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JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series 268

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from the thank-kosh dept.
Via Engadget, comes a press release that might bring joy to fans of science fiction dismayed by years without any new scifi shows: "Continuing its quest to sate subscribers' appetites with a flow of original content, Netflix has announced a new original series, Sense8. Due in late 2014, it's being developed by the Wachowskis of The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas and Speed Race fame, as well as J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5. Details are thin, but the press release promises a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted with a ten episode run for its first season." Hopefully it'll end up available on DVD eventually, for us poor GNU/Linux users who are not worthy enough for Netflix (or: to any Netflix engineers reading, make it work).
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JMS and Wachowskis Teaming Up for New Netflix Funded Scifi Series

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  • by h4rr4r (612664) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @10:25AM (#43291561)

    Netflix has been working in wine for quite a while. []

    Way to be out of date slashdot.

  • by The Mighty Buzzard (878441) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @10:43AM (#43291807)
    Even worse, look at the editor bitching about Netflix not working on Linux when it's [] a [] solved [] problem.
  • by sl4shd0rk (755837) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @11:07AM (#43292183)

    Netflix has been working in wine for quite a while.

    4 months of "working" is still Alpha/Beta stage in FOSS time. WINE is great and a lot of blood, sweat and tears has been put into the effort but in the end, it's a recipe for disaster if you have read incantations from the Necronomicon (wget+curl+./configure+make+make install|patch -p1|at>cron|bash -x /bin/sh|blah blah blah...) just to get it working. On other platforms, it's click+download+install+watch movie. If it's this way on that (godforsaken) Boxee-Box, why is it not this way for Linux?

    Yes, there's a PPA to do all the heavy lifting for you but the first kernel/library update that comes along is going to leave your Netflix with a bleeding head wound until someone can get around to hacking things together again. Don't get me wrong, it's great that we have people willing to put the time and effort into this stuff but having a hacked-together-binder-twine-duct-tape solution is a piss-poor reason to not strive for native platform integration. I'd really like to hear the reasons why Netflix (and Amazon prime and Hulu for that matter) seem to be too braindead to figure out a viable Linux platform solution. No talent? Can't get the DRM right? Flash too screwed up? Can't figure out permissions? Prefer backslashes?

  • Re:JMS... (Score:5, Informative)

    by PortHaven (242123) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @11:35AM (#43292645) Homepage

    JMS was JMS before Java Messaging Service. And probably has more internet acclaim than java messaging does as well.

    Dang, JMS was on GEnie yes, before the world wide web was even popular. Hell, JMS predates Java itself

    Sorry your failed at your nerdiness...

  • by JackieBrown (987087) <> on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @12:38PM (#43293459)

    If by "solved" you mean that a software engineer grad student and his pocket protector stand an even chance of knocking it out in a spare weekend then yes my good sir, that problem is solved.

    Assuming most people can copy/paste, it is extremely easy.
    Open a terminal from the menu and paste "sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio" Enter your password when prompted. Then "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop"

    It is now installed in your programs menu.

    I really don't see how this is more difficult then installing in windows.

  • Re:"Souls hunted"? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @12:48PM (#43293545)

    JMS is an atheist from what I can tell in the various things he's posted on the internet (he's done a lot of online discussions). I think he included relgious and metaphysical stuff in B5 to show how people latch onto religious ideas and values and use them to guide their actions because that is a real phenomenon regardless of whether you believe in the reality espoused by a given religion. Religious ideas have a hand in driving all sorts of conflicts in the real world (and conflicts are important elements of stories).

  • Re:Uh oh... (Score:4, Informative)

    by CTachyon (412849) <chronos.chronos-tachyon@net> on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:46PM (#43295455) Homepage

    So? they are genetically male. self identification is bullshit. You don't go changing definition because it suits you. It's left over pop psychology form the 70s. It's OK if you want to surgically change you gender, I don't care about that. but don't go around changing terms and definitions.

    What does "genetically male" mean? 46,XY? Congratulations, you just excluded men with 47,XXY (Klinefelter syndrome) and 47,XYY (XYY syndrome) as "not male". Presence of a Y chromosome? Congratulations, women with 46,XY who lack the SRY gene (Swyer syndrome) are now "male". Presence of the SRY gene? Congratulations, 46,XY women with SRY but non-functional testosterone receptors (CAIS, complete androgen insensitivity syndrome) are now "male". And those are merely some of the conditions that are diagnosed by hormones and genitalia, without even looking at the giant ball of complexity that is the brain.

    Self-identification of gender isn't bullshit 70's pop psychology. It's a practical consideration: science doesn't currently know what triggers male versus female identity in the brain. We know there's a surge of prenatal testosterone in the male fetus, followed by another testosterone surge a few weeks after birth, and that these two surges seem to trigger changes in the brain, but beyond that... hell if we know. We don't even know to what degree male identity is controlled by those testosterone surges versus direct action of SRY, or how many specific biological components there are in the brain that need to be affected. We don't know which circuits in the brain control self-identity ("I am a man/woman") versus proprioception ("my mental body map expects to receive sense data from male/female genitals") versus presentation ("other people see my behavior as feminine/masculine") versus orientation ("I am attracted to women/men"), if there are other categories than the ones I listed, where the lines are between these categories, or how blurry those lines are. Given how stable they are, we can infer that they're hardwired, which means that they must be phenotypes set during development; yet, the easiest way for a doctor to find out how genotype became phenotype in any particular patient is for the doctor to ask that patient to say their own gender identity.

For God's sake, stop researching for a while and begin to think!