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On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (187 comments in total)
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Beckler8: I don't like the non intuitive design of gimp. I admit I haven't used it in any depth but that's because I've hated it every time I open it. Like just today I was trying to just simply add some text onto an image and the little text popup is all buggy and crazy - you can't select text properly and the first character won't delete and the box covers a bit of your text., etc., etc....totally illogical.

Shouldn't text be working at this point in time? Shouldn't the developers use their product at a minimum?

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:51 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (187 comments in total)
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falconeyes: This further blurs the line between open source and commercial software. Many open source projects are or have been heavily funded by a few supporting companies. I think this is a good thing if it is open source in the end (adding to the code base of mankind) but maybe not so much if it leads to freeware with cumbersome license models and awfully distorting the market forces for all the small software companies out there.

Consider that e.g., Affinity had to be created in a squeeze between the monopole (Photoshop) and the free (Gimp). And it isn't clear yet if it has succeeded at that. In an ironic way, freeware protects the big players in the software industry by keeping small players out of business.

Gimp's decision to only save in the Gimp format and require export for other (much more common formats) e.g. Jpeg yet still open Jpeg formats to prevent the potential loss of data (users are too dumb to know better, listen to developers) is when I decided they had become too arrogant to support.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 15:48 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (285 comments in total)
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great Javier: Without IBIS and cheap construction it must be complicated to pay more that 1k for the camera. Panasonic already has a better option in the market.

Previously comparing Canon IS lenses to IBIS lenses
showed no cost advantage to IBIS - you have evidence things have changed?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 14:57 UTC
On article Feisty upstart: Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-T20 (285 comments in total)
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krassphoto: A silly question. Could it be that xt2's screen is touch-able? And now, after release of xt20 with touchscreen, xt2 will get a huuuge firmware upgrade, enabling touch screen feature? That would be great and very "Fuji-ish" :)

Tesla just did on their cars. Perhaps the software wasn't ready yet?

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 14:54 UTC
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JordanAT: On paper, as a still camera, this looks like a rebadge and a price bump. Similar lens (range, aperture), same sensor, same size, same battery life, same sensitivity, frame rate, and shutter speed range, and a bit heaver. So, for still photogs, they're adding a touchscreen for $400?

The FZ1000 has DFD and very impressive autofocus with it.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 15:01 UTC
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Mike FL: So a phone can take fingerprints clearly in 9 ft.

Wow, no wander that REAL cameras are not selling very well.

A BOTE calculation says the iPhone doesn't have enough resolution at 3m to distinguish average fingerprint features.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2017 at 14:43 UTC
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jskrill: It's simple they are trying to recharge the batteries to quickly which causes the batteries to over heat and some even to ignite.

Explain how phones not being charged also caught fire?

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 15:13 UTC
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Mike FL: "blames battery" while the fact is battery burning.

What's the logic?
1. Are Samsung run by 10 years old?
2. Samsung run by guys with IQ=10 years old?
3. Who buy Samsung story has 10 years old IQ?
4. All of above.

Take you pick.

Though I don't think it would be unreasonable to believe Samsung management forced a quick conclusion from their engineers the first time around and some were willing to guess when they didn't know the true source of the issue.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 15:12 UTC
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SRT201: This is just supposition on my part, but I think part of this may be due to the notion that charge time should be a selling feature for phones, tablets, etc.

First, it's important to understand that Lithium batteries are subject to a phenomena called "thermal runaway". Simply put, once the battery reaches a critical temperature it will continue on the path to it's destruction. In order to stop Lithium cells from reaching thermal runaway, their chemistry is tamed and you end up with Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer batteries. These batteries have reduced energy density, but they are safer.


See part 2 below

Given that some phones caught fire while not being charged, thermal
runaway due to fast charging is unlikely to be the culprit. Unless the battery retains heat for hours and was heated under use, in which case the problem would more likely be inadequate thermal dissipation.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 15:05 UTC
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a voice of reason: no one will see a penny

Someone has posted they already received a refund.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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justinwonnacott: As much as I dislike pie in the sky crowdfunding vapour ware this one does not look too scammy. The same company announced on petapixel that everyone who has paid in advance will get all their money back. There are a fair number of drone manufacturers chasing customers, surely the drone market is only a tiny fraction of the photography retail landscape, i am not surprised investors were hard to find for the niche lilly was trying to compete in. Too late to the party and not a lot of people at the party either.

Not crowd funded.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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FuhTeng: You miserable screw-ups. What happens when the poor folks who funded this mess don't get their money?

You think the investment funds are poor? Pre-orders aren't investment and even if it was $500 drones aren't purchased by the poor.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 14:50 UTC
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W5JCK: Hmmm, another crowdfunding ripoff. I think the vast majority of crowdfunding projects are nothing more than ways for crooks to make a good salary for a few years then fold up leaving the investors high and dry. I have absolutely no sympathy for the investors. A moron who invests in a scam that is clearly a scam gets what they deserve. If inventors don't have the wherewithal to obtain legitimate funding from financial institutions, much less even create a decent business plan, then only morons will invest with them.

Wrong - Lily has never been on Indiegogo and their investigation is into a fake Lily page put up on Indiegogo that did not receive actual pre-order money.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 14:49 UTC
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lemming2008: Sorry to see they didn't make it, it was a cool idea.

There's a lot of uninformed griping in these comments about this being a "ripoff". They tried and failed, that's not the same thing as being a ripoff. A new tech company like this is taking a risk they can reach a bit beyond what is currently possible and deliver. Crowdfunding such an effort is a risk where you invest in something cool and hope it delivers. It is not like ordering from Amazon -- the investment may fail.

I heard from this company while they were hiring, they seemed legit. And judging from the features in other recent drones, they got their product about right. They even say they'll refund money, which is a bonus. And means they funded themselves off other sources while keeping this in reserve.

The world the complainers seem to want, where people only invest in sure things, would be a boring one.

Incorrect - there is a huge difference between crowd funding and pre-order as demonstrated by the refunds being required by SF DA in this case.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 14:43 UTC
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Chris Yates: Most of the Lily footage was filmed with DJI drones. Lily was a scam from the start. If it's too good to be true, it probably is. Lily, like the evasive Canon FF Mirrorless.

Who has ever said you can buy a Canon FF mirrorless?

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2017 at 14:37 UTC
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Old Cameras: The fun thing about a Polaroid was watching the picture develop and you had that one physical copy of the image. If you can preview an image, not to mention edit and decide whether or not to print it at all, the spontaneity is gone. Few people print images anymore. They have them on their phones along with their virtual music and their virtual social lives.

Fuji Instax line is very popular and this prints larger than most of those, I think it could be good competition assuming the Zink technology has improved.

I'd like to see a Bluetooth printer model.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 14:53 UTC
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Fotowitt: "...Apple Inc. is known for being a pioneer..."
Really? Or mayby, very good copypastewrapitnicelypeople?

Apple II: first complete consumer computer
Mac: first consumer gui computer
LaserWriter: first consumer postscript and laser printer
Newton: first PDA (a term invented to describe it)
QuickTime: first digital media api/library
iTunes: first digital music store
iPhone: first 2nd Gen smartphone
IPad: first consumer tablet

Need more? Thunderbolt, 64-bit ARM, USB

Link | Posted on Dec 30, 2016 at 06:25 UTC
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Turbguy1: Cleaver and significantly impractical.

The wrench OD is too large to use in many applications (side clearance issues).

Impossible to apply the same torque vs a standard box wrench without risking mechanism damage (spreading/yielding).

I'll stay with Craftsman box and open end wrenches. ANY adjustable wrench is a mechanical compromise...

Because that version requires much annoying fiddling with a little adjuster which doesn't hold the setting. There should be better options even if this isn't it.

And not all tools are for professional use - this might be perfect for home assembly of outdoor things.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2016 at 20:09 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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Tom Holton: No 4K? Sorry, Canon misses the mark again.

Customers can decide - no one is making them buy a M5. You want Canon to make a camera just to your specs? Buy the company or start your own.

I have a 4K TV and I couldn't care less about video, let alone 4K. I don't assume my needs are yours, however.

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 15:54 UTC
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1599 comments in total)
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ttran88: Where are the lenses Canon? Have fun playing with adapters, beta users.

How do you remember to breathe?

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2016 at 15:50 UTC
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