Alex Permit

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On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (40 comments in total)
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Vik2012: I can only see this as useful in countries with dictators who claim 100% of the popular (staged) vote.

On the other hand, you might not want to have your selfie with your ballot published if you live there.

Don't believe it can't happen here in the USA? I could. Just imagine the ad:

Post a selfie of your vote for Donald Trump, and enter a raffle for a two night stay at the Trump hotel of your choice! Free trip on the Trump Plane!

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 06:28 UTC
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (40 comments in total)
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GaryJP: Terrible mistake. Here in Hong Kong the pro-Beijing groups bribe people to vote for them and demand those people use their mobile phones to take photos of their ballot papers with the vote on.

I can see absolutely no reason why the desire for selfies every second trumps the need for free and fair elections.

Chnia is just catching up to the USA, going through the same learning curve of corruption we did.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 06:19 UTC
On article Ballot-selfies are now legal in New Hampshire (40 comments in total)
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GaryJP: Terrible mistake. Here in Hong Kong the pro-Beijing groups bribe people to vote for them and demand those people use their mobile phones to take photos of their ballot papers with the vote on.

I can see absolutely no reason why the desire for selfies every second trumps the need for free and fair elections.

Here in the USA, vote buying was commonplace back in the 19th century. Parties gave voters cash, food, alcohol, health care, poverty relief, and myriad other benefits in exchange for their votes. To gain leverage over voters, parties gathered information about their debts, their crimes, even their infidelities. This was changed when most states moved to secret ballots after the presidential election of 1884.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2016 at 06:16 UTC
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Alex Permit: Useful description to use in search. But as captions they add NOTHING to the photo. What is the purpose of reading a brief description of what you can obviously see? Useful captions add information or insights that are not in, or at least not obvious in the image.

Drive, I agree. If the system did couple this with GPS data, it could be very useful. "Moonrise over Hernandez New Mexico" is a better caption than "Dark sky with clouds over a small town"

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:57 UTC
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Alex Permit: Useful description to use in search. But as captions they add NOTHING to the photo. What is the purpose of reading a brief description of what you can obviously see? Useful captions add information or insights that are not in, or at least not obvious in the image.

Thanks Steve. It wasn't obvious from the article that the purpose is just search. For example, it asks "A natural question is whether our captioning system can generate novel descriptions of previously unseen contexts and interactions". From the samples provided, I think the answer is no.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 02:53 UTC

Useful description to use in search. But as captions they add NOTHING to the photo. What is the purpose of reading a brief description of what you can obviously see? Useful captions add information or insights that are not in, or at least not obvious in the image.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 02:13 UTC as 4th comment | 6 replies

Google made users glassholes. Now Snap lets users make spectacles of themselves.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2016 at 04:11 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (141 comments in total)
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Correction man: It's a shame hassy and Fuji dint use a common lens system after all they are both made by Fuji

Who makes the XCD lenses? Is Hassy making them themselves?

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:34 UTC
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Shunda77: Because of this article I have decided to never purchase anything made by this company.
Oh, and Apple, start paying your damned taxes in my country.
The iphone represents everything that is wrong with consumption insane world.

Apple doesn't discriminate, they don't pay their taxes anywhere.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2016 at 13:48 UTC
On article Sony offers E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS for Super 35mm/APS-C (128 comments in total)
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SantaFeBill: I'd thought cine lenses needed to be T-stops. Is that now not so important since the media is now digital rather than film?

T stops are needed If you've metered in a carefully lit studio, and need to swap lenses during a shoot. I don't think thats the intended use model for this lens. With a 6x zoom, I'm guessing they're targeting outdoor shooting with a single lens setup.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 23:12 UTC
On article Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod hands-on preview (151 comments in total)
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George1958: Maybe Hassleblad wanted a piece of the action like Leica had with hauwei. Could be a smart move if you can't sell a large volume compacts because smart phones have become more popular and taken your market share. If you can supply the lens for smart phones it could be another earner for camera manufacturers.

Speaking personally I would buy one but I think it exiting that camera manufacturing is partnering with smart phone manufacturers. Perhaps when a cell phone is made that can shoot a role of Ilford HP5 I will give in and buy one!

I get Leica's move. Hauwei is first among Chinese phone makers in market share and third in the world behind Apple and Samsung.

This unit is a niche add-on for a niche phone. I applaud the desire to innovate, but I don't see too many units being sold.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 21:10 UTC
On article Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod hands-on preview (151 comments in total)
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Alex Permit: Is this actually designed by Hasselblad? Or did they just license their brand to Lenovo?

I hope they negotiated a fixed, up front payment and not a per unit license.

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
On article Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod hands-on preview (151 comments in total)

Is this actually designed by Hasselblad? Or did they just license their brand to Lenovo?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 16:41 UTC as 26th comment | 3 replies
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PeaceKeeper: It is sort of interesting how ingrained the consumption of alcohol is within our society. The addition of this one aspect to any event can create a huge success, while the same event lacking only that one thing can be a complete failure. It can be fairly accurately stated that nearly ANY venture can be given a near 100% chance of (at least short term) popularity if it includes alcohol. Says a lot about our culture.

If you wish to debate the influence of alcohol, or argue that you'd be interested even without it... I have one question: Without alcohol, what would this be? Another failed/failing "arts/cultural center", right? How many of those do you regularly visit? How many articles do you see about them on DPR?

I wish them luck. The meat of the thing seems worth the relatively "low-brow" baiting scheme. Not that the idea is anything new(wine tastings at gallery openings...)

I imagine drunk people are more likely to buy art, in any case. :)

Great point. Heck, without alcohol, it wouldn't have even been written about in DPReview.

Think about that.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 08:12 UTC
On article Tamron files patent for 115mm F1.4 VC lens (65 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: On a Full Frame camera, at a distance of 10 feet, the DOF would be 2.26 inches, just enough to get half of a face into focus.

On a cropped sensor APS-C camera, at the same distance of 10 feet, the DOF would be a sensational 1.43 inches, just enough to get the eyeballs into focus!

"The AF and VC better work on this thing, Captain!" - Grand Moff Tarkin

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Camerlabtester, must be talking about something else. He can't be suggesting that if you put a FF lens on an APS-C camera and stand at the same place, you would get a narrower depth of field. The image on a crop sensor is no different than a crop of a full frame.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2016 at 01:45 UTC
On article Tamron files patent for 115mm F1.4 VC lens (65 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: On a Full Frame camera, at a distance of 10 feet, the DOF would be 2.26 inches, just enough to get half of a face into focus.

On a cropped sensor APS-C camera, at the same distance of 10 feet, the DOF would be a sensational 1.43 inches, just enough to get the eyeballs into focus!

"The AF and VC better work on this thing, Captain!" - Grand Moff Tarkin

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New boyz and brett nz have it right.

If you stand 15 feet away, you will get the whole face but the dof will be larger.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 03:47 UTC
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Combatmedic870: And half of them are Sonys :) s

Haha. He'd have a lot of transistor radios, in 1960 I think thats about all sony was making :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2016 at 19:28 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (132 comments in total)
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ewelch: I checked official numbers, their default rate is 10.8 percent and their default rate was 36 out of 330. Acceptable numbers. There's more to this story.

Sounds like the "government loan" story is just a red herring. Probably they can't make a profit given their drop in enrollment.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2016 at 05:21 UTC
On article Brooks Institute announces closure (132 comments in total)

Looking at the link, it seems the article left out some details.

"Under the regulations introduced today, a program would be considered to lead to gainful employment if it meets AT LEAST one of the following three metrics: at least 35 percent of former students are repaying their loans (defined as reducing the loan balance by at least $1); the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 30 percent of his or her discretionary income; or the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 12 percent of his or her total earnings."

These criteria are much less harsh then the article suggests.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 02:05 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Still solid: Fujifilm X-E2S Review (230 comments in total)
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By standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Fujifilm seemed like they have used the SAME sensor on like 5 dozens types of their camera.

You're right, and I think its a good strategy. Advantage for them they get to concentrate and amortize all sensor related R&D. Good for the consumer, they know what they are getting accross the product line and choose camera based on other features.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2016 at 16:22 UTC
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