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Comment: Re:PHEV vs BEVx (Score 1) 229

Your post advocates a

( X) technical ( ) legislative ( ) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to fighting spam^h^h^h^hrange anxiety. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

( ) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The accountants will not put up with it
(x ) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once

Comment: Re:Innovation is occurring on the smartphone (Score 1) 422

by mccrew (#48994325) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?
One last thing. Despite objections raised, there is no disputing my main point that innovation is occurring on the phone. While there is more and more going into the DSLR platforms, say Wifi access to photos or the ability to stitch photos to a landscape in-camera, they are much slower to be implemented, and are cumbersome and expensive if they are not built into whatever DSLR you have right now. The choice is various $hundred add-ons or $thousands for a new model.

Comment: Re:Innovation is occurring on the smartphone (Score 1) 422

by mccrew (#48994225) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?
I suppose I needed to be more clear.

Have you actually used a DSLR within the last 5 years? People use them to make pro movies now.

I think my D5100 is within that timeframe. The knock is making time lapses, not movie segments. With a phone, I can build the time lapse while still in the field. With the DSLR, I have to come home, fire up the computer and do a whole bunch of work

"still a major post-processing effort on many DSLRs" Have you actually tried it yourself? :)

Speaking from experience (see above)

"but UI not as good." Stop using GIMP and try Photoshop :)

Was referring to stitching photos together on-camera just using the camera's small screen and buttons available, as compared with bigger screen and richer UI on phone/tablet.

"connection to Social media" Ooooohh, you got us!

Who is this "you" and "us" you have conjured up? I'm pretty sure I would include myself in the "us". I include Social media as a "just-sayin'", as it is important to a lot of amateurs and a lot of pros as well.

Because what photographer doesn't want to post every shot directly to instagram?!

Again, just sayin'. While it may not be your cup of tea (nor mine, for that matter) there sure are a lot of pros on Twitter and Instagram showing their latest stuff.

You sound like an office user who can't understand why we need servers :)

You must be new here, kid. Welcome to the Slashdot. :) Off my lawn!

Comment: Innovation is occurring on the smartphone (Score 2) 422

by mccrew (#48993275) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?
There are a lot of innovations that are going into the smartphone platforms compared to the big SLR platforms.

Yes, the optics are better on DSLR, and there are more bells and whistles, but...

Here are just a few features that can be done quickly and with relative ease on a phone, and are a lot more hassle on a DSLR.

  • * Time lapse - Instagram Hyperlapse is an incredibly cool app which uses a phone's built-in accelerometer to compensate for movement, and is able to create handheld time lapses. Compare that with a typical DSLR which would need a tripod and post processing to make a movie from stills.
  • * panorama / photo stitch - easily done on a smartphone, still a major post-processing effort on many DSLRs
  • * filtering / editing - getting more of this on DSLRs, but UI not as good.
  • * connection to Social media - phones have cellular and wi-fi radios built in

Comment: Gets published... Where? (Score 1) 67

by mccrew (#48696925) Attached to: Glowing Hobbit Sword Helps You Find Unsecured Wi-Fi
The article claims:

This prompts Sting to join the network and publishes a message: "{YOUR WI-FI NETWORK} has been vanquished!"

Looking at the code snippet,

Spark.publish("vanquished",name); // Feel the Wrath!

Where exactly is this published? Sure does not appear that it would be anywhere that the owner of this supposedly-vanquished network would see it.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by mccrew (#48611425) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

I'm a little surprised that the recent ruling about being pulled over for a tail light out and the subsequent drug bust, when it was not illegal to have a tail light out, hasn't also fallen into the same category, actually

A broken tail light constitutes probable cause to pull the car over, and then if the officer can either see anything incriminating or get the occupants' permission to search ("You don't have any drugs in there? No, good. So then you wouldn't if mind if I had a look?") then he's in and it's constitutionally kosher.

Comment: Re:Easy solution... (Score 1) 611

by mccrew (#48604097) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

The real issue in Los Angeles though is that the population density is too high.

You've got that backwards. As others have mentioned, the problem is that there is so much sprawl and its resulting low population density severely reduce the viability of mass transit. Trips are longer and along more congested pathways than they would otherwise be in a region with higher density.

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.

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