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Comment: Real pirates don't fly the Jolly Roger (Score 1) 645

by freelunch (#34822970) Attached to: New Laser Makes Pirates Wish They Wore Eye-Patches

Fortunately, where I sail on the ocean, we don't yet have to worry about pirates. But there is a real challenge in identifying actual pirates vs. people who are merely on the water. Add visibility problems, language barriers, and that pirates probably want to remain stealth for as long as possible.

Not every non-tanker is a pirate. Ships aren't always easy to avoid. They turn, and not always in predictable ways. Someone may try and move out of the path of a ship and inadvertently move into the soon to be path. Targeting some family who is out fishing, a disabled vessel, or telling Lance to open up with the forward fifties at a merely suspect target a mile way, is not acceptable. And yet, you don't want to let actual pirates get close.

Attacking someone with any sort of weapon just because they're within a half mile or mile is not reasonable. This isn't like CCW, where the threat tends to be closer and more obvious.

Comment: The future is now (Score 2, Interesting) 289

by freelunch (#33359278) Attached to: Canon Unveils 120-Megapixel Camera Sensor

boasts a ridiculous resolution of 13,280 x 9,184 pixels

My 6x7 cm film images are already 11,023 x 9,448 when scanned at 4000 dpi.
And there are no artifacts from Bayer interpolation.

30x36" prints, and even larger, are spectacular. But you need good lenses, a good tripod, and good technique; otherwise you won't resolve the detail.

And with 20x30" prints only $9 at Costco (on profiled printers), I *am* enlarging my prints to poster size, thankyouverymuch.

I look forward to digital catching up.

Comment: Prior art, bad patent (Score 1) 317

by freelunch (#33261300) Attached to: Cambered Tires Can Improve Fuel Economy

This seems to be yet another one of those "look at my new patent (on an old idea)!" type of PRs.

BFG race tires featured asymmetric sidewall construction in the 90's specifically to increase effective negative camber in situations where it was limited by race rules and the chassis.

Mechanics of the Aysmmetric Construction

Comment: Film rules (Score 0) 359

by freelunch (#33004354) Attached to: Last Roll of Kodachrome Processed

Kodachrome died for a few reasons, but in large part because better films came along. Fuji's Velvia being one of them. I LOVE shooting film. It's also interesting how long some of the best engineered films will last, compared to dvds or hard drives.

I shoot medium format film (6x7 cm, about 9000x11000 at 4000dpi, 550MB 16 bit compressed tiff). And while I love digital for some things (spray and pray, and low light action), interpolated digital doesn't come anywhere close to what is captured on a transparency. Though getting all that greatness off the transparency is difficult. But when done right, even a $10 20x30" print from costco or elcocolor can be spectacular.

I currently scan with a Nikon 9000. I'd kinda like to get together with some folks to work on an open source drum scanner project. Drum scanning with a photomultiplier tube (or similar) is a great alternative to the deficiencies of CCD sensors.

I also like prints. While it is nice to view images on a screen, they don't become tangible until they are embodied in a print.

And, btw, digital images archived on common photo sharing services rarely have enough resolution even for a good 8x10" print (300dpi). So I don't think that is viable.

Comment: Comcast runs amok in Michigan (Score 1) 183

by freelunch (#32733072) Attached to: Statewide Franchise Illegal? Detroit Sues Comcast

The law that moved Michigan's franchise authority to the state level lacks any provision for resolution or mediation of consumer disputes. What a wonderful gift to comcast - no complaints to deal with. Prices go up and up, and in some areas comcast's hardware is oversubscribed, so image quality is poor. Analog quality was better than their digital.

Thank you Governor Granholm. Maybe you can further stimulate Michigan's economy by converting even more waterfront public parks to private golf courses. And when your final term soon ends, maybe Comcast will have a nice job for you.

Comment: Ticketmaster did it too, only worse (Score 1) 574

by freelunch (#31333302) Attached to: Scalpers Earned $25M Gaming Online Ticket Sellers

The FTC gave TM a slap on the wrist for doing the same thing, and then they approved TM's acquisition of Live Nation. Their conduct was arguably much worse.

Ticketmaster Reaches Settlement on Complaints of Deceptive Sales

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Ticketmaster over complaints that the company used deceptive tactics to steer Bruce Springsteen fans to more expensive tickets through its own reseller last year.

The complaints stemmed from 14 Bruce Springsteen concerts last year where fans were steered to a Web site with inflated prices.

The settlement, announced Tuesday by the F.T.C.'s chairman, Jon Leibowitz, came after an investigation into 14 Springsteen concerts last May and June in which thousands of customers on Ticketmaster's Web site were pointed to, an eBay-like resale marketplace with no price caps, that offered similar tickets at inflated prices.

In some cases, brokers on TicketsNow advertised tickets they did not have, and the fans never got the tickets they paid for.

Under the terms of the settlement, Ticketmaster must pay refunds to fans and disclose the availability of tickets it resells through its subsidiary.

" sold phantom tickets without letting consumers know that the tickets did not exist," Mr. Leibowitz said in a statement. "Then, the company held onto consumers' money, sometimes for months, when it knew those fans weren't going to see Springsteen. Clearly consumers deserve better. They deserve to know what they're buying, including the risk that their tickets won't materialize."

Comment: Alternate keybinding support? (Score 1) 260

by freelunch (#31104010) Attached to: OpenOffice 3.2 Released

I like Open Office right up until the point where I have to edit documents using those keybindings. Unfortunately, the features don't include any mention of improved alternate keybinding support. Surely not everyone wants to adapt to Windows keybindings?

As an example, Firefox supports emacs editing keybindings via a simple Gnome option.

Having to create keybinding files from scratch is a chore. Worse, new OO releases often don't support past keybinding files. I don't think it would be a major effort to include alternate keybinding files, and make switching a bit easier? I'm sure quite a few of us would volunteer to make that happen.

Order and simplification are the first steps toward mastery of a subject -- the actual enemy is the unknown. -- Thomas Mann