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SVPhotography: So settlement of $40K AUD breaks up as:

$20K to lawyer
$10K to Northrup

Who is this middleman for the remaining $10K AUD?

As you said, he was the middleman between the lawyers and the Northrups. He got $10k so the Northrups could sleep at night instead of talking to Australian lawyers. That or fly to Australia themselves.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 16:33 UTC
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KubeKube: Seems a classic "Lose-Lose" scenario. After being notified, the company did everything right to remedy the situation, but apparently the Northrup people decided to see if they can squeze extra juice from an 'opponent' who has already admitted his defeat. The outcome is detailed in the article and the only winners are the lawyers - as usual.

I guess you didn't watch the video. The Northrups had clear evidence the company lied about resolving the problem. So they sued and got $10k of the $40k settlement. The entire lawsuit could have been resolved by the company if they had pulled product from the shelves as they promised and offered a reasonable fee for use of the photo on the product that was sold.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 16:29 UTC

But no money for selfie monkey. Speciest courts.

j/k

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 16:01 UTC as 33rd comment
On article ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured (159 comments in total)
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GabrielZ: Why show this star map in the format of a video? I watched about half and it seems to be just a still image.

It's interactive. Click on the image and you can drag/rotate it.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 18:13 UTC
On article ESA unveils most detailed 3D star map ever captured (159 comments in total)

This will be very useful at preventing future spacecraft from flying right through a star or bouncing too close to a supernova.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 16:20 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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scoobysnapstories: uh oh, taxidermy troubles. PETA will go after this guy now. PETA hungry.

I don't think the dead aardvark signed a model release and is clearly owed compensation. This is a violation of rights of animals and the dead. Slam dunk case, imho.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 22:10 UTC
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phazelag: I like these guys too. They do a great job. Welcome! Can you hire Kai too? He is hilarious!

I don't see his schtick working on DPR either (not for everyone). But what I like about Kai's reviews is that they're done while using the product for a day and I'm seeing his raw response as he's using the product. Too many video reviewers focus on specifications, which I can read myself and don't need explained. Other reviewers will use the product, but it's typically to give an edited/formal summary of their shooting day. If, for example, there's a delay when pushing a button, then I want to see it (it's why I'm watching a video).

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 21:48 UTC
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Trek of Joy: Note to all wildlife photographers - never title a photo of an animal with "selfie" so you can copyright your images without interference from idiots.

You don't have to shoot wildlife to appreciate wildlife photos. There are thousands of portraits of apes and monkeys shot by some fantastic photographers. None of those have world renown. This particular photo stands out because of the story attached to it (ie. its a selfie), not because its superior to all other animal portraits.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2018 at 16:44 UTC

I was sort of almost convinced to buy it.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 20:21 UTC as 56th comment

DSLR and mirrorless cameras just became obsolete. Your phone is your next camera body. Sell your gear now before the general public finds out about this.

j/k

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 21:49 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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Mariano Pacifico: How often do Canon and Nikon upgrade their firmware?
1) Often
2) Not so Often
3) Never
4) Only available when you buy your next camera
5) None of the above
6) All of the Above

I purchased an X100F last year and was pleased to find that Fuji has stopped releasing cameras with BETA firmware. I'd have to say that my experience with this camera has been pleasant and very much like my experience with Canon. ie. It worked great out of the box and the firmware updates have been minor and optional.

My experience with the X-Pro 1 was the opposite, with flurry of firmwares being released every other week for both the body and lenses. These were primarily aimed at making the AF somewhat usable, something that it never entirely achieved. It was a great camera for people who like installing firmware, less so for people who just want things in focus.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 19:16 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: So a variation of the "I felt threatened and therefore shooting first is okay" defense.

Bogus.

dgumshu.

"You seem to believe that an unarmed civilian is no threat. "

I did not say that. I implied that the cameraman was no threat.

"They are as naive as the general public when it come to confronting a violent uncooperative perpetrator"

Was the cameraman a violent uncooperative perpetrator? The cameraman was not violent, not uncooperative, and not a perpetrator. Your logic leads one to conclude that cops can legally shoot all civilians because all civilians are a potential threat. I'm not aware of any police training that teaches this.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 22:48 UTC
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DiffractionLtd: (CNN)At least 64 law enforcement officers have been shot and killed this year, the most in five years, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The 2016 shootings have spanned the nation, from California to Massachusetts.

And that means this person doesn't deserve financial compensation for being mistaken for a gunman and shot?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 22:17 UTC
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Bas Bridges: I'm fathoming in what angle of view a tripod can look like any gun/shotgun/assault rifle, but there is none.

The only possibility is that the three legs of the tripod could make it look like a minigun.

See now, the photographer should have known that, right?

@ SantaFeBill

I agree with your disdain for the outcome. But the cop thought the tripod itself was a gun, not that it was a tripod for a gun.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 22:13 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: So a variation of the "I felt threatened and therefore shooting first is okay" defense.

Bogus.

@jbw28

So if I join my local police force they'll teach me that unarmed civilians, who've committed no crime and have been shot by police, should receive no financial compensation?

Maybe you should try walking in the shoes of the guy who was shot? He was unarmed, committing no crime, and then was gunned down. Experience his fear that he was going to die, the months of pain and recovery, the medical bills. He's NOT asking for the cop to go to jail, he just wants some money from the gov't to cover the fact he incurred damages as a result of being SHOT.

What is a cop going to teach me regarding that?

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 22:00 UTC
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Olifaunt: Hasn't DSLR/mirrorless become a meaningless distinction since the advent of electronic viewfinders/screens that show you what the sensor sees? What possible reason remains for separating them?

It hasn't been meaningless since the advent of the EVF since the first EVFs were utterly horrible.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 21:26 UTC
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Bas Bridges: I'm fathoming in what angle of view a tripod can look like any gun/shotgun/assault rifle, but there is none.

The only possibility is that the three legs of the tripod could make it look like a minigun.

See now, the photographer should have known that, right?

Whether it was criminal or not is not the issue. This was a civil suit for damages. The issue the court was deciding is whether the police force is at fault for the incurred damages. ie. The cameraman was asking for his medical costs to be covered. This is no different than someone suing for damages to their car in a traffic accident.

The court ruled that the cop acted as any reasonable person would have in the same situation. It basically said that any person using a camera tripod in reduced visibility is negligent and is asking to be shot.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 20:52 UTC
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sapple: If a police officer tells you to do something like "don't move" or "keep your hands on the wheel" and you decide to do something else like reach for (insert random object here). You should expect to be shot and killed. And people who know you will be upset and folks will say it was a tragedy. But anyone who bothers to research stops, or police training will know that not only was the police officer justified in shooting you dead, but they are trained to shoot people dead who do incredibly stupid things like reach for objects during a confrontation with an armed officer or in this case approach a police officer at night with an object which would have included a long barrel like section and a larger bulky bulge along one end just like a gun.

It's silly that folks think this is an example of police brutality but here is the photographer trying to sue the police officer.

The photographer was not suing the police for "brutality". There are two factors in any case like this: was a crime committed & is a person at fault for the damages.

If I drive my car into your car, it can be ruled an accident (ie. I didn't do it with intent and I won't be charged with a crime). But I can still be found liable for the damages if it was ultimately my fault (ie. I was negligent).

The photographer wasn't asking for criminal charges to be laid (ie. assault or attempted murder). He was suing for civil damages saying that even if it was an accident, the police were negligent, and therefore they should pay for the damages (ie. his medical costs). The court ruled that he was negligent, the cop was not, and he needs to pay his own medical costs.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 20:33 UTC
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PhotoFactor: Sounds like early propaganda to keep potential defectors happy in the face of no real offerings yet.

For all we know they could still be years away from this technology being a commercial product.

Canon is developing ultra low light sensors as propaganda... ? That sounds like very expensive and time consuming propaganda.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 18:00 UTC
On article Lytro is officially shutting down (207 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Lytro never seemed viable to me, and now that has been proven true.

It may seem like hindsight to the dreamers who thought Lytro was the next camera revolution. But it's not hindsight to the people who looked at the specs and pointed out the obvious and unavoidable shortcomings from day one.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 12:48 UTC
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