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Comment: Re: a quick search (Score 3, Informative) 334

by SimonTheSoundMan (#48180659) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

More accurate, don't jam as much in cold weather. If a Lee fails to fire, you can pull the pin back again without moving the bolt. If a bear is coming at me and the rifle fails to fire, do I want to pull a pin back and then it'll fire, or have to go through the drill of making the firearm safe, emptying the round from the chamber, then loading the next round then pray it fires that time around.

Comment: Re:Yes yes yes (Score 2) 405

Well software and robots will do some of the tasks we do today, which means people of the future will be doing other tasks. Walk in to a factory these days in Western Europe, the factory has possibly 5 employees on the floor, go to China and there are thousands to make the same product. This is what is different with out economies, wages will in China will get to a point where robots are more cost effective, and efficiency is needed. People keep on going on about Foxconn buying in robots, this isn't anything new, just they are shifting just as Europe did decades ago to automated lines - a cover glass for a product is no longer manually stacked and trollied over to the next workstation by workers, it is now done by a robot with suction cups and the trolly drives itself to the next workstation. Skilled engineers will go off designing new robots, some will become managers as their jobs are more service sector jobs working in sales or maintenance for example. You'll find 4 of the 5 workers on the floor are simply cleaners or loading materials, the 5th person in an engineer that managers the floor, workers and maintenance.

If you're not the one designing these robots or software, and your not in these management roles, you're stuck in the last decade of engineering in manufacture. Same can be said for many other disciplines of engineering.

Comment: Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (Score 1) 577

by SimonTheSoundMan (#48045301) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

I got very paranoid about my Mac slowing down. I tested all sorts before doing a full wipe.

Before wipe, booted in 38 seconds, tested some apps load time, I can't remember off my head but it let's say 10 seconds. Wipe, machine took 35 seconds to boot, apps took the same time to open.

Meanwhile, two Windows machines I have with Windows 7. These machines do not get used much. Before wipe took 3 minutes to login screen and a good 2 minutes after login to be usable (don't get this in OS X), wipe the machines took 50 seconds to boot and were usable after login. I've been to businesses where their quad core i7 machines get switch on in the morning as soon as staff arrive at their desk, they then go make a coffee, eat breakfast and come back and the machine would just about be booted. Meanwhile I'm there with an iMac from 5 years ago that has never been wiped and it boots in 30 seconds.

Now on a retina MBP. Takes 11 seconds from boot to login, most of that time is EFI doing POST etc.

Comment: Re:No Way! (Score 1) 261

by SimonTheSoundMan (#47128133) Attached to: Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

4k is refereed to cinematic camera resolutions, 4096 pixels wide, and shot at 24fps. It is a standard by Digital Cinema Initiatives. Tons of content shot at this resolution, the work I do we have been shooting digitally in 4k ad 6k since 2009. Also uses CIE XYZ colour space, UHDTV will be standard illuminant.

You all miss my point, the current TVs will not be compatible with UHDTV. Biggest difference apart from rec202 is having to support 100 and 120Hz, all progressive.

As for tests, BBC in the UK plan to launch UHDTV1 service over DVB-T2 in 2016, this has enough bandwidth to support this format. UHDTV2 has some more hurdles.

Only a handful of monitors support UHDTV, they are mostly professional grade 1 panels, and in 4:3 (so we can have other data above and below the image). Current '4k' TVs you could say are UHDTV 0, it is what we call them. We keep 4k different to UHDTV so we do not get confused.

Comment: Re:No Way! (Score 2) 261

by SimonTheSoundMan (#47123813) Attached to: Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

4k is sure a gimmick.

UHDTV is coming, and these current 4k TVs will not be compatible. For a start, the resolution will be UHDTV1 2160p (just under 4k) and UHDTV2 4320p (that's almost 8k!), rec.2020, 100fps and 120fps, plus much more. Plus DRM issues.

Testing in the UK for UHDTV1 is 2016, 2020 for UHDTV2 which the Olympic Games in Japan will be shot at.

+ - Amazon Patent Standard Photography Lighting Technique

Submitted by SimonTheSoundMan
SimonTheSoundMan (1012395) writes "Photography Bay writes that the USPTO have granted a patent to Amazon as what can be described as a standard way of lighting a photography studio.

Amazon state:

Prior art solutions for achieving such a result for capturing images and/or video of objects set against a true white background include solutions that often involve some type of image retouching, post processing, “green screen” techniques, or other special effects and image and video manipulation to achieve the result of an object set against a true white background.

Accordingly, as will be described herein, embodiments of the present disclosure provide a studio arrangement in which an object can be photographed and/or filmed, and the images and/or video captured by the camera achieve the effect noted above without any image manipulation due to the particular arrangements of the subject, camera, lighting and background.

Just be careful where you place your lights to obtain a perfect white background, you could face serious litigation."

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