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Submission + - Trash Your Pictures Because Nikon Not Able To Provide Mac Capture NX2 Support

AncalagonTotof writes: Call it information or rant against a brand by an angry customer. Depending on your choice, this post may be moderated. But I'll give a try.

I'll try to make it short, exposing my chronology :
— 2004 : first DSLR, a Nikon D70; I shoot RAW almost immediately
— I began to use Capture NX
— 2006 : second DSLR, still shooting in RAW
— 2008 : bought a Capture NX2 license
— 2013 : third DSLR, still shooting in RAW
— 2013 too : first Macintosh, running OS X 10.8 or 10.9. Of course, I began to use Capture NX2 on this machine
— 2014 : Nikon stopped Capture NX2, and released the free Capture NX-D (free as free beer. Wonderful ? Careful, there are traps;

From 2013 to now :
— OS X : updated to Yosemite (10.10), then El Capitan (10.11), and recently to Sierra (10.12) (
— one or two years ago, I had to reinstall OS X from scratch, and that's when problems began

It was OK so far, because Capture NX2 was installed under OS X 10.8 or 10.9.
But on a fresh install >= 10.10, Capture NX2 refuses to install correctly. Even when using backups instead of the installer, it refuses my license number.

Do the programmers among you feel where may be the problem ?
My guess is that the lazy Nikon programmer compared the current OS X version to 10.6 (I guess it is the minimum requirement).
But, they did it using strings !
Thus, 10.10, 10.11 and 10.12 < 10.6, because it's like 10.1 < 10.6, so go away, I won't install !

Some would say : just upgrade to Capture NX-D, stupid, it's free !

No, that's not as simple as that.

Differences between NX2 and NX-D :
— NX2 stores your work in the RAW file itself; NX-D uses a "sidecar" file. This means that all the work you do in NX-D is lost if you switch back to NX2. Which is what you're likely to do after few minutes trying the free version (because it brings nothing, except poor performances)
— NX2 has a very useful set of tools based on Nik software U-Points; NX-D has not. This means that all the work you did with NX2 is lost at once when you load a file in NX-D, not only because of the missing sidecar, but mainly because NX-D has lost the U-Point functionality

When Google bought Nik software, Nikon was not smart enough to make a deal that would preserve the work of its customers.

So Nikon is basically saying "thank you, you cannot edit your work any more with our software you bought a license for, we don't care, GFY now".

Yes, I did try under Windows. Yes, Capture NX2 works, even under Windows 10. So what ? I should trash my Mac for a Windows machine then ?

I'd rather post this story first. It may be good for others to know about, in addition to the problems that occurred on almost ALL recent Nikon DSLRs :
— D600, quickly replaced by D610. Finally, angry customers got support for their D600, but it was hard to get
— D810, D750 had problems
— event the D500, which was heading toward stores was recalled before the first unit was sold ...

They also decided to raise the prices of their lenses a year ago. The only explanation I can imagine is : shareholders.

And next time I'll feel the need for new gear, may be I'll consider a switch to Canon or Pentax.

Submission + - Let's Talk About Fake News (

sparkydevil writes: The furore about fake news on Facebook and Google hides an uncomfortable truth. Fake news from sites no-one cares about is eclipsed by fake and manipulated news on mainstream media that are supposed to be bastions of truth. The author invites readers to take the The Kovaleski Test, which highlights how much truth has been abandoned in the name of the narrative.

Submission + - Press begins to apologize for mistreating Trump's supporters ( 1

mi writes: Journalists love mocking Trump supporters. We insult their appearances. We dismiss them as racists and sexists. We emote on Twitter about how this or that comment or policy makes us feel one way or the other, and yet we reject their feelings as invalid.

We diagnose them as racists in the way Dark Age clerics confused medical problems with demonic possession. Journalists, at our worst, see ourselves as a priestly caste. We believe we not only have access to the indisputable facts, but also a greater truth, a system of beliefs divined from an advanced understanding of justice.

Maybe, there is still hope for the Fourth Estate...

Submission + - SPAM: Google's Eric Schmidt Working Directly With the Clinton Campaign

An anonymous reader writes: Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is working directly with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to a memo contained within an email released by WikiLeaks.

“Discreet conversations” of forming “working relationships” with companies such as Facebook and Apple were also facilitated as early as October 2014, the memo stated. This is at least six months prior to when Clinton announced her candidacy for president.

The document was attached to an Oct. 26, 2014 email sent from Robby Mook, now Clinton’s campaign manager, to Cheryl Mills, a longtime Clinton aide; David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s previous campaign manager; and John Podesta, Clinton’s current campaign chairman whose email account was compromised.

The email was posted to Wikileaks after hackers believed to be working with the Russian government breached Podesta’s email account.

Link to Original Source

Comment Re:Good. (Score 0) 147

Exactly, what possible motive could Google have for monitoring your internet usage through DNS? I've used them for years. You know, don't be evil and all that.

Submission + - Former L0pht Hacker Mudge Leaves Google to Start Cyber UL

Trailrunner7 writes: One of the longstanding problems in security–and the software industry in general–is the lack of any universally acknowledged authority on quality and reliability. But the industry moved one step closer to making such a clearinghouse a reality this week when Peiter Zatko, a longtime researcher and hacker better known as Mudge in security circles, announced he’s leaving Google to start an initiative designed to be a cyber version of Underwriters’ Laboratory.

Zatko said on Monday that he had decided to leave Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team and start a cyber UL, at the behest of the White House.

The new project will not be run out of the White House, Zatko said, and the specifics of the plan are not clear right now. But the fact that someone with Zatko’s experience, history, and respect in the security community is involved in the project lends immediate weight and potential to it.

Comment Remember Folks (Score 2) 268

Leave the drones to the professionals at Amazon, Google, and Verizon. They're the ones to best manage that public airspace soon to be worth billions of dollars. And be sure and spread all the FUD possible about private drones, anecdotal "evidence" is great, if you don't have any, make it up.

Drone in the same "airspace". Guffaw.

Submission + - Allstate patents physiological data collection 1

TigerPlish writes: According to the Chicago Tribune, Allstate has been granted a patent — no. US 20140080100 A1 — that covers a "driving-behavior database that it said might be useful for health insurers, lenders, credit-rating agencies, marketers and potential employers."

The article continues, "...the invention has the potential to evaluate drivers' physiological data, including heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram signals, which could be recorded from steering wheel sensors."

Imagine a world where you are denied employment or credit based on the information obtained from your car and sold by your insurer. Imagine a world where your insurer predicts how you may act or react in the future. Imagine your personal physiological information in Allstate's hands.

Good hands, indeed, right? What could possibly go wrong?

Submission + - Notepad++ Leaves SourceForge (

An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.

Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:

        SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
        Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
        What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge

Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.

Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.

I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators.

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