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Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

sunderland56 Re:Why? (111 comments)

Quality bridge cameras ($300+ models) also have the ability to mimic a narrow depth of field.

If you have a real camera and lens, just shoot with the lens wide open and fast shutter speed; you'll have a narrow depth of field with no computer wizardry needed.


Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

sunderland56 Re:Why? (111 comments)

Why would I want to ruin large parts of a good image with this effect?

It's for camera phones: crappy, non-adjustable lens and cheap, noisy sensor. So it isn't a good image; deliberately blurring the picture can distract you from the fact that it is *not* a good image.


Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

sunderland56 Re:WTF?? (791 comments)

So, kid gathers evidence of bullying by other kids, gets charged?

When bullies grow up, they become policemen. The police protect their own.

4 days ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

sunderland56 Re:Surely ironic (275 comments)

Why satire? Given the current smartphone - is the prediction far off? Sure, the screen can do graphics *and* text, the keyboard is usually on-screen, and the removable storage is flash instead of floppy - but the basics are all there.

Plus, everyone is saying that the smartwatch is the 'future of wearable computing' - if true, the Byte prediction will be even closer to the truth.

5 days ago

Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

sunderland56 Re:Betteridge's Law sez "Nope." (157 comments)

They had me until "Silicon Valley".

They aren't building a computer - they are building a car first, an airplane second, with some computer bits inside it. So why choose some of the world's most expensive real estate? Why put your engineering far, far away from any place you could test the flying capabilities?

about a week ago

The Case For a Safer Smartphone

sunderland56 Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (184 comments)

In several states (Colorado, Connecticut, for example) it is perfectly legal to drink a beer while driving.

Sadly, of course, there are many people who cannot drive safely even if they are not eating/drinking/phoning/etc - they are just bad drivers. And if they cause an accident, it will get written up in the papers as "lost control of their vehicle" and they will generally not be charged with anything. That needs to change too.

about a week ago

Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

sunderland56 Re:Do I have to? (64 comments)

No... I believe the gaming all happens at the boarding gate. You're not allowed on the plane until you get a perfect score on the emergency testing.

In other news: airlines have banned everyone over the age of 40 from ever flying again.

about two weeks ago

NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

sunderland56 Much maligned Google goggles (104 comments)

"the much-maligned Google goggles"

They aren't maligned as a working tool; they're maligned as a geek toy.

Wearing a welding helmet while welding? OK. Wearing a welding helmet to the local bar? Expect some ridicule.

about two weeks ago

Bunnie Huang's Novena Open Source Laptop Launches Via Crowd Supply

sunderland56 Great project, but.... (88 comments)

$1,995 for a laptop??

How does an open-source machine cost so much more than a closed, proprietary one sold by a for-profit corporation?

about two weeks ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

sunderland56 Re:Hey you, early USB plug apologist (208 comments)

A D-shaped connector - instead of a square one - would not have cost any more, and would have eliminated a LOT of frustration over the past 18 years.

about three weeks ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

sunderland56 Re:Voltage != Power (208 comments)

I wish people would stop using data ports and data cables for charging things.

about three weeks ago

NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

sunderland56 Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

This. NASA is not a political body and should not act like one.

If an anti-science President gets elected in 2016, will the world refuse to stop working with the USA? If they did, wouldn't we be upset?

Russia didn't refuse to work with the USA when America invaded Iraq, did they?

about three weeks ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

sunderland56 Re:Fuck Facebook (149 comments)

Fuck Facebook

So, you're saying that "Deep Face" is a euphemism?

about a month ago

Facebook's Face Identification Project Is Accurate 97.25% of the Time

sunderland56 Re:I am the 2.75% (149 comments)

There is no mention in the article of their testing methods; I'll wager that they mainly used caucasian faces. If you're asian, I'd bet that your chances of staying anonymous are much higher.

about a month ago

Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

sunderland56 Re:Eh..... (153 comments)

* Apple has Boot Camp because they have to allow Dual Booting in order to lure in the majority of computer users

Most users who want to use Windows software on a Mac will use some virtual solution like Parallels; then they can run Windows and MacOSX software at the same time, without waiting 5 minutes for a reboot.

Really, I think someone deep inside Apple did it as a prank. It is great fun to hang out at Starbucks, and watch the reaction of all the other MacBook users when they suddenly realize that you are running Windows.... on a MacBook.... heads have been known to explode.

* Of course Apple provides the Windows drivers for Apple's own machines; every vendor that supports Windows has always had to do so.

There are enough drivers built in to a standard Windows distribution to allow most common hardware to just run, no special vendor drivers needed.

about a month ago

Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

sunderland56 Re:nothing new... (153 comments)

If you're going to spend the time, why not configure your own virtual environment, where you can run both simultaneously?

Finally, a valid use for the Windows key: to switch your machine in and out of Windows!

about a month ago

As the Web Turns 25, Sir Tim Berners-Lee Calls For A Web Magna Carta

sunderland56 Re:Nice idea but.... (80 comments)

The original Magna Carta is 799 years old; even after all that time, the concepts in it are far from universal even today.

about a month ago

Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

sunderland56 Re:nothing new (58 comments)

pingback and trackback [...] are quite usefull to boost the popularity of your website

A DDOS just means that your website is *very* popular at the moment. So those under attack should be extremely happy, right?

about a month ago

The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

sunderland56 Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

United Air Lines: 700 planes, $100K each, that's $70 million. Their total profit last year was $400 million; so you're asking them to fork over 18% of their total profit, for *zero* additional revenue, and virtually zero benefit.

I'd rather them spend $100k per plane on safety improvements to help prevent planes from crashing in the first place.

about a month ago


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