Sirandar

Lives in Canada Guelph, Canada
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Don't dis this as a stupid idea.

If it can actually leverage the knowledge 1000s of pictures and actually do something useful these people will prove themselves so they can sell the tech for top top dollar to big photo.

If they try to sell to big photo directly they will get almost nothing and only one brand will have it.

I hope they can deliver, but I can't really see how.. A good photo is only 20% about settings.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 23:52 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
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OlyPent: This is why investment houses dont dole out money like the sheep on sites like kickstater.

Investment houses, governments, banks, and our financial system don't like the democratic aspects of money at all. Unless you have huge amount of capital power, the investor is completely dis-empowered in terms of the direction of our RnD and production capability. You don't even exist and investment is a fantasy land of watching pretty numbers of your computer.

Love it or hate it kickstarter type investment models try and mostly fail to put some democracy in investment.

When a Kickstarter fails it makes the news ..... when a normal investment channel or company fails it is barely noticed. There were 38,000 business bankruptcies in the US in 2016. That is a lot of conventional failure.
In 2008 the entire US basically went bankrupt and printed by some estimates 2 trillion dollars.

That said, Kickstarters are shooting themselves in the foot every time any one has a shady end. A lot of them probably don't care.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 22:18 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (93 comments in total)

LOL: I had a similar camera in a a much earlier incarnation. CZ730

It was slow as molasses, was horrible in low light, and couldn't even focus in dim light.
It ate batteries.

It also took very good pictures in good light. There was just something about them and I still have lots of them in my 5 star catalog. Without zooming or looking at the EXIF you would never know they were taken on a "old crappy" camera. It took until the OMD EM5 to get that again.

Considering what the Oly engineers had to work with they did a very good job on this camera at the time in terms of image quality. Mine also still worked until I gave it away only a few years ago. I wish I could say that for some of the newer cams I have had.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 15:11 UTC as 4th comment
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Sirandar: If I lost or destroyed my Note 4 this would be on my wish list.

My Note 4 has been such a fantastic phone I would rather wish it doesn't die ... than wish for a new phone.

I might have some interest in the 128Gb version Google Pixel but sadly it costs 1200$ Cdn and isn't even available .... The web site says they will email me when it is. Morbid curiosity made me check this.

The 128Gb option is 150$ .... I picked up a 128Gb card for my Note 4 for 69$ and Android 6.0.1 actually handles it well now.

From the OP.

What a vicious irony...... my Samsung Note 4 died 5 days after my post praising it.

It has been acting up quite a bit lately but I blamed Google .... Sorry Google

I have been patching it and remedying it for almost a year, cursing Google every time.

Turns out Sammy put an unreliable memory controller MMC in this device and it has been slowly getting more and more unreliable. It died today. My tech provider didn't even pretend to be able to fix it when I mentioned MMC errors.

I loved this device and it has served me well, but 2 years of usage isn't enough and would have been very happy to use my Note4 for another 3 years.

I already bought a LG V20 ..... It is significantly better than my Note 4 but not nearly enough to upgrade. I like the new Android Nougat too.

My Galaxy GS3 also died premature death due to charge port failure.

A Note to Samsung ....... In this market you just can't do what you are doing.

Huawai was very tempting too ....

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 21:31 UTC
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Sirandar: Our replacements are on the way ..... hope they get delayed as long as possible.....

PS ....... Even the most distantly related human being that ever walked has more in common with you than any machine we could ever make. A cockroach has more in common. A bacterial cell has more in common.

The fantasy that we can somehow transfer our self into a cybernetic body is just that. If we survive our own folly long enough we can surely replace ourselves. That is exactly what it would be.

PS ..... I really am only guessing what colour the rabbit will be or if it will ever come to this world.

As an evolutionary biologist my guess is as good any anybody's.

Personally, I would rather the pink bunny never came and we play out our choices in the framework of carbon and not silicon. However, group theory and active actions trumping passive actions means that my preference is irrelevant.

I haven't even mentioned the soul yet. Assuming the soul exists adds several interesting new dimensions to this train of thought.

Enjoy or revile as you see fit.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 19:24 UTC
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Sirandar: Our replacements are on the way ..... hope they get delayed as long as possible.....

PS ....... Even the most distantly related human being that ever walked has more in common with you than any machine we could ever make. A cockroach has more in common. A bacterial cell has more in common.

The fantasy that we can somehow transfer our self into a cybernetic body is just that. If we survive our own folly long enough we can surely replace ourselves. That is exactly what it would be.

Another interesting lesson of Silicon comes from building worlds using the Creation Kit, the mods of other modders, my own, and the Skyrim engine. It is very interesting to create a virtual world, and then really put yourself into it. then take a step back as ask yourself how the design choices and structure of the game effect who you are in it.

Have a look at my mods on the Special Edition Nexus under the same name as here if you want a laugh .....

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 18:58 UTC
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Sirandar: Our replacements are on the way ..... hope they get delayed as long as possible.....

PS ....... Even the most distantly related human being that ever walked has more in common with you than any machine we could ever make. A cockroach has more in common. A bacterial cell has more in common.

The fantasy that we can somehow transfer our self into a cybernetic body is just that. If we survive our own folly long enough we can surely replace ourselves. That is exactly what it would be.

Perhaps I might be considered a Luddite, but the shoe doesn't really fit well.

I have embraced Silicon more than most and it has taught me things impossible to learn otherwise. There is few creative things I enjoy more than building a PC from scratch and then optimizing it. Haven't done this is a while because there is no compelling reason to as my current build still does everything I need and want to do superbly. Do because it is useful .... Much of what cybernetics are currently doing is based on expectations and projections of being useful. We are creating a new canvas to paint on and hoping it will be safe and useful. If it isn't we are son invested that we will pretend it is anyway.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 18:58 UTC
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Sirandar: Our replacements are on the way ..... hope they get delayed as long as possible.....

PS ....... Even the most distantly related human being that ever walked has more in common with you than any machine we could ever make. A cockroach has more in common. A bacterial cell has more in common.

The fantasy that we can somehow transfer our self into a cybernetic body is just that. If we survive our own folly long enough we can surely replace ourselves. That is exactly what it would be.

There still there ..... make them go away ;)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 18:39 UTC
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Sirandar: Our replacements are on the way ..... hope they get delayed as long as possible.....

PS ....... Even the most distantly related human being that ever walked has more in common with you than any machine we could ever make. A cockroach has more in common. A bacterial cell has more in common.

The fantasy that we can somehow transfer our self into a cybernetic body is just that. If we survive our own folly long enough we can surely replace ourselves. That is exactly what it would be.

There would be one compelling aspect of our cybernetic persuits.

How the forces of natural selection and evolution act on these created beings once they hit critical mass will be the event of eons.

Even the Gods/ God will buy front row seats for that one.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
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Sirandar: Our replacements are on the way ..... hope they get delayed as long as possible.....

PS ....... Even the most distantly related human being that ever walked has more in common with you than any machine we could ever make. A cockroach has more in common. A bacterial cell has more in common.

The fantasy that we can somehow transfer our self into a cybernetic body is just that. If we survive our own folly long enough we can surely replace ourselves. That is exactly what it would be.

You are the machine, and the machine is you ..... Change the machine and you can change yourself. The machine slowly changes thought the iterative process of evolution.

It is an ugly ugly ugly process ... But it is an unbroken chain of causality. Even making a perfect copy of yourself is a pointless masturbatory process.

You are the chain and the chain is you. It is all you have.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 17:44 UTC

Our replacements are on the way ..... hope they get delayed as long as possible.....

PS ....... Even the most distantly related human being that ever walked has more in common with you than any machine we could ever make. A cockroach has more in common. A bacterial cell has more in common.

The fantasy that we can somehow transfer our self into a cybernetic body is just that. If we survive our own folly long enough we can surely replace ourselves. That is exactly what it would be.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 03:10 UTC as 10th comment | 10 replies

If I lost or destroyed my Note 4 this would be on my wish list.

My Note 4 has been such a fantastic phone I would rather wish it doesn't die ... than wish for a new phone.

I might have some interest in the 128Gb version Google Pixel but sadly it costs 1200$ Cdn and isn't even available .... The web site says they will email me when it is. Morbid curiosity made me check this.

The 128Gb option is 150$ .... I picked up a 128Gb card for my Note 4 for 69$ and Android 6.0.1 actually handles it well now.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 21:09 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (109 comments in total)

How about this ..... make the phone or a tablet the light table and shoot the negative with a camera that doesn't have a sensor the size of pinhead.

I wonder if it would be possible to create balance the phone or Ipad light table so negatives come out positives so you can shoot them directly.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 04:37 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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BobT3218: So, nothing for the E-M1. There isn't much there for me but it's an ominous sign. I hope the haven't abandoned the E-M1 already.

PS ... My EM5 II is a truly great camera and I am not complaining about it .... I pretty much dropped it of a mountain and it survived.

Sure it would be nice if you could bring the shadows up 4 stops instead of 2ish and the High Rez worked for water and moving foliage but I don't have unreasonable expectations.

I only expect Oly to support their 1000$+ cameras or explain why a given update isn't feasible

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
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BobT3218: So, nothing for the E-M1. There isn't much there for me but it's an ominous sign. I hope the haven't abandoned the E-M1 already.

For the OMD EM5 MkI I would have liked to see zebra striping .... a very useful feature if you like MF.

For the EM1 MkI I can't really say as I never had one ..... I had/have the both the EM5 I and II .....

My EM5 MkI died after only 10K shots, and post warranty support for Oly and pretty much all cameras is non-existent. I just scrapped it and bought an EM5 II on sale... not because I liked Oly but because I has a few lenses and it was the path of least resistance.

When Oly didn't have any reasonable service options for my 1000+$ dead OMD EM5 I all brand loyalty was gone. Turns out I bought the EM5 II anyway because it was the path of least $$ and pain. That is a very risky way to do business ......

That said my OMD EM5 II has been a great camera and I have no complaints unless it too dies after only 10K shots photographing baboons at African Lion Safari.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 00:47 UTC
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BobT3218: So, nothing for the E-M1. There isn't much there for me but it's an ominous sign. I hope the haven't abandoned the E-M1 already.

I am not suggesting they investigate and attempt updates for their entire line, just the MkI versions of the MkII camera, which is 3. Investigate, assess cost benefit, and perhaps implement. Don't call it MkII if it is so different.

Yes all camera manufacturers play this game and perhaps Oly isn't the worst offender ..... for support its a negative nonzero sum game ..... the end users takes a large loss and the manufacturer takes some small losses to save $$ and labor on support. Oly doesn't even have a presence in Canada anymore.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 17:11 UTC
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cosinaphile: well ill be doing the upgrade for my pen f , but im not excited

what is this gonna do that will rock my world......help me if im missing something here

not looking forward to the tethering nonsense necessary for oly firmware upgrades...
touch that usb cable the wrong way and you've got a nice brick

I updated my EM5 II ..... took 2 minutes with no drama at all

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 03:46 UTC
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BobT3218: So, nothing for the E-M1. There isn't much there for me but it's an ominous sign. I hope the haven't abandoned the E-M1 already.

I don't ..... cameras that cost this much should have continued support if feasible. Discounting updating a camera based on a model number is a cheap excuse. All they need to do is say .... investigated the possibility of updating previous models ..... not feasible.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2017 at 03:44 UTC
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (194 comments in total)
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Sirandar: 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.

Cloud Storage ...... ya just as fast reliable and private as a microSD card .... and cloud storage works everywhere in the entire world. And cloud storage is much much cheaper than microSD .... think about all that battery power and flash writes cycles you are conserving

There is just no downsides to it.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (134 comments in total)
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micke69: Phil Askey never understood the greatness of this camera. It and its successors (The Xg was the best) are the ultimate when you want to take pictures unnoticed. If you grab it so that only the tiny lens can be seen between the thumb and index finger, you can gently squeeze the camera to take the picture without anyone noticing anything!

Sounds creepy actually

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2017 at 16:11 UTC
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