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Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 328

I hated Avatar 3D for that reason. They still hadn't figured out focus (human brain, not lens)...

I did some more reading after I posted and you are right... the blurriness of backgrounds is the human brain's inability to adapt to the projected 3D. But still, if the blurry effect is there for most people [including yourself] then I think my point stands that it's limitation of 3D.

For a more recent example than Avatar, I saw Star Wars TFA in I-max 3D and regular theater 2D. TFA has some cool 3D scenes, but scenes that had stuff in the background, like Maz's Cantina and large battle scenes, were way better in 2D, because I could see everything on the screen clearly. Overall I preferred the regular 2D version, because I like seeing all scenes clearly over the few good 3D effects. Also when I can't bring a background image into focus it breaks my suspension of disbelief in a movie.

I am also concerned that if theater and home 3D becomes more common directors may not bother applying much creativity to backgrounds because 3D viewers probably won't notice it anyway. Technology should enhance the artistic abilities a movie director, not place artificial limitations on it.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 328

A movie shouldn't be that blurry. Did you tell anyone? There could have been a technical error. There is no home viewing that approaches the resolution of a movie experience. Or maybe you have a vision problem you didn't know about that interacts with 3D.

For 3D movies, and particularly I-Max 3D images the poster above went to, images in the background or surrounding the 3D subjects are often out of focus. To create the 3D effect of the subject they sacrifice focus on the surroundings. It's my primary complaint about 3D and it's got nothing to do with theater technical errors or vision problems.

Comment Re:Rhetorical... (Score 2) 245

I guess New York's stadiums are all just sitting idle hoping for the Olympics to come to town, right? The multi-billion dollar sports teams won't mind vacating their homes for a few weeks, right? Also it would be so nice and neighborly of New York to offer the Olympic games their largest "New York" stadium, Meadowlands, located in East Rutherford, NJ; and Prudential Stadium in Newark, NJ; and Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. I'm glad some crowded subways wouldn't bother you.

Comment Re:Is 3D all that? (Score 1) 99

I have yet to see a movie where I thought the 3D enhancements made the movie superior over a conventional screen.

I agree with you that I prefer non-3D formats, but I'll be more specific. I don't like that in 3D movies peripheral and background images are typically out of focus. I want to view the whole scene, not just the camera's main subject(s). This may also harm movie-making in general because when directors know that 3D viewers may not clearly see a background image, then it can limit the creativity they apply to a scene. If you don't know what I mean, consider the Star Wars The Force Awakens, which I saw at the theater in 3D and regular formats [because I'm a nerd]. In the Maz's bar/cantina scene there were interesting looking aliens and activities going on all around the main characters. In the 3D version most of the background images were terribly out of focus for the sake of the main 3D image, not so with the regular non-3d version, which made it much better, in my opinion. If this new 3D screen technology in the article can fix that problem, then I'm all in, until then I prefer the standard flat screen.

Gimmicky 3D effects suck too, like when objects fly at the camera for no reason, but I fault the movie director for that, not the technology.

Comment Re:It's not money (Score 1) 150

Because I'm in a mood to argue..

Gold is not an appropriate material to make clothes or shelter.

You could if it weren't so rare.

Gold is rare. The argument is null.

Gold can easily be extruded into fine thread and woven...not because the material properties of gold make it unsuitable.

You need to define "easily." Because most people don't have spare metal extruders lying around or the parts and skill to assemble one. You need a functioning society with relatively sophisticated infrastracture to be extruding metals. Which proves the earlier point that gold has little to no value for basic human needs and only develops value within the context of a society.

Or another way to think of it... if you were stranded alone on an island with no hope of rescue and trying to survive, which would you prefer to have: a handful of gold or a handful of viable seeds for crops?

If this is a one-time either/or proposition, obviously the seeds. Gold has no nutritional value and little else matters when faced with the prospect of starvation.


Given a more flexible situation, however, I might be willing to trade some of those seeds for an equivalent volume of gold for the sake of making tools. As a raw material it's highly ductile, malleable, conductive, and corrosion-resistant; I'm sure I could find some practical use for it even without any prospect of trade.

You're only proving my point that gold only develops value in the context of a society/economy (i.e. your trade) that can provide the basics of survival and has the sophistication to turn the gold into a useful tool.

And consider this... if the world spiraled into post-apocalyptic anarchy tomorrow, people would be trading a handfuls of gold for a handfuls of bullets in a heartbeat. So, how much inherent value does gold have? When discussing inherent value of objects if you're not thinking like a doomsday prepper, then you are missing the point! ;-)

Comment Re:It's not money (Score 1) 150

...Sure you can always use gold or silver industrially, but it's not worth much otherwise as it's just some shiny metal.

In many parts of the world, and especially in India, gold is indeed widely used as an "ultimate" store of value.
Go to Dubai and you'll see the immegrant workers buying "genuine guaranteed" ingots to take back home

Alvinrod is saying is that gold or silver doesn't have inherent worth because it doesn't meet any fundamental requirements for human survival (food, water, shelter, heat, clothes, etc.). You can't eat gold. You can't drink gold. Gold is not an appropriate material to make clothes or shelter. You can't warm yourself with gold. So, a person must be part of a functioning society that provides the minimum for human survival before it can ascribe any value to a rare shiny metal. Or another way to think of it... if you were stranded alone on an island with no hope of rescue and trying to survive, which would you prefer to have: a handful of gold or a handful of viable seeds for crops? Obviously the latter, because outside of society gold has no value.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 1) 421

"Unlimited" to Verizon means "unlimited as long as you use less than 300 kilobits per second continuously". Which just happens to be almost exactly the minimum bandwidth for a Skype video call...

Sure, I'll ponder that for a moment, then point out that you seem to think there are people that...Skype 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months every year, never stopping to eat, sleep, go to the bathroom, etc. I suspect many/most customers lead more balanced lives then that.

Just to play devil's advocate... some tech-savy people could use their grand-fathered unlimited data plans to monitor home or business surveillance cameras 24/7 via Skype or a similar streaming program. I could also imagine a heavy torrents user tethering a computer to a phone with an unlimited data plan and easily exceeding Verizon's 100GB/month cut-off.

Comment Re:It's the story stupid. (Score 1) 304

Interesting comment considering that the main reason Fury Road won so many Oscars is because Miller bucked Hollywood's 10+ year infatuation with green screens and CGI, and went back to classic old-school movie-making [like the original Mad Max films] with real effects, stunts, explosions, cars, costumes, choreography, and landscapes. Here's an article with more details and pre- and post edit comparison photos from the movie...

Comment Re:It's the story stupid. (Score 2) 304

As a counterpoint, the story of Mad Max was by no means great or compelling. Heck, the main character spends the first quarter of of the film grunting through a steel mask/gag. That didn't stop the movie from being nominated for ten Oscars and winning six, including best picture.

Comment Re:ANSWER (Score 1) 499

How about this question. Have you or any of your family members suffered a reaction from a vaccine.

YES, and it required a visit to the ER and respiratory treatment. In this case, from the DTaP vaccine and involving my daughter.


That's a relatively rare reaction, but fully treatable and heck of lot better than getting diptheria, tetanus, or whooping cough.

....but that they were losing their efficacy and that they were become less effective against new strains.

And a good place to look as to why this is happening are the stupid people do not vaccinate or delay vaccinations against their doctor's recommendations.

Please note, that I did NOT say the vaccines didn't work...Nor am I anti-vaccine. But I am anti-stupid people, and anti-bad science on both sides.

Noted. However, please note that those who post a long-winded diatribes about the dangers of vaccines and then disclaim it with a "...but I'm not anti-vaccine" are talking out of two-sides of their mouth. Dangerously wrong opinions are not credible because one tries to position their view as being some sort of moderate middle ground. There are a great many topics that I'm all for a nuanced discussion of the gray-area, middle-ground, but in regards to vaccines and their effect on the greater public health, I don't believe a middle ground exists. You are either for science, modern medicine, and supporting public health, or you are not. If you choose the latter or persist in trying to have it both ways, then the germs win.

Comment Re:ANSWER (Score 2) 499

Do you realize that nearly every modern study on the safety of vaccinations is invalid?

Nearly every study conducted uses the VAERS data - this data is scientifically worthless.... blah blah blah blah

In lieu of every modern study of vaccinations, which are supposedly flawed, please answer these questions:

Do you or anyone in your extended family have or ever had smallpox?
Do you or anyone in your extended family 50 years old or younger have or ever had polio?
Do you or anyone in your extended family 50 years old or younger have or ever had diptheria?
Do you or anyone in your extended family 50 years old or younger have or ever had rubella?

If the answer to these questions are all "NO" then vaccines work. No fancy science is needed to prove an anti-vaxxer wrong.

Comment Re:Dwarf Fortress got robbed (Score 1) 54

- Halo, no not the first person shooter. They were on PCs for ages. But arguably the first first person shooter on a console to replicate the dynamic that was expected on PCs and to become so mainstream, that it essentially foot the bill for the Xbox marketing wise.

I would give GoldenEye 007 on the N64 a slight edge over Halo. I remember many kids/twenty-something who were not typically gamers, still had a N64 specifically for GoldenEye. IMO It was GoldenEye that opened the door for Halo's acceptance.

When GoldenEye was released I had already been playing PC shooters like Doom, Quake, and Duke Nukem for years so GoldenEye seemed like a huge step back to me, but there was no arguing against how popular it was.

Comment Re:Rather like an arcade game after all (Score 1) 76

It never really occurred to me, but the design is actually remarkably alike. Both arcades and phones make their games artificially time constrained or difficult to suck money out of your wallet.

I wish I had mod points to vote this up. I never considered the similarity before either... but absolutely, the arcade game design and mobile game design to encourage quarter-pumping and micro-transactions, respectively, for additional play time or unlocks are really similar.

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