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Comment: Shotgun approach, 20 movies a year (Score 1) 342

by Vecanti (#43512925) Attached to: Disney Announces "One <em>Star Wars</em> Movie Per Year" Plan
JJ Abrams? So we can expect at least a $200 million budget? Why not just break that into $10 million dollar chunks and get a bunch of people like Bruce Campbell to start filming and put out 20 Star Wars movies ever year. Sure most will suck ass but if we can get one gem it's better then getting the one guaranteed turd.

Comment: Re:illogical (Score 1) 200

by Vecanti (#42382029) Attached to: NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

"water which could be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen to make fuel" The energy to split apart hydrogen from oxygen in water always exceeds or equals the energy received by burning the hydrogen. Welcome to physics.

But when combined with solar and free water, then you are just basically talking about a "battery" or actually, more just a storage medium. If there is water or ice on the asteroid and they can use solar equipment to just sit up there and split it and store the Hydrogen and Oxygen that is.. I mean sure you could haul around heavy batteries and charge those, but being able to refuel with some 'free' Hydrogen and have extra stores of Oxygen in the middle space to breath would be a bonus.

Comment: Re:Dear Apple (Score 1) 471

by Vecanti (#42367645) Attached to: Apple Kills a Kickstarter Project - Updated

Yeah, that must be it. I just have one question - if the female connector has 4 pins on both sides and the male connector has 4 pins on one side and a big honking metal shell on the other, then how do you avoid shorting out those 4 pins in the female connector with the shell of the male connector?

Picture the connector like a palindrome. Like RacEcaR.

+-+ Would be 2 pins and no shorting

or

123454321

No matter matter which way you plug it you have 5 pins connecting and nothing shorting.

Comment: Re:"Solution" in search of problem. (Score 1) 230

by Vecanti (#41702045) Attached to: ARM-Based Chromebooks Ready To Battle Windows 8, Tablets
I don't know about this device specifically, but at work in the lunch room we have a long row (20 machines?) of Quad Core Dell Win7 machines that are locked down to only run IE at 1280x1024. I'm not sure something like this would be such a bad idea when you look at what a waste those machines are just to run a web browser.

Comment: Re:Immersion, Immersion, Immersion (Score 1) 261

by Vecanti (#40651625) Attached to: Has the 3-D Hype Bubble Finally Popped?

It's interesting that you mention B&W because to me, with ubiquitous high quality color systems, that is something that is similar to the current state of 3D: a gimmick. When used well, it can add to the atmosphere of a movie but if misused, it can detract from the experience.

For sure. I was just thinking about old B&W movies as well, like Casablanca and Maltese Falcon and how the lighting is so beautiful in b&w. Would be cool to see something just more simple, real and pure, (not CGI) combined with 3D. Or even something like, The Ninth Gate, again the movie might suck, but it had great cinematography and lighting. Not the type of movie you think about being released in 3D right now.

But, I always think 3D movies should give a feel more similar to a Holodeck, feeling more like you're there then just if you are watching plain 2D, as opposed to 3D being about swords and monsters jumping at me every few minutes. But I seem to be in the minority with the people I know. They're usually, like, "There was nothing 3D in that move expect "X" shooting toward you 1 time." and I'm, like ?? the whole thing was in 3D! It feels more like you're part of it than 2D. It just adds little bit. Of course, with so many mediocre movies coming out lately...

Comment: Immersion, Immersion, Immersion (Score 5, Interesting) 261

by Vecanti (#40649899) Attached to: Has the 3-D Hype Bubble Finally Popped?

3D has never, ever, improved a movie's story or characters, and never will.

"To me 3D should be about making it feel like you are IN the movie, not that the movie is coming OUT at you."


Pirates of the Caribbean 4. No, I didn't like the movie.

However, the only thing that made me glad I spent money seeing it in 3D was I think was the "first" time I actually saw GOOD 3D cinematography. A few scenes at least. One of the scenes was when they were in the hull of the ship plotting a mutiny. The scene looked like all lit in with natural candle light. In the scene there was round table with just 1 candle in the middle.

And in the scene there was nothing flying out of the screen! No explosions with shrapnel shooting at you in 3D. It was just a beautiful scene. It was filmed in a small space with beautiful lighting, but in 3D you FELT like you were there. Something that watching it in 2D doesn't give you.

There were other things in that movie as well like in the light house, where again it wasn't 3D SHOOTING out crap at you, but you could see all the beauty of the gears and working of the insides of the lighthouse and you just get immersed. Which was nice since the story sucked.


What I would love to see if a beautifully filmed "3D Black and White" movie, something Schindler's List-esque in it's cinematography. To me 3D should be about making it feel like you are IN the movie, not that the movie is coming OUT at you. Unfortunately, movie makers seem to only use to make it look like Spider-Man is shooting is Spider Wad at you or something lame and gimmicky like that.

Comment: You mean "Bring it Back"? (Score 1) 97

by Vecanti (#40192149) Attached to: AT&amp;T Expects Data-Only Phone Plans Within 2 Years
AT&T used to have something like a data only cellphone/plan. The OGO. It was like $14.95 a month, unlimited text messaging, IM with like MSN, AOL, and Yahoo messenger, and unlimited Email. There was no web browsing, but for email and messaging data it was unlimited and SMS was unlimited. It was great deal back then. Always hoped they'd bring back an updated OGO.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogo_(handheld_device)

Comment: Re:Don't we already have that? (Score 1) 396

by Vecanti (#38734284) Attached to: Apple Intends To 'Digitally Destroy' Textbook Publishing

Aren't most e-readers able to display PDF files?

Yes, but the experience sucks. For example, if the pdf was formatted with lines of text 18 cm wide, but you're viewing it on a reader with a 10 cm-wide screen, you're going to have to scroll back and forth with every line you read -- or resize it so small that the font becomes illegible.

What? I have a Sony Pocket e-reader and PDF ebooks reflow just fine. I have a bunch of PDF ebooks I never bothered to convert to epub or native format because they work fine. You can't tell you're even reading a PDF.

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