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Amazon Nears Debut of Original TV Shows

Jherico Re:Way to miss the mark Amazon. (66 comments)

There are a bunch of comedies and a bunch of kids shows because Amazon is probably going to start of producing a comedy and a kid's show, because they're both proven genres. Having decided to do so, they produced a bunch of pilots in each genre with the intent of picking one or two of the best results. People keep reacting to these pilots as if they're the first episodes of a set of series Amazon will make, but they're not.

Also, while the networks are overloaded on comedies, they're sadly lacking in stuff that includes the way real human beings talk (i.e. saying fuck) or stuff that can include drug humor, so there's plenty of room for doing stuff that hasn't been seen before.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Nears Debut of Original TV Shows

Jherico Re:Coincidentally I just watched two of the pilots (66 comments)

Well, suffice to say that spreading their dollars across numerous pilots instead of one single show gets you what you expect: utter trash.

You can't compare the budget with House of Cards with the budget spent on these episodes. Amazon didn't make these pilots as an alternative to spending a lot of money on a single show. They did it as a prelude to spending a bunch of money on one or two shows.

I'm pretty certain Netflix produced a bunch of pilots which were equally as shaky as the Amazon work. The only difference is that those weren't shown to the general public, just focus groups and Netflix execs, and they picked the ones that they thought had the most promise. Many, if not most shows start out with a pilot that isn't nearly as good quality as the finished product, and not all series air a pilot as the first episode.

Your reaction to the pilots is pretty much why pilots don't get shown to the general audience: because most people go in with an expectation built up over years of watching final products.

about a year and a half ago
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How Would an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Die?

Jherico Re:To an outside observer he'd never die (412 comments)

This depends on the size of the black hole. The larger the black hole, the smaller the tidal forces at the actual event horizon, in which case you're correct, he just seems to slow down and redshift from an outside observer. However, for a small enough black hole he'll be ripped apart and quite dead long before he reaches the event horizon. If it's small enough to have a hot accretion disk (whether the disk is there or not).

about a year and a half ago
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NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor

Jherico Re:Sounds Highly Dubious (368 comments)

Read it again. It says the nickel becomes copper, which means that the proton isn't ejected from the nucleus. The energy of it and the electron will end up getting distributed as thermal energy. I suppose you might get some beta radiation at the edges if electron escape the nucleus with enough energy, but that's nowhere nearly as dangerous as something like a fast neutron.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

Jherico Re:"Buddy Network" (347 comments)

He got a threatening letter from a law firm, not a summons. If they brought an actual case against him you would be correct that ignoring it would be stupid, but ignoring asshat extortion lawyergrams is a perfectly legitimate tactic.

about a year and a half ago
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Perl's Glory Days Are Behind It, But It Isn't Going Anywhere

Jherico Re:Wait, what? (379 comments)

Defining and using the regex inline is a bug, not a feature. It typically means you're putting regex literals into the code, which is just as bad as peppering your code with hard-coded constants.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Ray Kurzweil's Google Project May Be Doomed To Fail

Jherico Re:Ah! (354 comments)

I hope Kurzweil succeeds simply so that we can assign the resulting AI the task of arguing with these critics about whether it's experience of consciousness is any more or less valid than theirs. It probably won't shut them up, but it might allow the rest of us to get some real work done.

about a year and a half ago
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How Do YOU Establish a Secure Computing Environment?

Jherico Re:Yes. (314 comments)

Excellent summation. A more concise version can be found here, from whnce this quote comes:

I am regularly asked what average Internet users can do to ensure their security. My first answer is usually, "Nothing--you're screwed."

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

Jherico Re:hmm (430 comments)

That's fine, but that means that you can't look at a reasonable diff prior to checkin, unless your diffing tools also do the inverse formatting on checking out the old version to diff against. This means every auto-formatting option has to be deterministic and reversible. It also means your code review tools have to support it. This quickly spirals into an every growing list of requirements that rapidly becomes much more onerous than simply following the fucking standard.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

Jherico Re:Learn your tools. (430 comments)

I imagine what the original poster was hoping for was something along the lines of tools that magically converted to and from the 'standard' convention to his local standard so that he can ignore the global standard. Unfortunately this isn't really feasible given the number of items in the typically development toolchain that would have to support this functionality.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

Jherico Fix your damn tools (430 comments)

As a result, I've [wasted] hundreds of hours in code reviews because [I couldn't follow instructions]

FTFY.

about 2 years ago
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Misunderstanding of Prior Art May Have Led to Apple-Samsung Verdict

Jherico Re:Que the False Narratives (503 comments)

You're not countering my point. You're just being an asshole. My examples weren't meant to be illustrative, not definitive. Also, that is a suppressor, not a silencer. There is no gun you can shoot that makes a 'phut' noise and won't draw the attention of everyone in a 20 meter radius.

Yeah, a lot of people have misconceptions, which is often why there are expert witnesses to clarify issues that aren't commonly in the general body of knowledge. However, that doesn't mean that any knowledge not gleaned from an expert witness is forbidden.

about 2 years ago
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Misunderstanding of Prior Art May Have Led to Apple-Samsung Verdict

Jherico Re:Que the False Narratives (503 comments)

You're expected to go into the juror room with your existing body of knowledge, plus the instructions, plus the evidence and present a verdict. The judge didn't clarify stuff because they're not allowed to unilaterally change the wording on the instructions, which have been agreed on by multiple parties. If you and or your jury decided that 'can't consider anything other than the evidence' as meaning a particular thing, well that's up to you and that jury. From http://www.osbar.org/public/jurorhandbook.htm:

If you have special knowledge or information about any of the facts of a particular case , you should not communicate that information to other jurors. In deciding a case jurors are expected to bring to bear all the experience, common sense and common knowledge they possess; but they are not to rely on any private source of information

Emphasis mine

That means you can't use the fact that you happen know the defendant is left handed, or that the company he works for is releasing a new thing next week (because you work for the company too). On the other hand, if you know that guns can't be fired underwater, or that silencers as presented in movies don't actually exist, and it's pertinent to the case, you can fucking well say so. You just can't look stuff up that you don't already know.

about 2 years ago
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Misunderstanding of Prior Art May Have Led to Apple-Samsung Verdict

Jherico Re:Que the False Narratives (503 comments)

If he held a patent and it didn't come up in jury selection, well that's the fault of the lawyers. If it did come up in jury selection and he lied, I'd assume that would have a heavy impact on appeals, maybe even void the verdict. He'd probably get some jail time too. If it did come up in jury selection and he told the truth, it's up to the judge to decide if it constitutes bias (and they'll often base that off of asking the person if they feel they'd be biased) and it's up to the lawyers to decide if they want to use one of their limited number of juror exceptions.

about 2 years ago
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Misunderstanding of Prior Art May Have Led to Apple-Samsung Verdict

Jherico Re:Que the False Narratives (503 comments)

Yes, I have served on a jury. The idea that you can only consider the evidence presented doesn't mean you have to operate in a vacuum. If someone's alibi hinged on their ability to fly like superman and the opposing side didn't present any evidence one way or another, are you unable to use your knowledge that people can't fly unassisted when deciding? No, that would be stupid. Jurors are assumed to have a basic level of understanding of the world in order to do their jobs, and further, the lawyers on both sides have ample opportunity to reject people on the basis of bias (caused by too much specific knowledge in a given domain, or for no stated reason at all).

about 2 years ago
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Misunderstanding of Prior Art May Have Led to Apple-Samsung Verdict

Jherico Re:Que the False Narratives (503 comments)

You're not allowed to ferret out evidence related to the case at hand. That does not mean you can't use your own existing knowledge of a given domain. If a trial hinges on whether the earth is flat or round, but no evidence is presented at the trial showing one way or another, you can still use your knowledge that the earth is round. It's possible people will use domain 'knowledge' that is incorrect, the hope is that at least the prevailing knowledge on the topic is correct. If that's not the case, or you have a forceful personality pushing bad ideas, well, that's just a failing to jury trials.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung's Comparison of Galaxy S To iPhone

Jherico Re:Damning Evidence in the Ars Article (383 comments)

So is the Epig 4G Sprint variant of the Galaxy S. I'd suggest Sprint made the changes to the form factor and placement of items because of concern over similarities to the iPhone, except that the Spring Galaxy S II variant doesn't have any of the changes that were on the Epig 4G. It's practically a reference model Galaxy S II.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

Jherico Re:Greg Egan (1130 comments)

One of my favorite authors, and I'm surprised he's not more widely read, although I feel his more recent work has gone a little off the rails. However, I wouldn't really call him 'under-appreciated'. His works tend to get included in a lot of collections, even if he doesn't have the notoriety of an Asimov, Heinlein, or Herbert.

more than 2 years ago
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Stuxnet/Flame/Duqu Uses GPL Code

Jherico Re:Not gonna happen (221 comments)

They're not going to give out the source code AND it's not illegal for them not to do so. The GPL will either fall under copyright law, or general contract law, depending on whether you consider it to fall under Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the constitution or not. Either way, both sets of laws are superseded by national security concerns, which certainly would cover a cyberweapon developed by the US government. I would no more expect the US to release the details of this software than I would expect then to release all the details of a nuclear weapon if for some reason because the GPL somehow required it.

more than 2 years ago

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Google Maps adds 'questing' layer

Jherico Jherico writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jherico writes "Google Maps has added an 8-Bit retro 'Quest' layer to their maps website. Sayeth the blog: "In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn't access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide.""
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1 MW LENR plant supposedly to come online tommorow

Jherico Jherico writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jherico writes "Andrea Rossi (covered here a few times before) is scheduled to bring his 1MW plant online tomorrow. This will likely either be the point where 'unexpected technical difficulties' unmask this for the scam it is, or the presence of an actual 1MW plant with no chemical fuel source will silence a lot of skeptics. What would you do if it were real?"
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Netflix offers second price hike in 6 months

Jherico Jherico writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jherico writes "Having added a $1 surcharge for blu-ray access in October, Netflix has decided the best way to deal with the recession is to raise the price again.

As we buy more, you are able to choose from a rapidly expanding selection of Blu-ray titles. And as you've probably heard, Blu-ray discs are substantially more expensive than standard definition DVDs — often as much as 30% more. We're committed to providing a high quality Blu-ray experience for our members who choose to add Blu-ray access, and in order to do that we need to adjust Blu-ray pricing. As a result, the monthly charge for Blu-ray access is increasing for most plans and will now vary by plan.

The new pricing is essentially $1 per slot in your plan, plus $1 for the account, i.e. $6 for a 5-at-a-time plan. Customer response has been immediate and venemous."

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