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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

NeoMorphy Re: Simple Mode? (88 comments)

If you're worried, it boots off the sd card. You can have multiple sd cards, some with ML, some without. Though it's fairly simple by default.

about 5 months ago
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Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

NeoMorphy Running through a category is not the norm. (412 comments)

It's rare that they run a category straight through. I'm used to watching the players jump around the different categories trying to find the "Double Doubles". It's been that way as long as I can remember, this isn't new. There's plenty of forums that discuss optimum strategies for finding the "Daily Doubles" and how to bet on "Final Jeopardy".

Other trends I have noticed is that they usually avoid the math and science categories, I hate that!

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

NeoMorphy Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)

I think we should test that by executing criminals while monitoring their brain with a PET scan.

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

NeoMorphy Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (1038 comments)

You're outside the situation, as are most of us. You can't judge a situation that you have no emotional involvement in. For those who were directly affected, it is a lot different. Life imprisonment doesn't include torture or actual punishment, other than the fact that they lost their freedom. The people affected will constantly be aware of the fact that while he tortured and killed a woman and her unborn child, nobody was able to save her. But, there seems to be a lot people who wanted to save his life, give him a place to live, and take care of him for the rest of his life. He doesn't even have to work, he can just take it easy for the rest of his life. You're torturing the victims even more and turning society against them. What they want is obviously not an issue from his point of view when he killed that poor woman. They are the ones who were wronged, let them decide what they want for justice and closure.

It's too bad they couldn't turn back time and apply a "Justice Zone" effect like on "Red Dwarf". But I am sure there are people who would think that was cruel and unusual punishment.

about 6 months ago
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Mikhail Kalashnikov: Inventor of AK-47 Dies At 94

NeoMorphy Re:Karma Denied (283 comments)

It would have been far better had he been plugged by his own killing machine. If there has ever been an antithesis to the Nobel Peace Prize, the AK-47* is it. * given that it has a far larger body count than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

Didn't Nobel invent ballistite, which was later modified to create various versions of cordite, which was used to create the ammunition for the guns and rifles that killed so many people? And before he died, didn't he establish a lot of armament factories?

It might be possible that Kalashnikov invented the AK-47 to help his fellow countrymen and not for evil purposes. A firearm is merely a tool that can be used for either good or evil. If an opposing power is using firearms against you, then you have to defend yourself with firearms. And Russia did have to deal with a lot of opposing powers with firearms.

I would say that organizations that promote violence against peaceful entities would be more of an antithesis to the Nobel Peace Prize.

about 7 months ago
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How long do your computer mice last?

NeoMorphy Re:Obligatory IBM Mouse Ball Memo (361 comments)

I first saw that memo in the late 80s. One of the IBM field engineers brought it in, it was hilarious!

about 8 months ago
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How the LHC Is Reviving Magnetic Tape

NeoMorphy Re:Never underestimate the bandwidth (267 comments)

You can use "logical block protection" and multiple copies so that you can save archive copies in protected vaults, which will increase your data integrity by having multiple copies in different locations as well as increased protection from bit rot(from cosmic rays at least). Multiple copies can be created simultaneously, at the cost of tape drives.

You still have to read the entire disk copy to verify, which could take awhile if it's several TB in size. Though you still have several options to protect it from "bit rot", IE filesystems like ZFS and/or not using raid-0. If the data is important, you still have to back it up. Also, while it's on tape you don't have to worry about someone accidentally overwriting it with a single command. Especially the archived copies.

about 8 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

NeoMorphy Re:Disruptive technologies have long adoption cycl (810 comments)

Double check that research, that was an obvious BS work that has been debunked. In "Dust to Dust" they reference nickel mining techniques that were over 30 years out of date. They also based the energy cost on the lifetime of vehicle with the Prius having a lifetime of 109,000 miles and the Humvee 379,000, total BS. The same company revisited their biased article and reversed their views a year later, I'm guessing they were trying to save face.

Considering this all happened over 5 years ago, anyone still referencing that article obviously isn't very good at doing research. Environmental benefit was tertiary in my decision process, but I can't stand it when people reference ridiculously inaccurate articles in an attempt to make themselves look "smug".

Jetta drivers have been accused of being "smug". Do you feel you deserved that or did you buy a car that you liked and was happy with your purchase without thinking even once that you were superior. And when people stated that pickup trucks were more environmentally friendly than a diesel Jetta didn't you think it was frustrating that people could be so ignorant? And why the sudden need to compare suv/pickup trucks to high mpg cars? I suspect that whenever the gas prices increase, they get upset every time they go to the pump and they take out their frustrations on high mpg cars. Maybe they should stop trying to look bigger through their cars and instead consider getting a more frugal car like a Yaris, it's cheap, reliable, and gets good milage. I needed a bigger car, so I went with the Prius.

about 8 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

NeoMorphy Re:Disruptive technologies have long adoption cycl (810 comments)

OMG, you're killing me! It's amazing how many women have caught on to what an over-sized pickup truck with a dozen lights and super lift kit means. Since getting a Prius I noticed that some men(especially non-techies) looked down on them and women approved of them. I still don't understand the Prius hate, maybe if I bought a BMW or Humvee I would see the same thing.

about 8 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

NeoMorphy Re:Correlation is not causation (810 comments)

They're cheaper than they used to be. And some people like quieter cars that don't emit excessive heat and belch poisonous gases, the more you get used to them, the more other cars sound like harleys. Some people like harleys, I find them excessively noisy.

about 8 months ago
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Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

NeoMorphy Re:Disruptive technologies have long adoption cycl (810 comments)

People have been driving combustion automobiles since the industrial age. It takes time for new technologies to move through adoption stages, not to mention time for manufacturing costs and yields to improve.

They adapted fine to most everything else.

Power steering, power brakes, steer by wire, brake by wire, cd player, seat warmer, rear defrost, powered side mirrors, keyless entry, keyless start, alarm system, electronic fuel injector, unleaded gas, powered seats, ICE's with computer chips, satellite radio, dvd player, radar detector, cruise control, remote start, airbags, pressure sensors for the tires, halogen lights, powered moon-roof, shoulder belts, ABS, rear video camera, radar assisted parking, radar warning for when you are about to hit the car in front of you, automatic transmission, lojack, etc. I remember when most of these didn't exist. I remember having to warm up the car because it had a carburetor, thank goodness for EFI. Some of these features make a big difference in driving a car, try driving without power steering, or even parking a car without it. Hybrid cars are a seamless change from regular cars, took me seconds to adapt to my Prius. Obviously a non-hybrid EV is a much bigger jump, but if someone doesn't like changes in cars, they're screwed, because cars have been changing every couple of years and if gas prices go high enough I'm guessing less people will stay loyal to ICEs.

about 8 months ago
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Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

NeoMorphy Re:This is not a fair comparison (310 comments)

This is not a fair comparison, the iPhone is twice the price.

You've got a Quad-Core ARM running at twice their Ghz and you barely post benchmarks ahead of a Dual-Core A7, you know you're stupid for buying one.

So, what you are saying is that the Nexus 5 is faster, but it needed twice as many higher clock speed processors, which is bad because it costs half as much or is it because it has a higher resolution display. And now that the iPhone doesn't have the highest resolution display, that's unimportant? Buying one of the fastest phones, that has a great display, has stock Android OS, and is cheap is stupid??? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

about 9 months ago
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Sleeper: LG G2 One of the Fastest Android Smartphones On the Market

NeoMorphy Re:Bigger is Better (108 comments)

Actually, the variety is increasing, especially in size. Some people want smaller phones, so you have phones like the mini, some people want bigger phones, so you have phablets.

My hands are big enough to comfortably hold an LG G2(feels similar in width to a Droid RAZR MAXX), and still flick any part of the screen that I want. There's plenty of room in my pants pocket, so that's not an issue. I used to carry a Palm Pilot with a Rhino case in my pocket, that was a lot bigger, this phone is very slim in comparison, even with a case. I'm far sighted, and even though I have reading glasses, it's a real pain trying to read tiny fonts on a small display. The display on this phone is incredible! It reminds me of the Samsung S4, which had the first display to impress me in years. The quad-core power on this phone is fantastic. Shredder Chess and Stockfish must be playing in the 2400+ range now.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who likes a display that's easy on the eyes, and if it still fits in your pocket and your hand, it's not too big.

And it has an IR blaster too!!

about 9 months ago
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Gravity: Can Film Ever Get the Science Right?

NeoMorphy Re:I get what he's saying here (438 comments)

That was one of the worst parts! They already stopped and were in the same orbit. When he lets go he should have just hovered there. Afterwards he should realize how silly he was and reclip and gently tug on the tether so he could head back.

Obviously, Hollywood wanted to use a cliche "you need to let me go or we'll both die!", except there was no cliff.

There were a lot of bad physics in the movie, more bad than good. I saw "Machete Kills" the night before, and that was more realistic. I'm betting that "Machete Kills again..In Space" will be more realistic as well.

about 9 months ago
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If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

NeoMorphy Re:Hooray! (577 comments)

I worked in Rexx on MVS and OS/2 in the early 90s. I'm astonished it's not dead and buried.

Unless IBM decides to port another scripting language like Perl or Python to Z/OS(OS/390,MVS) and z/VM/CMS, REXX isn't going anywhere.

I've used REXX on MVS, VM/CMS, and OS/2, it's a lot better than Exec or Exec2. But after moving to UNIX and learning Perl, I never looked back.

about 10 months ago
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The Difference Between Film and Digital Photography (Video)

NeoMorphy Re:Love camera phones (182 comments)

My first DSLR was a Canon 5D3. it isn't top of the line, but it was a bit pricey, and I've had a blast with it. I've been learning so much on how photography works and what can be done with it (and videography too). I put it on manual about and 2nd day I had it and have been learning since then how to shoot and get the effects "I" want.

You bought a nice camera! If you haven't tried "Magic Lantern" yet, you should check it out. It takes it to another level. I Don't have a mkIII, or even mkII, I have a t2i, which can use "Magic Lantern", but if I didn't have family/kids/mortgage etc. I would have that camera! It's a very nice camera and a very nice camcorder in one package.

If you do your research and if you are willing to learn what you can do with your camera, then of course you should get a nice camera if you an afford it! You'll get the full benefit, professional or amateur. A nice camera also allows for a greater range for what you can learn. There are a lot of people who spend as much money on playing golf and are not professionals, but not as many people question the cost or time. Compared to the old days, when you needed a darkroom and had to buy film/chemicals/photographic paper/enlarger, you can buy a nice dSLR and not spend as much as back then.

about 10 months ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

NeoMorphy Re:GNOME: We don't want Microsoft to have all the (729 comments)

That's why I switched to XFCE when GNOME 3 was released. I know what I'm doing thank you! Lowest common denominator design will lead to a low quality production.

If that was true, then wouldn't that imply that MS Windows is a low quality product?

about 10 months ago
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Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way

NeoMorphy Re:Intergalactic space (199 comments)

Commonwealth Saga?

about 10 months ago

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