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    [–] TTS in lovelace? wklink 3 points ago in homeassistant

    I use Fully Kiosk browser on a Fire Tablet. The Fully Kiosk Pro API includes TTS.

    [–] Daily Scrum - Roll Call wklink 1 points ago in scrum

    Who is this program manager and why is he even invited to the daily scrum? The scrum is not a status report, it's the time for the dev team to make sure they can meet the sprint goal. Unless his input is needed, he shouldn't be there.

    [–] Screen goes black randomly wklink 1 points ago in ShieldAndroidTV

    I think it may be related to overheating. Try and set the fan/cooling profile to be more aggressive.

    [–] User story sentence - what is it called? wklink 3 points ago in scrum

    I would call the whole thing a "Product Backlog Item" (PBI). User Stories are a format for PBIs and can have some value, but they aren't the only format nor a required format for Scrum.

    [–] How to transfer unfinished tasks to next sprint wklink 3 points ago in agile

    I'm not sure this is exactly correct. Anyone can add stories to the back log, it's the PO's job to prioritize the stories. If a story is unfinished in the time committed (i.e. during the sprint), it should not just automatically move forward, it should go back to the backlog. The PO should decide if the work unfinished should be continued in the next sprint or re-prioritized for a later sprint.

    If you're just carrying tasks from sprint to sprint, maybe Kanban is a better approach for you.

    This should mostly be discussed at the Sprint Review. In fact, a primary output of the Sprint Review is:

    The result of the Sprint Review is a revised Product Backlog that defines the probable Product Backlog items for the next Sprint.


    [–] A Clockwork Orange (1971) wklink 2 points ago in iwatchedanoldmovie

    It was the New York publisher that dropped the last chapter. Since Kubrick bought the book in America, he had no idea.

    The publisher thought the last chapter weasled out of the moral dilemma and thought American audiences would prefer the grittier ending. I agree.

    In the last chapter, after being "cured" (un-brainwashed), he just grows up and stops being a little shit. Well, yeah, if he's gonna be an upstanding citizen without mind-control then of course you he should be cured. But if the cure leaves us with "Eggy-weggs? I want to smash them!" then we really have something interesting to think about.

    [–] I watched Citizen Kane (1941) wklink 1 points ago in iwatchedanoldmovie

    Much of what you see in almost any movie today was pioneered in Kane. The first talking film (Jazz Singer, 1927) came out 14 years earlier. Filmmakers were still learning how to use the medium. Many films make a leap here or there that become standard, but very few have so many innovations. Kane shows a revolutionary leap forward in sound, cinematography and story telling.

    That boring cliche of the spinning newspaper? Newsreel montage? Kane created those. Montages weren't entirely new, but Orson Welles really proved the level of story telling that can be done in a montage (e.g. the breakdown of their marriage). There's just so many techniques that you see every day that you never realize someone had to think of them first.

    Look at this scene:

    It's only 16 seconds, and in it we see:

    • Segue from the snow to unwrapping a present.
    • Using high and low angles to show power relationships (these low angle shots necessitated creating sets with ceilings).
    • Segue from childhood ("Merry Christmas...") to adulthood ("...and a Happy New Year!"). No one before had ever continued audio from one scene to another.

    Coming from radio, Welles understood and appreciated the value of sound more than previous filmmakers. In addition to audio crossing scenes, characters in Kane will start talking before another character finishes. Other films, unrealistically, always had one actor finish his lines before the next would start. That's just not how real people talk, though. (Robert Altman's films are especially good at this technique, to the point that it's a turn-off for some people because it can be exhausting to follow:

    Other films had scores, of course, but it was typically adapted after the filming was complete. Orson Welles worked with composer Bernard Herrmann as the film was being shot. Watch the breakfast montage and notice how dark the music becomes. A score can trigger an emotional response in you without you being fully aware of it, but it can also be overused. Welles and Herrmann used the score where they knew it would have the highest impact:

    Kane was not the first film to tell story in a non-linear format, but using these techniques and others, he made it seem natural. This is probably especially difficult for modern audiences to appreciate. I think Tarantino's Pulp Fiction was a tipping point when suddenly Hollywood fell in love with telling stories out of time (

    I'm jumping around a bit, but let's get back to the camera. Orson Welles spent weeks determining how to set the camera angle for every scene. No other film had such elaborate cinematography and they usually worked it out a few days before shooting. Cameras also typically keep one area in focus and everything else is blurred. This itself can be used to tell the viewer where/who to focus on, but Welles wanted the screen to mimic the human eye. Cinematographer Gregg Toland used deep-focus (special camera lenses, film, lighting tricks, etc.) to keep everything in a shot in focus. No one had ever even tried to do that before. Here's another scene (immediately before the scene above), where it starts outside, pulls into the room, the characters walk away from the window (while talking over each other) and everything, including the boy outside the window, is kept in focus the whole time. This type of tracking today is pretty common, but no one ever managed to make the camera such an integral part of the story telling before:

    As someone else mentioned in this thread, the acting is not always great by today's standards. Welles chose his cast mostly from the Mercury Theater (radio) and not from Hollywood. There weren't any big stars because he didn't want to be bound by conventions at the time. This also meant that the actors were more accustomed to stage performing and broad movements. There's very few closeups for this reason. He didn't revolutionize acting, but he fully understood what he was working with and knew how to compensate.

    One final bit of trivia: Orson Welles scraped together every half-told rumor about William Randolph Hearst that he could find when writing Kane. "Rosebud," so the story goes, was Hearst's nickname for Marion Davies' clitoris.

    [–] The ol African dick worm wklink 1 points ago in WTF

    Is this somewhere in Manassas, VA?

    [–] Driving through Virginia wklink 16 points ago in nova

    I hate taxes so much that I'm going to voluntarily pay extra when I register my car with the government...

    [–] GitHub sued for aiding hacking in Capital One breach | ZDNet wklink 1 points ago in security

    The suit alleges that Github should have been able to identify SSNs and automatically blocked them. That seems like a bit of a stretch to me as I am unaware of any general legal requirements to take precautions at that level. However, their defense makes an even more important point: They didn't actually host the stolen data, only details of how the hack occurred.

    [–] Accidental anarchy wklink 12 points ago in firstworldanarchists

    However, even if the item is permitted, it may not be allowed through the screening process.

    [–] Alaska defunds scholarships for thousands of university students ahead of fall semester wklink 7 points ago in news

    It normally floats, except now revenues are down yet the governor campaigned on a promise to pay the full PFD.

    [–] Alaska defunds scholarships for thousands of university students ahead of fall semester wklink 25 points ago in news

    If the revenue is down but they decide to maintain the same payout, then it is a de facto UBI and not a revenue payout.

    [–] You have no idea how happy this makes my kids wklink 1 points ago in Costco

    I just let my 4yo have the receipt and she hands it over while politely asking for a smiley face.

    [–] The more I learn about religion, the crazier it is to me that people actually believe these things wklink 2 points ago in atheism

    While you're on the subject of crazy, Catholic dogma dictates that the bread and wine offered in Communion are not symbolically the blood and body of Christ, they are literally and magically turned into his real-life-not-kidding blood and body. They don't know exactly how they transubstantiate, but they teach and believe it to be a real physical change into Christ's blood and flesh.

    And then they eat and drink it.

    But don't worry, it's not cannibalism. Because Jesus is alive. Apparently, eating the flesh of a zombie isn't cannibalism.