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Comment Re:Films shot in Technicolor (Score 5, Interesting) 436

While it is true that 3D has been largely either "poke you in the eye" or "show it in 3D, even though the director refuses to acknowledge it", there are SOME examples to the contrary. The main one that stood out was Coraline, which I made a point of seeing recently. The director, in an interview, confirmed how I took his approach to be:

"There was a learning process – mainly not to overuse it. We ultimately used it to help draw the audience into the Other world as Coraline is being drawn into the Other world. The sets in the Other world are actually deeper. In her real world, it’s crushed space with steeply raked floors. For example, the kitchen in her real world is one foot deep. The kitchen in the Other world is four feet deep. I wanted to use 3D in a more subtle way to show what Coraline is going through, that there’s a sense of spaciousness in that Other world. We have a few shots where things poke you in the eye, but when the Other world goes wrong, we crank up the 3D almost to an uncomfortable level to enhance the storytelling."

Great usage of 3D in my book. It's too bad not many good directors are taking 3D seriously.

Comment Re:Definitely NOT Earth 2 (Score 1) 420

Pretty impossible to say if the planet is habitable, but at 4 times the Earth's mass it definitely isn't Earth-like. The search continues...

To be specific, according to Stephen Dole and Isaac Asimov ( Planets for Man ), the max habitable gravity is 1.5g. If I'm 180 pounds, 4g would mean I feel like I'm an unsightly 720 pounds. Get in ma' belleh! :D

Comment Re:Eheh and his mother was sane? (Score 1) 1719

Then the way we prevent this from ever happening again: ban mothers.

The mother's judgement WAS the problem. She not only kept an arsenal of guns around a mentally-challenged individual, but she even trained him with them. If I don't want something knocked over, I'm going to keep it safe from my cat. She wouldn't know any better, so I take precautions. Similar precautions should have been taken here.

Comment Office on iOS is really not the same (Score 0) 724

Am I missing something here? First off, the biggest platform for iOS, the iPhone, does not suit the creation of MS Office documents very well. The iPad can be hooked up to a keyboard to make it work mostly well, at least on one with a Retina display. The form factor just can't support most of the value MS Office offers. Are you really going to be writing your thesis paper or punching in complex excel formulae on your iPad? I can see MS Outlook and maybe Powerpoint having the most value, if they did it right, but my hopes aren't high.

Comment 5 sigma (Score 1) 396

Just to put in perspective of what 5 sigma certainty means, it's like someone claiming a coin is loaded, so it will land on the same side every time, and then testing this by flipping it 20 times. Taking into account the chance that the coin was not loaded, as in you just by chance flipped the coin on the same side every time, you now have 5-sigma certainty that the coin is truly loaded as described.

Comment Re:Dipshits (Score 1) 178

Yet still you have a Facebook account. Why exactly should they set the bar higher if all their screw-ups do is get them more free publicity?

Every time FB fucks up, the online world whines like it is the end of life as we know it. All you're doing is confirming to FB that you're addicted and can't live without them.

Why again should they change? You're their bitch and they like it that way.

Because one day Google might get their act together and properly market their social network, to the point where Facebook actually has real competition. I attended the first day of Google I/O and was pretty disappointed that they did nothing to address Google+ being an utter ghost town. All they did was focus on this "events" feature, and "party mode". It's a nice addition, but it still isn't going to get people I care about to use the network. I'm thinking all they have to do is start posting up billboards/posters and host contests.. even bribe people to use their social network. Then it'll take off, and Facebook will start getting serious. I have to believe there's SOMEONE at Google with the brains and the influence to act on this. Google tends to do dramatic things suddenly, so I give them about a year to show up on the radar. You want to know how comfy Facebook is right now? They don't have a QA department. A manager at Facebook told me this outright about 3-4 months ago. I doubt it's changed since then. They just code something, and trust their developers to assure it's okay, and they go ahead and put the things into production. So when Facebook screws up, or something looks horribly wrong, it's because they know no one has anywhere else to go while they're fixing it. That massive concern about "100% uptime" that we saw in Social Network is no longer there, because Facebook is well beyond critical mass, and yes, over half the planet is a monopoly.

Comment Re:Shocking! (Score 2) 190

There are people who are happy to share their lives. There are people who are not happy to share their lives. I propose we call these people extroverts and introverts.

It doesn't really fit though. Introversion is nothing about wanting privacy. It applies to being comfortable in solitude or with a small number of people. Extraverts like to be social butterflies at parties and go out in large groups. But an introvert may very well like to write a very detailed autobiography, in solitude, to share with the world his/her experiences in life, without interacting with them directly.

Comment Re:For all the 3rd world countries (Score 2) 249

And the west is currently begging to use that 3rd world nations tech.

I think "begging" is a little unfair. We're paying a fair price for the launches we need, I believe as of now through 2016. People who beg are asking for favors. While I'm all for expressing disgust with the state of the US space program, I think this characterization is unnecessary.

Comment Worry about the old phones (Score 1) 101

Hey HTC, maybe you can upgrade the last glut of ICS-capable phones to ICS before you worry about selling your latest and greatest to us? I thought it was a no-brainer that my fully-capable myTouch 4G slide would be upgraded to ICS when I bought the phone 8 months ago. My next phone will not be an HTC one, let alone a One X.

Comment Re:Not looking forward to this (Score 1) 126

The actors are all not real actors.

Jorge actually explained this at our screening's Q/A. They are all actual graduate students.

There's a big difference from acting like yourself when you're not trying to act like yourself, and trying to appear the way you think you would react given a particular simulated situation. Anyone can do the former. Only talented actors can pull off the latter. You have to learn to be "in the moment" and have real emotion in reaction to things you know are not actually happening. It's a lot more difficult than people give it credit for.

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