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Slashback: Drivers, Bodycomputing, Farscape

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the stupid-air-force dept.

Slashback 305

Slashback with news on ATI drivers for non-ATI branded cards, the viewer-led movement to save Farscape, wearable computing from MIT, text-to-facial-expression software, and more. Read on for the details

Maybe customer service isn't dead. On November 28th, we posted a report that OEM cards using ATI chips had trouble with the official drivers from ATI. Terry Makedon (Senior Product Manager, Software for ATI Technologies) writes "Last week we posted a set of unified Linux drivers. These drivers were only loading up on 'Built by ATI' cards. Through our various feedback mechanisms we have determined that there is a large community of 'Powered by ATI' Linux users that did not benefit from our Linux drivers. At this point we are happy to announce an update to our Linux driver (ver. 2.5.1) which will work on both 'Powered by' and 'Built by.' ATI's driver and software strategy is firmly based on responsiveness and we greatly appreciate the feedback our Linux users have provided. Please use for a direct feedback line to ATI.

Thanks again for the feedback."

But what if we put the show into this Interdimensional Fungubulon, and then jumped through this here "wormhole"? xagon7 writes "David Kemper, the producer/writer of Farscape, mentioned that it would be theoretically and legally possible for a group to set up a non-profit organization for fans to donate money to, in order to finance an episode and make Farscape all that much tastier to Sci-Fi for the 5th season. They have done just that. They have $200,000 worth of pledges and only need $800,000 total....I hope this gets Slashdotted. Read the story here and you can pledge here."

You're getting less happy to see me? man_of_mr_e writes "Check out MIThril, the next generation research platform for context aware wearable computing. It's been about 18 months since this was last talked about here on Slashdot, and it's kind of cool to see how far the technology has come since then. For those that aren't aware of what it is, it's essentially a project to prototype human wearable computers, complete with schematics, pictures, and a cvs repository for software. Now you too can be like that guy in the IBM commercials trading stock while feeding the pigeons."

Flattening the slope to entry. Catskul writes "You don't need the libwine hack, mentioned in the previous news entry. Just follow the New QT Howto, download the codecs and start MPlayer."

Don't look at me in that tone of voice! 1010011010 writes "On Nov. 26, you ran a story on SpeechView, 'software that translates the voice on the other side of the line into a three dimensional animated face on the computer.' The North Carolina State University Department of Computer Science's 'Voice IO Group' is also working on that problem. Their software looks like it might be better. Read about it here. Includes quicktime movies of the results."

Victory, or a reprieve? A non moose cow writes "Just noticed that a couple of my favorite "Killed by the RIAA" webcast stations are back... like Soma-FM and Monkey Radio (get the streams at Shoutcast). The saving grace came via the recent passage of HR5469 [PDF] by the US Legislature. Thank you to all that sent letters and/or money to fix this problem. If you have been yearning for the resurrection of your favorite stream, go check, it might be back. If you would like to trace the chronology of this mess, check out the Soma-FM news page."

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1st post (-1, Redundant)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797624)



Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797636)

frendly FYI!


plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797652)

I'm not a troll, people just don't think I'm very funny.


Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797681)

Yeah, I suppose I can see what you mean.

Maybe you should include a link of mystery, like this [] . That's always a crowd pleaser.


plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797702)

at least that link is more creative than goatse

Re:1st post (-1, Redundant)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797710)

"-1 Redundant"? How can a first post be redundant? Off-topic, sure. A Troll, certainly. But Redundant?

I hope I get a shot at this one in M2.

Re:1st post (0)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797745)

I don't think its so much a troll because the intention of the post is not to garner a heated response. I kind of understand the redundant part since its obviously a first post, and had I cared to, I would have written a more intelligent comment. Sad as it may be, getting that first post is the most exciting thing I've done all day.

Re:1st post (1, Offtopic)

El (94934) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797813)

Since EVERY article appears to get several "first posts", I would consider ANY of them very "redundant". And does it really matter WHY a post was modded down? Any modding down is effectively because the moderator thinks the poster is an idiot; which category of idiot is an afterthought.

Re:1st post (2)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797912)

I disagree. When I meta-moderate a -1 Redundant, I always look at the story to see if any earlier posts raised similar points. You'd be amazed how many un-deserving Redundants are handed out. I consider the first "First Post" non-redundant (although, as I said, an Off-Topic or Troll is quite appropriate); any following "First Post"s could be fairly moderated Redundant. Maybe I'm a stickler, but I meta-moderate them as I see them.

Lr67t p03t (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797627)

HI, what time do you have?

Fizzirst Pizzost Bizzitches (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797635)

HAHAHAHA, Farscape nerds! Try watching a real show like The Sopranos, or Dexter's Laboratory, or something cool like them. Farscape is teh suck!!!

too many puppies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797644)

with guns in their hands...

Slashdot to drop support for AOL browsers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797646)

Due to the security holes in aol, slashdot will be dropping drop for aol browsers on the 31st of December. To get around this, we have developed a special AOL proxy. To access it, go to The Fatties Online [] , and click the aol version link, you will now have a proxy server which allows you to browse the web normally. Thank you for your time.

Egg Troll has $800,000 (-1, Flamebait)

egg troll (515396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797649)

And Egg Troll will pledge it only if they promise to never make another episode of that shitty TV show again. The acting on that made Space: Above and Beyond look like Masterpiece Theatre.

Space: Above and Beyond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797678)

The worst thing about that show was that it had so much potential. I swear that the writers for that show were the same people who write gay Star Trek slash fiction!

Re:Egg Troll has $800,000 (2, Funny)

Ribo99 (71160) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797685)

You must be thinking of LEXX

Re:Egg Troll has $800,000 (1, Offtopic)

jandrese (485) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797720)

Yes, that's the show I want brought back on the Spice channel. The whole damn show was a tease.

Re:Egg Troll has $800,000 (4, Funny)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797687)

I must agree. I prefer the excellent writing of star trek: enterprise (and voyager before it) to fill my need for good original sci-fi.

OT: Your Sig (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797703)

My vote is for homeless shelter. No OSS zealot could afford import beer.

Haha! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797709)

Egg Troll, you slay me! When are we gonna see another Usenet troll out of you?

MOD PARENT UP! (-1, Offtopic)

egg troll (515396) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797884)

Come on. What lame mods are so retarded they don't see the humor in this?

Thanks, but... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797651)

while I enjoyed Farscape quite a bit, a) I'm not so interested that I'd help finance an episode if it's going to wind up being quite profitable by the entity trying to kill it, and b) this last season has gone from mediocre to really really bad.

Irregardless, maybe they could take it a step further and have an entirely fan-financed Farscape where the shows are shipped commercial-free on DVD to donors. I.E., some point to donating besides making what was already a very sweet deal sweeter for SciFi.

On the topic of Farscape... (5, Informative)

Freston Youseff (628628) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797667)

Save Farscape [] was created for the explicit effort of saving Farscape. I sure hope it is saved, since it's probably one of the best sci-fi shows in existence. Pretty much all I watch for TV shows are Junkyard Wars, Farscape and Enterprise.

JunkYard Wars??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797760)

JunkYard Wars??? How can you watch that err... Junk???? lol

Re:JunkYard Wars??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797891)

i hate camel caps.

$$$ money $$$ (5, Funny)

MacAndrew (463832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797799)

I don't know about y'all, but for me "only" and "$800,000" don't come in the same sentence. (Except maybe "If I only had $800,000...") And I thought pay-per-view was steep!

I had heard the episode price was closer to $1.7 million ... maybe that was not USD. For our non-American audience, $800,000 is real money. I think you can buy a cruise missile for that much -- which I note might be much more persuasive to those SciFi twits. You know, call a meeting, then appear on the videophone with your demands....

Ambitious project! Damn! Farscapers are making us Mac zealots look pretty tame -- at least when we send Cupertino a couple thousand we get back a computer and a couple window stickers.

Re:$$$ money $$$ (1)

E1v!$ (267945) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798043)

Right, Star Trek Next Gen was WELL over $1,000,000 USD per episode. A 25% discount for what is, quite probably a better show is a good deal (much like AMD procs, don't you think?)

Re:$$$ money $$$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4798058)

>Right, Star Trek Next Gen was WELL over $1,000,000 USD per episode.

Including the episode where Riker is in an alien mental hospital and thinks he's been accused of murdering someone on the alien planet? :-)

Sorry dear, you didnt care for your last hamster.. (1)

Pizaz (594643) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797896) what makes you think you'll take any better care of this one? Sorry honey, mabe in a few more years when you're older.

Until then, how's about some nice cheesy poofs?

Re:On the topic of Farscape... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797950)

Niggers are the source of this terrible problem. The only way to eliminate it is to eliminate the problem -- the nigger.

Did you know that niggers are the leading cause of the AIDS? Just why is it that Africa, like BSD, is dying? Pretty soon Linux Torvalds will get it because he has nasty Anal Cox with niggers!

Killing all the niggers will not just clean up our streets! No, it will also cleanse our filthy schools into perfect, white bastions of pure aryan learning!

Get rid of all the niggers today!

No it's not--it's the JEW(tm)! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4798051)

The JEW(tm) is the cause of all your troubles! The Jew(tm), I say! Is there no manner of sleaze and calumny in which they are not involved in some way?? AIDS. . .bad breath. . .armpits. . .terminal acne. . .all of it, Jews(tm)(c) I tell you!

How do I know this? Why it says so right here! []

What? (5, Funny)

jdkincad (576359) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797674)

I hope this gets Slashdotted.

Are you some kind of computer sadist?

Re:What? (2, Funny)

Lshmael (603746) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797697)

Yes, think of the servers! []

Soma? (0)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797679)

I read somewhere that they sold out the little stations so that they could make it with this new bill. Not much to cheer about there.

Donate.. (4, Insightful)

Forkenhoppen (16574) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797684)

And while you're donating $800,000 so a bunch of guys 'n gals can run around in rubber and vinyl while stuff blows up around them, why not donate a few bucks to charity so a few kids can eat for a year?

No, seriously.. you'll feel better about yourself. :)

Re:Donate.. (5, Funny)

Telastyn (206146) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797689)

Or at least get it released on Spice rather than SciFi :P

Re:Donate.. (5, Insightful)

shiffman (118484) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797744)

And what makes you think we don't already donate a few bucks, or more than a few, to deserving charities?

Or do you think museums and symphonies should be plowed under to make way for soup kitchens? Supporting the arts, and I do consider Farscape to be art, shouldn't have to apologize for not being about subsistance.

Re:Donate.. (1)

ManoMarks (574691) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797785)

Frankly, I'd rather see money going to youth oriented or poverty oriented organizations than elitist (and I consider Farscape to be elitist) arts (if you can call Farscape that). Now, if Farscape had a program to help aspiring animators from poor back-grounds break into the world of professional animation, that would be another thing.

Re:Donate.. (5, Insightful)

Forkenhoppen (16574) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797827)

If you do, then I commend you for it. It's people like you who make this world a better place.

I respect the arts. I just felt obligated to put it into perspective, that's all. $1,000,000 is an awful lot of money, and the first thing that came to mind is that an amount like that could feed a fair number of mouths. (It may have had something to do with my just having listened to the evening news.)

I apologize if I came across as heavy-handed.

Re:Donate.. (1)

shiffman (118484) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798042)

Apology accepted and appreciated. I think it's extreme to see something like this as an either/or situation. I think we should support both those in need and activities we believe in on a more personal level. I just get bothered by a knee jerk response to fans willing to put up money for something they want. In the end, is it really any different than all those $10 tickets to Lord Of The Rings?

Re:Donate.. (5, Interesting)

ottffssent (18387) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797784)


Farscape and well-fed children are not substitutes, in an economic sense. Each satisfy a unique need on the part of the donator.

Thus, while you may be correct that donating to a feed-the-children charity will make one feel better about one's self, that does not imply that donating to a feed-the-children charity INSTEAD of donating to a save-the-Farscape charity will make one feel MORE good. The law of diminishing utility implies that donating some money to save Farscape and some to save children will make a person MOST happy overall.

Come again? (2)

MacAndrew (463832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797869)

Boy did that go over my head!

I'll translate: Do both doofus.

We are all selfish at some point, choosing our comfort over that of someone less fortunate. I've just slotted this quandary into the general principle of all things in moderation.

Re:Donate.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797882)

Notice that Forkenhoppen did not state that one act should preclude the other. The use of the word "while" (first word in his/her post) should have tipped you off.

So, I, you, and Forkenhoppen probably all agree with each other. It's very nice to be able to balance frivolity and responsibility, monetarily speaking, and I highly recommend it. :)

Re:Donate.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797934)

The law of diminishing utility implies that donating some money to save Farscape and some to save children will make a person MOST happy overall.

Unless you happen to be one of the children, naturally. Seriously, you could find some other way to entertain yourself for an hour, and donate entirely to the kids.

Re:Donate.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797940)

Err... Isn't the idea to save Farscape and/or to feed the children, not just to make yourself feel good "in an economic sense"?

Re:Donate.. (2)

quick_dry_3 (112334) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797865)

but starving children aren't entertaining, the performances of said children on World Vision adverts isn't anywhere near as good as the Farscape team's.

Re:Donate.. (5, Funny)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797871)

why not donate a few bucks to charity so a few kids can eat for a year?
Dress the kids up in rubber costumes, and we can kill two birds with one stone.

Re:Donate.. (0)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797948)

why not donate a few bucks to charity so a few kids can eat for a year? Dress the kids up in rubber costumes, and we can kill two birds with one stone.

Why not dress the kids up in rubber costumes, kill two birds with one stone, and maybe do a little juggling, then donate proceeds to your favorite pizza place, put a couple of kids in there for the all you can eat buffet for a year(perhaps enclose them in some cage), take proceeds from the audience as they marvel at their ever swelling bellies and skin problems and . . .

A word of caution... (5, Insightful)

The Bungi (221687) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797706)

I think it's very cool that there are people out there who feel passionately enough about a goot TV program to fork over money and keep it running.

However, if this actually takes off, I believe it will not set a good precedent (AFAIK this is not being done anywhere else, unless I'm mistaken, please feel free to correct me).

Think about it - the SciFi channel is not free. I already pay ~$50 for cable... and in order to enjoy a show I like I have to pay even more??? What's next? Viewer-supported Buffy The Vampire Slayer? Does anyone think low-life TV execs (which are no better than record company ones) are not going to see this and go oooohh! Let's threaten to cut Zim The Invader and start raking up the dough!!!

It's a noble cause, assuming I can pick it up using an antenna. Otherwise it's a bad idea.

Rant off.

Re:A word of caution... (0)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797722)

I think the real purpose of this is more along the lines of lets show sci-fi channel that the show is worth saving. That and creating a buzz around the show that might get other networks interested in picking it up.

Re:A word of caution... (5, Insightful)

susano_otter (123650) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797848)

Well, the cable system has some obvious flaws...

With network TV, you pay for shampoo, and the shampoo manufacturer pays for your TV programs.

With "perfect" cable TV, you pay for shampoo, and you also pay for your TV programs, but at least you don't have to watch shampoo commercials.

With "typical" cable TV, you pay for shampoo, and programs, and you still get shampoo commercials.

You can't expect to fix the whole problem at once, but viewer-supported cable programming is a step in the right direction.

If this works, and becomes widely adopted, it could shift the whole paradigm for television programming. In time, viewers and cable stations would renegotiate the arrangement to be more efficient and profitable for all parties concerned.

In the mean time, threatening to cancel a show would be a great market metric. If nobody offers to save it, you probably weren't picking up any viewers for it to begin with. And that, of course, is bad business in the first place.

Re:A word of caution... (2)

Webmonger (24302) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797909)

Umm, it might be optimistic to assume that large media companies are going to come to an equitable arrangement with consumers. Look at the RIAA and MPAA's antics.

As for cancellation-threat-as-metric, the metric would indicate how fanatical fans were, not how many there were. Shows that go for the lowest-common-denominator aren't likely to receive the Farscape treatment, no matter how big the audience is.

On the other hand, "My so-called life" was dearly loved by the few who watched it.

Re:A word of caution... (2, Informative)

PeteEMT (92003) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797960)

Isn't viewer supported TV programming called PBS?

Public broadcasting (5, Interesting)

MacAndrew (463832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798086)

Yes, good point, and their begathon comes every year! Meanwhile the number and wordiness of thank-yous to corporate sponsors has been growing. (I mostly listen to NPR -- same problem.) Yet membership accounts for only 25% of revenue, so "viewer supported" is true but misleading. One-fourth supporting.

I went to the trouble of looking this up on the CPB site [] , so feast your eyes. Their financing is complex to say the least. The item "CPB Appropriation" appears to represent the federal government's $300 million share -- a pittance if you compare it to the $800,000 they want here for one episode of one show.

The point is probably just to get the pledges, to make an impression on SciFi whose bottomline motivation is money.

No, more an opportunity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797849)

Hey - if you are effectively paying for the episode, shouldn't they also let you vote to influence the storyline?

If so, I hope they axe Buffy soon... I have a few plot ideas.

Re:A word of caution... (2)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797888)

No, it's a damned good idea. This is the first step toward the viewer-direct-funded model replacing user-funds-product-that-buys-advertising model.

If this works, then TV becomes a little closer to being irrelevant.

Too bad I don't like Farscape.

Re:A word of caution... (5, Funny)

gladed (451363) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797904)

In summary,
  1. SciFi creates show for geeks...
  2. ...who buy DVRs so they can skip the ads...
  3. the advertisers pull their funding [] and SciFi cancels the show...
  4. ...and the geeks start whining.
Here's the solution: to watch a TV show you "subscribe" to it for a small fee, but you get a small credit back every time you sit through a commercial. Kinda like a metered sewer system, but in reverse.

Re:A word of caution... (2)

pcidevel (207951) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797994)

Actually, I was just discussing an idea like this with friends over the weekend. It's sad that the RIAA and the MPAA are so resistant to change, because the technology is out there to make a much better system for the consumers, which equates to more profit for the buisnesses. It is sad that the cable networks, the music industry, etc, are so frozen by fear of piracy, that they are unwilling to work with the consumers to make a better service (like TV on demand, buying subscriptions to just the shows you want to see, etc).

The really strange part is that these industries are really fairly new, you would think they would be much less resistant to change. I could understand an industry that had been operating the same way for hundreds of years trying to stay static, but these are new industries built on relatively new technologies, and they are trying hard to keep themselves way to static to be effective.

Re:A word of caution... (2)

Violet Null (452694) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798080)

Here's the solution: to watch a TV show you "subscribe" to it for a small fee, but you get a small credit back every time you sit through a commercial

Interesting idea, but how do you tell when someone sits through a commercial?

If I'm using a Tivo, the Tivo's recorded the commercial -- the cable company can't tell whether or not, on a subsequent viewing of the show, I fast forward through the commercial. The cable company can't even tell if my TV set is on or not at any given time.

Don't get me wrong -- I like the idea -- but if you thought Valenti calling people who go to the bathroom during commercial breaks thieves was bad before...

Re:A word of caution... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797956)

Just a note, the name of the Show is "Invader ZIM." And it /has/ been cut. Infact the last air
date for this show was the 28th of September.

Re:A word of caution... (1)

cullman (29958) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797974)

I have to totally disagree with this.

All day long on Slashdot we talk about how we don't want the entertainment companies to have such strong controls/DRM on their content. I've often thought if piracy started to have as much of an impact on Movies/Music/TV that these companies claim, it would no longer be lucrative to make Movies/Music/TV. Then what would we do? Probably stop pirating, or pirate less, or send donations.

Although, this is not really a RIAA/MPAA issue it's probably not a bad thing in the grand scheme of things to be able to prove that parts of the population are willing to pay for something -- even if it's free.

Anyway, I hardly see any danger of this becoming a tactic for the networks. All they need to do is listen to NPR during a pledge drive to see how excruciating it would be to implement this as a long term business model.

You'd think that Sci-fi fans were braindead (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797723)

What is with all this whining about TV shows being pulled?

The obvious solution to the problem of the mainstream rejection of sci-fi is to create your own. By writing your own science fiction, you can have a chance to let your own creative energies flow instead of passively swallowing every load of Rick Berman's shit every week then crying about it when he stops shitting.

The problem that I see here is not that Sci-fi fans necessarily find Sci-fi to be all that fulfilling, but that the fans long to be part of a social structure that accepts them. In the Sci-fi society, even the dirtiest, mangiest nerd can find solace that he is participating in indirect socializing with other nerds. Human contact has long been one of the staples of mental health, and nerds (who are typically shunned by normal people) are no exception. Yes, nerds need love too.

Through Sci-fi they can get this human contact, they can have something in common with others to talk about and feel the "togetherness" that normal people feel by doing things like throwing a frisbee or walking a dog or making love to a woman. Since nerds obviously can't or won't participate in these things, they reach out to Sci-fi to give them some sort of common ground with other nerds to eventually converse with.

So my solution above is hardly a solution. The problem isn't that Sci-fi fans are losing a replaceable show and they are unable to replace it. It is that they are losing the common ground that they share with other nerds and are desperate to protect their little haven, as unpopular in popular culture as it is.

Saving Farscape is probably the best thing Sci-fi could do. It's a shame that they don't play to their fanbase and rather to popular culture. :-(

In case someone's oblivious (3, Informative)

Frederique Coq-Bloqu (628621) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797725)

The final eleven episodes [] of Farscape begin in January of next year.

Without a doubt (2)

Freston Youseff (628628) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797775)

I'll have my TiVo ready to capture every delicious episode until the final season comes out on DVD.

Lip Synching... (3, Informative)

manly_15 (447559) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797732)

Very cool examples. Except, none of them show a tounge! There were portions of the speech where the lips weren't moving, and the tounge would have been.

Once a tounge is added to the render, this tech will be sweet for games. Imagine playing someone in UT and seeing their mouth move properly as they talk to you. Cool for sure.

Re:Lip Synching... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797867)

If you need to resort to computers to get a little tongue, you seriously need to get a life.

2) I'd rather have my CPU cycles go to things like collision detection and gameplay than irrelevant things like realistic mouth movements.

MPlayer (4, Insightful)

jfedor (27894) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797736)

Glad to see it plays Sorenson movies now, but I always wondered how the MPlayer folks are distributing various binary-only win32 dlls without saying where they took them from. Where are those QT5/QT6 dlls from? Are they from the freely available Quicktime Player I can download from I assume so, but they should try to make such things clear.


Re:MPlayer (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4798023)

Because MPlayer is in Hungary (a lawless, anarchistic nation), MPlayer does what MPlayer wants to do. Including packaging copyrighted quicktime software. Mplayer does not take shit from anyone. For example, MPlayer uses the trademark "Mplayer" (originally an internet gaming company from America) just to piss of American lawyers. Also, MPlayer likes to violate the DMCA by being able to play video streams never meant to be playable (like Sorenson and MPEG). This also violates international treaties which say you must pay royalties to the patent office to use its "codecs" (stands for coder-decoder, for all you non-multimedia nerds). Fortuantely, Hungary is land-locked and mountainous, making it not easily succeptible to missiles targeted at its web servers.

QT... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797737)

The version of Wine that ships with RH8(along with corfnt32.exe, newfnt32.exe, dcom98.exe, and an appropriate Wine config file) will install and run Apple's Quicktime just fine. Although there are license issues with those three files, there are probably licensing issues with the dll's you need to make MPlayer work.

that's pathetic (-1, Troll)

UK_CA_USA (175861) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797740)

you don't have to look very hard to see that america is in complete shambles.

children are starving, schools are failing, non-profits are going under, i've been out of a job for almost a year now, and you people are donating money to keep a tv show on the air?

what happened to citizenship in this country?

Re:that's pathetic (3, Insightful)

Remik (412425) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797771)

Everyone has priorities. Your logic is headed down a very slippery, liberal slope.

Before you suggest that we have a responsibility to donate to the lowest/needest rung, think for a second on what a race to the bottom looks like. If you're having trouble, read Atlas Shrugged.


I'm having trouble (0)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797816)

Could you elaborate on what you mean by "a race to the bottom?" I haven't gotten around to reading Atlas Shugged yet.

Re:I'm having trouble (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797833)

I believe the Geto Boys put it best:

Thought about myself
fuck everyone else,
and they said fuck me too
and we was cool like that.
You see my mission was paper chasin'
and putting my hood on the map.

Re:I'm having trouble (1)

Remik (412425) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797971)

When people are rewarded based solely on need the motivation to produce/thrive becomes non-existant. The only competition is to prove who is worst off, fighting to be on the bottom rung, not to be left out of the handouts. Society stagnates as people have no reason to progress.


Re:that's pathetic (0)

UK_CA_USA (175861) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797828)

everyone has priorities, and that's part of the problem.

we have become so entrenched in our own lives we often forget to place ourselves in a larger context. spend 5 minutes behind the wheel and you'll see what i mean.

people are so afraid of each other they forget that some of us need helping hand. the world would be a better place if each of us donated a a few dollars to a local charity, instead of throwing it away to a commercial pursuit (that may have its artistic merits)

i like a good sci-fi tv show as much as the next guy ....if st:enterprise were to get pulled i might get pretty riled.

Re:that's pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797899)

Charities eat money. If you actually give a shit (I'm quite happy not giving a shit) get off your arse and spend your money helping yourself help others. It will go a lot further.

Re:that's pathetic (3, Insightful)

Remik (412425) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798031)

It sounds to me like you just want everyone else to accept your priorities. Funny though, they haven't landed you in a very tenable position, so I'd think they'd be some of the last for society to adopt as a whole.

Some people need a helping hand, but the epidemic is not at such a level as to begin to decry any spending which does not have immediate and obvious charitable effects (the net effect of your initial post). Even accepting your ethos, you're forgetting that there are hundreds of people who will be losing their jobs if Farscape is canceled. Not just overpaid actors, but average Joe set builders &c.

Your worldview is too narrow. I don't think your initial post was well thought out. If you still hold by the tenets put forth there, then I don't think I have the power or desire to continue to show the error of your ways.


Re:that's pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797893)

"Before you suggest that we have a responsibility to donate to the lowest/needest rung, think for a second on what a race to the bottom looks like. If you're having trouble, read Atlas Shrugged."

And then, once you realize what the lowest rung looks like, donate to the charity that's doing something to eliminate that absolute bottom, that lowest of the low, from society. Donate to the Reform or Kill All Objectivists Fund today!

Re:that's pathetic (2)

Remik (412425) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797988)

Chuckle. Just to clarify, I'm not an Objectivist, I just think that AS is an excellent critique of the sort of thinking that the original poster appears to be espousing.


Re:that's pathetic (1, Insightful)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797778)

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your media conglomerate.

Re:that's pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797847)

Americans spend 100 times more on pet food than they do on feeding the poor, but you don't see anybody feeding their pets to the poor, do you? Perhaps other people's priorities are different then yours. Either get used to it, or become an evil scientist with a scheme to become world dictator.

The Farscape/Poor children connection... (2, Funny)

hackwrench (573697) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797894)

But immagine how much better citizens those children could be if they could only watch Farscape!

PLF (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797742)

The win32 package has the QT codecs.

Saving farscape (2, Insightful)

KlippoKlondike (558812) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797764)

Is television really THAT important? I mean, farscape is entertaining and all, but that's all it is. Entertainment. Aren't their more important things to worry about? I'm not saying it's impossible to care about a tv show, just that there's things out there that matter a lot more. You know, like that group of people that lives in your house and pays all your internet and cable bills and feeds you coffee and pixie stix all day? That's your family, give them money, they deserve it more than hollywood.

Mithril (0)

eadint (156250) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797774)

yea i know its spelled wrong /rant
1) space above and beyond was the best scifi show there was. yea it got into drama but its castrated morons and idiots who prefered the hollywood version of the future ( star trek ). these people odviosly dont understand scociology or science. i dont think that anyone who is actually inteligent likes star trek the future is more like saab than st.
2) far scape was pretty good but why do people with advanced tecknowlogy need some backwards guy. in realyty they would have mugged him left him out in space and used his chip for scrap.
3) what no one has asked
a) if we donate and pay for a farscape episode. can we decide what its about.
b) if it airs will it have commercials.
c) if it does have commercials and makes allot of money then wouldnt our donation then become an investment. and who gets the dividens.
d) follow the money. /rant
how about space above and beyond wearing mithrial duking it out against farscape using opensource spaceship controlls. he he i would donate for that.

Farscape fund (3, Funny)

El (94934) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797796)

And how does this fund help those of us that are too cheap to buy cable?

Re:Farscape fund (0)

plasm4 (533422) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797846)

It would allow another season to be made so you could get it on dvd/irc/kazaa/usenet

personal wearable efforts (5, Informative)

FrenZon (65408) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797820)

If you feel like making your own non-instrusive wearable, one that DOESN'T make you look like a dork, and doesn't require specialist hardware, please check out []

Disclaimer: this is one of my projects.

$200k in PLEDGES (3, Funny)

WPIDalamar (122110) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797821)

So... how many of those pledges are going to fall through when it comes time to pay up? Yeah...

On second thought, never mind. I love that show. I'll pledge the other $600,000!

Re:$200k in PLEDGES (2)

sharkey (16670) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798025)

I'll pledge the other $600,000!

Unfortunately, our caller hung up before we could get his address! But thanks to InstaTrace, we know he is mhughes of Our Pledge Enforcement Van is on the way to the address listed for that domain.

I hate niggers (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797913)

Niggers are the source of this terrible problem. The only way to eliminate it is to eliminate the problem -- the nigger.

Killing all the niggers will not just clean up our streets! No, it will also cleanse our filthy schools into perfect, white bastions of pure aryan learning!

Get rid of all the niggers today!

MPlayer, plays . . . everything (1)

gukin (14148) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797914)

I popped over to, read the stuff, downloaded the CVS version of MPlayer, AND all the codecs they are providing from their site and I watched the Return to Castle Wolfenstein trailer, for the first time, under linux.

One player to play them all: MPlayer.

One stop for all your movie needs:

I hope I don't wind up in jail for violating the DMCA and whatever else.

Way to go, MPlayer folks.

Anthropics (4, Informative)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797958)

These guys [] are doing speech to animation. It is being used [] in phones. No, I don't work there, though I used to work with one of the people there (a long time ago).

Wow, no ATI comments... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4797967)

I click into this story to see what geeks are saying about the update to ATI's drivers and I see lots of comments but not a single one about ATI.

Does this mean it's too late for ATI? Has the entire Linux crowd already gone Nvidia?

text to face (5, Informative)

sarcast (515179) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797981)

The Bud Light site has had a similar feature to this for a while. They call it "making faces" and you can look at it here: []

You can upload your own picture and make it say anything you want, it will animate your face for you and looks pretty passable if you use a good picture.

The company that makes this technology is Pulse Entertainment and they are located at in case you wanted to check them out too.

ATI Fruit Baskets. (3, Insightful)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797987)

Where do we send thank-you cards or fruitbaskets? Emails, too, of course, but it's important to let the folks at ATI know that we appreciate their support of the Linux community, and somehow fruitbaskets seem to speak louder than electrons.

--grendel drago

Re:ATI Fruit Baskets. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4798090)

>remove SPAMM to mail

Time to change the sig... slash 'n crew doesn't let you do that anymore.

Wearable Computing - Could be interesting, but.... (1)

TooTrueTroubs (630665) | more than 11 years ago | (#4797991)

Wearable computing, huh? Could be interesting, but imagine the social snafus that become possible:

You're out on a date and your Cyber-sex mistress instant message's you. How embarassing.

Ransom (3, Insightful)

Myco (473173) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798041)

It seems that the recent innovation of ransoming software into the public domain may have applications in other media. And why not? If the audience for something like Farscape is a devoted corps of fans who are willing to pay up to make it happen, who needs the network after all? Sick of network execs telling you what to watch and calling you a thief if you don't watch every commercial with rapt complicity? Then organize and buy your entertainment direct from its makers. You cut out the middlemen and you get what you want, period.

That's the dream, anyway. I'd love to see it happen, but I'm sure you've all got a thing or two to say about blind idealism right about now.

MIThril: MS Borg begins (1)

bkontr (624500) | more than 11 years ago | (#4798095)

I predict if the OS for MIThril is Microsoft based and becomes popular there will be plenty of odd looking people walking around cursing and it won't be because they have Turret's Syndrome! Imagine if you can, that they were able to tie the brain in into this MS based computer and it had to reboot constantly (I suppose that might be better than crashing constantly).....It would be the beginning of a true MS Borg. You too can be your own choosing.
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