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Comment: Re:The barrier has been there all along ! (Score 2) 59

by JaredOfEuropa (#48666155) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War
The idea wasn't even that good when it was invented.

“The granting of patents ‘inflames cupidity', excites fraud, stimulates men to run after schemes that may enable them to levy a tax on the public, begets disputes and quarrels betwixt inventors, provokes endless lawsuits...The principle of the law from which such consequences flow cannot be just.”

That is what the Economist had to say about patents... in 1851. The idea that inventors (both people toiling in their garage and Big Pharm companies spending billions on medical R&D) should be encouraged to invest their effort into research and share the results by allowing them to profit from them, is a valid one. But patents are, and have been for over a century, a particularly poor way to ensure reward for inventors without stifling innovation. And remember that patents were not even invented with the purpose of ensuring a profit for inventors; the purpose was to encourage inventors to share so that society as a whole might benefit. The inventor's profit was a means rather than an end.

Comment: Re:*sips pabst* (Score 2, Insightful) 329

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48664961) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

It's actually a tragedy and missed opportunity, that Jackson has so little talent as a director, and so little discipline in telling a story.

I was appalled by how little he regarded the audience - and proportionally insulted his actors - in "Desolation". Huge musical cues 'instructing' the audience of the drama or character development that was supposed to be on screen, at all times. This seems to be because he cannot elicit real performances from his actors.

I might muse that this is because to Jackson, they are not actors - but merely the armatures on which he templates his green-screen composited glory... But to assume that this is the root of his deficiency, rather than another symptom of of his artlessness, would be to succumb to curmudgeonly urges.

The lesson to be taken away is that Jackson should be designing games, not ruining popular cinema.

It appears that - despite the contempt it provoked in my teenaged self - Rankin and Bass actually produced the best ever adaptation of Tolkien, with the greatest respect and truth towards the source text in feel and substance. Perhaps, when we have destroyed the concept of copyright as a tool of corporate greed, another - more thoughtful - filmmaker might use this as a point of departure for a loving and well-crafted "Hobbit".

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 5, Interesting) 329

by JaredOfEuropa (#48663801) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
It doesn't by definition. But I fail to see how 24 fps is aesthetically better. Some movies work better in black & white, but only some. (Reminds me of a scene with an aspiring cinematographer sitting in a bar, fawning over some "artsy" B&W movie playing on the TV... until the barman whacks the old set on the side, and the screen snaps back to color). Likewise, some movies might be better at 24fps, but I suspect the "soap opera effect"will be gone with a generation or two, and the next generations will prefer the higher framerate once 24 fps is associated with "old people movies".

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 5, Informative) 329

by JaredOfEuropa (#48663655) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
You'll get used to it, it's just cultural bias. HFR movies and other content viewed on HDTVs that do motion interpolation look like soap operas because for a long time, soap operas were shot with video cameras with a higher framerate, whereas any serious production was shot on film stock (and most such productions are still shot at 24fps). The result is the "soap opera effect", in that we still associate the technically superior framerate with cheap-ass productions.

With that said, the CGI was pretty pad in "the Hobbit" at times, and some scenes got padded to incredible length ("when is that barrel riding scene going to end?!"). One movie wouldn't have done justice to the story, but 3 was too much.

Comment: Re:Duck & Cover? (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by JaredOfEuropa (#48658621) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill
For a small asteroid, the best response is not to do nothing, but to figure out where the thing is going to hit, and if it's going to hit a populated area, advise the authorities to start an evacuation or advise people to seek shelter. That is what ESA's exercise was about: can they gather, process, and share the right information in a timely manner?

Comment: Re:Ob XKCD (Score 1) 124

"Andrews & Arnold Ltd". Sounds more like a haberdasher than an ISP. I love it! Companies seem to be struggling to come up with good names; the trend here is to use a common word with a Q or Z added somewhere, or they just pick a vaguely Latin sounding but fully anonymous and forgettable name. Nothing wrong with just using the names of the founders.

Comment: Re:What took them so long? (Score 4, Insightful) 212

by JaredOfEuropa (#48645999) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'
Sure, information needs to be passed back and forth between the office and the plant. The first step in security is to assume that your office network is the same as "the Internet": you don't know what's on there, it is full of malware and hackers, and they are actively out to try and get you. Assume your office network fully compromised, and secure the production network accordingly.

Comment: Re:Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Righ (Score 3, Insightful) 132

by JaredOfEuropa (#48632171) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009
Some people prefer hardware keyboards. I'm not one of them; I prefer to have a slimmer device with a larger screen instead, but I've tried one of the old BB models (one with a trackball) and found that its keyboard was rather good for typing longer messages. I can see the attraction if most of what you do is email and messaging.

What a lot of people (myself included) didn't appreciate is how much people hate having to carry two devices. Where I work, many people had a BB provided by the company as well as a personal cell phone (smart or otherwise). As soon as the company offered corporate email and calendar on personal smartphones, pretty much everyone dropped BB and continued to use their personal device. And pretty much no one choose BB as their personal device either. TFA praises BB for not trying to appeal to the mass market with this device, and instead offer something that does a couple of things really well, but BB need to understand that in the world of bring-your-own-device, the reality is that your device needs to service personal needs as well as business needs. Having a physical keyboard and a great messaging app clearly doesn't cut it anymore.

Adding the ability to run Android apps on modern BB phones is a great move though. That may be exactly what is needed to make them good enough for personal use.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.