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Comment: Re:Is this all one big legal bluff? (Score 1) 106

by Master Moose (#49475633) Attached to: In New Zealand, a Legal Battle Looms Over Streaming TV

... The company behind the global mode is Thumbing its nose

"We assumed they were OK with Global Mode and we continued to spend money innovating the facility,"

"We did that on our understanding that geo-unblocking to allow people to digitally import content purchased overseas is perfectly legal. If you say it is not, then we are going to need a lot more detail from you to understand why. Simply sending us a threatening letter, as frightening as that may be, does not get us there and is not a fair reason for us to shut down our whole business,"

Comment: Re:i educate (Score 1) 190

by Master Moose (#49441919) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

Agreed. It is the standard, but the point is, that he didn't even really know what it is he could do or wanted to do with it - It was just the one tool he had heard of that could do "Graphics" and so thought that is what he needed. (it could be that he could, but was unwilling to explore alternatives)

Comment: Re:i educate (Score 2) 190

by Master Moose (#49434883) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

Conversation I had the other day:

Him: I am waiting for the purchase to be approved so I can get Photoshop and install it. I still need to learn it
Me: Why don't you go the open-source route and use GiMP like I do?
H: I need to learn how to use photoshop for my job.
M: Are you sure? I've never used photoshop and get everything done.
H: I will wait for the purchase order.

So I had a guy who wanted a tool just because of name recognition as opposed to function. He needed "training" anyway but could not get past a tool with a silly name that he had never heard of.
What did he need it for? Basic photo editing.

Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 2) 129

by Master Moose (#49183283) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

I live on a quiet street and have nothing to hide - Not many people come past my property on a day basis and almost none of them would care about me.

I am a boring man with nothing of interest happening - This doesn't mean I am about to replace my walls with glass panels, so that anyone who happens to come by my property can have a snoop as to what I am up to.

+ - Spider Man joins Marvel Cinematic Universe->

Submitted by Master Moose
Master Moose writes: There were rumors and there were conversations, but to almost everyone in Hollywood the possibility of Spider-Man joining his Marvel Universe brethren on the big screen was dead.

Obviously, anyone who reads Marvel Comics knows nothing stays dead forever. In a major announcement on Monday night, Walt Disney's Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed that the Wall Crawler would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The partnership will begin with Spider-Man appearing an an upcoming Marvel Studios film. Spider-Man will then appear in the third installment of the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise on July 28, 2017. That film will be produced by Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, the current co-chairman of the studio who is stepping down following the fallout of the Sony Hack in late November.

In a release, both parties noted "they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films."

More intriguingly, Marvel and Sony Pictures are also working together on opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future "Spider-Man" films.In a deal between Marvel and Sony pictures, Spiderman will feature in future MCU movies.

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Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 2) 388

by Master Moose (#48807025) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

My best teacher, also now my friend loves his summers off.

He is experienced, knows his stuff and basically recycles the same content/lesson plans each year and only updates to improve on what did/didn't work so well, changes in curriculum and administration (as well as to relieve boredom).

On our last conversation, there is a high chance that my son will be in his class this year and from what I have spoken with my teacher friend about - I should recognise a fair bit of the work he has to complete.

+ - New Clock May End Time As We Know It-> 1

Submitted by SonicSpike
SonicSpike writes: At the heart of this new clock is the element strontium. Inside a small chamber, the strontium atoms are suspended in a lattice of crisscrossing laser beams. Researchers then give them a little ping, like ringing a bell. The strontium vibrates at an incredibly fast frequency. It's a natural atomic metronome ticking out teeny, teeny fractions of a second.

This new clock can keep perfect time for 5 billion years.

"It's about the whole, entire age of the earth," says Jun Ye, the scientist here at JILA who built this clock. "Our aim is that we'll have a clock that, during the entire age of the universe, would not have lost a second."

But this new clock has run into a big problem: This thing we call time doesn't tick at the same rate everywhere in the universe. Or even on our planet.

Right now, on the top of Mount Everest, time is passing just a little bit faster than it is in Death Valley. That's because speed at which time passes depends on the strength of gravity. Einstein himself discovered this dependence as part of his theory of relativity, and it is a very real effect.

The relative nature of time isn't just something seen in the extreme. If you take a clock off the floor, and hang it on the wall, Ye says, "the time will speed up by about one part in 1016."

That is a sliver of a second. But this isn't some effect of gravity on the clock's machinery. Time itself is flowing more quickly on the wall than on the floor. These differences didn't really matter until now. But this new clock is so sensitive, little changes in height throw it way off. Lift it just a couple of centimeters, Ye says, "and you will start to see that difference."

This new clock can sense the pace of time speeding up as it moves inch by inch away from the earth's core.

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+ - Birds found using human musical scales for the first time->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: The flutelike songs of the male hermit thrush are some of the most beautiful in the animal kingdom. Now, researchers have found that these melodies employ the same mathematical principles that underlie many Western and non-Western musical scales—the first time this has been seen in any animal outside humans. It’s doubtful that the similarity is due to the physics of the birds’ vocal tract, the team reports. Rather, it seems male hermit thrushes choose to sing notes from these harmonic series. It may be that such notes are easier for the males to remember, or provide a ready yardstick for their chief critics—female hermit thrushes. The study adds to other research indicating that human music is not solely governed by cultural practices, but is also at least partially determined by biology.
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Comment: Re:God of the gaps (Score 1) 669

by Master Moose (#48264725) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Church leaders advocate public health policies (like abstinence) that demonstrably do not work in spite of copious scientific evidence showing that they do not work.

Not a scientist here :) but I would like to see the studies where the practice of abstinence has not prevented the spread of STIs and unwanted pregnancies.

Now, I would concede that abstinence often doesn't occur because people generally like to fuck. Maybe I am just being a bit too picky today..

The time spent on any item of the agenda [of a finance committee] will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. -- C.N. Parkinson