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Comment: You might check with Tesla Motors (Score 1) 479

by TomR teh Pirate (#47977871) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
disclaimer: I work at Tesla. If you have a solid stats background to go with that Comp-Sci diploma, there's a very good chance there are a few positions of interest to you. My team has 4 PhDs on it (or more?) with varying backgrounds. The organization I'm part of is very data-driven and data is the centerpiece of our engineering ambitions. It's a tough set of interviews; we want only the best. Good luck!

Comment: I liked it ok, but it seemed...flat (Score 1) 233

by TomR teh Pirate (#45393997) Attached to: <em>Thor: The Dark World</em> &mdash; What Did You Think?
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.

Comment: What's the point of a patent then? (Score 0, Redundant) 80

by TomR teh Pirate (#45174841) Attached to: Samsung Offers Patent Cease-Fire in EU
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?

Comment: Oh sweet irony from the government (Score 1) 325

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.

Comment: Re:This news is about 3600 years late (Score 1) 384

by TomR teh Pirate (#44351921) Attached to: The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same
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.

Comment: This news is about 3600 years late (Score 4, Informative) 384

by TomR teh Pirate (#44351209) Attached to: The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same
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).[1] 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").[2] 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.[3] Under Freytag's pyramid, the plot of a story consists of five parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and revelation/catastrophe.[4]

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