IHS: Netflix Outspending HBO, BBC, Others on Content

With content license obligations to third parties totaling $9.5 billion at the end of the fourth quarter, Netflix has elevated the bar on content spending into the stratosphere.

With 2014 content spending exceeding $2 billion, the subscription streaming pioneer spent about 20% of the amount on original programing such as “Orange Is the New Black,” “House of Cards” and “Marco Polo,” among others.

Netflix spent more on content than pending streaming rival HBO, BBC and Discovery, according to research firm IHS.

…Interestingly, Netflix, in the Q4 shareholder letter, said its originals cost less than third-party licensed content relative to viewer metrics — despite the fact the latter is well-known and created by major studios. While the disclosure could be a ploy to leverage more-favorable license rates, Netflix said it would up spending on originals as a more-efficient means of capital expenditures than studio fare.

“We will continue to grow the percentage of our content spending dedicated to originals for the next several years,” CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said in the shareholder letter.

In a March 17 presentation at Cable Congress in Brussels, Ben Keen, VP of consumer media at IHS, reportedly said that while pay-TV revenue still dwarfs SVOD, European pay-TV subs keep declining — much of it attributed to OTT video.

Indeed, revenue from SVOD, including ad-supported services, is projected to top $35 billion by 2018, according to IHS. Standalone OTT video subscriptions in Europe are expected to reach 40 million, with bundled OTT video subs contributing another 30 million by 2019.

“The [pay-TV] industry has been transformed by the transition to digital,” Keen said.?

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AI gets its groove back

If you don’t get exactly the original text, the back-translation will in all likelihood still reflect at least part of the original thought: That the actions of the subject fell short of his or her intentions and not that the wine was good but the meat was tasteless, which the phrase could mean in a literal translation.

…”In the 1960s, this was considered impossible,” explains Michael Covington, a consultant and retired associate director of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University of Georgia.

For decades the field of artificial intelligence (AI) experienced two seasons: recurring springs, in which hyped-fueled expectations were high; and subsequent winters, after the promises of spring could not be met and disappointed investors turned away.

…”AI has been in winter for a decade or more but there have been many breakthroughs [during] the last several years,” she adds, pointing to face recognition algorithms and self-driving cars.

…”There was a burst of enthusiasm in the late 1950s and early 1960s that fizzled due to a lack of computing power,” recalls Covington. “Then there was a great burst around 1985 and 1986 because computing power had gotten cheaper and people were able to do things they had been thinking about for a long time.

…In the “early days” — the 1980s — “we built systems that were well-constrained and confined, and you could type in all the information that the system would make use of,” recalls Kris Hammond, co-founder of Narrative Science, which sells natural-language AI systems.

…“ There was a burst of enthusiasm in the late 1950s and early 1960s that fizzled due to a lack of computing power.”

…Today, thanks to the availability of vast amounts of online data and inexpensive computational power, especially in the cloud, “we are not hitting the wall anymore,” Hammond says. … We now see it emerging from a substrate of research, data analytics and machine learning, all enabled by our ability to deal with large masses of data.”

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The game isn’t over yet for Gameover malware

Department of Justice revealed that the Gameover Zeus (GOZ) botnet had been disabled thanks to the success of a joint effort dubbed “Operation Tovar.” The celebration appears to have been premature, though, as security researchers have already discovered a resurgence of Gameover malware infections.

While the Gameover botnet has lain dormant since the takedown, a new massive spam campaign has Sophos Labs researcher James Wyke concerned the threat has returned.

…The message body claims the recipient’s statement for some random account number with Cards Online is now available and indicates that more information is in the attached file.

The new messages are scrambled using the algorithm and string table that has been the same since the original Zeus source code was leaked in 2011. … Wyke theorizes that the attackers traded the sophistication of the rootkit in favor of simplifying the attack and making it easier to remove the malware and leave no trace.

…The DGA can generate up to 1,000 domains per day, and the malware seems to be designed to wait until the last possible minute to register the domains in order to evade detection and thwart efforts to blacklist or shut down the malicious domains.

Wyke is unsure whether this resurgence is the work of members of the original GOZ team—who managed to avoid arrest—or a result of new malware developers acquiring and building on the source code of the original.

It remains to be seen if this new Gameover campaign will be as successful as its predecessor or if it will fizzle out as a result of changing key elements that contributed to the success of the previous version. Sophos products block the new variant explicitly as Troj/HkMain-AQ and also provide proactive detection against the Gameover family as Mal/Zbot-HX, HPmal/Zbot-C, and HPmal/Zbot-F.

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How To Ace Your Job Interview

INTERVIEWER: So, tell us about a time when you solved a large project involving a budget overrun and difficult personalities, or either of those things, but also took place in an environment similar to this one, and working under a Dean.

…There are many institutions where the interviewers are expressly forbidden from smiling at the job candidates, nodding their head while the candidate is sharing his or her thoughts, or otherwise giving any sign that might be interpreted as a sign of encouragement during the interview.

…After twenty minutes of no eye contact, running down my resume (literally) and speaking with the other employee in the room and not myself I wanted to leave but was not prepared for this scenario; it had never presented itself. … It took several days but I was very pleased to learn for myself that the organization was not a good fit for me regardless of what they thought.?

…I was floored by his attitude and line of questioning and flat out asked him why he would even call someone in for an interview if he didn’t think one was qualified by simply reviewing a resume. I realized that the manager let his secretary call candidates and learned very quickly how disorganized and toxic the culture was and that it was not a good fit for me.?

…I smiled anyway, but I later after a few more foibles on their part, I wrote the team a polite but frank letter that reminded them what it was like to be on the other side of interviewing. I do believe that the employment process in the US is broken on many levels, and that those whom we find in charge of hiring with little or no experience in identifying a great employee, represent how the agencies are functioning as a whole. … Once signed up, the applicant is asked to input data word for word about work history that is already on job board profiles nationwide, and on one’s resume. … If the company at a most basic level is organized in a way that produces something that benefits a few at the high cost of others, and they want to keep it that way.

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[Lesson] Planning Programs

The reason these loops are not included in this step is because that would make them nested loops (because they’re inside the other loop), and it’s much simpler to understand each problem individual without have to understand multiple loops that are need to actually understand THIS specific problem.

…I always write out my steps as a bunch of single line comments before I start writing the code.

…If I’m writing out the step and it’s something like “output the zero crossing count to the screen”, it’s a concrete step and can be done at that level in the program. If it’s something like “calculate the zero crossing count”, that requires pulling data from a file, running some calculations, then returning a number.

…I’ve taught a fair number of beginners how to code and I’m of the opinion that it doesn’t take long for a beginner to run into the problems caused by “writing 1000+ line functions.”

…This means as a teacher or mentor you have to be on the look out for those moments when a student struggles because they’re writing “1000+ line functions.” When we see that happening, our job is to get the student to see how they wouldn’t be in their current predicament if they had broken down the problem differently.

…Here are common symptoms that every beginner who’s been at it for at least a few months (if not weeks) has probably experienced that (in my experience) almost always mean they haven’t broken down their code in a reasonable way:

… • When they put their code in front of other people, those people have a hard time understanding what the code is doing and why, causing them to respond with frustration / exasperation.

…We try to break down the project into logical, self-contained iterations and find that students both understand the value of breaking it down this way and write what I’d consider well-structured code (especially for beginners).

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February Top 50: News, Tax Sites Among The Mix

Despite CNN.com having the fewest unique visitors of those news sites, it did have the highest amount of visits with over 224.2 million. This suggests that it is developing a loyal audience, as higher numbers of the same people are coming back at least two or more times a month. Perhaps it is because of the way the site packages its content: aside from text articles, it has extensive sections devoted to video deliverables– a medium that is becoming increasingly popular for digital platforms.

…IRS.gov (#42) had the highest month-over-month growth at 19.3% for the top 50 domains during February.

…Aside from Google.com, the highest incoming and outgoing traffic shares went next to Intuit.com with 8.3% and 7.1% of the traffic. … With tax season in full swing and the clear relationship to the IRS-graphically the two trend lines are nearly identical – it is no surprise that so much traffic was coming to and from this domain. Intuit actually had more unique visitors (UV’s) than IRS.gov with about 27.7 million as compared to that of 24.6 million, placing it at 37th in the top 50 domains last month.

…As tax season trudges on, I fully expect IRS.gov and Intuit.com to remain in the top 50 for March, perhaps even moving further up the rankings. News sites have been generally deviating between small rises and falls in unique visitor counts, but perhaps gaining a new audience isn’t the exact formula for success.

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It’s Time to Create Your 2015 Copyright and Contact Information Preset

Home » Tutorials and Tips » Lightroom Tutorials & Tips » Library / Export / Import / Catalog Management » It’s Time to Create Your 2015 Copyright and Contact Information Preset

…I recommend adding copyright and contact information to your photos with a preset as you import them into Lightroom, so that when you share photos with the outside world, this data automatically tags along with them and people can get in touch with you if they come across your photos and want to use them. For photos already in Lightroom, it’s not too late — you can also add this information in the Library module.

… • View copyright and contact information for your photos using the Metadata panel in the Library module

…Note that this copyright and contact information tags along with your photos in the file properties data — it is not written across your photos.

…For those of you who prefer written instructions rather than watching a video, here’s an article from a few years ago explaining how to create and apply a copyright metadata preset.

Once you export a copy of your photo, here’s how you can verify that the copyright information is there: on a PC in Windows Explorer / My Computer right-click on the photo and choose Properties.

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…On the copyright, when you import you can switch the dropdown choice to None if you are importing photos that aren’t yours. … If you do apply incorrect info, you can delete it using the Metadata panel in the Library module.

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With Jellynote, Learning To Play An Instrument Is Like Playing Guitar Hero

With Jellynote, you can find scores and see YouTube covers at the same time, create a songbook and suggest different versions. … It’s like playing the video game, but with a real guitar — you can see in real time if you are playing the right note and follow your progress on the score.

“There are three key challenges when you learn to play a new instrument,” co-founder and CEO Baptiste Poirier told me in a phone interview.

…When you browse Jellynote’s website, you instantly know this isn’t your average score database with a bunch of zipped images thrown up on the Internet.

…After searching for an artist or song name like on Spotify, you can see the score and play the guitar, bass or piano part in your browser, change the tempo and more.

When it comes to cover videos, Jellynote analyzes the audio track and synchronizes it with the score in real time. This way, you can jump to a particular part of the score to see how they do it on video.

…You can access the score database for free, but you will need to pay around $5 per month to access synchronized videos and the Guitar Hero mode.

When asked about music rights, Poirier told me that he would love to sign deals with publishers so that Jellynote could share the company’s revenue with them.

…As the users are playing a song, Jellynote will listen to them and will give them a direct feedback in real time.

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