Team Yeti

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IMHO, sounds like Shutterstock is on the way out.

Definitely not the first company (and certainly not the last) to make a bunch of seemingly arbitrary and out-of-touch decisions as the ship goes down.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2020 at 05:02 UTC as 42nd comment
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biggercountry: “We realize that we would need to shift towards running a self-sustaining business.”

*double take* Did I miss something? Is there any other way to run a business? Other than “into the ground?”

Saw that, too. Interesting choice of words.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2020 at 17:50 UTC
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T3: For all the extravagant headlines spreading across the interwebs right now, a year from now this "crisis" will all just be a foggy memory. Get a grip, people. A corona virus is being worked on as we speak. A vaccine for the Ebola virus was created in just 90 days. And now their goal is to make a vaccine for the corona virus in the same amount of time.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/coronavirus-vaccine-novavax-nvax-maryland

Multiple companies are working on vaccines.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-significant-breakthrough-in-race-for-vaccine-made-by-uk-scientists-11926469

You people act as if we're in the 19th century. No, we're in the 21st century where we can map out the genes of a deadly virus and create a vaccine against it. At one time, HIV/AIDS was an acute fatal disease...a death sentence. Not anymore. Not it's just a "chronic manageable condition".

https://innovation.org/diseases/infectious/hiv-aids/hiv-aids-acute-fatal-disease-chronic-manageable-condition

The CDC has this to say about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus -- among the symptoms are: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Sounds about standard for the flu, right?

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/index.html

Then in China, you have: authorities telling people to stay home and indoors, folks simply collapsing out in the streets, EMS workers showing up in full Tyvek "bunny suits", and government officials using drones equipped with speakers to buzz people and warning them to wear masks. Another example is that evacuation flights from China to the U.S. have been diverted to military bases (Travis AFB, March Air Reserve Base, etc.) and the passengers quarantined on-base for up to two weeks.

https://www.businessinsider.com/pentagon-approves-more-military-bases-for-wuhan-coronavirus-quarantine-efforts-2020-2

The way this is being treated sure makes it sound like a much more complicated illness than just another strain of the flu. Sure feels like we aren't being told something.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 21:04 UTC
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scrup: The more i research coronavirus the more i want to go vegetarian.

Go for it -- definitely a personal choice that only you can make.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 19:34 UTC
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KZ7: The issue here is not only Sonys production of Sensors being affected. The entire Chinese market is affected, that means the production of phones for many of their largest customers.
Factories are being closed and staff sent home. For how long is the question.
It has already affected medical equipment delivery dates for equipment that I've ordered for projects we have on the go.

Ripple effect, for sure.

Totally forgot about the all the medical tech coming from China. And I bet that will be one segment that will be even slower to recover vs. the rest.

Definitely sad days for the people of China; hopefully this outbreak is contained sooner rather than later.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 19:29 UTC
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Team Yeti: The fact that the Sony CFO is even putting this statement out there tells us that it's not "may impact" but "is impacting". Sounds like they don't want investors freaking out. After all, they already know if fewer workers are showing up to the factories, and same goes for any missed deliveries in / out.

Thanks for the link and interesting read...

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 19:16 UTC

The fact that the Sony CFO is even putting this statement out there tells us that it's not "may impact" but "is impacting". Sounds like they don't want investors freaking out. After all, they already know if fewer workers are showing up to the factories, and same goes for any missed deliveries in / out.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2020 at 18:14 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies
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Horshack: Lots of detail from Google on the issue except what steps if any they've taken to claw-black the misdirected videos from user accounts they don't belong in.

Awesome point!

Which brings up an interesting question -- when a company's financial or credit card info gets hacked, they usually provide customers with some sort of credit monitoring, etc. And if they don't, a class-lawsuit usually makes sure of it.

When your personal photos / videos / files get hacked after being stored with a tech. company such as Google, etc. -- where do you turn, and what support is provided after the fact? Looks like not much.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2020 at 18:52 UTC
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BrexitDefCom3: Look Google if you are choosing the shots, then you can take them as well

Sounds like it's about time to re-watch that movie "Surrogates" with Bruce Willis from about a decade ago.

The parallels to today are kinda frightening...

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2020 at 04:20 UTC

As others have mentioned, the pricing on this seems a little ambitious from Google's end...

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2020 at 04:18 UTC as 10th comment
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ncsakany: The TL;DR version :

We bit off more than we could chew.

At a cost of millions of dollars, no doubt.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2019 at 00:38 UTC

SmugMug acquiring Flickr was, at the end of the day, still a business decision. They didn't disclose the amount, but certainly it must have been for millions of dollars.

Turning a previously free service into one that generates a profit, or at least breaks even, has got to be a challenge. It would take improvements and upgrades to entice people to remain as members/contributors, stick around, and spend their money. That sort of challenge should have been planned and mapped out ahead of time -- not instead relying on a membership appeal direct from the CEO a year later.

Hopefully this isn't a nail in the coffin for Flickr, but I do have my doubts...

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2019 at 00:32 UTC as 31st comment
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MikeB2000: I wonder what would have happened had a compressor turbine ingested the drone? Might have simply chewed it up and spit it out, but who can say for sure?

Had he cooperated with the government, he may have ended up with a smaller fine based on his ability to pay. But it sounds like he was his own worst enemy.

Yup, I think that's a big point that's being overlooked by quite a few folks.

It doesn't have to rip a gaping hole in the side of a plane to be dangerous. All it needs to do is be sucked into an engine, damage a prop or rotor, get jammed in the landing gear, wedged in the control surfaces, or even just distract the pilot at a key moment. Any of those things could have an unfortunate outcome...

And as drones get larger and more powerful, it only increases the risks.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2019 at 01:10 UTC
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Team Yeti: There's more to this story -- something doesn't quite add up...

Drone magically zips off and winds up next to a runway at LAS. Drone had the wrong registration number. Drone owner ignores multiple letters from the FAA and doesn't appeal anything. Then he's totally surprised when Uncle Sam gets a little more serious.

Was it just a careless operator? An operator with a more malicious intent? A technological glitch? A hacked drone? We'll probably never know.

But one thing *is* for sure... the U.S. Treasury is going to collect that $20K. And honestly, I don't think they are going to wait around and see if this gentleman happens to gets a tax refund over the next few years. That's another part of this story that doesn't add up...

Such insight, much wow.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 16:28 UTC

There's more to this story -- something doesn't quite add up...

Drone magically zips off and winds up next to a runway at LAS. Drone had the wrong registration number. Drone owner ignores multiple letters from the FAA and doesn't appeal anything. Then he's totally surprised when Uncle Sam gets a little more serious.

Was it just a careless operator? An operator with a more malicious intent? A technological glitch? A hacked drone? We'll probably never know.

But one thing *is* for sure... the U.S. Treasury is going to collect that $20K. And honestly, I don't think they are going to wait around and see if this gentleman happens to gets a tax refund over the next few years. That's another part of this story that doesn't add up...

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2019 at 15:53 UTC as 28th comment | 4 replies
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MrBrightSide: A note for readers outside the US: The word "sovereign" is a buzzword in American right-wing politics that goes far beyond its ordinary meaning of holding authority.
From Wikipedia: "Self-described "sovereign citizens" see themselves as answerable only to their particular interpretation of the common law and as not subject to any government statutes or proceedings, they do not recognize U.S. currency and maintain that they are "free of any legal constraints"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_citizen_movement
The reason they prefer local jurisdiction over federal is that local law enforcement generally doesn't interfere with their racism and homophobia, welfare fraud, usurpation of public lands, and stockpiling of homemade machine guns and explosives.
Although Sen. Lee says it will also apply to Tribal authorities, it won't. As we saw in the Dakota Access Pipeline issue, the United States actively opposes Native American rights if they endanger corporate profits.

Not quite sure how we jumped from potential drone regulations to homemade explosives. That's a bit of a reach.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2019 at 21:24 UTC
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Dale Baskin: I'm a drone pilot, but I respect that there are reasonable differences in opinion about what should or should not be allowed in our airspace. That's a fair debate to have. However, "...giving local government and property owners jurisdiction over National Airspace" sounds like a regulatory disaster waiting to happen, and will result in drone regulations being ambiguous, inconsistent and confusing not just for pilots, but for law enforcement and the general public as well.

Yup. And watch out for all the unintended consequences, too. Drones aren't the only thing(s) in that airspace up to 200' AGL. Utility lines, rain / rainwater collection, cellular and radio transmissions, etc.

One thing's for sure... the lawyers are going to have a field day! :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2019 at 18:02 UTC

So the goal is to provide more rights to property owners by enabling a messy labyrinth of local, county, state, tribal, and federal laws and regulations in regards to drones?

Sounds like literally the complete opposite.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2019 at 18:00 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

When they changed the app's UI a few years ago, IMHO, it seems like it got more complicated to use. Hopefully this new one is an improvement. Glad to hear they'll be supporting the previous "packs" many of us purchased.

Link | Posted on Oct 7, 2019 at 18:58 UTC as 20th comment

What's old is new again. :-)

Glad to see Fuji keeping some film alive in the digital era.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2019 at 14:29 UTC as 6th comment
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