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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Chelloveck Re:Parallax. (415 comments)

[...] it's very likely it was a computer generated image and not even a photograph to begin with.

QFT. A friend of mine is a graphic artist who does, among other things, product catalog illustrations. It's standard practice for him to create a 3D computer model and render a photorealistic version of *that* instead of actually photographing the product. The time it takes him to create and texture the model is nothing compared to the time to set up lighting and everything for a photoshoot. That's especially true when you consider the time for retakes because the marketing manager decides the image would look better with the product rotated another 3 degrees counter-clockwise.

I'd be surprised if the close-up pictures of any new product were actually photographs. Model it, then churn out renders from any angle with any lighting effects you want. Yes, even an angle that manages to hide an embarrassing bulge here and there. It's nothing that hasn't been done by marketeers ever since... well, ever since advertising, really.


Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Chelloveck Re:Misleading links (318 comments)

When you select the link in the text "tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step." wouldn't you expect to see an article about the tool and actually have a link to the tool?

I clicked the link and got a Philadelphia NBC affiliate site. The article is titled "Apple Releases Tool to Remove Free U2 Album", so I'm definitely seeing an article about the tool. Within the article, in the first and last paragraphs, are links to the tool.

So what the hell are you bitching about?


AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Chelloveck Let's compromise... (236 comments)

Let's compromise. I'll only punch you in the face a little, and you get to decide which side I hit. That's fair, isn't it?

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Chelloveck Nothing to do with video (265 comments)

The underlying question has absolutely nothing to do with video, digitized from VHS or not. The question is, "How can I securely back up a shitload of data that I don't want to lose?"

Now that you've forgotten about the video aspect and just think of it as bytes, the problem is reduced to one that's been solved a zillion times over. Google "offsite backup".

Personally, I use RAID on my home NAS, and rsync the really important stuff daily to an encrypted 1.5TB drive sitting on my desk at work. If you don't have the bandwidth you could do essentially the same thing by carrying your external backup drive back and forth to your office (or friend's house, or safe-deposit box) weekly or monthly. Have a couple backup drives and just rotate them.

3 days ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Chelloveck Re: So-to-speak legal (417 comments)

The TOS only restricts you from running a proxy service, not for using a proxy service as a client.

Don't worry. They reserve the right to change the terms of service at any time, so that can change as soon as it becomes convenient for them to do so.

3 days ago

Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Chelloveck Re:First world problems. (608 comments)

I don't like U2. It didn't auto-download, but I'm annoyed it's in the list at all. Sure, it's just one album. Easy to scroll past, right? No reason to complain? How about when publishers decide this is a really good way to advertise? Release a band's album or a single as a free sample and get it listed on everyone's phone. Brilliant! Except that now I have tons of songs that show up in my "purchased" list that I never purchased, will never listen to, and don't want. They get in the way of the songs I actually *did* purchase and want to listen to.

That's what the complaint is about. Yeah, one album is no big deal. But the precedent's being set, and if we don't complain they're going to decide this is a good idea and keep doing it.

3 days ago

Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'

Chelloveck Re:I can simply ignore all health and diet advice (291 comments)

but at one point "research" showed that jeans were responsible for higher risk of cancer

I honestly can't tell whether you misspelled "genes" or there's actually a study that shows there's a correlation between cancer and wearing denim trousers.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Chelloveck The C pre-processor (729 comments)

The C pre-processor. The whole thing. The CPP is without a doubt the biggest WTF in language design. Hey, this C language is neat and all, but how about if we make it so that before you compile it you have to run it through a whole separate language processor with different syntax designed to do string substitution? And let's use that language to implement comments. And hey, how about using it to import common files? But since it's really just a string substitution, the import really just dumps a verbatim copy of the common file into the one being processed. If you have two identical include lines you get two copies of the common file inserted. Wouldn't that be *great*!?

Okay, I understand the historical context and why it made sense at the time. I really do. But from a modern perspective it's definitely not in any way the sane way to do it.

And for an honorable mention, how about the use of leading whitespace in Makefiles? Not only is leading whitespace significant, starting a line with spaces has a different meaning than starting a line with tabs!

about two weeks ago

E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

Chelloveck Re:Sounds uselesss to me (116 comments)

I have a phone with a 3.5" screen. It's just about useless for e-reading. Also, the idea that if all the troubled youth were just given books they'd read them is bogus. They *can't* read and if they could they still wouldn't want to.

I know I'm a dinosaur, but I was reading ebooks on my Palm III with its grayscale 160x160 pixel 3.3" screen. It's certainly not a "useless" form factor. I even preferred it to reading paper books, just because I could carry more around with me. Of course, I like to read. I agree that there's no way a crummy ebook reader is going to convince non-readers to hit the books.

about two weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Chelloveck It's Clear (789 comments)

It's clear that Russia has weapons of mass destruction. The US has no choice but to invade and force a regime change before Putin can totally destabilize an already volatile region. Who's with me?

about two weeks ago

New Computer Model Predicts Impact of Yellowstone Volcano Eruption

Chelloveck Re:Do they know more than they let on? (121 comments)

I just heard Phil Plait talking about coronal mass ejections wiping out satellites and the power grid, and possibly small electronics as well. That's my current favorite non-asteroid doomsday scenario. No direct danger to life or limb, it just takes out everything that makes modern civilization work. Hilarity ensues.

about two weeks ago

New Nigerian ID Card Includes Prepay MasterCard Wallet

Chelloveck Re:Excellent move for the government (62 comments)

When buying something expensive (like a home solar array) the salesman wants a credit check up front to know that you actually have some chance of paying for it. If you can't afford it he's not going to waste his time talking to you. If you can afford more he knows to push hard for an upsell. It's a shitty way of doing business, but that's how it's done.

about two weeks ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Chelloveck Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

The world's going to perish in fire when we finally get full adoption of IPv666.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Chelloveck Re:Uno, Scrabble, Apples to Apples (382 comments)

I have both Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity, and I prefer Apples to Apples. The gameplay of both is essentially the same but CAH derives most of its humor from being as scatological, gross, and kinky as possible. I understand why that appeals to people, I just generally prefer the tamer "good clean fun" version that can be played with kids and grandparents.

Or you can mix the two and play Apples Against Humanity.

about three weeks ago

California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Chelloveck Re:Star Trek (506 comments)

It's such a shame that humanity lost both electrical fuse and seatbelt technologies sometime between the 21st and 23rd centuries.

about three weeks ago

Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

Chelloveck I'm sorry, Dave... (108 comments)

Is it just me, or does it seem like a bad idea for an artificial intelligence project's web site to so prominently feature graphics with circles labeled "HAL"?

about three weeks ago

Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

Chelloveck TFA is Pointless (173 comments)

The article is pointless. Okay, Google is trying to replace the current "controlled" road test with a simulator. The article goes on to say how wonderful simulators are. So what? It says *nothing* about the current regulations. What are they intended to test? Are they done once per model? For every firmware revision? Every individual vehicle? Are they meant to be fully exhaustive or are they more on the order of the driving test a person must take to get a license? Without knowing what the current tests are there's no way to judge whether a simulator is an adequate substitution.

Pure personal speculation: I suspect that the main goal of the testing requirement is to give a warm fuzzy feeling to a non-technical person. It lets them see a tangible object responding to tangible threats. It probably puts the car through a series of common scenarios and some uncommon but easily imagined dangers, so the non-technical human can see the car dodge obstacles and walk away confident that the robot responds like a human would. If that's the case, a simulator will never be sufficient since it's not really a test of the car's performance, but a test of the human's confidence in the car.

about a month ago

BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

Chelloveck Don't worry (186 comments)

Don't worry, I'm sure it will regenerate soon enough.

about a month ago

Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

Chelloveck Re:Microsoft cannot compete in the marketplace... (159 comments)

For complex uses... it depends on the niche. Certainly for software development, Linux wins for basically everything except native and .NET Windows apps. For other uses, I will grant you, the professional-grade applications are not available (even if they run in Wine). But I'm not an artist. I'm a developer.

I agree that you should use whatever OS runs the apps you need. Here's some anecdotal evidence to throw into the discussion:

I work in a software shop with probably 100-200 developers. Our software runs on Linux, but on specialized hardware so far removed from the desktop that you might as well consider it an embedded system. Compilation and debugging is all done on the target machines. Some people do their edits on the target machine, others prefer to edit locally and copy to the target to compile. We have no IDE and no particular reliance on office suites or anything like that. As long as you have an ssh client you're golden.

So, the choice of desktop OS has absolutely no bearing on development here. Everyone gets a laptop. You have your choice of Apple or Dell hardware (both with pretty similar specs) and any OS you want. Of the entire population of developers, roughly 75% use Macs with OSX; 20% use Dell hardware with Linux or (Open|Free|Net)BSD; and 5% use Dell hardware with Windows.

There you have it. For one small sampling of developers where the desktop machine is purely personal preference, the desktop environment of choice is OSX.

about a month ago

News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Chelloveck Re:Sigh (748 comments)

If you approve of something, then you cannot tolerate it because tolerance implies disapproval. It's part of the definition.

tolerate: allow the existence, occurrence, or practice of something that one does not necessarily like or agree with without interference

It's not our fault that you can't read a dictionary, or refuse to accept the meanings of words. Look inward.

Look inward yourself. You missed a very important word in that definition: "necessarily". The definition says that it's not necessary to like or agree with something in order to tolerate it. Your approval is not needed to tolerate something, but it's not prohibited either.

After all, it's not our fault that you can't read a dictionary, or refuse to accept the meanings of words.

about a month ago


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