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tinternaut: As far as I’m concerned, if you don’t choose your own hours then you’re an employee. This is the crux of an ongoing court case against Uber, in the UK. In theory, the drivers are independent contractors and able to choose their own hours of work. In practice, the plaintiffs were able to demonstrate to the court that they had to be available when Uber told them to be available.

I'm not taking sides here, but do keep in mind this is a subtle distinction. As a contractor, yes, one should have the freedom to set their own terms, including pay and hours. However, no one is required to actually hire said contractor under the terms they set.

This is why even in a case like Uber, where the drivers have no real power to negotiate anything, drivers haven't (yet, anyway) outright been declared employees. Uber seems about as clear-cut as you could make a case for employee vs. contractor, and it's still not settled.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 17:59 UTC
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GuitarCamera Man: Imagine that the self righteous purveyors of fake news the NYTimes are abusive and discriminating to their employees . What a bunch of hypocrites!

Can we get a downvote button?

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2017 at 17:47 UTC
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obsolescence: Better just to ban aerosol cans.

Why not both? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 07:42 UTC
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Sean65: They won't change our way of life or our freedoms and liberties, business as usual!!! Haha, yeah right. Thanks George Bush for knocking the entire planet off axis!

Yup, we're doing better than 300 years ago. Problem solved! Everyone pack your bags and go home. There's clearly nothing we could possibly improve about the current situation.


Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 07:39 UTC
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Hello123: I don't even want to fly anymore... It has become such a hassle and now they're talking about in some states that a drivers license may not be compliant with TSA requirements. Between going through x-ray machines, being felt up by TSA agents, to a whole host of banned items, to now exploding batteries.... I just don't want to put up with it. This all reminds me of East Germany and the Stasi police. Papers please.

Vik2012, current policies around flying go well beyond simple hassle and — particularly when traveling abroad — arguably well into the realm of police state. There's a point where the societal cost of the security itself outweighs the cost of the threat it's supposed to be defending against. I'm not going to try to tell you where that point is, but it's important to understand that it's there.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 07:36 UTC
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Okapi001: LOL - you cannot put the battery in a checked baggage because it can ignites accidentally and you are not allowed to bring it with you on board because you can ignite it on purpose;-)

Vik2012, not if you're traveling from certain Middle Eastern countries.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 07:17 UTC
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Androole: Have they considered banning aerosols, instead?

If you need to buy a $5 can of hairspray at the other end of your destination, is anyone going to complain?

But if you check your iPad, or your laptop, or your camera, or your eReader, or your GPS, or any spare batteries, or anything...those are not at all feasible to replace on the other end.

AFAIK the FAA has nothing to do with the (ridiculous) 100ml liquids policy. That's the TSA. Both are three-letter government organizations whose concerns include air transportation, but that's pretty much where the similarities end.

It does seem strange that aerosols are called out so specifically. Lithium fires on their own are pretty bad news, especially in an enclosed space like an airplane, but *if the reporting is accurate here*, it does seem like it should be sufficient to ban aerosols instead. My suspicion is that aerosols are really more of a side note here, with the FAA essentially saying, "lithium batteries are bad, and for an example of how things can really go wrong, look at what happens when one enters a state of thermal runaway next to an aerosol can". News reports don't tend to be great with that kind of nuance.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 07:12 UTC
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tkbslc: So why do they allow aerosols?

Because they don't catch fire when damaged, on their own, without any other source of ignition.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 06:57 UTC
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Gesture: No way to enforce, but it makes more sense that any batteries be removed and hand-carried and let the batteryless items be allowed in cargo.

This would be enforced exactly the same way as any other restriction on checked items. If security finds anything you're not allowed to carry in your checked bag, you'll be paged and the bag won't be allowed on the plane until the item is removed. There's also a probably decent chance you'll miss your flight unless you're really early or the airport actually has competent procedures in place.

It's not as if you can put anything you want in a checked bag currently, though admittedly most exceptions should be immediately obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 23:51 UTC

"The app is free to download on the Apple App Store, but requires a $1 monthly or $10 annual subscription to use."

This, actually, seems to be the most interesting bit. Not that the photography world is new to subscription software, but what precisely is one supposed to be subscribing to? It sounds like all the functionality is local, as it should be, and also pretty much set. (Except on iOS 10, apparently, which seems like another odd move given the security and privacy implications.)

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 17:13 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (303 comments in total)
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Infared: I am happy for Nikon (I am a Canon User), for going to the head of the FF DSLR classroom with this incredible offering....
My 5D IV is at 30MP (unfortunately with a AA filter. Why doesn’t Canon offer it both ways???), and it’s really more camera than I need "most" of the time. I understand that some photographers need more and the D850 is certainly providing that....but I am happy that the more-pixel race has finally passed me by!!! I will save a lot of money. :-)
I can also use all of the Canon quiver on my 5D IV....and I am using the best primes, (Canon, Sigma, Rokinon and SamYang), and zooms to get the most out of my "modest" FF sensor. :-) ....but it is nice to see Nikon top Sony!

I wouldn't worry about the AA filter. All that means is that if you're lucky enough to be using a lens that *can* out-resolve the sensor, you don't have to worry about aliasing artifacts.

I always found it ironic that the photography industry goes out of its way to introduce aliasing (and most photographers indeed seem to love the idea), because it makes photos look "sharp" when pixel-peeping. Meanwhile, the gaming and computer graphics industries, who actually have experience trying to present relatively low resolution images at sizes large enough that the pixels are readily visible, have come up with countless ways to hide or eliminate aliasing artifacts. Because they *look bad* if you can actually see them (and aren't costing you any perceived sharpness if you can't).

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 21:00 UTC

Came here to ask what on earth a score of "100" actually means. See I'm not the only one trying to figure that out.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 18:01 UTC as 161st comment | 4 replies
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Ben13240: reliable? huh? how are you so sure? because it exists for 10 years and you know failure statistics??

Aside from Seagate's interest in not selling a drive that blatantly fails to meet stated reliability metrics, you can't be. That's why you have a backup of anything you don't plan to lose.

I have 10 of the 10 TB predecessor of these with anything I care about losing snapshotted (so I can't just mount the network share, hit delete, and lose anything permanently) and backed up to a set of 8 TB WD drives. None have failed yet, but that's just a matter of time, Anything I *really* care about also goes to cloud-based cold storage. For all practical purposes, short of someone or something specifically targeting and deleting my data, it's safe. (I do wish there were some better options for offline backups.)

No offsite backup means you're one disaster away from losing your data. No backup at all means you're one failure or silly mistake away. I too have drives that have survived well over a decade. Just imagine how many would have failed by now if I had a 12 TB array of them.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 04:19 UTC
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kobakokh: Western Digital also offers same 12TB HDD...

Their Gold drive is comparable, yes. They have yet to launch Red and Red Pro drives to compete with the 12TB Seagate Ironwolf drives that launched along side this, though.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2017 at 21:42 UTC
On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (378 comments in total)
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princecody: Never will buy droid for 2 simple reasons. Droid phones are prone to viruses and the interface is too complicated.

Ars Technica is a site that, among other things, tends to cover pretty much any major malware or security vulnerability found across all major platform. I'll let you draw your own conclusions from the results in this search:

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 16:57 UTC
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vscd: Which Operating System will be running with 3TB of RAM?

@panther fan, that's all just artificial market segmentation by Microsoft. I'm sure Windows is quite capable of supporting well over 2TB the moment Microsoft decides the market exists, and I'm sure HP wouldn't have advertised 3TB and Windows 10 Pro support if they weren't confident Microsoft would flip the switch, so to speak.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 22:07 UTC
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Father Bouvier: We have a few workstations with 4TB RAM, but they were custom made. It's nice to see a standard configuration available, it's so much cheaper. Though 56 cores is somewhat limiting for large tasks. Hopefully the memory is fast, they don't say anything about the crossbar design and memory throughput in multithreaded applications. If memory is slow then it's all meaningless.

That would all be specified by Intel's architecture specs, no?

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2017 at 22:01 UTC
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this is a cnn piece on the lleia backlight nanotechnology thingie in the red ?

2:19 in, all is revealed!

(No, really. I'll have to watch again with sound to be sure, but based on the video that about summarizes it.)

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 00:51 UTC

"The company explains on its website that this 'gives [the displays] almost magical properties while preserving their standard imaging capabilities.'"

This, unfortunately, doesn't explain a thing. Sounds neat, but their website is almost completely devoid of *any* information, let alone any kind of technical details.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 19:18 UTC as 34th comment | 4 replies

"It seems filmmakers will have the option to 'license' different builds for specific production requirements like 4K anamorphic and Full Frame."

It would be great to have some clarification here. "License" isn't usually a word used to describe a process by which one obtains actual working equipment, only permission to use some form of proprietary IP. Either this should read "rent", or it sounds like Sony is planning to charge some kind of fee simply to use the equipment rather than selling it outright.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 21:53 UTC as 37th comment | 2 replies
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