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Comment Re:Fork (Cinepaint & Krita for HDR) (Score 1) 351

Cinepaint forked a number of years ago -- it's main purpose was to support 32bit per channel color (needed by the film industry). I don't use it now because it doesn't compile on Ubuntu based distributions -- which I now use for my desktops.

Krita is what I use now -- even though it's explicit orientation is to digital painting than image editing, it still works quite well for image editing, and supports HDR images. HDR imaging has been important for me since I moved to digital photography. Modern DSLR's produce HDR raw images, so downgrading to 8 bit before manipulating an image can be rather counter-productive, and requires annoying work-arounds to take advantage of the available dynamic range in GIMP.

Comment Re:Terrible summary (Score 1) 206

I wonder if the JPEG recommendation comes from size and archival requirements, plus lawsuits related to decoding all of the various RAW formats.
If you're paying a vendor to write and maintain your photojournal archive system that's expected to hold the next 100 years worth of photos, supporting 30 year old RAW formats with each new release is going to not really be worth it. It may be easier to have all the photos in a standard format. There are likely new cameras coming on the market that their system does not have support for - they may HAVE the photo, but won't have the technology to access it for weeks or days later, after the 24-hour news cycle has moved on to the latest crisis. At least with JPEG, even if it's not ideal, everyone is still speaking the same language.
Second, there may be legal issues with using reverse-engineered libraries to decode and read various RAW formats. Reading and keeping up to date with the legal aspects of each RAW format for any of 150 camera manufacturers is probably a full time job in a very niche field. JPEG has it's own problems but people are much more familiar with that. When you're as big of a target as Reuters, you have to keep your legal liability to a minimum.

Comment VGA support? (Score 1) 60

There about eleventy-billion VGA displays sitting in closets, storage rooms etc. Our office still uses VGA for everything despite the displays supporting HDMI. A female HDMI to female VGA adapter is about $6 in bulk. Skylake finally dropped support for analog VGA but I suspect these 32 bit stick computers still do VGA out over HDMI. You could really provide some serious value to users with old "garbage" 17" VGA flatscreens that you would otherwise have to pay to get taken away.

Comment Re:unique id (Score 1) 214

Right, either SSN or Federal Taxpayer ID #
There's also the federally issued passport, which also has it's own number. I've never really understood why the passport isn't just the de-facto personal ID, it's a global standard ID system recognized by all countries (as far as I know).
I'm sure there are others, but that's at least three federal unique ID systems for humans off the top of my head. Other certifications like HAM, Pilot, Captain's licenses are all forms of federal ID as well.

Comment Re:Is it really a waste of time? (Score 1) 304

Powershell uses -gt for Greater Than, -lt for Less Than and -eq for Equals
-gt and -lt are fine, however -eq instead of = has caused me no small amount of grief. Powershell still uses = for variable assignment but doing a literal compare requires -eq and often times is not obvious that = is causing the problem where -eq is the required operator.

Comment Re:No no no (Score 1) 607

I dated a girl who worked as a vet at a local banfield vet clinic. They have a flowchart-type of software that is basically a jump to conclusions mat and leads the vet to a safe conclusion. $150,000 worth of tuition, condensed down in to 400kb worth of decision data inside of a script on a computer. I think a human life is worth more than that, but clearly they're on to something here, as Banfield corporate lawyers signed off on it as being less risky than having a human make the initial diagnosis.

Comment Re:No no no (Score 4, Insightful) 607

Have you EVER shopped for doctors based on price? Did you even know that was a thing? Docs just seem to set a price based on whatever, and you and your insurance company figure it out from there.
General practitioners/family doctors could be in every strip mall for in and out service, yet they're not. Anything outside of routine service would go to a specialist which you would pay closer to current market rate for, but the AMA has closely limited the number of doctors in America. I looked at getting a medical degree to go work in third world countries, but they've raised the barrier of entry by charging about half a million dollars in tuition, plus 6-7 years worth of apprenticeship to enter the field. Plus entry tests, etc. The tuition and time alone makes me look elsewhere for a profession.
If you brought down the standard for med school training for general practitioners, you could easily outsource about 60% of general doctor health care. In fact, to meet this gap they have a Physician's Assistant (PA) who is effectively a doctor with a much shorter training schedule at about 90% pay level.

Comment Re:Open your IT consulting business as AC Engineer (Score 2) 568

I did this. They called. They have a *lot* of lawyers (that's all they have), and they absolutely don't want people passing themselves off as structural engineers without the right certs (and memberships). My explanation resembled the parent of this thread and they were not amused.

I had to change my company name.

Comment Really? (Score 1) 1

It's likely far too late for something like that. O.k. if they had put that stuff in place in the late 90s than now it wouldn't be out. I'm sure all sorts of things out there could fall under "unbreakable" now for a given term of unbreakable...

So are they going to require passwords to be numbers only and only 4 digits? That should help breaking things. It wouldn't stop/slow things when you've got existing software out there that easily lets you use all sorts of interesting passwords now a days.

Do they think that they can just cast a mass oblivate on the entire population and make them forget using stuff that has existed for the last 2 decades? Right, this is Britain that we are talking about. The country most likely to try to actually implement 1984 thinking that it's a good thing.

Oh, why am I even bothering to complain now? Folks at work like that I can use apps to unlock forgotten passwords on things like psts. They really don't want unbreakable encryption. That basically means if they lose a password that I'd never be able to help them. and they might as well delete the crap. What they want is only encryption that magically works and never keeps them out of crap even with forgetting passwords and such.

What I'm actually thinking about is your average smart phone and the various passwords to get into the damn thing. For your average person, they might as well be unbreakable. For any moderately sized modern police agency, they'd have crime scene with tools where they can basically dock any smart phone and trivially get into any of them. It's pretty much required by law for manufactures to make products for law enforcement to get into the devices if they've got physical access.

I tend to shrug it off now. Cops don't have magic technopathy powers and can just glance into your smart phones and read stuff. They've got to actually take it and usually drop it off to the crime scene tech who spends the time to do that. They only really do that if they actually care about what might be on it though. You are still protected by the same laws that you've always been protected by though. They've got rules that they've got to follow and than there the time effort equation as well. Most of slashdot used to complain that it was even possible for the cops to do that. Let's admit it. Now a days long after 9/11, we want our government folks to actually be able to get into crap if they need to.

If the government actually had a decent reason to look closely at you, there ain't anything you'll be able to do to really keep them out of your stuff.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.