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Comment: Re:JPEG2000 replaced JPEG (Score 4, Insightful) 377

by Air-conditioned cowh (#48570667) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG
But JPEG2000 was absolutely crawling with patents like maggots and worms writhing through the very core of its being. If that didn't put everyone off then I don't know what would? Certainly ruined my lunch.

DJVU was another contender but it just happened to be tagged on to a PDF-like docuemnt format and not widely known as just an image format.

Finally, anything that was not (properly) supported by Internet Explorer ten years ago was a dead duck. And Microsoft and Apple actively snub any open format if they can get away with (like Vorbis, WebM etc).

Comment: Re:Linus Torvalds won (Score 1) 98

by Air-conditioned cowh (#48331755) Attached to: Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium
More like if Norton, McAffee and other bloatware manufaturers also make applications for Linux that PC World aggressively ram down the throat of anyone trying to buy a PC, then Linux has taken over. Because its only that additional bloatware that actually gives places like PC World any profit at all and an insentive to sell PCs. I wouldn't be surprised if the PC itself was sold at a loss.

MS Office is definitely one of the apps places like PC World try to push at the checkout.

Comment: Re:At home too (Score 1) 185

by Air-conditioned cowh (#47840257) Attached to: Why Munich Will Stick With Linux
Especially home computers. I remember at least two conversations I had in the last week were people were telling me how their machines are gummed up with adware and viruses that their AV software missed and that after they clean their computer with Malwarebytes or did a complete reinstall the whole virus party came back. So I aksed, "Are you sure you want to continue with Windows?"

Comment: Re:False premise (Score 1) 546

by mark_lybarger (#47820225) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

that's a completely made up statement. i have worked in lots of IT shops and the only place to find folks w/o a college degree is in the help desk/desktop support. i've came across but a handful of developers who didn't have a degree.

i've been involved in the hiring process for my companies, and the candidate's college status is a major part of the package. we expect someone to come in with "bright" eyes and to know deeply what they're talking about, not someone who can bs here and there. college only gives part of that. in addition, they need to be a go getter. the should know about code management processes, and about enterprise architectures, n-tier, etc. development patterns, etc.

Maybe you missed this part of the heading (not even TFA):
"Nearly half of the software developers in the United States do not have a college degree."

That isn't just saying not a "computer science, engineering, math, or physics" degree, it's saying any college degree at all. So, presumably a lot more have college degrees with other majors.

So how exactly is almost half plus every programmer with a non-STEM degree "The Exception"? It seems to me the STEM majors are the exception.

Comment: And the physical limit of resolution is???? (Score 1) 140

by Air-conditioned cowh (#47652811) Attached to: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space
Just wondering. If the resolution limit is imposed by a restriction, then what would a satellite be able to do if the only limitation was technological?

I remember seeing a documentary about leaked details of satellites that could read the headlines off a newspaper in the early 1970s, but they would have had very low orbits and didn't stay up long, mainly because they would run out of film.

Comment: Re:Why is (Score 1) 201

More likely the Netfix website code just assumes that any desktop Linux build is incompatible because that has historically always been the case. Now it isn't anymore perhaps it will version check Chrome on Linux and decide whenever the Netflix devs get around to it, though I can't see it being much of a priority to them however much I would like it to be.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.

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