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Comment Book: Internet Yellow Pages (Score 2) 168 168

I had a thick paperback book called "The Internet Yellow Pages" which was sort of like a print version of the original version of Yahoo! (back before Yahoo was around I think). It categorized websites by subject in a handy desk reference format hehe.

Here's the 1995 version on Amazon: New Riders' Official Internet Yellow Pages

Comment accounts too (Score 1) 47 47

I have been getting a *ton* of spam emails the past couple of days from some of the following domains which appear to be handled through Yahoo...
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It's basically a random message with a URL attached... many of them .ru domains. They're being sent to the .mac account that I've had since whenever it was .mac was originally started. There were a one or two initially starting back around Wednesday and it's become about 10 a day the past couple of days. All from different email addresses from the domains listed above.

Comment Re:Yes, and use a one-time-only address (Score 1) 158 158

If you're using them strictly as a business tool, I wouldn't worry too much about photos -- I do think it's helpful to have a photo of yourself, especially in a one-to-one business like freelance photography. You can set your Facebook account so other people can't tag you in their photos.

Agreed... people are more likely to choose your business when they can connect the business with a face.

Comment What are the other options? (Score 2) 158 158

What are your other options for self promotion? Ad in the newspaper? How many people will see it let alone act on it these days? Ad on TV? Is the Return of Investment worth it for what you're trying to do?

Really, for better or worse "social" media is the best way to reach a target audience.

Comment Re:Cost (Score 1) 105 105

I also wondered, is there any way to know if a design will print out correctly? For example if I designed a pencil balancing on its tip with no supports, does the software, or somebody at shapeways, alert me that I'm being stupid?

Yep... they check your models before they print it and will notify you of problems like that. From their FAQ:

When a product is ordered for the first time a manual check will be done to make sure the object is printable. Now, factors like wall thickness and detail thickness are tested, which sometimes leads to the rejection of the design. Sometimes products for sale (whether it is your own or not) can be uploaded but turn out not to be printable.

Unfortunately, we do not have an automated way of checking every single design rule, which is why we optimize and only do a thorough (manual) check for designs that are ordered, not just designs that are uploaded.

Comment Re:Love it or leave it (Score 1) 1163 1163

There was a spoiled, bratty kid who lived in my neighborhood growing up. Whenever the rest of us didn't want to do what he wanted to do or play by the rules he wanted to play by he would go running home "WHHhhaaaa... I'm telling my mom."

Some people in the United States have participated in as best of a democratic process as we can muster here and didn't get their way.


Comment Re:In film, frame rate = exposure time (Score 1) 607 607

"Period" - such a strong statement, but you're wrong. It's digital, and you can low pass filter (average) adjacent frames to get the effects of longer exposures at higher rates. "never, ever" - ugh.

Averaging adjacent frames is not the same as getting longer exposure rates than the frame rate.

You could, in theory, do the same thing staying completely in film with an optical printer. Take frames ABCDE and project them onto new frames 12345 on an optical printer. Project ABC onto frame 1, project BCD onto frame 2, etc., etc. Still doesn't make the exposure rate longer than the frame rate... and this is the same process only in a digital post realm that you're talking about.

Yes.. there's a lot of tricks that we can perform to make it *seem* like the exposure rate is longer than the frame rate, but the original source image is still going down at an exposure rate no longer than the frame rate.

Comment Re:In film, frame rate = exposure time (Score 4, Insightful) 607 607

Exposure time is always related to frame rate even in digital. You can't exactly have an exposure time of 1/20th of a second if your frames are going by at 1/48th of a second. The slowest possible exposure for 48fps is 1/48th of a second. Period.

In theory, the shutter speed (e.g. exposure time) could be faster than the frame rate, but the same holds true in film cameras as well by adjusting the shutter angle. Most films shoot with a shutter angle of 180 degrees. (think of the shutter as a circle, half of it is open and half of it isn't) If you decrease the shutter angle, you get less motion blur and a shorter exposure time. This was used to great effect in the D-Day storming of the beach scene at the beginning of "Saving Private Ryan."

Unless you know of some way to warp time, the exposure length will never, ever be longer than the frame rate in film or digital!

Comment Re:The last thing they would care about (Score 3, Informative) 153 153

Very true. I wish people would stop believing that a court's decision is always correct. People escape conviction all the time.

And vice versa unfortunately.

The poor are more likely to get convicted and serve jail time as they can't afford the expensive 'good' lawyers and must rely on the overworked, under-budgeted public defenders.

Comment Re:Talk to a Lawyer (Score 1) 176 176

Ugh 1&1... I received a number of emails from them trying to transfer one of my domain names away from Dreamhost. These weren't fake/phishing emails either. Fortunately my domains at Dreamhost are locked down tight.

1&1 is one of the worst web hosts out there... cheap yeah... but terrible. Good luck if you need any sort of tech support!

Comment Re:You don't say (Score 1) 578 578

The whole 'prison for profit' thing disturbs me greatly. No private company should profit directly from the incarceration of of individuals. I can understand companies making some profit off of selling food and supplies to prisons, but *definitely not* from the actual imprisonment of people.

As we've seen from Wall Street in the past, shareholders apparently expect not just profits, but ever-increasing profits every quarter. How are prison corporations going to meet those expectations? Increase the number of people going to prison by lobbying for heavy handed 'justice' to assure that every little infraction has at least some jail time to it.

Comment Pay attention to the times and move with it (Score 3, Informative) 516 516

If only Hollywood would learn to move with the times and adapt instead of stubbornly trying to cling to the past. Back in the day, the MPAA fought tooth and nail against consumer video decks considering them the death knell of the industry. When they finally accepted that video decks were here to stay, they adapted and home video became a major source of profit for them.

Now the industry is fighting once again against the internet. Another pointless battle. They need to learn to adapt and incorporate the internet into their business model rather than continuing this losing battle.

Given the choice, most consumers will go the easiest, most convenient route to the content in the format they would like. Netflix streaming has taken off like gangbusters because it's relatively inexpensive and very convenient. Make it easy and inexpensive and most people will not pirate your content! It's far, far easier for the regular consumer to just go to a Netflix type site than to find and download a torrent client, navigate through Pirate Bay, wait for the torrent to download, and hope they don't get plagued with viruses.

People like the convenience of watching movies via the internet. That ain't gonna change. Hollywood needs to embrace the internet and make their libraries available via Netflix like services. Until then, people will continue to follow the easiest path to get the movies they want to watch in the format they want to watch them.

The longer the title, the less important the job.