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Comment: Re:She has a point. (Score 1) 628

by geniice (#49604549) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

>This exact same line of reasoning is being used at this very moment to remove all pictures and mentions of pigs in children's stories and textbooks in the United Kingdom because some Muslims might be offended.

You appear to have believed something you read in the Daily Mail. Unfortunate.

In practice one of the most popular character's aimed at children is Peppa Pig. Perhaps you don't know anyone with young children so aren't aware of this fact. In which case I'd suggest you avoid expressing opinions on the matter.

Comment: Re:Dumb stuff (Score 1) 628

by geniice (#49604539) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

>Short answer: Reproducibility. The image is one of several which have been commonly used in the literature for decades.

If we are going by that standard we would probably have to use something like BBC Test Card F

>Also, it's actually, it's a really good photo for testing various types of computer vision algorithms - complex backgrounds (including a mirror), varying textures and colors (e.g. the hat feather thing), and a simple grayscale conversion works well.

Not really. Firstly we don't have great documentation on the hardware involved. The hardware involved is also highly non typical by modern standards (if your system is designed around drum scanned film and its 2015 you are doing something wrong). Using an image produced by a digital camera using Bayer filter would be more fit for purpose (the most obvious difference is that you will get more information on the green channel that the red and blue channel, this doesn't happen with film) . It would also avoid the rather messy copyright situation around the image.

Its not 1973 we are not short of digital images to use for testing any more. Chosing one that doesn't come from playboy is a reasonable choice.

Comment: Re:39/100 is the new passing grade. (Score 1) 174

Will the first issue is that about the only thing we would have got out of the Large Hadron Collider is confirmation of the Top quark.

Various space probes would also be rather limited. For example MESSANGER would be limited to stuff that had previously been found from earth or Mariner 11.

In fields like chemistry the overwhelming majority of studies produce results that are pretty much what you would expect so there is little reason not to accept them (other than the yield always assume the yield is inflated unless it is a process optimisation paper).

In a field like archaeology not only are most findings pretty uncontroversial (we found some surrey whiteware at Stafford Castle) but repeating an excavation is only going to work so well.

Comment: Re:Why does my tiny town in Iowa ... (Score 2) 191

by geniice (#48528925) Attached to: Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Probably they wanted a larger vehicle able to hold a fair number of offices with some cross country ability. Getting something from the military is significantly cheaper than buying something built for that purpose. It may not be perfect but it is good value.

Comment: Re:The law is valid (Score 4, Interesting) 446

by geniice (#48508913) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

You can't force any level of review. It can always be turned into people signing stuff without looking at it. What the UK is currently doing is getting a buch of lawyers to go through and dig out all the laws that don't do anything any more. Every few years they pass a big omnibus repeal bill removing them. 2013 version can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/...

Comment: Re:Now sharing music is illegal? (Score 1) 171

by geniice (#48031517) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

Probably unrelated. In this case recent means after 1923 (yes there are a bunch of exceptions but they are all either very narrow or involve music you haven't heard of). If they were going for copyright expired stuff you would hear the likes of Ragtime, early jazz and blues.

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