ptox

Joined on Dec 18, 2011

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ozturert: He'd probably use the best camera he can get, if he lived now.

Of course he would. Duh.

(If you need it spelled out, the point is that the technical limitations of Adams' equipment relative to modern cameras make his images no less compelling to modern audiences.)

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2018 at 21:13 UTC
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puttin: If you can't tell the difference between a gun and a camera you don't belong on the police force.

chriswy: "walk up with open arms"?

Uh, no; "take five seconds to assess the situation before using deadly force" is more like it.

When you have to exaggerate to that ridiculous extreme to make your point, you may as well not bother posting.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 19:19 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: Part of me doesn't understand how these people can go through all the training to be a police officer, yet when it comes time and someone has something that looks like a gun, but they aren't 100% sure, their first instinct is to shoot? I thought that police training did a better job of making sure that doesn't happen.... I guess I was wrong. I thought police were supposed to serve and protect citizens, not shoot them because they're "scared" or because they think they have a weapon. Police are really only supposed to discharge their weapon at someone in question as a lasts resort. But I get the feeling that some out there are not really cut out to be police officers... particularly those whose first instinct is to shoot. Shoot and then ask questions later as it seems. That is, if the person in question is still alive.

chriswy: Streets are not warzones, and a cop on a traffic stop is not a military sniper.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 19:15 UTC
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chriswy: People should learn not to do things that could cause trouble to themselves.

Spoken like a true sheep.

EDIT: after reading your posts below, "sheep" is right on the money. You clearly have a terrible case of authoritarian-submissive spinelessness disorder.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 19:14 UTC
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photoMEETING: Boring stuff for people who think the REAL world is not exciting enough.

All you've done is show that you lack the technical foundation to understand why this achievement is the very opposite of boring.

How trite is it these days to decry advancements in photo manipulation, anyway? Haven't the old guard been whistling that tune for about 20 years now?

Yeah, we get it: you're the last ARTISTE left on the planet. Good for you! Snore...

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 20:50 UTC
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Mark Turney: Boooooorrrring 😐 ... more computer generated, soulless imagery.

As a software developer who appreciates the depth and complexity that went into this work .. replies like this make me want to smash my head against my keyboard.

(Hint: the artistic merit of the output photos is not the point.)

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2018 at 20:47 UTC
On article Canon got it right on International Women's Day (463 comments in total)
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ptox: How predictable .. a celebration of something that is not male-centric, and some men lose their minds.

It's almost like we haven't had generations of old boys' clubs and until relatively recently the exclusive right to vote and (still) higher pay for the same work and the memory of the excuse of "it can't be rape, we're married" and so on and so on ..

StevenE, your knife is too dull to be cutting

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 22:01 UTC
On article Canon got it right on International Women's Day (463 comments in total)
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ptox: How predictable .. a celebration of something that is not male-centric, and some men lose their minds.

It's almost like we haven't had generations of old boys' clubs and until relatively recently the exclusive right to vote and (still) higher pay for the same work and the memory of the excuse of "it can't be rape, we're married" and so on and so on ..

Get a grip. There is no misandry in my post.

Also, I have no idea what point you're trying to make.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 21:36 UTC
On article Canon got it right on International Women's Day (463 comments in total)
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sh10453: When is Men's International Day? I want to apply for a grant to travel too.
I think in the future the reverse is going to happen, where someone will start a MEN PHOTOGRAPHER thing.
People should be treated and compensated purely on qualifications, capabilities, and performance. Gender should not be a factor. Reality, however, is another story.

For uncounted generations being male conferred enormous unearned benefits to men.

So it's ignorant and/or suspect of you to look at an event meant to address that continued (if improving) imbalance and say, "gender should not be a factor".

Until we're much closer to that goal, we'll still need things like International Women's Day.

Pretending otherwise is just a weaselly way of maintaining the sexist status quo.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 20:50 UTC
On article Canon got it right on International Women's Day (463 comments in total)

How predictable .. a celebration of something that is not male-centric, and some men lose their minds.

It's almost like we haven't had generations of old boys' clubs and until relatively recently the exclusive right to vote and (still) higher pay for the same work and the memory of the excuse of "it can't be rape, we're married" and so on and so on ..

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 20:37 UTC as 45th comment | 12 replies
On article Canon got it right on International Women's Day (463 comments in total)
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AstroStan: The majority of posts here are truly appalling.

These forums have become a vicious outlet for self-aggrieved white male snowflakes of the alt-right variety . Articles focused on social issues outdraw nearly every topic and are filled with the usual constellation of misogyny, xenophobia and so on.

(If I don't respond to the expected and predictable insults, it's because I have tired of these hateful comments and will no longer bother clicking on social issue "comment" bars. I know some of you are thinking "good riddance" because a few sober comments may spoil your echo chamber. So - enjoy!)

AstroStan: Yep. It's pathetic how so worked up some guys get about one single day of recognition for the progress that's been made and the progress that still needs to be made.

Of course their braying says nothing about the day or the people who want to celebrate it .. but it does plainly reveal its writers' fragile egos, historical ignorance, total lack of empathy, gender tribalism and, yes, subtle and sometimes overt misogyny.

(Also, the irony of posters complaining about the day being unnecessary while implicitly and unconsciously proving that it IS necessary is just too much.)

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2018 at 20:32 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: The lesson here is that the only preson who gets to lob insults and make phony statements about a person or business without incurring any legal jeopardy, is the president.

Teila Day: ugh .. you deserve him

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 20:03 UTC
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W5JCK: Every so-called professional photographer I've ever met thought their work was a gift from the heavens. Their arrogance and their business practices leave a lot to be desired. I suspect that because the award was so small for supposedly having destroyed a business, and the photographer's business was shuttered, that there is a lot more to this story. I would not be surprised to discover shoddy work and poor business relations with multiple clients, perhaps most clients. On the other hand, the client seems to have gone way over the line as far as cancelling the check and turning to attacking the business online, as opposed to filing a legal claim and giving the business a bad but honest review online. Their two personalities might have clashed and at least partially caused this situation to spiral out of control. I really cannot see spending that much money on a wedding when most weddings end in divorce these days. Just have friends and family bring their cameras.

If you think there's more to story, then why not read the entire judgement before coming here and pretending you know WTH you're talking about?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 20:01 UTC
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SandySandy: Many of these photographers are on the payrolls of coup-supporters and funders of violent students revolutions (terrorism basically). Even funded by global insurgents and militia.
Their requests are not worth considering. If they had nothing to hide, they wouldn't need to hide it. Simple as that.

Wow ..

Wow.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 20:26 UTC
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falconeyes: Can’t this be implemented by the SD Card firmware?
With a toggle switch to enforce password reactivation. And a little carry-on devive to password-reactivate it?

Even if (as you imply) wear levelling and ECC algorithms are as computationally expensive as, say, 128-bit encryption, the controller would need to perform at twice its current speed to be able to do all three at once.

Also, password protection simply enables access to the card while it's powered--it's not the same as encrypting data with the password.

The password feature would also need to be implemented using an industry standard to receive support from camera manufacturers (it may well be--I don't know).

And since the only workable UX would limit the need for password entry to once per card insertion, the camera would need to maintain power to the card at all times.

And then there's the real kicker... every photo would be visible on the camera's screen until the card was removed.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2018 at 20:25 UTC
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CaPi: It's not something you can just do.. it's hard to do right.
Crypto requires Key Management. Especially with removable devices and the requierement to be able to plug it into any(?) computer and read it..
Passwords will kill more content than they save.
Handling keys yourself if you dont do IT?
Hard

Encrypt and store data somewhere else - it would change cameras forever if you do it in the device. Innoncence lost

Key management? What for?

Unless an agency wants to send its photographers out with cameras preconfigured with a public key -- and no ability to decrypt images in the field -- then all that's required is a passphrase dialog and PBKDF2, or Argon2 if you want to get fancy.

(Even with the former, the key could be installed via an SD card... either way it's NBD on the camera side.)

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:57 UTC
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boinkphoto: Seems like a cool idea fraught with more complexity than first appears. Definitely a non-trivial addition (though doable), but only a small market demand so hard to justify from an ROI standpoint.

I shoot micro-SD in SD converters and those little micro-SD babies would probably fit up any orifice. Not saying I'd want to do that but...

It might be non-trivial, but it's not difficult or complex by any means -- the user interface requirements are basic, and there's a wealth of high quality encryption code readily available and optimized for just about every processor architecture.

As for ROI .. considering that 150 professional photographers cared enough to write an open letter asking for this feature, it might be much higher than you imagine; I'm surprised Olympus or Fuji in particular haven't jumped at the chance to one-up the bigger guys.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:42 UTC
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falconeyes: Can’t this be implemented by the SD Card firmware?
With a toggle switch to enforce password reactivation. And a little carry-on devive to password-reactivate it?

Unlikely -- the ultra-low-power controllers in SD cards wouldn't be able to encrypt data at anywhere near the rate required by modern digital cameras.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:31 UTC
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typhoonka: So, if 150 professional photographer wrote a letter, than a multibillion industry should just comply in 1 year time? How about the costs to do this? Should be than a D5e (encrypted) and D5 - standard?
If you are shooting in those circumstances there you would need encryption, that hardly will save you, but definitely loose your gear.

The cost to implement this commodity technology is virtually zero relative to what companies already spend on developing their increasingly complex control systems.

And why would there need to be two versions of the camera? It'd be an optional feature, selectable in software.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:28 UTC
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Peiasdf: Why would camera manufacture spend resources help you carry out illegal activities?

Congratulations for totally missing the point !

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:24 UTC
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