nicoboston

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landscaper1: Maybe it's just because I'm something of a neat freak (defensive measure because I'm always misplacing something), but the ISS interior looks to me a lot like living inside a bowl of spaghetti. It's sure a far cry from even the dirty interiors of the sci-fi space ships (Alien, et al).

Is NASA seriously planning on sending people to Mars living inside a mess like that?

@landscaper1
According to those who remember the Mir space station, the ISS is neat and well organized ;-)
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/bmvn44/the-mir-space-station-was-a-marvel-a-clusterfuck-and-an-underdog-hero

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 19:28 UTC

What about the Woman Acceptance Factor? There is room for improvement in terms of cable management...

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 19:21 UTC as 15th comment
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Johannes Zander: On the windows I see orange sensors. Are these wired to the burglar alarm?

They are not sensors. Just orange velcros to attach mosquito nets :-I

Or:
"The small, dome-shaped module has seven windows -- six around the sides and one on top -- that can be shuttered when not in use to protect them from micrometeoroids and the harsh space environment. The windows are made of fused silica and borosilicate glass panes, with temperature-sensing elements and window heaters."

So... maybe "temperature-sensing elements" ?
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/stationpayloads/cupola.html

Thank you @Thom_astro and Google for allowing us to escape. Momentarily.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 19:17 UTC
On article Canon EOS 6D Mark II sample gallery (51 comments in total)
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Akgbkd: Look at photo 67.....shot at iso 200....but u can see those ugly chroma noise in the shadows....thats worse than a smartphone.

It's actually hard to believe that this is a jpeg acquired with a $3,000 2017 equipment !!!

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 15:13 UTC
On article This $31 lens will turn any room into a camera obscura (65 comments in total)
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runbei99: Correct Italian name is camera oscura. Much more elegant than the bastardized obscura. Of course, nobody cares, just like they don't care that Hass avocados are actually Haas avocados. (Sorry, the editor never sleeps.)

"Camera obscura" is just "dark room" in latin... "Oscura" is the bastardized obscura.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 15:00 UTC
On article Google introduces Backup and Sync for Photos and Drive (47 comments in total)
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docdelete: Darn it! It still doesn't handle nested folders. Not for me anyway - I have a top level folder named after my son, no photos in the first level, but inside are dozens of named folders (years, events etc) and the new app simply doesn't see any photos if I ask it to look at the only the top folder. I can't believe this is too much to ask.

@docdelete
What are you talking about? All my "nested folders" are synchronized.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
On article Recycled: the Dakota Digital single-use digital camera (54 comments in total)

Gad, "single-use digital camera"... It reminds me of the DVD Rewinder. It was a joke, though.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 13:45 UTC as 24th comment | 4 replies
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nicoboston: Nice announcement.
It reminds me of of the "DL Series" announcement!
Nikon really makes great announcements.
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/premium-compact-cameras/premium-compact-cameras.page

@Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
Japan has survived many earthquakes and will survive more.
It could have delayed the DL Series, but it did not cancel it.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:20 UTC

Nice announcement.
It reminds me of of the "DL Series" announcement!
Nikon really makes great announcements.
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/premium-compact-cameras/premium-compact-cameras.page

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:32 UTC as 206th comment | 3 replies
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steelhead3: There must be drawbacks for mass producing curved sensors; Sony released a camera a few years ago with one and we haven't heard anything more.

@Tonio Loewald
Right, but it's definitely worth the investment. Millions of cat whiskers will look much sharper.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 15:19 UTC
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Enginel: Curved sensor is great. However I'd more happy to see $70 conventional full-frame sensor xD
Also, the curvature of the sensor pictured is very modest.

The curvature is very modest???
Just the fact that you can see it demonstrates that it's huge! For astronomical instruments, a nanometer is a mountain.
This sensor has been designed for astronomical instrumentation. Discussing applications for the public does not make more sense than installing a telescope mirror in a bathroom ;-) ESA and ESO are not ordinary customers.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 15:17 UTC
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Betico: Plastic tripod mount. Why?

All equipments used in salt water should be rinsed with fresh water, and possibly warm water ASAP after use. Divers manage to keep their equipment intact for years with very basic maintenance rules. Most "rugged" compact cameras die prematurely because salt crystals and/or sand breach waterproofing.
I killed 3 "rugged" cameras despite careful use. I gave up and for 1 third of the price of the TG-5 I got a HERO session. It's a totally different experience but I'm very happy with it.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2017 at 15:09 UTC

The startup should name this... thing "Die Linse". It will sound more German, like Das Auto.
Canon sells a EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake for $149.
But it does not sound German at all.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 18:56 UTC as 53rd comment
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nicoboston: The pictures are undoubtedly nice, however some of them obviously try to replicated aerial photos published years ago (for instance in the "...From the Air" books).
The best would be to show what can be achieved with drones, but not with planes or helicopters.

@just Tony
I totally agree, and it is precisely why I am somehow disappointed to see hat the "best" picture are skyscrapers from the sky, lavender in Provence from the sky, tennis court from the sky, or the shadow effect of cows! The pictures are good but terribly déjà vues ! My favorites ones are the pregnancy announcement and sand art.
A drone equipped with a 4K camera can capture at least 30 images per second almost everywhere. I'm sure it's plenty of room for creativity. We will see plenty of amazing images in the future.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 18:41 UTC

The pictures are undoubtedly nice, however some of them obviously try to replicated aerial photos published years ago (for instance in the "...From the Air" books).
The best would be to show what can be achieved with drones, but not with planes or helicopters.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2017 at 13:23 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
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LMCasey: Programmed to give err 20 at around 200,000.

There is a discrepancy between "programmed" and "around".

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 18:42 UTC
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stevo23: He says it's incredible that it comes in close to the number. I think it's disappointing. I expect most things like this to last beyond the stated limit. IE, one would hope that Canon is being conservative.

So what breaks down in a shutter mechanism? And do most people experience beyond the stated limit if/when they don't use it continuously for 5 hours straight?

@stevo23
What is more harmful for the shutter? Using it continuously for 5 hours, ou using it randomly for 5 years? I agree that continuous use is intense, but on the other hand it's very short.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
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Abdouh19: Dslr shutter life : 200k
Mirrorless camera shutter life : ummm unlimited
Mirrorless is the future
Dslr have a future too .........but in museums :p

If the mirror mechanism of a DSLR fails, do we consider it's a "shutter" issue? How can we make the difference between a actual shutter problem and another mechanical issue? The video seems to show that the mirror behaves erratically.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 18:35 UTC
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Abdouh19: Dslr shutter life : 200k
Mirrorless camera shutter life : ummm unlimited
Mirrorless is the future
Dslr have a future too .........but in museums :p

The shutter is only one component. So many components can fail in a camera! In addition, most cameras will be replaced just because they become "obsolete", i.e. camera makers will convince us that they should be replaced... All my old cameras are functional.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 18:30 UTC

This is puzzling. The shutter "should last about 200,000 actuations" and it actually failed at 199,591. It is incredibly close.
It could be just luck.
Or Canon tortured many cameras to obtain the 200K value?
Or something in the shutter is designed to fail around 200K?

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2017 at 18:26 UTC as 51st comment | 3 replies
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