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Critic Cites Revenge of the Sith As "Generation's Greatest Work of Art"

Ubergrendle Re:Art critics... (376 comments)

Thank you for posting this. Paglia's commentary is not so much about "How great Revenge of the Sith is!"; its about how empty and devoid and detached the modern art community is from the world today. She doesn't even think its a very good film, but she feels the imagery is very powerful and since it taps very basic archetypes (e.g. jealousy, forbidden love; master/student relationship; how does one become evil) it transcends its medium. Half the planet knows who Darth Vader is. Lucas, despite his weaknesses in dialogue and plot pacing, has a good sense of drama and vision wholistically. People should read the article before they make a judgement. In fairness, the slashdot headline is inflammatory and doesn't provide any context.

about 2 years ago

Contest To Crack William Gibson Poem Agrippa

Ubergrendle Re:And when they're done here (102 comments)

The difference of art over technology, is that art's definition is not binary. It changes based on personal experience, experience of exposure to the art itself, and perception of it can have its own meaning changed by evolving society and its values. Ontop of all of that, there's intricacies of language, meter, symbolism, etc that are not immediately apparentt but may be uncovered in time. In short, just because you don't understand it doesn't mean that its bad. Finnegan's Wake is not accessible to a high school english student, and it was never intended to be.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

Ubergrendle Re:Or a third way: (712 comments)

Surface is a tablet that can function as a laptop.

I have an iPad 3. Nice device, solid, great for couch surfing youtube and browsing some websites (non-flash). But everything ends up back at the PC. Want to copy some pics from the camera? Need a usb port. Need to load some stuff onto a USB key? need as usb port. Flash website? Need to go back to the laptop. Want to type a lengthy email? Need to use the 3rd party bluetooth keyboard. And why do all my paid applications need to update every day, and spam me with in-program advertisements? Why can't i load my own applications onto the .... oh yeah, itunes/istore or nothing.

This tablet looks like the first real serious alternative to the iPad. The android and BB devices have been fundamentally flawed, but this might just accomplish it. Integration with active directory is a big plus for enterprises too.

Even if Microsoft can establish this device as the 'corproate standard tablet' vs the iPad (which is sadly lacking in terms of enterprise tools), its a huge market segment.

more than 2 years ago

The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

Ubergrendle Re:Awesome (710 comments)

I think the movie went on a little too long, and tried to accomplish a bit too much... but on the whole, it was very good. Solid visuals, a plot that was consistent filled with characters who had realistic expectations. There were several scenes that were absolutely fantastic.

People wanting a sequel to Aliens forget that Aliens was James Cameron's interpretation of Alien -- more of a psychological thriller than an action film. Both are excellent, but Ridley Scott was never going to do a colonial space marines vs hordes of zulus.

more than 2 years ago

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss

Ubergrendle Re:Haven't had bad luck lately... (513 comments)

The only reason why Apple stores are popular, is because their product is at the centre of the popular culture zeitgeist at the moment.

Their staff are generally ignorant, pretentious, and the product is vastly overpriced (if you're talking about their PC equipment or co-branded peripherals sold in store).

Give Apple stores 5 years. They'll be sad depressing retail channels eventually as well. There's only so many ipads and iphones you can sell --even with 3 year planned obsolesence cycles.

more than 2 years ago

CEOs of RIM Step Down

Ubergrendle Re:I don't see the problem, enlighten me? (164 comments)

You are not out of touch. RIM is still profitable and has a large entrenched market share. They are actually growing in BRIC countries, where the better battery life + lower cost + combined e-mail/internet/phone footprint makes alot of sense. Not everyone needs $0.99 fart apps, or can afford $0.99 USD songs for their ipod replacement.

RIM is in trouble, but not disasterously so. Their market share decline isn't an absolute decline; its that the iphone and android market has grown so large due to their consumer focus. The consumer market is bigger than the business/professional market...always has been, always will be.

RIM offers a reliable delivery network not dependent upon a pastiche of ISPs/phone carriers. The central management is a huge advantage for enterprises. And the device itself is more secure and reliable than any of the other whiz-bang devices.

My corporation just completed a 1000 user trial of iphone replacement for BB. The program was cancelled 1 month into the 3 month pilot; the BB's reliability and keyboard (and calendaring) was irreplaceable.

RIM"s biggest challenge at this point is they lack growth (a big no-no in our 'quarterly results' driven culture)... their primary business is replacement sales -- steady revenue. They've missed consumer growth opportunities ... I had a pearl, it was awful. D

more than 2 years ago

Reddit Turning SOPA "Blackout" Into a "Learn-In"

Ubergrendle Re:And Slashdot? (241 comments)

As a non-american, the cynical part of me thinks that SOPA would be a good thing... there's some huge opportunities available to foreign nations, while the US conciously cedes its leadership position in a new technology and communication medium.

Less legal restriction and onerous regulated enviornments will be a breeding ground for innovation and investment. The US is a huge market, but the BRIC countries are on the rise and there's still Europe, other South American and Asian nations, Canada, Mexico...

more than 2 years ago

Star Wars: the Old Republic Launches

Ubergrendle Re:So, when did subscriptions become traditional? (389 comments)

GW1 sold around 7million copies and is now a major franchise. A few things it didn't bring to the table was a persistent, instanced world and large (20+) player 'raiding'. Both of these have been addressed in the sequel that just entered beta testing... and still with no monthly fee.

SW:TOR bring the RPG back to MMORPG. But I think GW2 has the chance to be truly revolutionary -- it destroys the 'holy trinity' model, no monthly fee, and the graphics and gameplay look to be a substantial improvement over the current generation of 'hotkey' MMOs.

about 3 years ago

Canada First Nation To Pull Out of Kyoto Accord

Ubergrendle Re:Dear Harper (561 comments)

Thanks for elevating the tone of the conversation.

You'll note that Harper has won two minority governments followed by a majority most recently -- canadians in general have become more confident in his leadership over time. So you might just wish to reconsider your arbitrary, completely unconstructive, keyboard warrior comment and reconsider what you should do next.

You might want to consider such topics as: a) Federal vs Provincial jurisdiction, b) the nature of being a resource producing economy in a cold northern climate, c) the necessity of balance of priorities by the leader of a G8 nation, including the replacement of a 40 year old airforce (which will be 50 years old by the time the F35 is available), d) the growth of CO2 on an absolute level worldwide even if Canada were to reduce its emissions to 0 as a nation, e) a framework that esentially excludes the US (they never signed) or gives huge incentives for growing economies to continue unabatted (India, China, Russia) making the collective situation worse.

China and India are more than happy to play up western guilt while they continue to absorb manufacturing and grow their economies. In China's case particularly, they're entirely resistant to 3rd party monitoring and aren't even honest with their own reporting -- something an open, democractic western nation can't avoid.

Canada belled the cat on this one. Kyoto is 20 years dead, never achieved its objectives, and never will. Best to knife the baby, move on, and look at other mechanisms globally to incentivize behaviour. Maybe redirect a tobin tax towards investing in alternative fuels and energies? Maybe a revenue neutral carbon tariff system (although who would police it, is almost as pragmatic).

Canada didn't exit Kyoto because its a CO2 denier, or resistant to change. It exited the treaty because its 20 years broken, is structured in a way that works directly against canada's interests economically, and ultimately would have zero effect upon the worldwide problem even if canada met all its objectives and committments.

Having the moral high ground in international relations is somewhat equivalent to have the best water gun on the western front circa 1916.

about 3 years ago

More On Why It Stinks To Work At Zynga

Ubergrendle Re:Pretty bad when EA seems more appealing (325 comments)

I manage a large operations department for a bank. Had chornic overtime issues, employee relations was involved. 60 hour work weeks were the norm.

I mandated that all projects (we did implementations as well as incident support) would not be allowed to budget more than 35 hours a week (5 hours for overhead/utilization) of effort. OT would have to be approved by me directly. All OT had to be paid for by the projects submitting the work.

6 months later, we had regular 40 hour work weeks for 95% of the staff. OT dropped. And the best part? I got the cream of the crop from other departments requesting to work for my shop... they wanted the work/life balance. Normal hours were suddenly a recruiting feature.

Chronic OT is always a sign of either ineffective people managers, or a broken corporate culture. Always.

about 3 years ago

Is RIM's Centralized Network Model Broken?

Ubergrendle Re:No, They Should Buy a Mainframe (104 comments)

Agreed. The computing socialist in me who thinks in terms open systems, free market, open source, wild west internet subconciously resists centralized systems like blackberry.

That is, until I have enterprise cost, control, security, and efficiency considerations to take into account. Blackberry administration, security (both device and messaging network), and frankly support are still industry best.

There's no android or iphone device close to the level of security that is offered in a blackberry; if data security (including personal communications) is paramount to your enterprise there's really no other choice. We've tried GOOD and citrix sessions on iphones or tablets, but frankly the performance is crap and the costs prohibitive.

more than 3 years ago

Sources Say Meg Whitman To Become HP CEO

Ubergrendle Re:Nevermind the facts (277 comments)

In fairness, they also formed kijiji as a counter to craigslist, which truly threatened to undermine their entire auction infrastructure. Many better companies refused to adapt, and they did.

They now have a low cost/free local garage sale portal that supplanted the defacto standard, and protected their core application (ebay). They also bought paypal, a no-brainer option but at least they're diversified.

I still agree that Meg isnt' qualified to run HP, but then again Gerstner was the cookie company guy before he turned IBM around in the 90s.

more than 3 years ago

Why Eric Schmidt Left As CEO of Google?

Ubergrendle Re:Schmidt to replace Steve Jobs (378 comments)

The replacement for Jobs is more likely to be sourced from Las Vegas or Hollywood than Silicon Valley -- they need a showman, a salesman of the highest order who can stand on a stage and make the ordinary look extraordinary. Looking good in a black turtleneck is optional.

more than 3 years ago

The Matrix Re-Reloaded

Ubergrendle Re:Sad Keanu Is Nostalgic (640 comments)

Mr Reeves is not a sequel whore; far from it. While he did Matrix 2 and 3 (as it was part of an intended trilogy). I actually can't think of a sequel he's done *except* for the Matrix series. He's notably turned down Constantine 2, Speed 2, a 3rd Bill & Ted movie... he's actually more brave with movie selections than many A list movie stars.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Censorship Expands

Ubergrendle Re:What's a good alternative? (764 comments)

I don't think the firmware is open source, but otherwise the Kobo reader is a canadian alternative. Its a startup with venture capital from our major bookstore chain Chapters, but it is setup as a separate enterprise.

more than 3 years ago

Diablo 3 Hands-On

Ubergrendle Re:Glad I play games just to have fun (216 comments)

We will never know for certain, since Blizzard would be suicidally insane as an organisation to publish internal polling and sales numbers. But given their 24 hour turn around, I believe the pressure was sufficient to give them serious second thoughts.

For what its worth, I was a 5 year WoW player who both cancelled my account (it was prepaid, so i am still playing -- i just cancelled the autotmatic resub) and ended up not buying Starcraft 2. I suspect a non-negligible number of people did the same.

The RealID functionality now offers: a) establish RealID, b) disable friends of freinds browsing for RealID, c) disable Facebook visibility for RealID. This would not have happened had people not freaked out. I personally refuse to enable it.

more than 4 years ago

Bing Crosby, Television Sports Preservationist

Ubergrendle Re:The rich are very different from you and I... (148 comments)

Bing Crosby was a movie star and the world's biggest recording artist. Its like saying Michael Jackson made small Brad Pitt $s on the side via his movie career. He was very wealthy relative to the rest of the population.

more than 4 years ago

Ballmer, Bezos Fund Effort To Undermine Bill Gates

Ubergrendle Re:Whither 9%? (866 comments)

I can only refer to Canada offhand, but I know that anecdotal experience like this does not reflect reality -- the murder rate, suicide rate, victim of a violent crime, and victim of theft rates are all higher in rural canada than they are in urban areas. There's a multitude of reasons for this -- a) isolation leads to greater chances of substance abuse and suicide, b) to rural areas have higher likeihood of access to firearms, c) education levels are lower on average, d) farms and rural business are more likely to go bankrupt, etc.

more than 3 years ago




Ubergrendle Ubergrendle writes  |  about 11 years ago After several failed attempts at article submissions, I finally had one accepted today. I feel very special. This is like getting a merit badge for nerds. ;)

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