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Comment: Re:Also (Score 1) 865

by cjb110 (#38546816) Attached to: Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

ah wait, you present that suggesting that the Star Wars guys ripped it off from the other films...is there anything to back that up?

This keeps coming up, somebody takes a scene or character from a current movie and strongly suggests it was nicked from some classic.

Surely there is an alternative, in that there is a certain flow/makeup of scenes that 'people' in general find more compelling than others? So the Star Wars trench scene started as something, then was edited etc till it felt right. The Dambusters scene most likely went through the same process. Given both involve flying things in a line, there are bound to be similarities...as even though Tie fighters and X-Wings have no need to behave like WWII fighters, its easier for the creators and our believability that they do. Which means they are going to use the same manoeuvres, and have the same restrictions. They're both climatic sequences too, so both directors will be going for similar psychological responses (intentionally or just case it 'feels right') etc etc

I've no idea if anybody as studied this aspect of films, but tbh I find it more likely, than modern films painstakingly copying old scenes, that just seems a pain in the arse to do.

Comment: Patent Jury (Score 1) 223

by cjb110 (#37301368) Attached to: Interview With 'Idiot' Behind Key Software Patent

As the article said one of the problems seems to be that there isn't enough knowledge to deem whether the patent is obvious when its granted.

Maybe one solution would be a Jury of experts. Basically the same as traditional jury service in the US/UK etc, you get called up and then, instead of deciding if he did or not, you spend a week going through patents in your field with other experts?

Comment: Re:And we care why? (Score 1) 205

by cjb110 (#36201102) Attached to: Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6

it's weirder than that, MS scrolls tended to work, Logitech (and the rebranded) didn't.

But FreeWheel (http://www.blackfiveservices.co.uk/freewheel.shtml) fixes all that, and in Access 97 VBA windows which behaved differently again...and yes unfortunately I still have to use both on a regular basis.

Comment: Another (Score 1) 163

by cjb110 (#34696426) Attached to: A Real World HTML 5 Benchmark

My results for Chrome 10.0.612.3 were around the 12k mark too, which seems to show that the browser performance is no where near what our CPU's are capable off. As the Intel i series is performing the same or worse! Either that or the engine in chrome 9/10 is vastly improved!

Core 2 Duo 2.66 @ 2.81Ghz
4Gb
Win 7 64Bit

Comment: Re:DOOM E1M6 (Score 1) 54

by cjb110 (#34214764) Attached to: Long-Delayed <em>L.A. Noire</em> Gets Trailer, Spring 2011 Release

Thanks for that! I knew I recognized it as soon as I saw that 'squiggly' (well squiggly for doom) tunnel.

But fuck knows why my brain decides that remembering map layouts of game I last played 16 odd years ago is a good idea! Maybe it's because your using most of your senses and non-repetitive muscle movements??

Comment: Shame (Score 1) 120

by cjb110 (#33330950) Attached to: Canon Abandons SED TV Hopes

A shame this, as a lot of the earlier reviews of the SED technology picture quality had it just about equalling CRT, but it was firmly beating Plasma, and obviously LCD was a distant 4th.

Oh well, maybe OLED can be ramped up in size and down in cost, as that doesn't do too bad in the PQ stakes.

Comment: Good Thing (Score 1) 184

by cjb110 (#32688844) Attached to: Nokia Trades Symbian For MeeGo In N-Series Smartphones

tbh I think this is a good thing. Meamo died because there was just 3 devices that ever used it, so all the promise it had as an OS were stunted. With this descision MeeGo will *have* to evolve and at least keep up with Android and iOS.

Nokia have always had a problem with their ranges, they produce so many models that whats supposed to be high-end has less features than the middle phone of the other range...see the N and E ranges for quite a few examples of this.
This will give the ranges a consistent and global difference.

Having said all that, Symbian S60 and ^3 still has (and had for a while) features that other phones are only just getting!

Comment: Send one about the techical nightmare too... (Score 1) 340

by cjb110 (#32443160) Attached to: EU To Monitor All Internet Searches

Concerns about privacy they'll have by the dozen...maybe someone should also point out what a technological clusterf**k this would be.

They can't even convert a PDF to an easily accessible HTML page. How the hell would the they manage with the massive amount of raw data from Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, (do they even know how many search engines there are?) How would you deal with the false positives alone?

This is just as moronic as the UK government thinking its easy to just 'store' all comms for 3 months, in case the police needed it.

What they should be doing is making sure that the reporting methods are easy and universal accross the EU, that every EU memeber has the wording in its laws to take down host sites and to work with non-EU states to make sure that international sites can also be taken down quickly.

Then it can move to the much much harder issue of properly defining child porn, and making that standard. None of this wishwashy crap that would make Donald Duck illegal because he's got no pants on! Or locking up grandparents from taking photo's of their children.

No need to waste billions of our money on some half-assed badly implemented privacy invasion.

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