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Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the stuff-to-see dept.

Movies 317

Ben Burtt was robbed of his overly deserved Oscars for the sound on Wall-E, and Heath Ledger's Joker unsurprisingly got a posthumous statue, but the big winner for the night was Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire with Picture, Director, Song, and five others. Go ahead movie nerds: talk amongst yourself.

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These movies are bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956399)

Movie bad. Servo angry.

OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (-1, Flamebait)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956417)

anything else of Digg you plan on copying so I can get a jump on what to ignore?

Re:OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (5, Funny)

Laxitive (10360) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956473)

Oh no! You were exposed to the same information from two different sources!

Call homeland security! This gross indecency must end!

Re:OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956505)

I added this to my /etc/hosts.deny file:

entertainment.slashdot.org

but I think I got a virus because when I restarted firefox, I heard Christian Bale "Oh, GOOD for you, and how was it? I hope it was fucking good because firefox is useless now isn't it? Fuck's sake man, you're amateur..."

Re:OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (2, Informative)

caluml (551744) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956563)

I added this to my /etc/hosts.deny file: entertainment.slashdot.org

hosts.deny is for listing hosts (and services) to deny connections from. You're thinking of /etc/hosts.

Re:OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (5, Insightful)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956573)

Now now, to be fair we have one article to discuss this over, while Digg would have 200 with varying degrees of civility.

Re:OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (2, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956659)

This Slumdog movie won all these awards?

That blows. I was rooting for Apu in the Simpson's Movie.

Much more compelling performance....

Apu was robbed!!!

Re:OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (5, Insightful)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956721)

I wouldn't want to see much entertainment news on Slashdot, but I think it is OK to post annual articles on the Academy Awards and Grammys to discuss films and music in a Slashdot way.

The discussion on Slashdot will be quite unlike the deluge of coverage on popular mainstream sites, so I don't think Slashdot coverage is redundant.

Re:OK, how do I ignore the ENTERTAINMENT section? (2, Funny)

dintech (998802) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957189)

You say that now, but you'll change your mind when Twitter and Co get all deep and meaningful about The Hottie and The Nottie [imdb.com]

Where were these noms? (2, Interesting)

justthinkit (954982) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956433)

Comedy:
Definitely, Maybe
Ghost Town

Documentaries:
Flow
National Geographic's In The Womb series

Drama:
Red

What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (2, Insightful)

ActusReus (1162583) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956437)

Britney kicks off her latest world tour on March 3... post an article about that while you're at it.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (5, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956493)

I was wondering that myself. My girlfriend made me sit through part of the Oscars last night and at one point some clueless celebrity started gushing about how the Oscar is the "most prestigious award in the world". Really? More prestigious than the Nobel prize? More prestigious than the Medal of Honor or Victoria Cross?

Give me a fucking break. I'll never understand the fascination that a lot of my countrymen have with Hollywood and the culture surrounding movie stars/other celebrities.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956525)

Oscars are *nothing* more than an ego trip.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (5, Insightful)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956539)

In that clueless celebrity's world, it is the the "most prestigious award in the world." Do you really think she will ever get the Nobel Prize? Highly doubtful. Just let her enjoy her clueless life and go on with yours.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (3, Insightful)

wisty (1335733) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956651)

Even more than the AVN awards?

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957207)

Are you seriously implying that the Nobel Prize has any meaning whatsoever? Seriously?
Do you really believe that the Nobel Prize is anything but a circle-jerk, just like the Oscars?

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (4, Funny)

FooGoo (98336) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956551)

Celebrities live in a different world. It's kinda like a snow globe filled with lithium and cocaine. In their world it is the most prestigious award.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (2, Interesting)

spydabyte (1032538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956939)

I personally enjoy the Oscars and obviously I read Slashdot. Sure there are a lot of clueless actors and actresses out there, but I truly believe some of the work they do is incredible and no one else in the world can come close to the product they create.So I completely agree that the Oscars should be as noteworthy as they are.

Now I found Barbra Walters and the Red Carpet bit pretty irritating, but at least they stopped cutting people off (for the first 2 hours I voluntarily watched).

I personally am embarrassed at the response this article received on Slashdot. I'd like to see the response if the new Star Trek gets an Oscar. "Oh man now they're sweet!"

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (4, Insightful)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957179)

The Oscars are a bunch of MAFIAA types stroking themselves, and assuming (with the complicity of the media) that the entire fucking world cares about it.

When we give/get awards, it's in the family.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957187)

My girlfriend made me sit through part of the Oscars last night

'nuff said

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956575)

CmdrTaco, are you fucking PROFESSIONAL? Why didn't you fucking THINK? Me and you are done professionally, man.

At last (1)

dna_(c)(tm)(r) (618003) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956921)

CmdrTaco, are you fucking PROFESSIONAL? Why didn't you fucking THINK? Me and you are done professionally, man.

Dear Mr. A. Coward, At last you're giving up. Goodbye.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (1)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956601)

"It's not that we want her to die, it's that we *need* her to die. Do you understand son?"

WHY SO SERIOUS??? (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956809)

I mean really the guy died for the role so the 20 seconds to post that yes he did get his statue and that whatever movie got the rest of them is fine.

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (4, Insightful)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956857)

Why do you know when Brittany's tour kicks off? Hell, I didn't know she was out of the loony bin yet.

And I don't see why people are bitching about a thread about the Oscars. Plenty of nerds enjoy movies. If you do not like movies, you could simply NOT CLICK ON THE FUCKING ARTICLE. That's what I do when I come across an article that doesn't interest me, I don't read it (and therefore don't create a whiney post complaining about it either).

Re:What the FUCK is this doing on Slashdot?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956983)

you are so insightful. wow. so above the rest of us.

thank you for sharing your unique viewpoint that nobody else has mentioned.

obviously you didn't see the movie :P (1)

ctk76 (531418) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956863)

we got to see a glimpse of indian tech support call center in that movie. next time they put you on hold for 30 minutes, you know what they're doing.

Who Cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956441)

I mean really? A big waste of resources so a bunch of pompous vacuous airbags can tell each other how great they are and permit the masses to revel in their greatness. BARF!

bye slashdot (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956445)

I think that really did it.

cheese with cheese (3, Interesting)

NoMass (74236) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956451)

Every year that goes by the Oscars become more of a farce.
Slumdog was the most cheesy and predictable film i have seen in years. The screenplay seemed like it was written by a 3 year old, the acting was horrendous, and you knew exactly how the film would end after about 8 minutes into it.

Re:cheese with cheese (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956733)

Every year that goes by the Oscars become more of a farce.
Slumdog was the most cheesy and predictable film i have seen in years. The screenplay seemed like it was written by a 3 year old, the acting was horrendous, and you knew exactly how the film would end after about 8 minutes into it.


And that's what makes it such a revolutionary film by Hollywood standards. All the other movies literally were written by 3 year olds, and you knew how they ended just by watching the previews.

Re:cheese with cheese (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956831)

Agreed, +4 Informative! This just makes it undeniable that the Oscar's are rigged now. Sad, but I really didn't care about them anyway.

WHOCARES (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956453)

Who cares?

Not news for nerds. (2, Insightful)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956455)

I'm not going to enter an extended rant. But I do wish this kind of story didn't make the front page on /.

Re:Not news for nerds. (4, Insightful)

The Dancing Panda (1321121) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956537)

Movie nerds are among the largest classes of nerds, dude.

Re:Not news for nerds. (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956557)

Movie nerds are among the largest classes of nerds, dude.

Okay, fair point. But I just figured that /. was implicitly News for Technology Nerds; not other kinds of nerdiness.

Re:Not news for nerds. (5, Insightful)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956607)

Movie nerds are among the largest classes of nerds, dude.

Okay, fair point. But I just figured that /. was implicitly News for Technology Nerds; not other kinds of nerdiness.

We had this same argument during the earthquake in China over the summer. If you don't want to see this on the front page, use the firehose to mod it down. If you're using the beta index, mod it down so you don't see it. It's News For Nerds. Stuff that Matters. To many, this does matter. Not all of us participate in online forums (specifically that work doesn't block during the day) and it's nice to discuss it.

Just because this article doesn't pertain to your interests doesn't mean you have to come in and troll it. There's also many kinds of Technologies that go behind making movies from the start to finish.

I don't have any interest in the Mars Lander, but I don't go in trolling ABOUT THOSE DAMN NASAHOLES and how JUNIOR CANT READ GIVE THEM MONEY. Get over yourself and scroll down, it's not that big of an inconvenience to ignore one article.

Re:Not news for nerds. (0, Offtopic)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956887)

Oh, come on. The motto says it all... this was neiter news for nerds nor stuff that matters (TM), unlike the Chinese earthquake story. The fact that the story doesn't pertain our interests is irrelevant; it doesn't pertain to the site. I like mixed martial arts, could we have a story on /. every time a UFC event takes place?

This reminds me of that frontpage story about the ending of The Sopranos [slashdot.org] . Interesting? Maybe. But why was it ever posted here is beyond me...

Re:Not news for nerds. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957093)

This isn't just about an article not pertaining to interests. This is about the mainstreaming of a nerd haven.

By way of analogy imagine the "jock-ification" of a nerd fraternity and you might get some idea of why people are upset.

As for the technologies in movies, that's exactly what should have been referenced, but TFS gives only the briefest nod to sound.

Re:Not news for nerds. (3, Insightful)

GundamFan (848341) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956673)

And yet it doesn't say Technology on the site header.

What would be appropriate content for the entertainment department in your opinion? I'm honestly asking here, as a movie/tech/gaming nerd I'm curious.

Toy nerds included? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956687)

Kdawson says "This month the transformer g1 toys come out, Be sure to camp infront of the stores to secure it, or pay some guy behind the register 50 extra bucks the day before"

Re:Not news for nerds. (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956611)

Hey, I know I'm obese but you don't have to rub it into my face you insensitive clod!

Re:Not news for nerds. (4, Insightful)

pzs (857406) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956655)

What is this new trend for everybody who has any kind of interest calling themselves "nerds" or "geeks"? I heard some beautiful person on TV the other day describing themselves as a "Musical Theatre Geek". WTF?

My current theory is that this is a nice way of bragging that "I know loads about this". By saying you're a "geek" it makes it sound like you're being humble about it.

Seriously though, I was proud of being a geek/nerd when it meant being a computery person who is passionate about science and technology and who therefore sometimes seems odd to people who are not into those things. However, if the word "nerd" has come to mean anybody with any kind of interest, it seems a bit of a lame and meaningless term.

Re:Not news for nerds. (1)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957219)

I concur. The terms geek and nerd have gone too mainstream. I used to get made fun of because I was a nerd, now everyone calls themselves a geek or a nerd. "Look i got a new [TV|ipod|cellphone], I don't know how to hook it up and can barely use it, but I'm such a geek for getting it!" The hell with that, screw all you posers. Go back to being wiggers or something.

Re:Not news for nerds. (0, Offtopic)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956547)

I'm not going to enter an extended rant. But I do wish this kind of story didn't make the front page on /.

Yeah, and we can't even blame kdawson for this one.

Re:Not news for nerds. (5, Insightful)

GF678 (1453005) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956585)

I dunno, I actually enjoy news articles like this sometimes. It's a welcome surprise from all the Linux zealotry/Microsoft bashing this site is used to.

Re:Not news for nerds. (2, Funny)

genner (694963) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956739)

I dunno, I actually enjoy news articles like this sometimes. It's a welcome surprise from all the Linux zealotry/Microsoft bashing this site is used to.

Bah....in the old days we would add Mac Fanboyism to the mix and call it a night. We were happier back then.

Re:Not news for nerds. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956829)

Meh. I feel this kind of story doesn't leave enough room for good Slashdot comments, i.e. "I for one welcome a beowulf cluster of car analogies that run Linux", or "In soviet Russia, my lawn gets off YOU!".

Re:Not news for nerds. (1, Offtopic)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956587)

You read words you did not want to read. HA HA!

You did it again! HA HA!

Re:Not news for nerds. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956661)

So do most people. Unfortunately Malda knows that people like you are going to come in here to complain about it anyway, thus continuing the over decade-long shit streak on the Internet that is Slashdot.

By the way Malda, it's "talk amongst yourselves." I know, this is just an overrated blog masquerading as a news site and none of you actually have any real, editorial talent. You'd be doing yourself a real favour if you demonstrated an understanding of English beyond middle-school levels, however.

Re:Not news for nerds. (0, Flamebait)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956701)

I agree. At the very least, this should have gone to the Idle section; isn't it for crap which the usual readership of this site doesn't give a fuck? Or should I use the proper FF extension to turn this place back into OMG!!!PONIES^H^H^H^H^H^HCELEBRITIES!!!?

Cheers!! (1)

ulsci (947427) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956461)

Slumdog is millionaire and award winner now.. think i should add "slumdog" to my Firefox dictionary..

Ledger for Best Supporting Actor (1)

zygotic mitosis (833691) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956463)

The Joker is a starring role, and they know it. It doesn't seem quite right. Also, editors - you forgot a comma in Go ahead movie nerds

Re:Ledger for Best Supporting Actor (1)

XcepticZP (1331217) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956503)

Not only that the editor/s wrote "Talk amongst yourself". What, are "movie nerds" all schizophrenic? Did I miss a memo on that?

Re:Ledger for Best Supporting Actor (1)

XcepticZP (1331217) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956513)

Typo.

Not only that, but the editor/s wrote "Talk amongst yourself". What, are "movie nerds" all schizophrenic? Did I miss a memo on that?

Re:Ledger for Best Supporting Actor (1)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957225)

No, but I'm verklempt.

Re:Ledger for Best Supporting Actor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957139)

The comma is not necessary. "Forgot" implies the editors once knew of the comma, but then forgot it. If you want to be a slash-cock, you might try knowing what you are talking about first.

Sympathy Oscar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956465)

Heath Ledger got his sympathy oscar, just like I expected.

NOT NEWS FOR NERDS (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956477)

what the fuck, editors?

WHO GIVES A SHIT

If you're actually interested... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956519)

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/22/oscar.nominees.full.list/index.html [cnn.com] For a proper listing of the nominees and winners. Posting AC because I don't care, but I also don't want someone to see my UID attached to this post.

wat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956529)

news for nerds?

Robbed for the sound oscar? (3, Interesting)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956543)

I may be missing something, but how is it that difficult to do sound for an animated film? I would say if anyone was robbed regarding sound-related categories it was slumdog millionaire. With animation you have all the time in the world to do the sound effects any way you want. Some of the scenes in slumdog were shot on handicams in crowded slums by comparison; how many times can you redo a take with thousands of extras and still achieve some sort of continuity?

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (4, Informative)

FatalTourist (633757) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956641)

So animated films have no deadlines? Sound for animated or live action is often done the same way. In post. Rarely do you actually use a sound that you recorded on set (aside from dialog).

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956757)

Rarely do you actually use a sound that you recorded on set (aside from dialog).

And even a lot of dialog is either redone or touched up in post.

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (1)

Benzido (959767) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956649)

I think you are overestimating how much of a difference there is between the processes for animated and live film. Any major film now has a soundtrack that is almost entirely pieced together in the studio. Also, you hardly ever reshoot a scene because the sound was bad... you keep the take with the best visuals and fix the sound later.

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956995)

you keep the take with the best visuals and fix the sound later.

I sense... a great disturbance. It's as if millions of mixers, boom ops, and sound editors screamed out in frustration and were suddenly silenced.

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (1)

abigsmurf (919188) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956717)

You could argue it's much much harder to do sound when none exists whereas a crowded street provides them all for you.

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (3, Informative)

pz (113803) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956761)

Most live-action movies have overdubbed sound. Not all, but it is the norm. So the difference between a live-action film and an animated film, in terms of creating a soundtrack, is quite small. Both have massive sound effects -- in a live-action film, each footstep, each door opening, each paper crinkling, each jingle of keys, each car passing, and every single uttered syllable, is likely dubed. And even if you do have live sound (which, nominally, you do), there's lots of manipulation that needs to be done to turn it into a soundtrack. Just like with an animated film, except you lack the live sound recording.

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (4, Informative)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957087)

and every single uttered syllable, is likely dubed.

That's where you lost it. Most sound effects are dubbed, yes, but there's an entire team of people on a film set dedicated to keeping the dialogue clean and usable. Dubbed dialogue can rarely match the intensity of a real, live recording of a scene and using it almost always robs a performance of some quality.

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (1)

anomnomnomymous (1321267) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956801)

You make it sound as if there's no post-sound production in (non animated) movies: Every realised how much your ears get cheated in those?

Nonetheless, Slumdog Millionaire was an excellent movie, and I hope this extra exposure will get the whole 'orphan'-subject in the picture again. Don't think the sound was deserving an Oscar though.

Re:Robbed for the sound oscar? (1)

spydabyte (1032538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956979)

Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscar for Sound Mixing. - source, TFA:

But it was "Slumdog Millionaire" that carried the evening. At one point, Resul Pookutty, who won for sound mixing, seemed overwhelmed as he accepted his Oscar.

Out of all the stuff on the firehose.. (0, Troll)

LingNoi (1066278) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956565)

Out of all the stuff on the firehose this is what was picked for the slashdot main page?

Browning of America (-1, Troll)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956583)

And the browning of America continues.

Re:Browning of America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956677)

The voting was outsourced.

Re:Browning of America (2, Funny)

Benzido (959767) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956713)

OOh, how scary, a British film about Indians won an American awards ceremony! First the president, now this! Soon EVERYONE will be brown! The extinction of the goths is imminent!

Re:Browning of America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957067)

And the browning of America continues.

I'm honestly surprised it took someone this long to complain about this on slashdot. I really hope you're being ironic or whatever, but I'm just going to say this either way:

People are allowed to be not white.

What's an Oscar? (5, Funny)

nyvalbanat (1393403) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956691)

In any case, if it's by Microsoft I automatically hate it, and if it's for Linux I definitely love it.

Re:What's an Oscar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956791)

Wiki article on Oscars [wikia.com]

"If I was alive, I'd have a ton of these by now."

        ~ Oscar Wilde on Oscars

Awards created with the purpose of formalizing celebrity circle jerking, something more Americans care about than anything else. Winners use a secretive process of election that consists of nominees. These nominees are determined by the following:

        * Is the movie financially successful?
        * Is the movie well known?
        * Will the movie sell more DVDs after it is nominated?
        * Was the movie shown no more than three months prior to the Oscar night?
        * If we give the Best Actress award to Angelina Jolie, will we get some?
        * Can we tell our own ass from a hole in the ground?
        * Is there a retarded guy in it?
        * Number of Brian Peppers references
        * Amount of color removed
        * Amount of characters who die
        * How ugly the actors\actresses are
        * How much weight has he\she gained\lost?
        * Has anyone connected to the production recently passed away?
        * Does the director's name start with Martin and end with Scoresese?
        * How many times did the lead actress sleep with the director? (fewest/most)

Oscars: *BSD loses big time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956705)

It is now official. Netcraft confirms: *BSD is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered *BSD community when IDC confirmed that *BSD market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all servers. Coming on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that *BSD has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. *BSD is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive networking test.

You don't need to be the Amazing Kreskin [amazingkreskin.com] to predict *BSD's future. The hand writing is on the wall: *BSD faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for *BSD because *BSD is dying. Things are looking very bad for *BSD. As many of us are already aware, *BSD continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

FreeBSD is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time FreeBSD developers Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: FreeBSD is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

OpenBSD leader Theo states that there are 7000 users of OpenBSD. How many users of NetBSD are there? Let's see. The number of OpenBSD versus NetBSD posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 NetBSD users. BSD/OS posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of NetBSD posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of BSD/OS. A recent article put FreeBSD at about 80 percent of the *BSD market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 FreeBSD users. This is consistent with the number of FreeBSD Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, FreeBSD went out of business and was taken over by BSDI who sell another troubled OS. Now BSDI is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

All major surveys show that *BSD has steadily declined in market share. *BSD is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If *BSD is to survive at all it will be among OS dilettante dabblers. *BSD continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, *BSD is dead.

Fact: *BSD is dying

Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (4, Interesting)

ghoul (157158) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956727)

Would Slumdog have been even noticed had it not been made by a British Director? Thousands of movies have been made about poverty in India. They get as much attention as movies made about drugs in American cities. People deal with this shit in their everyday life and dont want to watch it when they pay to enter a theater for some relaxation. Only people who have never seen poverty get their rocks off by watching something like Slumdog. Then again probably why Rambo and Die Hard were so popular outside the States was that guns are a big deal in countries with gun control.

Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (1)

clickclickdrone (964164) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956821)

>Would Slumdog have been even noticed had it not been made by a British Director?
It nearly went straight to DVD so possibly not. However, it's the first film I can remember in years where I would hear people talking in the office, on the train etc saying 'you must go and see Slumdog'. That just doesn't happen these days so the buzz was very much word of mouth initially.

Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (5, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956865)

Would Slumdog have been even noticed had it not been made by a British Director?

Your point is very valid. But in this case it's not the director. Danny Boyle wasn't a bankable name, or, indeed, a successful director. Or indeed, a good director. He's a hack who steals ideas from other movies. Slumdog would have been much better with a talented artist at the helm.

Note also that he had an Indian co-director who's had absolutely no credit whatsoever.

No. In this case it's the producer who got it its success-- multi-millionaire Paul Smith, realty TV hack, and expert publicist. Cashing in nicely on India.

Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957075)

I strongly suggest watching Ram Gopal Verma's film "Satya" and/or Madhur Bhandarkar's "Chandni Bar"
instead of slumdog for a better exposure to the same subject.

Satya and CB portray the genuine trials and tribulations of Mumbai's different peoples without degrading or dehumanizing an entire country of people like Boyle did with slumdog.

Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957145)

You know that it is based on a novel written by an Indian?

Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26957235)

It is based on a novel written by an Indian cultural Marxist with a vested interest in undermining the country. Big difference.

How is this news for nerds? (0, Flamebait)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956745)

But it's nice to see that Hollywood is continuing the Global business trend of outsourcing movie production. Hello my name is Ram... I mean Stephen... and I will be your 1st AD for today. How may I help you?

Only one American won a major award -- the overrated Sean Penn -- and he's anti-American. (Mickey Rourke was robbed.) To paraphrase Stephen Colbert; why do you hate America, Hollywood? Why? Giving Oscars to Brits will only mean terrorists win.

Now Mumbai is not just taking contact center jobs, but also movie ones too. Which would be fine if Slumdog was the best movie of the year -- which it most certainly wasn't. Just the most hyped by UK reality TV producer's money (Paul Smith from Who Wants to be a Millionaire). It's just an exploit-asian movie. UK producers and crew mostly, skimming profit off of Indian industry.

How about that new gay porn movie? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956749)

The Curious Case of Benjamin's Butthole.

you inSensitive clod! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956775)

Conspiracy!! (1)

Abuzar (732558) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956777)

The government has taken over slashdot. They're dumbing down nerds. Look for tabloid news coming to slashdot soon!
Extra Special! Extra Special! Britney Takes a Dump! Slashdot's got FULL COVERAGE!

Ben Stiller (1)

tsnorquist (1058924) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956785)

Was the highlight of the night.

Danny Boyle (3, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956789)

I'm glad to see him finally get some recognition. But honestly, he should have won for Shallow Grave or Trainspotting (his best films). The Oscars are too conservative and often don't recognize filmmakers until they're way past their prime (like Spielberg and James Cameron, who didn't win Oscars until their best work was actually long behind them). The Independent Spirit Awards are much better, IMHO. And they're much more likely to recognize the work of young and audacious filmmakers. The Oscars almost never recognize first time directors, no matter how brilliant their debut work. Chris Nolan, for example, deserved and Oscar for Memento. But it took a Batman sequel for him to even get slightly acknowledged.

OK once a year (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956805)

I'm patting myself on the back...discuss.

WTF (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956817)

What the fuck is this doing on slashdot? Gawd, it's no wonder this site has become a fucking joke in last past several years. Also, which of the webmasters got together and decided on the CSS Web2.0 bullshit conversion about two years back? The same retards who post crap like this on the frontpage and call it a story?

fuel for thought... (1)

pig-power (1069288) | more than 5 years ago | (#26956897)

Slumdog won more Oscars than the Oscar Awards had viewers

Mud people trump Fags (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956915)

Oscar drama? Not really.

In the politically correct world of Hollywood, there were no surprises.

Mud people are more politically correct than Fags. To handicap the Oscars one only need ask which "victim group" will take home the cheese.

This is the year of the Mud People, starting with Mulatto-in-Chief B. Hussein Obama. What more natural way to celebrate the mud in politics than by slinging mud at the movie going public. Hence, the awards to the muddiest picture of them all -- "Slumdog Millionaire".

Can we shut up now? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26956933)

I am so tired of hearing about Slumdog Millionaire, it's a great flick but it does not deserve the recognition it's getting. The only reason it won anything is because of pseudo-intellectuals who think independent films are the greatest thing to happen in cinema. Most of the time independent films do offer something fresh and new that differs from the garbage Hollywood has been producing for the past 50 years but has it gotten so bad that when a mediocre independent film comes out it deserves an Oscar? Does anyone rememb

"News for Nerds..." (0, Flamebait)

Androclese (627848) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957049)

FAIL

"...Stuff that Matters."
EPIC. FAIL.

How about the Sci-Tech Awards? (4, Interesting)

jasenj1 (575309) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957113)

The main Academy Awards may not be news for nerds, but the Sci-Tech Awards [oscars.org] are certainly full of /. fodder.

- Jasen.

Sci-Tech Awards (2, Insightful)

nameer (706715) | more than 5 years ago | (#26957241)

Wouldn't a better /. story be about the Sci-Tech [oscars.org] awards?
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