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Comment Re:Something Goes Wrong, Don't Trust Cloud? (Score 1) 401

Its sad it took this long in the posts to see exactly what I was thinking. I mean seriously in a situation like this I have more faith in Google being able to restore the data then if it were me and my own mail server. Its cloud fail when they don't get the data back not when its lost and they are working on the solution.

Comment Nexus One (Score 5, Interesting) 274

I had this very same problem with my Nexus One. Even worse rebooting did not always solve the issue.

I bought my Nexus at launch and while I was happy with it at first, the past few months it just started acting crazy. Icons on the desktop would open a different application, the issue from the article, the keyboard opening when a phone call was coming in "you couldnt slide to answer because it was ontop".

After all that and more, once the lock button on my Nexus started to give out I just went back to my iPhone.

New Hungarian Government OMGs All Gov Sites 59

An anonymous reader writes "The new Hungarian government chose to replace the home pages with a 'disclaimer' page on several governmental websites such as ministries or the Foreign Office. The title and the main message is 'OMG,' which is followed by an explanation that the inherited websites 'lack any kind of uniform structure' and this is 'unworthy of Hungary.' Today is the takeover day in most ministries for the new administration."

Comment Re:Photographer here (Score 1) 368

32bits doesn't automatically mean the data in the file represents linear light pixel data. I could write a png file with the data in log colorspace if I wanted to, shouldn't but I could if I wanted to. Same goes for writing data to an OpenEXR file.

Image file formats are containers of data and as Bill posted in a previous thread more often then not the colorspace encoding in files is either read wrong or ignored in the various graphics applications. And don't even get started with Apple applications doing 1.8 gamma encoding.
PlayStation (Games)

Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network 212

In an interview with IGN, Sony's VP of marketing, Peter Dille, responded to a question about the PlayStation Network by saying that the company is considering charging for the service. He said, "It's been our philosophy not to charge for it from launch up until now, but Kaz recently went on the record as saying that's something we're looking at. I can confirm that as well. That's something that we're actively thinking about. What's the best way to approach that if we were to do that? You know, no announcements at this point in time, but it's something we're thinking about." This follows news of a customer survey from last month that listed possibilities for subscription-based PSN features.

Seinfeld's Good Samaritan Law Now Reality? 735

e3m4n writes "The fictitious 'good samaritan' law from the final episode of Seinfeld (the one that landed them in jail for a year) appears to be headed toward reality for California residents after the house passed this bill. There are some differences, such as direct action is not required, but the concept of guilt by association for not doing the right thing is still on the face of the bill."

Comment Re:Android fanboyism (Score 1) 238

I know one thing that is open, I can buy a multitude of phone types from different manufacturers.

Appstore purchases are transferable to another device, save for the other device running a version of the Android operating system the application in question supports.

The appstore while currently not having as many applications as Apples, does include many that Apple would simply never allow to be sold.

You don't have to be a fanboy to see that in certain aspects the Android is more of an "open" platform.

Comment Re:Bluetooth headsets make people seem insane. (Score 1) 585

I moved to Los Angeles a little over a year and a half ago, coming from a small hick town in the midwest having lived there my whole life "28 years".

When I first arrived I would walk around the neighborhood and see people jogging, walking the dog, whatever, I thought everyone was crazy for a good few months. The whole Bluetooth thing wasn't huge back home so it took some getting use to.

Although I must admit people in LA are crazy regardless of having or not having a Bluetooth headset :).

Comment Re:Measurement from the NVIDIA site? (Score 5, Informative) 317

I think you have it wrong and I'm writing this at Sony Pictures Imageworks on a CentOS box.

The film industry is mainly Windows and Linux, the larger the facility the higher the chance of it being a Linux house, but not always.

You hear "Macs make movies" so often and if anyone who doesn't work in the industry could see the state of things they would find the quote funny.

The main users of Apple products are producers and other pencil pushers running around with iPhones and Mac Pros, video files passed around during production are usually QuickTime files. Other than that a very limited amount of the business is anything Apple related. Final Cut is popular however its only one tool in the whole production chain and a facility doesn't need to equip everyone with a Mac just because its used. It is not uncommon to see a few Macs around facilities however you do not seem them in numbers.

I have only visited one all Mac based facility and even then they had RHEL dual booting macs. I can probably count on both hands how many visual effects studios I've seen or heard of that are all Mac based. Linux and Windows are no doubt the prominent players in the visual effects field. Linux isn't just on the backend either, plenty of facilities run Linux on the desktop and any one day there are thousands of artists typing grep and ls in a terminal somewhere. Its not just the bigger facilities either, plenty of smaller shops run Linux all around. If a facility isn't running Linux it most likely is running Windows.

Avids are used in editorial nothing more, so you do not see them in numbers. The Autodesk offerings have moved off Irix and are now HP/IBM Linux workstations.

Nvidia has the DCC market cornered with the Quadro line, I'm not going to get into the debate of whether they are wroth the price or not though. Even if a facility doesn't use Quadros in mass you can almost be certain the workstations have some sort of Nvidia card installed. Most applications in DCC are OpenGL based, since Nvidia has a track record of having a better OpenGL product, its not hard to understand why they might have a strong hold on the DCC industry.

Comment Re:41? (Score 2, Insightful) 569

That is how most learn VFX software and everyone in the industry knows it. The software companies don't really care except when people use it to make money, the personal learning editions are crippled most of the time in such ways that make them useless for learning. SideFX who make Houdini I think took the correct route and offer a fully functional personal edition for $99 US.

One could go on about how many people are running around with Photoshop installed but I'll save that for another day ;).

Comment Re:Never write a plug-in (Score 1) 104

I have to disagree with you.

In the visual effects field and graphics world plugins are part of daily life. Yes you do take the risk of the software developer dieing out or adding your functionality to the base product.

There are a number of plugin based development companies that have been around for quiet some time and the products they offer are just as important as the applications they are made for. Every business venture has its risks and most often regardless of your business model you are at the whims of something.

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