WilliamJ

WilliamJ

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Joined on Oct 27, 2009

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Tungsten Nordstein: How come DP writers can use words like those beginning with C and ending with P, but we cannot?

Is this really setting a good example?

"whoopsidaisies" and "old codswallop" work well on DPR, if somebody wants to use that at time.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
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WilliamJ: So, this "geniuses" company has just created a new tool that will be used by photo-stealers to remove even more easily watermarks and everything that is designed to visually protect pictures... Probably using a hacked version of the software to do that, the buckle will then be buckeled (the loop will be closed) !

To Albert Silver : don't you care developping arguments that are totally pointless ? Take my piece of advice, my friend, you'd better avoid trying to participate to a discussion requiring at least a 15 y.o's I.Q.

To Cerebral Knievel: I'm not a pessimist, I'm a realist and you know as well as me that the Murphy's law means something, and seriously ! This "new technology" will be used hundreds more times a day to remove watermarks than to clean pictures previously wasted by this or by that.

By the way, this "new technology" is not that new at all, at least when used to complete a stiched picture. I have intensively used that function when using Microsoft's I.C.E which is - in my opinion - one of the very best options around when we come to stiching photographs --->>> http://tinyurl.com/ybjptp2x

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 20:45 UTC
On photo Big Steaming Pile in the Product Shoot: Coffee challenge (1 comment in total)

Neat !

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 16:28 UTC as 1st comment
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Mark Turney: AI = Artificially Interesting

May I propose: A.I = Active Idiocy ?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 16:16 UTC

So, this "geniuses" company has just created a new tool that will be used by photo-stealers to remove even more easily watermarks and everything that is designed to visually protect pictures... Probably using a hacked version of the software to do that, the buckle will then be buckeled (the loop will be closed) !

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 16:13 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies

Sometimes you're too old. Sometimes you're too young. When one has decided to not hire you, every reasons are "good reasons" to or not to. The reverse is true too, especially when you look like Marilyn Monroe or Tom Cruise.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 07:56 UTC as 14th comment
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mxx: Hairspray? Isn't the problem then women?

Right ! No woman onboard, please !

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 01:40 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1414 comments in total)
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cosinaphile: the irony here is the word adobe and its meaning" mudbrick" has existed unchanged in " both meaning and pronunciation "for 4000 years or more

how little does the company resemble its namesake.

Right ! That being said, the "unchanged in both meaning and pronunciation for 4000 years or more" is just a slogan. The right form for "adobe" is the arabic "al-tob" which is a deformation of the coptic "tube". But we all know that in marketing, the "story-telling" thing is more important than ever and truth has nothing to do with profit.

Cf. http://www.etymonline.com/word/adobe

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 00:01 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1414 comments in total)
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Amando Hernandez Monge: I totally agree with RB. Seems like Adobe is taking the same expensive route of camera and lenses manufacturers: focusing on the pro market.

Not focusing on the pro market. focusing on the cash-cows market !

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:47 UTC
On article Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future (472 comments in total)
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em jo photo: I can imagine *many* possible futures.

Sure, I understand why Adobe wants to mine all of my data; and I get why Adobe wants me to *pay them* every month for that privilege.

In 2017, it's laughable that anyone's trying to sell customers on the idea that "machine learning" or AI is focused on "features" *for them*. We just aren't that naive anymore. Google didn't build AI into the Pixel phone's camera to shoot better pictures. Sure, it can do that . . . but it's *for* personal data mining. It's *for* making Google money by selling you to advertisers, propagandists, and other vultures.

Of course Adobe wants into that game.

But calling that crap "embracing the future?" (Like it's the future rather than just the present, and Adobe isn't years late to the party?) Like it's the inevitable way everything will settle? Whatever you gotta tell yourself, DPReview.

Believe it or not, I had at first read "embracing the failure?". No joke, my subconscious has talked I guess !

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
On article Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future (472 comments in total)
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Peter G: Serif needs to create Affinity Darkroom.

And quick ! There is a very good opportunity, here, to take some juicy benefit from this umpteenth error of strategy, at least for a company that has some social-responsability sense and should not consider its customers as mere cash-cows.

Go on Affinity, with a good product, you could become the new King around !

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:34 UTC
On article Hello Lightroom CC: Embracing the future (472 comments in total)
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Wes: "The new reality of photography [is one] where users tend to take a lot of their photos on their phones - and take a lot more images in general. [Many of them want] a powerful tool that allows them to communicate but doesn’t require them to spend a lot of time to learn."

In other words.... "We've completely forgotten who uses our products, but there are a LOT of really dumb (and wealthy) Instagramers out there with willing subscription money, so we are catering to them instead of actual photographers who are tired of paying subscription fees."

You said it all, mate, you said it all !

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
On article Photo of the week: Dubai draped in fog (58 comments in total)

Good for a Blade Runner's adventure or a reboot of Brazil, the movie (cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil_(1985_film) ).

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 20:31 UTC as 24th comment
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WilliamJ: There was a time when one bought a camera or a photo-processing software, he owned it for good.

And then came Adobe which decided one had to pay per month or per year the use of his own(ed ?) photoshop. After the V.O.D (Video-On-Demand) which could be understood like a logic evolution of the video-club, it was nevertheless something frankly bold.

Yet, Yashica now has just invented the P.P.S or Pay-Per-Setting, because, hey!, that's how things head towards.

What's the next step ? The pay-per-use for your Windows, the pay-per-call for your phone, the pay-per-flush for your toilets, the pay-per-walk for your usual pavement ? As long as there will be people gladly accepting to be treated like cash-cows, companies will dare implementing anything that should normally be considered unacceptable.

Right ! And we can even push the logic of the "good ol' days back" with cartridges that would last just for the equivalent of, say, 10 or 20 film rolls. After all, the know-how is still available and still implemented in a vast choice of devices (printers, televisions, players, phones etc.).
This technique is nothing else than the infamous "planned obsolescence". Normaly, it's hidden, here it would be official and just be a "plus" to retrieve the good old sensations, the permanent worry that whispers in your hear "don't waste a single frame". THAT would be a total experience, by Jove !

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 20:21 UTC
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Shurato: Ok, now that's all and good and Apple did an excellent job. My main question is, what compact camera (incl 1" sensors) would offer this kind of image-quality on par with the iPhone 8s? Since I still prefer the handling of a compact camera in my hands with the buttons, dials, taking RAW picture and having it all pocketable. A compact camera coming to my mind would be "of course" Sony's RX100 IV and then again maybe I should ask/post this question in some thread like "which compact cameras can still cope with the image quality of Google's Pixel or iPhone8"?

I have a Panasonic DMC-TZ85 which is quite good for a compact camera. The little thing offers several functions that provide smooth to obvious-HDR images with for them to be taken a 24-720mm zoom.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 15:11 UTC
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Marty4650: If you accidentally open the camera back before you shoot 36 photos, it should ruin the fake film cartridge. Then you have to throw it away and buy another one.

Unless you use the optional black cloth fake film changing bag....

This camera should - as before - let you take tens of like-no-others shots before letting you discover afterward that you forgot to load a film in the first place. I had this sort of frustrating experience one time on the top of the Etretat's cliffs... unforgetable reminding, trust me ! That too was part of the joy of the film-photography era.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 15:02 UTC

There was a time when one bought a camera or a photo-processing software, he owned it for good.

And then came Adobe which decided one had to pay per month or per year the use of his own(ed ?) photoshop. After the V.O.D (Video-On-Demand) which could be understood like a logic evolution of the video-club, it was nevertheless something frankly bold.

Yet, Yashica now has just invented the P.P.S or Pay-Per-Setting, because, hey!, that's how things head towards.

What's the next step ? The pay-per-use for your Windows, the pay-per-call for your phone, the pay-per-flush for your toilets, the pay-per-walk for your usual pavement ? As long as there will be people gladly accepting to be treated like cash-cows, companies will dare implementing anything that should normally be considered unacceptable.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 14:57 UTC as 31st comment | 7 replies
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WilliamJ: Well, well, that software can opens eyes, but can it shut some mouths ? If it could, I would be interested, and I bet a lot of married dudes would too.

To meanwhile: yours too mate, at least that's what she told last week while you were again buying some potatoe chips and some Bud' at Costco. By the way, she asked me whether Alien Skin could enlarge some part of you - and we have no doubt you know what part we are talking about here - alas I fear this is just an unsatisfied wife's dream. Technology has its limit too.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2017 at 04:25 UTC

Well, well, that software can opens eyes, but can it shut some mouths ? If it could, I would be interested, and I bet a lot of married dudes would too.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 08:19 UTC as 31st comment | 4 replies

I have - at last ! - found what A.I means: Addle-brain Implementation.

How could't I have figured it out before ?

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 02:05 UTC as 30th comment
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