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Comment: Re:why ? (Score 4, Informative) 214

Because this is China.

Executable offensives include: political dissent, terrorism, drug dealing, child pornography, being of the wrong religous groups, the usual laundry list.

Where it gets exciting is when they send doctors to determine your blood type to decide if you've committed an executable offense.

Comment: Re:The real issue (Score 1, Interesting) 300

by asparagus (#36795846) Attached to: Climate Scientists Ask For Help Fighting Somali Pirates

The real issue is that once upon a time people in Somali could make a living fishing off their shores. Boats passing through the Suez canal dump their waste in international waters, which is roughly defined as "not the red sea or the mediterranean", which the end result of most of the ships dumping their pollutants into the Somali waters. The country has complained to the UN, who won't do anything about the issue unless oil rights are transferred from the Chinese to America as protection money. This has little chance of happening, and so when the people in the middle eventually take up arms against the international ships dumping in their waters they are labeled pirates and shot out of the water to satisfy the moralistic urges of people who like simple good versus bad qualifiers.

Comment: Re:My my my me me me .... (Score 4, Informative) 117

by asparagus (#28440203) Attached to: GPL Firmware For Canon 5D Mk II Adds Features For Filmmakers

Well, the red beats this thing handily and it can be had for under twenty grand.

The thing is that when you do video you don't get the full sensor. These cameras->video tricks do a sort of reverse interleaving. The chips themselves don't run more than 10fps. So the camera uses line 1 for frame 1, line 2 for frame 2, line 3 for frame 3, line 1 for frame 4, and so on. The practical upshot is that the 5k sensor gets knocked down to a thousand lines of resolution rather quickly. But then, because you're literally moving boundaries each frame, these weird aliasing artifacts appear. The quickest way to see them on the 5D is to take the camera and pan it right/left quickly, you'll see the image going all wavy. Some of the effect is the rolling shutter but it exposes the how the software is actually making the image.

So, you can't move the camera unless you're very very careful. You might as well shoot slates and sync audio in post as deal with the onboard stuff. The camera can't record longer than five minute takes because of a provision under Japanese export law that would make it officially a video camera. None of these problems are insurmountable but they're certainly there.

That being said, I have a friend who's planning on shooting a feature this fall on one of these things. I think he's crazy, but it's the crazy people who change the world. :P

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 164

by asparagus (#27713801) Attached to: Judge Opens Hearing On RealDVD Legal Battle

They don't want to allow a precedent. Compare:

A) You go to the store, you buy a cd, you come home, you put it into your computer, click import in iTunes, you listen to it on your iPod. Legal.
B) You go to the store, you buy a dvd, you come home, you put it into your computer, click import in iTunes, you watch it on your Apple TV. Illegal.

Should Real win this case the next day there will be a hundred companies looking to license the technology. That scares a number of people.

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Journal: Seven Dead Men 1

Journal by asparagus

I have released my first feature, Seven Dead Men, under a creative commons license. Feel free to download it off of LegalTorrents. If you would like to buy a copy, order it though google checkout and use the coupon code "slashdot" for a discount. The path to get to this point has been a long and circuitous one. If you have any questions about the process, ask away and I'll do

Comment: Re:This experiment was NOT a failure! (Score 1) 291

by asparagus (#27360321) Attached to: Hungry Crustaceans Eat Climate Change Experiment

If these experiments work, they will provide a technical solution to the CO2 problem. The end result would be that the tax stream from carbon sequestration would short-circuit the governmental entities currently vying for control of climate. Since, however, said entities cannot nominally be opposed to a solution to the problem, they instead will look a reason to reject the entire approach out of hand. And that is what is being pushed here.

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Steve Jobs' Macworld Keynotes, 1998-2008 108

Posted by timothy
from the should-have-employed-a-turtleneck-cannon dept.
Ian Lamont writes "The Industry Standard has put together a collection of video highlights from Steve Jobs' Macworld keynotes since his return to Apple in the late 1990s. It's interesting to watch. Jobs was basically able to turn tech product demonstrations into convincing consumer spectacles that made even the simplest product feature — such as the handle on the clamshell iBook — seem innovative and utterly desirable. And while his appearance changed greatly over the years (compare his 1998 iMac demonstration with his "iPod Mini" keynote in 2004, when he was reportedly trying to treat cancer with a special diet), his enthusiasm never waned. Of course, he may make appearances at Apple's WWDC or other events, but a Macworld expo with Phil Schiller headlining just won't be the same."

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?

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