* Posts by M Anton

17 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Mar 2008

What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

M Anton

Sod the planes, wot about the camera gear?

Nearly 50 comments and no one's asked how / why the author was tooled up with an £11,000 lens - http://bit.ly/19ovuFI

Enquiring minds would like to know

This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace

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These sorts of images take a phenomenal amount of work

I shoot 360's panos for fun and even basic 8 shot spherical panos can take a lot of effort to look good.

I've only done a few 100Mp panos tests and these have taken some decent effort to set up. Bright sunlight is a contrast nightmare so cloudy days give much more consistent exposures and don't even go there with accounting for subject movement and depth of view/field.

Yes it's a shame there are obvious stitching artefacts but that is a serious amount of images and data to crunch. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a solid week's worth of stitching time.

This pano of the 2013 Superbowl 'only' had 220 images - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130204/super-bowl-xlvii-gigapan/.

On a connected note, have a look at this article on shooting ultra hi res artwork - http://factum-arte.com/eng/technology/clauss.asp . The £1K camera body would have been the cheapest bit of that platform.

Brits are so outraged by Amazon, they voted it TOP for shopping

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Originally got an account with Amazon back in 98 but stopped using them last year after a particularly poor customer service experience.

Unlike JDX @ 13:34 they flatly refused to send a replacement camera lens that I'd ordered from them that their Chitylink implant depot lost.

Lens was over £1K and despite numerous emails and conversations they were not interested in issuing a refund for over 10 days. They also weren't interested in restoring my faith in their services so I've taken my business elsewhere.

BOFH: CSI Haxploitation Cube Farm Apocalypse

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One of the best ones from Mr T

And for more CSi image manipulation bolx, this made me chuckle a few months ago; - http://www.nuk3.com/gallery/comedy/1456/CSI-Enhance-Numberplate.html

WW2 naval dazzle-camo 'could beat Taliban RPGs'

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The British Army tried this in Berlin in the 80's

Granted it wasn't dazzle' schemes but blocks of urban colours applied to various vehicles.

Chieftain tanks appear to be the most popular subject to get painted.

http://www.emlra.org/articles/berlin_brigade.htm and here's a shot of one I took in Bovington in 2008 http://www.pbase.com/m1ke_a/image/99547512.jpg

Sony Walkman NWZ-A845 media player

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target audience? - Luddites? ;-)

I have a shot to pieces Nokia 6310 as a phone and my missus, who's never sent a text in her life, has a brick of a Sony job (it might get used once a month if that).

All our music has been ripped at 320kbs CBR and FLAC and whilst FLAC support would be very very nice but that's going to need 130GB+ of space so we're happy to stick with the mp3s, but would ideally want 32Gb of space. We have some fairly decent headphones as I like to listen to decent quality recordings (mp3 shortcomings notwithstanding).

We're not interested in squinting at a postage stamp sized screen for video or web. She uses the current player daily and when we're on hols.

I have four DLSR's and typically take about 15lb of camera gear on hols so again have no interest in a 'phone' with a camera.

So a standalone music player fits our criteria very nicely though I guess we're a very small demographic.

Garmin Connect exposes cycle trip details to world

M Anton

+ only really applies to people daft enough to start their GPS at their front door

and thus make a prospective burglar's job even easier.

Oh hang on, is that not common sense?

Apollo 11 moon mission reincarnated as website

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36KB or thereabouts

Having recently got the Haynes Apollo 11 manual for a friend, there is a section about the Apollo Guidance Computer having a RAM total of approx 36KB!

This wiki concurs - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_Guidance_Computer

Weary locals scratch Butt Hole Road

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Do Yorkshire folk have no sense of humour?

Cos here in Sussex we have the hamlets of Cocking and Filching (which aren't that geographically close btw)

Oh and there's a hill in Cornwall called Brown Willy.

DARPA in useful, easily-achievable project shocker

M Anton

adding to Trygve Henriksen's comments

I thought 'enemy' communication towers/masts/stations were a key target in the early stages of a conflict?

Despite the 'snigger at DARPA propellerheads' angle to this, you would like to think that they have considered this.

Unless they're gearing up for a conflict in a tech rich environment, i.e. Europe which has plenty of RF traffic. - Are the Russians coming again?

Bucks village repels Street View spycar

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So are these muppets...

also going to sue Panoramio, sorry Google for the pictures that have been posted on there by members of the public who subscribe to service? Oh hang on..................

One of the cars went past me this morning in Crawley but I didn't have an opportunity to 'wave' as it went by ;-)

Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other

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I reckon....

Simon Ball has this spot on and I wouldn't be at all surprised if one of the boats was also trying to get hull shots for the bragging tights.

Oh and another copy of "The Bluffer's Guide to Media Hysteria" for me too.

Council to crack down on Cracknuts Lane

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As a slight digression,

Lewes is quite close to Plumpton and Chailey, two places that /may/ have given their names towards a childrens classic - http://www.t-web.co.uk/trumpvil.htm

Oh and as a resident of a nearby town, one of the outlying lanes was once called Sluts lane, but is now more charmingly called Snowdrop lane.

Northrop in electric blaster cannon milestone

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Another missed point?

Folk have commented on the likely issues faced with hitting (small) projectiles but I suspect this sort of tech will be deployed against decent sized non spinning objects, such as planes and cruise missiles.

I believe the Patriot missile system was originally intended as an anti aircraft platform which was why it's F&C systems had problems against the /ballistic/ SCUD missiles.

Trying to accurately target a very small and rapid object is probably just a big a challenge.

The war on photographers - you're all al Qaeda suspects now

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'Special' as in special needs

As a keen amateur photographer I've had a couple of 'discussions' with specialcommunitysupportjobsworths.

A lot of this unfortunately boils down to people either on their on little power trip, or being woefully out of their depth on stuff they should know as part of their job.

You'd like to think common sense would prevail but unfortunately we're lumbered with this nanny state mentality which is allegedly for "our own good".

Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

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Had this conversation with Lester....

a couple of years back when El Reg were running T shirts with 'Unix Practical Terrorism' written on them and a cartoon alarm clock cum bomb picture.


Nine Inch Nails cracks net distribution (maybe)

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No one's mentioned Year Zero remixed

This wiki is good enough as a start point


On the (data) DVD is every individual instrument track of every song, allowing you to remix what ever you like and also share with everyone.

Now I believe this is a first and is testament to the man's commitment to making his music available in every possible manner.

Can anyone imagine MS releasing source code for an app??? .... errrm guess not....