top Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered
Light heeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr. LIGHT HEEEERRRRRRRR.
top The Technical Difficulty In Porting a PS3 Game To the PS4
You realize the PS3's hardware WAS exotic right? That's exactly why it's hard! Write code optimized for multiple SPE units, and see how well you can get it to run on x86.
top Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?
Probably not for most people, but I do it all the time on film sets. Rather than carry a workstation, you can just cary a laptop and a thunderbolt chassis with a RED ROCKET card for playback and transcoding. On location, this is a lifesaver.
top Hollywood's Love of Analytics Couldn't Prevent Six Massive Blockbuster Flops
Citizen Kane has a shit ton of special effects. Double exposures, matte paintings and set extensions, miniatures, etc. In fact the film is known for using these techniques very well.
top Next-Next Generation Video: Introducing Daala
We already have good codecs for professional use, lossy and lossless, that support alpha channels. For lossless there's Animation or DPX, for lossy Prores or DNxHD, etc. These codecs are standardized and supported by a wide variety of hardware and software. I think anybody doing this type of work professionally is going to be using already proven established codecs. There's nothing old, clunky, or painful about these (maybe animation).
about a year and a half ago
top The Hypocrisy In Silicon Valley's Big Talk On Innovation
Pretty much anybody can fly an airplane under general aviation, yet you see relatively few nasty accidents. This is because, surprise, it's much more difficult to get a pilot's license than a driver's license because the standards are high. I imagine flying cars would be no different.
about a year and a half ago
top EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems
Show me where a complete, working crack of Diablo 3 is. Oh wait there isn't one since so much of the code runs server side. What's out there is a buggy half playable mess with tons of missing content. When you run tons of code and serve content server side, you can't just crack it and call it a day. It's delusional to think pirates will win if the industry goes with these methods.
about a year and a half ago
The Hobbit's 48fps Is a Good Thing
That's irrelevant. The CMOS sensor on the RED works the same way as a frame of film - it is activated and exposed to light in exactly the same way, for a fraction of a second depending on the desired shutter speed. The only difference is that the shutter is electronic (turning the sensor on and off) vs mechanical, and even new digital cameras like the Sony F65 have mechanical shutters exactly like film cameras.
top Saudi Arabia Implements Electronic Tracking System For Women
It's not racism, just an observation that parents usually teach children values similar to their own.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?
"Answer #1: Any professional with any ambition at all. Collective bargaining agreements are a noose around the neck of anybody with the ambition to better themselves."
Bullshit. How do you figure? You are always free to negotiate yourself above and beyond what your union sets for everybody. I negotiate my salary myself on union jobs ALL THE TIME, and haven't worked for the union minimum in a long long time.
top Brazilian Judge Orders 24-hour Shutdown of Google and Youtube
You can yell fire in a theatre, and there is nothing illegal about the speech itself. However, you would be charged with reckless endangerment, or if someone were trampled, manslaughter. Censoring the speech is bad because you cannot know the context before hand. All you can do is base law on actions, not words.
top Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?
I routinely work 10-12 hour days in the film industry. You can absolutely get more done and better utilize your time on set, and only working 8 hours a day would seriously impact productions. 12 hours is standard. Of course, it pays extremely well so after many weeks of doing this I can take off a month or two. I would rather work 12 hours a day for 3 months then get 2 months off than work 5 days a week every week for 32 hours and basically only get weekends.
top The Extremes of Internet Gaming In South Korea
The difference is that if you are a player in say, the NFL, you will make a ton of money, and after 8-12 years retire and draw a pension from the NFL. Bench warmers make 150K+ a year, so if you're even halfway decent you will be making good money.
But in E-Sports, the 150K figure is for the very best. The very best are making less than a bench warmer in the NFL. Being the very best means practicing in your team house for 10-12 hours per day. Many top Starcraft players have needed surgery for RSI injuries.So even if you're the best in the world, you're going to get 10 years at best. You think 150K a year is a lot, but after your career is over what do you do? What skills do you have? All you can do is play a video game. You're hostage to it. Former top players have gone on to become coaches, and this is the only real progression left. If you are near the middle or bottom of the pack, your situation is even worse since you have less money. This is not a long term career like traditional professional sports is.
top ACLU Questions Privacy of License Plate Scanners
That may be against the law. A better way is to put infrared lights around the plate. It in no way obscures the plate visually to the human eye, but cameras will see a big bright mess.
top Hollywood Acts Warily At Comic-Con
This is because a higher frame rate in games means it is more responsive, and since you are interacting with it, fast response time is necessary for lots of genres like FPS or fighting. You are not interacting with the film, so the frame rate is merely a stylistic choice. 24fps is not bad; it merely gives a certain look. 48 fps is also not bad; it just gives a different look.
top Sony To Acquire Cloud Gaming Company Gaikai for $380 Million
The idea behind Cloud gaming is that you can have one device that can play games on many platforms and complexities. The whole point is to do the heavy rendering and calculations on the server and stream the result to the client, so that you don't have to keep upgrading when a new console comes out, or when a game's hardware requirements go up.
top On the iPhone and Apple's Meteoric Rise To the Top
First, redo the Mac Pro. Make a chassis that works like a tower, but can have a rack drawer attached so it can be slammed into a standard enclosure. Offer not just 8Gbs FC cards, but NICs with enough packet offloading power so FCoE is workable.
All apple needs to do is include 2 thunderbolt ports, each on separate busses. Who needs FC when you have thunderbolt? Add USB 3 and new graphics cards; that's all I could ask for as a pro right now. There are so many thunderbolt video and audio devices coming out, it's sickening it's not on the mac pro yet.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?
You'll miss a lot by having inner light as your first episode. Part of the power is that Picard changes a bit; he goes from not liking kids to having them, from being single to having a wife, etc. You'll lose all that if you haven't familiarized yourself with the character by watching other episodes.
The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators
You can see non gimicky 3D right now: Prometheus. Say what you will about the film, the 3D is not a gimmick, and greatly enhances the experience. I felt like I was looking at real person when Charlie was looking in the mirror and saw the thing in his eye. Creepy as fuck. The cesarian was also creepy as fuck in 3D as well, not because of in your face effects, but because you really felt as if you were right there looking at real people. That's the future of 3D: subtle enhancement.
Diablo 3 Banhammer Dropped Just Before RMAH Goes Live
You joke, but being able to cheat was why I loved Diablo 2. It's so terrible and boring to level and grind for good gear, so to make it much more bearable I would use a trainer to give my character what they needed. This made the game much more interesting since I could skip all the grinding and just find out which types of characters would be fun to play, and which skills and skill combinations would be effective on Hell difficulty. I saw no reason to waste my time grinding, when that's not what I enjoyed. I wasn't harming anybody else, as this was all on open battle.net or Single Player.
This is also why I did not buy D3 - it's forcing me to grind for levels and gear, or worse, BUY gear. No thanks.
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