dgmessenger

Lives in United States Los Angles, United States
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Oct 10, 2007

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Greg Lovern: It's a beautiful sentiment. But like or not, xenophobia is part of human nature. As we grow from babies to adults it's natural for us to fear and distrust those who look or seem different from those people we grew up being closest to.

What racists don't understand or accept is that we need to CONTROL our natural xenophobia, not let it run wild. When our xenophobia tells us to fear and distrust a person because their skin is a different color, we need to say no, that person's skin color does not make them dangerous. And then treat that person with respect, dignity, and civility.

In a way, a racist can be compared to a person who coughs and sneezes right in other people's faces and defends that habit by explaining that coughing and sneezing are natural. Sure they're natural, but you can, and should, control them.

@minababe:
"In Are We Born Racist? a book published by Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Princeton psychologist Susan Fiske suggests that humans are hardwired for prejudice. “Conditioned by millennia of tribal warfare and fierce competition for limited resources,” she writes, “we are always looking for cues to help us make snap judgments of others.” In other words, stereotyping may be adaptive—predisposing us to use easily identifiable physical characteristics such as age, sex, and skin color to distinguish friend from foe."

Oops

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 06:57 UTC
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minababe: In answer to people saying how tribalism and racism are a part of human nature, just know that this is a classic tactic apologists of these ideologies resort to to defend the indefensible. It's called normalization. By taking something and making it seem like it's a "fact of life" or "human nature" or "in our genes", they are trying to get everyone to adjust to their skewed perspective as some kind of norm.

Because so many apologists are resorting to the act of normalization, these types of tweets and photos cannot be tweeted and shared enough. Racism, xenophobia and intolerance are not "norms", a fact of life, an indelible part of the human condition or "reality". They stem from the minds of individuals who are racist, xenophobic and intolerant and encourage this state of mind in others. If we don't counter this type of nonsense, we're going to allow these types of people with their skewed mindsets to redefine reality for the rest of us in the same way the Nazis did in the 1930s.

Human nature is not out of the reach of entropy's inescapable downward spiral. Without teaching moral disciplines, ethics, or values, man devolves to his base instincts. Conversely, there are ugly teachings that feed on and foster the monstrosities of the human condition.

Nonetheless, man's natural state (that is, outside of being "taught" to hate, be tribalistic, to be intolerant, etc) is NOT paradisiacal. It seems the utopian idealists (@minababe) believe the opposite, that man left to himself, is just a gentle snowflake skipping through Eden.

Try rearing a child without any moral code of right and wrong. Anyone with children (especially more than one) know these simple truths. Children must be taught to share, to get alone with others, to be tolerant, not to be selfish, etc. Leave them to their own devices, and you'll raise some hellions!

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 06:45 UTC

Never understood DxOMark and LG reviews. Are they paid by Sony and Samsung to ensure their reviews are very late and last for LG?

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 15:02 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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dennis tennis: One day soon, DPR will be know at the go to site for smart phone reviews with the inevitable Gold Star rating for iphones and silver stars for Android phones. There will be a sister site for those few interested in camera only devices made for old people, funded by a grant from AARP.

Which site will review the newest Jitterbug?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 17:02 UTC
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BobT3218: I don't understand how such tiny camera phones produce pics so good compared to our orders of magnitude larger DSLR's etc. DSLR's should blow camera phones out of the water. Are we so bad as photographers that we can't exploit the advantages of DLSR's?

Because cell phone cameras are "good enough" for the masses and they are "always readily available" to snap a pic. I finally left my dslr home on two vacations now. However, I still take my travel zoom, which is getting used less and less.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2017 at 16:53 UTC
On article Zenmuse Z3 is DJI's first aerial zoom camera (52 comments in total)
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Bgpgraebner: Ummm, 7x zoom starting from 22mm equivalent translates do 77mm? 22 x 3.5 equals 77. 22 x 7 equals 154. 77mm is the lens' tele end.

7x is for the combined optical and digital zoom ration. The focal length on 77mm is only for the optical (22mm × 3.5 =77mm).

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
On article iPhone SE is a compact-sized iPhone 6s (184 comments in total)

'the most powerful 4-inch smartphone ever.'
With a 1.2mp 2007 front facing camera. Lol!!!!!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2016 at 07:26 UTC as 28th comment | 7 replies
On article Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras (41 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: The front-end styling and especially those icon graphics seen on the screen are totally ripping off Apple. That's what bugs me about too many Chinese manufactures, in that they plagiarise other western manufactures designs instead of coming up with their own.

Why? Don't they have any imagination? It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth...so to speak - even the 6 Plus in the name! I know this company has ambitions on becoming a well known high-end brand. But you do that by creating something unique, not just copying the designs of who you want to become like.

Agreed! They are just shameless about stealing the best ideas!! Wait a minute, I think Jobs said that. Oh well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW0DUg63lqU

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2014 at 00:24 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Real-world Samples (162 comments in total)
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onlooker: First of all, I disagree that diffused light is to blame. Diffused light can produce some of the most beautiful photographs. Alas, these images lack smoothness and richness I was hoping to see. I hope it's just lousy built-in jpeg processing, but even with that, I am not impressed by the lens.

That's a pity because I was really intrigued by RX10, and outside of the price, I thought it was a very desirable camera. Let's wait for raws.

Strange. My RX100 jpegs are much richer than these. Ooh we, what up with that?

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 23:58 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Real-world Samples (162 comments in total)
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CM WORKS: I'm waiting for Steve Huff's pics of the Rx10 tomorrow hopefully. This guy always bring out the best real world test images.

I'm waiting also. He indicated pretty soon.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 23:55 UTC
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dgmessenger: Proves mobile phones are great for Instagram! I think we already knew that. More impotantly, it proves it's not the arrow but the Indian (pc: indigenous north american hominid). His photos would look hardly different if using another high end mobile phone camera. Cheers.

"Importantly"!!

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 00:50 UTC

Proves mobile phones are great for Instagram! I think we already knew that. More impotantly, it proves it's not the arrow but the Indian (pc: indigenous north american hominid). His photos would look hardly different if using another high end mobile phone camera. Cheers.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 00:48 UTC as 46th comment | 2 replies
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nathanleebush: This really highlights the larger problem: people with waaaaay too much money to spend who actually pay insane prices BECAUSE of a higher sticker and attendant 'prestige.' Tax the rich to hell if they are so bored with their wealth they make decisions akin to lighting their cigarettes with Benjamins. And to think, the people who put this together make a few dollars a day. Is this camera not really a cartoonish indictment of the neo-feudalist system (AKA "free market meritocracy") that is globalization?

Sounds like someone spilled their latte on their skinny jeans and is all upset.

Me thinks the the taxing government has waaaay too much money and actually spends it on insane and dubious social experiments.

Instead of Obama phones, they would distribute Obama Lunar cameras.

If you believe the government (USA) doesn't have too much money already, then I think I see a much "larger problem" with your argument.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 01:16 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 preview (81 comments in total)
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justmeMN: My speculation is that Canon removed the articulated screen, for the sake of product differentiation.

If you want an articulated screen, Canon wants you to buy a (more expensive) G1 X.

Agree. However, to howardroark's point, G1 X does not have macro (the reason I returned it - couldn't do the type of food photography I wanted).

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 17:26 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon PowerShot G15 preview (81 comments in total)
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nathanleebush: I think Canon gets that this is a dying product category. Why buy small sensor compacts when engineering teams are putting much larger sensors in smaller bodies (RX100) and smartphone manufacturers are wrestling sensors approaching the same size into their products.

So Canon is phoning it in.. slightly updating specs (while actually removing features) and knowing the name will carry. I see so many clueless people at art openings and fashion shows with these things, blissfully unaware that they could get vastly more features for the same money, but their friends told them to buy this, and it "just takes amazing pictures" if you ask them.

That settles it. "Four" people in "your circle" want iPhone5s. Argument is over. Apple wins. Let's move on now and stay on topic.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2012 at 17:22 UTC
On article Concert Footage from Nokia 808 Pureview (256 comments in total)
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dgmessenger: Owned this phone all but of one day. Sent it back. The pictures are simply astounding for a device this size! However, I hated using this phone! The UI was slow and clumsy. The low screen rez was also disheartening.

I'm completely baffled why Nokia didn't build this phone around Android! The mimic attempt was just unworkable! I guess, just too many cost to consider.

The screen rez is crappy compared to the standard of phones in this cost range. Sorry if those facts confuse you. That cheesy Android like knockoff they had running on this phone was clumsy and slow!! I owned the phone! Have you? I'm sure you haven't. Go troll somewhere else.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2012 at 07:33 UTC
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