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Comment Re: Olga Khazan is probably smarter than my dog. (Score 1) 381

"From my experience, one thing you do need when learning to code is an ability to stifle your rage when computers donâ(TM)t do what you want.

I remember helping out my fellow classmates in the terminal room during my freshman C class [two hints to how old I am in that sentence!]. The biggest impediment I found was that they would get so upset and flustered at the computer that they could not calm down and try to figure out their errors! Once they relaxed, they typically quickly could see the problem.

Submission + - Canadian Music Industry Faces Competition Complaint Over Public Domain Records->

An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian record label specializing in public domain releases has filed a complaint with the Competition Tribunal over alleged anti-competitive conduct by Universal, Sony, and host of other music industry leaders. The complaint tells a fascinating behind-the-scenes tale, with the recording industry doing everything in its powers — including posting false reviews, pressuring distributors, and lobbying for changes to the law — to stop the sale of competing public domain records.
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Comment Re:not so obvious to everyone it seems (Score 1) 288

It is because the studios asked them for a monetary number well outside Netflix's ability to pay and still stay afloat.

Good content costs good money. Netflix doesn't even own its most successful shows (Media Rights Capital owns "House of Cards" and Lionsgate owns "Orange Is the New Black"). Their first cheap Starz streaming deal was a weird technicality. Everyone knew when it ran out that Netflix could not support its streaming of quality content by charging less than what a cable or satellite provider would for a collection of content of similar quality.

Comment Skydiving More (Score 1) 808

Mostly just more skydiving and less working for douschebags. Having to work 40 hours a week to support my hobby, I've got several more years flying a wingsuit and jumping from a plane before I feel comfortable getting into BASE. And most of the good BASE jumping is Europe. Barring accidents, I think I could easily spend a couple of decades at this hobby, even if that was all I was doing.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 1) 172

There used to be a web page called "Your Eyes Suck at Blue". You might find it on the Wayback machine.

You can tell the luminance of each individual channel more precisely than you can perceive differences in mixed color. This is due to the difference between rod and cone cells. Your perception of the color gamut is, sorry, imprecise. I'm sure that you really can't discriminate 256 bits of blue in the presence of other, varying, colors.

Comment Re:From TFA: bit-exact or not? (Score 5, Insightful) 172

Rather than abuse every commenter who has not joined your specialty on Slashdot, please take the source and write about what you find.

Given that CPU and memory get less expensive over time, it is no surprise that algorithms work practically today that would not have when various standards groups started meeting. Ultimately, someone like you can state what the trade-offs are in clear English, and indeed whether they work at all, which is more productive than trading naah-naahs.

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Journal Journal: Back into Python 1

Okay... A couple weeks ago, I decided to take another look at Python-- the first such look I've given the language since around 1997.

So far, I have the basic stuff down. I've got a quick script down that provides functions to add ANSI colors to my output, so I have that going for me. :D

I have Python 2.x on a VM on my work system, but I'm using Python3 on my home system.

Genius is ten percent inspiration and fifty percent capital gains.