Sirandar

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On article Caltech research team develops lensless camera (61 comments in total)

Ambient light comes from all many directions and I can't really see how this tech would work unless the following was done.

1) Give each pixel a tunnel of optimal length to limit angle of incident light
2) Bend the sensor into a dome like an insect eye

Don't forget to put my name on the patent too ;) Not on this planet

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 04:15 UTC as 1st comment
On article Adobe achieves record revenue (176 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Lightroom is a mature product .... We know it Adobe knows it. They just couldn't charge money to buy the same product every year.... Nobody would bite.

They had a choice ..... Wait a few years and invest in research to really revamp Lightroom to make it a new product OR adopt a subscription model for a mature finished product.

If they used these profits for readl RandD and development, it might be a win win.

The shareholders are probably just cashing out and not doing this

Yes I do.... The board are primary shareholders and determine where the money goes...

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 15:14 UTC
On article Adobe achieves record revenue (176 comments in total)

Lightroom is a mature product .... We know it Adobe knows it. They just couldn't charge money to buy the same product every year.... Nobody would bite.

They had a choice ..... Wait a few years and invest in research to really revamp Lightroom to make it a new product OR adopt a subscription model for a mature finished product.

If they used these profits for readl RandD and development, it might be a win win.

The shareholders are probably just cashing out and not doing this

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 13:54 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)
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Sirandar: This is only half the story. Doesn't say where the cuts will be.

This isn't about crisis ..... its about laying off anybody in the middle because they are expensive. It is happening everywhere in every country.

The new business model is top and bottom with no middle. Few at the top will get laid off and if they do they will get packages bigger that all the cost savings of laying others off. The bottom will only be laid off if Ricoh can find a new cheaper bottom.

The middle will be gone, which is sad as they are often the only ones who know how to do things.

This has already happened in the pharma industry post 2008. Middle management is replaced with almost incomprehensible SOPS, expect for 1 or at the most 2 MM, who if their jobs were reposted would have a duties description of 5 pages.

This is a snapshot of the generic pharma industry starting 5 years ago , and non-generic right now or soon.

PS ... If you thing middle managers are useless twits ..... that because in your company their positions are filled my sons daughters and cousins of upper management.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 23:09 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)
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Sirandar: This is only half the story. Doesn't say where the cuts will be.

This isn't about crisis ..... its about laying off anybody in the middle because they are expensive. It is happening everywhere in every country.

The new business model is top and bottom with no middle. Few at the top will get laid off and if they do they will get packages bigger that all the cost savings of laying others off. The bottom will only be laid off if Ricoh can find a new cheaper bottom.

The middle will be gone, which is sad as they are often the only ones who know how to do things.

This has already happened in the pharma industry post 2008. Middle management is replaced with almost incomprehensible SOPS, expect for 1 or at the most 2 MM, who if their jobs were reposted would have a duties description of 5 pages.

This is a snapshot of the generic pharma industry starting 5 years ago , and non-generic right now or soon.

A friend of mine was taking prescription medication for high blood pressure. She has her prescription refilled with her usual previous generic product. She complained to me about her heart racing to me after taking the generic. After a long series of questions I told her to switch to a non-generic (Pfizer I think) and her racing problem did not recur. IMO the generic pharma messed up something in both production and QC .

The non-generic Pharma will eventually be the same way ..... the urge to cut labour costs is irresistible.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 23:03 UTC
On article Report: Ricoh announcing cost cuts in face of crisis (326 comments in total)

This is only half the story. Doesn't say where the cuts will be.

This isn't about crisis ..... its about laying off anybody in the middle because they are expensive. It is happening everywhere in every country.

The new business model is top and bottom with no middle. Few at the top will get laid off and if they do they will get packages bigger that all the cost savings of laying others off. The bottom will only be laid off if Ricoh can find a new cheaper bottom.

The middle will be gone, which is sad as they are often the only ones who know how to do things.

This has already happened in the pharma industry post 2008. Middle management is replaced with almost incomprehensible SOPS, expect for 1 or at the most 2 MM, who if their jobs were reposted would have a duties description of 5 pages.

This is a snapshot of the generic pharma industry starting 5 years ago , and non-generic right now or soon.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 23:03 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
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Sirandar: Ummmm ...... what happened to your editors?

This is just some generic video of a generic plane with cheesy music. It isn't even particularly striking.

There are 1000s of videos more relevant to photography that this.

Not a big deal but I would prefer less on this or at least more compelling examples. Notice I didn't complain about the air show pictures previously some of which were interesting

PS .... I am all for Seattle tooting their horn because they have the will and means to support a local industry like Boeing.

I am from Canada. which is basically and entire country of other nations warehouses, so I have a unique appreciation.

Sad as it seems Seattle may be on the verge of losing this according to some posters.

This is just not the place for this kind of video.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 18:04 UTC
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Sirandar: Ummmm ...... what happened to your editors?

This is just some generic video of a generic plane with cheesy music. It isn't even particularly striking.

There are 1000s of videos more relevant to photography that this.

Not a big deal but I would prefer less on this or at least more compelling examples. Notice I didn't complain about the air show pictures previously some of which were interesting

Lol .... Like cars, commercial aircraft external shape and structure is pretty much dictated by economics and aerodynamics. They all look pretty much the same.

Military aircraft have many divergent requirements, such as being a killing machine, and that at least give them some diversity.

Sorry, watching a generic commercial aircraft take off 50x isn't very compelling IMO, and putting a "cool" disclaimer in the title doesn't help much.

It is much like people showing off pictures of their infants ..... some like but most don't have the same level of enthusiasm as the parent. Same it true of planes.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 16:09 UTC
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steelhead3: Maybe the last complete plane fly over in Seattle...Boeing is slowly moving production to non union states and countries. The management fled to Chicago so they wouldn't have to see their neighbors laid off. Cool video, I wouldn't want to be a passenger with those lift offs.

Sad but probably true .... Why pay for the cow when the milk is near free.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 01:39 UTC

Ummmm ...... what happened to your editors?

This is just some generic video of a generic plane with cheesy music. It isn't even particularly striking.

There are 1000s of videos more relevant to photography that this.

Not a big deal but I would prefer less on this or at least more compelling examples. Notice I didn't complain about the air show pictures previously some of which were interesting

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 01:37 UTC as 86th comment | 4 replies

Since this device is not directly interfaced with his brain, it it is really only incidental that the camera happens to be where his eye was.

Dpreview editors should have dropped this story like a stone.

Here are the challenges to an actual eye replacement that hopefully will never be surmounted.

1) A stable neural electronic interface needs to be developed with sufficient bandwidth to transmit video signals in a form that the optic nerve can transmit and the brain can interpret. This probably requires 1000s of concurrent stable connections that last decades.

2) The language the eye uses to decompiled, unsterstood and recreated from an electronic sensor in real time and then distributed over many 1000s of neural connections.

3) The output would need to be synchronized with the output of the other eye.

4) Individual and racial divergences would need to be accounted for.

5). The device would need to be made safe .... How would you do that? Even VR sets make some people feel ill.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 21:46 UTC as 1st comment

Am I going crazy? ..... I remember looking at a very recent and very poorly written and unclear DPreview article with almost the same title, that had the opposite conclusion from CIPA data. I distinctly remember scratching my head and laughing at it.

Did any one else see it? If I wasn't hallucinating one can only imagine the crapstorm that resulted in these 2 articles.

If you are the editor that put your foot down and fixed this mess, you have my deepest respect.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 03:20 UTC as 4th comment
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PVCdroid: One thing is for sure. Places like Costco need to pull their head out and get some mirrorless offerings on display. It's a pathetic shrine to cheap Canikon DSLR crap as it is.

I came close to abandoning it all and getting a RX10 or Fz1000, but I was giving up too much. M4/3 is sitting in the sweet spot IMO

My new cell phone has a decent camera considering the size of the sensor.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 03:15 UTC
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PVCdroid: One thing is for sure. Places like Costco need to pull their head out and get some mirrorless offerings on display. It's a pathetic shrine to cheap Canikon DSLR crap as it is.

Costco is a strange place .... good produce and 10 products I can't get anywhere else .... but they make me walk a kilometer to get my milk at the back of the store, but when I enter I face a gauntlet of electronic devices. I gave up on that place a couple of years ago, especially as the stuff I really like kept going up in price.

Who would buy a camera for Costco. A camera is such a personal choice and what does Costco have, 2 models? And then there is the lenses you already have.

I would guess there are people who know EXACTLY what the want and Costco just happens to have it (but no lenses). Then there are the people who see Canon and dSLR and assume Costco know whats right for them.

I am a M4/3 chooser, as if it won't fit into my Pelican case, or small camera bag, I know I will never use it. M4/3 gives me the luxury of doing than and still having a flexible repertoire of lenses, but none for birding obviously.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 03:13 UTC
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Sirandar: The movie Moana clearly indicated that an entire compelling world could be created in-silico ..... a world far better than our actual reality. The voice acting, body and hair physics, facial expression of the character Moana made a more compelling person than pretty much any in real life. IMO she surpassed the possibilities of human acting. Every scene with Moana in it was crafted to appeal to human aesthetics and desires in a manner not limited by physical limitations.

So why is every single computer game (VR or not) and the vast majority of movies take place in a horrible virtual world even WORSE than our own.

This is the question of the day.

@grasscatcher

Very interesting post ..... seems that you completely embrace opposition as a reason for existence. Actually it is really hard to even comment on this as opposition is as ubiquitous as the air we breath ..... it is hard to even imagine any other way.

You are probably correct in that life is about the journey ..... but that journey doesn't necessarily have to involve opposition. It certainly doesn't need to involve the extreme levels of opposition seen in video games and movies.

As an example, in the movie Star Wars, the Force Awakens, several trillion beings are murdered with probably several billion having a level of sentience comparable to ours. Rated PG13. The movie Paterson says F&^%k a few times and gets an R rating.

Is several billion murders enough opposition?

We are being trained that opposition is the only reason to live. It is truly terrifying to think about what "ultimate destination" movie and video game levels of opposition are leading us to.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 00:22 UTC
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Sirandar: The movie Moana clearly indicated that an entire compelling world could be created in-silico ..... a world far better than our actual reality. The voice acting, body and hair physics, facial expression of the character Moana made a more compelling person than pretty much any in real life. IMO she surpassed the possibilities of human acting. Every scene with Moana in it was crafted to appeal to human aesthetics and desires in a manner not limited by physical limitations.

So why is every single computer game (VR or not) and the vast majority of movies take place in a horrible virtual world even WORSE than our own.

This is the question of the day.

@techjedi

You are sharp and absolutely correct ..... but how many years do you think on the fly computer voice acting and avatar movements are away? Even my phone talks to me now and probably could even without phoning home.

PS ... it isn't exponential ..... Skyrim uses a LOD system to generate views. It isn't perfect but it allows an almost infinite number of perspectives in a 3D space.

PS................. They did a great job on Moana. It is really a work of art and a tech milestone. I watched it a few times just to savor the glorious art design, modelling and attention to detail.

Except for the idolization of monarchy it was a great movie too. However, it you are stuck with a queen, Moana has all the right things in the right place.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 16:20 UTC
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Sirandar: The movie Moana clearly indicated that an entire compelling world could be created in-silico ..... a world far better than our actual reality. The voice acting, body and hair physics, facial expression of the character Moana made a more compelling person than pretty much any in real life. IMO she surpassed the possibilities of human acting. Every scene with Moana in it was crafted to appeal to human aesthetics and desires in a manner not limited by physical limitations.

So why is every single computer game (VR or not) and the vast majority of movies take place in a horrible virtual world even WORSE than our own.

This is the question of the day.

When you can answer this question you will know what our entertainment industries are really about. They serve a number of social purposes most of which are not very savory.

The last computer game I played that wan't a morass of violence, Darwinism and opposition was "Myst Revelation" in 2004. Ironically that same developer Ubisoft went on to develop some of the most violent and oppressive games on the market.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 16:01 UTC

The movie Moana clearly indicated that an entire compelling world could be created in-silico ..... a world far better than our actual reality. The voice acting, body and hair physics, facial expression of the character Moana made a more compelling person than pretty much any in real life. IMO she surpassed the possibilities of human acting. Every scene with Moana in it was crafted to appeal to human aesthetics and desires in a manner not limited by physical limitations.

So why is every single computer game (VR or not) and the vast majority of movies take place in a horrible virtual world even WORSE than our own.

This is the question of the day.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 16:00 UTC as 50th comment | 7 replies

The mouse that roared

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 14:23 UTC as 51st comment
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (390 comments in total)
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Sirandar: Sad .... but does this product even need support?

I use it quite a bit and as far as I can tell it integrates with Lightroom and Photoshop and works with whatever they send it ...... I don't think it needs camera updates.

The rest of the program does what it does very well ..

That said Google should release it to open source if they are abandoning it.
If they don't they are very clearly eliminating a competitive product to promote other products they have an interest in.

This is very very bad human behavior but "business as usual" for business.

Most of "competition" in the business world is really predation or fake competition masking protectionism. I would guess that less than 1% significant group interactions in the business world are actually competitive.

Don't bother complaining about termination support ..... they are not required to support every product forever.

Complain if they are with deliberation killing a good product to promote another they have interest in.

It is unclear whether "termination" means that you won't even be able to download it anymore on install it from an already existing local exe on a new PC.

If Google went that far I would initiate the long process of disengaging with Google. I doubt they would do that.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 18:18 UTC
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