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Submission + - No more film movie cameras. (

phil reed writes: Creative Cow Magazine reports that Manufacturers of movie cameras have quietly discontinued production of film cameras. There are still some markets — not in the U.S. — where film cameras are still sold, but those numbers are far fewer than they used to be. If you talk to the people in camera rentals, the amount of film camera utilization in the overall schedule is probably between 30 to 40 percent. However, film usage is dropping fast, which has ramifications up and down the production line. Archivists are worried.

Comment Re:Where's the signed model release? (Score 1) 344

The limited right granted to Facebook to use my Intellectual Property (i.e. copyrighted pictures I have taken) says nothing about the right to use my likeness. That's a completely separate issue. That's why photographers (I am one) get model releases. Facebook and Starbucks do not have a model release from me, therefore they do not have the right to use my likeness in any advertising.


Submission + - Apple being sued for iPhone app privacy violations (

phil reed writes: According to a story on Businessweek, Apple is being sued for

"...allowing applications for those devices to transmit users’ personal information to advertising networks without customers’ consent."

Applications identified as behaving in this manner include Pandora, Paper Toss, the Weather Channel and, and the companies behind those apps are named in the suit as well. Class action status is being sought.


Google Caffeine Drops MapReduce, Adds "Colossus" 65

An anonymous reader writes "With its new Caffeine search indexing system, Google has moved away from its MapReduce distributed number crunching platform in favor of a setup that mirrors database programming. The index is stored in Google's BigTable distributed database, and Caffeine allows for incremental changes to the database itself. The system also uses an update to the Google File System codenamed 'Colossus.'"

Comment Re:It's a big responsibility (Score 1) 764

How many smart phones and PDAs were around before the iPhone?

It's interesting. Just before the iPad came out, I spent a little time looking back at reviews of the iPhone as it was hitting the market for the first time. The vast majority of them were saying things like, "It will never be as good as a smartphone, since it doesn't run Outlook". Funny how today, instead of not being as good as a smartphone, it's actually redefined the smartphone market and everybody else is running to follow the iPhone trail.

Comment Re:Google is catching on fast (Score 5, Funny) 347

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...

Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.

Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

Marty DiBergi: I don't know.

Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.

Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.


Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

Comment Re:I'm curious of the on affect people with seizur (Score 1) 200

To get up to a gigabit data rate, the pulses will be so fast you'd never see them. Even if it's multiplexed across many "frequencies" (colors), the pulsing will still be far faster than any eye could detect.

Plus, you're assuming it would be visible. Infrared would be somewhat easier and cheaper to generate.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"