JordanAT

JordanAT

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On article Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review (162 comments in total)
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bektasa: I don't think 4k 60p is a good video spec anyway since many computers still can't even play it smoothly. I hate to reduce quality to 1080p on 4k60p videos, I could watch at 4k if they were 24 or 30p

So, in five years, would you rather watch your 4k/60p videos at 4k or at 1080p? The ability to downconvert a 4k to 1080p for playback now is, imho, an advantage, not a drawback.

Plus, most modern CPUs now have dedicated decoder pipelines for both x264 and x265 video, which means that the CPU is essentially idle during mdeia playback. In fact, all of those insane battery life claims (13-16+ hours) are playing video because it's now the lowest power state a CPU can be in while seeming to be doing something on the screen. My 3 year old mid-grade Surface Pro 4 tablet can easily play 4k/60 video. I actually had it streaming 4k video to two separate monitors at 60Hz (albeit on likely 30fps source) simultaneously.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2018 at 22:03 UTC
On article PNY launches 512GB microSD card (105 comments in total)
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DiffractionLtd: $349. What does that make it, 10 times the price of 24K gold by weight?

I'm not sure about the 2017 SP line, but the SP4s had commercial M.2 SSDs. The move to solder chips onto the board by MS and Apple was simply a cost cutting measure to improve margins. the small SP4s (128GB) actually had notoriously slow SSDs, with the shipping models carrying substantially slower parts than those sent to reviewers the month before launch. Don't get me wrong - they're faster than a SATA SSD (except the 128s), but only due to the inherent bottle neck of the SATA bus. A uSD is nowhere near the speed of a M.2, but sometimes you simply need always-available offline storage more than peak read/write speed.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2018 at 19:40 UTC
On article PNY launches 512GB microSD card (105 comments in total)
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DiffractionLtd: $349. What does that make it, 10 times the price of 24K gold by weight?

Perhaps, but it's still 1/2 the cost of what MS charges for internal storage on their Surface Pro line.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 17:24 UTC
On article PNY launches 512GB microSD card (105 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: Given how rapidly phones are eliminating the SD card slot, I am not sure how important this is.

Personally, I will NOT buy a phone that does not have an SD card slot.

Phones may be abandoning them, but tablets, computers, and (action) cameras seem to be full steam ahead in adding them.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2018 at 17:23 UTC
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mosc: I didn't know they still made magazines...

I recently subscribed to a magazine for the first time in years. After the second issue came I'm no longer excited when the new issue comes in. It's a very good magazine - well laid out, good content...and not as engaging as simply browsing the website (or multiple websites).

Link | Posted on May 25, 2018 at 17:31 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (175 comments in total)
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peterpainter: Thought I'd see the Sealife camera in this review. 1" sensor, waterproof and comes with waterproof case for extra depth etc. it would be nice to know more about it....Ah well, https://www.uwcamerastore.com/sealife-dc2000-underwater-camera-sl740?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIk5vCx5WV2wIVSbcbCh2JrQVWEAAYASAAEgJoxPD_BwE

Let me know when Sealife comes out with a rugged camera with a zoom lens. I'd love to see how it stacks up.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 21:16 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (175 comments in total)
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rraniga: Waterproof or water resistant? Waterproof means impervious to water ,whereas water resistance means ability to resist water. Which is correct.???

Do you even know what waterproof means?

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 21:14 UTC
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milkod2001: In other words Google just hiked storage prices up . 2TB used to be: 99$/year.

We have used this option, it worked quite well until we have used all space and needed to upgrade. Another step is go right into 10TB which is super expensive. There is no option for 3TB, 5TB etc. Super silly that Google does not offer anything like that. Had to switch to Dropbox not that we wanted but had to :(.

I just checked and it looks like Dropbox changed their tiers. For $450/yr you get 3 users (new, lower limit), 2TB of shared data, and the usual cloud packages. (edit: I see you pay $600 for "unlimited" data; a bargain if you actually need more than 2TB I guess)

Google One is going to offer the same functionality for 5 users for $120/yr. (though versioning is 100 updates or 30 days by default, vs 120 days for Dropbox, but on Google you can set a file to keep old versions "forever").

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 19:53 UTC
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cosinaphile: a 2 tb drive is about 40 bucks so you pay triple the first year ..... second year you do the math ...lol

I'm going to need a link for a non-refurb, 2TB, retail priced and warranty'd drive at $40. You can get that kind of $/TB in bigger drives, but finding a 2TB drive (actually, almost any size drive) for $40, NIB at retail is actually quite difficult.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:49 UTC
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IamJF: Oh, I thought Google already has my data? 🤣

No, that's the NSA.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:47 UTC
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armandino: Jottacloud is unlimited for $9.99/month

So was LiveDrive. RIP

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:45 UTC
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milkod2001: In other words Google just hiked storage prices up . 2TB used to be: 99$/year.

We have used this option, it worked quite well until we have used all space and needed to upgrade. Another step is go right into 10TB which is super expensive. There is no option for 3TB, 5TB etc. Super silly that Google does not offer anything like that. Had to switch to Dropbox not that we wanted but had to :(.

Yeah, you stick it to the man. There's no way 2TB of data shared across 5 users with private storage is worth $120!

You should definitely take the Dropbox 1TB plan for one user at $100/year or move to the 5 user business plan for the low, low price of just $750 per year!

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:39 UTC
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kelpdiver: Unfortunately this change still suffers from the main fault with tiered storage. You're paying for 100% of the tier, rather than what you use. My current needs are probably in the 750gb range. So this price change is not a 50% reduction for me - it's the exact price as before - $10/month.

For those crying out 'why not use an external hard drive?' ignoring the reliability issues, it has the same fault, but worse. You pay the $100 up front. If you end up exceeding the capacity, you now have to pay out another $100 and now you have two sets of backups to manage.

Ideal cloud storage (for the individual) will charge by the gig/10g/at most 100g max increment.

So this is bad because you're price is going to be the same, and you won't be looking over your data, deciding what to keep and what to take of line in the next year or two as you creep up and past that 1TB mark?

I may as well argue that I'm being ripped off by Google because I have to pay $2 a month to store the 15GB of email data, when other people are (unfairly) storing 100GB for the same price.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:34 UTC
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Marksphoto: so now all we gotta do is wait til Dropbox matches the price...

I sincerely hope so. I've been splitting my storage between DB and OneDrive in order to stay within the 1TB limit. I even asked about paying double at DB for 2TB, and their only answer was to move to Pro. You get unlimited data, but it costs $750/yr instead of $100. That's a tough pill to swallow when you have 1.3TB of data you'd like to store.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:30 UTC
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ccarrier: For the same price, you can have 1 Tb of storage, Word, Excel, Power Point and Access with Microsoft! Not really a deal from Google!

Unless you happen to have more than 1TB of data. There are no options at MS or Dropbox which offer more than 1TB of space for a single user. Zero.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:28 UTC
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breschdlingsgsaelz: What is "atypical" about a 3:2 aspect ratio? Especially for photography this is a very typical aspect ratio. Those streched ratios that unfortunately have become the norm for computer screens are a bad thing and I hope manufacturers return to a better balanced one.

You mean except for the entire Surface line of PCs. All of the Surface computers (Pro, Laptop, Book, and Studio desktop) are all 3:2 screens.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 15:15 UTC
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hyjk2000: Being able to look at the "print" without printing, guess it is a must-have if you have a 50MP camera.

No, you only need a 10MP camera. Anything above that will be lost, as the screen can only display about that many pixels. It's a feature, though - your P&S pics can now be displayed in all their glory.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 15:14 UTC

May I be snarky for a moment?

The video conferencing never looks like that. Both participants appear to be looking at one another, i.e. the center of the screen, instead of the video camera. IRL, you get that eerie "not looking at you" image.

Unless they plan on making a T/S lens video camera that goes with this, and automatic software to capture the offset image when the screen is rotated. so that you really could look at the center of the screen and look like you're looking at the camera. In which case it would be really, really cool and I heartily and humbly rescind my snark.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 15:11 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies
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Rick Knepper: Make it 8k and I'm in. Oh wait a minute. For "commercial customers". That means ridiculous markups. Nevermind.

You kid, but...at 8k, in a 50.5" 3:2 is nearly the size of an E-size architectural sheet, and could actually fit a print at 1:1 scale with a 3" "strip" on the left or right for actions or palates. Or four 1/2 scale prints for review/coordination/markup with other disciplines. With a pen interface like the regular Surface line, but this could be the ultimate electronic "drafting" table.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 15:01 UTC
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breschdlingsgsaelz: What is "atypical" about a 3:2 aspect ratio? Especially for photography this is a very typical aspect ratio. Those streched ratios that unfortunately have become the norm for computer screens are a bad thing and I hope manufacturers return to a better balanced one.

Everybody and their brother use 16:9 because that's the standard for HD TVs so that's how most panels are designed. I far prefer 3:2 (or even the old 4:3) for computer work, personally.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 14:56 UTC
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