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Comment Re:Tired (Score 1) 436

For artistic use of 3D, Pina 3D was phenomenal. Too bad it's not in theaters any more, and it wasn't in wide release anyway. Can't say I was interested at all in the subject matter, but the filming techniques, angles, etc. were stunning. Truly a work of art.

So, these things are starting to happen. Let's hope they continue. I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of 3D but will agree that there's a lot of crummy 3D films out there. But we're starting to see more and more standouts. Just this year, Prometheus and Life of Pi were great examples of how 3D can serve the story and add depth not only to the images but to the story itself.

Comment Re:It goes in cycles and bursts (Score 1) 436

I think you're confusing 'tech' with 'idea'. The *idae* of 3D filming and projection has been around for 70 years, but the current generation of *tech* is not that old.

You know:

wax cylinder->vinyl album->8-track->cassette->CD->digital
something->something->something->something->Avatar

There are few new *ideas* in film, but plenty of new tech to improve on past generations.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 436

Prometheus and Hugo are two examples of recent 3D films which showcase this type of filmmaking. Scorsese and Scott already pretty much filmed like this so they didn't really have to change much.

I'm a fan of 3D but I do agree with almost everyone that has said negative things about it here. I personally don't get headaches, but again, I usually don't go to stuff like 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'Fright Night 3D'. I see more classy stuff like The Hobbit and Jackass 3D.

Comment Re:Why not just use it? (Score 1) 383

Yeah, sure. Just send out a memo to all the developers that 'we are now using git, good luck.' Chances are even the developers don't really have a clue about version control, because they'd be using it, right? There's probably a lot of students in there that have not been exposed to version control, so please don't do anything as stupid as 'just install it' and think that they'll use it. What you'll be doing is creating a hatred for the idea of source control, and when these kids go out into the real world they'll be a few steps behind.

Better to do it right, involve the developers, build a tool that they want to use and that they can fall in love with. Better to educate than to repel.

By the way "those 2 systems are light years ahead anything proprietary V.C. tools have to offer nowadays" is patently absurd.

If you really care about how the tools function and what they can do for you, by all means download the OSS and commercial version control tools and set your developers loose in a test environment. Anyone making blanket statements like this is participating in dogma and nothing else.

Comment Managerspeak (Score 1) 383

Managers understand the word 'Desktop', and that's perhaps the extent of their technical knowledge.

Tell them that a version control tool is like a shared desktop that saves every version of a file ever put on it by any user and never empties the trash can.

If they can't grok the utility in that, then God help you.

As for cost, an open source tool is probably all you need even though a certain popular commercial product I've based my career on has free academic licensing (name withheld as to not be accused of shilling), so you'd just need to be sure to include the human cost (time) for setting it up, coming up with a workflow, training and any day-to-day maintenance the IT support team might have to charge back to the department. Even though the costs are not monetary, if I remember anything about school, they still need to charge and track every resource that goes into something.

Comment Re:One little detail... (Score 4, Insightful) 209

Yeah. The article fails to elaborate on the true reason for this system: to raise or lower prices based on demand. I live in San Francisco and I love it. I drive a motorcycle so my parking is cheap. This system is not designed to help the consumer, it's to help the city government. Which is fine but I hate how they are presenting it as a boon to people looking for parking spaces.

They feed us some vision of people 'shopping' for cheaper parking spaces a bit further away, which will never happen. In this city, nobody will pass up a parking spot no matter how much it costs. So this is just a way for the City to squeeze more money out of you during certain times of day.

I still don't know how they can tout the smartphone apps but still have laws on the books making it illegal to use smartphones while you are driving. Are we to bring a 'spotter' with us everywhere we go?

Anyway, the novelty will wear off soon enough, I guess. Maybe one day this technology will be universally built into GPS units or something but for now I don't really see it catching on.

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