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Comment Mascots was insanely funny... (Score 3, Insightful) 90

I am glad that Netflix is funding the creation of this stuff. They are giving the cable channels a run for their money, if not yet the main-line studios. On the other hand, they've had some shows that were definitely "acquired taste" sorts of things, too (Pompidou, I'm looking at you). I guess they're still at the "throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks" stage. But at least a good deal of it is watchable and a few things are quite good.

Comment Re: How is this different from any university? (Score 0) 334

So if you get shitty candidates when looking for Python programmers, why not use a language that doesn't encourage shitty programmers using it? There are languages, after all, that select for a higher caliber of programmer.

Somehow, I think you want mediocre programmers at bargain prices, so you use a bargain language. So you have to weed through a lot of crap. You get what you pay for.

Submission + - FDA, Other Scientific Agencies Embargo News (salon.com)

frank_adrian314159 writes: What if you were a reporter and couldn't check on the veracity of a science story before you reported it? That's the Faustian deal science reporters make every day with the FDA, medical publications, and other scientific organizations they depend upon for their "scoops". If you break the code of omerta or any of the embargoes, you can (and will) be blackballed from future information. Salon has the full (and lengthy) story here. Needless to say, this is probably not the openness most people think of when they hear the term "science reporting".

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