bugnuts writes "Nearly all modern DSLRs use a Bayer filter to determine colors, which filters red, two greens, and a blue for each block of 4 pixels. As a result of the filtering, the pixels don't receive all the light and the pixel values must be multiplied by predetermined values (which also multiplies the noise) to normalize the differences. Panasonic developed a novel method of "filtering" which splits the light so the photons are not absorbed, but redirected to the appropriate pixel. As a result, about twice the light reaches the sensor and almost no light is lost. Instead of RGGB, each block of 4 pixels receives Cyan, White + Red, White + Blue, and Yellow, and the RGB values can be interpolated."Link to Original Source
bugnuts writes "Shortly after announcing a 120 megapixel sensor which might be the world's densest CMOS sensor, Canon announced the world's largest CMOS sensor measuring 202 x 205mm. Canon has developed a dense 50 megapixel sensor in 2007, but it was never put into a camera. A larger sensor, however, is starting the rumor-mill about a large format or nighttime video camera in the works. The sensor makes possible the image capture in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frame-per-second video with a mere 0.3 lux of illumination. Based on the 5Dm2 H1 ISO of 12,800 that means the new sensor has as much light-gathering as an ISO around 819,200!"Link to Original Source
bugnuts writes "Following a rather cool spring in North America, another attack on the scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for climate change has surfaced. A criminal hacker on a UK system leaked apparent emails from climate scientists which imply some sort of deception was going on. Some of the emails are clearly scientific in nature such as, "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate", but which will be grabbed with both fists by the climate change deniers and other zealots. More troubling, however, are excerpts such as "Can you delete any e-mails you may have had with Keith re AR4? Keith will do likewise."
These emails are certainly taken out of context, whether they are legitimate or fraudulent, which adds to the confusion."
bugnuts writes "Blizzard announced a policy change to Addons for the popular game World of Warcraft which asserts requirements on UI programmers, such as charging for the program, obfuscation, soliciting donations, etc. Addons are voluntarily-installed UI programs that add functionality to the game, programmed in Lua, which can do various tasks that hook into the WoW engine.
The new policy has some obvious requirements such as not loading the servers or spamming users, and it looks like an attempt to make things more accessible and free for the end user. But unlike FOSS, it adds other requirements that assert control over these independently coded programs, such as distribution and fees.
Blizzard can already control the ultimate functionality of Addons by changing the hooks into the WoW engine. They have exercised this ability in the past, e.g. to disable addons that automate movement and "one-button" combat. Should they be able to make demands on independent programmers' copyrighted works, such as download fees or advertising, who are not under contract to code for Blizzard? Is this like Microsoft asserting control over what programmers may code for Windows?"
bugnuts writes "The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning MMO servers will open to public retail Thursday morning at midnight. The servers have already been open for two days for customers that pre-ordered the game, and four days for those that pre-ordered the Collector's Edition. Those subscribers were given a code, which enabled the open beta client to run on the retail servers early.
In a departure from the norm of highly-advertised games, the official forums contain only announcements, and fans must use unofficial forums to discuss the game."Link to Original Source
bugnuts writes "At airports everywhere, they say "No Jokes", and take even off-color non-joke comparisons as seriously as a tornado. Thompson's latest letter, hand delivered to Chief Judge Federico Moreno, contained a comparison of his treatment to Al Queda which was not taken lightly. Thompson wrote:
Marshals visited Thompson, probably to determine if it was a credible threat, which invoked an inevitable long-winded response."
We find yesterday that enemy combatants at Guantanamo are to get more due process from federal judges than what I am to have. I guess my "mistake" was not killing 3000 people to make my point...
bugnuts writes "A ruling that remote DVRs are not the same as personal DVRs may have some farther-reaching consequences on the Betamax defense of "timeshifting". Cablevision wanted to offer the ability to record programs on their own hardware at the user's request, which the user could playback later. Although it sounds innocuous (simply duplicating the DVR capabilities), it constitutes a service — which therefore does not get the protections of the Betamax case."