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+ - Smithsonian Museum Digitizes Entire Collection, Plans Release on New Year's Day

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An anonymous reader writes "The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world’s most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. The Freer and Sackler galleries are the first Smithsonian and the only Asian art museums to digitize and release their entire collections, and in so doing join just a handful of museums in the U.S. The release is the result of a massive staff effort to photograph and create digital records for its objects, requiring almost 6,000 staff hours in the past year alone and resulting in more than 10 terabytes of data and 50,000 images. The galleries also hosted the Smithsonian’s Rapid Capture Pilot Project, an emerging method of quickly and efficiently digitizing vast numbers of smaller objects."

Comment: Re:nice stats (Score 2) 334

by PeeAitchPee (#48344731) Attached to: Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

When you spike consumption in response to lower prices, the prices just go back up.

As with any commodity, this is only true if supply is static or falling while demand rises. The reason gas prices are currently falling is because supply of available oil is rising, largely due to new sources being made available.

or even simply returned to the public in the form of a rebate

Can you provide any evidence of when this has ever happened with a tax was applied to a commodity? In reality, any surplus will be retained by Big Oil. Lefties need to quit trying to hurt the middle class and working poor with all of these proposed "progressive" taxes that are actually completely regressive, disproportionately affecting those who can least afford to absorb them. How about stripping Big Oil of their subsidies for starters? The Democrats could have easily done this during the first half of Obama's first term, when they held the House, Senate, *and* Presidency, yet they chose to leave those surpluses intact.

Comment: What a partisan, biased summary (Score 1, Insightful) 739

by PeeAitchPee (#48277061) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare
What about older people forced to pay for pregnancy coverage they'll never use? What about healthy 20-somethings whose affordable plans (called "junk plans" by liberals, but perfectly adequate coverage for a demographic that very rarely needs anything but coverage in case of catastrophic events) were cancelled even after Obama LIED and said "if you like your insurance, you can keep it?" You don't want to mention those things because it's more regressive taxation from so-called progressives. If you liberals are hell-bent on getting rid of every inequality you think you see, why do you insist on taking money from your fellow middle-class Americans to do it instead of from the big corps you claim to despise so much? THAT's why ObamaCare is so damn unpopular, and part of the reason the Democrats will get wiped out in next week's elections. People are sick of your bullshit.

Comment: Of course . . . he's a Jesuit (Score 1) 669

by PeeAitchPee (#48260101) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right
Members of the Society of Jesus (SJ) -- the Jesuits -- have long embraced science . . . in fact, they have made numerous significant contributions to the development of science. Science and Christianity, and particularly science and Catholicism, are certainly not mutually exclusive.

Comment: Gangs ARE the #1 murder motive according to CPD (Score 1) 529

by PeeAitchPee (#48206001) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

See page #27: https://portal.chicagopolice.o...

It's also important to remember that not all inner city gun violence is officially "gang-related" (as in, involved someone who was ACTUALLY a member of MS-13 or some other Gang (capital "G") that's being followed by the researchers). Here in the Baltimore Metro area, the rate of handgun violence is orders of magnitude higher in the city compared to the surrounding suburbs, and the motives are almost always drug-related (even if those involved weren't actually part of an official "gang"). Of course, both Chicago and Baltimore have some of the strictest gun laws in the country . . . clearly the answer is to tighten those even further and ignore the root causes of the violence.

Comment: Re:So it's like Colorado (Score 1) 398

by PeeAitchPee (#48196323) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
I'm not sure why the GP was modded offtopic as the point is quite pertinent. These shortfalls are unfortunately typical of how local, state and Federal gov't in the US budget and spend money by "backing into" numbers. The process goes: 1) an administration or legislature comes up with some new program, initiative, or project that will cost an ocean of money way outside of the current budget allowance. 2) to fund their initiative, they hire their own "experts" to come up with absolutely batshit-crazy projections related to the revenue-generating mechanisms like new taxes, toll increases, etc. which don't account for realities like diminishing returns (i.e., small states with close geographic neighbors can only increase cigarette taxes so much before smokers just buy their death sticks in another adjacent state. For another example: you can only raise a toll on a bridge or tunnel so much until it's literally cheaper for people to take the long way around and gross revenues drop as you continue to increase the tax.). 3) the projected revenues in reality are many times more than the actual revenues that are collected. 4) Politicians spend the money they wanted anyway and then scream that they need to raise taxes to make up for the shortfalls due to their poor / bullshit planning or they'll be forced to shut down schools, libraries, etc. ("We need to do this for the children!") It's a scam that serves all 50 states well in varying degrees.

Comment: Pull your own (Score 1) 279

No reason not to have Gigabit Ethernet in the walls. A 1000 foot spool of CAT 5E is under $90 at Home Depot and a decent quality set of terminating tools is under $60. Gigabit switches are cheap now too. You'll also need something to use to fish the wires thru the walls. Make sure you know how to terminate your cables correctly or you'll slow things down due to errors (or they just won't work at all). You can buy pre-terminated cables but they're more expensive (but might be good if you're in a hurry).

Comment: Plausible deniability (Score 1) 560

This case illustrates why it's so important to have something like the recently-shut down TrueCrypt project out there. If prosecutors can't prove the existence of an encrypted volume, they can't keep you in jail for not giving up the keys for something which might not exist.

Comment: Re:unions are needed before the bathroom break tim (Score 1) 195

by PeeAitchPee (#47296835) Attached to: Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common
Yeah . . . no thanks. I don't need anyone negotiating my salary on my behalf. I don't need some deadweight lazy incompetent being promoted ahead of me just because they've been at the company forever. And as a manager, I sure don't need to lose the important ability to fire a worker who just isn't working out. If I don't like my job or my employer, I will simply leave and find a new one. This is technology, not bureaucracy . . . please don't try to ruin it for the rest of us.

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