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Cameron's Avatar a 3D Drug Trip? 215

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the i'll-take-three-squid-recordings-and-a-bag-of-chips dept.
bowman9991 writes "James Cameron's first movie since Titanic, his upcoming science fiction epic Avatar, has a budget pushing US$200 million and enough hype to power a mission to Mars. Now it appears the 3D technology he created to turn his vision into a reality, the key to Avatar's success or failure, may be habit forming. Dr. Mario Mendez, a behavioral neurologist at the University of California, said it is entirely possible Cameron's 3D technology could tap brain systems that are undisturbed by conventional 2D movies. Cameron himself believes 3D viewing 'is so close to a real experience that it actually triggers memory creation in a way that 2D viewing doesn't' and that stereoscopic (3D) viewing uses more neurons, which would further heighten its impact."

Comment: From a Plan 9 article (Score 1) 361

by aliens (#26601759) Attached to: Microsoft To Exit the Zune Business?

Saw this in an article on Plan 9 and it pretty much applies to the Zune.

There is a lesson here for ambitious system architects: the most dangerous enemy of a better solution is an existing codebase that is just good enough.

Except the iPod and iTunes are more than 'just good enough' they're really good for most people

Always wondered why MS doesn't just come to slashdot for help. We could save them a lot of wasted time and money :)

Communications

EA Forum Ban Will Now Mean EA Game Ban 549

Posted by timothy
from the being-nice-is-actually-an-option dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A post on the EA Support Forums from APOC, online community manager for Electronic Arts, outlines a new policy for their new forums, saying users who earn a ban based on their behavior in the forums will be locked out of all of the EA games tied to that account: 'Well, its actually going to be a bit nastier for those who get banned. Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you'd actually be banned from your other EA games as well since it's all tied to your account. So if you have SPORE and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your SPORE account would be banned to. It's all one in the same, so I strongly recommend people play nice and act mature. All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but it's what we have to do.'" Update: 10/31 12:36 GMT by T : Not so! Pandanapper writes "After a flood of complaints the EA community moderator APOC corrects his statement about how banning you from the forums bans you from your game access as well:"That said, the previous statement I made recently (that's being quoted on the blogs) was inaccurate and a mistake on my part. I had a misunderstanding with regards to our new upcoming forums and website and never meant to infer that if we ban or suspend you on the forums, you would be banned in-game as well. This is not correct, my mistake, my bad."
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Journal: I'm living the life of Dilbert

Journal by aliens

Today, I had my first real taste of what Dilbert goes through. After two weeks of tweaking a design the president of our company approved he came in today and decided he didn't like just about all of it.

He has no understanding of the web first off, but even my VP and manager were aghast when the president completely reversed his opinion on what he wanted 8 weeks ago. So now here I am, 5 weeks to deadline with twice as much work todo. ALl because the president had a whim.

Executive ability is deciding quickly and getting somebody else to do the work. -- John G. Pollard

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