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Comment Re:News at 11 (Score 2) 232

The OP should have picked up on this, but the effects being discussed are VISUAL effects, not SPECIAL effects.

The industry terms are "visual effects" for digital (or old-school optical) effects carried out in post, and "special effects" for physical effects made in front of the camera.

It might sound pedantic, but most people have no problem with special effects, ie REAL effects carried out in-camera. It's the digitally created effects (greenscreen comps, CG monsters and environments etc) that people see as fake.

Disclaimer - I work in the visual effects industry (and certainly not in the special effects industry). We were the people waving the green cards at the last Oscars, as opposed to the people who blow real stuff up on set.

Comment Re:Bodes Really Well for a Fair Trial (Score 1) 486

What difference would a fair trial make? He's guilty.

The rule of law is that anyone accused of an offence is innocent until proven guilty.

Snowden hasn't been put on trial yet. The US Justice Department may have charges they want to put to him, but that doesn't change his legal status.

Comment Re:Catch the rounded ones early (Score 1) 300

But, from the point of view of a child, a computer language is just a language, like French, German, or Japanese. The earlier a child is introduced to a language, the easier it is for a child to pick up. Understanding the language of computers is as essential as English Language skills (to non-english speakers), not car repair.

Some kids are natural linguists, some are natural scientists, and some learn by taking things apart and (occasionally) being able to put them back together again. Regardless of aptitude, an understanding of the language and principles underpinning coding at least gives children the confidence to get their hands dirty with a computer.

Submission + - 14yo arrested for bringing home-made clock to school that 'looked like a bomb'

infolation writes: Police and school authorities in Irving, Texas are under fire after arresting an engineering hobbyist for bringing a homemade clock into school.

Ahmed Mohamed, an engineering hobbyist, made the timepiece and brought it to school hoping to impress teachers and fellow students, but a teacher told him it looked like a bomb. Later in the day, the school’s principal and a police officer came to pull him out of class, saying “it looks like a movie bomb to me”. The student says he told everyone who would listen that the device was a clock, but police still led him out of school with “his hands cuffed behind his back and an officer on each arm”.

Wired are running a parallel piece about How to Make Your Own Homemade Clock That Isn’t a Bomb.

Comment Re:Ancient Rome (Score 1) 381

Or 'hide in plain sight'.

Instead of trying to avoid attention by toeing the line, avoid it by what might be termed 'whole life steganography'. Do the subversive things while always having an excuse or reason why the subversive action is essential to daily life. Yes, it needs thought and planning, but easier than moving country.

After all, this is how governments introduce such draconian policies in the first place... by claiming they have some alternative, semi-plausible rationale (usually involving 'prevention of terrorism').

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