MikeFairbanks

Joined on Oct 1, 2012

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Chris 222: HORRIBLE safety job by the Korean organizers and the IOC. There should have been no photographers or staffers there. As to the boring tool that had been left, it's inexcusable.
But it got even worse yesterday when two racers lost control very near the finish at full speed. One went off to the left (looking at the track) and ended up in the nets. The other one went to the right into the safety pads. He was OK but had his trajectory been just half a degree to his left he would have run through a couple of nets and right into the metal foundation of a permanent structure (some kind of tower if I recall) which was NOT fronted by any kind of padding. The skier would have probably been killed, or at least severely injured...

I'm just talking nonsense, so don't worry about it.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 01:08 UTC
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digitallollygag: I lived in San Luis Obispo County from 1962-1992. After about 1984, the charm started to fade once the LA County/Orange County refugees discovered the area. I would say it WAS, not is, an amazing place to live. A $160,000 house here in the desert would fetch $850,000 in San Luis Obispo.

I like SLO, But as a surfer not so much. Too many great white sharks. Other than that it's beautiful.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 01:06 UTC
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Gosman: Another company leaves liberal California. Great place to visit, wouldn't want to live there. Looks like RRS agrees with me!

Liberal California pays a lot of federal income taxes that are sent out to other states. The Southeast can't carry its own weight, and that is a burden on us all.

Imagine if California got a 100% return on tax contributions instead of 75%. That would be great.

By the way, California isn't as liberal as you think. Just a bit more than half.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 01:03 UTC
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MrBrightSide: First, let me say to the anti-Mormon bigots in the comment section, grow up, learn about religions and stop being hateful. Real Mormons are cool and do lots of great charity work and are admirable in their dealings, but this guy doesn't represent the mainstream of that noble religion.
So to him, I say good riddance. Just another whining 1 percenter who would never dream of giving up a penny of his obscene income to pay his workers a living wage. So he'll move to Utah where he can force people to accept dangerously unregulated working conditions and bottom-of-the-barrel pay because after all, that's the Utah way.
Plus, I moved from California to a very cold climate and almost died several times. I predict that the move will definitely help raise profits by getting rid of some of his expensive "legacy employees."

I grew up in California and have a lot of family in Utah. Both are outstanding places to live. As far as Mormons, they are very kind people who don't impose much on others. They are quite respectful. They also learn from their mistakes as an organized religion. Good people.

Utah is clean living with a lot of great outdoor activities.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2018 at 00:59 UTC
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Chris 222: HORRIBLE safety job by the Korean organizers and the IOC. There should have been no photographers or staffers there. As to the boring tool that had been left, it's inexcusable.
But it got even worse yesterday when two racers lost control very near the finish at full speed. One went off to the left (looking at the track) and ended up in the nets. The other one went to the right into the safety pads. He was OK but had his trajectory been just half a degree to his left he would have run through a couple of nets and right into the metal foundation of a permanent structure (some kind of tower if I recall) which was NOT fronted by any kind of padding. The skier would have probably been killed, or at least severely injured...

Chris, I guarantee that the South Koreans are doing everything they can to make the Olympics safe and successful. They definitely can outdo we Americans (not saying you're American. I am).

Alpine skiing is dangerous. It's not a matter of if people will get hurt but when. These are risks that can't be totally controlled. They do the best they can.

The skiers need to stop wiping out. :)

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 05:38 UTC

I know how it feels. Today I went out to get some nice sunset photos at a really scenic spot in downtown Atlanta, and I was hit with my own brain. Several hours and I'm not happy with a single shot.

At least that photographer got some good shots before getting hit.

And I had an annoying panhandler who wouldn't shut up, even after I gave him my last two dollars.

But I have a nice six-pack of beer and Netflix, so I'm thankful. I'll try again another day.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2018 at 05:35 UTC as 17th comment

I'm confused. I guess there are TWO cameras following the runner. Or is one camera following the other camera as it follows the runner?

And, dang it, I wish I were in that kind of physical condition. Someone put her in a Marvel film.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 21:33 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

Why didn't they release a full-frame mirrorless yet? Am I missing something (not being negative; just asking)?

They have their medium format mirrorless and lots of APS-C, but is there not a full-frame in the lineup?

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 21:28 UTC as 11th comment | 7 replies
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MikeFairbanks: Is there a downloadable high-res image?

So are we saying that it is literally impossible to get a freeze-frame photo of an atom regardless of future technology?

On another note, don't we already essentially know the color of atoms when looking at pure elements? Copper atoms are tan, right? So is the tan color a blending of colors or are the protons and neutrons the same color? Obviously the electrons are probably too small to help make up the color of the atom. Or not. I don't know.

Fascinating stuff.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2018 at 21:15 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Is there a downloadable high-res image?

Dave, but aren't they continually hit with photons anyway?

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 18:42 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: Is there a downloadable high-res image?

Thanks, Petter. That was pretty cool. Imagine when they are someday able to get a photo of an atom with its components. It'll be remarkable.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 23:02 UTC

Is there a downloadable high-res image?

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 21:39 UTC as 55th comment | 10 replies
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AndroC: This is great! Seriously. Way back when, this area used to be called Illustrative Photography, and there were degree courses in that here in Australia. A deeply technical specialisation.

For once, a DPR article that is not a rumour retweet, or cryptocurrency clickbait, or a 'lookback' to the distant past of last Thursday last week.

Thanks DPR for this real news.

AndroC has a point. The flashback articles are pretty useless, in my opinion.

"It was ten years ago that the first SD card with 1gb was released" is great reading material if you're an insomniac, but to me it's just filler material.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 20:37 UTC
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xoio: It's D*ckheads like this that make governments get draconian & screw over the majority, just because of a tiny minority.

So true. At one time (might still be this way) it was against the law to chew gum on public transportation in Singapore. Obviously most people are respectful and place their used gum in the proper receptacle, but because some punks thought it was cute to put gum on the subway door sensors (causing delays in the train schedule), it became illegal for everyone to chew gum. So ridiculous.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 20:33 UTC
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Rosember: This is NOT cool!
And actually I would recommend dpreview to take the video down. You are giving this stupid drone pilot exactly what he is hoping for: attention. Not a good idea. The drone pilot is risking the death of all the people in the plane and many more on the ground as the plane is too low for much of a reaction should there be an emergency.
Too me the drone pilot does not even seem to be aware of plane traffic going on in the area. The turn of the drone towards the plane looks much more surprised than planned. And had the plane arrived a few seconds later it might have just crashed into the drone. Also, keep in mind that drone cams are wide angled. This drone really was very close to the plane.
Horrifying!

As far as showing it, there are (as many have mentioned) two different ways to look at it. On the one hand, it might encourage others to try similar stunts. On the other hand, it might prevent future situations. I really hope DP Review follows up on this (since they chose to post the video). I want to see a photo of that guy in court and read what the consequences were. That, along with the video, might be effective in preventing this nonsense.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 20:31 UTC
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Mark Turney: Jail time ... no excuse.

I think a fair consequence would be that he may not own a drone anymore. Had someone gotten hurt then jail time, but this event has to be followed up on by the FAA or other people will continue to flaunt the law with drones, which is going to ruin it for everyone else.

I want a drone and have been on the fence about which one to get. I want to take mostly still photos and a little video, but I have zero desire to fly my drone above humans in any situation, including roads, etc.

I would use them in hard-to-reach places on the coast, the desert, canyons, etc. (and not around others who are trying to enjoy nature).

My DSLR can get most of what I want. If something is beyond reason then that's that. I don't need a photo of New York from the air so badly that I'm willing to risk the lives or privileges of others.

The guy (or woman) who flew that drone above the aircraft is an extremely selfish person. They clearly don't care how it affects others.

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 20:29 UTC
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Tape5: Think of it this way, at least they don't manufacture cars or smart prosthetic limbs.

At least we can legally remove the mattress tags now. ;)

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2018 at 20:24 UTC
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Tape5: Think of it this way, at least they don't manufacture cars or smart prosthetic limbs.

That will happen soon enough. Cars manufacturers will someday be required to install software that prevents your vehicle from doing many things or going many places. Not fun.

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2018 at 23:56 UTC
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NickyB66: What a dickhead. The minority of idiot flyers give the majority a very bad name. If this dick had brought down the plane, you can only imagine what it would do to the recreational done community.

I'm not in favour of UAVs as a rule, mainly because of these dickheads flyers out there, but as always is the case, its the minority's actions that set the legislation for the majority.

Hope this guy (or girl) gets 10 years imprisonment.

Landscaper: Stop being a millennial.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 21:34 UTC
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Tom Goodman: Just a matter of time.....

Tom Goodman (and Greg Oh): Tom is right, but even if that doesn't happen, this stunt will already set wheels in motion. There's no way the FAA isn't going to make changes after they see this video.

The cat is out of the bag. New rules in 5..4..3..2..1

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 16:28 UTC
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