in his acclaimed LotR adaptation

Really? Because the review comments in TFS pretty much sum up how I felt about his LotR. The second part was the only film where I have ever fallen asleep in the cinema: During one of the big battles, where he was once again showing off what the Massive Engine can do, and not bothering to tell a story. After that, his complete recharacterisation of Farimir as being just like Boromir (rather than as the person that Boromir should have been) meant that I didn't even bother watching the third part. He could easily have cut some of the effects extravaganzas and kept Tom Bombodil in the first one, but he decided that he really wanted to show massive battles and skip on the plot (but introduce subplots that were not in the novel and didn't add anything to the story).

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