dotbalm

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Anyone know how is this implemented by DJI?

I have drones, but no DJI's. Do their drones check for updates before flying and download a mandatory update or else be limited/grounded?

My son's video game consoles enforce something similar if you don't apply an update: access to the "store," and certain features, and sometimes the game itself or disabled.

What next? Same for self-driving cars, "regular" cars w/ nav? Will they have no-drive zones?

That said, yes, I CERTAINLY see the need for this. I just want to know how it's implemented.

Amateurish/irresponsible pilots, headline-grabbers...they all pose risks.

Mechanical failure, compromised battery performance in cold weather (wind chill 0 F currently), wind, and visibility are also issues.

To say nothing of those with more nefarious intentions.

But again, how is it implemented? Thx

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 16:30 UTC as 1st comment | 3 replies

Solution: just flip one finger to the camera. When doing so, show the back of the finger. May I suggest the middle finger as it is the longest and most prominent for visibility sake. In summary, hold up back of hand toward camera, raise just middle finger while keeping thumb and all other fingers curled, and ensure fingerprint can't be copied by having fingerprint face you. Holding up a peace sign is lame anyway. Lots of tourists doing that throughout Yosemite.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 00:57 UTC as 21st comment
In reply to:

dotbalm: A) I literally don't eat there because of that picture. j/k. B) Is that a woman? Really? (In the immortal words of Shrek: "Really-really.") I guess it's beside the point. C). Is she wearing overalls? D) Still, suing for an amount equal to one year's profits is to make a point: make sure your ducks are lined up WRT releases before commercial use, and don't go changing a photo into a picture by adding texture, beer bottles, etc. if some crazy unidentifiable, lonely, eye-booger-picking, farmer babe is in the photo. I think we can all learn a thing or two from that. That, and good food handling practices. I still won't eat there - the chairs are too hard and uncomfortable. Designed to get you in and out. Don't settle, Chipotle. Use what little war chest you have left to take a stand.

@HH ...verrry carefully.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 20:17 UTC
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sh10453: At first, from the name, I thought it was a silicon chip manufacturer for cell phones!

Regardless of the amount that a shrewd lawyer decided to go for (I'm thinking the woman most likely has no clue what a $Billion means), it's pretty basic that you obtain a release before you publish or sell pictures of individuals.

The photographer and the restaurant will learn a good lesson the hard way, no matter what the settlement will be.

The attack on the woman in these comments is probably unfair because this amount was most certainly decided by the lawyer. She probably thinks a Billion is something like half a million :-) .. After all, she is an average American voter. So what do you expect!!!

I'm a member of the Electoral College in the U.S. And I approved this message.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 15:14 UTC
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Nikita66: US legal system is F-ed up.
US healthcare is F-ed up.
US foreign policy is F-ed up.
US debt is F-ed up.
US politics, in general, is F-ed up.

Every empire must fall.

La Phlegm Nikita

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 15:02 UTC

A) I literally don't eat there because of that picture. j/k. B) Is that a woman? Really? (In the immortal words of Shrek: "Really-really.") I guess it's beside the point. C). Is she wearing overalls? D) Still, suing for an amount equal to one year's profits is to make a point: make sure your ducks are lined up WRT releases before commercial use, and don't go changing a photo into a picture by adding texture, beer bottles, etc. if some crazy unidentifiable, lonely, eye-booger-picking, farmer babe is in the photo. I think we can all learn a thing or two from that. That, and good food handling practices. I still won't eat there - the chairs are too hard and uncomfortable. Designed to get you in and out. Don't settle, Chipotle. Use what little war chest you have left to take a stand.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 15:00 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS 70D Review (680 comments in total)

"Good For Almost any semi-pro shooting situation, from sports action..."?

Are there test results on AF lock times? I don't see them in the Auto-Focus or Performance sections, but if that is going to be highlighted in the conclusion as "Good For" then can we see the numbers?

If the cam is going to be contrasted to a 7D as it is in 2nd paragraph of "Overall Conclusion" section," then it really begs the question - has some of that capability trickled down to the 70D? It's important to know as some of us consider replacing our sport-shooters. I'd like better DR and lower noise ISO, but can't give up cat-quick focus via the VF.

Seems like this new focus tech is implemented here as a test case, but that it really belongs in full frame landscape/portraiture cams like the 5D line given live view focus improvements.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2013 at 16:11 UTC as 160th comment
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)

Flares.
Crampons.
Portable smartphone recharger.
The complete works of Dr. Seuss (hardcover).
Sunday paper.
Disposable grocery bag to shield cam from rain/snow.
Garbage bag to cover backpack.
Seriously, if you encounter icy conditions like slopes and river banks, stretchy rubber cleats (metal) you can stretch onto the bottom of your shoes/boots will save your gear and possibly your shoulder socket or elbow/wrist. When you fall, one hand holds onto the tripod/cam, all the force goes to the other arm. Not fun.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 00:30 UTC as 28th comment
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)
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MDGColorado: Since the time I almost could not unscrew a CPL from a stepup ring, I now carry filter wrenches. They are cheap and weigh about nothing.

Good call, especially with the thing filter rings.

Alternative: rubber band. Add a fresh one each season.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 00:28 UTC
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)
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wildplaces: On a hunch, I just bought a Travalo travel perfume atomizer (~$10) for lens solution - was a great idea! Perfect size, fits in pocket, airplane proof and no problem with security (women use it for perfume) - use it for eyeglasses, sunglasses, as well as SLR monitor and lenses. Have a refillable master container at home (unlimited lifetime supply of lens cleaner solution) which I use as as reservoir to fill up the Travalo.

Or, for those of us who have Costco stores nearby, just by their eyeglasses lens cleaner kit. Comes with two of those and includes lifetime refills.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 00:27 UTC
On article Ten items you should have in your camera bag (288 comments in total)
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Leiduowen: I always wear a condom in a secret little pocket of my bag. Just in case...

"Little?"

And you wear it in your pocket? Sounds like you have a hole in your pocket.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 00:25 UTC
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davidrm: "We've reached out to Adobe". FFS, can't you just say "asked" ??? Or do you prefer to leverage new paradigms rather than use English?

Why can't they simply synergistically pivot in their swim lane? That would be a spot on action item for continuous improvement. Once down the learning curve, they can harvest the low hanging fruit within their core competency rather than disengage for a meeting in the war room with their tiger team...net net, to reach out. (Ping me if you want to right-size this reply.)

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 02:13 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: I already see the potential for content aware move. And not just for making it seem the little girl has a bridge tower growing out of her head. This feature could be used to "fix" all kinds of photos; movie stars, news events, you name it.

Aaaannnnd...relocating her where her shadow isn't. Maybe they should call it the "Shadown Unaware for People in Daylight" tool, SHUPD. Has a nice ring to it.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 01:54 UTC

Cry me a river.

Maybe this photographer can get a job at the Woe Is Me Gazette.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 17:40 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

Must be a nice tripod ring for $224.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 16:36 UTC as 30th comment
On article Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon (216 comments in total)
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Turbguy1: Hmmm...

Out-of-focus thumb, lens and camera...

Must have been using FX....

@Shamael

Sounds like you mean "not enough DOF" from FF sensors (vs. APS-C) in the first sentence of your reply to Turbguy1.

And of course, that is your opinion, based on your need - it is not an intrinisic "disadvantage" w/o context. And: you disregard photographic control.

I like the built-in "reach" of an APS-C sensor when I need reach, e.g., sports.

I can get shallow DOF with that sensor, but I can always stop down w/FF if I need more, and that is where I think your statement falls on shaky ground.

The photographer can make a choice: just b/c you're shooting FF, doesn't mean you can't stop down in bright light. With these sensors, low light still allows clean ISO support for shutter speed handheld, thus more DOF.

Importantly, but not related to DOF those who want an "advantage" like wide angle from a given lens on FF vs. APS-C...there is a big difference in FOV and potentially cost to get the equiv FOV on an APS-C sensor. That's an overriding advantage for FF, landscape.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 01:29 UTC
On article Photokina 2012: Interview - Dirk Jasper of Nikon (216 comments in total)
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Sjakie1956: 1) Nikon presents the D300(s) as a semi-pro camera. If I would get $ 1,- for every D300(s) that is used professionally, I would never have to work again.

2) Nikon seems to have a name for the group of users for every type of camera:
- classic photographers (don't know what they use)
- enthousiasts (D600)
- high end users (D4)
- pro's (D800)
- amateurs (D3200)
- and finally the semi-pro's (D300)
The answer that you can't compare the D600 to the D300 is a hint that the D400 will come. If Nikon takes its customers serious, its impossible that will ignore a huge number of "semi-pro" users.

Moving reply to correct comment thread.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2012 at 01:27 UTC
On article Roger Cicala investigates Canon's AF marketing claims (89 comments in total)
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EDWARD ARTISTE: The 7d is th worst performing AF Ive ever had the displeasure of using. Its going back to canon for the 4th time. Right here, right now im filling out yet another damn repair form.

Its GARBAGE. 50% Af rate. Tons of MFA adjustments. Af locks that are so blurry you would want to kick it down the street.

Terrible product, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone upgrading from a rebel. And my xsi & t2i? Spit on, with their lesser Af systems.

junk.

I guess your "mileage varied." Unfortunate. Can't tell where the problem lies just b/c other sensor bodies work fine with those lenses.

AF (and burst) is rock-solid in a correclty understood, performing and operated 7D, lens, photographer combination.

My 7D has outstanding AF performance across lenses. I liked MFA inclusion, haven't needed it yet. AF keeper rate not an issue unless I blow it given subject or conditions (lower keeper rate with servo). Frees me to concentrate on focus point selection (I do actively), composition, the right moment...that's how good the AF is. I see the SD listed in the article, but translated to my shooting, I don't know what it means. As an enthusiast, I shoot primarily sports (baseball, cycling, basketball), wildlife and landscapes, absent a full frame cam for landscapes currently.

I invested time to understand and config the AF for my needs. That paid off with performance, control and confidence.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2012 at 02:51 UTC

First impression is for $279.95 I'd want PASM for a niche camera, especially S-prio for stop-action control even though it's likely to be shot in good light.

It may be "crippled" with the cost-saving Fujifilm aperture design of two fixed irises (plus ND for one of them) giving 3 f-stops per given focal length. If so, tough to squeeze a practical S-prio since the aperture wouldn't have much latitude to float assuming lower fixed or limited ISOs.

Is there such a thing as an enthusiast level water/shock/dust/freeze proof or resistant P&S...meaning no case required? I'm not up for putting my G12 or S95 in a case.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2012 at 16:11 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply
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