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  1. Tannin

    HOT

    Better now?
  2. Tannin

    dSLR thread

    There will be any number of clueless cashed-up gearheads who will happily hand over US$10k+ to buy RF versions of the big whites they already have, simply because it will be a new product. Utterly pointless, but they will spend the money anyway. But you know this. Actually, I'd quite like an...
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    dSLR thread

    Perhaps. But there is no advantage to RF over EF when it comes to sport lenses. None. Zero. RF, exactly like EFS, offers a shorter distance between the back of the lens and the film plane. That is useful for wide-angle lenses, marginal for normal lenses, and offers no advantage whatever for...
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    dSLR thread

    ^ That would be insane. I don't believe it for one moment. Not only are mirrorless cameras inferior for sport and action work because of the lag, Canon don't even have a sport/action mirrorless model yet. They have no mirrorless product equivalent to the 1 Series, the 7D II, or the 5D IV. Camera...
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    dSLR thread

    Image processing differences are, in most instances, immaterial. Only where the photographer wants to perform major tonal adjustments (i,e., has left the field of photography in the true sense and is making a manipulated image instead) is it of any consequence. (Or, of course, in the case where...
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    dSLR thread

    It's not "of course" shooting raw. It is actually quite amazing how many photographers say this sort of thing without thinking about it. For some tasks, JPGs are clearly preferred. An example is sport on a deadline. And for nearly all tasks they have both advantages and disadvantages. In...
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    dSLR thread

    Meanwhile, back in the mundane world, the only thing I've bought recently is a Tamron 85/1.8 IS. At around $800 AU it's a mid-price lens, vastly cheaper than the Canon 85/1.4 IS and 85/1.2 and the Sigma 85/1.4 Art, quite a lot more than the ancient Canon and Nikon 85/1.8s. More importantly, it...
  8. Tannin

    LED flashlights

    Not quite Newtun, but near enough.
  9. Tannin

    LED flashlights

    mistake
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    Curved Ultrawide Monitors

    I don't still miss them. I have three, and use them often. I also have a superb (and mega-expensive) big Dell 16 x 10, which is the next best thing. Cold dead hands, Dave, cold dead hands.
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    New phone time: old-school

    A few months on and the report card is excellent. Battery life is as good or better than expected. It goes for about 9 days, but I usually charge it up once a week. When I travel and use it as a mobile hotspot, than can chew up the juice a bit, brings it back to less than a week. Battery...
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    Curved Ultrawide Monitors

    Why not just get one that is a more sensible shape?
  13. Tannin

    Windows 10

    Microsoft goes out of its way to mess you up that way, Angelwings. There are three reliable ways to beat it: (1) Pay double the price for a professional version of Windows 10 (2) Stick with Windows 8, which is faster and (assuming you are not brain-dead and use Classic Shell) has a better user...
  14. Tannin

    LED flashlights

    Are we still talking about Sarah?
  15. Tannin

    HOT

    September is fine. Beautiful time of year. Often superb in the south (it is the spring), the last month for traveling in the centre (it can get very hot there from October on), getting warm but still fine and clear in the north - it gets horribly hot and steamy from about the end of October on...
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    LED flashlights

    Are we still talking about Sarah?
  17. Tannin

    Hacked

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/13/hacker_extortion_scam/
  18. Tannin

    HOT

    Here in Oz, we aren't breaking any temperature records just now. It's mid-winter and generally mild. Without looking up averages, my impression is that it's a fairly normal winter - which probably means it's an unusually warm one: these old bones reckon an actual normal winter is very cold. We...
  19. Tannin

    LED flashlights

    I do not understand that last post. Somebody remind me not to check in on this thread anytime soon just in case someone explains it, I don't think I want to know.
  20. Tannin

    HOT

    Ouch! 46 is seriously hot. I've experienced 46 and 47 on only a handful of days. Some were in the Western Australian and South Australian outback, which is one thing. One was Black Saturday right here in Ballarat, which is generally cool by Australian standards, though can be hot in summer. That...
  21. Tannin

    Hacked

    I'll give you Sydney to a brick that their RDP keylogger runs only on Windows (if it even exists, which it almost certainly doesn't). You could simply ignore the whole thing other than changing passwords and be 99% safe. Are you happy with 99% Perhaps for peace of mind you could nuke it and...
  22. Tannin

    Proposal for a tipbot system using cryptocurreny

    So it's basically just the same as money then?
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    Proposal for a tipbot system using cryptocurreny

    Well? So am I. By the way, what is a cryptocurrency anyway?
  24. Tannin

    Proposal for a tipbot system using cryptocurreny

    Wow. Much of the rest of the world (outside America) regards tipping as demeaning, which it is. The last thing any sensible person would want to do is encourage it. If you want somebody's services, or if you want to provide a service to someone, negotiate an honest price and stick to it. If...
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    HOT

    What is "hot"? I don't remember "hot".
  26. Tannin

    LED flashlights

    It seems that I forgot to update this thread, and in particular to thank Stereodude. My apologies.
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    Extremism in feeds. Why?

    Ha. well spotted. I didn't know that that was even a thing.
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    Extremism in feeds. Why?

    A funny thing. Two hours ago, Google introduced a new feature. If you hover over the written description of any video, a symbol like a three-dot colon now pops up. You can left-click on it and select "not interested". Neat! Or, in other words, Seek and ye shall find. Ask and ye shall receive...
  29. Tannin

    dSLR thread

    People say I love my 100-400 II. That is untrue. I just say that I love it to get it into bed with me.
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    Extremism in feeds. Why?

    If you log in, Lunar, there are two differences: (1) You can set preferences, for example, turn off the bloody auto-play, set notifications, preserve history, find stuff much more easily, like and unlike things. This last is handy because you can (for example) easily find something you watched a...
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    Extremism in feeds. Why?

    I use Chrome for Youtube, Handy. My policy is to use other browsers (Opera, Firefox, Vivaldi, Palemoon, Seamonkey) for all of my browsing except Youtube and similar Google services where there is no privacy anyway. I use ad-blockers on all the others, not on Chrome. I don't really mind...
  32. Tannin

    dSLR thread

    This is indeed a lot of money for a fairly small lens. You would expect it to be physically much smaller than a 500/4. After all, the f/4 lens needs to collect twice as much light so (to a first approximation) the f/5.6 should be half the size. Nikon can be pretty damn silly when it comes to...
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    Extremism in feeds. Why?

    This is really weird. In fact, it brings out the paranoid conspiracy theorist in me. I can't find any rational explanation for it. Over the last month or so, Youtube has started throwing up right-wing extremist and similar sites in my feed. All the time. Along with my normal Youtube stuff -...
  34. Tannin

    Very small laptop. Dell's nice horrorshow

    By the way, if I happened to have a spare Windows 8 licence (I probably don't, but just suppose I did), would that take any less space? Not that I'd waste a perfectly good Win 8 licence on this machine, just asking out of curiosity.)
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    Very small laptop. Dell's nice horrorshow

    Dave, Dave, Dave ... why am I not srprised? Chewy, as I wrote above "Sadly, and much against my better nature, I have opted not to return it for refund. Instead, I bought a 64GB micro-SD card (another $40) which makes it OK for someone with my skills (but not, repeat not, a typical user with...
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    Very small laptop. Dell's nice horrorshow

    My budget was rock bottom, Lunar. I need this unit (or something like it) for a trip to Sri Lanka shortly, but it is unlikely to get much use and entirely possible that I'll never use it again. I prefer to do all my traveling in my own car, where I can take as much stuff as I like (within...
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    Very small laptop. Dell's nice horrorshow

    You'd think so Lunar. No you'd catch me running a Snoopbook though.
  38. Tannin

    Very small laptop. Dell's nice horrorshow

    I wanted something small to take with me traveling, essentially just to upload photographs with. (I'm not taking my good Thinkpad: too large, too heavy, too valuable, too hard on batteries for this trip. Thought about my old 14 inch T-Series Thinkpad, which would be fine except it has USB 2...
  39. Tannin

    question Thoughts on Reconciliation With An Ex

    Hmmm ... some girls I have known change out of recognition, sometimes twice in five minutes. :)
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    question Thoughts on Reconciliation With An Ex

    Forstory, I can't comment on your particular relationship, of course, but you are saying and apparently thinking positive things. I like that. Those things you didn't see eye to eye on, have you both changed in regard to them? Are they things you can negotiate your way through together? (No...
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    question Thoughts on Reconciliation With An Ex

    Pay no attention to the negative, arrogant views above, Forstory. Staying friends with an ex is normal, healthy behaviour. Most civilised people do this. If you liked someone enough to want to go out with them in the first place, if you had enough in common to have a worthwhile relationship to...
  42. Tannin

    New phone time: old-school

    I think I'll resort to the charger. It's coming up to 10AM Saturday, which will be 8 days since charging, and I have 37% left. I had another half-hour of talk time yesterday, plus a similar amount of time mucking about on the Internet. (Mostly trying to connect to a customer's wi-fi to debug it...
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    New phone time: old-school

    Up to 6.3 days (6 days, 8 hours) now. I've used another 30 or 40 minutes of talk time. Battery says it has 50% remaining. So it's going to do a week easily. I haven't done anything heroic, turned off and uninstalled a few useless things, plus switched off the GPS (I don't need GPS to know that I...
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    New phone time: old-school

    And what day did we last charge it?
  45. Tannin

    New phone time: old-school

    Thanks Tea. Did you remember to mention the day of the week?
  46. Tannin

    Mid-range phone

    But it's not as if our good friend Lunar has ever used it in the past, why start now? :)
  47. Tannin

    New phone time: old-school

    Went down to The Good Guys (probably the best Aussie electrical retailer, now sadly taken over by JB Hifi and about to be gutted) to ask (a) What sort of SIM I needed for the horrible ultra-cheap little Samsung toy smartphone I already have. (I bought it a year or so ago ONLY for checking...
  48. Tannin

    When is a wide screen monitor too wide?

    When the aspect ratio exceeds 16:12.
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    New phone time: old-school

    Interesting that you mention the Motorola G5S Stereodude. My own research has identified it as perhaps the second-best smartphone around. (For a given value of "best" - in my case that means things like long battery life and sensible price. I can think of lots of things to do with $900, and none...
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