if only I had mod points for you...
I don't know if it was the theater or what, but the soundtrack seemed to do nothing to change the mood of the movie. There just seemed to be a lack of emotional polish to the production. I really liked the battle of Asgard, however. It felt very sci-fi, and that was actually very refreshing.
I'm no fan of the patent wars, but if Samsung played by the rules and filed for patents on the technology before somebody else did, then I don't see how they can be fined for using the legal leverage that goes along with it. By comparison, we saw Apple suing for something as trivial as similarly-shaped corners on its competitor's smart phones. Maybe there's an argument here that any technology described by something such as an IEEE standard is automatically ineligible for patent application. This would seem though like it begs for de facto standards rather than real standards, where the winning patent gets to stifle its competition. How expensive would phones be if micro USB were a single manufacturer's spec to be licensed rather than some industry-agreed standard?
Concerning PRISM-style programs the government says, "you have no expectation of privacy (read: 4th Amendment rights) when working with 3rd party email systems" (as if there were some other kind for most people) Concerning Google ad-sense used for targeted advertising to subsidize free email the government says, "you have every expectation of privacy" In the first scenario, most of us are rightfully pissed because the government is perverting constitutional expectations of privacy. In the second scenario many of us recognize the need to monetize these sorts of services. This whole thing seems back assward.
I had heard she was accomplished, but the Wikipedia article (linked in summary) on her career was fascinating. Thank you for including it!
Well of course I read it. Everybody on Slashdot reads TFA. All kidding aside, I don't really see the point of your quip. I merely described the Snyder structure as a derivative of something that has been working for 3 thousand years in modern literature. Certainly Snyder deserves credit (or blame) for the familiarity of all these movie plot-points, but it's also probably safe to say that his distillation of such a structure was at a minimum inspired by Freytag's pyramid, which was inspired by even earlier analyses.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramatic_structure Essentially, the book described here strikes me as nothing more than a derivative of the accepted formula of ancient Greek drama. From Wikipedia: In his Poetics the Greek philosopher Aristotle put forth the idea that "A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end" (1450b27). This three-part view of a plot structure (with a beginning, middle, and end – technically, the protasis, epitasis, and catastrophe) prevailed until the Roman drama critic Horace advocated a 5-act structure in his Ars Poetica: "Neue minor neu sit quinto productior actu fabula" (lines 189-190) ("A play should not be shorter or longer than five acts"). Renaissance dramatists revived the use of the 5-act structure. In 1863, around the time that playwrights like Henrik Ibsen were abandoning the 5-act structure and experimenting with 3 and 4-act plays, the German playwright and novelist Gustav Freytag wrote Die Technik des Dramas, a definitive study of the 5-act dramatic structure, in which he laid out what has come to be known as Freytag's pyramid. Under Freytag's pyramid, the plot of a story consists of five parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and revelation/catastrophe.
Please. The 2nd Amendment has never, ever done anything to prevent the government from steadily eroding 1st-Amendment, 4th-Amendment, or any-other-Amendment rights. Don't like NSA spying? Where are the 2nd Amendment nuts to put things right? Oh that's right...they're cooped up in fox holes in Idaho, where they've had their asses handed to them on an as-needed basis not by the US Army, but by tiny little SWAT teams. It's a tired trope, and frankly laughable.
You want American corporations such as Google and Apple to get these so that they can later dodge the income taxes rather than giving the contracts out to foreign companies who contribute nothing to the American tax coffers.
and now you want somebody to hire you? But seriously, thanks for your service!
Done. Thanks for raising awareness on this.
I realize this sounds antithetical to a technical discussion, but Yahoo's email client is FAR more user-friendly than Google's. The downer is that people sort of assume you're a technical dullard if you have "yahoo.com" in your email address. I wonder if it's possible to use the yahoo client to read my gmail...
Lighten up, Francis. I'm going in for neurosurgery in a week to fix 18 months of severe neck pain and I'm cracking jokes about it. I even asked the neurosurgeon about neck-bolts.
I'm not so sure. Even Folding@Home is highly parallelized in such a way that folks running on modern GPUs are getting way more points than systems relying solely on x86 platforms.