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Comment: Re:Parallax. (Score 1) 406

by Jeremy Erwin (#47924017) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Yep. I recently acquired a inexpensive macro zoom lens. At 1:2-- yes, yes, it's not true macro-- I have to hold the camera very close-- a few centimetres-- to whatever I'm trying to focus on. At the faster f-stops, the depth of field is wafer thin-- a good photographer with a fast macro can make that lens "bulge" disappear. Most macro technique involves stopping down the aperture (and consequently needing to use some sort of flash) and focus stacking to get as much depth of field as possible-- neglecting to do so for artistic reasons is quite doable.

Comment: Re:" Foley's killers may have thought of him as le (Score 1) 10

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47919801) Attached to: James Foley Is Not a War Ad

"Regardless, that is not what starts and perpetuates these wars. Religion is a psychological tool, used to motivate or dissuade, by those who want to dominate."

So eliminate the theologies that are based in domination instead of service.

"Military recruits recite almost the same thing during bootcamp. And salespeople, oof! ever been to one of those seminars? This is standard procedure."

Standard procedure for 99% of the world's philosophies yes. Exactly the opposite of standard procedure for one.

"The prime motivator is biological, and all driven by the laws of physics." Not all. One is different.

Comment: Re:You mean... (Score 5, Insightful) 235

by Sloppy (#47918577) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

I think the idea is that you pay the ISP for a "Netflix booster", and then your Netflix traffic gets un-humped into the fast lane.

Is it just me, or does anyone else see the foolishness in one of the highest volume uses of the Internet also being one of the highest priority? That people are thinking of the huge transfers of pre-produced video as being something other than the dead last, lowest priority cheapest-per-byte traffic there is, is totally ridiculous.

The only things that should be "fast laned" (low latency) are VoIP, videoconferencing, interactive terminals, etc: most of which is either low-bandwidth or else niche. If "high priority" is what many peoples' connections are doing several hours per day, then our very sense of "priorities" is fucked up.

I can't say I'm a fan of the ISPs that Netflix is fighting with, but at the same time: Fuck Netflix. Netflix is a case study in how to do video technologically wrong and it seems like they're just totally ignoring common sense. Why shouldn't doing things like a luddite, be relatively expensive? (Really, having storage in your box is still considered prohibitively expensive? It sure wasn't expensive in 2000 with Tivo series 1. Things got worse since then?!?) If the pampered princess insists that her cake be delivered from the kitchen a bite at a time and the commoner just puts a whole slice on his plate and takes a bite at the table whenever he wants it, we expect the princess' servants to be rolling their eyes when she's not looking, embezzeling, etc.

When we have broken up the monopolies and our streets have conduits under them containing a dozen competing fibers, we can re-evaluate the tech from our position of abundance. Maybe video streaming won't be on-the-face-of-it-stupid, then. But that's the future, not today.

Comment: Re:" Foley's killers may have thought of him as le (Score 1) 10

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47918057) Attached to: James Foley Is Not a War Ad

The problem is that there is superiority in the theological difference. The standard Jihadist theology of "all human beings are dogs to be done with as Allah wishes" vs "the image of God is in the dignity of each human being from conception until natural death". Both, however, are superior to the American Materialist "Human beings are just another resource to be exploited in the eternal search for profit".

The Jihadi who beheaded James Foley believed the first. James Foley himself believed the second. Youtube and the American news media believe the third.

Comment: " Foley's killers may have thought of him as less" (Score 1) 10

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47913295) Attached to: James Foley Is Not a War Ad

I can guarantee he didn't think of them the same way they thought of him. Completely different philosophical and metaphysical underpinnings to the theology, Jesuits are anti-Islamics.

My question is, if ISIL, just for a second, isn't a CIA plant, what makes them think a few beheadings will STOP the bombings? Given the evil of American Secularism, it is far more likely to turn the Levant into tritonite than it is to stop anything at all.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?

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