Marty4650

Marty4650

Lives in United States NC, United States
Works as a Retired Industrial Engineer
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On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (167 comments in total)

But...... will it blend?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 14:22 UTC as 52nd comment
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (167 comments in total)

GoPro could use this video to prove their weather sealing works.

I wouldn't dare try doing this with my weather sealed Olympus EM5.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 11:47 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies
On A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher article (167 comments in total)

I found the video fascinating. But then again... I'm pretty easy to please.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 11:46 UTC as 77th comment
On Sony a6000 Review preview (706 comments in total)
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Marty4650: This A6000 is a really nice camera, but so is the NEX-6, which can be bought at a huge discount now. Amazon is currently selling it for $520... with lens, and $440 without.

Sony continues to amaze me with their incredible values in camera bodies (but not so much for lenses.)

They have so many irons in the fire right now (SLT Alpha, E mount, FE mount, FF SLT, high end compacts, etc) that you wonder if they risk becoming a jack of all trades, but a master of none?

I think so far they have done a pretty good job of offering innovation, performance and value. I just hope it all works out to profitability for Sony, so their users can look forward to another decade of great cameras.

I'd say you are right about the innovation part.

It seems that Nikon and Canon are resting on their laurels, while Sony keeps moving forward with new products and new concepts.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 11:24 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (706 comments in total)

This A6000 is a really nice camera, but so is the NEX-6, which can be bought at a huge discount now. Amazon is currently selling it for $520... with lens, and $440 without.

Sony continues to amaze me with their incredible values in camera bodies (but not so much for lenses.)

They have so many irons in the fire right now (SLT Alpha, E mount, FE mount, FF SLT, high end compacts, etc) that you wonder if they risk becoming a jack of all trades, but a master of none?

I think so far they have done a pretty good job of offering innovation, performance and value. I just hope it all works out to profitability for Sony, so their users can look forward to another decade of great cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:29 UTC as 75th comment | 8 replies
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bobbarber: Ilegal immigration can only be solved by social justice. As long as there are pronounced inequalities between the developed nations and the rest of the world, people will find a way to move towards the money.

I lived in South America for a while, and people paid coyotes (human traffickers) $7,000 -15,000 (often not cash, but the family home, etc.) to smuggle them north across the U.S. border. The journey involved extreme hardship, possibilities of abuse, and even death in the desert. Obviously the migrants would have preferred to wait in line at the U.S. embassy, even for months, and buy a plane ticket, if there had even remotely been a possibility of legally emigrating.

Illegal gangs are a symptom of the larger problem, which is social inequality. The richer countries have become an enormous gated community. The idea is to keep as much money as possible inside the gates, and fence everybody else out. Obviously the people outside the gates disagree with that model.

Bob,

Now you are falling off the deep end.

Every nation on earth is inhabited by people who took land away from someone or something else. Even those "Native Americans" were immigrants from Asia. They stole the land from the bisons.

Your remedy is not only impractical, it is laughable.

Those Latinos you seek "social justice" for are largely the offspring of Spaniards who murdered the Aztecs and Incas, took their women as their concubines, and then stole their land. How will you fix that one?

Or, is there a magical starting point for "social justice" that only involves the USA?

My position is very clear. Either enforce the law or repeal it. Your position seems to be we should just look the other way... because that would be the just and moral thing to do.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:01 UTC
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bobbarber: Ilegal immigration can only be solved by social justice. As long as there are pronounced inequalities between the developed nations and the rest of the world, people will find a way to move towards the money.

I lived in South America for a while, and people paid coyotes (human traffickers) $7,000 -15,000 (often not cash, but the family home, etc.) to smuggle them north across the U.S. border. The journey involved extreme hardship, possibilities of abuse, and even death in the desert. Obviously the migrants would have preferred to wait in line at the U.S. embassy, even for months, and buy a plane ticket, if there had even remotely been a possibility of legally emigrating.

Illegal gangs are a symptom of the larger problem, which is social inequality. The richer countries have become an enormous gated community. The idea is to keep as much money as possible inside the gates, and fence everybody else out. Obviously the people outside the gates disagree with that model.

Bob,

What you say is true. At least theoretically. But in reality Hispanic Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. And the Democrats know this, and it is a big reason they want to grant them citizenship without requiring them to follow our immigration laws.

There is absolutely nothing unfair about applying the law equally to all people, and not making exceptions due to ethnic origin. I say, you are the one with the bias if you insist on exempting some groups from following our laws.

Clearly, you never read my previous replies to you. My family migrated here in 1923. We did nothing to the Native Americans. We owned no slaves. Therefore, we have no guilt about whatever in your past is bothering you. You should deal with your own misconduct, and stop projecting it onto others.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 16:30 UTC
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bobbarber: Ilegal immigration can only be solved by social justice. As long as there are pronounced inequalities between the developed nations and the rest of the world, people will find a way to move towards the money.

I lived in South America for a while, and people paid coyotes (human traffickers) $7,000 -15,000 (often not cash, but the family home, etc.) to smuggle them north across the U.S. border. The journey involved extreme hardship, possibilities of abuse, and even death in the desert. Obviously the migrants would have preferred to wait in line at the U.S. embassy, even for months, and buy a plane ticket, if there had even remotely been a possibility of legally emigrating.

Illegal gangs are a symptom of the larger problem, which is social inequality. The richer countries have become an enormous gated community. The idea is to keep as much money as possible inside the gates, and fence everybody else out. Obviously the people outside the gates disagree with that model.

Since you ask....

My accommodation would be to grant the existing 16 million illegal aliens "permanent resident status" with "no possibility of citizenship, unless they leave and re-emigrate legally."

If we did that, we could relive ourselves of the chore of rounding up and deporting 16 million illegal aliens. And the big corporations could still have their cheap labor. Then we could focus all our attention on either enforcing our immigration laws, or repealing them completely... whichever one sensible people prefer.

We just cannot go on forever having laws, then refusing to enforce them.

One benefit of my proposal is it removes the political incentive for the radical left to flood the nation with illegal immigrants, then lobby to grant them citizenship, in order to create more voters for themselves.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 15:25 UTC
On Leica M Monochrom now available in grayscale (sort of) article (137 comments in total)

"Well your long, nightmarish wait is over."

Whoever wrote that line has a great sense of humor, and an even greater sense of sarcasm.

Good job!

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 11:36 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
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camfan1: Illegal immigration can not and will never be solved by "social justice" alone.
That assumption is based on the idea that all people and nations act and behave the same.
This is complete nonsense.
There is a reason why things are as they are.
If you don't believe me come and have a look here in my Belgian paradise to see what some 'cultures' will bring to your once peaceful society and living environment.
You may be amazed and please don't get out of the door at night in some of our culturally enhanced major cities at night without a car or a gun unless you like to be robbed and beaten.
We now fully understand successful immigration depends on type of immigrants.
No photo is gonna change that fact !
Good luck with opening the doors of utopia like our corrupt and so called people lovin' politicians did for us.
Our politicians live in nice villas far from that mess they created (as I do, lucky me :-)).
You have no idea what's gonna happen ... yet.

I must be blind.

I have read Camfan's post four times and I still can't find any "racial slurs" in it.

Could you please point them out for me?

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 00:46 UTC
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camfan1: Illegal immigration can not and will never be solved by "social justice" alone.
That assumption is based on the idea that all people and nations act and behave the same.
This is complete nonsense.
There is a reason why things are as they are.
If you don't believe me come and have a look here in my Belgian paradise to see what some 'cultures' will bring to your once peaceful society and living environment.
You may be amazed and please don't get out of the door at night in some of our culturally enhanced major cities at night without a car or a gun unless you like to be robbed and beaten.
We now fully understand successful immigration depends on type of immigrants.
No photo is gonna change that fact !
Good luck with opening the doors of utopia like our corrupt and so called people lovin' politicians did for us.
Our politicians live in nice villas far from that mess they created (as I do, lucky me :-)).
You have no idea what's gonna happen ... yet.

For God's sake... we have laws for a reason.

If you break our laws you have committed a crime. If you don't like the law, then repeal it, but you cannot call a criminal act "not a crime" simply because you feel empathy for the illegal alien.

You are turning things upside down now.

Go back and re-read Camfan1's post. Now see if you can find anything there that is slanderous or vile. He simply stated his view and then Samuel suggested everyone flag his post. I suppose the presumption is if enough people complain he can be banned or suspended for having a different opinion.

In my view, that is censorship.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
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camfan1: Illegal immigration can not and will never be solved by "social justice" alone.
That assumption is based on the idea that all people and nations act and behave the same.
This is complete nonsense.
There is a reason why things are as they are.
If you don't believe me come and have a look here in my Belgian paradise to see what some 'cultures' will bring to your once peaceful society and living environment.
You may be amazed and please don't get out of the door at night in some of our culturally enhanced major cities at night without a car or a gun unless you like to be robbed and beaten.
We now fully understand successful immigration depends on type of immigrants.
No photo is gonna change that fact !
Good luck with opening the doors of utopia like our corrupt and so called people lovin' politicians did for us.
Our politicians live in nice villas far from that mess they created (as I do, lucky me :-)).
You have no idea what's gonna happen ... yet.

So now... the censorship begins.

Good work, Samuel.

I despair when otherwise decent people decide they must prevent others from expressing their views. But you won't understand this, because your kind has no shame.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 20:50 UTC
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bobbarber: Ilegal immigration can only be solved by social justice. As long as there are pronounced inequalities between the developed nations and the rest of the world, people will find a way to move towards the money.

I lived in South America for a while, and people paid coyotes (human traffickers) $7,000 -15,000 (often not cash, but the family home, etc.) to smuggle them north across the U.S. border. The journey involved extreme hardship, possibilities of abuse, and even death in the desert. Obviously the migrants would have preferred to wait in line at the U.S. embassy, even for months, and buy a plane ticket, if there had even remotely been a possibility of legally emigrating.

Illegal gangs are a symptom of the larger problem, which is social inequality. The richer countries have become an enormous gated community. The idea is to keep as much money as possible inside the gates, and fence everybody else out. Obviously the people outside the gates disagree with that model.

Like I said somewhere else, this problem is almost entirely economic. A large amount of the money earned by illegal immigrants is sent home. And some actually do move back and forth, as job opportunities expand or contract in the USA.

If the solution is "to create a middle class in Mexico" than the solution may be impossible. We can't even maintain our own middle class here in the USA, as it shrinks while the rich get richer and the poor get even poorer. Creating a middle class in a foreign nation is a very ambitious task.

I think it is fair to say that I am a "legal citizen" of the USA, since my father immigrated here legally in 1923, and both my mother and myself were born here.

I have committed none of those crimes you speculate about.. My ancestors never got any amnesty from anyone. Quite the opposite, in fact. My ancestors were subjected to genocide themselves. Almost half their population was slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks for the crime of being Christians.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
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peevee1: Protect your borders, Europe, or you will end up like us - with huge underclass filling up inner cities making them unlivable, with terrible schools, crumbling infrastructure and high crime. Save your cities!

Anthony... here's why they build plants in China and not in Mexico.

Both nations offer cheap labor for sure, but only China offers a vast number of highly trained technicians that can be amassed on short notice.

Only China offers a very favorable business climate that encourages the exploitation of workers and the violation of all safety and health standards that might exist.

What Apple is doing in China is probably unethical, but it certainly isn't illegal. And it hasn't seemed to affect their sales one bit. People still line up at midnight to get the newest iPhone at full list price the day it is introduced.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 14:46 UTC
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peevee1: Protect your borders, Europe, or you will end up like us - with huge underclass filling up inner cities making them unlivable, with terrible schools, crumbling infrastructure and high crime. Save your cities!

Anthony, you are essentially right.

The problem is having a 2,000 mile hard to control border, with a nation having a much lower standard of living and almost no government benefits for the poor. So we become a magnet for people in desperate situations.

This problem boils down to simple economics, and it will get much worse if the economy here ever improves by very much. The truth is, when they find jobs, they stay here. When they don't, they often will go home. So any improvement in our economic conditions will only encourage more illegal immigration, not less.

This is certainly a very complicated problem, that will require some very creative solutions. There will be no easy answer.

I do feel that matching our immigration NEEDS with our immigration quotas would go a long way towards removing criminal behavior.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 14:08 UTC
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bobbarber: Ilegal immigration can only be solved by social justice. As long as there are pronounced inequalities between the developed nations and the rest of the world, people will find a way to move towards the money.

I lived in South America for a while, and people paid coyotes (human traffickers) $7,000 -15,000 (often not cash, but the family home, etc.) to smuggle them north across the U.S. border. The journey involved extreme hardship, possibilities of abuse, and even death in the desert. Obviously the migrants would have preferred to wait in line at the U.S. embassy, even for months, and buy a plane ticket, if there had even remotely been a possibility of legally emigrating.

Illegal gangs are a symptom of the larger problem, which is social inequality. The richer countries have become an enormous gated community. The idea is to keep as much money as possible inside the gates, and fence everybody else out. Obviously the people outside the gates disagree with that model.

Bob, I didn't offer a solution. I just stated the problem. I actually agreed with you as to the cause being "social injustice," so if I am guilty of not offering realistic solutions, then we are both in that same situation.

We certainly cannot deport 16 million people. I think everyone agrees that that would be impractical. Some sort of accommodation must be made to avoid all that social unrest you speak of. The real question is... how do we address this problem moving forward. So we won't have to keep addressing the same problem every twenty years.

And I do have a solution for that one. Since it is pretty obvious that we need immigration, the solution is to adjust our immigration quotas to match our needs. Then process every immigrant properly, and lawfully. Criminals and other undesirables can be weeded out, while the remaining vast majority can join us as part of our multicultural nation.

Setting immigration quotas unrealistically low has created opportunities for criminals.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 14:02 UTC
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bobbarber: Ilegal immigration can only be solved by social justice. As long as there are pronounced inequalities between the developed nations and the rest of the world, people will find a way to move towards the money.

I lived in South America for a while, and people paid coyotes (human traffickers) $7,000 -15,000 (often not cash, but the family home, etc.) to smuggle them north across the U.S. border. The journey involved extreme hardship, possibilities of abuse, and even death in the desert. Obviously the migrants would have preferred to wait in line at the U.S. embassy, even for months, and buy a plane ticket, if there had even remotely been a possibility of legally emigrating.

Illegal gangs are a symptom of the larger problem, which is social inequality. The richer countries have become an enormous gated community. The idea is to keep as much money as possible inside the gates, and fence everybody else out. Obviously the people outside the gates disagree with that model.

Bob, if we are a "gated community" then someone left the gate wide open.

We currently have a president who wants to give amnesty to over 16 million law breakers were were fortunate enough to be non citizens. Had they been citizens, they would have been prosecuted, but since they are non-citizens they will get a free pass.

Precisely how do we address "social inequity" which you and I both agree is the root cause? Do we throw the borders open... or do we provide all of Mexico with food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid... all provided by the U.S Taxpayers to keep them home in Mexico? I suppose we could move more of our jobs down there, but we have already tried that, and it doesn't seem to be working.

"People will always move towards the money" can also be a good rationale for robbing a bank, or mugging a tourist. Be careful what you wish for.

Direct link | Posted on May 25, 2014 at 13:28 UTC
On Samsung NX mini First Impressions Review preview (562 comments in total)
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ennemkay: This will be the perfect telephoto companion to my wide angle 5n once Samsung releases a tele lens.

I don't get it.

I can see the size and weight advantage, but I don't see a telephoto advantage here. You can do telephoto with your NEX 5N. And, if you want the higher crop factor, why couldn't you just crop a photo from the Sony 5N?

It's pretty easy to turn an APSC sensor into a 1" sensor with either in-camera ("digital zoom") or post processing cropping. Why invest in another body and a whole new set of lenses?

Is there any real advantage to using a 1" sensor over using half of an APSC sensor? To me, they are pretty much the same thing.

I would prefer to stay with one system and use that money towards another NEX lens.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 20:04 UTC
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

Very useful new features.

Thanks!

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 23:45 UTC as 38th comment
On Walmart sues photographer's widow over family pictures article (198 comments in total)

Now here is the odd thing.... the last time I tried to scan some of my children's old school photos at Walmart to get prints made, Walmart refused to do it.

They told me the copyright belongs to the photographer who took the photos, and unless I could prove that I was the photographer they were legally bound to refuse printing them.

So now the Walton family has reversed themselves because they are the ones who want a photographer's images for free.

Amazing stuff.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 16:11 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
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