Mystery Gardener

Mystery Gardener

Lives in Canada Vancouver Island, Canada
Works as a Systems Analyst, Stats Guru (Retired)
Joined on Jan 6, 2004
About me:

Play in garden, play with camera, play with the wife. (Not necessarily in that order :-) )

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madecov: Both Canon and Nikon had a big dilemma. How to enter the mirrorless market without killing existing business, yet attract both existing customers and new customers. Both companies have tried to position the new models between existing product lines as the solution. They couldn't position the product to compete with existing products as that proved as a failed strategy in the past. I think Nikon did a fairly adequate job while Canon has left some room for more models

Cellphones have been far more disruptive to photography/gear than mirrorless offerings from any of the major camera companies... Waiting to see how things shake out before committing to a FF mirrorless body.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2018 at 09:59 UTC
On article Nine things you should know about the Google Pixel 2 (115 comments in total)
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em jo photo: When I hear anyone from big tech say "AI First," I hear: "Our Advertising Business Model First."

I miss the days before "The Algorithm" and its narrowly-conceived commercial interests had so much power to shuffle what's true, decent, humane, or beautiful.

And I'm tired of being Big Tech's cattle-call product. (Moo.) I'm tired of everything being "disrupted," by which I mean swallowed by software, digested by snakeoil salesmen, and shat out big tech's butthole as pure nerd grift. You liked photography? Well, now it's Sundar Pichai's vehicle to sell your family to Cambridge Analytica. Enjoy the new "portrait mode!"

No, I'm not afraid of Skynet or the Cylons. I don't worry "The Algorithm" will self-actualize one day and decide we're unnecessary meat-pests to exterminate. The filter bubbles, the stoked resentments, and the tribal, epistemological chaos Big Advertising Tech foists upon us will be more than sufficient fuel for self-immolating fire we'll set, ourselves.

You can either roll with change or have change roll right over top of you...

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 06:47 UTC
On article Nine things you should know about the Google Pixel 2 (115 comments in total)
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em jo photo: When I hear anyone from big tech say "AI First," I hear: "Our Advertising Business Model First."

I miss the days before "The Algorithm" and its narrowly-conceived commercial interests had so much power to shuffle what's true, decent, humane, or beautiful.

And I'm tired of being Big Tech's cattle-call product. (Moo.) I'm tired of everything being "disrupted," by which I mean swallowed by software, digested by snakeoil salesmen, and shat out big tech's butthole as pure nerd grift. You liked photography? Well, now it's Sundar Pichai's vehicle to sell your family to Cambridge Analytica. Enjoy the new "portrait mode!"

No, I'm not afraid of Skynet or the Cylons. I don't worry "The Algorithm" will self-actualize one day and decide we're unnecessary meat-pests to exterminate. The filter bubbles, the stoked resentments, and the tribal, epistemological chaos Big Advertising Tech foists upon us will be more than sufficient fuel for self-immolating fire we'll set, ourselves.

Hmmm, totally disagree, things are just starting to get interesting... Not meaning to be harsh but how many times in history has the outgoing generation(s) dished the incoming one(s)?

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2017 at 06:46 UTC
On article 6 things we want to see in the Google Pixel 2 (69 comments in total)
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barrycarie: How about a feature where every time you take a picture, Siri searches the internet for a better one of the same scene?

@Peiasdf: Not quite, Google does not have access to my emails. Of course they track your browser usage, that is why they are so efficient/effective in finding the data/info you are looking for. And of course, every browser does the same thing. Google just does it better. Google's voice recognition (discovered while using a Pixel XL to do a search and detesting what phones ludicrously call a 'keyboard/keypad') and contextual know how is what finally got me 'talking' to a computer after 40 years of using/programming them... YMMV :-)

Cheers, James :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 09:29 UTC
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steelhead3: I knew Canon cameras had no soul

The camera is but a machine. The photographer provides the soul...

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 23:39 UTC
On article Should you upgrade to a Nikon D850? (645 comments in total)
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CardinalSin: Old news, but new to Nikon people! If there's only one universal mount..we would see who makes the best camera and not relied on dedicated "brand"invested lens mecanism which seems to rule and continue decision of buying year after year.

There is a lot more to a mount than the physical size. Electronics, SW and firmware also differ between lens mounts/lens/camera, I can't see how one could standardize a mount. If we were to pick a 'universal' mount, the Canon EF mount might be the most logical ;-) And yes, I have Canon glass :-)

Cheers, James :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 08:27 UTC
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GarysInSoCal: Whatta HUGE freakin waste of time AND money. Why charge 1000s of dollars for 3 lenses that offer an option that can easily be corrected in post in a matter of a few minutes. Yeah just keep wastin millions of dollars on redundant R&D Canon... that's what we've grown to expect from you. You should be worryin ALOT MORE about an answer to the D850 instead of fiddle F'ing around with 3 silly lenses that nobody's gonna buy.

The 850 is meant to compete with the 5D4. The Nikon 850 does look promising spec wise but even then it is only marginally better than the already year old 5D4 and does not have DPAF. If Nikon manages to sell as many 850's as Canon does 5D4's they will be ecstatic...

Besides this thread is about TS lens. Canon is (now) far ahead of Nikon in this area.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 08:00 UTC
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GarysInSoCal: Whatta HUGE freakin waste of time AND money. Why charge 1000s of dollars for 3 lenses that offer an option that can easily be corrected in post in a matter of a few minutes. Yeah just keep wastin millions of dollars on redundant R&D Canon... that's what we've grown to expect from you. You should be worryin ALOT MORE about an answer to the D850 instead of fiddle F'ing around with 3 silly lenses that nobody's gonna buy.

Well, this nobody is definitely getting the 135 TS. A good thing Canon has so many nobodies that buy their lens (including lots of Sony camera owners)...

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 07:29 UTC
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dgumshu: I was expecting other lens announcements... 600 DO and 200-600mm. Bummer. Perhaps another day.

For the (projected) cost of the 600 DO you could buy a new 1Dx2, all 3 new TS's, the new 85, and toss in the new macro flash and still have more than a few pennies left over ;-) But one can dream (of owning such a lens) :-)

Cheers, James :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 07:14 UTC
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(unknown member): In answer to people saying how tribalism and racism are a part of human nature, just know that this is a classic tactic apologists of these ideologies resort to to defend the indefensible. It's called normalization. By taking something and making it seem like it's a "fact of life" or "human nature" or "in our genes", they are trying to get everyone to adjust to their skewed perspective as some kind of norm.

Because so many apologists are resorting to the act of normalization, these types of tweets and photos cannot be tweeted and shared enough. Racism, xenophobia and intolerance are not "norms", a fact of life, an indelible part of the human condition or "reality". They stem from the minds of individuals who are racist, xenophobic and intolerant and encourage this state of mind in others. If we don't counter this type of nonsense, we're going to allow these types of people with their skewed mindsets to redefine reality for the rest of us in the same way the Nazis did in the 1930s.

@Peiasdf: Is that what they TAUGHT you when you were growing up? No wonder you are so confused... Every scientific study / experiment done has proved that Cooperation > Competition. Cooperation is what makes humans great not 'Racism, xenophobia and intolerance' as you eschew.

Peace, James

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 21:46 UTC
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justmeMN: The US military using anything Chinese does not strike me as being a good idea, because they are obviously not allies.

@cosinaphile: Your rant (90% truth, 10% outrage) was 100% enjoyable.

Cheers, James :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 11:05 UTC
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Trundling: DJI forgot to bribe US Army "appropriations officers" and promise the decision makers a seat on the board after they retire. It's difficult for a capitalist high-tech company to dive in the world of pure, untainted corruption.

@Trundling: Excellent summation...

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 10:45 UTC
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tonywong: $1800USD sounds pretty good.

$3455CAD on the other hand, not so much. >:-(
http://www.dell.com/en-ca/work/shop/productdetails/dell-canvas-kv2718d/s001pdc27usca

Why not have it shipped right to your house? I sometimes get stuff sent from NY city to Vancouver Island, Canada. There are no border penalties / taxes for this type of item. You do have to pay your applicable sales tax. You would save several hundred dollars even with the exchange rate and shipping being taken into account on this particular item. BTW: I would love one of these!

Cheers :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 10:30 UTC

It seems like many are experiencing "Future Shock" as proposed by Alvin Toffler: 'a personal perception of too much change in too short a period of time'.

Not to worry, the next generation(s) will adapt quickly...

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:21 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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Scott Eaton: Doing something for 'free', be it uploading photographs or doing computer programming so that somebody else can make a commercial profit is wrong. I don't care how the author tries to spin it. Conventional economics dictates that this results in deflating a market, and deflation is wrong. I have no issue with distributing images for free for free purposes. Somebody is making $$$ somewhere from this.....just not the creator...and that's ethically wrong.

@BadScience: I really enjoyed the photos you have posted on Flickr. Thanks for sharing and for helping your / our community.

Cheers :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2017 at 09:11 UTC
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Unsubscribe me please: I have had so much trouble with apple products, support and the lack of features that i have placed a ban on all apple products being purchased!
By default, .. RED is now off the tender process.

I have stopped purchasing Apple equipment also. I loved my 120GB IPOD. Worked perfect, held a ton of my music loaded from my CDs and was readily playable on many systems. Fast forward 12 months. Ipod continuously lost operating system and has to be 'rebooted' and updated at the Apple site. Updates become weekly. Eventually Apple insists on my having an I-tunes account plus my credit card info before it will do the SW update / reboot. But I do not use I-tunes and don't won't them to have my credit card info. Moved on and put my music on an external HD, play them with an App and I don't have Apple with their nose in my business. And I am not anti-Apple, I am against the manipulative methods used to try and get me to be an I-tunes customer...

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 10:48 UTC

Meanwhile, at Apple HQ...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/apple-fails-lawsuit-broke-facetime-1.4228884

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 21:44 UTC as 57th comment
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Miike Dougherty: Wow. I learned that I really don't know Photoshop.

I am still using CS6. I can't see any good reasons to upgrade to CC and there are a couple of good reasons not to upgrade to CC...

Cheers, James :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 02:54 UTC
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Miike Dougherty: Wow. I learned that I really don't know Photoshop.

Like wise Miike. Even though I have spent 100's of hours using photoshop (mostly for graphic design / posters), I think I have barely scratched the surface of this program in many ways.

Cheers, James :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:29 UTC
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landscaper1: It's ALWAYS nice when a video author takes the time to provide written instructions ... for those of us whose hearing makes listening to video instructions a frustrating experience.

+1 landscaper1. 'It's ALWAYS nice when a video author takes the time to provide written instructions ...'

Although my hearing is still good, I find written instructions are far easier for my brain to process. Old school I guess... :-)

Cheers, James :-)

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:23 UTC
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