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Comment: Re:One might say (Score 2) 172

Mappoint did a lot more than Bing does... And the VPs who think Bing is the answer have no idea.

Mappoint is closer to ArcGIS than it is a consumer mapping applications. It had an extensive set of APIs that you could allow apps to push data onto maps, it allowed statistical queries and it allowed complex boundaries. etc... all back in 2004. Heck, they even had some traffic data built in for their analysis.

I remember when Verizon used on-site Mappoint servers to allow dispatchers to use Verizon phones as tacklers (this was before smartphones), so dispatchers could see where certain trucks were, directions they were going, etc.

Comment: Re:Sheer insanity (Score 4, Informative) 214

by quetwo (#47345263) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

It all depends on what you are shooting. I'm paid to cover an event (concert, wedding, conference, etc), and don't second chances -- let alone much time to setup the shot -- so I take two or three exposures per "shot". It's easier to discard later than it is to miss the shot. When I shoot a concert, I'm shooting the entire 3 or 4 hours. A wedding, I'm shooting for usually a 12 hour period, at least. A conference may be over 4 days, and a runner's race might be over the course of a full day. Each event usually produces just as many shots.

If I only was shooting a potted plant I might only need three exposures because I can carefully plan the shot, adjust the lighting, and edit the shot thoughtfully for an extended period of time. A senior photo shoot might only need 20 exposures. But when you are working events with moving lights, moving people, and instantly changing emotions, the difference between 1/3 of second between exposures can make the photo while the next one is too dark, missing the person, or doesn't show what I want it to show.

I don't deal with film anymore. Space is cheap. Exposures only cost power. In this day and age there is no reason to not take too many photos and throw out or ignore the ones you don't want.

Comment: Re:Sheer insanity (Score 1) 214

by quetwo (#47344941) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

I shoot live events. Typically concerts or conferences, but I've done weddings and other engagements like that as well. It is not unusual to snap between 1,200 shots and 1,800 shots in one evening between my three cameras. My 7Ds stores RAW files sized about 50MB or so each. My 5D-MK3 ends up somewhere in the 35-40MB range per shot. Heck, even my backup 60D takes 35MB RAWs.

I don't delete shots that make my first pass. Blurry ones, or test shots usually get deleted but the rest stay. I edit the ones I feel the client want and store the rest. I've often come across clients that want a photo of person X or a particular moment in time that didn't make it through my 2nd pass, so the small cost of storage is worth it. I have a few 3TB drives that get put into storage after they are full.

Comment: Re: My plan is to wait and see (Score 1) 214

by quetwo (#47344443) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Yes, but you can't GET a backup installer, if you bought from the App Store. Oh, and the most recent versions, you could ONLY buy from the App Store. As soon as Apple removes it from the store, you can't re-install. You are not only responsible for the data you own, but the installers you use -- and you can't get access to them in this case.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 3, Informative) 538

by quetwo (#47295505) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

Here is the dirty little secret -- there hasn't been a huge influx of money. It used to be that most public schools got a majority of their funding from the state they reside in. Back in 1990, the public schools in Illinois got approximately 70% - 80% of their budget from the state. In 2010, this number is now 20%. Many states have also capped the school's ability to increase tuition to help back-fill this huge reduction in funding. The cost of things like power, water, gas, food, insurance, etc all continue to go up, and in most cases, the corporate donations to schools that used to fund research has gone down. Demand for increased enrollment has gone up (because every child NEEDS to attend school).

What you have is a case where there is much more pressure applied to each dollar that walks in that door. In response, schools have been cutting everywhere -- including the amount they spend on faculty.

Comment: Re:It doesn't take a genius to come up with an att (Score 1) 155

by quetwo (#47270795) Attached to: Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

tl;dr -- It's not as big of a deal as the TFA makes it out to be. The vector of attack is incredibly small, very well protected and requires a very specifically trained person with very trusted access to do. And the result would be that all they get is a webpage to pop up on a TV, that is turned on, that is tuned to that channel, and has the viewer's attention. Oh, and is on OTA.

I'd imagine a larger metro like Chicago you might get a few dozen people at most to be in this category.

Comment: Re:But...why? (Score 1) 39

by quetwo (#47270749) Attached to: Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

Because they offer a feature that you may not have the skills or ability to do yourself? A technology like content-aware fill is one of those billion dollar patents -- and one of the reasons why people buy Photoshop. If they license it to you so you can use it within your own app, you have that power and technology that you didn't have to develop yourself -- you just include it.

Comment: Re:Still in the cloud? (Score 1) 39

by quetwo (#47270731) Attached to: Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

Except they've been pushing out updates to the major applications like Photoshop, Illustrator and Lightroom every two months since they launched CC. Illustrator has gone some MAJOR new features in the last 18 months -- most which have been a huge time saver to me. Photoshop has beefed up it's 3D capabilities and now supports 3D Printing (do I think it's best of breed? no. But it is a new feature that has been added).

They don't force updates on you. You still choose when they get installed, etc. In fact, I haven't updated Dreamweaver since the original CC update because they changed around some options in a way I didn't like. Yes, it does check with the licensing server every 30 days, but guess what? Most apps do now a days..

So, maybe you should check into the things you are ranting about a bit more...

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 293

by quetwo (#47245077) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

I found the CS AP class that I took in HS was actually pretty good. My University didn't accept the credit (even though I got a 5 on the exam), but I'd say we got a further into the true CS topics than I did in my earlier college classes. The class was built around C++ and included all the fun stuff like memory management, pointers, etc. The non-AP class was done in Pascal.

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