Sirandar

Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
Works as a Man of Many Hats
Joined on Oct 29, 2004
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Photography is dead ..... long live photography

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On article iPhone X sample gallery updated (153 comments in total)

With just about all mainstream smartphones, if you can recognize an opportunity you can take a great picture.

With a well made camera M4/3 or better you can sometimes make that picture opportunity happen despite itself.

Its not only DOF or low light capability ....

Even taking a picture of a black dog indoors can be very challenging with a smartphone unless you like the "pet eye" tool in Lightroom.

However, every opportunity leveraged with a smartphone because you actually have it with you is a happy circumstance (LOL.... I was going to use happy ending but that has a few meanings these days)

Even after looking at the Xs fake bokeh 20x (with and without) I just don't know what to make of it. It just looks weird but not particularly unpleasant.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 18:08 UTC as 51st comment
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Sirandar: "Naturally Perfect" is every bit and abusive and exploitative as digitally altered ...... it just shifts the target group a little ...

This ban is a band aid hack .....Until we abandon our obsession with beauty things cannot change ..... and they probably won't ....

Beauty is something tangible and advantageous ...

I taught at a Veterinary University where 80% of the students every year are female.... Of those 80%, eighty percent of these women could be supermodels (as opposed to 1% in the general population) ..... Vets is an elite profession where I am and only the elites get in.

Our problems with beauty go far far beyond drugstore advertising.

Whats the most profitable product in history?
Whats one of the deadliest toxins?

Both converge on the beauty product Botox and this isn't a coincidence.

PS ...... If you are willing to be part of the abusive horse racing industry ...... horse vets in Canada probably make much more money than either of us ...lol

And perhaps the horses lives are worth more than us as long as they perform....

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 18:08 UTC
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Sirandar: "Naturally Perfect" is every bit and abusive and exploitative as digitally altered ...... it just shifts the target group a little ...

This ban is a band aid hack .....Until we abandon our obsession with beauty things cannot change ..... and they probably won't ....

Beauty is something tangible and advantageous ...

I taught at a Veterinary University where 80% of the students every year are female.... Of those 80%, eighty percent of these women could be supermodels (as opposed to 1% in the general population) ..... Vets is an elite profession where I am and only the elites get in.

Our problems with beauty go far far beyond drugstore advertising.

Whats the most profitable product in history?
Whats one of the deadliest toxins?

Both converge on the beauty product Botox and this isn't a coincidence.

PS ..... I can tell you are not a stupid person but let me point out some mis-information in your mindset.

In Canada getting into vet school is as hard or harder than getting into medicine and dentistry. The enrollment is very carefully controlled so there is always a shortage of veterinarians ...... thus Vet medicine is still a respected career here ....... As our vet school admits many multinationals at 5x the tuition I know that In many parts of the world vets and vet schools are NOT respected.

Our school in Guelph is one of the top ranked schools in the world (4th I think) and you know what? We are not very good,...... 10 years behind the times and more worried about image than results, but at least they are trying and improving, unlike most of the world.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 18:08 UTC
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Sirandar: "Naturally Perfect" is every bit and abusive and exploitative as digitally altered ...... it just shifts the target group a little ...

This ban is a band aid hack .....Until we abandon our obsession with beauty things cannot change ..... and they probably won't ....

Beauty is something tangible and advantageous ...

I taught at a Veterinary University where 80% of the students every year are female.... Of those 80%, eighty percent of these women could be supermodels (as opposed to 1% in the general population) ..... Vets is an elite profession where I am and only the elites get in.

Our problems with beauty go far far beyond drugstore advertising.

Whats the most profitable product in history?
Whats one of the deadliest toxins?

Both converge on the beauty product Botox and this isn't a coincidence.

Hi tko

You are putting words into my mouth .... but thats OK

Actually the intention regarding what I said could be more accurately represented by "beautiful people are advantaged". What they do with that advantage is up to them and those supporting them.

Where I am in professional schools the beautiful are vastly over-represented. The cause and effect relationship is quite difficult to untangle. Are beautiful people more capable? Are beautiful people more invested in? DO beautiful people invest in the world more because the world invests in them more? ..............................................

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2018 at 18:07 UTC
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Sirandar: "Naturally Perfect" is every bit and abusive and exploitative as digitally altered ...... it just shifts the target group a little ...

This ban is a band aid hack .....Until we abandon our obsession with beauty things cannot change ..... and they probably won't ....

Beauty is something tangible and advantageous ...

I taught at a Veterinary University where 80% of the students every year are female.... Of those 80%, eighty percent of these women could be supermodels (as opposed to 1% in the general population) ..... Vets is an elite profession where I am and only the elites get in.

Our problems with beauty go far far beyond drugstore advertising.

Whats the most profitable product in history?
Whats one of the deadliest toxins?

Both converge on the beauty product Botox and this isn't a coincidence.

If you need more regarding the drug like properties of the advantage of beauty do a Google search in quotes for "adorable blond" and "sexy blond" which have combined a million web pages, articles and pictures tagged.

The power of those million web pages manifest at every level of society, from getting admitted to vet school (if other skills are present) to being fantasized about in pornography.

Maybe being a porn star isn't much of an advantage, but perhaps better than being treated like you don't even exist.

One could also wonder why in most places the women's beauty section is 3-10x the size of any other section in the drug store and why BOTH men and women have to walk the beauty gauntlet every time they enter a place like CVS. The beauty section with all its advertising and fake pictures it like a wall you have to climb over to get to the band-aids in just about every drug store.

The answer is "both men and women like things just the way they are ........"

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 23:35 UTC
In reply to:

Sirandar: "Naturally Perfect" is every bit and abusive and exploitative as digitally altered ...... it just shifts the target group a little ...

This ban is a band aid hack .....Until we abandon our obsession with beauty things cannot change ..... and they probably won't ....

Beauty is something tangible and advantageous ...

I taught at a Veterinary University where 80% of the students every year are female.... Of those 80%, eighty percent of these women could be supermodels (as opposed to 1% in the general population) ..... Vets is an elite profession where I am and only the elites get in.

Our problems with beauty go far far beyond drugstore advertising.

Whats the most profitable product in history?
Whats one of the deadliest toxins?

Both converge on the beauty product Botox and this isn't a coincidence.

If there was a drug product that could make a woman stunningly beautiful for a few years and then kill them ..... a good portion of women would still use it just as a good potion of men take anabolic steroids from "who knows where" regardless of health risk.

Why was the USSR banned from the recent Olympics, the most controlled competition mankind has ever created? Because they cheated AND got away with it. Advantage is mankind's most seductive drug and even in the Olympics we can't counter this. There is no hope in the drug store.

Anyway, the ad industry will eventually abandon paying models completely and replace them with digitally created computer models which need no pay and have no rights... so it matters little anyway.... What will CVS say about this "Not a real person"?

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 18:52 UTC

"Naturally Perfect" is every bit and abusive and exploitative as digitally altered ...... it just shifts the target group a little ...

This ban is a band aid hack .....Until we abandon our obsession with beauty things cannot change ..... and they probably won't ....

Beauty is something tangible and advantageous ...

I taught at a Veterinary University where 80% of the students every year are female.... Of those 80%, eighty percent of these women could be supermodels (as opposed to 1% in the general population) ..... Vets is an elite profession where I am and only the elites get in.

Our problems with beauty go far far beyond drugstore advertising.

Whats the most profitable product in history?
Whats one of the deadliest toxins?

Both converge on the beauty product Botox and this isn't a coincidence.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 18:51 UTC as 18th comment | 6 replies
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (132 comments in total)
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Torsten Hoff: I have no doubt that these printer will still not fix one common way of wasting ink and extracting money from owners: they will clean the nozzles of colors that aren't used.

The majority of the printing I do with my Canon multi-function printer is black and white only, and I have the grayscale feature enabled to allow color to be output using just gray and black. Yet my printer shows the ink levels of all colors diminishing at a rate not far behind that of the black cartridge. Once the color ink levels reach a low-enough level, the printer refuses to print even if all I try to print is a page of black text.

To me that is a bigger insult than the cost of the ink.

Ahhhhhh Cos ....... You never disappoint ;)

I would guess that the vapour barrier wouldn't be effective. The ink channels have a very high surface to area to volume ratio and the ink would deposit even without evaporation.

The solvent is probably the only solution

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 23:54 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (132 comments in total)
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mosc: I'd rather buy a monitor. Who prints anymore?

That said Canon is taking the first step to rejuvenating a moribund industry.

The next step is having a large waste reservoir so you can push a high volume of solvent through the heads to clean them properly so that the printer can be stored and have it work again.

Second hand stores usually don't even accept ink jet printers in my area ..... they go straight to the landfill ..... that is how worthless they are .... nobody wants them even for free because the cost is ink and heads.

It is an environmental hazard ..... how many millions .... who knows.

The average consumer just doesn't have the will or print volumes for ink jet tech.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 23:50 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (132 comments in total)
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mosc: I'd rather buy a monitor. Who prints anymore?

Hi K

Perhaps it is ..... so I will qualify it is a bit.

If you research and buy a good one you can get excellent output. Even my 15 year old Epson R200 had excellent output.

As long as you are willing to print almost every day on it or buy a model that periodically wakes itself up and cleans the heads and used up your ink.

It is a bit like an Adobe CC account......

Inkjet works as long as you have sufficient and constant print volumes ...

What happens when you want to stop for a while ..... with any ink jet I have dealt with it is a crap shoot whether the heads will need replacement.

An then there is the final cost of ink and paper ...... including all the automatic and manual cleaning cycles.

In my estimation when trying to rejuvenate the print heads on a high end HP inkjet printer (deskjet 6940) I burned 100$ worth of ink (which was free in this case) .....

For the 6940 replacing all the print cartridges cost 400$+ Canadian and 100$ per print head

No thanks

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 23:41 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (132 comments in total)
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mosc: I'd rather buy a monitor. Who prints anymore?

After I unceremoniously dumped my Epson R200 printer in the garbage almost 15 years ago, I switched to displaying my images on monitors and never looked back except once recently where I bought a very high end HP inkjet with cartridges for 30$ from Value Village.

Ink jet printing is a nightmare back then and still is ..... it is unreliable technology...

I compared my old Epson R200 output (which was superb and it still hanging on my walls) to a high end HP inkjet printer (which HP abandoned) and there really wasn't much difference I could see... and the HP was just as troublesome as the R200.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 23:16 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (132 comments in total)
In reply to:

Torsten Hoff: I have no doubt that these printer will still not fix one common way of wasting ink and extracting money from owners: they will clean the nozzles of colors that aren't used.

The majority of the printing I do with my Canon multi-function printer is black and white only, and I have the grayscale feature enabled to allow color to be output using just gray and black. Yet my printer shows the ink levels of all colors diminishing at a rate not far behind that of the black cartridge. Once the color ink levels reach a low-enough level, the printer refuses to print even if all I try to print is a page of black text.

To me that is a bigger insult than the cost of the ink.

Ink Jet printing has a fundamental flaw ..... if the ink just sits there too long it congeals and blocks the print head ..... then you need to spend 100$ worth of ink to unblock or buy a new print head...

All the color heads get cleaned, because they need to .... otherwise your print heads get blocked.

Even storing your printer for a while can sometimes permanently ruin your print heads. For some not printing for a week can destroy them .....

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 23:06 UTC
On article Canon launches refillable ink printers in the UK (132 comments in total)

The ink jet printing industry is corrupt and on life support ......

This is the first sign that at least one company is taking measures to get this industry off the respirator .....

Special note to those buying a new printer every time the ink runs out ..... the cartridges in your new printer are often very partially filled ... you are just filling up the landfills with printers people wont even take for free......

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 23:00 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Huawei Mate 10 Pro camera review (163 comments in total)

One of my Asian friends bought a Huawei from China .....

The way the software is configured it is completely useless and is about 1/100 as functional as my stock Canadian LG V20.

I had her phone because she was told by her IT friend at a work that she couldn't even install Google Play Store on it (they tried and failed). Imagine a phone so crippled that you cannot even install the play store on it.

Because I know all sorts of crafty tricks I got Play Store on it, but the phone is still a horrid bloated crippled POS.

I don't know if North American Huawei products are so crippled and bloated .... I would guess not on the surface at least.

If you go to China and want to buy Huawei phones cheap you better make sure you can root it first. It would be interesting to know how much the Chinese government has invested to make sure you can't root ....ie locked boot loader....

The camera is pretty nice on it though

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 22:53 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Sirandar: This is a good example where the highly paid people in PR departments should be earning their keep ...... but they are not pretty much in every company more or less ....

Are these PR people stupid? Probably not .... they are likely highly educated intelligent people ....... They probably stated their concerns as loudly as they could without getting fired and were told to shut the #@!% up ......

This illustrates how big companies back themselves into a corner with their own business models. Apple has been a staunch supporter of non-removable batteries and there is some logic to this BUT a non-removable battery pretty much dictates that eventually you will need to significantly throttle the phone as it ages OR intentionally Brick it.

Apple didn't want to face the consequences of their own business model so they tried to sneak the throttling in under the radar .....

Even the greenest intern would have told them this would fail ...... but they obviously didn't listen .....

@LeKilt

Sadly, as of my last battery escapade, what you say simply isn't true. Despite having a rooted phone and betterbatterystats app it still wasn't all that clear what was causing my shutdowns......

Peak power is the killer and the phone locks up before it has a chance to write the log....

Maybe it's better now maybe not

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 20:43 UTC
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Sirandar: This is a good example where the highly paid people in PR departments should be earning their keep ...... but they are not pretty much in every company more or less ....

Are these PR people stupid? Probably not .... they are likely highly educated intelligent people ....... They probably stated their concerns as loudly as they could without getting fired and were told to shut the #@!% up ......

This illustrates how big companies back themselves into a corner with their own business models. Apple has been a staunch supporter of non-removable batteries and there is some logic to this BUT a non-removable battery pretty much dictates that eventually you will need to significantly throttle the phone as it ages OR intentionally Brick it.

Apple didn't want to face the consequences of their own business model so they tried to sneak the throttling in under the radar .....

Even the greenest intern would have told them this would fail ...... but they obviously didn't listen .....

In defense it is not only Apple phones that suffer from this ......

Android phones mostly have replaceable batteries but the hardware manufacturers are not very proactive about telling their users when the battery needs replacement and at providing genuine un-used batteries to consumers...

Most Android phones are not throttled in my experience.... they just start crashing unpredictably and then you have the agony of guessing whether to invest more money on a possibly unstable phone to buy a battery.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 17:17 UTC
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Sirandar: This is a good example where the highly paid people in PR departments should be earning their keep ...... but they are not pretty much in every company more or less ....

Are these PR people stupid? Probably not .... they are likely highly educated intelligent people ....... They probably stated their concerns as loudly as they could without getting fired and were told to shut the #@!% up ......

This illustrates how big companies back themselves into a corner with their own business models. Apple has been a staunch supporter of non-removable batteries and there is some logic to this BUT a non-removable battery pretty much dictates that eventually you will need to significantly throttle the phone as it ages OR intentionally Brick it.

Apple didn't want to face the consequences of their own business model so they tried to sneak the throttling in under the radar .....

Even the greenest intern would have told them this would fail ...... but they obviously didn't listen .....

There are really only 2 graceful flows for this circumstance ...

1) User -replaceable batteries (but water resistance and elegance may suffer)

2) A popup at phone boot informing the user that the battery is reaching the end of its life and the phone must be throttled to prevent crashes until the battery is replaced.

Apple chose neither because it like things as they are even though there was no way for it to be that way.....

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 17:09 UTC

This is a good example where the highly paid people in PR departments should be earning their keep ...... but they are not pretty much in every company more or less ....

Are these PR people stupid? Probably not .... they are likely highly educated intelligent people ....... They probably stated their concerns as loudly as they could without getting fired and were told to shut the #@!% up ......

This illustrates how big companies back themselves into a corner with their own business models. Apple has been a staunch supporter of non-removable batteries and there is some logic to this BUT a non-removable battery pretty much dictates that eventually you will need to significantly throttle the phone as it ages OR intentionally Brick it.

Apple didn't want to face the consequences of their own business model so they tried to sneak the throttling in under the radar .....

Even the greenest intern would have told them this would fail ...... but they obviously didn't listen .....

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 17:09 UTC as 65th comment | 4 replies
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Sirandar: "Instagram rolls out 'Recommended Posts' feature, and users aren't happy" Ya Think ;)

Another example of social media providers trying to wrestle some control over what people see probably to monetize .....

Like IMDB they give no explanation regarding the process by which content is being recommended... there is little money being made by people looking at stuff so the content providers are trying to charge entities for the right to guaranteed viewership ....

I wonder how much effort Instagram is going to put into ensuring the recommended posts will meet some standard ...... probably next to none.....

Ironically ..... I am not particularly adverse to this on principle ..... On my Android phone Google walks the line fairly competently in providing me unasked for content that is useful ......

This is because Google actually knows how to leverage the enormous amount of personal information all businesses are collecting openly and covertly... AND Google actually lets me tell them what I have no interest in AND occasionally even asks me how they did ..... That said Google has made some huge errors in judgement too in the Ads that they force into Gmail .....

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 15:57 UTC

"Instagram rolls out 'Recommended Posts' feature, and users aren't happy" Ya Think ;)

Another example of social media providers trying to wrestle some control over what people see probably to monetize .....

Like IMDB they give no explanation regarding the process by which content is being recommended... there is little money being made by people looking at stuff so the content providers are trying to charge entities for the right to guaranteed viewership ....

I wonder how much effort Instagram is going to put into ensuring the recommended posts will meet some standard ...... probably next to none.....

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2017 at 15:57 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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