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Comment From the other side... (Score 1) 467

...it's clear that the person blogging this has only really experienced things on one side of the fence. I used to Head TA some large intro CS classes for an Ivy school, and currently work in Instructional Technology. I think her complaints are valid, but don't really have a lot to do with PowerPoint - it's just a fact of life that some professors are bad lecturers. Using PowerPoint as a lecture tool can go pretty badly - but guess what, so can using a chalkboard! I've read a lot of student evaluations in my time, and for every student complaining that the class used too many slides, there's one who's upset we didn't have enough. Some students don't want to take notes, others do. This is part of the challenge of teaching - to find an even ground where every student is satisfied with the lecture style. For example, she says "what helps me most is doing problems step by step as a class". However, I've seen some students who *hate* this approach - so what about them? Do we just forget about them? Ignore them? I personally don't take notes very well, so I like having handouts to supplement lectures. Does this make me a bad student? Honestly, the blog post isn't all that different from some of the student evaluations I read for classes - one student's opinion about what his or her perfect class is. Unfortunately, other students might feel differently. A good professor can be engaging *regardless* of how they present. If you only lecture well with PowerPoint and the projector in your lecture hall breaks, what do you do? The student here is missing the much bigger picture, which is that bad teaching is just bad teaching - whether it be slides, chalk, or overheads.

Comment Um....tape??? (Score 4, Informative) 266

The fact that you haven't thought of tape makes me question how well you know the industry you're in, or how well-connected you actually are. Why can't you put your video files onto DigiBeta or similar? Tape stores well, and with a format like DigiBeta you're pretty much guaranteed compatability for at least 50 years+ (since there's so much TV back catalogue stored on tape, and there will always be a need by broadcasters to get to that content). I don't want to come off as rude, but it just sound like you don't really know much about video production and archival, despite the fact you've chosen to produce video installations and artwork. You're not the first person in the world to do this kind of thing - there are established proceedures for dealing with and archiving video installation work. This still doesn't entirely solve your problem of storing your raw data, but since you specifically talk about .mov files I'm perplexed that you haven't already thought of tape. I suspect you're going to get a lot of answers here that are wildly impractical for a gallery or go well beyond your means - but the fact is this: if a museum or gallery is looking to purchase your work, they should already have a curator who knows the medium. If they don't have a curator who can discuss with you the formats he/she would like the work in, the gallery probably needs to rethink what it's doing in the business!
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Submission + - Murdoch Criticizes BBC for Providing 'Free News' 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "News Corporation's James Murdoch says that a "dominant" BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK and that free news on the web provided by the BBC made it "incredibly difficult" for private news organizations to ask people to pay for their news. "It is essential for the future of independent digital journalism that a fair price can be charged for news to people who value it," says Murdoch. "The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision." In common with the public broadcasting organizations of many other European countries, the BBC is funded by a television license fee charged to all households owning a television capable of receiving broadcasts. Murdoch's News Corporation, one of the world's largest media conglomerates, owns the Times, the Sunday Times and Sun newspapers and pay TV provider BSkyB in the UK and the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News TV in the US. Former BBC director general Greg Dyke responded that Murdoch's argument that the BBC was a "threat" to independent journalism was fundamentally wrong. "Journalism is going through a very difficult time — not only in this country but every country in the world — because newspapers, radio and television in the commercial world are all having a very rough time," says Dyke. "That is nothing to do with the BBC, that is just... what's happening.""

Submission + - How to Make an Open Source Project Press-Friendly (itworld.com)

blackbearnh writes: "Corporations know that part of launching a successful project is projecting the right image to the media. But a lot of open source projects seem to treat the press as an annoyance, if they think about it at all. For a reporter, even finding someone on a project who's willing to talk about it can be a challenge. Esther Schindler over at IT World has a summary of a roundtable discussion that was held at OSCON with pointers about how open source projects can be more reporter-accessible. 'Recognize that we are on deadline, which for most news journalists means posting the article within a couple of hours and for feature authors within a couple of days. If we ask for input, or a quote, or anything to which your project spokesperson (you do have one? yes? please say yes) might want to respond, it generally does mean, "Drop everything and answer us now." If the journalist doesn't give you a deadline ("I need to know by 2pm"), it's okay to ask how long you can take to reach the right developer in Poland, but err on the side of "emergency response." It's unreasonable, I know, but so are our deadlines.'"

Submission + - FCC investigates wireless carrier competition

jriding writes: The FCC is taking a hard look at mobile providers and their business practices, suggesting the agency could take a more hands-on approach with the U.S. market's four major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier this year, the commission was asked to look into matters involving Skype and the iPhone, and the availability of Apple's phone in smaller, more rural markets. However, the FCC has not yet mandated any industry changes, nor has it suggested any regulation is guaranteed. http://www.appleinsider.com/print/09/08/28/fcc_investigates_wireless_carrier_competition.html

Submission + - Court rejects FCC Cable Subscriber Cap (broadcastingcable.com)

olsmeister writes: The U.S. Court of Appeals Friday threw out the FCC's cap on the number of cable subscribers one operator can serve, saying the FCC was "derelict" in not giving DBS its due as a legitimate competitor.

"We agree with Comcast that the 30% subscriber limit is arbitrary and capricious. We therefore grant the petition and vacate the Rule," said the court, which concluded that there was ample evidence of an increasingly competitive communications marketplace and that cable did not have undue control on the programming pipeline.

The FCC commisioner's statement can be read here

Comment Re:A better idea. (Score 4, Insightful) 57

I know you're trolling, but I'll reply quickly anyway - Google make no promises about what kind of hardware you're going to get with an Android phone, making it impossible to develop these kind of games. There's no guarantee you'll have a touchscreen, a keyboard, hardware buttons, etc. There are also no promises about the CPU/GPU you'll have available, making it even harder. Just read the docs for both platforms and you'll soon see that iPhone OS allows for a great deal more, mainly because you can make certain assumptions about the hardware. Writing a game for Android is like writing a game for the PC, you don't know how much RAM you have, or what your CPU, your GPU, or your input devices are. Writing a game for iPhone is like writing for a console - you know exactly what's on the other end, so you can optimise your code to the nth degree.

Comment Re:Mmm, pixelly resolution goodness... (Score 3, Interesting) 197

Actually, the SDK is quite specific that you *shouldn't* hardcode screen resolutions, and provides methods to call to get the current dimensions of the screen. Obviously more advanced programs will need a rewrite - particularly games and other graphic intensive apps - but many more mundane applications already scale between two resolutions (horizontal and vertical positioning).

Comment Bad submission (Score 1) 1

Aside from the piece of crap that is this submission (watchman? really?).... This isn't really a chance to bash off one over copyright law, because the heart of this case is really about film options and rights. These contracts are *extremely* complicated, particularly when the studio that's optioning the work decides (as in the case of Fox) not to make it. In fact, this really isn't about copyright law at all - more contractual law. Options contracts allow studios to buy options on material that they may or may not produce. This is fairly standard practice, since promising books may turn out to be impossible to film, etc. The studio is basically buying the right to potentially make and distribute a motion picture at some future date. The studio then invests money in development, which doesn't always pan out. If development is successful, further contracts are signed and money paid to the author/rights holder to allow production. However, if the studio decides not the make the film there needs to be a get out clause for the original rights holder to take it to other studios and avenues. Thus, most options contracts have an expiry date - if you haven't produced the film by a certain point, the option reverts back. Of course, the studio can also choose to extend their option, or add a myriad of clauses to hold options over. What Fox are claiming (and what the judge agrees on) is that some part of their option never expired or wasn't bought out, meaning they still have an interest in this picture. This would really not, given precedent in entertainment law, be totally out of the question. It could well be that Fox genuinely still has some contractual interest as a result of previous rights options signed away that were never presented to Warners (the rights holder believing Fox to have given their options up). We shouldn't forget that Fox did spend a fair bit of money development their Watchmen project, and I could certainly understand them wanting to recoup that if it turns out they still have an interest in the picture. Whilst the case was arguing over who owned copyright and distribution rights it would have been decided on *contractual* law...who signed what. (IANAL, but I am involved in the entertainment industry and these types of contracts).

Comment Re:News from OGG Theora, too! (Score 1) 127

However there is no easy way to measure "distortion" of the encoded image that matches the human visual system all that well. (unlike audio)..

I'm not sure I agree with that...and I think the fact that there are people who *can* tell the difference between a 256kbs MP3 and CD-audio and those who *can't* perhaps shows that there's no easy way to map quality of audio onto something that matches human perception. There are plenty of technical ways however, both for audio and visual. I'm not sure where you're getting this from.

Nokia's New All-In-One Phone 317

conq writes "BusinessWeek has a piece on Nokia's new phone, introduced today and hitting the shelves in July. The N93, costing $660, will supposedly fill all of your needs for electronic equipment on the go. From the article: 'Should anyone miss the point, Nokia's press extravaganza in a spiffed-up Berlin warehouse ended with a video in which the camera slowly panned across a tableau of dusty, discarded electronic equipment -- including digital cameras and a cobweb-covered iPod. The message: Nokia plans to make these products obsolete.'"

Bionic Man May Soon be a Reality 129

choongiri writes "The London Guardian is reporting on the creation of replacement eyes and working hands in the race to build a $6bn human. Currently being worked on is everything from bionic eyes to an entire exoskeleton enabling the wearer to carry 200lbs. From the article: 'The 1970s gave us the six-million-dollar man. Thirty years and quite a bit of inflation later we have the six-billion-dollar human: not a physical cyborg as such, instead an umbrella term for the latest developments in the growing field of technology for human enhancement.'"

Wal-Mart Controls Modern Game Design? 696

An anonymous reader writes "That Wal-Mart smiley face is looking pretty evil now that Allen Varney has explained how much influence they have on virtually every modern game: 'Publisher sales reps inform Wal-Mart buyers of games in development; the games' subjects, titles, artwork and packaging are vetted and sometimes vetoed by Wal-Mart. If Wal-Mart tells a top-end publisher it won't carry a certain game, the publisher kills that game. In short, every triple-A game sold at retail in North America is managed start to finish, top to bottom, with the publisher's gaze fixed squarely on Wal-Mart, and no other.'"

Open Source Dress for Success University Opens 69

Roblimo writes "Linus Torvalds and his bosses at OSDL have finally realized that the biggest problem getting businesses to adopt GNU/Linux is that most FOSS programmers wear sandals and have ponytails. They've teamed up to offer style tips for the IT set. NewsForge Reports on comments from OSDL CEO Stuart Cohen, saying that if OSDSU works as planned, the open source community 'can be as successful at delivering new products, bug-free and on time, as Microsoft is doing with Vista.'" NewsForge is part of the OSTG family, along with Slashdot.

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