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Nokia Puts 41MPixel Camera In a (Symbian) Phone

kalpaha Shut up ignorant yankees (204 comments)

Keep making fun of Nokia ignorant yankees. One of the main reasons Nokia is non-existent in US is because it tried to stand up to the telcos and protect consumer's rights by not crippling the phones as per the request of your greedy-ass cellular carriers. I guess it won't be making that mistake anymore.

The 808 just goes to show that some companies still employ engineers instead of designers. I mean, Apple has to rip off that patented technology from somewhere. ( http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/apple-pays-up-licenses-patents-from-nokia/50558 )

I'm not new here, so I know it's a lot to ask, but in addition to reading the fucking article, I encourage everyone to read the white paper too: http://europe.nokia.com/PRODUCT_METADATA_0/Products/Phones/8000-series/808/Nokia808PureView_Whitepaper.pdf

Also check out the sound quality of the 808 recording (listen with good headphones or speakers to really appreciate the difference) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EbLFtF50y9A

more than 2 years ago

Droid X Gets Rooted

kalpaha Re:Why support companies that pull crap like this? (97 comments)

As far as I can tell, the real problem with the American phone market (maybe even in general?) is corporations assraping the consumer, gouging for money on features (tethering, ring tones, incoming calls/msgs etc. etc.) that are free and open to use with any sane provider (or sane country, where the gouging is regulated). So no argument there.

But really, against apple, a cheap shot it was not. Your bookstore analogy does not hold water, because bookstores in general do not set themselves up to be guardians of people's morals. I use a Mac both at work and at home and was a fanboy when most people were predicting the death of Apple, but jesus fucken christ is it ever hypocritical to allow apps with recorded speeches of a fascist, and at the same time ban:

  • satire (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/04/apple-bans-satire/)
  • flash
  • nudity
  • the word "Android" (http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/188760/apples_bans_go_way_too_far.html)
  • wifi hotspot tools (http://www.iphonehacks.com/2010/03/apple-bans-wifi-stumbler-iphone-apps-blames-use-of-private-apis.html)
  • facebook (http://www.product-reviews.net/2010/04/07/apple-bans-unofficial-facebook-app-for-ipad/)
  • any apps competing with them
  • jailbreakers (http://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/02/16/160241/Apple-Bans-Jailbreakers-From-the-App-Store?from=rss)
  • Dalai Lama in China (http://techie-buzz.com/tech-news/apple-bans-dalai-lama-apps-in-china.html)

They set themselves up for criticism because seemingly they apply a ban policy that is both very stringent and basically a "if we don't like it, we don't accept it". So without ever owing an iPhone or ever using the app store, going by the news coverage alone, Apple seems to like:

  • fascist speeches
  • farting sounds
  • making money

Ok, so they probably do not attempt to advance a fascist ideology, but it is totally perverted nonetheless. I'd get rid of my Macs if only they weren't so damn good products. Ironically, it is Adobe products on a hassle free Unixy platform that keep me locked to Macs. Luckily, with cell phones, there's ample choice.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Bans Jailbreakers From the App Store

kalpaha Those who would give up essential liberty... (507 comments)

Well, what do you expect, from a company that allows the speeches of a known fascist and disallows any mention of their competition?

more than 4 years ago

Mobile Wi-Fi Hot Spot

kalpaha Re:I already have one, its called an iPhone ... (202 comments)

What? You don't have 3G, can't share the connection with computers and pay $40? I can do that with my Nokia E75 and JoikuSpot for less than $14 (10 EUR) / month.

more than 5 years ago

Geek Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Corporation

kalpaha Re:Photographers and IP (616 comments)

Case in point: I'd like to get my kids' pictures taken. No print ad campaigns or web advertisements, just pictures of my kids, maybe myself and my wife. In the past we've used a place that takes really nice pictures, but they insist that the only way you can get their prints is to purchase print packages from them. I understand they are trying to make back their money invested in the initial sitting, but I can't wrap my head around how they are trying to take an old business model (selling photographic prints) and apply it to this new, digital age. All of their cameras are digital, but they won't sell me the RAW digital files, not for any price. However, they also delete the copies after 90 days, so they take digital pictures, print me out copies, then (presumably) destroy the originals.

I think photographers in large part are touchy about copyright issues because it's so easy to use a photograph and pass it off as your own or sell forward, etc. Also, if they sold you the RAW, then you could print it off to a hundred relatives, whereas now you need to buy the prints from them. But only giving 90 days to order as many copies as you'd like is very poor service.

I guess you could order a large print and then scan it back in. You could also see if you have anyone with an interest in photography in your circle of friends who would have a backdrop and some studio lightning equipment, or ask around in a photography forum like DPreview's Lighting technique.

Full time professionals may not like to negotiate flexible deals, but people who are just starting out taking portraits or doing it as a hobby would probably agree on a deal where you can use the results for non-commercial purposes as you will . Of course, It doesn't take a lot of equipment to get good quality portraits, but if the skill is not there, you won't be wanting to hang the results on your walls :-)

more than 6 years ago


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