EOSHD: A real world Sony A7S rolling shutter test vs the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Kickstarter: AirDog, World’s First Auto-follow Drone for GoPro Camera.
Mashable: FAA Has Clamped Down on Realtors Using Drones ‘for Months’.
Sorry, there are huge differences between hobby and commercial use. You can see from these videos that the realtors are breaking property boundaries into neighbors’ airspace and flying in the general public airspace (over public roads, waterways, etc.). A drone is a disruptive machine: a noisy device, and even with blade guards it can do a bit of damage if lost control of (everyone seems to have a ‘lost control’ story to relate). Last time I saw one in use near a busy road, the rubbernecking alone could cause an accident.
Are drones being picked on unfairly? No. If a realtor wanted to do aerials of a house and hired a crane to do it with, they’d have to obtain appropriate permits for public use, personnel to clear traffic, etc. I think that’s what the FAA is aiming for - notifying the neighbors ahead of time, and simply making sure the public is safe. That means a level of skill in operation, too. My bet: Look for N-style numbers on commercial drones, professional testing and professional licensing of some sort. Signs and notifications in operating areas, much like a commercial film set.
Rather than individual liberty, drone operators should be proactive in talking about their safety procedures while operating their little machines. I’d bet the FAA would really appreciate that, and take a softer stance. Anyone talking about it? Not in this article. If I were a realtor, it would be the first thing I would be doing - showing off my safety protocols, perhaps in a video as well. Be smart, not grasping.
NY Mag: Here’s What the Future of Reading Looks Like.
“‘E-readers are looking like the next iPod,’ Mashable writes today, noting that smartphones and tablets with e-reader apps are poised to cannibalize sales of dedicated e-readers in the same way that the iPhone – which had all the capabilities of an iPod, plus calling and texting and tons of other apps – killed its single-feature predecessor.” Told you so.
Giz: The Typo That Destroyed a NASA Rocket.
If you’re of my vintage, you’ll remember the amount of time it took to enter code into punch cards and paper tape. The typos were the majority of time spent debugging. And this was ten years *previous* to my experience with punch cards.
National Park Service Press Releases: Drones prohibited.
Totally expected. “In April, visitors at Grand Canyon National Park gathered for a quiet sunset, which was interrupted by a loud unmanned aircraft flying back and forth and eventually crashing in the canyon.” Sounds like you can get a ‘special use’ permit, however.
Finally took the plunge; trying a ‘cardboard box’ standing desk.
Stacked some storage boxes on my desk. I need a wider space for the keyboard and mouse. I’ll let you know how I fare as I give this workstyle a try.
The Register.UK: Plugging the gaps in today’s Macs - Elgato Thunderbolt Dock.
“There’s more to it than just a Gigabit Ethernet though, as you get three USB 3.0 ports, separate audio in and out, HDMI and two Thunderbolt ports. With the latter, you obviously need one to connect to your host device, but the other can be used to daisy chain to other Thunderbolt devices or hooked up to a DisplayPort monitor.” I’ve needed a USB expander for my iMac for quite some time. Perhaps this would be a better solution, if a little short of USB ports (4 would be better). If you’re running a newer MacBook, it’s worth the look (be sure not to miss Page Two if you use Windows; the pagination is a little obscured).
PC World: So long, TrueCrypt - 5 alternative encryption tools. [Mac/Linux options mentioned.]
Gizmodo: Here’s How a 1984 Macintosh Tutorial Taught People to Use a Mouse.
Oh, I remember this. But what was more stunning was the first use of MacPaint. That cursor, the paintbrush … they felt alive, in a way that a computer had never felt before.
Gizmodo: How to Get Hit in the Head With a Drone.
Quadcopter operators, use blade guards. $20 for a set of blades, $16 for blade guards. You can get super-light carbon fiber guards for like $70. Read about the attachment screw/motor burnout and possible descent issues before purchase. Better to have them; it’s only a matter of time before the crash or injury. The eyes you save may be your own.
MeFi: FalseCrypt. [TrueCrypt is Dead.]
EOSHD.com: Panasonic GH4 Review.
Likely most of what you’re dying to know: “None of the other 4K solutions at the moment including the upcoming Sony A7S are as practical or as affordable as the GH4 for shooting cinematic 4K.”
EOSHD: Best small camera for 1080/60p – Panasonic GX7 and A6000 review.
Of note. Panasonic seems to be making people happy these days.
The Atlantic: The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science).
The old custom music mixes you burned, may be starting to degrade.
CNBC: GoPro gets ready to go public, but is it a good investment?
I was just wondering … remember the Flip video camera? It was all the rage for … two years? Where’d it go? Video is going to be iterating very swiftly over the next couple of years. Very swiftly.
DSLR Video Shooter: $15,000 Camera Drone Disappears in the Amazon Rain Forest.
Always have backups. And insurance. The smallest thing can cause havoc. Even so, I suspect we’ll be finding more drone-related detritus in wilderness areas … “What’s that? Tent caterpillars? Nope. A wrecked drone …”
Interesting observations on the Panasonic GH4 (and 4K video) ...
Bloomberg: Rackspace Hires Morgan Stanley to Evaluate Options.
“Since climbing to a record in January 2013, Rackspace’s stock has plunged more than 60 percent, leaving the company with a $4.36 billion market capitalization. Analysts on average expect revenue to rise 16 percent this year to $1.79 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.” Still … ouch.
The Gadget Flow: Mobile Stand for iPad Air.
SIGGRAPH 2014/Youtube: Technical Papers Preview Trailer.
Missed this the other day.
Guardian.UK: Clipless pedals: why you don’t need to be scared of switching.
The twist can play hell with vulnerable knees.
GadgetFlow: Instax Share SP-1 Smartphone Printer by Fujifilm.
Print pix anywhere from your smartphone. $210 smackers. A little strategic duct tape, and you could have yourself a one-piece DIY modern Polaroid (or, form-factor-wise, a Kodak EK6 - remember those?!).
Ars Technica: YouTube shuts down public RSS feeds of user subscriptions.
Random thought with no input … I wonder if the rise of set-top boxes and ilk [Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, etc.] have something to do with this. Putting their efforts into the greatest payoff. Via Dave Winer on Twitter.
DP Review: Rumors hint at pair of new Canon lenses.
Oh my. The 2.8 on the 16-35 isn’t really all that useful. I’d definitely be interested. The 10-18 … crop-sensor, cheap seat? The older 10-22’s already a stunner.