Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
Joined on Oct 29, 2004

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Interesting stuff, but like most curated works show only a very myopic image of what was. Still extremely valuable considering that.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 14:53 UTC as 1st comment
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (185 comments in total)

Doesn't matter how good you are Google .... No microSD no buy.

It is really that simple. If you sold the 128gb model for a base price maybe. Usually you can't even buy the 128gb models but for Google perhaps.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 18:27 UTC as 8th comment
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FLruckas: What did they use to get their expertise at simulating crashes?

Windows?

:-)

Actually since Windows 7 it takes a very determined effort to cause CTD. Credit where it is due.

Android OS getting pretty stable too, but nothing like my win7 box, which literally hasn't crashed for years.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 18:21 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Life will go on without the DL but I feel bad for the people who are getting voluntarily retired.

I don't think there is such a thing as top down "voluntary" retirement.

I hope they get a good payout, but that is never public knowledge as that would allow the public to have some idea how companies treat their employees.

This type of information has an almost global prohibition

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 17:12 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)
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Sirandar: What a silly article that again shows that studies and statistics are tools used to get to a predetermined outcome.

How compelling a selfie is depends on the nature of the subject, the context of the selfie and how it relates to the innate drives of the viewer. Using any of these 3 variables you can skew the study in whatever direction wished for.

For context searching " adorable blond" currently on Google generates 61,800,000 hits because that appeals to innate drives in men and some women.

"Women are valued for what they are and men for what they do" is just as much true now as it ever was but it is really "Some women are valued for what they are and some men for what they do, and the rest fend for themselves"

This is the social septic tank we are currently in, and selfies are a symptom not a cause. There is nothing inherently wrong with a selfie, just like there is nothing inherently wrong with going to Zumba instead of social dancing with a partner(s) .... but they both measure social robustness.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:55 UTC
On article Study: people don't actually like looking at selfies (200 comments in total)

What a silly article that again shows that studies and statistics are tools used to get to a predetermined outcome.

How compelling a selfie is depends on the nature of the subject, the context of the selfie and how it relates to the innate drives of the viewer. Using any of these 3 variables you can skew the study in whatever direction wished for.

For context searching " adorable blond" currently on Google generates 61,800,000 hits because that appeals to innate drives in men and some women.

"Women are valued for what they are and men for what they do" is just as much true now as it ever was but it is really "Some women are valued for what they are and some men for what they do, and the rest fend for themselves"

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 03:54 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
On article Grab a free copy of DxO OpticsPro 9 while you can (181 comments in total)

Olympus EM5 version I but not II ? Or will it work ....?

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2017 at 16:18 UTC as 16th comment
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (166 comments in total)
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photomedium: Let bring back kodachrome have them build the film in the USA and make photography great again!

Ouch .... thats a double ... maybe triple burn. I am impressed

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 23:33 UTC
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (166 comments in total)
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photomedium: Let bring back kodachrome have them build the film in the USA and make photography great again!

If this did indeed happen, China would identify this as a emerging opportunity, start production and sell for half the price. Americans would vote with their wallets and buy the cheaper product.

The American company would realize this even before they produced the first roll of film and have selling out or bankruptcy in their business plan, as they would correctly realize that this is a short term opportunity.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 18:09 UTC
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davids8560: People would rather gripe to their doctor about their ailments using something like FaceTime more than going to see them and getting an actual examination?

In many places in Canada it is becoming quite common to have no access to a given particular doctor. You don't have a "family doctor" so you go to the walk-in clinic instead. It can be a time consuming, frustrating and humiliating process.

Many of these people would be happy to "facetime" with a physician.

You could manipulate the results of this aspect of the study by simply only selecting those with a family doctor for the study.

The last time I had an eye infection in a 100,000 sized city in Ontario I went to 2 walk in clinics. The doors were locked on the first because they were full, and the other wasn't open.

Instead of suffering the risks of Emergency Room I decided to dig out all my dogs meds. Did some research and found one suitable for my issue. A happy ending.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 03:21 UTC

"Sony-commissioned study?" Sample size? Sample depth? Demographic representation? Age representation? Impartial audit of data collection and statistical analysis?

And what does "Dating: Taking a selfie with your date to find out what they really think" mean?

Studies have become social lures and are generally divorced from reality and indeed sanity.

I dated someone who did "studies". She was on the couch with her Airbook grinding data, and she began to sigh and humm and haww. Eventually she said " This statistical model isn't coming out the way I want" just like it was the most natural thing in the world.

It is.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 03:08 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (166 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Like vinyl records, I always saw film's limitations and there are some rather terrible ones. The processing alone. Both media have complex dependencies unless you have your own darkroom and even then there is the film and chemical supply train.

Some people agonize over the most intricate details of taking a photo. I tend to look for opportunities and try to find a balance between letting the scene be, and imposing my will on it. Digital is fantastic for this.

PPS ... when I say "the milk is free" I am not necessarily talking monetarily.

Unless a picture appeals to certain innate drives or is useful for a peripheral purpose .... it is exceedingly difficult to get a real person to look at a a real picture. The patience and desire simply aren't there.

Perhaps the same is true for music. In the city of Guelph and Toronto I am one of a handful of people who are not panhandling and perform music in public for no obvious purpose. I have done this for years I can say that people are more likely to be murderers than musicians that play in public.

Photographs and music have a similar dynamic.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 18:00 UTC
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (166 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Like vinyl records, I always saw film's limitations and there are some rather terrible ones. The processing alone. Both media have complex dependencies unless you have your own darkroom and even then there is the film and chemical supply train.

Some people agonize over the most intricate details of taking a photo. I tend to look for opportunities and try to find a balance between letting the scene be, and imposing my will on it. Digital is fantastic for this.

PS..... I was an early adopter of digital photography and the early digital camera's I invested in by buying were pretty bad too. I had my misgivings and the first digital camera I bought I returned with a vengeance.

I can say wholeheartedly that digital photography is one of the few devices that really developed far surpassing my wildest expectations. After my Pana FZ30, I was beginning to wonder if anything better would come out. I kept that camera way too long. Eventually significantly better did come.

It is unfortunate that socially we have not even remotely matched technological developments. It seems that the forward jump in photo tech has been matched with equally backward jump socially.

I wouldn't even try to take a persons picture currently .... there is too much baggage. That and the milk is free ..... millions and millions and millions of litres of free milk.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
On article Hopes of Kodachrome relaunch put on ice (166 comments in total)

Like vinyl records, I always saw film's limitations and there are some rather terrible ones. The processing alone. Both media have complex dependencies unless you have your own darkroom and even then there is the film and chemical supply train.

Some people agonize over the most intricate details of taking a photo. I tend to look for opportunities and try to find a balance between letting the scene be, and imposing my will on it. Digital is fantastic for this.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 15:38 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Actually looks the part .... understated and elegant

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:45 UTC as 24th comment
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Sirandar: Two independent variables playing tag is the worst ..... but that really isn't much excuse.

That said Samsung is still my darling .... my Note4 has been an unimaginably useful and reliable phone designed with my needs in mind, not the carriers or Apples.

Its almost too good from a business perspective as there is nothing even close to interesting enough to entice me to buy another one. Combined with Google it does everything I want. There aren't even any more apps of interest .... I don't even look anymore.

If Google would only make "avoid tolls" persistent on Google Maps for Android I'd have nothing left to complain about. Maps directs you onto the 407 in Toronto like Google is collecting a cheque from the Spanish company who leased it and collects the tolls.

Hey cosiophile

The phone landscape has changed a lot since the Note 4 and indeed there are more options ..... But you aren't listening.....

What can the phones you mention do better than my Note 4 in real life usage? Do I need faster processor ?.. Nothing I have taxes my phone Better screen .... The Note 4 screen is as good as my eyes. Battery life ... Note 4 charges in 15 min and now that Google got its crap together ... the battery lasts.a long time .... Not as long as some Chinese phones but long enough ...

Eventually my Note 4 may die... And I will look for a used one probably or perhaps see what new phones are available that have microSD. We will see.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 03:21 UTC

Two independent variables playing tag is the worst ..... but that really isn't much excuse.

That said Samsung is still my darling .... my Note4 has been an unimaginably useful and reliable phone designed with my needs in mind, not the carriers or Apples.

Its almost too good from a business perspective as there is nothing even close to interesting enough to entice me to buy another one. Combined with Google it does everything I want. There aren't even any more apps of interest .... I don't even look anymore.

If Google would only make "avoid tolls" persistent on Google Maps for Android I'd have nothing left to complain about. Maps directs you onto the 407 in Toronto like Google is collecting a cheque from the Spanish company who leased it and collects the tolls.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2017 at 23:11 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies

Ouch .... I am sure it hurt the drone operator more than the space needle ... I have seen them ..... the drones like their babies .... but seriously ... flying over a heavily populated area? ... a motor or guidance control can fail at any time and your drone becomes a falling object.

To those calling for felony charges ..... get a grip. People do far far worse things every single day that aren't even against the law.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 02:11 UTC as 5th comment

To DPReview staff

Please screen your material more carefully or risk losing relevance.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 01:59 UTC as 3rd comment

Except for bank stocks and real estate, crowdfunding is the only sane and empowering vehicle of investment available ..... too bad it is insane too .....

Why do you think a single basic house in the city costs 5 lifetimes of real disposable income for most people.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2017 at 19:45 UTC as 48th comment
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