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Sony To Launch 3D TVs By Late 2010

Snowspinner Re:Projectors? (249 comments)

Because you need a screen that will reflect the light back in a polarized fashion. In film terms, you're talking about a screen with silver crystals in it for reflectivity. But those screens are enormously fragile - which is part of why 3-D keeps flopping over in theaters - if one person throws their drink at the screen, or even touches it, the screen is wrecked for good and needs to be replaced.

That's not technology suitable for home usage. Which is why home systems have always been based on field sequential systems of 3-D.

more than 5 years ago
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The Best Game Engines

Snowspinner Nothing even related to idTech? (113 comments)

I'm surprised that the only engine on this list to derive from the Quake family is the Call of Duty engine. I'm not enough of a game engine expert to disagree with any given choice, but it's very, very surprising to me to see one of the major families of engines basically ignored. At the very least, some discussion of its omission seems in order.

more than 5 years ago
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Man Attacked In Ohio For Providing Iran Proxies

Snowspinner I advise caution (467 comments)

I advise caution in believing this story. ProtesterHelp, earlier today, was spreading false information that Mousavi had been arrested on Twitter. The combination makes me suspect attention whoring in lieu of truth.

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Snowspinner Re:Who didn't see this coming? (379 comments)

Oh. Maybe the parent comment was referring to that. But through the 80s, Disney also had a practice of doing theatrical re-releases of its classic animated films - they stopped in favor of home release. Similar practices, but I took re-release to mean theatrical release.

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Snowspinner Re:Nothing to worry about (379 comments)

To be fair, by most accounts Disney has improved over the last year or two. Yes, the era where Home on the Range and Brother Bear were coming out was a bit of a trainwreck. But their most recent animated film, Bolt, did appreciable business and was generally well received. And the buzz they're getting for The Princess and the Frog, their return to traditional animation, is significant. Rapunzel is also getting generally good buzz.

The general sense seems to be that Disney bought Pixar in a large part to get John Lasseter to work on all of their films. And that he's been turning the ship around.

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Snowspinner Re:Who didn't see this coming? (379 comments)

*blink*

Well, yes, but I'm not entirely sure how Toy Story 2 is an example of how Disney is prone to sequels and Pixar is becoming more like Disney.

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Snowspinner Re:Disney sequels that came to a theater near you (379 comments)

Yes, all right, i was (perhaps unfairly) assuming that the comparison was being made between Disney's animated films and Pixar's films. If we are claiming that Monsters Inc 2 is an example of Pixar being more like Kill Bill, then let me be the first to say "oh hell yes."

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Snowspinner Re:Who didn't see this coming? (379 comments)

We'd generally call those DVD releases. "Limited re-release" implies theatrical release.

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Snowspinner Re:Who didn't see this coming? (379 comments)

I'm trying very hard to think of a theatrically released Disney sequel.

Ah yes. The Rescuers Down Under.

I do not believe there is a second. So theatrically released sequels are in fact pretty un-Disney.

I also don't think Disney has done a limited re-release in about 20 years.

more than 5 years ago
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Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

Snowspinner Flatly Untrue (379 comments)

First of all, Pixar has two announced films not mentioned here - The Bear and the Bow and Newt - both of which are original properties. Bear and the Bow is slated to share 2011 with Cars 2, and Newt is set for 2012.

Second of all, the suggestion that the "most likely" date for Monsters Inc 2 is 2012 is tenuous at best. The only time in the last decade Pixar has had a director do two films with only three years in between is when Brad Bird did Ratatouille three years after The Incredibles, and that was him coming on a film in mid-production. If Docter is directing it, it would be surprising to see it before 2013.

This story, in other words, is nonsense - the only actual content to it is that there's a sequel to Monsters Inc.

more than 5 years ago
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The Return of Zork On ScummVM

Snowspinner Re:Venerable? (45 comments)

Fair enough. But if you cut the Bonding plant instead of digging it up, well, don't say I didn't warn you. :)

more than 5 years ago
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The Return of Zork On ScummVM

Snowspinner Venerable? (45 comments)

Return to Zork is hardly a venerable game. It was a rather poor adventure game for the era, with at least one extremely counter-intuitive puzzle, as well as a error you can make very early in the game that renders it unbeatable, and gives you no clue that you've made an error when you make the mistake.

Zork: Grand Inquisitor, the third of Activision's 90s Zork games, was the lone one of that set that can be fairly called Venerable.

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose

Snowspinner The highlight (616 comments)

The highlight of the article is really where he says that being difficult to program for just means that the system offers more opportunities.

I mean, if that was their goal, they should have required coding in INTERCAL.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Helicopter Security Breached By File Sharing

Snowspinner Huh (408 comments)

Maybe the helicopter he has isn't adequate after all.

more than 5 years ago
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The CDA Is Dead, But States Are Trying To Revive It

Snowspinner Re:Something is needed (205 comments)

Eh. I think that puts too high a bar. Generally speaking, if someone is slandering me, I'd rather just find a way to stop the slander than to have an obligation to seek damages. Which is, to my mind, the major advantage of something like the DMCA. Frankly, DMCA takedown notices are vastly superior to actually having lawsuits for damages at every single case of infringement. Now I'm all for reform and a system whereby spurious notices can be treated as the harassment they are. But on the other hand, a system in place that facilitates merely stopping the activity rather than seeking damages and punishment seems to me desirable.

more than 5 years ago
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The CDA Is Dead, But States Are Trying To Revive It

Snowspinner Something is needed (205 comments)

As it stands, Section 230 of the CDA offers a more or less complete safe harbor immunity to any "provider of an interactive service" for law-infringing content, with copyright currently being the only exception.

I could care less about making it easier to out anonymous commentators, and in fact oppose any effort to make that easier. But on the other hand, illegal content is illegal content, and once a provider is notified that they are hosting illegal content, I have no objection with a requirement to take it down or assume liability for it.

more than 5 years ago
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A Wikipedia Conspiracy and the Wall Street Meltdown

Snowspinner Long after the train has left the station... (485 comments)

But for anyone still reading this (and reading at the 1 level, since one assumes this comment ain't going anywhere in moderation), if you want a sane take on naked short selling that isn't from someone with fingers all over the pie, NPR did a piece on naked short selling recently as part of their regular podcast/blog called Planet Money (which is a fantastic primer on the financial crisis in general).

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2008/09/listen_up_naked_short_selling.html is the link for the piece on naked short selling, and it's absolutely worth a listen.

about 6 years ago
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A Wikipedia Conspiracy and the Wall Street Meltdown

Snowspinner Oh give me a break (485 comments)

"Major player in the drama" kind of understates Byrne and Overstock's role in this.

So let's delve into that one a little deeper, shall we? Because the "world-class reporting" (I assume Byrne intends that to refer to the lush praise the Register showers him with) doesn't answer some important questions I have about all of this.

1) Byrne's campaign against naked short selling was always based on the accusation that a "Sith Lord" (his actual words) was manipulating the stock price of Overstock. The current crackdown is about naked short-selling of financial stocks. What evidence does Byrne have of a connection here? And, more importantly, is he ready yet to declare who this mysterious Sith Lord is? If he was the one to originally crack the story of financial manipulation that nearly brought down the global economy, I would hope he'd be ready to uncover this shadowy overlord.

2) On a similar note, if Byrne was aware of this "Sith Lord" who was apparently trying to bring down the global economy, what is his justification for keeping that information a secret instead of taking a concrete step to avert this crisis?

3) In the course of his crusade against Weiss, Byrne and his employee Judd Bagley made active efforts to out the identities of numerous Wikipedia editors, including accusing one of them of being a British spy (with no significant evidence whatsoever). No serious attempt has linked these editors to any stock manipulation - they appear to have been editors who believed Weiss's side of the story - reasonable given the rampant sockpuppeting and personal attacks Byrne and Bagley were engaged in. Off Wikipedia, Bagley also attempted to infect the computers of his critics with spyware as part of his crusade against them. The Register piece isn't entirely clear on whether, in Byrne's opinion, all of this was worth it. Was it?

4) Does Byrne really believe anyone is stupid enough to take a Register article seriously on face value?

Sorry - I'm sure all these important details got squeezed out of the "world class reporting" for space reasons, and not because Byrne is a paranoid liar who claimed his company was failing because of eeeeeeeeeeevil stock manipulation, then declared victory when the tactics he accused people of using were banned because of their use on... totally unrelated companies, and because the Register is a sensationalist gossip rag that likes to run any anti-Wikipedia story they can find no matter how tenuous. Perhaps someone can fill in the gaps in comments? I hope so.

about 6 years ago
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A Wikipedia Conspiracy and the Wall Street Meltdown

Snowspinner Re:Please, please read the fucking article (485 comments)

No. It's not a great piece of investigative reporting. It's a shit piece of investigative reporting that is held together by insinuation at several key steps, and omits details unfavorable to the argument it's trying to make at other key steps.

Let's go into detail.

"An editor at The Journal asked me to write it, and I told him he wouldn't be allowed to publish it," Byrne says. "He insisted that only he controlled what was printed on the editorial page, so I wrote it. Then, after a few days, he got back to me and said 'It appears I can't run this or anything else you write.'"

This is a serious accusation of editorial malfeasance at another newspaper. No reputable publication would print this without a corroborating source. The lack of any detail whatsoever - and the fact that this is, in and of itself, a wildly bigger claim than any of the stuff about Wikipedia makes it clear that no corroborating source exists. This is Byrne making outlandish claims that are being reported without comment, and endorsed by the Register, which goes on to say "The Journal never changed its stance."

In the wake of the SEC's crackdown, the mainstream financial press has acknowledged that widespread and deliberate naked shorting can artificially deflate stock prices, flooding the market with what amounts to counterfeit shares. But for years, The Journal and so many other news outlets ignored Byrne's warnings, with some journalists - most notably a Forbes.com columnist and former BusinessWeek reporter named Gary Weiss - painting the Overstock CEO as a raving madman.

Well, no wonder. Byrne's claim was always that Overstock was being manipulated - by a specific individual he claimed to know the identity of. That's a far cry from "naked shorting can artificially deflate stock prices." But the article treats them as equivalent claims.

Roger Schneider had recently fired his brother from the Ramsey, New Jersey Nationwide office, and he was sitting on Floyd's work PC - which was packed with several thousand email messages. Patrick Byrne soon paid Roger Schneider a visit, and Schneider gave him the machine. Byrne offered $10,000 in return, but Schneider declined.

This is the extent of the hard evidence presented. Now, as someone familiar with Wikipedia who has looked at the situation, I'll note, I'm wholly convinced Mantanmoreland was using sockpuppets against Wikipedia policy. I'm agnostic on whether he's Gary Weiss, but that's more because I dislike picking into editors' real life identities than anything else.

But this is not evidence. The "investigative journalism" that Byrne is praising here is BYRNE'S OWN ACCOUNT OF BUYING A PC WITH E-MAIL RECORDS ON IT! That's not investigative journalism! That's "Hey, I magically got these e-mails, do you want to report on them?" What steps did the Register take to verify the authenticity of the computer and the e-mails? Did the Register get access to the e-mails on the computer Byrne obtained, or were the e-mails forwarded? Did they get the original e-mail files, or screenshots? All of this is hugely material, and completely left out of this "investigative" piece, leaving it as Byrne reporting claims to the Register, then coming to Slashdot and praising the investigative prowess of the Register in repeating what he said to them verbatim.

"Now, admittedly, we - being Wikipedia as a whole - should have listened to Judd in the first place, but there was a long time where Judd's behavior was counter-productive."

Understatement of the year, but detailing the appalling tactics used by Bagley and Byrne on Wikipedia would undermine the Register's point.

The Register has also reviewed emails in which SlimVirgin indicates that she was a classmate of Byrne's at King's College, Cambridge in the late 80s.

What? Were these emails from the same computer? Or is this the e-mail that Bagley already has posted to antisocialmedia.net about this- an e-mail that's to Bagley, from Byrne, and so continues to not elevate this beyond Byrne as a source.

The piece is rife with problems like this. It's innuendo and a few facts stitched together with assertions from a single, involved source with a history of despicable attacks on his enemies. It's not investigative journalism by any standard whatsoever.

about 6 years ago
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A Wikipedia Conspiracy and the Wall Street Meltdown

Snowspinner Re:Oh give me a break (485 comments)

Wikipedia doesn't warrant its information on the quality of its editors, and so their identities are immaterial to the trustworthiness of the articles. Wikipedia warrants its information by making the process transparent - you can see how articles evolved, and, in an article that is done right, you can see citations to where all the information came from. When those citations are missing, you are meant to be cautious.

The identities of the editors are immaterial - Wikipedia has never claimed to be trustworthy because of who its editors are. Given that, anonymity is wholly appropriate, and to go out and try to expose somebody is a petty attempt at harassment.

I say this as someone who edits Wikipedia openly and under my own name. The enemies I've made on Wikipedia have taken active advantage of that, filing spurious reports with my local police to try to subject me to police harassment and intimidation. They openly speculated that they might be able to force me out of my PhD program. That is the price editors pay for giving up anonymity. Judd Bagley openly associates with the editors who tried to subject me to police harassment. Given that, the intentions he has in outing editors should be clear.

about 6 years ago

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