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John F. Nash Jr. is widely known as the subject of the Oscar-winning film “A Beautiful Mind,” but his contributions to the advancement of human knowledge are far greater. Nash paved the way for gam...
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Brilliant talk by Jacob Kaplan-Moss, the creator of #Django, on the "Programming Myth". 

This talk is not really about programming, it's about a lot of things, and it's one of the best talks I've ever seen given at any tech conference. If you are even tangentially involved in IT, or if you merely work in the technology sector, I highly recommend watching this. 

#PyCon   #Programming   #Myth  
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The mayor of Tehran٫ well known as a former Revolutionary Guards commander, retired pilot and the loser of two presidential elections٫ this week added one more title — patron of the arts — as he directed all of the city’s 1,500 billboards fitted out with copies of famous works of art, including many by prominent Western artists.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/world/middleeast/suddenly-tehrans-mayor-becomes-a-patron-of-the-arts.html?_r=4&referrer=

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/07/tehran-swaps-death-to-america-billboards-picasso-matisse-hockney-iran?CMP=share_btn_fb
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Biggest news from Microsoft's BUILD for me: There is now going to be a lightweight version of Visual Studio that will run on Linux (and OS X)!

They even demoed it running on Ubuntu!

OK, it's not the full featured IDE but a text editor. Still, it must be an unusually cold day in hell today!

#Microsoft #Linux #Ubuntu #VisualStudio  
At its Build 2015 developer conference, Microsoft has announced it is releasing a free cross-platform code editor that will enable many developers to write modern apps for web, cloud, and mobile.
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By the time I found the National Security Agency booth on the expo floor at last week's RSA Conference, all the best shwag was gone. The most prized giveaway was a faux-leather Post-it Note kit bea...
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"In film photography, color balance has a lot to do with the chemical composition of the film. For many decades, color film in the United States was calibrated to highlight Caucasian skin tones. This was the most fundamental problem. With an unusual degree of skill and attention, a photographer could compensate for the biases in most stages of production. But there was nothing they could do about the film’s color balance".

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The complicated history of photography and race reveals how sometimes the political biases inherent to a technology's design can go unnoticed for decades.
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Summary:When ordinary citizens in a modern democracy start taking precautions against government and corporate surveillance, it's time for a re-think.
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Nearly 50% of people wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death were prosecuted with the help of informants. One Texas lawmaker is trying to end this.
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Excellent question from +Aden J Purcell:
 
Apparently the display on the G4 follows the DCI color space instead of sRGB. Do you know if this is a good thing? I thought movies were mastered in sRGB, not DCI? And even if LG has accurately calibrated the G4 to DCI, could they have messed up the gamma? Or is a 2.2 gamma part of DCI meaning LG can't mess with it otherwise they can't market their device as DCI compliant?

Like +Samsung Mobile has done before, marketing their Super AMOLED devices as color accurate according to the Adobe RGB standard to appeal to photographers, +LG Electronics described the LG G4 display as following another standard they call "DCI"

First of all, DCI acronym stands for "Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC" and not the name of a color standard.
Assuming they are talking about DCI-P3 color gamut, it's the gamut part of one of the color encoding formats for professional cinema projection.

DCI-P3
- white point coordinates x: 0. 314, y: 0.351 vs sRGB x:0.3127 y: 0.3290
- gamma 2.6 vs sRGB around 2.2 average 
- pretty wide gamut, color primaries color hues not being the same as sRGB: green has less yellow, red has less orange, 

A comparison of sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts by +Jeff Yurek's blog:
https://dotcolordotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/pantone_2013_dot_color.png
Additionally, the white point is not even the same.

Today, Android applications lack color management abilities which would allow to convert one color encoding to another and display content as intended on various displays seamlessly.

+LG Electronics throws in the "DCI" name to impress reporters and customers with the intent to convince them of the benefits in color accuracy and  true-to-life color reproduction of their new display.

However, when checking what they're mentioning stands for, it is clear that displaying today's content, which color are encoded using sRGB (Rec.709 gamut and around 2.2 gamma) on a "DCI-P3" display (wide gamut and gamma 2.6) would lead to particularly inaccurate color rendering.
Colors would not be rendered with the right hue, look too intense (over-saturated look), and annoyingly too dark due to the gamma 2.6, which increases saturation even more.

In conclusion, +LG Electronics is proud of their new wide-gamut display but please don't be fooled by the marketing mumbo-jumbo employed.
It doesn't correspond to any professional standard or any standard altogether, it will distort colors instead of rendering them faithfully, and this is mostly a response to Samsung, just as bogus Adobe RGB accuracy claims.

Source: DCI-P3:
http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/workstations/pdfs/lp2480zx-dci--p3-emulation.pdf
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LG still doesn't understand the basics of how to make a smartphone. QHD display with Adreno 418 (Snapdragon 808)?! Really?!

I'm so disappointed with the current crop of Android phones, I have actually thought of switching to the iPhone. No, I most likely won't do it, but for an Android fan like me to even contemplate it is a sad indictment of Android OEMs.

Waiting for this year's Moto X, but I'm sure it will also fail in some regards (LTE band support probably).

What would have happened if in 2009-2010, Nokia had swallowed its ego, and instead of hiring a wolf as its CEO, adopted Android? It could be the premier Android OEM today, and the whole market would look very different. Oh well.

  #wishfullthinking #smartphones #Android  
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Science and history show that fashion's recent embrace of gender-neutral clothing actually makes quite a lot of sense.
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Probably the best reasonably priced beer place in the city. Excellent friendly and knowledgeable staff. Sometimes good live music.
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Great breakfast, excellent coffee. Worth putting up with the hipsters!
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Great coffee, amazing food as long as you can put up with the hipsters ;-)
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By far my favourite place to relax and get a nice massage in Melbourne. Both Caroline and Josephine are extremely good at what they do, are very professional and very friendly (without ever getting too friendly, which I'm sure everyone has sometimes experienced with some massage therapists). They are very punctual and always on time, and the place is very clean and the atmosphere relaxing. What else could you hope for in a massage parlor?
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Very good kebab, all the ingredients were fresh, the meat was of high quality, service was fast and very polite even on a busy Saturday afternoon. If you like Turkish kebab, you won't go wrong here.
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Extremely rmpty on a Thursday evening at 7, I was literally the only person there with one bar staff. But the music was great (which drew me in) and while the collection of beer was nothing to wrote home about, the Little Creatures Pale Ale was solid. Solid bar if you want to have a drink by yourself.
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Food is very good, the ambiance is passable but the service on the other hand is excellent and friendly. Had the Roghan Josh which was very good, if not the best I've had. Price is very reasonable, most mains are about $12 and starters around $8. Beware of the hot here, it's not Australian hot, it's real Indian hot. I like it but you need to know it before ordering.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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