wetsleet

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"Samsung investigation blames battery for Galaxy Note 7 fires"

So now they've used that one up, what headline will DPR run when Samsung actually publishes their investigation?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 23:24 UTC as 12th comment
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Boky: Shame, I loved that phone... Will be waiting for the next Note. Hopefully it will come with a miniature fire extinguisher:) in place of a stylus.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/your-next-smartphone-battery-will-feature-an-inbuilt-fire-extinguisher

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 23:21 UTC

Samsung should just have consulted some of the experts here, saved themselves a load of bother trying to work out the cause.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2017 at 23:01 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (137 comments in total)
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Daniel Lauring: Did people really believe the footage was from the actual drone when they hadn't even got funding to produce it? I always assume footage from these crowd funded start ups is a representation of what they plan for it to do.

Yeah, I always liked the oft-used tag-line "Picture for illustration purposes only."

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 21:41 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (137 comments in total)
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damian5000: Next up, Lily can't repay backers because money used to pay court fees.

just so long as the vultures get their share

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2017 at 21:39 UTC
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LJ - Eljot: So, prints from commercial version be less permanent?

That had me wondering also. So you can send out proofs in an attractively wide colour gamut, giving a promise that won't be delivered by the final print. Or is it just that the proofs are designed to fade down to the final gamut during transit to the client? ;)

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:29 UTC
On article Lily Robotics sued over claims of false advertising (137 comments in total)

"... By protecting consumers, we protect confidence in our system of commerce."
Is that not exactly what they failed to do? Consumers were left unprotected to the tune of $34 million because the "system of commerce" was left wanting. Now that the horse has bolted (or more truthfully dropped dead in the stable), they take "action".

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 21:14 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with Nikon D5600 (322 comments in total)
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PazinBoise: Man, that lens looks unbalanced on this body.

What does that even mean? Is the body supposed to 'balance' the lens? I never knew that.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 19:30 UTC
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Peiasdf: It is just some glitch with the SONY camera module. By design it shouldn't over heat and from experience, it won't. I recorded 50 minutes straight of my father making dinner last week and no overheating issue. That's 4K with OIS in a warm kitchen and my hand(s) holding the phone.

I hope dinner was good!

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 18:46 UTC

All phones get warm. But no screen, that takes courage. Of course Apple will claim they were the first with this, but we photographers know that Leica beat them to it!

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 18:44 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies

As well as not revising for spelling tests, it seems like they did not pay attention in maths class either, and have made a classic error in probability.

Assuming most pros do use a Canon/Nikon you could say that taking a pro at random they probably use a Canon/Nikon. However the reverse is not true, since the population of pros is dwarfed by the amateurs, albeit their ownership of Canon/Nikon is less likely. So taking a Canon/Nikon user at random, they probably are an amateur. Hence looking at their use of Canon/Nikon is no help in deciding whether a photographer is a pro.

You could even get the reverse scenario. If it were true that a few pros used (for example) MF whereas almost no amateurs did, then it could be the case that taking a pro at random they probably do not use MF, but taking a MF user at random they most probably are a pro.

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 18:46 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies

Just ask them what they would shoot with a cannon. I wouldn't want it to be my intended!

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 18:11 UTC as 74th comment
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Bobthearch: "comes with 2x optical zoom" No it doesn't. It has two cameras, each with a fixed focal length.

It's the use of the word "optical". It's bad enough on the generic tech blogs, but I expect better on DPR. Some kind of digital zoom, fine, but the headline specifically chooses to use the qualifier "optical".

Even the word "zoom" is becoming bastardised, now coming to mean simply a somewhat longer focal length than whatever passes for the standard. Thus a recent iPhone clip-on-lens product offered a "macro" lens and a "zoom" lens attachment, supposedly.

Does it all matter? Don't we all know what they really mean? I just don't like this inflationary process which continuously erodes the value of words and actually relies on the reader discounting it back down to reality.

What will be the reward when they finally crack the problem and introduce a genuine 2x OPTICAL zoom on a mobile. Chances are it will fail, because most people will think, yeah, nothing new here, saw all that years ago, on DPR.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
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DVT80111: Only the name. It is all engineered and made by Honhai (Foxconn). The same people who made iPhone.

But that's ok as long as it has stock Android.

What is so good about stock-still Android? Sure, it keeps getting better, but only because it grows through the innovation pioneered by all the non-stock Androids. Many of the features excitedly anticipated in the next Android were already enjoyed in TouchWiz (and I guess others) years ago. Back then they called it "bloat". of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 17:54 UTC
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wetsleet: Never mind the storage medium, let's just call it B. To get a week's worth of mobile power transferred from A to B in a matter of seconds is going to need either very high voltages (hence with the kind of isolation you see in high voltage installations) or very high currents, which means very fat wires. Actually, cables would be a better word. Or superconducting wires, yes, that would do it also.

And as others have mentioned, if you've ever shorted out a large capacitor, you know what can happen. The Note 7 will seem like popping candy in comparison.

So no shortage of obstacles to overcome. I just don't get why they keep promising the idea of charging "in seconds" however, it's just promising disappointment. The rest of it, yeah, great stuff!

It's like you say, IF the connecting wires are thick enough. When they cry that there is not even enough spare space to accommodate a headphone socket, squeezing in a couple of car jump leads is going to be problematic.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 20:25 UTC
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wetsleet: Never mind the storage medium, let's just call it B. To get a week's worth of mobile power transferred from A to B in a matter of seconds is going to need either very high voltages (hence with the kind of isolation you see in high voltage installations) or very high currents, which means very fat wires. Actually, cables would be a better word. Or superconducting wires, yes, that would do it also.

And as others have mentioned, if you've ever shorted out a large capacitor, you know what can happen. The Note 7 will seem like popping candy in comparison.

So no shortage of obstacles to overcome. I just don't get why they keep promising the idea of charging "in seconds" however, it's just promising disappointment. The rest of it, yeah, great stuff!

@joelbedford - I answered your question already, in the last sentence of my post.
@dr.noise - agree 100%
@Scottelly - 12v x 5amps won't deliver a week's worth of power "in a few seconds"

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 15:34 UTC

Never mind the storage medium, let's just call it B. To get a week's worth of mobile power transferred from A to B in a matter of seconds is going to need either very high voltages (hence with the kind of isolation you see in high voltage installations) or very high currents, which means very fat wires. Actually, cables would be a better word. Or superconducting wires, yes, that would do it also.

And as others have mentioned, if you've ever shorted out a large capacitor, you know what can happen. The Note 7 will seem like popping candy in comparison.

So no shortage of obstacles to overcome. I just don't get why they keep promising the idea of charging "in seconds" however, it's just promising disappointment. The rest of it, yeah, great stuff!

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 10:17 UTC as 9th comment | 6 replies
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wetsleet: I waiting for someone to invent a system with a foot stirrup and hand strap that you pull (a bit like one of those abs-trainers) to ratchet down a coil spring, which would then slowly and continuously turn a dynamo powered charging circuit. With the correct gearing and maybe necessitating several pulls of the strap to fully wind the spring, I think you would have a far more portable, robust and reliable way of charging stuff on the hoof.

"It simply won't work" is never a good attitude to start with. All you will ever do is work towards proving the existence of current obstacles, and it is always my first reflex too. I do understand what you are saying about the energy density of springs etc, I am also well aware that you won't get out more than you put in, and that a lot of energy does need to go in, etc. I would suggest more of a "how can/could/might it be made to work, what obstacles need to be overcome? From what you are saying, some materials science into springs possibly?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube_springs
The world is full of things they said can't be done.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 23:18 UTC

the angle at which the panel presents itself seems optimised for latitudes where the sun simply isn't strong enough to make the idea work in the first place.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 21:15 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

I waiting for someone to invent a system with a foot stirrup and hand strap that you pull (a bit like one of those abs-trainers) to ratchet down a coil spring, which would then slowly and continuously turn a dynamo powered charging circuit. With the correct gearing and maybe necessitating several pulls of the strap to fully wind the spring, I think you would have a far more portable, robust and reliable way of charging stuff on the hoof.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 21:12 UTC as 17th comment | 6 replies
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