Random stuff, part 8

* Opera Mini for Android. Really cool news! I love Opera Mini!

* At last! After 7 whole years of empty promises, Gimp will have 16bit per pixel support by the end of the year. This is an important feature for many prosumer photographers.

* An interesting discussion on OSNews about brain-boosting drugs in the software industry. Personally, I am against the usage of such drugs, because it does not make sense to try and push oneself so hard just so you can perform better. I mean, is getting more money or even a promotion the only reason you live? Why risk side-effects? Why not take it easy with life? I don’t think that these drugs should be banned, but I do think that companies should have the right to ask their potential new employees if they are using such drugs or not before they hire them or not. The last thing you want as an employer is getting sued because you supposedly driven your dead employee too hard and he supposedly had to use these drugs because of his job — even if the employee might have been abusing beforehand.

* The 8 teenagers who were beating their friend for fame, will be tried as adults and may get life. I hope they do. They will get what they deserve. Their actions made me sick to my stomach. It gets worse: “Judd said the suspects showed no remorse when they were arrested and booked. “They were laughing and joking about, ‘I guess we won’t get to go to the beach during spring break.’ And one… asked whether she could go to cheerleading practice,” he said.”

* I can’t wait to see what Canon and RED have in store for us this Monday at NAB. New prosumer cameras baby! Who knows? I might get one if IRS owes us money this year! 😉

* Can’t wait for “Lost” get back on TV in 2 weeks. I am seriously addicted to it, just like I am addicted to good sushi. Don’t make me choose one of the two! I said don’t! Stop it!

* Our friend Pete says it like it is for all these “free Tibet” rallies. If you want to make China listen, stop buying Chinese products. Climbing the Golden Gate Bridge to show your disapproval of China will only result in people buying more Chinese digicams to snap your entertaining doings, and nothing else.

* I am personally FOR the idea of paying internet connection per mega/byte. You should only pay for what you use. Just like with water or electricity. The problem really comes when they ask for too much money per megabyte. Hopefully the free market will fix these high prices eventually.

* “A nude photo of France’s first lady was auctioned Thursday for $91,000, about 30 times more than anticipated, the Christie’s auction house said.” Hahaha… someone doesn’t know of Google Images (NSFW).

* This Linux evangelist (by looking into his blog, he seems like a fanatic) says that filmmakers that use Linux should give attribution to Linux in the credits. I disagree. Linux is simply an OS, not even the actual tool they use to do their job (and I can tell you, it cost them a lot of money to develop their special in-house tools that run on top of Linux). No one gives attribution to XP or Mac OS X (not even Pixar). Heck, Hollywood filmmakers don’t even give attribution to their daily tools, e.g. After Effects or FCP. Why would anyone want to attribute Linux, which is just an OS that its Hollywood user doesn’t even know its there, and especially when it’s not required by its license? The “play nice because this OS was free” reason does not make much sense, because if you list all the free and other tools you use to make a big movie, you need another half hour to list them all in the credits. Sorry, but this is simply not practical. If you want people to credit Linux, make it mandatory in the license. Besides, operating systems are reduntant in this day and age. This is like attributing whoever made the wig that Sharon Stone wore in your movie. Who cares? Update: Read the reply of Jason Porath on that discussion on his blog. Right on the money!

* Amazing editing job by Matt Taylor. HD version here.

Another one of my favorite Matt videos, very creative! HD version here.

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