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Comment: You Seem To Think... (Score 1) 352

by Xel (#49557045) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

...that this giant screen will be streaming the very best, most informative lessons available, from subject experts around the world. While I see it streaming whatever commercially-laden content can be produced by the lowest bidder, or whichever church has the largest voter turnout in the school board elections, or whatever company has a CEO that golfs with the secretary of education.

Comment: Re:Training, not college (Score 1) 85

by Xel (#49209347) Attached to: Inside Minerva, a Silicon Valley Bid To Start an Elite College Online

Unfortunately, people who go to for-profit colleges end up as middle managers, HR admins and hiring agents. You know, the people who read your resumes and discard them if they don't have those credentials. Its all about the certificate, just completely skip over anything like real world experience, imagination, innovation, ability to improvise, people skills, etc etc etc.

Comment: Apple, it Just Works for me. (Score 1) 287

by Xel (#47944801) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I used to have a rack, servers, all that; it was overkill but learning it was my hobby. But then I learned it, and it became a PITA to babysit all of it. These days I have kids, and my main need is streaming Pixar movies to the living room, music to the kitchen, TV shows to the bedrooms, Rocky to my iPad when I'm on the treadmill... and I wanted something that just works. And for me, that's Apple and iTunes for now.

So its a 27" iMac running iTunes, with a 3TB internal drive to store everything, A cheap WD drive as a backup, another SSD I back up to and take to work with me, and Im looking into a cloud backup. After having a series of expensive drives and RAIDs and Drobos that seemed to go belly up just as often as the cheap drives, I realized that quantity>quality when it comes to backups.

An Airport Extreme with 802.11ac gives me the bandwidth, and two Airport Expresses strategically placed in the bedroom and kitchen can stream music and boost my signal. Security isn't a bit concern for me right now; my work and private data stays on my encrypted laptop, if anyone broke into my iMac they'd only be able to steal a copy of WoW and a bunch of movies and AACs I totally didn't steal in the first place.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 2) 610

by Xel (#47907335) Attached to: Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Not funny at all - people are happy to agree to all sorts of deals, arrangements and compromises. They just dont like it when a big company changes the rules without their consent. People dont want change. That is really, really easy to prove, and Apple should have predicted it.

Comment: Re:Its time to move on (Score 1) 210

Like it or not, George Lucas never wanted Han to shoot first.

How do you know? He put Han shooting first into the first movie. That proves you wrong. Yes, he later changed his mind, but to say he "never" wanted it is silly. That's how he wrote and directed it the first time. He just didn't understand the rest of the movie, and changed his mind later.

Well, I KNOW because he has SAID so, many times, all over the place, ever since the beginning. I'd cite some sources, but I;m sure you know how to use the internet. The only thing that is "proven" is that someone, some editor or effects tech was a bit too ambiguous, and Lucas didn't change it at the time because he didnt notice, didnt think about it hard enough, or lacked the time or money to do so. You don't think Lucas himself hand painted every frame of film? Or that he had the sort of iron-fisted creative control that he had in later filmes?

Comment: Re:Its time to move on (Score 1) 210

Filmmaking contains a certain element of preservation. To capture the time and era the film came out in, and leave all nuances intact.

So how do you feel about the aforementioned and highly lauded fan cuts? Why is it okay for fans to make edits, but not the original creator? I seem to remember the praise the internet had for other editors, such as Topher Grace, when he re-cut the prequel trilogy, and people were rabid about wishing to see it. Or the endless reappropriation of Disney princesses into other forms of art, or Garfield Without Garfield, or Nietzsche Family Circus, or I could go on...

Where is the line between re-editing, and reappropriation, and why is it okay for some people but not others? I'm genuinely wondering. Perhaps people were bitter because they felt that Lucas was cashing in again?

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.

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