scott_mcleod

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ProfHankD: So, how do you know that there is actually a drone out there? It would be fairly easy to computationally render your flight from a terrain database. Think of it as a sort of "Touring" test. ;-)

I see what you did there...

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2017 at 21:48 UTC
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Jefftan: Sony Eye AF works on animal eyes too?
Anyone knows?

I suppose it would depend on what parameters the camera uses to define an "eye". I was startled when my D700 (yes, way back when) unerringly focused on my cat's eyes (despite the very un-human grey fur and gold irises) so I would be surprised if a much more modern camera wouldn't do it even better.

Link | Posted on Mar 19, 2017 at 22:03 UTC
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scott_mcleod: I realize this is rather OT compared to the general tone of comments here, but it occurred to me that this device might prove useful for inspecting the inside of pipes, tanks and other structures with limited space (especially if you could fit a small light to it). But I doubt it will see such use.

In an industrial/commercial setting I would expect (i.e. hope) that the operator would be trained to avoid such scenarios. Or the app could include an audible warning countdown to loss of flight (better yet, a timed auto-RTB feature)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 23:49 UTC

I realize this is rather OT compared to the general tone of comments here, but it occurred to me that this device might prove useful for inspecting the inside of pipes, tanks and other structures with limited space (especially if you could fit a small light to it). But I doubt it will see such use.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:40 UTC as 30th comment | 5 replies
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Aroart: IMO most selfie takers are not to tech savy or mechanicals inlined. All drones needs a bit of maintenance even a single strand of hair can get caught in the prop and wind up that it will stop the motor.. I think if Kim Kardashian promotes this product it will sell like hot cakes...

At last, a new "angle" on Gonzo! (the mind reels...)

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 22:32 UTC
On article Leica SL gallery update (216 comments in total)
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Jaythomasni: Leica Adopted Minolta... nice

The Minolta CL and CLE did indeed have rangefinders. The CLE in particular was a really neat little camera, and IIRC, the first-ever M-mount body with aperture-priority shooting. I wish I'd bought one a few years ago before the prices started to go through the roof...

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2017 at 02:07 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)
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Greg VdB: Google AI learned from the best:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/24/world/europe/botched-restoration-of-ecce-homo-fresco-shocks-spain.html

Thanks for posting the Ecce Homo link. For once I was genuinely speechless! (eventually I thought of a few acrid remarks, but it did take a while)

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2017 at 01:18 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)
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Arastoo Vaziri: Meh. My colleague at the Jeffersonian Institute, Dr Angela Montenegro, has been working with this for years.

Lol nice one!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 09:14 UTC
On article Google AI adds detail to low-resolution images (150 comments in total)
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saeba77: wow finally japanese porn without mosaic

Though if the software added faces instead of, well, you know... I dunno if the results would be hilarious or terrifying!

Link | Posted on Feb 9, 2017 at 09:11 UTC
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scott_mcleod: "Futurologist"? Is that a thing now?

I guess the sarcasm didn't come across :)

I was almost going to write "Well, if a *futurologist* said it, it *must* be true!" but I wasn't sure if that would work either...

BTW your re-write is spot-on

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 21:26 UTC

"Futurologist"? Is that a thing now?

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 22:44 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies
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LJ - Eljot: The young lady in the picture is most probalby not showing a peace sign but just two fingers for the number 2. In the japanese language the word for 2 is "ni". When you say "ni" you smile. It is just the similar thing to "cheese" in english. So I was told once.

It is indeed a peace sign, and it is referred to as such in Japan (as a gairaigo). Just don't ask me how I know this...

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 21:34 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: What happened to these photos is as important as the photos themselves. These days, you can claim the images were altered in Photoshop and if that doesn't work, create a fake news story about a conspiricy and people will believe it. But nobody is claiming that the events shown here did not happen.

Lol I have seen plenty of "retouched" USSR propaganda photos and most of them look like they were done by a house painter, so no, not terribly convincing. Then again there is a lot of sloppy PS work done nowadays.

However, AbrasiveReducer's comment about conspiracy theories is sadly all too true. The net seems to have enabled this phenomenon (and the people who choose to believe all that stuff) in a truly remarkable - if not terrifying - way.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2016 at 21:52 UTC
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justmeMN: "DL’s concept and target is users of the D800 series,’ says Inoue"

Huh? That makes no sense to me.

I haven't had a beautiful experience in years. Maybe I ought to buy a Key Mission 360...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 22:51 UTC
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noflashplease: After all of the recent "exoplanet" announcements, which border on unverifiable hoaxes, it's fair to assume that astronomy has dissolved into a meaningless quest for research grants and dubious post-graduate degrees. On the face of it, this looks like junk science mixed with advertising copy. I have my doubts about any ground based optical device of this sort. Moreover, look at the promo photo. Two middle aged, tenured white men with 5 attractive female grad students or adjuncts? That's what it looks like, at least?

It's time to stop funding useless academic departments and pointlessly pedantic research projects.

So Marcy was "in it for the harem" and all his scientific contributions were junk, right?

Sheesh, it's been a long time since I read something as close-minded as this.

As for exoplanets being "unverifiable hoaxes", I am at a loss for words...

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 21:23 UTC
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scott_mcleod: I'm sure I'll get reamed for this, but I'm also pretty sure I'm not the only one who wants to know: where are they made? I looked at the images of the lens mounts but I couldn't see any engravings (I guess they were out of the shot)

Thanks for that. I was surprised that the 105/1.4 is made in China and wondered which, if any, other pro lenses were going to be off-shored.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 23:28 UTC

I'm sure I'll get reamed for this, but I'm also pretty sure I'm not the only one who wants to know: where are they made? I looked at the images of the lens mounts but I couldn't see any engravings (I guess they were out of the shot)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2016 at 22:06 UTC as 38th comment | 6 replies
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Tom_A: I still use my film medium format cameras: Fujis and Rolleiflex in 6x4.5,6x6, and 6x9. Even occasionally a Lomo Belair 6x12 with a better Belairgon lens.
It is interesting that this review echoes the film experience in the sense that, yes the resolution can be tremendous, but it's the tonality, for example very subtle skin tones that are truly elevating medium format cameras over smaller sensors/film surfaces.

Indeed! I have a GA645i and a GW690. Scans from those huge negatives are just wonderful to look at - a completely different animal to 35mm, even with the same film.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2016 at 21:59 UTC
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ttran88: Will it come with X Trans? I'm hoping it doesn't.

I was about to post the exact same question until I saw yours.

Please let it be Bayer... please...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 00:30 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5: What you need to know (564 comments in total)

Question for those who have seen the camera *in real life* - many of the photos make the painted parts look a sort of bluish-grey (somewhat reminiscent of the T70 IIRC). Does it look that way to the eye, in natural light, or does it appear a more neutral color?

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2016 at 00:23 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
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