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Comment Something seems rotten here (Score 1) 15

Isn't an "associate" by which I assume "business associate" of a talent agency watching a movie kind of something Warner wants to happen? Like they want industry visibility of their product, especially to talent agencies?

Isn't it also fair to assume that among industry insiders "off the books" copies of films have been around forever and are widely circulated? I'd guess old timers have significant libraries of 35mm and 16mm prints which were never paid for and some of which may have been made in labs for nothing more than the cost of film and developing.

Unless the talent agency was actively allowing people not associated with the agency to download these films, I'm kind of wondering what Warner is so wound up about. There's literally nothing happening here that hasn't gone on forever, especially since the VHS era.

While I'm sure some finance guy at Warner feels like his numbers would work out better if he could somehow include revenue from every time a film biz insider looked at a Warner film, I'm also guessing that filmmakers making money off of people involved in the filmmaking business isn't exactly what you'd call a business model.

Comment Re:3rd party drivers (Score 1) 516

Do you know what a typical Office environment is, what typical hardware is? Its more likely to be a small business that is getting a PC from a second tier supplier that is using second tier less expensive parts, a business without an IT department that does careful evaluations and selections.

The top tier parts I tended to buy are *not* the typical parts, that is part of the Windows PC problem.

Comment Developer machine (Score 4, Interesting) 349

Last year I shopped for a new dev machine (laptop). I decided to be open minded and consider the latest Macbooks as well. There were a few things that completely ruled them out for me, one of the biggest being that the keyboard did not have Home, End, PgUp and PgDn. I realize that there are chording / key combinations to do some of those things, but I already use numerous key combinations with those keys (like navigating to the end of a line vs the end of a document, selecting from the cursor to the end of the document, etc). Any laptop that does not include those 4 keys are totally out of the question for me for development use. Removing the ESC key is obviously, in my mind, yet another step in the wrong direction.

The ironic thing is Macs are pushed as productivity machines for professionals. That is one of the reasons they are supposed to fetch a premium price is because they aren't just "home" machines for the masses. Which makes the stupidity even worse because professionals use advanced tools that use keyboards for more than just typing words.

In case anyone wondered, the other primary hardware issue that eliminated the Macbook was the lack of a touchscreen (necessary for web development these days to debug and test touch interfaces to be consumed on mobile devices).

Comment We're just thrilled! (Score 5, Funny) 210

"We're just thrilled. We do think this is the future of transportation," James Sembrot, senior director of logistics strategy at Anheuser-Busch, told Business Insider.

"I have a bonus target that kicks in when I cut our labor tab by $2 million, this will easily help me get there by eliminating a bunch of Teamster hacks and their pension contributions," Sembrot added.

"Wait, is your recorder still running? Can we cut that last part out, I want to keep the focus on how AB-InBev is embracing new technologies, that last part is kind of off the record."

Comment Re:What bothers me more (Score 1) 361

How many people take "getting their news" seriously period?

I still get the printed local newspaper and the NY Times on the weekend. I get up early and usually see the delivery person drop off papers on our street. 10 years ago they stopped at most houses on my block, now it seems like they deliver to only a handful of houses.

Obviously this process started years ago with TV news as the alternate source, but with "news" available so easily online many people don't get the paper at all, and of them I would bet few are serious readers going through the whole web site to get the equivalent of paging through an entire newspaper and discovering stories and reading them (one reason I get the paper is I often find stories I missed online).

But nowadays, so many people are plugged into Facebook that they don't even have a pretense of reading the news, they just kind of click through links on major stories.

IMHO, I doubt these same people are factually less ignorant than they would have been 20 years ago (they may not have been newspaper readers then, either). What's really bad about is the echo chamber effect. Your "friends" on Facebook all have a similar world view, so you just end up getting hammered with the same reinforcing information.

What I think is curious in this election cycle are the number of "anti-Trump" posts by people I'm pretty sure don't have a single Trump supporter in their friend list. Why are they (repetitively) posting information on how horrible Trump is to an audience that already agrees nearly completely with them? I'm starting to think this isn't about being in favor of or against Trump per se, but some other kind of social reinforcement behavior designed to demonstrate to their friends how much they share a common world view.

It almost takes on a quality like a religious piety, like a testifying their religious faith in front of other believers. They're not trying to convince their friends to change their views, they're trying to convince their friends how *strong* their religious beliefs are.

Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 1) 115

The list of positions a party takes can be seen as its ideology; it doesn't necessarily have to mirror a specific defined ideology (socialism, etc). Party ideology is inherently flexible in a democratic polity but generally remains stable over the medium time even if some elements of party ideals change or shift.

Democrats, for example, have generally supported social welfare, minority rights, gun control, abortion as a right, even if some of these views have shifted (ie, Bill Clinton's support for ending "welfare as we know it").

Comment Re:Makes some sense (Score 1) 175

I think there are some areas where there is only opinion and not truth -- is Pulp Fiction a great movie? There's no objective measurement of its quality, so in many ways the truth of that statement can be defined by a group and stating its your favorite isn't necessarily a falsehood if its collectively agreed to be a great movie.

I also think people in general don't have a lot of deep reflection skills, so even they don't know how they're feeling. They don't even know the answer or they're not really able to evaluate it quickly enough to provide a complete answer.

I also think there's a difference between cognitive bias and purposeful lying. You may know facts X and Y and extend this knowledge to similar idea Z and reason a conclusion about it and assume it's true and report it to others. You're not purposefully aiming to deceive, but you aren't really relating the truth because you don't know enough facts about Z. But because you know X and Y are true you think Z must be true as well.

So I'm rambling a little, but I wonder if the amygdala has a role in the evaluation of truth content. If my general thought is correct, it'd be reasonable to think that there's some part of the brain with is being under-used in people who "end up giving whatever answer is quick and easy".

It reminds me of the bicameral mind theory. It's complex, but it argues that consciousness is a small part of our cognitive life, that mostly we do things without thinking about them actively. It may be that some people have a "quieter voice" in their heads and simply have a lower level of conscious experience than others, and hence have less actual knowledge about their mental state of being.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 314

I had a VT320 and it had a poor CRT. Which is kind of surprising, because the VT100 I used in high school had a really good display, smooth yet sharp, and I would have expected the 320, with newer parts, would have been better. But the 100 was probably a more premium product when new than the 320 was. And the 100 I used was brand new, bought for a friends dad to telecommute, and my 320 came off EBay in 1997.

Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 1) 77

Sounds less like a problem with technology and more a problem with cultural attitudes of those who had it engineered. The 80s/90s had the last bits of pro-empowerment (real empowerment, not socjus 'empowerment' as it's typically defined today). The whole idea that computers are there to be useful, powerful tools controlled by the user got turned on its head. Now it's all about corralling the user into online 'portals' and charging monthly fees. This way, 'unauthorized' actions can't be taken on 'unauthorized' data, and slowly people are getting used to the idea that the internet is (and should be) just cable TV 2.0. Capabilities are similarly curtailed. One powerful software is being replaced by fisher price equivalents meant for braindead idiots who will never produce much of anything with it anyway. It's a foolish race to the bottom as well as a power-grab from the top.

Comment Technology isn't advanced enough yet (Score 5, Interesting) 318

We still don't have the display technology to make a proper smartwatch. Until we have a watch with a display that is continuously on and active (such as a full-color e-ink display that's at least 30 FPS) that can operate for a minimum of 24 hours continuously on one charge, smart watches are going to be a severe compromise from existing watches (digital or analog). Only those that have use cases that really require them, or that want to bend over backwards to integrate them into their lives, will find them useful enough to bother with.

Look at digital watches. The first generation were LED with red glowing numbers, and they only displayed the time when you pushed a button, otherwise the battery would be dead within an hour. Does that sound familiar? Digital watches did not explode onto the scene until LCD displays matured, which were capable of actively displaying real-time data continuously for months on a single battery. That will be the technology that drives smartwatches - whatever display advancements need to take place to allow continuous full-color, real-time data display with a battery life measured in days. Until then, companies like Apple are putting the cart before the horse and using gimmicks like gestures and the like to try and switch the display on intermittently (and hopefully) when the user is needing to see it.

Comment Re:Good news for the founders, I liked the site (Score 1) 40

They sure weren't objective in the Sanders/Clinton primary race. The cheerleading for Clinton was palpable.

I think a columnist somewhere should have taken up the Trump mantle and said "Ok, he's incoherent, but this is what he's trying to advocate if you get past the insults and bravado", with the idea that he was attracting support because people were more or less decoding what he had to say, and that somewhere there were some ideas.

What I wonder, though, is if someone more reasonable acting could have run with the same kind of right wing populism of Trump and gotten as far, or if it actually took a nut job to make it happen.

Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 1) 115

A political party is typically an organization whose members share a common political view, or ideology.

I think you're looking at "being political" as meaning some kind of malleability or flexibility on issues, like a politician who reads polls and takes the more popular stand on the issue vs. the one that aligns with their party.

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