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Chrome May Drop the URL Bar

ThisIsForReal Those that want it (343 comments)

already press F11. No need to make it a default.

more than 3 years ago

Long Takes In the Movies, Antidote To CGI?

ThisIsForReal Re:Henry V (295 comments)

Jim Emmerson, who runs a blog that's tied in with Roger Ebert's site, has written extensively about long shots. Here's one of his blog entries that highlights some real cinematic gems:

Scanner Blog

more than 4 years ago

Star Wars Films In 3D Due In 2012

ThisIsForReal Re:Oh no. Not again. (409 comments)

You're missing out. This review is almost art - perhaps the funniest coherent performance on the internet.

Yes, we all know the guy's voice is annoying, but it's so delightfully funny and painful how he shows what little regard Lucas had for story. Absolutely brilliant, I've watched it three times.

more than 4 years ago

Google, Apple Settle Justice Dept. Hiring Probe

ThisIsForReal Chris O'Brien summed it up best: (73 comments)

How dumb was this ill-conceived and poorly executed conspiracy? Let us count the ways.

1. There is no way that potential savings from these ridiculous schemes could have warranted the risks. Just how much money are we talking about saving by not losing a few important employees? Thousands? Chump change. Dumb.

2. Whatever the costs, we're talking about multinational corporations with billions of dollars in the bank. Really, they couldn't dip into those rainy day funds to counter a few offers? It's not just miserly. It's dumb.

3. We knew Apple was a bully. Turns out, it is an even bigger bully than we realized. According to the complaint: "Apple requested an agreement from Adobe to refrain from cold-calling each other's employees. Faced with the likelihood that refusing would result in retaliation and significant competition for its employees, Adobe agreed." Pissing off a key ally? Dumb.

4. Now, everyone working at one of these companies has got to be thinking the same thing: "Did I get screwed?" That's not exactly the kind of gung-ho, morale-building conversations you want going on. Dumb.

5. Those who do think they got the shaft may sue. And because this is an antitrust finding, the settlement will allow anyone who wins in federal court to "recover three times the damages the person has suffered." Say goodbye to whatever measly amounts the companies saved through these agreements. Dumb.

6. People maintained lists. They kept records. According to the complaint: "Pixar instructed human resources personnel to adhere to the agreement and maintain a paper trail in the event Apple accused Pixar of violating the agreement." Dumb.

7. Under this settlement, the Justice Department gets to check up on the companies just about whenever it pleases. Thought the federal government was interfering too much before? Well, congratulations. It will get worse. Dumb.

8. Did they really not think this would come to light? Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

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more than 4 years ago

My Camera ...

ThisIsForReal Re:And you shovel coal into it (342 comments)

And all of us hipsters that accidentally stumbled upon slashdot use Polaroids. Right guys? Guys? Why do I hear crickets?

more than 4 years ago

Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

ThisIsForReal Re:Wait... (434 comments)

Antennas are great. You should try one sometime.

more than 4 years ago

New Google Search Index 50% Fresher With Caffeine

ThisIsForReal With the onset of social websites like Facebook (216 comments)

Have joking but, it would be great if the indexing was done at a particular time every month like the old system, but the moment of indexing was public. Then, at that time, all facebook users could go and untag and delete anything that may have been wholesome enough to not warrant immediate removal but yet still be considered something that shouldn't be indexed for all eternity.

more than 4 years ago

HDTV Has Ruined the LCD Market

ThisIsForReal Re:Bloody luxury. (952 comments)

No, turn the monitor on.

more than 4 years ago

How To Build Roads To Control How Fast You Drive

ThisIsForReal Re:From the No Duh Dept. (801 comments)

Hey, I don't drive with my knees on the wheel. Leave your insinuations for someone else!

more than 4 years ago

Distance, in multiples of my height, from my birthplace:

ThisIsForReal Re:right here (465 comments)

Should you be counting distance from the hospital, or distance from one's mom?

more than 4 years ago

Google Considered Too Big To Fail

ThisIsForReal Re:Is $COMPANY "$BUZZWORD"? (366 comments)

Then I bet you'd be annoyed by this - a hilarious send up of generic video stories from the local news.

more than 4 years ago

The People vs. George Lucas To Premiere At SXSW

ThisIsForReal Re:More concise... (149 comments)

Yeah, definitely worth your time. Vastly more entertaining than actually watching one of the prequels. If you have not yet seen the 70-minute review, make plans to watch it. Bookmark and come back to it. Don't let the annoying voice make you stop after 2 minutes - once you get about 5 minutes in, you're gonna thank me.

more than 4 years ago

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Tops 10 Million Sales

ThisIsForReal Re:To Put This In Perspective (164 comments)

Unlike movie box office grosses (which I've followed out of curiosity every week for over 14 years now and can speak with at least an ounce of authority), game sales behave in a vastly different way (of which I've followed out of curiosity for a few years now).

In short, there's a lot more room for many different game titles selling in a store at once than for movies playing in theaters. As a resulting, sales will continue for a long time. This will have longer legs than you think and may still reach number 1 of all the mario series, given the console market penetration and change in world population while accounting for increased world disposable income since previous mario titles.

about 5 years ago

Caves of the Moon

ThisIsForReal Re:Beware (172 comments)

More reminiscent of Empire Strikes Back to me. Quite a few things were living on that asteroid.

more than 5 years ago

Computer-Based System To Crack Down On Casino Card Counters

ThisIsForReal Re:Discipline (597 comments)

And a knight. Are you sure you were playing blackjack, or did you really just spend the night playing Magic:The Gathering?

more than 5 years ago

Why AT&T Should Dump the iPhone's Unlimited Data Plan

ThisIsForReal Re:Sure.. that will build 1 thousandth of the towe (501 comments)

As someone who has worked for a city planning agency for many years, I can attest that your tower costs are merely the cost of the material inputs. The cost of putting up a new tower in a residential or commercial area that has already been developed is perhaps 20x that due to the amount of red tape involved and billable hours for attorneys, expert witnesses, and more.

more than 5 years ago

Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

ThisIsForReal Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

I can picture a scene of pure evil, years from now, when Apple begins suing cell phone makers once their patent has been granted.

"Your cell phone sucks. It doesn't use all of its potential, so you are infringing on our patent and you owe us money."

more than 5 years ago

Americans Don't Want Targeted Ads

ThisIsForReal Re:And.... (404 comments)

Exactly. Another way of saying 'targeting ads' is to not think of it by what it isn't - it is money that isn't spent advertising messages to people who have no interest in a particular product. Know what that is? Efficiency. Efficiency in the marketplace. And that means a larger economic pie for all of us. Maybe that pie will take shape when products are offered for lower prices (smaller, efficient advertising budget = lower overhead), maybe it'll mean more ad execs spending their extra cash on your elite car wash and waxing service. In the end, the world is more efficient. Is it worth the privacy tradeoff? For me it is.

more than 5 years ago



Best Practices for City IT Peformance Measurement

ThisIsForReal ThisIsForReal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThisIsForReal writes "I am interning for a large municipal IT department. My degree is in government administration, so although I've read Slashdot for many years, I'm not truly a tech junkie with the expertise many of its readers have. Recently, the city began a performance management initiative, which tracks data related to the performance of every department. It's a version of CityStat as seen on HBO's the Wire. We are in the process of figuring out what data the IT department should report to communicate what they do and how well they're doing it. I am wondering if any Slashdot readers work in municipal IT departments that have good system of measuring IT development. What targets, outputs, outcomes, industry standards, or other systems do you use to report back to the mayor's office? Are there measures to illustrate the ROI for a city's IT system? Are there any city's that do this particularly well, or alternatively, do it really poorly?"


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