Audio News for December 27, 2011

by | Dec 27, 2011 | Audio News

THX and Optometry College Set Up One-Person 3D Theater – THX has provided equipment and setup assistance to a special eye clinic just opened in Beaverton, Oregon by Pacific University’s College of Optometry.  It is the nation’s first 3D eye exam room to help people with depth perception problems, and hopes also to provide information to the 3D industry to improve the methods they use to display 3D to audiences. The clinic is already discovering what it is about viewing 3D that causes some people to have eye problems.
The room is designed to deliver the best 3D experience that the technology can deliver. It has a 50-inch flat screen and will soon have a 90-inch screen for projected 3D movies. An optometrist says you can’t perceive 3D unless both your eyes are seeing well and working well together. The recent surge of 3D movies is revealing depth-perception problems with some people. They don’t see the depth, or they get vertigo or even nausea. If they have eye misalignments, that can often be fixed with proper prism prescription lenses and or eye exercises. The eyes of Hollywood are on the Beaverton clinic now to discover what their 3D research learns, since no other clinic is doing this.
Alan Greenspan Failed to Predict That Home Taping Would “Kill Music” – Excerpts from an article in TechDirt.com: “To see that (Greenspan) willfully pled on the RIAA’s and MPAA’s behalf (in stating that continued copying had grave implications for the viability of the recording industry) does nothing to resurrect his respectability… In a 1985 analysis sponsored by the RIAA, Greenspan estimated that each instance of home taping cost $1.67 per album equivalent, compared to the average retail price of $6.80. (In) the past decade, the RIAA and MPAA have spent an immense amount of time, energy and money attempting to place the blame for their economic downturn solely in the hands of the infringers, completely ignoring other surrounding economic factors or the drastic changes in consumer habits… As the MP3 replaced the CD, the major labels cut their distribution costs, struggled to keep digital prices as rough parity with the CD, and pocketed the difference. An artist with a major label still makes 15-20% on wholesale – no more than for a good deal in the CD era… The major labels’ 80% wholesale cut isn’t sustainable – nor is Apple’s 30% retail cut…Piracy was the messenger, not the message…Artists are still getting the short end of the stick. (This is about) the labels, studios and their executives. Despite their constant complaints about how much sales have decreased, executive salaries have never been subject to the same downturn…It’s about protecting industries which have become used to a certain “standard of living” and now the general public can’t be as easily duped about sales numbers and executive salaries…I highly suspect there will be never be a legislative solution to the problems of the content industries, solely because much of the problem lies with the industries themselves.”

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