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The Security Theatre bureaucrats have been telling the world about an increased threat to security every year since it became profitable. Total number of terrorists caught by TSA, despite some of those terrorists being on international watch lists? Zero. Total money wasted on hassling travellers and wasting everyone's time? Billions upon billions of dollars. Remember the "ink cartridge bomb" threat? That was fake. Now it's laptops and cameras. Some of these batteries explode all by themselves, no terrorist required, and it's worse if it starts a fire in the cargo hold. If there really was a terrorist with a bomb, it's much more likely to be blown up in an airport where thousands of people are standing around in "security screening" lines than to make the effort to put it on a plane and maybe kill a few hundred people if the plane crashes. Remember what killed everyone on Germanwings Flight 9525? Security Theatre, and a crazy person who knew how to exploit it.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2017 at 05:37 UTC as 67th comment | 4 replies
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (225 comments in total)

The problem with Eye Control Focus is the assumption that the photographer is looking at what he wants to be in-focus, but that is often not the case, particularly when the scene is changing rapidly and the camera is being swung during panning or there is an offset between the object and the nearest auto-focus point.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 21:05 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies
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Horshack: The Bank of Japan just announced negative interest rates. This means Japanese citizens now have to pay for the privilege of the banking system borrowing their money. Strange times indeed. This will cause the Yen to drop further, which means higher prices for Japanese citizens purchasing imported products and domestic products made from imported materials.

This is indeed a strange time during which your camera lens is a more-secure financial asset than your bank account, and you can use the lens while it appreciates in value.

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2016 at 07:22 UTC
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RichRMA: Wow! Only 40% increase in price over the last one. Nikon is slipping.

Nikon is competing with Canon on price, Shinzo Abe style!

Link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 07:14 UTC
On article Canon recalls about 14,000 PowerShot SX50 cameras (53 comments in total)

Maybe it's a good thing that the viewfinder and its cup-relief is so bad, almost nobody uses it instead of the flip-out LCD screen. It was never comfortable putting my face up to that style of camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 07:07 UTC as 15th comment
On photo Snow,water and water vapour in the Solid, Liquid and Gas challenge (14 comments in total)

Where did you find an old train like this? I haven't seen something like that in a long time outside of a museum!

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2013 at 08:11 UTC as 1st comment

That should contain around 100 grams of gold. If it doesn't, it's a rip-off. Saying that it's "24 ct" or "99.9% gold" doesn't explain the value of the actual gold content.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 16:46 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

I wonder if Nikon will guarantee fail-safe operation, and accept liability if its lens-lockout "feature" prevents the legitimate use of the lens for an important job.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 19:08 UTC as 88th comment | 2 replies
On article Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo (114 comments in total)

This looks like just another way to suck uploaded photos from Facebook, and print them royalty-free. The insult is that they are facilitating and encouraging this activity.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 07:19 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On article Is 'fixabilty' a factor for your next tablet purchase? (14 comments in total)

I only want a Tablet that can take a drop onto concrete and continue operating while exposed to pouring rain and extreme temperatures. Considering the price of a fragile iPad, I don't see any reason why not to go the extra step and get a Tablet that won't break when exposed to real-world conditions.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2013 at 09:15 UTC as 6th comment
On photo Green tree frog in the Frogs challenge (3 comments in total)

Too cute!

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2012 at 06:25 UTC as 1st comment

Fascinating! A wild predator offering peaceful coexistence in its habitat. That's some intelligence there.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2012 at 05:34 UTC as 38th comment
On Article:2294878695 (2 comments in total)

The best lenses for portraits, landscapes, and motorsports with an APS-C format camera include:

Canon 17-55 f/2.8
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS
Canon 300 f/2.8

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 at 09:35 UTC as 2nd comment
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PaulSnowcat: The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing?

The youth replied, Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die.

Son, the man said, don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can't make a difference!

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said -
I made a difference for that one.

Hundreds of small starfish actually shouldn't be a problem for a small group of environmental conservationists. Cleaning up manmade trash and chemical waste, on the other hand, is a much bigger problem. If God doesn't like what you're doing with the starfish, He will send a jellyfish for you to step on, which is not a fun experience. I've picked up and returned to the ocean a few stranded creatures in the beach sand myself.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 10:09 UTC
On article Uploading your avatar (100 comments in total)

Oh, finally. I never understood that whole Gravatar thing. Thanks for the changeover, DPR.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2012 at 17:52 UTC as 20th comment

I recently switched to Google+ with Picasa, and I found it easier to use because of the lack of album size limitations and windowing oddities. What really matters is can Facebook be trusted, and I think the answer anymore is no.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:55 UTC as 16th comment

Assuming that there is no interference, the free market dictates that the price of photography will shift based on market demands. The problem is that this whiner doesn't want just any photographer. She wants an "amazing" photographer, which is not the same as someone who just shows up with a camera and "takes tons of photos and edits them." I'm sure there's someone in her area who's willing to work for what she's willing to pay, but she's excluding those people while also trying to control the price of what she wants. That's bad economics!

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2012 at 19:57 UTC as 60th comment | 2 replies
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