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Comment: Re:Tesla (Score 5, Informative) 208

by photogchris (#33078488) Attached to: World's Fastest Hybrid OK'd For Production
Sorry, but different Poreche. the hybrid is a 918 spyder, your linking to a Boxster spyder. Basically the Boxster has a 320hp flat 6 while the hybrid 918 has a 500hp V8 plus 2 109hp electric motors. Also it looks to be 4 times more expensive then the Tesla at about $650,000!

http://nexus404.com/Blog/2010/07/29/porsche-918-spyder-goes-to-production-kind-of-confirmed-back-in-march-the-green-light-on-the-porsche-918-spyder-is-now-officially-on/

Comment: Re:Do they really need a key? (Score 1) 251

by photogchris (#32893186) Attached to: More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers
Saw something on Discovery involving a competitive lock picker. He was given a normal off the self dead bolt to pick, took about 30 seconds. Next was a commercial dead bolt. After a few minutes he stated it could take him up to two hours to pick. Sure, could be hype and not the same as a fuel pump lock. But, if true I would guess picking a commercial lock on a fuel pump would not be so easy.

Comment: So is this happening now? (Score 5, Informative) 182

by photogchris (#32891912) Attached to: Antidepressants In the Water Are Making Shrimp Suicidal
Okay, after reading the summery of the study. Parasites in shrimp can cause them to travel toward light and swim against gravity. The parasites act as a serotonin modulator. One particular antidepressant Fluoxetine does the same thing. This action can be bad for the shrimp. The level of Fluoxetine was 100 ng/L. How many liters in the gulf? About 2.43400 × 10^18 liters. So we need to dump a littler over 24 million metric tons of Fluoxetine into the gulf to see this concentration? Actually I am asking, I could be wrong on my math.

Oh I get it, waste drugs should not be put into the ecosystem. They can affect animals just as much as humans. But the story this links to is just FUD and the study is behind a paywall.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 435

by photogchris (#32817162) Attached to: Ban On Photographing Near Gulf Oil Booms
Okay, shooting water is more difficult then saying "no problem". So, shoot at right angles to the sun using a polarizing filter, shoot early to mid morning or on an overcast day. Avoid mid day to mid afternoon sun. Use your histogram to adjust your exposure and avoid blowing out you whites. You know, do everything your suppose to do when shooting in a challenging environment. That is just part of photography.

I would agree on shooting the oil being on top of it would be best. Really being above it like in an aircraft would be ideal. There you can get some perspective and scale. Otherwise charter a commercial fishing boat(plenty needing money right now) with a 30' tower to get a better angle.

Maybe the big problem is a difference in opinion of what the final image should be. You may want a close up of the oil in water, while I think an oil covered boom delivers a clearer idea of what is happening to the environment. With a close up you see the oil and nothing else. A longer view will show more and make a larger impact with the viewer. At least, that is my opinion.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 3, Interesting) 435

by photogchris (#32806838) Attached to: Ban On Photographing Near Gulf Oil Booms
I seriously have to question if you know what a felony is. A felon can lose their 2nd amendment rights, the right to vote or serve on a jury, be banned from working as a lawyer, teacher or a career in the military and with the 3 strike laws can face life in prison.
I have no problem with a 65' boundary, nothing a 300mm lens can't handle. But this should be no more then a misdemeanor.

Comment: Re:For a day? (Score 1) 460

by photogchris (#32800044) Attached to: Local Newspapers Use F/OSS For a Day
Nope, that is a blending mode. Adjustment layers provide tools like curves, levels, saturation, etc... that can be readjusted, masked, grouped and attached to a layer. This is very powerful and something that I have been using for a number of years. I would love for the Gimp to have these tools, but 16 bit per channel is the biggest deal breaker for me.

Comment: Re:For a day? (Score 1) 460

by photogchris (#32793620) Attached to: Local Newspapers Use F/OSS For a Day
The big three that make the Gimp a no go for me. No support for 16bit per channel. I know this in the future but not there now. And Cinepaint is not the Gimp. Support for my wacom pen is Very laggy, not really usable. Blame it on wacom if you wish, but photoshop is responsive. No adjustment layers. I need those three elements in just about every photo I touch. There is more. Support of layer masks are a bit lagging. It is there but I have yet to find a good way to transform a mask into a selection (CTRL/Cmd - Click in photoshop) I would love to have an editor that I could use on the road with my linux laptop but for now I still edit everything on my windows desktop with photoshop.

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