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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

lhaeh MOD PARENT UP (192 comments)

I don't see crop factor mentioned anywhere in the title, interesting stuff about sensor noise though.

about a week ago

Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

lhaeh No mention of crop factor WTF? (192 comments)

Notice how the 5dMKII pics are zoomed out? That is because it is a full size sensor. Due to sensor crop, the image produced by the other two cameras gets zoomed in by a factor of 1.6 or so. Naturally, you can see more detail if it is zoomed in. Also, the reviewer is talking about having issues with camera shake while on a tripod, has he not ever heard of a remote shutter release?

It is interesting to wonder how much process size vs. pixel density effects sensor noise, and Samsung certainly has some nice fab facilities.

Still this reviewer seems like an idiot or a paid shill. I’ll wait for something from DPReview.

about a week ago

US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

lhaeh Can they be blockled/filtered? (119 comments)

It would be nice if this can be protested by making a list available of these BT, and all popular exchanges chooseing not to accept them. At the very least, it would devalue them.

about 2 months ago

Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

lhaeh This reason was the best one I heard. (399 comments)


Reddit user "cranbourne" says:

        Microsoft dev here, the internal rumours are that early testing revealed just how many third party products that had code of the form:

        if (version.StartsWith("Windows 9")) { /* 95 and 98 */
                } else {

and that this was the pragmatic solution to avoid that. /Stolen from soylent news.

about 4 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

lhaeh Re:Why does MADD not support Uber? (507 comments)

I suspect it would be much more then 15%: Speak to any cabbie, they make the vast amount of their money on Friday/Saturday night, but work the rest of the week because the licence owner requires that. If random joe with a car that he uses for other purposes decides to make some extra money on the weekend, I suspect he will be able to charge much less.

about 8 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

lhaeh Re:f*ck über (507 comments)

Why not give the people the choice? If über is so bad, peopel won't use it.

I'd much rather spend a bit more time in traffic then spend a bunch more money.

about 8 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

lhaeh Why does MADD not support Uber? (507 comments)

You would think MADD would support deregulation of the taxi industry. Afterall, a big reason people drink and drive is because of the high cost of cabs. It's almost as if they care more about keeping people from drinking them keeping them safe...

about 8 months ago

NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

lhaeh Actually... (607 comments)

I read about this one a while back:

It's pretty amazing how it works, I didn't know anything nearly this advanced was around until I accidnetly stumled across its wikipedia page.

about a year ago

Can a Regular Person Repair a Damaged Hard Drive?

lhaeh Re:For the 57th time on Slashdot (504 comments)

I did exactly that and it worked well for the 120BG drive I tried it on. I attached a USB PATA adapter onto it, then a power supply that came with the adapter, put a ziploc bag around that, sucked the air out, put tape around the opening where the wires came out. Closed the freezer door with the wires sticking out and waited an hour before hooking the drive up. No point in doing it while the drive is out of the freezer since they heat up fast. Best to do it where the cold air comes out and turn the temp down as far as it will go too.

In my case, I think it was the electronics heating up that was the problem, not a mechanical issue, but it worked.

about 2 years ago

83-Year-Old Woman Gets New 3D-Printed Titanium Jaw

lhaeh Why not stainless steel? (121 comments)

Not just in this case, but in general for medical implants. Sure it is heavier, but it is much stronger, just as corrosion resistant, and non-magnetic.

more than 2 years ago

MySpace Loses Ten Million Users In One Month

lhaeh MOD PARENT UP (336 comments)

From the original article:
"Tech industry analysts comScore say figures show MySpace lost more than 10 million unique users worldwide between January and February."

more than 3 years ago

Electric Cars May Be Made Noisier By Law

lhaeh Electronic transponder system (620 comments)

It seems unnecessary to make things nosier for everyone when the number of people that need the noise is very small. Why not just have an electronic transponder system so that people can know where cars are relative to them. It would even work on vibration for those that are blind and deaf. It could give out more information, like speed and direction, and it it could work from further away if necessary.

more than 4 years ago

Yahoo! To Close Delicious

lhaeh They are also kiling Altavista (311 comments)

From looking at the leaked slide, they are getting rid of Altavista which has more meaning for me. Delicious as just another Web 2.0 company, but Altavista was an early pioneer on the web and could have easily been what Google is now.

more than 4 years ago

My Camera ...

lhaeh Re:None of the above. (342 comments)

Yup, I went from a S3IS to a 300D a while back and couldn't be happier. Well, I do miss live view, video recording, and focusing manually is harder. The price was right though: I sold my S3 for $175 and got my 300D for $180 the next day.

The big difference in the two is sensor size (12x bigger IIRC) and all that goes with it: ISO400 on the 300D has about the same noise as ISO100 on the S3, and the 300D can go up to ISO3200 if need be. Shots that I needed a tripod for, can now be hand held. Exposures that took 5 minutes now take 30 seconds. I I put it on ISO100 then things are silky smooth.

The range of lenses is a nice help too: Reversal rings, and extension tubes give great macro results for cheap. Another cheap option I like are 50mm, fast lenses, they are great if I don't want to use a tripod: Even a F2 lets in about 2.5x more light then the S3 at F3.5, I just wish I didn't have to deal with the crop factor that are the bane of APS-C sensors.

more than 4 years ago

Google Chrome Now Has Resource-Blocking Adblock

lhaeh Most of Google's revenue is advertising. (335 comments)

Looking here we can see that, for 2009, Google made 23,651 million in revenue. Considering that 22,889 of those millions were from advertising, you have to wonder how long google will tolerate ad blocking in their products. Sure, it is fine now as not many people use chrome, and even fewer of those people install an ad blocking plug-in, but what about if it becomes more popular? Will they still tolerate it then? One wonders what would happen to google if Microsoft decided to make ad blocking default in Internet Explorer.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Handle Your Keys?

lhaeh Re:Carabiners (minimalist approach) (763 comments)

I go for that too. Keeps my phone from getting scratched and I can access them with my motorcycle gloves still on. I just can't get my hand in my pocket with motorcycle gloves on. The only real problem with the approach is fashion: It is almost as much of a fashion faux pas as having a cellphone on your belt.

more than 4 years ago


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