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Comment: Excellent Storytelling (Score 1) 511

by dcclark (#22110420) Attached to: Cloverfield Discussion
The storytelling in the movie was amazing. Like most good stories, it focused on the relationships among people. Yes, it was a horror/action movie (and there are some nice action sequences), but that's not what it's really about. I love the fact that monster (and monsterlings) itself is only rarely seen -- and when it does, it's used to heighten the tension among the real characters. Similarly, each action had a purpose, moving the story along. The choices which the characters made (although sometimes eliciting a "don't go in there!!" yell) were exactly what I felt they should do, as characters. They felt scared, hopeless, and ultimately real.

I'm expecting some complaints about the action, the need for dramamine (I agree), and the weird acting, but overall Cloverfield was an excellent story about people thrown into an extreme situation. The action was secondary, and rightly so.
The Courts

+ - RIAA Complaint Dismissed as "Boilerplate"

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The decision many lawyers had been expecting — that the RIAA's "boilerplate" complaint fails to state a claim for relief under the Copyright Act — has indeed come down, but from an unlikely source. While the legal community has been looking towards a Manhattan case, Elektra v. Barker, for guidance, a case in which amicus briefs had been submitted by various industry groups and the US Department of Justice (see case file, and from Warner v. Cassin, a similar motion in the same Court's Westchester division, the decision instead came from Senior District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster of the US District Court for the Southern District of California, in a decision denying a default judgment (i.e. the defendant had not even appeared in the action). Judge Brewster not only denied the default judgment motion but dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim. Echoing the words of Judge Karas at the oral argument in Barker , Judge Brewster held (pdf) that "Plaintiff here must present at least some facts to show the plausibility of their allegations of copyright infringement against the Defendant. However, other than the bare conclusory statement that on "information and belief" Defendant has downloaded, distributed and/or made available for distribution to the public copyrighted works, Plaintiffs have presented no facts that would indicate that this allegation is anything more than speculation. The complaint is simply a boilerplate listing of the elements of copyright infringement without any facts pertaining specifically to the instant Defendant. The Court therefore finds that the complaint fails to sufficiently state a claim upon which relief can be granted and entry of default judgment is not warranted.""
Security

+ - A Pilot on Airline Security->

Submitted by Paperweight
Paperweight (865007) writes "Dave Mackett, president of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance, recently wrote how unsafe and hole-ridden airline security still is, in spite of all the money being blown on it. There is simply no deployable technology that has a prayer of keeping a motivated, prepared terrorist out of the system. The US Transport Security Administration misses more than 90% of detectable weapons at passenger checkpoints even in their own tests. Until the mindset behind airline security is changed, using an airliner as a weapon of mass destruction is as easy today as ever."
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Privacy

+ - Is Your Printer Spying on You?

Submitted by
gnujoshua
gnujoshua writes "In 2005, the EFF alerted the world to how laser printers are spying their users by providing tracking information in the form of a unique smattering of barely detectable yellow dots that appear on every printout. Revitalizing this issue, the Computing Counter Culture Group at the MIT Media Labs has launched Seeing Yellow. They provide instructions to see the tracking dots, as well as provide you with a list of clever questions, and appropriate contact information so that you can confront your laser printer manufacturer. Let's act before this issue slips through the cracks again and send the message that manufacturers' must respect our privacy and our right to anonymous free speech."
NASA

+ - NASA looks at the next Great Wall of China

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Can astronauts really see the Great Wall of China from space? It's not really sure. But they'll be able to see the gigantic Three Gorges Dam reservoir along China's Yangtze River when it's completed in 2009, as NASA satellites already show. NASA has watched the dam since the beginning of its construction in 1994. And even if this dam is supposed to protect the 15 million people who lived in the lower Yangtze flood plains, it's still highly controversial, and for two major reasons: one million people will have to be relocated; and the huge dam will affect the climate area because of rain increase which has already be spotted by NASA. Read more for additional details about the Three Gorges Dam, including pictures taken in 1987 and in 2006."
Security

+ - VC: Why net security has been "a complete fail

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Powerful venture capitalist Ted Schlein of KPCB makes the case for investing heavily in only client-side security companies and products, calling past network-based approaches like intrusion detection and antivirus gateways "a complete failure." Oh, and watch out for those "sleeper bots." http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/061407-vc-re commends-client-side-security.html"

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