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Interviews: Ask Jonty Hurwitz About Art and Engineering

Threni Re:Does size matter in art? (31 comments)

> As an analogy, you may ask "is harmony important in music?"

Odd thing to throw in there. No, it's not, whether you're talking about music consisting of a single line, or some variety of dissonant music which has no tonal centre and where it makes very little sense to talk about harmony other than in the very basic "more than one tone at once" sense which is utterly meaningless if you ask me.

Elephant/flea: well, you're making art for humans. Again, with the musical analogy there's stuff like John Cage's piece which is designed to last years, and at the other extreme people like Stockhausen have constructed pieces where a fragment of music is speeded up so that it's perceived as a "texture" to be used as a compositional building block rather than a series of pitches to be listened to in its own right.

Yes, I did add "in art" to avoid potential sniggering. Was your question in fact a way of highlighting that art should not be considered separately to anything else; that I might be suggesting that size might matter anywhere else except in the construction of artwork? I have a pretty open mind for what constitutes art. Duchamp said that anything could be art, and Zappa said that art was "making something out of nothing, and selling it"; he also wisely said that art should entertain you; don't worry about whether something is high art or low art.

Putting all that together, whilst I appreciate anyone doing art for the sake of it, with no rules about what or why or what size etc, when it comes down to it something that fits on a table is no more impressive to me whether it fulls a building or fits on the head of a needle.

6 hours ago
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Attorney Yasir Billoo Explains NDA Law (Video)

Threni Re:Who was forced to sign an NDA? (35 comments)

It was a job programming games in a company which did Sega Megadrive games. They guarded the docs pretty zealously (ie each page had the company name written, by hand, over it). Couldn't talk about how it worked, what I was doing, how many games Sega had allowed us to publish that year etc etc. (Another job was similar except it was for some IBM tool or other).

I had no intention to breach the contracts, but at the same time I wasn't going to let the fear of what might happen should I subsequently work for another company who asked me about what I'd done in a previous job worry me because I'm not a lawyer and have no idea if (all of) the NDA was legal/defensible in court (I'm in the UK). The problem was never going to be about signing it, but what happened if I broke it later.

6 hours ago
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Attorney Yasir Billoo Explains NDA Law (Video)

Threni Re:Who was forced to sign an NDA? (35 comments)

I was. I mean, I didn't have to sign it but i'd not have got the job otherwise. Doesn't mean you agree with it. Hell, doesn't mean you're going to obey it, but all that comes later.

3 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Jonty Hurwitz About Art and Engineering

Threni Does size matter in art? (31 comments)

The Tate Modern had a piece of art which was very big, in the Turbine Room, but other than its size it was utterly unremarkable. Are you in danger of reproducing this problem; your art is small, but...so what? It's already well known that machines can be used to make small things, such as the IBM logo being produced using individual atoms back in 1989. Does your art bring anything to the table?

4 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Threni Re:Deckard (297 comments)

> Since Replicants live short lives, and Deckard is a Replicant, how is this going to be reconciled
> in the movie?

Given Replicants are machines, there's nothing from taking a snapshot of their state and restoring that state into a new machine. I do it with vmware all the time. As long as the new Replicant hardware has support for virtualisation, that is.

about a week ago
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A Paper By Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel Was Accepted By Two Journals

Threni Re:missing the point (100 comments)

Not sure there are many repercussions, to be honest. I'm sure when stuff gets published the author's mothers are very proud, and it's great that other people can then learn from the good stuff, but there are a hell of a lot of pointless, boring papers being written as part of some study or project that nobody gives a shit about either way. What are the implications of this paper being published? Other than giving a few people a laugh, and perhaps whoever is responsible for the quality of the journal having to be seen to send an email to whoever was responsible for it being checked, I'd wager precisely nothing.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

Threni Re:One good turn... (235 comments)

> it only means that there exists some sizable amount of data which merely suggests it as a
> possibility, and that no data has yet been accumulated which can actually show that this is not
> the case

You've got it backwards. The "sizable" data is just not sizable enough, not backed with any reputable peer reviewed studies, and therefore there's no case to answer.

And what he's said (repeatedly) is literally an example of racism, of racist statements.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

Threni Re:Free Enterprise (184 comments)

Even with the track records of billions of downloads of other people's intellectual property, there's probably still a good chance 12 fuckwits in the Land Of The Free (tm) will decide there's not enough evidence to indict anyone.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

Threni Re: Ugh (125 comments)

"I fully agree that Android is very far from Linux. Honestly Android is extremely far from any Linux distro, in that I as a user have exactly zero control of what the OS does. The security model is completely flawed (all control is in the hands of Google and the application developers instead of in the user's)."

Of only android was open source, then all this could be fixed.

about two weeks ago
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Unity 8 Will Bring 'Pure' Linux Experience To Mobile Devices

Threni Re: Mint Debian (125 comments)

No. Look at distrowatch. Unity promoted millions of users over to Mint, with its choice of sane front ends.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

Threni Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

It's telling how people always ask "is it worth getting this certification" not "will I learn a lot about xxx by getting this certification". Employers now know this. This is why you shouldn't be disheartened when you get a job and find there's no money/time allocated to getting employers certified; it provides no benefits whatsoever in terms of making the employer more productive, it just gives them a slight edge should they want to subsequently leave you for an employer who still takes the certification seriously.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

Threni shortcutting to get to market and win share (96 comments)

You don't need a shortcut, if you're on windows. Just type
net use //machine/share

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Threni Re:Logic fail (186 comments)

I don't mind pizza hut. Pizza is pizza, and if you have kids and they get to eat cheaply/free, all the better. Sadly, in the UK they've been closing loads of Pizza Huts, so they're a lot harder to find, and the offers/prices change practically monthly. It's an odd establishment.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

Threni Re: No longer OOXML ISO compliant then? (110 comments)

I think standards and APIs are popular/important only while you're trying to achieve dominance, but afterwards you can stop all that. Google (reader) and Netflix can tell you all about that.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

Threni Re: Good riddance (110 comments)

Or the email with the link to the page containing a list of URLs pointing at PDF files. Because it's easier to do all that than to read whatever is in the PDF file on a web page somewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 34 Arrives With Video Chat, Yahoo Search As Default

Threni Yahoo Search? (237 comments)

Everyone wants that! Good shout!

about three weeks ago

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