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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

davmoo Re: Gadget guys vs photographers (191 comments)

(I don't normally reply to ACs, but three of you bring up good points, which outweighs the one asshole.)

Actually, no on the toe. Of course there are shots where the gymnast is in a type of pose that doesn't need to be immortalized in a photograph. You'll get that in any sport where the standard method of shooting is "spray and pray" (set the camera on continuous shooting, hold down the button as the gymnast starts a flip, and pray you get a good printable shot at the peak of the flip). And yes, I go through and make sure those don't go out in the wild. But in all honesty, I've never seen a camel toe shot in the schools I shoot at. High school leotards are designed to prevent just that sort of thing. If a high school gymnast is showing toe, then the coach did a really poor job of selecting leotards for the team.

As for the "reasonable suspicion" part, no it really isn't. You'll see more skin at any public beach (and probably most shopping malls in the summer) than you will at a high school gymnastics meet. And most gymnastics meets are so lightly attended that the parents and coaches generally know quickly if anyone suspicious is showing up. If someone unknown shows up and just starts taking photos, someone else is going to ask questions. I started out by taking photos of a family member and her friends on the team 8 years ago, I didn't just randomly walk in off the street with a camera and start shooting. There's also the part, at least in my state, where one must obtain permission from the school principal or the state sanctioning body (depends on particular meet) to distribute the photos commercially. And finally, getting good gymnastics photos is not a cheap endeavor, nor is it something you're going to learn overnight. You're generally in a very large room with piss poor lighting and a strictly enforced rule of no flash photography, and photograph is only allowed in certain areas if you're shooting from the actual gym floor and not the stands. You ain't going to get even passable shots with an entry level camera you bought the day before a meet, a kit lens, and the camera set on "Programmed". A pedo isn't going to devote that much time, money, and effort to something that only lasts 12 weeks a year.

4 days ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

davmoo Re:Gadget guys vs photographers (191 comments)

Actually I hadn't thought of resale value, although that is an advantage for many and a very good point. I didn't think about it because I tend to use camera bodies until they start shedding parts :)

4 days ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

davmoo Re: Gadget guys vs photographers (191 comments)

Then the parents are in on it too, seeing as how they pay me to take the photos and all. The local paper is in trouble too, since they occasionally print my photos.

Please feel free to go fuck yourself. You're probably the only partner you can get. Actually your hand probably even rejects you.

4 days ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

davmoo Re:Gadget guys vs photographers (191 comments)

Camera bodies are indeed temporary, but they are still important. I shoot high school gymnastics. During the season, which started a couple weeks ago, I regularly shoot 4000 to 5000 images at each meet, and there will be 12 meets this season. I know my Canon 7D can take that kind of use week in and week out, and its on its third season now. That Samsung may take pretty photos, but it has no track record for dependability. If one were handed to me I'd use it for day-to-day "walking around town" shots, but I won't even consider using it as a main shooter at a gymnastics meet until its been out long enough, at least a couple of years, to have a reputation for taking heavy usage.

Yes, to answer other comments I've seen on this story, when you buy Canon (and Nikon) you're paying a premium for the name. But you're also buying a decades-long reputation of dependable cameras that can do the job and won't let you down. I'm willing to pay a premium for a quality camera body that I know I can depend on. Samsung has a long way to go before it has that kind of reputation in the camera market.

5 days ago
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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

davmoo They can propose all they want (181 comments)

Republicans in both the House and Senate can propose this legislation all day long. They can even vote to pass it. But ti still can't get around a Presidential veto, and in their wildest dreams the GOP does not have the votes to override a veto.

about a week ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

davmoo Okay, sort of. (358 comments)

To an extent I agree with Linus. Being nice is not what counts. Especially if the project has a deadline approaching. But at the same time, there is a difference between not always being nice and being a belligerent asshole. And many times recently its obvious that Linus may not see that distinction.

about a week ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

davmoo Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

Except that Bill Gates never actually said the so-called "quote" that is attributed to him.

about three weeks ago
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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

davmoo Good luck to him (156 comments)

I wish him luck and would love to see his vision put in to action. Unfortunately for him, and American space exploration, most of the members of his own party in Congress do not believe in science.

about a month ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

davmoo Re:Watson is a scientist (235 comments)

He didn't wait to be old to fuck over Rosalind Franklin.

about a month and a half ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

davmoo Here's an idea for him (201 comments)

He could use some of that money to set up a memorial of some kind for the memory of Rosalind Franklin, or make a big donation to Rosalind Franklin University.

about a month and a half ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

davmoo This could be turned in to a good thing. (289 comments)

This will all but guarantee that every student in the school system will read the page the school board is removing. Everyone knows that the quickest way to encourage a teen to seek out and read something is to remove it or ban it and tell them its not permitted.

about 2 months ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

davmoo Re:Don't totally agree (224 comments)

So tell me...did your not voting change anything. Nope. All it did was gave other people more power over you. The idiots in power know they can count on people like you who don't even try to keep their hold on power. Well done, Citizen Sheep.

about 2 months ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

davmoo Don't totally agree (224 comments)

Yeah, partisanship has some to do with it. But the biggest problem that Mayday.us faces is apathy and the fact that nationally 62 percent of those legally eligible to vote did not do so.

If you are American and you voted Tuesday, regardless of who you voted for, good for you! But if you did not vote and you were legally entitled to do so, go look in the mirror and you'll see why American government is as fucked up as it is. When 62 percent of eligible voters do not do so, America gets the government it deserves. And don't give me that "My not voting is a protest!" bullshit. All you do by not voting is magnify the voting power of the far right, which is the group most likely to go vote in American elections, and is the very group that is most likely to support the leaders you do not like.

about 2 months ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

davmoo Doesn't matter who wins (401 comments)

It doesn't make any difference what so ever for the next two years regardless of which party of assholes controls the Senate. Neither party in their wildest dreams is going to get enough seats to break a filibuster on their own, much less get enough seats to override a Presidential veto. And if a Republican controlled Senate forces another shutdown, Millionaire Mitch will, once again, be proven to be a liar, since one of his campaign promises has been that he will allow no more shutdowns if he becomes Majority Dumbfuck of the Senate.

So ultimately, no matter who wins on Tuesday, America loses for at least two more years.

And this has absolutely nothing to do with "News For Nerds".

about 3 months ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

davmoo Yawn (594 comments)

I'm so old I remember when Wired was relevant.

about 3 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

davmoo Shut up and take my money! (363 comments)

Although its not the primary reason I use VPN, I'll admit it...yeah, BBC, I live in the US and I use it to watch your programming. Because US factual and documentary programming sucks. And BBC America is a fucking joke. Just to name a few off the top of my head, if a BBC program has David Attenborough, Monty Don, or Fred Dibnah in it, I'll watch it. Even if its a show about watching paint dry. So instead of trying to find ways to lock out people like me, why don't you turn it in to a money making opportunity...shut up, take my money, and sell me a TV license.

about 4 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

davmoo Insignificant...unless you're the bird (521 comments)

According to Science News, anywhere from 365 million to 990 million birds die each year in the United States from crashing in to windows. Science News also reports studies that show 1.3 to 4 Billion birds die each year in the US because of cats. Compared to those numbers, power generation facility deaths are not even a blip.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

davmoo Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (331 comments)

Then by your statement, I would ask the same thing of people who run only Linux or OSX and swear they've never had a virus or malware. Don't tell me all Linux users check the source code, apply updates regularly, read their log files, etc etc. Because I've been in this rodeo long enough to know that the average Linux or OSX user pays as little attention to things like that as the average Windows user.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

davmoo Re: No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (331 comments)

Unread email never touches my machines. I read email via the web. Anything I want to save is then invited on to my machine. Ad servers used by sites like CNN and The Weather Channel are blocked in my HOSTS. Anything that requires a 3rd party extension to run inside Chrome requires my explicit permission to start. And those are things even a total n00b can do.

Oh, and here's the number one way I tell people to avoid spam and malware. I **NEVER** **EVER** install browser toolbars. In fact, when someone calls me to have me fix their machines after they've been infected with something, I automatically charge an addition $20 for every browser toolbar I find. If I've cleaned their machines before and warned them about toolbars, the additional charge goes up to $40 per toolbar.

And if I've caught a virus or malware somewhere, then it never did anything nor did it ever "phone home", cause me problems, encrypt my files, delete my files, screw up my display, increase my bandwidth, etc and so on. And I have yet to see an actual virus or malwar that had the intended purpose to do absolutely nothing.

about 5 months ago

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