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These are awesome! (0, Interesting)

tommertron (640180) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895052)

I love the idea of these shorts. Kudos to the license holders for doing these.

Slashdot Reloaded (5, Funny)

mao che minh (611166) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895079)

I liken the recent rebirth, revelations, and renaissance of trolling on Slashdot to the soon-to-be-classic epic battle between Neo (played by actor Keanu Reeves) and the rogue virus Agent Smith (portrayed by the esteemed actor Hugo Weaving).

In this climactic and feverishly pitched battle, a rejuvenated Agent Smith confronts Neo. Neo (cmdr taco) has increased his power (anti troll filters) exponentially. Agent Smith (troll) has since developed the ability to infect the "shells" of others, a process which he uses to effectively multiply. At the outset of the battle, Agent Smith attempts to first infect Neo and spread into his "system". The troll filters prove amiable, and Neo easily repels this clever initial attack. Undaunted, the troll (Agent Smith) seeks to gain assistance from those in his surrounding environment. With the most excellent and well placed of trollings, Agent Smith captures the hearts and minds of many others, effectively creating an army in his own image (Trollkore, CLIT, You Fail It, IN SOVIET RUSSIA, etc).

This new army of Agent Smiths pour down upon Neo in a glorious wave of absurdity, brutal character attacks, vulgar ASCII imagery, and unprecedented and unusual tales of sexual escapades. The ensuing melee is a remarkable epic of good vs. evil, as the many trolls continue to pour down upon cmdr taco, seeking to defeat him with an avalanche of numbers. The outcome to this bitter rivalry has yet to be seen.

Which is where we find ourselves tonight gentlemen.

This is a war, and we are soldiers.

Re:Slashdot Reloaded (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895100)

You're a stupid fuck.

Hey, looks like the troll filters aren't that good after all!

IN SOVIET UNION.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895106)

Matrix Reloaded dies at the end of Trinity !

hmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895453)

hmmm how long have you been waiting to crack out that gem?

I'm a thirty second troll! I'm a thirty second... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895554)

Slashdot should cache pages to prevent the Slashdot Effect!

Sure, it's a great idea, but it has a lot of implications. For example, commercial sites rely on their banner ads to generate revenue. If I cache one of their pages, this will mess with their statistics, and mess with their banner ads. In other words, this will piss them off.

Of course, most of the time, the commercial sites that actually have income from banner ads easily withstand the Slashdot Effect. So perhaps we could draw the line at sites that don't have ads. They are, after all, much more likely to buckle under the pressure of all those unexpected hits. But what happens if I cache the site, and they update themselves? Once again, I'm transmitting data that I shouldn't be, only this time my cache is out of date!

I could try asking permission, but do you want to wait 6 hours for a cool breaking story while we wait for permission to link someone?

So the quick answer is: "Sure, caching would be neat." It would make things a lot easier when servers go down, but it's a complicated issue that would need to be thought through in great detail before being implemented.

Better button up your asshole, 'cuz Slashdot is coming to town, and we don't need no steenkin' mirrors! [slashdot.org]

BOOM!

It's AOL! (5, Funny)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895085)

Why are we using BitTorrent to spare AOL's bandwidth?!?!?!? We never use BitTorrent to spare the poor guy who builds a lego robot or whatever and hosts his site on his DSL and then gets slashdotted. Sometimes Slashdot editors can just be so dumb...

Re:It's AOL! (4, Informative)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895243)

Oh, and here are the REAL links to the second episode (as I post this, the links in the article still point to the first episode).
Medium version (recommended for people with non-godly computers, the large version starts skipping frames) [aol.com]
Large version [aol.com]

Re:It's AOL! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895289)

As of this posting, the Large version link is 404'ed.

Re:It's AOL! (0, Troll)

Spy Hunter (317220) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895320)

Try again a couple of times. AOL's servers seem to be having a bit of trouble under the load. They are using some weird load-balancing thing. Once you get through, though, it's nice and fast.

Re:It's AOL! (2, Funny)

ctishman (545856) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895339)

Yeah, by kicking me off at 90% all the time. I've tried about 6 times, and keep getting kicked. P.S.: My "godly" G4/400 doesn't skip any frames. :P

Site is fixed (3, Informative)

Odaeus (563586) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895086)

If you went along earlier today there would have been the pages accessible to download Part 2, except all of the links pointed to the first episode! I think a professional site could do a bit better than that. As some of you may have discovered after downloading a hundred megabyte file. :)

Re:Site is fixed (1)

Obiwan Kenobi (32807) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895254)

I think a professional site could do a bit better than that. As some of you may have discovered after downloading a hundred megabyte file.

I think an informed /.'er would've noticed the filenames were the same...

To those who wasted their bandwidth, its like my friend says "It's your own fault, buddy."

Totally sweet...wget -c rocks... (4, Informative)

`Sean (15328) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895087)

wget -c http://progressive1.stream.aol.com/wb/gl/wbonline/ progressive/thematrix/us/med/animatrixlgfinal_dl.m ov

For those of you who keep getting dropped or get half finished downloads...

Re:Totally sweet...wget -c rocks... (1)

`Sean (15328) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895195)

A blinding flash of the obvious...that's for the large version. Use wget -c with any of the below direct links for the smaller or zipped version.

Re:Totally sweet...wget -c rocks... (-1, Flamebait)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895198)

imagine you actually typed all that shit just to download something..

Welcome to the lovely land of linux.

Windows users, just use a dl manager like getright.

Re:Totally sweet...wget -c rocks... (1)

`Sean (15328) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895250)

Hrm...cutting and pasting the URL into wget is no more work than cutting and pasting the URL into your download manager. Interesting logic. Oh, wait, I had to type -c. I better trash my Mac OS X box and install XP now.

And who said anything about Linux?

Re:Totally sweet...wget -c rocks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895496)

you don't have to cut and paste anything into getright. it starts downloading automatically with a click.

Re:Totally sweet...wget -c rocks... (1)

ElGuapoGolf (600734) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895253)

Yeah... cos nothing like getright exists in Linux.

Oh wait, doesn't Konqueror have a built in download manager? KGet or something? Hrm.

Re:Totally sweet...wget -c rocks... (1)

lamp77 (147098) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895255)

I use wget on windows, it's great. and you don't have to type it all out, copy and paste works fella.

wget IS a download manager.

simpler (1)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895357)

select the text, middle click in a consol to paste it, and remove the spaces because the filter sucks ass.

T3 (0)

sexysasian (592552) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895089)

...Still waiting for Terminator 3.... (please, god, let this movie not suck, because I will surely kill myself)

Re:T3 (3, Funny)

ZaMoose (24734) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895156)

Arnold? Is that you?

I didn't know they even got the Internet in Austria...

Re:T3 (0)

sexysasian (592552) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895373)

Yes. But now I am in American. And a kindergarder teacher. And cop. Oh fuck. I just blew my cover. ::Quickly blaming Austria::

Trinity dies at the end of Matrix Reloaded (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895091)

Trinity dies at the end of Matrix Reloaded
Trinity dies at the end of Matrix Reloaded
Trinity dies at the end of Matrix Reloaded

Feeling a little empty after watching (5, Interesting)

kammat (114899) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895105)

Just finished watching it, and I'm a smidge disappointed. I thought the first half set up an excellent backstory, but here, it's just "We attacked them, we lost, we're a power source," without any kind of expansion. It feels like this half just ended the story without trying to make any details beyond what we've gleaned from the first movie. Wasn't there a first Matrix that crashed and burned due to the people not able to accept it as reality? Was there any debate at all over how long the Dark Storm would last, unless they had some way to clear it afterwards? When did the AI develop the spidery robots?

While I think the Animatrix project has been pretty damn good, I think this one has fallen way short of expectations.

Re:Feeling a little empty after watching (2, Funny)

richlb (168636) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895118)

Yeah, that's the hook to get you to buy the 9 episode DVD. I'm all over that.

Re:Feeling a little empty after watching (2, Insightful)

bobbozzo (622815) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895260)

I don't think the other shorts on the DVD are going to explain it any further.

Re:Feeling a little empty after watching (4, Insightful)

br0ck (237309) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895399)

we're a power source

And it made it worse when the narrator stated that (SPOILER?) "the machines turned to an alternate and readily available power supply, the bioelectric, thermal and kinetic energies of the human body. A newly refashioned symbiotic relationship between the two adversaries was born. The machine, drawing power from the human body, an endlessly multiplying infinitely renewable energy source. This is the very essence of the second renaissance. Bless all forms of intelligence."

Arghh.. bless all forms of intelligence to have a 7th grade understanding of thermodynamics. It's too bad they didn't take the chance to use these shorts to clarify or correct the human battery crossed with a form of fusion explanation from the first movie.

Re:Feeling a little empty after watching (3, Informative)

tdvaughan (582870) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895551)

I've read that the original intention was that the rationale behind farming humans was to use them as nodes in a huge parallel processing computer. However, this idea was dropped because it was thought that your average viewer wouldn't understand it. Unfortunately, can't find a link that would back this up. It would be encouraging if this was true, though.

Re:Feeling a little empty after watching (1)

user311 (320598) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895535)

Theres no big story to the sentinels. The first episode showed them being developed anyway, just watch again and pay more attention to the economic expansion section.

BAD LINKS (4, Informative)

ChrisCampbell47 (181542) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895113)

Those direct links are for the FIRST episode (hence the "Episode1" in the URL). And post the sizes next to the links, these are HUGE (e.g. 140 MB). Better yet, just link to the page, it's really well done and quick.

Natural order of progression (4, Funny)

mahdi13 (660205) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895117)

The latest animatrix short, The Second Renaissance, Part 2 is finally out. This short is the continuation of The Second Renaissance Part 1.

Thanks for clearing that up for me...I was wonder what part was before part 2

Nice to see slashdot promoting legitimate p2p (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895121)

But, with all the illegal [torrentse.cx] stuff also going around, im sure that the **AA's will be going after bittorrent as well!

Because it needs a centralised server (the tracker), it will be easier to knock out!

Re:Nice to see slashdot promoting legitimate p2p (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895487)

that illegal server happens to have .torrent files for DVD rip of the full animatrix

Preaching? (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895122)

"Taken together, these shorts document how, in the matrix universe, "Man was the architect of his own demise."

I dunno, man, I feel like I'm being preached to, again. Like:

Clean out the fridge before you eat something moldy which will make you sick.

Driving an SUV supports terrorism

Ordering french fries supports evil regimes which have WMD

If you don't pick up your room it'll lead to communist world domination.

Technology advances faster than our ability to manage it, eventually it will manage you if you don't watch out.

Some year, first the Matrix 2, then T3... What's the message here? Fear technology? Screw that.

Re:Preaching? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895145)

Dude, you forgot the biggie:

Trinity dies at the end of Matrix: Reloaded

Re:Preaching? (-1, Offtopic)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895209)

Dude, you forgot the biggie:

# Trinity dies at the end of Matrix: Reloaded

Probably ate something which spoiled in the back of the fridge...

Re:Preaching? (1)

Uberbah (647458) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895471)

Then why is she being credited for Revolutions [imdb.com] ?

Re:Preaching? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895577)

Then why is she being credited for Revolutions [imdb.com]?

I'll tell you why.

"Neo... you must go to the Dagobah system. There you will learn from the Matrix hacker who instructed me."

Re:Preaching? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895223)

I believe the message is to fear man's use, or misuse, of technology.

Afterall, one doesn't need to worry about machines being a disaster when they become "self-aware" (in Terminator's case) if they weren't built for DESTRUCTION in the first place.

Re:Preaching? (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895281)

I believe the message is to fear man's use, or misuse, of technology.

Afterall, one doesn't need to worry about machines being a disaster when they become "self-aware" (in Terminator's case) if they weren't built for DESTRUCTION in the first place.

Yeah, but think about that kind of up-time! *sigh* Probably never see it in my lifetime...

Re:Preaching? (1)

ttrafford (62500) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895290)

I thought it was clear that the message was that people are stupid and thus fear anything that is different from themselves. Oh, and we would rather have someone killed than to suffer loss of profit.

Re:Preaching? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895404)

I thought it was clear that the message was that people are stupid and thus fear anything that is different from themselves.

I find mother nature employs the latest technology. I don't fear nature, but I do respect it.

Re:Preaching? (1, Insightful)

dalassa (204012) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895295)

I got the feeling after the first one that the creators opinion of the average intelligence of its audience was around the level of fungus. So humans are bad evil and nasty with no redeeming qualities, machines are warm and fuzzy and just like us except nicer.

Something with actual conflict or shades of gray would be nice. Especially with the complete reversal of roles in the Animatrix.

Re:Preaching? (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895325)

It's a fucking cartoon, guy.

I'm sure you were expecting deep thought provoking cinema.

I expected the same thing from "Superfriends" but instead I get superman flying to the moon (split in two by bizarro) and welding it back together with his heat vision.

Batman flew there with him. Not only can Batman fly, but both can survive in the vacuum of space.

But know what?

It's a cartoon written for little kids.

Re:Preaching? (1)

Uberbah (647458) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895437)

It's a fucking cartoon, guy.

If its so unimportant to you, then why are you being such a dick? People who randomly rag on people for ordinary statements suxor.

wrong links (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895124)

The "direct links" are wrong, they point to the episode 1. Here are the correct ones:
http://progressive1.stream.aol.com/wb/gl/wb online/ progressive/thematrix/us/med/2R2_640_dl.zip
http: //progressive1.stream.aol.com/wb/gl/wbonline/ progressive/thematrix/us/med/2R2_480_dl.zip
http: //progressive1.stream.aol.com/wb/gl/wbonline/ progressive/thematrix/us/med/2R2_320_dl.zip

Re:wrong links (1)

pythas (75383) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895152)

Thanks. I noticed the file names were the same as the old one, and was about to ask.

A Third Party Animatrix Movie (-1, Troll)

LamerX (164968) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895131)

Looks to me like someone else created thier own Animatrix movie. Like fan fiction. It's kinda cool...

http://students.uw.edu/~smithj/matrix.html [tubgirl.com]

Re:A Third Party Animatrix Movie (-1, Offtopic)

satanami69 (209636) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895184)

You are a failure. You didn't even use a cleaver URL redirect. You do realize that ./ shows this http://students.uw.edu/~smithj/matrix.html as [tubgirl.com]?

Re:A Third Party Animatrix Movie (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895360)

You are a failure (and not very clever), you didn't spell clever right. Die you dickless fucktard asswipe.

Re:A Third Party Animatrix Movie (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895197)

loser.

+5 Insightful (0, Offtopic)

GodHead (101109) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895135)

I can't wait for the "So, now we like the MPAA now?" posts! +5 for sure.

They're always interesting to me. I know some think that type of post is stupid crap, but I'm actually part of post-backlash-"hate the RIAA/MPAA" posts. They're kind of kitsch and retro.

Re:+5 Insightful (1)

belloc (37430) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895380)

I know some think that type of post is stupid crap, but I'm actually part of post-backlash-"hate the RIAA/MPAA" posts. They're kind of kitsch and retro.

Yeah, well *I'm* part of the post-post-backlash-"love the 'hate the RIAA/MPAA' posts". They reek of kitschness and retrosity to the point of putrescence. That makes me much cooler than the people that just hate the RIAA posts, and a bit cooler than you, who just love those posts. People who like or hate things just to put themselves beyond the cutting edge of the cuttingest edgest stuff, really rock, which I'm sure was your point. But since I took it one step further, it's my point now. No tagbacks, double stamp it.

Belloc

Redundant categories? (0, Offtopic)

LeninZhiv (464864) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895136)

I can understand on one level creating a huge number of categories if it's to show off one's nifty icons, but why have both "Media" and "Movies" if their both going to have the same picture?

(At article heading on top of this page.)

SVCD has been out for a week or so (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895139)

Already have the svcd with this episode. Thanks, tho.

Full DVD Release. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895154)

You guys know the full DVD release is already on the news groups right?...

The CG in the "Last stand of the oberon" or something is crazy...

Anyway.. search for it.. youll find it.

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Links might be wrong (5, Informative)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895189)

I think those links are wrong, I only tried the large one. Here's some new links -

Large [aol.com] 640x272 - 138 MB
Medium [aol.com] 480x204 - 87 MB
Small [aol.com] 320x136 - 31 MB

Or you can go here [intothematrix.com] .

FULL ANIMATRIX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895393)

http://10mbit.com/suprnova/The.Animatrix.STV.DVDRi p.SVCD-TCF.torrent

http://torrentse.cx/download.p hp?file=Animatrix.Xvid.fixedaudio.avi.torrent

htt p://torrentse.cx/download.php?file=The.Animatrix.S TV.DVDRip.SVCD-TCF.torrent

Mod Parent UP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895410)

mod me up. don't you want to watch the whole shebang?

Must be a glitch in the Matrix... (1)

mh101 (620659) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895483)

When I first went to the Animatrix site, the download links were exactly as posted in the article, which are for the Part 1 not Part 2. Checking in a half-hour later, the links on the site were what they should be.

Animatrix on DVD out soon (5, Informative)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895193)

The entire series of 9 short CG-Animatrion/Japanese Anime films will soon be available on DVD. Depending on your MPAA stance (and what day of the week it is) follow the white rabbit via one of the links below to pre-order your copy.

Official web site [intothematrix.com]
Amazon US [amazon.com] : available 3 June
Amazon UK [amazon.co.uk] : available 2 June

Re:Animatrix on DVD out soon (1)

afidel (530433) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895279)

I don't have anything against seeing movies (boycotting the whole movie industry is pointless, there just aren't enough people who care), but there is no way that I would pay $18.74 plus S&H for a DVD of shorts that are available for free online.

Re:Animatrix on DVD out soon (2, Informative)

ymgve (457563) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895538)

don't have anything against seeing movies (boycotting the whole movie industry is pointless, there just aren't enough people who care), but there is no way that I would pay $18.74 plus S&H for a DVD of shorts that are available for free online.

Four of them are available online. The remaining five are not - one of them were shown as a pre-movie to Dreamcatcher, the other four will only be available on DVD.

Re:Animatrix on DVD out soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895573)

All of them are available online!
Go to your favorite l33t w4r3z ftp!

Actually, I've seen them all. The best ones are the ones online.

Re:Animatrix on DVD out soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895561)

Don't know where you've been matey...

...but the full DVD (abet being converted to vcd/svcd) has been released to the wild wild web for a few days now...

...downloaded me a copy over night via my local news server (usenet), various versions floating around, - The.Animatrix.DVDRip.XViD-DVL.avi (or dvl-animatrix.avi) [733968384) or tcf-animtx1 or tcf-tama / tcftamb (in .bin/cue format)

I'm still gonna buy the DVD when it's released, same as the soundtrack i'll buy when i get home tonight.

Re:Animatrix on DVD out soon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895587)

"I don't have anything against seeing movies (boycotting the whole movie industry is pointless, there just aren't enough people who care), but there is no way that I would pay $18.74 plus S&H for a DVD of shorts that are available for free online."

One wouldn't think that there's a market for sticking large rubber objects one's ass, but hey, the buttplug industry is thriving!

Just because you don't want it doesn't mean someone else doesn't.

FULL Animatrix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895201)

has been out for days on bittorent sites. it's shown up as a 2 SVCD set & as an XViD... mayhaps you boys would be interested in that?

Never seen this coming... (4, Funny)

ePhil_One (634771) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895204)

This short is the continuation of The Second Renaissance Part 1.

Never saw this one coming... :^)

The Second Renaissance and Lameness (3, Interesting)

ink (4325) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895231)

I think these were the worst shorts of those that I've seen online and in the theaters. The plotline, while interesting, is overly simplistic with the nice, sweet, never-harming robots simply wanting their own state while the cruel, evil humans only want to enslave them. It glosses over issues such as the previous human occupiers of the new robot state, or human sympathizers (geeks?) and the real problems with granting sentient-status to the machines. I realize it's just a short, and that it's told from the perspective on another computer (the Zion archive...?), but I still felt that it was a (very) poor-man's Metropolis. If you did enjoy it, please pick up Metropolis and check it out, you'll probably love it.

I HATE Metropolis, but I LOVE (-1, Troll)

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.zip?? (3, Insightful)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895249)

What exactly is the reason behind trying to compress already compressed audio and video files again? The size reduction, if you happen to get one, is negligable and it tends to make the file slightly bigger from what I've seen. I've never really understood this.

Re:.zip?? (1)

lamp77 (147098) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895277)

it cut 10 megs off the big file, that's 10 megs times a zeelion beelion /. users, that's a lotta megawhacks.

Error Checking (2)

Senjutsu (614542) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895288)

You might not get much compression, but at least you'll know that that 140 meg file you just hauled down isn't corrupt three-quarters of the way through.

Re:.zip?? (0)

erwinkarim (614392) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895355)

it's actually so you may be able to download the file, esp in windows. if you just click the file it self, it will play in the browser instead of downloading it.

animatrix is already out on the net (0)

facts (257980) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895282)

The.Animatrix.DVDRip.XViD.READ.NFO-DVL among others, anyways i enjoyed the animation, but am not a big fan of anime

not like this, not like this... (1)

nite_warrior (151737) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895309)

damn... I've been reloading animatrix [slashdot.org] web page since May first all the time, and when I take for 5 minutes, the short is released... anyway, Thanks all of u for the mirrors at bit torrent, now, if someone has The Final Flight of the Osiris would be great :)

Freenet Link (4, Insightful)

E1ven (50485) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895328)

It's advisable to download this using Freenet [freenetproject.org] , rather than BitTorrent, as Freenet has a more robust, permanent network, and has many hundreds of nodes that might have never seen this file, but will automatically begin to share it, if it becomes popular.

That means faster download speeds. The RedHat 9 ISO files were downloading at over 120KB/sec on Freenet.

There is also the advantage that the link does not go down, when the people close their download windows ;)

You can Download a copy of Freenet here [freenetproject.org] , and donate Here [freenetproject.org]

I had just uploaded it, but apparently the direct links in the story were wrong, so I've re-uploaded Episode 1 of the Animatrix. I'll try to provide a freenet link again soon, but I suspect it will be too late for most people ;)

-Colin

Re:Freenet Link (1)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895508)

Actually I would advise downloading this from AOL directly. This isn't some file hosted on a colleges T3, this is a file hosted on a site run by a HUGE corporation. They have insane amounts of bandwidth and we should use it up before relying on people like us who really need their bandwidth. I'm getting around 250K/sec from AOL so it seems like they don't have much of a bandwidth problem.

Obvious (1, Funny)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895347)

"The latest animatrix short, The Second Renaissance, Part 2 is finally out. This short is the continuation of The Second Renaissance Part 1.

No shit sherlock.

Pfft (1)

JediTrainer (314273) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895397)

Ok, while BitTorrent was great for downloading the Redhat 9 ISOs when they came out (I got them overnight when all the mirrors were being hammered), I was only getting a 9k/sec download rate with BT.

Switch over to the direct link, and I'm getting 85k/sec. With AOL having all this bandwidth, what's the point of using BT?

Re:Pfft (1)

mh101 (620659) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895503)

only 85k/sec? I maxed out at 220 (average of ~150) cause I was lucky enough to get it before they were slashdotted. =)

what about nukes EMPs? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895433)

1. The Second rennisance is by far the best (two) of the clips. All of the others were mediocre.
2. Refering to the nuclear war between ZEROONE and humanity, TSR says: "The Machines were unaffected by the radiation" What about the EMPs that nukes generate?

The movies don't play well with mplayer (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895476)

At least the 3 ones I have don't. The image looks fine and the sound sounds fine, but according to mplayer the sound codec takes an awful lot of CPU time, and I get a really horrible loss of sync between audio and video. Video goes something like two times slower than it should.

I can play other movies just fine, with a CPU usage of under 10%, but these ones keep my CPU at maxium. I suppose that an Athlon MP 2000+ should be enough to decode these ones, right?

Minor spolier (4, Insightful)

ymgve (457563) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895488)

They still don't explain how a human in itself can generate more energy than it costs to maintain that very same human alive and well in the Matrix.

That is a major plot hole for me, and I hoped they would use the possibility here to explain it in greater detail. But noo. Just a tiny bit of plot that amounts to 'the war started, we darkened the sky, then we lost and got put in the Matrix'.

(Since this is anime, they could have gone wacky with this. For example, say that humans posess a unique ability to harvest immense amounts metaphysical energy, and that the Matrix somehow taps this energy. Much better than the 'new form of fusion' crap explanation.)

dissapoiting (1)

Archon-X (264195) | more than 10 years ago | (#5895514)

..I've seen all of them [thanks to the wonders of technology] and found the two mentioned [2nd ren] very dissapointing. The rest of the series turn into pulsating factals with colours that look like a bad trip.

However, look out for 'beyond', and the one about the P.I - it's very good. ..as an incidental, for anyone who saw XMEN2 - did you notice that the screen was flickering morethan normal? was it just me, or is this that new anti-cam thing? If i thought about it my eyes started running uncontrollably!

Anyone got these in MPEG yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#5895531)

I've never gotten the quicktime thing to work. The audio is always st-stu-stuttering.

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