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Comment: Re:The next number to fight over: Dynamic Range (Score 2) 596

by CallFinalClass (#27213725) Attached to: What to Fight Over After Megapixels?

I'm out of mod points, so I can't help there, but damn straight, get the dynamic range up there.

Right now, cameras can't get even close to the mark 1 eyeball where dynamic range is concerned.

I'll raise you on the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_dynamic_range_imaging

Yes, there are people "abusing" the HDR process and producing things that "just don't look right" to many people, but done right, it's awesome.

This should be in the camera, not in post-processing SW.

Comment: Re:Can we be a little more inclusive? (Score 1) 526

by CallFinalClass (#23935611) Attached to: Senate Hearing On Laptop Seizures At US Border

What you experienced was not what you apparently think it was.

Most likely, your boarding pass didn't register correctly when you got on the plane. As always, the flight crew does a head count to match against then number of people that presented boarding passes. Let's say they counted 100 butts in the seats, but only 99 boarding passes registered in the system. No hard task to figure out that you - REGARDLESS of your name or ethnicity - were the odd man out. Since you self-identified, no need to see your boarding pass. The crew was probably pissed off in general because getting the count right is of course mandatory.

Or, they could have been looking to offer you an upgrade to a better class. If you were travelling with someone, they'd not offer it as they wouldn't want to break you up.

Both have happened to me quite frequently, and I've seen it happen to others frequently.

So, quit your fucking goddamn whinging. Jesus. Fucking. Christ.

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+ - Media Missed Apple Earnings Star: the Mac->

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Frankc23 writes "Wednesday's Apple earnings were another blowout, surpassing even priced-to-perfection estimates (72 to 80 cents a share) by hitting an amazing 92 cents a share for the quarter ending June 30.

While the media has been fixated on the iPhone, and choked on yesterday's seemingly low (but incorrect in regards to actual sales) AT&T iPhone activation numbers, the real star of Apple's earnings was the growth of the Mac.

Apple said it shipped 1.76 million Macintosh computers in the quarter, a rise of 33 percent from a year earlier. This clearly outpaces the growth in the broader PC market. Sales of MacBook laptop computers rose 42 percent (oh, and Apple sold 270,000 iPhones and 9.82 million iPods too).

The broad media has underreported or missed the Mac story in the last few months. A quick survey of Google News shows about 4,600 headline stories in the last month on the Mac. In that same period, there were six times as many iPhone stories. On Apple Investor News, iPhone stories overwhelmed Mac stories by a eight to one margin.

Most pre-earnings channel checks on Mac sales were robust but still lower than what Apple reported. And both analysts and reporters missed the implications of the recent WWDC (most called it disappointing or lackluster) by not fully getting the implications of Safari for Windows and the return of major games publishers to the Mac OS, not to mention the all-time high and growing number of Mac OS developers.

Oh, and Leopard comes out in a few months, right before the holidays."

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+ - Student Arrested for Making Video Game Map of Scho

Submitted by tanman
tanman (728257) writes "A Chinese student at the Houston-area Clements High School was arrested, sent to an "Alternative Education Center" and banned from graduation after school officials found he created a video game map of his school (Google mirror). School district police arrested the teen and searched his home where they confiscated a hammer as a "potential weapon". ' "They decided he was a terroristic threat," said one source close to the district's investigation. ' With an upcoming May 12 school board election, this issue has quickly become political, with school board members involved in the appeal accusing each other of pandering to the Chinese community in an attempt to gain votes."

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