writes: The New York Times has a story today of how the pornographic movie industry has long had only a casual interest in plot and dialogue. But moviemakers are focusing even less on narrative arcs these days. Instead, they are filming more short scenes that can be easily uploaded to Web sites and sold in several-minute chunks.
Vivid, one of the most prominent pornography studios, makes 60 films a year. Three years ago, almost all of them were feature-length films with story lines. Today, more than half are a series of sex scenes, loosely connected by some thread — "vignettes" in the industry vernacular — that can be presented separately online. Other major studios are making similar shifts.
Samantha Samson, an adult film actress, said she took her acting seriously and used to prepare studiously for her roles, like the character she played in the 2006 movie "Flasher." She said she played a psychotic who, because of the way her mother treated her, "had an obsession with flashing and doing things in public." "I used to have dialogue," said Ms. Samson, whose given name is Natalie Oliveros, and who is one of the industry's biggest stars. "Getting it on in one hardcore scene after another just isn't as much fun," she added.
Well, /.ers — what do you have to say about the state of the pR0n industry now? Oh, and there's a nice picture of Samantha Samson on the NY Times story page too.Link to Original Source
writes: This PC Magazine article, written by Mark Hachman, is in the July issue:
Imagine storing 10,000 standard--definition movies on one disc. Sound impossible? Not to a team of Australian researchers. The team recently published a report in the journal Nature in which it details its development of a "five-dimensional" storage medium that promises to store up 10 terabytes on a single disc.
Peter Zijlstra, James W.M. Chon, and Min Gu of the Swinburne University of Technology found a way to combine addressing data using wavelength, polarization, and three spatial dimensions, creating the so-called five dimensions of addressable space. The approach allows for a storage density of a terabit of information in just a cubic centimeter of space.
Mixing and matching different methods of addressing data has been tried using individual methods, the researchers said. In fact, writing data to a three-dimensional storage medium has been one of the hallmarks of holographic storage. But for five-dimensional storage, the team projected information into the material using different color wavelengths. Additional information was then added by polarizing the light, first at a fixed orientation and then by rotating the filter 90 degrees. Data was read using a technique called "longitudinal SPR--mediated 2-photon luminescence."
It's difficult to say, however, how easily a solution like this might be moved into production, since the medium used to store the information is a network of gold nanorods.
"The major hurdle is the lack of a suitable recording medium that is extremely selective in the domains of wavelength and polarization," the researchers wrote in an abstract. Nonetheless, companies such as Samsung have already expressed interest.Link to Original Source
writes: A Reuters article about the One Laptop Per Child in Nigeria. Students are browsing for porn instead of doing schoolwork.
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSL196664 7020070720Link to Original Source