Personally I know of no software that can currently reverse a jpeg into raw.
Print at high res, then take a picture of the print!
I'm still mystified by the desire to make computational neural nets more like biological ones. Biological neurons are *bad* in many ways -- for one, they are composed of a large number of high signal-to-noise sensors (ion channels). This random behavior is necessary to conserve energy and space in a brain. But computers have random-access memory and energy isn't really a limiting factor; why impose these flaws?
Sure, there may be things that can be discovered by playing with network models more inspired by biology. But there's this bizarre meme going around that we have to make computers act like brains for them to be any good. We don't.
I saw a man wearing a plain gray shirt, denim jeans, a hard hat, and a well stocked tool pouch walking my way towards the relay box with a large pair of bolt cutters slung over his shoulder.
Now, I go to Amazon to check reviews, but do most of my shopping on specialized vendors like Newegg or B&H Photo & Video. The specialized stores tend to have slightly better prices, or better selections, or better recommendations. Amazon is now my showroom for the rest of the Internet.
- Most Steam games work great via PlayOnLinux! This was a very nice surprise.
- All HTPC functions work really, really well (filesharing, video + music playback, emulators for old console games). XBMC is amazing.
- Sweet, sweet terminal. Oh, how I have missed you.
- Programming is way easier, especially for Python and C++.
- Lots of historically rough spots (e.g. sound playback) have been recently overhauled and work much better than they used to.
- The Software Manager is awesome. You type in what you want, and it gives it to you. Fast, intuitive, no hassle.
- Learning curve will be harder than Win8 if you're coming from a Windows background like me. The options and settings are all very accessible and well laid out, but learning where to look for them takes a while. I Googled "how to change my wallpaper in Linux Mint" for several minutes last night, to find out the answer was "right click on the desktop". Setting up VPN access to work was a similar adventure (answer: "click on the network connection icon.") I kept expecting things to be harder than they actually were.
- Some games are just not meant to be, and won't work on Linux. Guild Wars 2 was more trouble than it was worth.
- GIMP is a pretty bad image editor.
Overall, I love Mint, and I'm sticking with it.