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Lytro Illum Light-Field Camera Lets You Refocus Pictures Later

dfghjk Re:Point and shoot (123 comments)

"Super depth of field" is meaningless without standardizing resolving power. A single pixel image has infinite depth of field after all.

A 40MP camera that renders a 4MP final image gains an inherent 3x increase in perceived depth of field just due to the lost resolving power of the anemic output resolution. When seen in this context, it's not really a cool product at all.

If you took at 40MP conventional sensor and stopped the lens down until diffraction limited the resulting sharpness to 4MP, you would have a soft images with "super depth of field". Can Lytro beat that? No. Can Lytro produce a sharper image when DOF requirements are lower? No. Conventional imaging can. Lytro allows you to refocus after the fact but what it requires is that you accept terrible resolution always. It is a crappy imager for people who don't know any better.

You have to compare what the the camera is capable of to what you could otherwise do with the same sensor and a conventional approach. Lytro isn't interested in that comparison at all.


Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

dfghjk Re:How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

"If Compaq had put a cellular radio in an iPaq, we would have had Windows Phones circa 2000, LONG before the iPhone."

We did have Windows phones long before the iPhone. We also had Palm phones and Symbian phones long before iPhone. There was an entire market full of such devices. Compaq was not needed to make that happen.

Those phones all had web browsers, too. Apple didn't invent that either, nor did Opera.

Apple's innovation with the iPhone was (a) a touchscreen keyboard that worked with your fingers, and (b) a platform that didn't crash daily. The form factor had already been done as had the basic UI. The iPhone wasn't even a smartphone at its introduction. It took another year before you could write apps for it.

about a month and a half ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

dfghjk Re:er, not really (406 comments)

By the time the iPhone came out, there was no one competent at Palm (if there ever was any). Smartphones at Palm weren't created there anyway, they were bought in the Handspring acquisition.

"Head of UI team" at Palm is not a qualification nor would such a person recognize that they had been ripped off. They weren't involved in their own products to begin with.

Threaded text messaging was another Palm innovation stolen by Apple. Bet the head of UI didn't know that either.

about a month and a half ago

Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

dfghjk Re:Holy cow, a decent idea! (597 comments)

This is, of course, the correct answer and one that has been known for ages. This is how primary education is done and is the motivation for land grant colleges. College used to be affordable in-state or even free.

We don't need to invent a new solution, we need to return to what we used to have. Restore education as a public service, it should not be a profit center and our kids should not be turned into indentured servants.

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds Gives 'Thumbs Up' To Nvidia For Nouveau Contributions

dfghjk Re:Why do Free/Open Source gurus use Google+? (169 comments)

From the article you linked to...

"Although not released until 1992 due to legal complications, development of 386BSD, from which NetBSD, OpenBSD and FreeBSD descended, predated that of Linux. Linus Torvalds has said that if 386BSD had been available at the time, he probably would not have created Linux.[32]"

A 386 BSD *had* "existed" but it's future was cloudy due to lawsuit. Had the timing of those legal questions been more favorable, there would be no Linux today.

about 3 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

dfghjk Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

"RAID doesn't protect against user stupidity ..."

In fact, RAID 6 depends on it.

about 3 months ago

95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

dfghjk Re:Price? (346 comments)

"It won't. Is this extended support going to avoid XP from being replaced? I bet not. Therefore paying for the extended support *plus* replacing is certainly going to cost more than just replacing."

Which is why you should buy a new car tomorrow, even if you bought one just last week.

about 3 months ago

95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

dfghjk Re:Price? (346 comments)

"Anything that can run Windows 7 could run linux.
Anything that can run embedded Windows 7 would have no problem running linux.
Or OpenBSD."

And what support contracts do those come with?

Windows XP continues to run after the support contract ends. By switching to any of the ones you mention, they would simply be spending time, money and effort to move the support end date up to now.

about 3 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

dfghjk Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

This comment is filled with stupid.

about 3 months ago

Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?

dfghjk Re:iPads do support HTML5 (234 comments)

"To me, the term "mobile browser" brings up the specter of the old browsers one typically found in phones before the iPhone..."

So the problem is your understanding of what a mobile browser is.

The iPhone, in fact, defined the first mobile browser. Prior to that, phones tried to make browsers work just like desktop versions.

about 4 months ago

Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

dfghjk Re:Already being done. (296 comments)

But peak/off-peak pricing is itself an artificial circumstance caused by inadequate infrastructure.

about 4 months ago

Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

dfghjk Re:Super Capacitors (296 comments)

A solution that could be better implemented centrally.

about 4 months ago

Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

dfghjk Re:Check that title (296 comments)

Until everyone does it and the pricing structure changes.

about 4 months ago

Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

dfghjk Re:"With its overtly Christian message" (1251 comments)

"The 10 commandments are of jewish origin, and are respected by muslims as well, since they are included in the quran. They didn't come from Jesus, so the 'overtly Christian message' comment just seems to be way off the mark and most importantly, it is technically incorrect."

What is hysterical about all if this is that it doesn't matter at all. It's all stuff made up by ignorant, primitive people thousands of years ago. The precise names we give to the people who originated it, as if we really knew, is irrelevant. Accepting your comments as accurate and meaningful implies there is a legitimacy to the topic that doesn't exist. It's the product of rantings of the deranges carried forward through centuries of ignorance.

Nothing came from Jesus since Jesus is a work of fiction. Doesn't mean there aren't "Christian messages".

about 4 months ago

Satanists Propose Monument At Oklahoma State Capitol Next To Ten Commandments

dfghjk Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (1251 comments)

"The downfall of modern society is the illusion of strength that the internet provides."

Look who's talking!

People make so much noise about knowing what the definition of marriage is. Gays don't care about that, they care about equal treatment under the law. "Might makes right" seems reasonable when it's your own prejudices that are threatened.

about 4 months ago

RMS Calls For "Truly Anonymous" Payment Alternative To Bitcoin

dfghjk Re:RMS in the afterlife (287 comments)

He never got far enough to look around because he was required to shower before entering.

about 5 months ago

Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

dfghjk Re:Also Linux friendly (271 comments)

The Seiki TVs are absolutely horrible as computer monitors ESPECIALLY for photo work.

about 5 months ago

Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

dfghjk Re:The distinction is minor (223 comments)

"The actual distinction in convenience is a half a second of fiddling per day."

This is, of course, wrong. Typical for /. though, people with utterly no experience stating things as fact and getting modded Insightful.

about 5 months ago

MenuetOS, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly Language, Inches Towards 1.0

dfghjk Re:Gotta ask ! (372 comments)

That is NOT why optimizing compilers were invented.

about 5 months ago

Soylent: No Food For 30 Days

dfghjk Re:calories (440 comments)

"On what evidence do you base your claim that the same number of calories per day will make you thinner if they come from a source that doesn't raise blood glucose?"

This is a really good question, in fact a central one. Now that you know what the question is, you could actually research it rather than have someone on /. do it for you. It is not "his claim", it is a fundamental truth.

about 5 months ago


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