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Comment: Re:The scam was found out (Score 1) 422

by damaki (#48997243) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?
Alright, so you have a friend that accepts to go through the whole wedding while drinking no booze, doing pretty nothing else than taking pictures and not enjoying the moment. Taking pictures instead of praying for ceremony, not dancing for the first dance (and many others), just pictures pictures and more pictures.
I would not wish that for any of the friends I would invite to my wedding... they are friends, not slaves.
Wedding photography is a real job, not an overly complicated one, but it requires dedication and a bit of a mental distance to your subjects. You can have a friend with the glass, the camera and wanting, sure, enjoy all the nice photos you'll miss cause your friend is not a machine.

Comment: No Catan, please (Score 1) 382

by damaki (#47778923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
If you want to go for fun tabletop games, forget this smoking pile of s*** that is Catan. It was nice 15y ago, now it's just clunky, random and too complicated at the same time.
So, if you want all fun and no brain, Munchkin, Dobble or Smash Up. If you got time on your hands (2 or 3 hours), Talisman is still pretty intense. If you want something brainier, but still fun, 7 Wonders is a quick learn and fun. Rab and his cardboard children features on RPS would be a good pointer for other cool tabletop games.
For console party games, Mario Kart, Rayman Raving Rabbids, good ole Super Bomberman 4 or 5, or even Street Fighter IV will do the trick.

Comment: Re:Took the USB organization close to 20 years... (Score 1) 191

by damaki (#47663243) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production
I had a look at his, and 100W is only possible when the 20V mode is activated. So yes, there will be a power delivery negotiation.
Still, I am quite skeptical towards this standard and the ability of cheap chinese devices (understand ubiquitously rebranded devices) to conform to it securely..

Comment: Re:Mental stack overflow of the driver is more lik (Score 1) 664

by damaki (#46310307) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
Sorry to affect your american centrism, but it happened in France, too, and the case is quite documented (pardon my french). The police -which were contacted by the driver- had to make room for the car on the motorway, and to find a solution to slow the car down gracefully. In the end, nobody was hurt, but Toyota...
While I do agree that in the litigation-driven country that became the USA, most of these drivers must be full shit, and surfing on the "it's not me, it's the machine" wave, it looks like there is a real software defect.

Comment: Re:Thank you, slashdot (Score 1) 103

by damaki (#45808163) Attached to: CSI Style Zoom Sees Faces Reflected In Subjects' Eyes
39 usable megapixels will always be expensive. High end lenses are damn expensive, and if your lenses do not have the required resolution, you're better off using 16 megapixels. For $1000, glass included, you won't get more than 16 real megapixels. And if you do not believe me, have a look at http://www.dxomark.com/ .

Comment: Thank you, slashdot (Score 2) 103

by damaki (#45805871) Attached to: CSI Style Zoom Sees Faces Reflected In Subjects' Eyes
Thank you for bringing up such quality content. You know, 39 megapixel pictures are only usable if you have high end glass on your camera, which only rich camera enthusiasts can afford. That excludes forever smartphone cameras (yeah, even those whatever megapixels Nokias), security cameras, small digital cameras, which would actually render useless 99% of all cameras on earth for that usage. So you only need to have one of these rich guys take a picture of a crime scene, yeah, only that...

Comment: Sleeping in a drawer (Score 1, Informative) 246

by damaki (#45450591) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark
I bought this to use it as a lightweight server, found it highly underpowered, CPU and memory wise, and discovered that some software I needed was x86 only. So I left it gathering dust in a drawer. I have been tried finding a use for this thingy but could not. End of the story.
I end up using the t-shirt more than the pi itself.

Comment: Re:Now try it in urban neighborhood (Score 1) 101

by damaki (#45080747) Attached to: 802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Starts To Show Potential, Limits
Radio signal shaping is used to overcome range limitations. As seen in the Canard PC Hardware french magazine, 5 Ghz in *pinpoin*t mode performs mostly better than raw 2.6, even with walls on the way. Though if you're totally out of 5GHz range, you'll use the 2.4GHz range.

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