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Comment: Re:Expensive and complicated? (Score 1) 95

by Concerned Onlooker (#47934299) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Well, sort of. There has been a much larger outlay of cash necessary to break into digital photography. You may realize a break even point sooner if you would have shot lot of rolls of film, but the initial barrier to entry is much higher than it was for film cameras, which really only needed to be a light-tight box. Having said that, the price of good digital cameras has come down a lot since the late 90s, so what I observe is more of a trough where film was pretty much phased out yet digital cameras were still really expensive.

Comment: Re:SCI-FI used to be inspiring (Score 4, Insightful) 190

by Concerned Onlooker (#47914987) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

"The current crop of sci-fi-writer-wannabes just ain't got the imagination to inspire"

I'm not sure there's even really a market for science fiction. What was that last Star Trek movie? I can't even remember the name of it now. It wasn't science fiction. It was an action flick with more explosions than ideas. It just happened to be set on a spaceship.

I'm willing to bet not many these days would have the patience to site through 2001: A Space Odyssey, let alone the original Solaris.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 3, Informative) 81

Yep. That is the gist of America's new oligarchy.

"Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence."

Comment: Re:Are protestors all lazy or just hired goons? (Score 3, Insightful) 246

"Well the moment the cameras outside are gone? So are they."

Why waste your time parading to an empty street? Why shouldn't protestors play the PR game just as much corporations? It's all about getting your message out. Just ask the Koch brothers and their hired goons.

Comment: Re:Ruby and string/symbols (Score 1) 729

I can say that I use Ruby because of the way it implements regular expressions. They are really easy to use, no need to import a library or compile your regex. Just put some stuff between a couple of slashes and you're off and running.

Since most of what I end up using a scripting language for is parsing text I use Ruby instead of Python.

If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. -- Albert Einstein