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Submission + - Famous director embracing open source video editor to cut his next film (

JonOomph writes: Director Alex Cox, the creator of “Repo Man” and “Sid and Nancy”, is making plans for his next film, “Bill, the Galactic Hero”, a feature-length science fiction comedy set in the reaches of our galaxy. He is challenging the norm by shooting the film on 35mm monochrome (black and white) film, possibly the last film to ever attempt this, and possibly the first feature film to be edited with popular open source video editor, OpenShot.

Comment Languages structured by Model (Score 1) 392

Too much focus seems to be spent on some binary yes/no vote for a codec of choice, when the subject is the HTML Language. For HTML 5 to evolve with forward momentum, I think it needs to increase support for the objects it models...

LSL, the Linden Scripting Language used in Second Life, greatly impressed me by how it structures the language very closely to the models it controls. As an object branches into a hierarchy of model elements, the methods controlling those elements follows much the same hierarchy.

HTML currently treats video, and thus codeces, with utter agnosticism... Something of a certain size fits the page, and its function is ignored. If the language, however, were crafted to fit the model of video frames and their playback functions over time, there could be far more interactivity programmed in HTML. More importantly, "HTML 6" or later progeny could heap on more methods for human input to interact with video output... or even other input/output combinations. (If the CANVAS tag in HTML can read 3D gestures like a Wii controller, why not webcam gestures?)

In order for HTML documents to properly support the use of the data, I think it ought to provide some support for its standard formats. The result should allow greater interactivity, and I find that a high priority.


Submission + - Electric Supercar - 130mhp top speed

Francis Pape writes: "The Tesla electric supercar was unveiled in Santa Monica, California, this week to a crowd of Silicon Valley executives and wealthy potential buyers. The Tesla Roadster has a range of 250 miles between recharges, yet can achieve over 130mph and accelerate 0-60mph in around four seconds — all with zero emissions. It develops 185kW of power and torque equivalent to 180 lb ft. The resemblance of the carbon fibre Roadster to the Lotus Elise is no coincidence; it was designed by a team led by Barney Hatt from the Lotus Design Studio. A number of former Lotus executives and engineers have been involved in the project and Lotus is to build the car in the UK for Tesla using powertrain components supplied form Tesla's own facility in Taiwan. Power comes from a three-phase, four-pole AC induction motor, supplemented by energy captured via regenerative braking (the energy otherwise lost during deceleration). There are 6,831 lithium-ion cells in the battery pack, and the whole system is electronically controlled by a network of microprocessors. This allows for a two-gear transmission system in an otherwise seamless acceleration process (70mph is possible in first gear). Each car will be supplied with a home recharging kit, plus an optional mobile charging kit; a full recharge takes around 3.5 hours. The Roadster meets all US federal safety standards and, of course, emissions criteria. Tesla has already signed up a number of customers, set to pay around $80,000 each for a car, and hopes to start deliveries next summer. In the longer term, an electric super-saloon is planned, which could be ready for introduction in 2008. Source: ews_id=14921"

Submission + - Opera running on $100 laptop

An anonymous reader writes: Opera developers have ported their browser to the $100 laptop. Håkon Wium Lie writes:
Seeing Opera run on the OLPC for first time was a revelation — no browser has ever been more beautiful. The resolution of the screen is stunning (200dpi) and Opera makes the most of the embedded DejaVu fonts.
Claudio Santambrogio writes:
Opera runs beautifully on it. The machine is not really the fastest, but Opera's performance is excellent — the browsing experience is beautifully smooth: all sites load fine and quickly, and even complex DHTML pages with heavy animations do not suffer

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