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Comment look on the bright side (Score 1) 455

If the science is solid, then if a new set of scientists look at the same inquiry in the future, they'll come up with the same results. I mean, Galois theory is valid despite Galois getting killed in a political duel. If the theory can be rediscovered by people not mentored (and thus biased) by the original discovers, it will have that much more scientific footing.

Comment since last we looked? (Score 1) 82

http://www.cloudorado.com/ has been around almost as long as AWS has. It doesn't have all the providers (who can keep up with them all?), but tools for pricing these services, as a service, have been around for as long as AWS itself. It may not matter for those running a few instances, but people who have really spiky usage needed them since the beginning.

Comment Re: If it was easy (Score 1) 157

Since when is being insured the same thing as being healthy? Life expectancy was rising before Obamacare. It stayed flat since its passage. I'd say life expectancy is a better indicator of quality of medical care than how much resources are spent on medical care or through what channels these resources are funneled towards medical care.

Comment why isn't drag and drop coding? (Score 3, Insightful) 157

More importantly, why isn't it learning to code? Who said that text is how instructions have to be given on how to generate compiled code? And anyway, typing is not really coding. Only putting holes in punch cards is real coding. It's even more effective and has more reuse than text. You can use the same card or reorder cards around if you want to create a new algorithm. Oh, but, the historical coincidence of the widespread typewriters and emergence of electronic controls existing at the same time is what "programming" must be? Well, I learned to program from comics which had lessons and posed challenges. I wrote programs by hand on paper long before ever seeing a computer. Was that "coding"? Because most people around me thought that not writing a program out on paper and checking it before inputting it into a computer created bad habits in programmers. It made them too lazy and impulsive. It produced programs which had too many bugs. Sounds familiar?

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 229

Actually, there is a better solution. You can keep the image as bmp. But randomly rescale color bytes of each pixel and compensate by rescaling the alpha channel bytes. Do this only on the pixels on which such rescaling would result in any loss of data. The image would be identically the same, but the data bytes would be different. So it would preserve the images by corrupt any data stored as images.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 2) 229

It's not steganography. It's not data hidden in image. It's data wrapped in bmp header. Pretty simple solution actually. In fact, this would probably look like random noise picture if you tried to view it. Bmp's are just raster images (direct pixel data) with a very thin header in front of it. So anything can be stored as "pixel" data. Steganography usually refers to storing data along with image data (so it degrades the quality of image, but still would look like a real picture when viewed).

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