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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

mattyj Right on SWA (928 comments)

Entitled jerk-face acts like a whiny bitch and gets tossed from a flight? I'm not sure I see the problem here.

Oh wait, I do. It's that we as a people have become so uppity that if we don't get our way we act like petulant children, and cry and moan and stomp our feet so the whole world can see.

I applaud SWA for being so in tune with Twitter that they could take action so quickly. They should go all the way an ban this crybaby from all future flights.

about 2 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

mattyj Re:name and location tweeted... (928 comments)

From the beginning of time until about 50 years ago, women were considered second class citizens pretty much everywhere in the world. You realize that in this great country of ours, women have had the right to vote for less than 100 years?

A few million years of oppression isn't just erased in a few decades, there is still psychic debris in our collective conscious, and it'll be there for some time.

So, you know, help the ladies out and quit being a wuss.

about 2 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

mattyj Re: name and location tweeted... (928 comments)

Because the woman was at work. People working, even out in the open with a nametag on, have different protections that the average joe in the same place. I'm sure her union had something to say about Southwest and hostile work environments.

about 2 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

mattyj Re: name and location tweeted... (928 comments)

Actually, most states have laws that allow for a reasonable expectation of privacy in public places. Just because you step outside your front door doesn't give people the right to be an asshole to you.

Especially if you're at work, where there actually are much stronger laws protecting your privacy.

about 2 months ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

mattyj Re:call them (354 comments)

So, uh, the name of the company is NETflix. From day one there has been a clear intention, it's right there in the name.

We're in a transitional period. As Netflix gets more clout and the market realizes that people don't want to go to a different website to stream this movie or that, the selection will get better.

The notion that streaming is a 'dead end' and physical media is the wave of the future is patently absurd.

about 2 months ago

Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

mattyj Re:I live in Canada (190 comments)

The issue with the US government is really communism, read up on your American history a little bit before posting stupid crap like this.

Granted, by this time it's more of a grudge than anything. BTW, China has a lot more at stake when it comes to the US, like carrying a significant amount of our debt and as you so eloquently explain, importing every manner of toy and electronic device. It behooves the US to allow travel there. It has nothing to do with communism but everything to do with commerce. Cube doesn't have as much to offer the government.

Having been to Cuba, I kinda fear what would happen if the US had unfettered access to the country. Despite all its problems, it's largely untouched by US interests, and that was refreshing. I don't even think Cuba has the concept of a franchise, except maybe when it comes to gas stations. There's no such thing as a 'chain' there, everything is one-off. Although, for some reason you can get M&M's and Pringles. Other than that, you're forced to go native and it was pretty great.

about 3 months ago

Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

mattyj Re:So will he go to jail upon return to the US? (190 comments)

I took one of these person-to-person trips to Cuba two years ago and it was pretty awesome. It's nice to travel somewhere that hasn't been ruined by American interests yet (no Starbucks, no McDonald's, etc.) It wasn't that difficult, you can find tours through chambers of commerce or other travel groups.

The restrictions are not extremely enforceable, but know that the Cuban government is looking after you, too. Don't make an ass of yourself while there. In any case, roving around the country in an air conditioned tour bus was quite desirable, it was hot.

Aside from that, if you have some cultural relevance (teacher, sports figure, musician) you can go without it being a 'person-to-person' cultural exchange, I think you just have to clear it with the US Treasury. My guess is that Schmidt et al were able to do that, to spread the good word of a truly American company.

about 3 months ago

Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

mattyj 100% (211 comments)

So I'm guessing their control subject brains were in jars and were collected 100's of years ago, because if you pick 64 random dudes anywhere on Earth, 64 of them will be porn watchers.

about 4 months ago

The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

mattyj Re:NOTABUG (96 comments)

The most straightforward way to get Youtube on the Roku 2 is to buy a Roku 3. The youtube channel works fine on there. Not sure when the Roku 2 channel will be out but they're apparently working on it.

Besides, most people consider beaming content from a tablet or phone to be straightforward, and there are a multitude of apps for the Roku 2 that support beaming youtube.

about 6 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

mattyj Re:Rejects (921 comments)

No. What this woman did was basically the equivalent of pointing a smartphone at someone and saying 'it's not recording', but continuing to point the phone at them when they say they don't want to be recorded. Checking your mail and pointing a phone at someone are two different things.

From what I understand from other people that were there, everyone was drunk and this alleged 30-something blogger isn't exactly innocent.

In six months to a year, everyone will be embarrassed that the ever put a Google Glass on their face.

about 7 months ago

Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

mattyj Re:They took our jobs... (131 comments)

The over head for most US VFX shops is already razor thin, it is not a profitable industry as it is.

Most of the overseas, subsidized countries are emerging economies that are trying to kickstart their tech industries. It makes sense for them to subsidize as their economies grow. To subsidize in the US, it means that we taxpayers will be the ones subsidizing, and I find it hard to believe the general population of the US is going to have any sympathy for the lowly VFX artists and go along with subsidizing their industry. We barely supported the car industry when it collapsed, and that is arguably a more American rah-rah-rah industry than VFX.

I don't like it or agree with it, but that's the reality in the US.

about 7 months ago

Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

mattyj Re:Where are the VFX millionaires? (131 comments)

There is no longer a 'very top' of ILM. The place was decimated last year.

Another related part of the problem is one the VFX industry created on its own. Throughout the late 90's and early 2000's, new studios were popping up all over the place and got into an arms race by undercutting each other to get the work, thinking that maybe on the next show they'll charge the movie studios more based on the awesome work they were doing. Instead, they trained the movie studios to expect low-cost, high-quality effects work, and everyone is now losing out. The VFX industry has not been profitable for ages.

When the US VFX houses got to the point where they couldn't cut any more without going out of business (or they did go out of business), cheaper labor abroad started to get hired. Talent is everywhere and the movie studios just want cheap labor. Labor has always been cheap overseas but the US VFX industry now finds itself in a place where it has to compete globally, and they're hurting for it.

And anyway, all the big movie studios have overseas subsidiaries that they'll just funnel the money through. I think the US VFX workers have their heart in the right place, but they'll still end up getting squashed.

about 7 months ago

LucasFilm Combines Video Games and Movies To Eliminate Post-Production

mattyj Re:Then where will we fix everything?!?!?!!! (79 comments)

I can say from firsthand experience that Kim Libreri speaks in nothing by hyperbole and is a world class d-bag.

That being said, there is some merit to this concept, at least as it applies to the type of movies Disney will be churning out under the Lucasfilm moniker for the next decade or so. It won't eliminate post-production, but as others have said it will move some of it to actual production time, and streamline some of the repetitiveness in vfx production, namely animating the same stormtrooper dying in different ways.

I don't know how this technique will help when rendering things like fire, water or buildings collapsing. But when rendering and re-rendering known things (stormtroopers, Millenium Falcon, etc.) it'll give the director some insight into how his shot will actually turn out, without having to wait months and months for it. Seems more like previz on sterroids, which was more than good enough for a video game.

Some directors have an eye for that stuff. As much as people hate on Michael Bay, he's crazy good at visualizing things like this without having to actually see them, but other directors not so much. It'll be a neat toy for directors new to the big-time effects picture. But I don't think it'll go much beyond that.

The technique was originally spearheaded by Lucasarts in the production of 1313 (and another game, I think) to animate characters in a realistic way instead of by hand. The technology was shared with ILM and now, obviously, they have to carry it on. It's a shame the 1313 game will not likely see the light of day. I think it would have passed the scrutiny of the average Star Wars fanatic.

The only thing holding this technology back is the culture at Lucasfilm. I think it's changed drastically but I don't know that it's changed drastically enough. Each production thinks they know the best way to do things, and they don't normally use the exact same pipeline. Custom tools are always hanging off the software end of the production. They tried to build a sort of universal pipeline at one point, but nobody wanted to risk using it and fall too far behind in production, so they normally fell back to the same base pipeline and tweaked it from there. Nobody had the time to follow through to the end of a completely new pipeline.

But now that Lucasfilm is mainly in the Star Wars business, maybe they'll be able to pull it off. They'll be able to build this new pipeline and use it to spit out a movie in two years, right? A movie they haven't even hired the principle actors for? Nor have a complete script? And with a third less employees than they had before April?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

mattyj Go for it (189 comments)

I worked for the parent of a major studio that recently got purchased by a much larger media company and was shut down, and I was also eventually shown the door. Broke my heart but it was a good run while it lasted.

Your friend is likely young enough to be pretty resilient as far as job prospects go, so he owes it to himself to follow his passion first, then worry about having a steady gig when he's in his mid-30's.

Yes, a lot of studios are sweatshops, etc., etc., but you (ahem, 'he') might find his niche in just the right spot and be the happiest guy in the world. Otherwise, he has a corporate job and will always be wondering what he missed.

Plus, you tend to learn a lot more, and learn it a lot quicker, when you're in the middle of a disaster. The highs are high, the lows are low, but on some level it's always a fun ride.

Looking to the future, if you lose your job because a studio folded, it's easier to get another job. If you leave a job because you're bored, it makes it look like something is wrong with you, you're not a team player, etc. I highly suggest that he not take the job he has on the table if he plans on looking for other jobs and leaving. If he then leaves (or gets asked to leave) the second job, it looks bad. At his age he's gotta grab the balls of that bull and hold on for dear life. Taking the safe route, career-wise, can wait.

about a year ago

The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots

mattyj Re:You're lucky (312 comments)

Supanatural was the only one really worth watching. That thing with John Goodman and The Onion one were both the worst 5 minutes of TV I've suffered through.

about a year ago

Amazon Debuts Mixed Bag of Original Comedy Pilots

mattyj Re:blogger? Entertainment Junkie? (67 comments)

It's even worse. They're all half hour pilots, sans commercials, so 21-22 minutes long each. You can blow through them all in about 2.5 hours, though I only made it a few minutes into a couple of them before I had to turn it off. Some of these things were beyond terrible. One or two gems, though.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Friendly Video Streaming?

mattyj Re:There are plenty of embedded media players (147 comments)


My usual method of assessing these types of projects:

1. Determine how much money my time is worth.
2. Realize that a media streaming PC is worth it for the experience of building it, but it will not save you any money in the short or long term.
3. Buy a Roku.

I realize the OP already has a media server but there's clearly no simple answer to this. Plus as others mentioned, there are serveral ways to stream media from a server to the Roku. You can also get Twonky Beam and beam certain things from your iPad (youtube, vimeo, etc.)

Flash is not only a mess on Linux, if I'm not mistaken they've stopped updating it.

If you really want a project that will waste a lot of your time, look into get_flash_videos ( I've had decent luck with Hulu, though no netflix just yet. And by 'waste a lot of your time' I mean getting it to work in an automated (wife-friendly) way, auto-updating the Hulu plugin which Hulu breaks all the time, etc. The script/plugins themselves are rock-solid, but you'd be writing your own scheduling/favorites infrastructure.

about a year and a half ago

Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?

mattyj Re:Tired (436 comments)

For artistic use of 3D, Pina 3D was phenomenal. Too bad it's not in theaters any more, and it wasn't in wide release anyway. Can't say I was interested at all in the subject matter, but the filming techniques, angles, etc. were stunning. Truly a work of art.

So, these things are starting to happen. Let's hope they continue. I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of 3D but will agree that there's a lot of crummy 3D films out there. But we're starting to see more and more standouts. Just this year, Prometheus and Life of Pi were great examples of how 3D can serve the story and add depth not only to the images but to the story itself.

about a year and a half ago

Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?

mattyj Re:It goes in cycles and bursts (436 comments)

I think you're confusing 'tech' with 'idea'. The *idae* of 3D filming and projection has been around for 70 years, but the current generation of *tech* is not that old.

You know:

wax cylinder->vinyl album->8-track->cassette->CD->digital

There are few new *ideas* in film, but plenty of new tech to improve on past generations.

about a year and a half ago

Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?

mattyj Re:No. (436 comments)

Prometheus and Hugo are two examples of recent 3D films which showcase this type of filmmaking. Scorsese and Scott already pretty much filmed like this so they didn't really have to change much.

I'm a fan of 3D but I do agree with almost everyone that has said negative things about it here. I personally don't get headaches, but again, I usually don't go to stuff like 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'Fright Night 3D'. I see more classy stuff like The Hobbit and Jackass 3D.

about a year and a half ago


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