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Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the non-Technical Manager – Post Installation Quality Assurance Has Begun

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Managers Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Since we became our own secretaries, it seems that we have to know nearly everything these days.

Last of the IPv4 Addresses Allocated

"Please be aware, this will be the final allocation made by IANA under the current framework and will trigger the final distribution of five /8 blocks, one to each RIR under the agreed global policy for the allocation of the remaining IPv4 address space,” APNIC wrote on its website.

IPv4 is dead. Long Live IPv6.

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The Internet Kill Switch–Strom

My first car had what is called a kill switch that I put in shortly after I had bought it. I was living in LA at the time, the capital of car thefts, and I even though it wasn’t all that fancy a vehicle I wanted to make sure that it was somewhat protected. It was a simple thing: you had to turn the headlights on before you started the car. I thought I was in good shape until I found out how many valets could figure out the sequence (in LA you have to leave your car with valets a lot). This is a good analogy for the same process when it comes time to turn off Internet access to an entire country, whether it is for cybersecurity or censorship. Someone clever will always figure out a way around the blockade.

The idea to protect our own Internet access has been around for some time, and various people have proposed that we do something about it, including Senator Joe Lieberman.

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Scratched glasses give perfect vision

DITCH those bifocals. You might soon wearing spectacles whose lenses allow you to see clearly regardless of how long or short-sighted you are.

With age, the lenses in our eyes often lose the ability to change shape enough to focus light from near objects onto the retina - a condition called presbyopia. This leaves people who were already short-sighted unable to focus on either near or distant objects. Bifocals offer a solution by having two lenses in the same frame, but users must get used to tilting their head up or down to switch focus.

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7 Scripts You Gotta Read

Fun Lessons. That is all this is. Might be helpful, might just be a way to structure a mind-wander while waiting for the plane.

Mystery Man’s Seven Scripts You Gotta Read!

The entire site is a blast, but don't miss the series of recommended 7 scripts by different talented people.

Question: why read screenplays? One could easily watch a film and recognize how the story works (or doesn’t) without having to read the screenplay. So why bother?

Let me offer three reasons:

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Good Google/Verizon Net Neutrality View

Prepared for today to be the good ol' days? Net Neutrality is a simple idea, that everyone (and every business) gets access to the same internet. For Americans, this has to do with the taxpayers paying for the original infrastructure and participating for several iterations after that. Different other countries also were participants.

In the background were always the phone companies. Most of the originals would not be recognizable, but there is the fear that they would become further unrecognizable if there is great benefit to treating the internet as a turf-fight, each big communications group grabbing a piece. Google's back-room agreement this week with Verizon is worth most citizens being interested. Following is the beginning of CrunchGear's article:

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