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Comment: Re:Adult movie (Score 3, Insightful) 85

by pete_norm (#34231178) Attached to: Interview With Head of Pixar Animation Ed Catmull

Ratatouille was great, and not necessarily a children movie. Last time i took a plane, it was the in-flight movie, and everyone listened to it, from grandfathers to children. Nobody had anything to say about the fact that it's supposed to be children movie, and, by the reactions during th movie, i guess everyone liked it. The same could be said of The Incredibles which is a really good Super Hero movie in itself.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by pete_norm (#33368092) Attached to: First Review of <em>Avatar</em> Special Edition

It's the first movie that has ever had visuals like that. Why would you walk out? It's like walking out on the first "talkie" because the story was boring.

Usually the goal of a movie is to entertain you, not to be a technology showcase. If he was not entertained, it's pretty normal he walked out. A movie that is all technology and no story doesn't seem really appealing to me.

Comment: Re:Rediculous. (Score 1) 172

by pete_norm (#32459156) Attached to: Free Software Wins Court Battle in Quebec

One of the problem is that he systems analyst are not always the one that make the finale decision on what bid to accept. The selection committee members dos not have time (and sometime the competences) to determine if a software package is equivalent or not to another one. Where I work (about 600 PCs), the upgrade from Windows NT 4 to Windows XP Pro (including an upgrade of Office) was studied and evaluated for about 9 months to plan for all the impacts on existing software packages, work process, etc... There is no way, the members can take that kind of decision during a selection committee.

Usually the system analysts will do their work before the bidding process, determine what software package (or packages) are acceptable in the bids and build the public request for proposal. What that court decision brings to the table is that it weakens the system analyst's work by denying, in a way, the right of the government to ask for a specific software package.

The decision will give a chance to SFL to bid on future public request for proposal from the Qubec government (even if their proposed technology is different from what is asked for) but i don't want to know what would happen if their bid actually won. Personnaly, I can't imagine changing from Windows to anything else just because a different company won a contest. There is so much Windows specific programs and software package where I work that it would create some pretty huge problems.

So it's probably a win for Free software, but it could create some pretty difficult problems. to solve

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