Anyone remotely interested in this idea should check out Stanislaw Lem's His Master's Voice , which is an entire (short) novel about how and why an extraterrestrial message would be encrypted. It's worth mentioning how why turns out to be the most compelling question.
A brilliant book which made me think that this is how science is really done. One of the questions is whether there is a message at all. How this message is first suspected (due to non-pseudorandom behaviour of a fraudulent table of random numbers) itself is a fresh idea. I found the various hypotheses in this book itself to be a very nice. IIRC, there is also an "opera singer" hypothesis that it is not the content of the message which matters, but its frequency.
I think this might be something that Netflix is overlooking. The community-like aspect of watching something simultaneously with the rest of the word is extremely powerful. The Twitch generation could prove that live broadcasts or some kind of time-locked release schedule is much more likely to build momentum.
Granted, Netflix's data is probably much more convincing than any vague feeling of community, but I wonder if the "indulgent viewing" they mention is the side-effect of our brains failing to cope with sudden overflow of stuff to consume.
I'm sorry, but I have to challenge such a broad statement. The classification of literature is an awful game but Dune is hardly a default candidate for serious study, and I feel a view of literature with it near the top is unfortunately stunted. Just speaking as someone who has taken many of the courses you mention, although not an expert.
"Tired of people stealing your content? Looking to make copying HTML text a huge pain for your users? Sick and tired of useful, well-made Python scripts?
Headache will make it so users cannot select, copy or paste html text without getting a bunch of garbage as well. Try copying this sentence. No, seriously, try it. Yeah that's right. Now try pasting it somewhere.
Now the only way you can steal my sweet, sweet content is by writing it out letter by letter or writing your own noble script that filters out all the junk. Checkmate.
You might say that this solution is unintuitive, massively inefficient and completely unnecessary. Well that's not the true Hacker Spirit now, is it?
As a challenge I wanted to see how hard it would be to circumvent this. Here's a bookmarklet:
That should be one line with no spaces if gets line wrapped.
I don't think there's any easy way for the obfuscation to stay ahead of JS reversal. Thanks for taking a look!
Except that Gaussian blur does not approximate how we see things blurry outside the focal plane. Our pupils are not shaped like a bell curve with smooth falloff at the edges, instead they are round, thus requiring a different convolution kernel.