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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

quetwo Re:There's only one image organizing program (258 comments)

LR works with RAW files. iTunes/iPhoto converts them to JPEG. You lose all the raw sensor data, and any changes you make to the files are then destructive.

There's 5,000 more reasons why, but that is the biggest that comes to mind...

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

quetwo Re:Simplest is best (258 comments)

With the cost of spinning discs so cheap, why delete any of them (aside from the obviously bad blurry ones)? I've always had a habit of tagging photos as good or bad (in the metadata of the photos, using Lightroom), with the thought of deleting them one day if I needed space. Then my grandmother passed away and a whole bunch of photos that were deemed "meh," became much more valuable. For the cost of pennies to store them and keep them around I was able to create a photo album of passable photos that meant the world to my parents and extended family.

Worst come to worst, move them to slow storage (DVD's Bluerays, etc), if you don't want to keep them on spinning discs.

3 days ago
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Photoswitch Therapy Restores Vision To Blind Lab Animals

quetwo Re:Are you ready for a weekly needle in the eyebal (17 comments)

The thing is, this is just another step in progression. I don't think they are recommending this same procedure for humans. Sensitivity to light is a huge leap forward into restoring partial, then full sight. Conventional wisdom today says that if your retinas stop responding to light, you are done. This procedure allows them to begin responding to light via another mechanism. Sure, it's not sight at this point, but that is what further research will produce.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

quetwo Re:Copyright filter? (110 comments)

Creative Commons allows the author to specify if attribution is required. It is requested (optional) in the default CC license.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

quetwo Re:Remove != Improve (110 comments)

MS Clipart wasn't internal, or stored on your local PC since Microsoft Office 2003. It's gone online to download the clipart. In 2003 -> 2010 it cached them locally so that if you downloaded it once, it was cached on your computer so you could re-use it without having to download it again.

What was nice about the Clipart was they were all vector-based images. Meaning they scaled nicely. All the images that come up using the Bing search are 300x400 or close -- which looks like crap if you try to use it. Sure, most of the images in the clipart library were pretty bad and way overused, but at least they were pixelated crap.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

quetwo Re:Wildlife Fencing (525 comments)

Most of the highways have short field on both sides of the road. No trees, buildings, or other obstructions for the critters to hide behind. In most cases you can see a deer or cow well over a mile away along the side of the road...

about two weeks ago
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Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

quetwo Re:who cares? (101 comments)

I've seen it used mostly by people who used to carry around laptops to meetings, then switched to iPads. They replaced their iPads with this because it has a slightly better keyboard, and allows them to actually use Outlook (so they can schedule more meetings with shared calendars) or Project. I've seen a few IT managers carry it around because they can RDP into servers (they can use the VPN client that we use -- the iPad doesn't have the SSL-VPN software).

People don't use it for real work. They seem to be using it as fancy toys they bring to meetings. All the people I know who have one still have a real laptop, and still have a desktop.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

quetwo Re:8X cost increase up front (516 comments)

Just to dive into this a bit more. I just got quotes to connect three of the farms on our campus.

  $3.50/ft over the distance of about 15 miles for ariel. That includes sinking new poles, putting up the wire, purchasing right-of-way, etc.

> $900/ft over the distance of about 15 miles for buried. That includes concrete encasement, conduit, purchasing right-of-way, road construction and the engineering. We would also need power vaults every few miles for transformers and equipment to load the line properly.

So, in places where space is a premium and it's nearly impossible to have ariel (think of a downtown area like Chicago, NYC or LA), it makes perfect sense to bury. For other times the cost really is prohibitive. In a small downtown area with a very dense area there is justification to do it. You do gain some reliability, particularly from wind/snow/ice/car/hunter damage, but you lose some reliability if your undergrounds flood/overheat/catch fire. The chances of the undergrounds misbehaving are a lot less, but they still exist.

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

quetwo Re:innovation thwarted (137 comments)

The theory is that if you pay for broadband, you are paying for your connection to the infrastructure. So that cost is sent to the "data" side of the house.
The incremental cost for the TV channels they provide you are probably $1.00 (at least their hard costs going to the broadcasters).
Whey they get the bonus is the "number of households" that they can now increase to the advertisers (when they sell ads, they sell them based on how many households they serve). Additionally, they usually get a large amount based on the number of households subscribe to the shopping networks, jewelry networks, etc. On our cable system, we were offered nearly $1.25 per household for HSN.

Add all those up, and you end up with them making a few pennies on you. But ultimately, you become a stickier customer. If you start rely on them for CATV and have all sorts of shows on your DVR, then you won't want to jump to an AT&T, DirecTV, Verizon, etc. Also, if you are a CATV customer, the chances of you upgrading to a better package than not.

about a month ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

quetwo Re: Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

This election, and the last two districts I've voted in have used the "connect the line" form. You take the sharpie and complete the arrow that points to the candidate's name. It honestly can't be more obvious and simple than how they do it. When you are done, you walk up to a machine and stick in your ballot. The machine prints out a summary of your vote (as the computer sees it) on receipt paper, and you hand that to the election official to get your "I Voted" sticker. If you feel that the receipt paper didn't match your actual vote you have the choice of re-running the ballot or asking for a new one and having the previous one discarded. The print-out also will tell you if a selection was invalid because you voted for too many in one section or something didn't work right.

 

about a month and a half ago
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Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

quetwo Re:For a moment I thougt this was important (59 comments)

Nope. The Motorola that made RF equipment (CATV, Radios, etc) was spun off by Google to a company known as Arris (the Arris Group).

about a month and a half ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

quetwo Re:shouldnt this be illegal? (163 comments)

You would need to prove that 80% of those discriminated against were of a particular protected class. There is no way you could do this.

There is case law (I don't remember the particular case name, sorry), where a city had to close down a sidewalk in front of a school for a month for road construction. A person in a wheel chair sued the city because they were unable to reach the handicap ramp in the front of the building (but they were still able to get to the zero-barrier entrance on the side of the building). Since the city didn't go out of their way to discriminate against a particular class of people (they inconvenienced everybody), they didn't win the case. Now, had they only shut down the sidewalk immediately in front of the ramp, the results would have been different.

about 2 months ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

quetwo Re:shouldnt this be illegal? (163 comments)

Because they aren't changing the price based on skin color, disability, or any of the other protected classes. They are doing it to non-protected classes of people, which is which swell and dandy -- according to the law.

about 2 months ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

quetwo Re:Maybe you can't (256 comments)

In Michigan (and all the other states nearby, including Tennessee), you are permitted to drive a vehicle for the purposes of TRANSPORT and/or registration after a recent sale. In Michigan, a title dated within 3 days is all you need to be road legal (including driving without a license plate). Indiana and Ohio are 5 days, and Illinois is 7 days. The purpose of the law is so you can legally transport your newly purchased car without issues.

about 2 months ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

quetwo Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

It was more than just reinforcing an existing ban. It also prohibited Tesla from doing a showroom or direct advertising in Michigan as well.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's JavaScript Engine Gets Two-Tiered Compilation

quetwo Re:That's great (46 comments)

Of course, our HR and ERP systems took the exact opposite approach. They only support IE6.5 through IE8, or Firefox 14 - 19. Of course, they also force us to have Java 1.6 still installed because while their app runs on Java 1.7 and 1.8, they do some version checking and artificially block it.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

quetwo Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

Our office has pretty much replaced laptops with iPads for 90% of the people. They didn't need a portable device for anything other than checking their calendar, email and basic web browsing (since almost all of our apps are now designed for the browser, we don't need custom, PC based apps anymore). It turns out, when you do that, those people start to demand to be able to print their emails, web pages, etc. from those mobile devices.

And this is a growing trend. Look at all the business people carrying around iPads / Tablets in favor of heavier laptops.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

quetwo Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

Because then you have to write a front-end GUI for every OS out there -- Linux (all 200 flavors of it, because, you know..), Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Canon DSLRs, etc., etc.

It turns out, writing your GUI on top of HTTP is really nice, and means you just have to expose it, and let the browser on the existing OSs take care of the hard work of drawing the button on the screen.

about 2 months ago
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Flash IDE Can Now Reach Non-Flash Targets (Including Open Source)

quetwo Re:are you fucking kidding me? (57 comments)

Except they've pivoted and HAVE been making HTML5 authoring tools for the last 3 years. Edge, Muse, Flash (yes, it's been exporting to HTML5 for a while now), among others use HTML5 as their final output.

about 2 months ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

quetwo Re:Whew! (161 comments)

Powered by Nuance... Sorry, try again.

about 2 months ago

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