By timothy from Slashdot's so-there's-this-talking-yak-and-his-wacky-coworkers department
First time accepted submitter bakerharis writes with an article about Amazon's attempt to break into creating conventional television style episodic shows
, but with a different model from the manistream media companies. "Amazon's foray into TV production is unique in the way it saves money. Every spring, traditional TV networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox order dozens of pilots and show them to focus groups. Executives pick just a handful to make into series. Then, they commission 13 episodes of each promising show, with each one potentially costing a few million dollars. Many episodes won't ever air if the first few don't attract big audiences."
Amazon, instead, has created 14 pilot shows, and is letting a cross section of customers in the U.S., UK, and Germany react to them to see which shows might be worth making more of.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's truth-as-defense department
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the BBC: "A woman who complained about an unpaid £146 invoice is facing a libel battle that could cost her more than £100,000. Lesley Kemp, 55, took to Twitter claiming that a company based in the Middle East had failed to pay her promptly for transcription work. Now the firm is suing Mrs Kemp, of Milton Keynes, for defamation, claiming up to £50,000 in damages and a further £70,000 in costs. The company, Resolution Productions, based in Qatar, has yet to comment."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's for-your-own-protection-forever-and-ever-amen department
Should Boston have been put in a state of lockdown on Friday as police chased down Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
? Pragmatic Bruce Schneier writes on his blog: "I generally give the police a lot of tactical leeway in times like this. The very armed and very dangerous suspects warranted extraordinary treatment. They were perfectly capable of killing again, taking hostages, planting more bombs -- and we didn't know the extent of the plot or the group. That's why I didn't object to the massive police dragnet, the city-wide lock down, and so on."
Schneier links to some passionate counterarguments, though. It doesn't escape the originator of a recurring movie plot terrorism contest
that the Boston events of yesterday were just "the sort of thing that pretty much only happens in the movies."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's you-kids-get-off-my-lawn department
Florida today reports that cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov on Friday became the oldest person to have completed a spacewalk
. From the article: "Working outside the Russian side of the international outpost, Vinogradov and cosmonaut Roman Romanenko put in six hours and 38 minutes of high-flying maintenance work. They set up a plasma physics experiment and retrieved a package that exposed advanced spacecraft materials to the deleterious space environment. They also replaced a reflector that is part of an autonomous rendezvous and docking system that will guide a robotic European space freighter to the station in early June."
NASASpaceFlight.com has more details on the spacewalk
, as well as the note that Vinogradov edges out "Story Musgrave, who was 58 when he flew the Hubble SM-1 mission in 1993."Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's estrangeder-and-estrangeder department
darthcamaro writes "The JBoss Application Server is now more. Just like Red Hat killed Red Hat Linux in 2003 to make way for Fedora, the same is now happening with JBoss and the new WildFly project. 'There was of course the application server, there are a number of JBoss commercial products, there was the community site, etc., so when you asked someone "What is JBoss?" the answer was varied," Jason Andersen, director, product line management, at Red Hat, explained. "What we wanted to do was cement the idea that JBoss is a portfolio of middleware products and not just the application server.'"Read Replies (0)