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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

sg_oneill Re:Actually... (115 comments)

If a doctor recommended surgery, and the mortality rate was 1 in 4000, I'd make damn sure the benefits outweighed the risk. And I'd update my will.

Boy are you in for a rude shock. Even a common place apendectomy has a mortality rate of about 2% last time I checked.

Have fun never having surgery for anything!!

2 days ago

Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

sg_oneill Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

What I'd like to hear is an orchestra recording which mics each instrument and gives each of them a channel. It'd be interesting to see how well Atmos can recreate the sound stage of a full orchestra.

Before he died, Frank Zappa was exploring this very idea. His performances with the Ensemble Modern where usually mic'ed with one mic per instrument, then he'd have a surround sound desk where all the instruments could be panned around the room and so he'd incorporate motion into his compositions. Apparently he either did or was going to (death has an unfortunate way of interfering with ambitions) do this in a live setting so the audience could hear the instruments "flying" around over their heads. It would have been pretty spectacular, even if most people where mystified by his avant garde serialist classical music.

3 days ago

How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

sg_oneill Re:California At It Again (97 comments)

The answer to that is a simple flat carbon tax.

Unless your in australia and the denialist conspiracy theorists get into power howling about the "big new tax" and just scrap it with no replacement.

4 days ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

sg_oneill Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

Jumping over a fence, using whatever equipment you want (drones or whatever), doesn't suddenly turn an enclosed, walled off and guarded space into a public space. So I wouldn't use that argument.

My point refers to an "expectation of privacy" in the sense that regulation around photography and journalism applies. If you hold an open event or even a ticketed event, nobody in there has an expectation of privacy that they can act in a way that would not be available to scrutiny. For people *entering it* they might waive their right to film each other, but keep in mind here the drone operator is not agreeing to that so he can't be held to it. As long as his drone doesnt enter the property he's free to point the camera on it wherever he wants, except , of course , in your bedroom window , so to speak (re "expectation of privacy" as judges see it)

4 days ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

sg_oneill Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

To add to this, if you got a drone or helicopter with a *really* good telescopic lens, or perhaps a window with a view at a local skyscraper, sports games are not copyrightable, only a specific recording. But since you havent entered the grounds, its *clearly* a public space and you havent agreed to the ticket conditions, you can stream the whole damn event and theres not a god damn thing that can be done about it by a parasitic rightsholder.

4 days ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

sg_oneill Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

There is something called a "fair dealing" excemption that is recognized for british copyright.

Theres a case that pretty much specifically shows the premier league hasn't a leg to stand on.

Back in 1991 the BBC sued British Satelite broadcasting for showing clips of between 14 seconds to 30 seconds of goals , sometimes in slow motion, and the like from the 1990 world cup taken from BBC footage. The BBC said it had exclusive rights from FIFA therefore the BSB had no rights to rebroadcast the clips.

The court disagreed and found that the short clips where covered under fair dealing provisions and that it was ok to take the small clips and rebroadcast it.

Further under the Restricted Practice Act its possible to show that such exclusivity deals can *sometimes* be considered invalid as anti-trust , particularly if the exclusivity is for pay-to-view events covered under scheduled Listed Events.

In a nutshell, I suspect this is an empty threat and the premier league would have trouble convincing a court that a contract between it and the exclusive broadcaster somehow binds a third party who never agreed to it and thus has recourse to normal rights associated with copyright fair dealing.

4 days ago

World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

sg_oneill Re:This is really cool technology! (94 comments)

Hahaha if I had mod points ,they'd be all your sir! Classic comment (as opposed to shitty beta comment)

5 days ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

sg_oneill Re:So, such rules are bad for keeping people worki (327 comments)

On the other hand they are rather useful for making life not suck in almost every other respect.

Whats the point of working a smog ridden hole when you can get a job somewhere else.

There is an irony in tesla, the great white hope of putting a serious dent in the US's appaling carbon outputs needing this however. Oh well.

about a week ago

Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

sg_oneill Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

Prescriptivists always lose. Use defines the language.
Sad to say. :-(

Not really sad at all. Thats how languages grow. And without language evolution we'd all be grunting and hitting each other with rocks and shit.

about a week ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

sg_oneill Re:It's more than the tie (165 comments)

Selfish question: how do you get a gig like this? I'm absolutely sick of working for corporations and startups!

It was offered to me by a recruiting company. I thought it was a pretty sweet score especially since I was bones of my arse poor after the previous startup I was at had collapsed leaving me ridiculously in debt.

about a week ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

sg_oneill Re:It's more than the tie (165 comments)

I don't think you realize how much it costs to put a satellite into space. 2 hours of quick coding probably should be validated by a few different eyes.

Oh shit we're not talking about satelite firmware lol. Thats waaaay above my paygrade. We're talking about firmware on a little piece of hardware that shits weather measurements out a satelite dish to a satelite. Its expensive because bandwidth is ridiculously expensive for remote serial over satelite type guff.

about a week ago

Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

sg_oneill Re:It was a saved screenshot (158 comments)

Yeah "Where do I hide a body" is an old Siri joke from launch. You used to be able to ask her that and she'd give you locations of nearest mineshafts, dumpsters and so on. It was just a bad taste demonstration of the backend search powers.

I call bunkum on this, and if it IS true, I'd personally want to send a "friend of the court" submission that its a pretty famous joke search and doesnt necessarily prove anything.

about a week ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

sg_oneill Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

The GPL doesn't proscribe that "You must GPL the end result" it says that you are infringement and must not distribute. The way out is to GPL or hash out some agreement with the Licensors (GPL authors) of some sort, but relicensing simply is not automatic, as frusturating as it might seem.

about a week ago

Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

sg_oneill Re:Stupid (557 comments)

In my average IT class, we started with 20% females and finished with about 5% females.

I.e. they dropped at a higher rate. Most were not obsessed with computers enough to excel.

Yeah thats not what women actually say about why the drop out. Most report getting harrassed, creeped on and treated like weird aliens, and then finally ignored when they try to participate by the males in the classes and eventually shit just gets uncomfortable for them.

Instead of guessing why women graduate outcomes are not as expected how about we actually look at the source and ask women instead of doing exactly what they complain about and ignore or deprecate their experience.

After all, what the f*** would us guys know about what its like to be a woman unless we ask.

about a week ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

sg_oneill Re:It's more than the tie (165 comments)

Its more than just the ties. I work in a government science department that does really amazing and meaningful work tracking animal populations, building climate and weather models to assist firefighters and policy makers (protip: We're in trouble, regardless of what the crusading economists seem to think ) , and coordinating a vast network of parks and wildlife reserves. This is *really* enjoyable work and 1000 times more rewarding than "Yet another corporate intranet for 'sell-cyanide-to-kids-dot-com".

But hand in hand with that is an insane bureacracy. Recently I was asked to make some changes to software to throttle back satelite data rates from remote weather stations in the australian outback from every 2 minutes to every 15 minutes. The satelite data was insanely expensive and the modelling isn't fine tuned enough to warrant data points every 2 minutes (This is for predicting fire behavior during fire-season bushfires) even if we wanted it to be. So we set up the changes and tested it, and waited for the new firmware to be pushed out to the new sites. But no, its a government, anything "simple" is suspicious, so instead it must go through user acceptance testing , a layer of consultants , various committees and of course the various sub-departments must engage in their customary fight over who pays for it. It was 2 hours work and it will save $10K a month easily. But six months later its STILL not even at user acceptance testing whilst the beancounters fight over budget.

Its amazingly demoralizing.

about a week ago

Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

sg_oneill Re:Space Drive or Global Warming? (315 comments)

Not to mention that there is a tonne more datasources than just weather stations.

But more to the point climate science has tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of scientists , most post-doctoral, most physics trained, so not just "opiniated geology undergrad" or "crusading economist" trained, and all are in pretty broad agreement that theres a lot of thermal and kinetic energy coming from anthropological sources and that energy has to go *somewhere*.

Quite different to a handful of optimistic experimentalists getting their press release misquoted by the worlds press.

about two weeks ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

sg_oneill Re:Just refuse the new gear (224 comments)

Do you also type "Micro$oft"?

Grow up.
Typical AmeriKKKan! Fuck you dad.

about two weeks ago

HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

sg_oneill Open source the damn thing. (136 comments)

Aproximately 1000 years ago, in a galaxy far far away, I learned my trade on VMS on an old Vax mainframe doing cobol. Horrible horrible stuff. But it was a rock solid operating system with features that you just don't see anymore, and more to the point having the code out there so coders can see another way of doing operating system far from the Unix or windows mainstream has a lot of value in and of itself.

Heck maybe people might port it around (Difficult job though. The old VMS had a .... unique...... way of doing things with its register marks and bizaro addressing modes) which could provide options for people who want to utilize VMSs ultra-secure design.

about three weeks ago

Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

sg_oneill Re:So China is going to do (110 comments)

what the DOJ failed to do.

Well not quite. The DOJ proposed splitting microsoft in half. Chinas solution to corruption tends to involve ventilating the CEOs brain with lead, 15 minutes after the judge declares "Fuck this guy!".

The only one who seemed to be advocating caping bill G here was probably ESR, because ESR is kind of a mentalist (RMS doesnt do guns)

about three weeks ago

Is the App Store Broken?

sg_oneill Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

It's not a marketplace, it's a lottery for developers.

Or at least for our clients. I cottoned on *very* early that the SAFE money isn't in the app store, but in writing apps for others. Usually poor schmucks who believe their "Floppy duck clone will corner the market if only they had a coder". At first I was pretty OK with this, after all no one else in my hometown was doing it, and I could easily clock $4K a week ($12K for 3 weeks development with contracts back to back) and dude these where pretty good apps. But after a while it sort of started to feel like I was taking people for a ride by not explaining the market to these people. In the end I decided to stop doing social networking apps simply because they almost NEVER succeed , and I started insisting that they needed to start on a marketing plan with a professional *before* the contract starts (Since marketing considerations DO in fact drive it). This was all to protect my clients and ultimately my own reputation (Sometimes when an app fails in the market the client will blame the coder and thats BAD for reputation, even if its just total unfair nonsense).

And in the end I was lucky to get $500 a week because the work dried up as people moved to less ethical mass-production offshore developers who wouldnt say unpleasant things like "You need to spend some money on a marketing plan first" or "I dont feel comfortable spending your life savings on yet another facebook clone"

Yeah, I work for the government now. Somehow this feels more ethical.

about three weeks ago



Banner project kickstarter cruises past $500K, aims for $700K

sg_oneill sg_oneill writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sg_oneill writes "Promising vikings, stunning hand animated graphics, set piece turn based battles and now an orchestral score, Stoic Studio, an indy game outfit started by veteran game developers from the SW:TOR project, have exceeded their original $100K pitch to net a stunning $580K in kick starter funding for its "Banner Saga" game.. The project now is aiming for $700 stating that reaching this goal will allow for a full orchestra soundtrack, XBLA port and some expanded end game content such as user buildable cities. With only a few days left, the race is on to make this game epic. With its vikings, epic orchestra content, turn based warfare and Disney style hand drawn animation, banner is already set to become one of the most anticipated indy games of 2012."
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