×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

iluvcapra Re:Land of the free (499 comments)

The standard deal would be "6 against 6" or "8 against 8", the actor gets $6 million "against" 6% of the gross after distribution charges -- the $6 million is essentially an advance, so the producer only pays gross percentages when they're in excess of the original up-front fee. Net deals also happen and it also wouldn't be too strange for these guys to just not get an backend, but I would expect Rogen to get some because he's also the credited director.

(And I get that people have these really antagonistic ideas about Hollywood Accounting, but a lot of this is based on misconceptions of what exactly a writer is paid to do and most of what people know about "Hollywood Accouting" is a line that's promulgated by angry screenwriters and their lawyers. A rewrite guy can make $100k "punching-up" a screenplay, 4 weeks of work, so the fact that they don't get a share of the profits really doesn't trouble me.)

The numbers sound about right for Rogen and Franco -- the top of the line for someone like Tom Cruise is $15M/15%, and that's down from the historical peaks in the early aughts, when someone like Will Smith could demand $25M/25% and get it, because no Will Smith film to that time had made less that $200 million.

10 hours ago
top

Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

iluvcapra Re:Yup, Hegel 101 (499 comments)

Especially after they pulled the movie.

Sony didn't have a choice, AMC, Regal and Carmike announced they were pulling the movie from US exhibition and it was beginning to look like the US release would only be a few dozen screens. A film like this has to release on over 2,500 screens in order to make its US targets. This way at least has the potential to maximize the VOD and DVD release.

10 hours ago
top

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

iluvcapra Re: Sympton of a bigger problem (593 comments)

"LA is totally different -- it was built around cars and is only now getting a very small set of public transit choices"

To be fair, LA wasn't built around cars, it was built around an extensive commuter rail system that was subsequently dismantled.

2 days ago
top

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

iluvcapra Re: No thru traffic (593 comments)

The LAPD enforces No Thru roads around the Hollywood Bowl on show nights, they just check everyone's ID and it works alright. You just set something like that up for a week, with random checkpoints every couple weeks thereafter and people would get the message.

2 days ago
top

Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

iluvcapra Re: Move to a gated community (593 comments)

Yes, they're presently adding three stops under downtown that will connect light rail lines in the city. This particular project is expected to take FIVE YEARS.

A subway line is also being extended down Wilshire Blvd. (the main drag between downtown and the ocean). It will eventually connect downtown to west LA and Beverly Hills, in 2023(!!). As it is the rail systems all join in downtown, and downtown just isn't where most destinations are, people come from outlying areas like Burbank and Manhattan Beach to go to jobs in West LA or Santa Monica, areas that are nominally urban but are in fact intensely developed residential areas where everyone has a $2m house and getting transit built is a huge political slog. NIMBYism is bad but if someone told you a light rail track near your house might cost you $400,000 in home equity you might not be crazy about it either.

Nobody seems to know what they're going to do in the 405 corridor, they've been adding lanes like crazy over the past 5 years but it does nothing. They could add a train but the problem with the 405 is that it connects two very dense areas over a mountain pass, and there's about 6 miles of nothing in between and it's not a natural spot for LRT. Even if they started today, they probably wouldn't finish for 15 years. LA can't pull a Robert Moses, all of the most desirable routes go through very wealthy areas that are politically organized and simply cannot be eminent domained.

2 days ago
top

James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

iluvcapra Re: No More Ramen (201 comments)

He's particularly well-off considering his paying gig amounts to a sinecure.

I'm surprise the Nobel committee allows people to sell their medals. When people win Oscars, for example, the Academy won't let them keep their statue unless they sign an agreement giving the Academy a $1 buyback option on it. The statues all have a little plaque in the back saying, in so many words "this statue is bound by contract and cannot be sold without the written permission of the Academy."

about two weeks ago
top

James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

iluvcapra Re: Yeah, well ... (201 comments)

The term "Irish race" is pretty well-attested in 19th and early 20th century Amercian usage, along with German Race and a bunch of others.

Race is culturally constructed, and the lines Americans draw with race are historically determined by either slavery and its legacy, or immigration. Skin color is a more important pretext to race now than it was in the past, because now most immigrants to the US aren't coming from Europe.

about two weeks ago
top

Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

iluvcapra Re:Missing the Point (161 comments)

The whole article is sortof an exercise in textual essentialism.

What does style tell us about what these things mean? It's a literary crit technique that might be applicable here, but he clearly either doesn't know what he's talking about or he's a dilettente who has absorbed the surface features of computer languages without groking the underlying concepts.

about two weeks ago
top

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

iluvcapra Re: ... Everything? (528 comments)

Sony has an infirmary on the studio lot, there's always a doctor and paramedics on staff.

They respond to all accidents on the lot and they come out of someone faints, stuff like that. I've gotten flu shots there.

about two weeks ago
top

Google Hopes To One Day Replace Gmail With Inbox

iluvcapra Re:Google engineers... (239 comments)

They fail to understand the purpose of e-mail, and as such we would never ever get the most basic and oldest of the e-mail client functions: folders.

Folders wouldn't work as well as tags for semantic data snarfing. Also it's one of those "competitive features" that they can rightly claim no other email client provides in the same way -- that it also totally effs up IMAP/POP folders and drags you to the web interface as much as possible is a bonus.

But they would go on "reinventing" e-mail forever, with colors, tabs, bars, circles, ovals, shapes, and probably in far future odors.

You can tell somebody at the Googleplex still smarting over the Wave debacle.

about two weeks ago
top

Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

iluvcapra Re:32 bit signed integer, obviously (164 comments)

Java doesn't have unsigned integers as a primitive type. (Speculative but I'd guess this is what's going on.)

about two weeks ago
top

Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

iluvcapra Re: 32 bit signed integer, obviously (164 comments)

Yes, in fact the view count will become self-aware on August 29, 2015. In a panic, they tried to pull the plug...

about two weeks ago
top

Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

iluvcapra Re: The End-Users most of the time don't really ca (96 comments)

Yeesh, anybody who can physically access the machine probably should be a sudoer on it, anybody who can get to the side door of a computer has ultimate root: he can plug in a different boor partition.

I mean, use chmod, but don't fool yourself into believing you don't also need to use glue and a padlock and a tamper seal.

about two weeks ago
top

Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

iluvcapra Re: Ideological purity ... (96 comments)

He's been rather prescient about a couple things, but the lesson of Cassandra is that merely being right doesn't count for shit.

What's important is that you know how to persuade people, and can get your opinion to carry the day with others. "You'll all be sorry," is a pretty inept sales pitch; you always have to be prepared to offer a better alternative, and not just better in the final analysis, better today.

about two weeks ago
top

The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

iluvcapra Re: i don't think so (257 comments)

I think my monthly costs, when amortized out daily, comes to about 20 minutes...

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

iluvcapra Re:Swift (211 comments)

Anyone who prefers Obj-C just doesn't want to learn something new. Apple didn't invent a new language because of hipness reasons, they did it because their platforms are saddled with this shitty language which is missing modern conventions and is difficult to learn and use.

I'm mostly with this. My biggest problem with swift is there are still some holes in the compatibility with C code -- I was doing a project that called into CoreAudio to do some conversions, and the CoreAudio API required me to give it a function pointer for a callback, and Swift (shock!) cannot pass a function as a C function pointer, you have to write it in C. Little things like this are a irritating PITA, particularly when you can bang out 3 dozen classes in CoreData and Foundation and otherwise not have any problems, and suddenly you hit a dead end.

about three weeks ago
top

Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

iluvcapra Re:Why is Android allowing Uber to access the info (234 comments)

The problem with being able to allow/deny individual permissions is the app developers now have 2^n configurations to test, instead of just one.

Most of these permissions are for facilities that may not be available, let alone permitted, under real-world conditions. GPS might not be available where you are, the contacts database might not be available, network access apart from port 80 might be unavailable.

This isn't the same as screen size of hardware chipsets, this is runtime allocation of OS resources -- you always have to check to make sure that the OS can give you them, and then handle failures gracefully.

about three weeks ago
top

Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

iluvcapra Re: So, in essence, Uber's app is malware (234 comments)

Repeat after me: "Android is an ad-presentment platform." Effective privacy controls would interfere with that.

about three weeks ago
top

Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

iluvcapra Re: I would buy... (284 comments)

It's the LTO drive itself that kills you, the drive and the SCSI card will set you back a couple $K to start.

It starts to make sense once the "backup bandwidth", the frequency of backups times the size of the archive, exceeds a couple TB/week, but it just makes no sense to spend $2K to keep a backup of $500 worth of drives, particularly in a situation where you just don't need to have the weekly tapes from two years ago and the last working tree is the only one worth keeping.

If you take the MTBF for a large hard drive, the averaged cost of failure per year might be like $50 per TB per year. (Total POOMA numbers, but it's probably the right order of magnitude.) HDDs have low fixed costs but a higher cost per gig, tapes have a much higher fixed cost but lower cost per gig, so wether one or the other is more economic depends on how much you're backing up, the level of reliability you need, so many different factors.

about three weeks ago
top

Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

iluvcapra Re:A bit of wisdom (284 comments)

Never underestimate the latency of your archive room attempting to restore a station wagon full of tapes...

about three weeks ago

Submissions

top

Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Functionally Illiterate

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 2 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Ryan Britt at Tor.com makes a bit of analysis that I think we'd have some fun with, in agreement or otherwise:

Not once in any Star Wars movie does someone pick up a book or newspaper, magazine, literary journal, or chapbook handmade by an aspiring Jawa poet. [...]As early as the 1990s-era expanded Star Wars books and comic books, we’re introduced to ancient Jedi “texts” called holocrons, which are basically talking holographic video recordings. Just how long has the Star Wars universe been reliant on fancy technology to transfer information as opposed to the written word? Is it possible that a good number of people in Star Wars are completely illiterate?

Read the whole thing,"
Link to Original Source

top

Google Allows Carriers to Ban Tethering Apps

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Google, in its continuing struggle to provide phone carriers (if not its end users) with an open platform, is now banning tethering apps from the Android market. These apps haven't disappeared and can still be sideloaded, insofar as your carrier doesn't lock this functionality or snoop on your packets."
Link to Original Source
top

Google, Handset Vendors at Odds over Openness

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "It would appear that now that Android has achieved a commanding share of the smartphone market, openness for the sake of openness is no longer a driving priority. Ashley Vance and Peter Burroughs report for Bloomberg on the latest phase of Google's consolidation of the Android platform:

Over the last couple of months Google has reached out to the major carriers and device makers backing its mobile operating system with a message: There will be no more willy-nilly tweaks to the software. No more partnerships formed outside of Google's purview. From now on, companies hoping to receive early access to Google's most up-to-date software will need approval of their plans. And they will seek that approval from Andy Rubin, the head of Google's Android group.

"

Link to Original Source
top

Google Delaying Release of Honeycomb Source

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "BusinessWeek reports that Google will not be releasing the source code for Android Honeycomb "for the forseeable future." Android lead Andy Rubin is quoted, stating that if Google were to release the source for Honeycomb, Google would be unable to prevent it from being installed on mobile phones and "and creating a really bad user experience.""
Link to Original Source
top

Apple/Verizon in Talks for iPhone-Like Devices

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "For those of you waiting vainly to get an iPhone that works with Verizon's service in the US (you know who you are, we won't make you admit it here), there comes this interesting story in BusinessWeek

Verizon Wireless is warming to the idea of an Apple (AAPL) partnership. Verizon Wireless is in talks with Apple to distribute two new iPhone-like devices, BusinessWeek has learned. Apple has created prototypes of the devices, and discussions reaching back a half-year have involved Apple CEO Steve Jobs, according to two people familiar with the matter.

One device is a smaller, less expensive calling device described by a person who has seen it as an "iPhone lite." The other is a media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos, the person says. It would place calls over a Wi-Fi connection.

"

Link to Original Source
top

Audit the Stimulus at Home with RSS

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "In a remarkable provision of Peter Orzag's instructions for implementing the American Recovery and Re-Investment Act, the Office of Management and Budget has instructed all government units responsible for disbursing stimulus money to provide its weekly reports, communications and block grant information on an RSS feed. From the memo(PDF):

For each of the near term reporting requirements (major communications, formula block grant allocations, weekly reports) agencies are required to provide a feed (preferred: Atom 1.0, acceptable: RSS) of the information so that content can be delivered via subscription. Note that the required information can be supplied in the feed or the feed can point to a file at the agency using the convention noted below. If an agency is immediately unable to publish feeds, the agency should post each near term information flow (major communications, formula block grant allocations, weekly reports) to a URL directory convention suggested below: ...

"

Link to Original Source
top

Apple Open-Sources Leopard Garbage Collector

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Apple has open-sourced AutoZone, the garbage collector used in Mac OS X Leopard's Objective-C runtime, under the Apache v2 License. Despite its current use case in Objective-C, the engine itself is implemented in C and C++ and is described as "a fairly generic scanning, conservative, generational, multi-threaded, language agnostic, collector.""
top

iPhone SDK Announced, Exchange, OpenGL Supported

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Apple has just wrapped up their iPhone development roadmap and here are the features to be presented with version 2.0, due in June: Push email and contacts, ActiveSync supporting Exchange, remote wipe. Several video games were demoed using the iPhone accelerometer and OpenGL on the iPhone, such as Spore and Super Monkeyball. SDK with development in Xcode was announced, performance suite and remote debugging of iPhone apps over the sync cable. Apple will sell apps through an iTunes-style store, that will work OTA from the iPhone or with the host computer. They will exercise control over which apps are vended over the system, and will split the sales on the system 70/30 with the developer (dev gets 70%)."
Link to Original Source
top

NORAD's Santa Tracking Goes Web 2.0

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "NORAD Tracks Santa 2007, NORAD's perennial mission of tracking the progress of Santa's sleigh as he makes his yearly sortie, has gone Web 2.0 this year, including a Google Maps mashup showing Santa's current position on Earth (at time of submission, Keetmanshoop, Namibia), a KML link to let you track Santa on Google Earth, and plots and keyhole imagery on youtube.

My only question: When Santa crosses into the ADIZ, what does he set his squawk to?"

Link to Original Source
top

US Democrats Accidently Publish Whistleblowers

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "The US House Judiciary Committee recently emailed all of its potential whistleblowers information about how it was restructuring its whistleblower program. Unfortunately for its sources, it emailed them this information with their addresses in the "To:" field (and not the Bcc: field). It also cc:'d this email to the Vice President.

I'd like to think think this is some sort of ingenious subterfuge, but I'm doubtful."

Link to Original Source
top

9th Circuit Very Skeptical of NSA Surveillance

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra (782887) writes "Yesterday before a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, the US government argued that two class action lawsuits against the government and AT&T should be dismissed, because to litigate them in open court would cause the revelation of state secrets. The lawsuits allege that the government has installed a vast system of electronic surveillance gear at internet gateways along the US west coast to monitor all internet traffic, and that this information is monitored without a warrant, even when both endpoints are domestic. The panel was extremely skeptical of the governments argument:

"Is it the government's position that when the country is engaged in a war, that the power of the executive when it comes to wiretapping is unchecked?" asked 83-year-old Judge Harry Pregerson, one of the court's staunchest liberals, of a Bush administration lawyer. "The king can do no wrong, is that what it comes down to?"


The government was unwilling to even provide a sworn affadavit that the eavesdropping was only of foreign correspondence. If the 9th Circuit allows the lawsuits to proceed, the government will appeal to the US Supreme Court."

Link to Original Source
top

Google Cookies to Expire After 2 Years, was 30

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Google has announced that the cookies set on clients visiting its websites will be set to expire after 2 years, instead of the previous value of 30 years. It seems like a big difference, but does it really matter if you go to google 5 times a day?"
Link to Original Source
top

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "I recently came into the possession of about a hundred paper handwritten pages with tabular data, which I'd like to get into some kind of computer format (tab-delimited or XML would be fantastic, but any open database format would be good too. OCR wouldn't work, the handwriting is a little too fiddly, and I don't think I could hack a program that would properly interpret.

I'd rather not type the data in myself, I'd be happy to pay someone to do it. Is anyone aware of services on the web or in general that would take my stuff as a PDF and send me back a text file? I know there are services out there, but they seem to be oriented toward bulk and repeat business, and I'm really just looking for a one-time deal, and particularly I was looking for a reference and a story about how it all worked out."
top

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Cocotron today released their MIT-licensed re-implementation of the Mac OS X Foundation and AppKit frameworks, which together form the dynamic libraries and resources that form the Cocoa environment on Mac OS X. In simple terms, this means a developer can write a program in Objective-C on Mac OS X with Xcode, and as long as he uses Cocoa widgets and objects, he can cross-compile a Windows version of his application; a bit like WINE in reverse. Here is a screenshot of TextEdit running on OS X beside TextEdit running on Windows."
top

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iluvcapra writes "This news is a little late, but on November 20th WarGames 2: The Dead Code began filming in Montreal, produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (distributor of the original WarGames) and directed by Stewart Gillard (apparently the director of such gems as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3.) Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes, the team behind the original film, are not involved, and the plot revolves around a hacker breaking into a terrorism-simulation computer.

I only became aware of the new production when I read MGM was suing the rightful owner of WarGames.com for his domain name."
top

iluvcapra iluvcapra writes  |  about 8 years ago

iluvcapra writes "Computerworld reports that in a 2004 company email read in the Microsoft-Iowa anti-trust trial, Jim Allchin, at the time head of Microsoft's Windows unit, would have bought a Mac if he wasn't currently working for Microsoft. "In my view, we lost our way," he writes about Microsoft. He continued:
"I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems our customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that does not translate into great products."


It was also revealed by prosecutors that Bill Gates has an assistant who's primary responsibility is to "make sure no permanent record of Gates' e-mail existed.""

Journals

iluvcapra has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?