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House Overwhelmingly Passes Cybersecurity Bill

antiaktiv Google attack? (170 comments)

Would it have had as much support without the recent (allegedly chinese) attack against Google and other companies?

BYOCT... (Bring your own conspiracy theory)

more than 4 years ago

2-D Avatar To Be Pulled From Theaters In China

antiaktiv Re:Forced Evictions... (344 comments)

I was not a huge fan of District 9, but to even consider the two in the same sentence when it comes to political commentary is just silly. District 9 was an overtly critical action flick, Avatar was platitude-filled garbage.
This decision had nothing to do with politics, just the Chinese film industry looking out for its own interests.

more than 4 years ago

Hollywood Backs Swedish Movie Streaming Site

antiaktiv Depends on definition of virus, (156 comments)

I was very excited about Voddler (I'm a Spotify premium subscriber, and a big movie buff, so it was just what I'd been waiting for), until I read about how the mac client works.
When installed it takes root access (in beta? how can that be safe?), and the server part never shuts down. That's right, when you're not watching a movie, you're still uploading. When you're out and about with your laptop and on a 3G tether, just checking your email and paying for data transfer, you're still uploading. When you have some real uploading to do (for work or whatever), the only way to turn off the Voddler sharing is to uninstall the server part, and then the client and player stops working.

No thanks.

more than 4 years ago

Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

antiaktiv Re:well, the economy does suck (379 comments)

The article states that "the merchandising on Cars currently accounts for over $5bn in revenues." I fail to see how that could be considered a failure, even if it is their weakest film.

more than 5 years ago

Pixar's Next Three Films Will Be Sequels

antiaktiv Re:well, the economy does suck (379 comments)

As far as safe bets go, a Pixar film is a safer bet than a sequel. Have they ever failed?

The headline is wrong, by the way. There will be non-sequels in between.

more than 5 years ago

Painting The World's Roofs White Could Slow Climate Change

antiaktiv Cool... (712 comments)

Let's also dump enough white paint to make a 1 inch cover of the oceans.

more than 5 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Gameplay Footage Leaked

antiaktiv DNF (189 comments)

I still haven't seen anyone joke about how in sports DNF is short for did not finish. Can we get on that?

more than 5 years ago

Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3D

antiaktiv thoughts on 3d from a semi-pro filmmaker (296 comments)

3D scares the shit out of me. Every time filmmaking has had a similar introduction of new technology, the art of filmmaking has taken a huge step back.

When sound was introduced, films suddenly looked the way they did in the 1910s, except for european films that didn't record sound on location, and Chaplin, who continued making silent films.
When color was introduced to combat the introduction of TV-sets (much like 3D is only a gimmick to keep us from downloading movies), cinematography was fell back to where it was in the early sound era.
Early cgi confined the camera to be still.

I've seen some of the recent 3d films, and I'm not impressed. It's not about headaches or feeling nauseous, it's about how limiting it is to the filmmaker, there are so many tools you simply can't do in 3d (handheld, selective focus, superimposition, and so on). It's like telling a painter he can't use certain colors, or telling a composer he's no allowed to shift time signatures.

As someone who's hoping to direct his first feature film in the next ten years or so, I really hope no producer will tell me i have to make it in 3d because "that's the only way to make it sell".

more than 4 years ago

The Pirate Bay Is Making a "Spectrial" of It

antiaktiv Nothing will come of it (406 comments)

The Pirate Bay is not located in Sweden any more. If the people behind it are convicted they will be a couple million dollars in debt, but nothing will actually happen to the website.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

antiaktiv Re:United States Socialist Republic (3709 comments)

So, what's better than the lesser of two evils? Why, of course, the lessest of three evils!

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

antiaktiv Re:United States Socialist Republic (3709 comments)

I can't tell if this is a joke or not, but people all over the world are laughing at the notion of Obama being a socialist. As in the 90s, at least we can rejoice over the lesser of two evils winning.

more than 5 years ago


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