Some really good movies packed so many interesting details into scenes that you had to go back and watch again to pick up what you missed the first time, to get a deeper understanding of the story. Modern movies are written for today's short-attention-span audience; for them the fewer details the better because nobody is going to catch any of them anyway.
I remember re-reading the Lord of the Rings 3-4 times over the course of junior high school, and getting something new out of it each time, even though after the first time thru I already knew the story. Good literature bears re-reading, good movies bear re-watching. Current Hollywood output is neither.
Aint that the truth... The problem is that there's no way anyone with a limited budget can replace/combat it.
I remember reading a news paper in a bus (yes shoot me - dead tree media) in which a journalist wrote that there was a trend towards stupidity on the rise. Being smart was out of style. I shook my head from left to right and thought; "OK what the hell is this crap?".
And where are we now? It seems that where ever I go stupidity is all around me. People (but that will always remain), media, culture and yes... you guessed it! -> Apple iProducts everywhere.
If I would believe in God I would seriously pray for the day that this dissapears every single day... Too bad the world is in the hands of evil smartasses and stupid people supporting them and there's nothing you can do about it... >.<
That's seriously fscked up, but probably not far from the truth. It's like we are thrown back into the middle ages, like "You keep them dumb and than I will ensure that they will remain like that", with a very select few corrupt, company driven 'politicians' and a Slashdot-ish crowd that will complain to no end while not being able to do anything
I travel by bus a lot and trips take 1-1,5 hours sometimes and I want to do something to keep my mind from sleeping. So what do I do besides web browsing with my phone (whichsomehow seems to implie I'm a cool guy who gets lots of texts, which I hate)? I take the Atronomy magazine out of by bag and the first thing I notice is faces that read like "Huh WTF, is this guy reading about the galaxy? That's what nerds do, not him" and occaisonaly "Eeeeeeeelll, what is that?!" and I repley to Barby the braindead "Something your pathetic little brain is not capable of understanding, not even if you'd live to be a hundred years old". Her face turns into a gesture of "My thought train has just stopped... let's stare as if I'm frozen".
The studios don't care one way or the other. Anybody is free to create a licensed player for Linux. The fact that nobody has done it yet says nothing.
Except the license you have to get has a tons of requirements about the robustness of the decoding solution all the way from the disc to the output, it's even worse now with HDCP than for DVDs. It's a wonder you can hang out at Phoronix and not catch all the discussions about UVD in the AMD open source forum, and that's just if we can get permission to do hardware acceleration of unencrypted video. Legally it won't happen unless you got a binary blob player talking to a binary blob graphics driver. Probably with obfuscation too so you can't read out anything from memory with a debugger.
Even though it might not appear so, the closed source companies are in an intense battle with the studios to reseal AACS and BD+ again. Honestly, there's quite many more issues the open source community could take up (MPLS support, PGS subtitle support, decoding all the lossless audio signals, multi-threaded H.264 decoding, menu support etc. and for now leave the ripping to someone else, or to AnyDVD in a virtualbox - you don't need a physical machine with Windows to do it.
Ffmpeg has now a native VP8 decoder, apparently faster than Google's libvpx by a good margin (although meanwhile, a new version of the native decoder/encoder has been released with bug fixes and speed improvements). Jason Garret, the author of the famous VP8 review, is adding assembly optimisations to FFmpeg's decoder.