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Comment Re:Getting There (Score 1) 313

I recently bought a new laptop and was surprised it came with an optical drive. It wasn't on the list of things I was looking for - but I also have an external drive for just such an occasion anyway. The much more expensive laptop I got at work didn't have one, but that's because the whole point was to go small with that purchase.

Comment Re:Can't Subscribe (Score 1) 196

The amount of Anonymous Cowards that are astroturfing and spreading FUD for Comcast in this thread is seriously concerning.

In what world is $70 a month "2x the cost" of cable Internet service? Your cable service is $35/mo? Including your modem rental? Because that's free with Google. And many people do download multiple gigabytes per day, they're called families. One kid watching youtube all day, parents watching netflix, add in some web browsing and video gaming (and your kids video game downloads for your xbox or steam) and you're easily into the multiple gigabytes per day. Netflix alone uses 1GB per hour according to Netflix!

Welcome to 2016.

Comment Re:Jurisdiction (Score 3, Insightful) 106

The argument is that he had a presence in the US (server) which violated "US's stupid copyright rules". If I was in another country and remote controlled a drone in to the US and blew something up I would be violating US law. Yeah, it's a horrible analogy but it's about as close as you can get where you can visualize the argument.

I don't think it's going to be an easy thing for the prosecutors to prove WHERE he violated US law but that is kind of not an issue any more. KAT is down and essentially gone. The message has been sent -- you dip your toe in the torrent waters above a certain level and your life will be turned upside-down.

Comment Re: Pixels density (Score 1) 156

why wouldn't you use a mid-priced prosumer camera like the 5d mark iv primarily for web? there's professional photography done for web only, and you're right - something like an 1d or a phase one back on a medium format camera would probably be overkill.

If you're shooting ONLY for the web, which is mainly what I was referring to...then a DSLR like the 5Dx is overkill.

Now, I do realize that most any great image taken, for print, etc...will *also* likely end up on the web too, no problem.....always nice in the pro area to shoot for print and down-res as needed. But I took the "shoot FOR web" to be someone only shooting for their private website, etc....and in general, these DSLRs would be overkill for them.

And if you consider close to $4K a pop for body ONLY...to be mid priced...whew, you have more disposable income than I do.

Comment Re:They apparently need to add another pop up (Score 4, Insightful) 171

Or they could be smart and lock out users when they're moving so fast they're obviously not on foot.

Well, it does throw up messages if you're moving too fast, but if you cut it off completely, they passengers couldn't play, which wouldn't be nice, especially if you have a car load of kids playing. It keeps them busy, you know.

But really there are ALREADY laws on the books against DISTRACTED DRIVING.....how is this any different?

Those laws are quite broad enough..and if you get caught doing so, then they should rip your license up in front of you, and point you towards the nearest tricycle shop, or bus pass station.

But for heaven's sakes, we don't need more laws, etc.

And no, Nintento should not be liable for individual stupidity.

Comment Re: Pixels density (Score 1) 156

"In the midst of a battle during a concert"... seriously, Bataclan doesn't happen every day.

Ouch...a bit of bad taste there.

But back more to subject. If you're shooting a concert and its one of those where you're relagated to the pit, and only have the first 3 songs to shoot and you're fighting with a bunch of other photographers to shoot the band from down there, with poor lighting....yeah, it is a bit of a battle and you have to shoot best you can under stress...and by shooting RAW, you can easily make up for blown white balance or exposure problems...

HOWEVER...if all else fails, as long as the image is in focus...you can just switch to Black and White...and salvage some shots.

I do this often if there is a lot of red light on the subject.....B&W has made some shit shots due to lighting turn out to be winners.

Comment Re:Pixels density (Score 2) 156

Some say "there is no such thing as too many pixels". However there is. High pixels density means smaller photosites, and the amount of light they can receive per second is lower - thus needs increased accuracy and improved technology to handle low-light condition (it seems it's the case here). Also of course more pixels take longer to process, more space to store, more time to transfer... Fortunately for web pictures - usually not that big, i.e. don't need higher resolution - the 5D family has reduced raw resolution modes (eg the mark II has 21 / 10 / 5.2 MP).

Well, if you're buying in the class of a Canon 5D4 or higher, you're not primarily shooting for the web...


And today, with storage being dirty cheap, there's generally few to no reasons not to be shooting in full blown RAW. You really do yourself a disservice not shooting in full RAW to allow yourself the full range of adjustments should you need it.

Yes, it is always best to try to get everything right in camera, but lets face it....some times you don't quite hit it right (in the midst of battle during a concert, it can be tough), and also, you pretty much NEVER see a picture without some adjustments, so, you should give yourself every capability as you can to develop the ultimate image, and you can only give yourself that leeway with full RAW.

Let's face it, if you can afford this level camera and lens system, you're not going to be balking at the cost of the storage required nor the computer level for efficient processing of images.

That's just the arguments for stills....you start shooting 4K stuff, or even RAW Video HD on the 5D3, and then you really start talking storage space and processing....

Comment Re:SystemD? (Score 1) 538

This is why I use FreeBSD. People at work think I'm the Linux guru but I'm not. It's just close enough to BSD that I can get most things working with a bit of google-fu.

Do you want a NAT router with a DHCP server that also handles mail, DNS and FTP? Okay, give me about a half hour with a bare box. Add 5 minutes for traffic graphs delivered via MRTG and Apache. Another 10 minutes and you'll have IPv6 via a tunnel broker. All on a minimal platform using BSD.

Of course you can do that with Linux too, but I've been doing BSD for two decades now and can do it in my sleep.

I use Windows 7 as my desktop because work requires AD, AV, Checkpoint VPN, Domino Notes mail (I'm the admin.) and other programs that really just work there. But any special tasks I just request a VM, they are always surprised when I ask for just 1 CPU and 512MB of RAM. The Windows guys just don't understand how much you can get done with BSD in a small footprint.

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