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Comment: No mention of crop factor WTF? (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by lhaeh (#48853719) Attached to: Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

Notice how the 5dMKII pics are zoomed out? That is because it is a full size sensor. Due to sensor crop, the image produced by the other two cameras gets zoomed in by a factor of 1.6 or so. Naturally, you can see more detail if it is zoomed in. Also, the reviewer is talking about having issues with camera shake while on a tripod, has he not ever heard of a remote shutter release?

It is interesting to wonder how much process size vs. pixel density effects sensor noise, and Samsung certainly has some nice fab facilities.

Still this reviewer seems like an idiot or a paid shill. I’ll wait for something from DPReview.

The Internet

Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack 509

Posted by Soulskill
from the fighting-fire-with-bits dept.
mpicpp writes with news that hackers claiming to represent Anonymous have declared war on terrorists. They pledged to take down websites and social media accounts being used by jihadists as retaliation for the Charlie Hebdo attack. They said, "It is clear that some people do not want, in a free world, this inviolable and sacred right to express in any way one's opinions. Anonymous will never leave this right violated by obscurantism and mysticism. We will fight always and everywhere the enemies of freedom of speech. ... Freedom of speech and opinion is a non-negotiable thing, to tackle it is to attack democracy. Expect a massive frontal reaction from us because the struggle for the defense of those freedoms is the foundation of our movement.
Security

Bots Scanning GitHub To Steal Amazon EC2 Keys 119

Posted by Soulskill
from the with-many-bots-all-vulns-are-shallow dept.
New submitter juniq writes: As one developer found out, posting your Amazon keys to GitHub on accident can be a costly mistake if they are not revoked immediately.

"When I woke up the next morning, I had four emails from Amazon AWS and a missed phone call from Amazon AWS. Something about 140 servers running on my AWS account. What? How? I only had S3 keys on my GitHub and they where gone within 5 minutes! Turns out through the S3 API you can actually spin up EC2 instances, and my key had been spotted by a bot that continually searches GitHub for API keys. Amazon AWS customer support informed me this happens a lot recently; hackers have created an algorithm that searches GitHub 24 hours per day for API keys. Once it finds one it spins up max instances of EC2 servers to farm itself bitcoins."

Comment: This reason was the best one I heard. (Score 1) 399

by lhaeh (#48065365) Attached to: Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

http://www.reddit.com/r/techno...

Reddit user "cranbourne" says:

        Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form:

        if (version.StartsWith("Windows 9")) { /* 95 and 98 */
                } else {
        }

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that. /Stolen from soylent news.

Comment: Re:Why does MADD not support Uber? (Score 1) 507

by lhaeh (#47216373) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

I suspect it would be much more then 15%: Speak to any cabbie, they make the vast amount of their money on Friday/Saturday night, but work the rest of the week because the licence owner requires that. If random joe with a car that he uses for other purposes decides to make some extra money on the weekend, I suspect he will be able to charge much less.

Comment: Re:For the 57th time on Slashdot (Score 1) 504

by lhaeh (#40802721) Attached to: Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

I did exactly that and it worked well for the 120BG drive I tried it on. I attached a USB PATA adapter onto it, then a power supply that came with the adapter, put a ziploc bag around that, sucked the air out, put tape around the opening where the wires came out. Closed the freezer door with the wires sticking out and waited an hour before hooking the drive up. No point in doing it while the drive is out of the freezer since they heat up fast. Best to do it where the cold air comes out and turn the temp down as far as it will go too.

In my case, I think it was the electronics heating up that was the problem, not a mechanical issue, but it worked.

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