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Comment: Re:Why? (Score 5, Insightful) 122

by Jeremy Erwin (#46796409) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

Consider this picture of a spider dining on its prey--possibly a cricket.

What's important? the spider, the web, the meal.
What's not important? the storm drain, the foliage

It's not completely successful, but both the foliage and the storm drain are out of focus, while the spider, the meal, and the web are in focus. The aperture control on a large sensor camera lets the photographer select where the blurriness ends, and where it begins. Generally, the longer the focal length of the lens, the more dramatic the effects of opening up the aperture. Since camera phones use short focal length lenses, the blurring effect is quite subtle, and is often insufficient to draw in the viewers eye.
In this particular case, it's a macro shot, so even a very narrow aperture (f/16) involves some blurriness. Quite often, macro-photographers use very narrow apertures-- f/16-f32, in an attempt to resolve all of the interesting aspects of their subjects.

Comment: Re:wouldn't matter if it weren't canned (Score 1) 392

Perhaps, but there is far more reason to think that Putin is lying, because he's been telling bald-faced lies to the entire world as recently as the past couple of weeks (concerning Ukraine). At least in the US, our politicians tell their lies in a gray area such that fact-checkers give numeric ratings to indicate just how untruthful a statement is. Putin just tells outright lies as if he believed them to be completely true and reasonable himself.

Or, phrased another way: In Soviet Russia, Putin fact-checks you!

Comment: Re:Define "App" (Score 1) 240

by Jeremy Erwin (#46740495) Attached to: How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

As far as I'm concerned, "mobile" is just an excuse to make money off market segmentation. Want to watch hulu on your PC? No problem.
Want to watch it on your tablet PC? Sorry, you'll need a hulu plus subscription.
Want to watch a video on your PC? Enjoy.
Want to watch it on a handheld PC? "This content is not licensed for your device."
A mobile device is simply a computer without cords. It's high time the market defragmented and realized this.

Comment: Re:The President doesn't micro-manage this stuff (Score 1) 134

This is about technological implementation, and it's part of NSA's purview as a spy agency to explore technologies that further their ability to do their job. Part of that is discovering weaknesses in cryptographic systems which are trusted by the people you want to spy on.

The NSA also plays a counterintelligence role, and they're falling short of that if they don't take action to notify developers of a widely used Internet infrastructure utility that their software contains a critical exploit. If they can exploit it, so can the spy agencies of any other government with the skills to do so.

It is contrary to reasoning to say that there is a vacuum or space in which there is absolutely nothing. -- Descartes