Yosemite/mouse problem licked.
Turns out, not Yosemite at all. When I’d previously had some cutouts, I’d noticed it happened after abrupt mouse movements. Seems the battery door doesn’t push the batteries into full contact. I taped a piece of index card inside the door, and that fixed things. I’ve been having them so frequently lately, I thought - what the hell. Go for the easy solution. I slapped a full-length piece of duct tape over the taped index card (twice as thick as previously), and closed the battery door. No more ‘connection lost’ inconveniences.
And my apologies for picking on you, Yosemite.
ReadWrite: Weaponized Drones Are Now Legal In The U.S.
“The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance. But then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons.”
KurzweilAI: Rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes coming, say MIT-Samsung engineer
Mashable: Microsoft builds Surface cover prototype with bonus E Ink screen.
Clever. Taking menus off the main screen, onto a narrow E-Ink display. Would need wider adoption. I would lay odds that E-Ink would get swapped for a color display eventually. [Ed.note: Two eventually’s in that sentence. Removed one. Boiled up more coffee. Thanks.]
The Register.UK: Retired space shuttles cannibalised for parts.
“This week, four water storage tanks are being yanked from Endeavour - the most up-to-date of the shuttles. It made 25 flights to the ISS between 1992 and 2011 and is now on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. But it is not the first shuttle to be picked over for parts. Similar tanks were stripped from the Atlantis shuttle in May.” How the mighty have fallen. NASA, put up a ‘donate’ button on your website. Some of us still want to fuel our dreams.
Mashable: Newark airport stores will stop selling drones ‘immediately’.
Airports. Selling drones. I ask you. How idiotic can one be?
DP Review: Sony Alpha 7R II can match or beat DSLR low light AF performance.
I’m getting the distinct feeling this camera is going to clean Canon and Nikon’s clocks for them. Very excited to rent one.
DP Review: iFixit tears down Sony’s new a7R II to find its secrets.
The Register.UK: WD unleashes bigger, badder, Black and revved, rapido Red Pro.
Lifehacker: Performance Tests Show That 16GB of RAM Is Overkill for Most People.
Don’t want it? I’ll take it ...
Youtube: Can You Spy With a Consumer Drone?
Tests how much you can actually see at common and uncommon distances. Useful for those who are nervous about quadcopters.
Motherboard: Wildlife Drones May Stress Animals Out, Study Says.
As I’ve mentioned before, when you encounter one at a crowded event, stalking you for a photo opp, they’ll get your predator-alarms going too.
DP Review: Elinchrom, Phottix and Sekonic form wireless common standard partnership.
Smart. Phottix as the low cost solution for the amateur, which can then allow you to add pro-level gear without breaking the bank. Keep those company coffers full!
[Laughing] Running out of ‘monster’ names for my hard drives.
Ever since I bought my first Jasmine 20 megabyte (HUGE!) hard drive, I’ve given my drives monster names. [Looking back, I should have named that one “Dinky.”]
Moving into robots. My latest 6 terabyte is “Gigantor”. My first RAID will be ... wait for it ... Gort.
DP Review: Fujifilm X-T10 Review.
Of interest. Most of the X100T, at a slightly lower cost (and lower weight).
DSLR Video Shooter: Panasonic GH4 vs G7 Video Review.
Busy day already, links will be catch-as-catch-can.
Took time to remove an aging external (little used) from my Firewire chain, hunted down wasteful powerblocks, and rerouted some of my electrical wiring. Hopefully my externals and other accessories will be happier today.
Meetings yet to come, and I have to find time for my bodyweight workout. Let’s see what I can dig up in the meantime ...
c|net: Intel, Micron debut 3D XPoint storage technology that’s 1,000 times faster than current SSDs.
Bizarre Magic Mouse behavior.
My Magic Mouse has begun an afternoon “Duh ... you want me to do something?” routine. It simply stops working intermittently between 4 and 7 in the afternoon. I’m wondering if a neighbor’s starting using some sort of powerful device using Bluetooth. I may have to go back to a USB mouse.
Northrup Photo: Life with a 50 Megapixel Camera.
LuminousLandscape: Canon 5Ds Review Through Print Performance.
“... people who buy prints don’t carry a magnifying glass with them – they look at what the picture is about and what it means to them. It’s a bit of a tough pill to swallow for some photographers, but most people couldn’t spot the differences in print quality between good and superb if it fell on them.” Great article, LL.
Kickstarter: Double or triple your screens by Slidenjoy.
Unfold this at your local coffee joint, watch other techs’ gonads shrink ...
EOSHD: Hands-on with the new Metabones Speed Booster Ultra.
LensRentals.com: Variation Measurements for Telephoto Lenses.
My gracious. Older lenses, significant variation. Impetus to buy newer models for any given focal length.
Register.UK: Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California.
“Possibilities include jamming drone control frequencies, shooting them down, or just letting firefighting aircraft drop water on a site like Cajon without fear of getting sued. With the popularity of drones increasing steadily and forest fire season coming to California, the politicians feel that legislation is needed.” I can’t blame them. One tap in a tail rotor, and down goes a helicopter. Difficult enough with airplanes and ‘copters in the same area [an aircraft pilot can’t tell, while in the air, what direction a helicopter is travelling in. Helicopters can move in multiple directions, not necessarily in the direction of the nose of the craft. This has caused so many crashes.] Drones? Even worse. Drones don’t belong, unless controlled by the emergency services themselves. Even then, it’ll be dicey with all the air choreography required.
If I were in a firefighting area and lives were at stake, you’d better believe I’d draw a bead with a shotgun and knock down the drone.