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.
Vox: Hackers can now crash cars from hundreds of miles away.
A new risk vector. Update your Jeeps!
Guardian.UK: Teen’s video of handgun-toting drone prompts federal investigation.
Sort of expected, yet there’s a worrisome twist at the bottom of the article: “Haghwout made news last year when police charged a woman with assault after she confronted him about flying a drone at a state beach.” I hope the kid’s not bitter.
AppleInsider: Serious iOS, OS X flaws lead to password theft in wide ranging security study.
“The flaws remain unfixed in the latest pre-release versions of OS X Yosemite, though they have not yet been tested against OS X El Capitan, which was announced last week. The team was also successful in getting proof of concept apps into the Mac and iOS App Stores, where the malware was not detected during the approval process.” Just beware.
I had a bizarre Mac outage yesterday afternoon; a web page navigated me to a screen I hadn’t asked for, and then my cursors and scroll bars went ape. All windows would repeatedly scroll to top. Endless beeping. Finder reloads. Restarts didn’t help. I calmly (hah) went through the usual safe boot, disk checking and after about five hours, got myself back to normal. I still don’t know what it was - all I know is, we believe in the solid reliability of our machines over time, yet over time that reliability frays without our overt realization of that degradation-in-use.
I always feel better knowing there’s a recent backup sitting inches away. Thank you, Time Machine ... though you weren’t required.
Later: It comes to me, that after the hour-long update of Adobe CC apps earlier in the day, a preference file might have become corrupted. I used Onyx and Cocktail to do various rebuilds and cleanups - one of those probably caught it.
Hyperallergic: The Demolished Buddhas of Bamiyan Are Reborn as 3D Projections.
Much as I appreciate the effort, 3D projection will not stand the test of time, I’m afraid.
EOSHD: First Sony A7R II user experiences - global shutter and native ISO 800?
Forget the other news - this makes it a serious contender for a possible switch to mirrorless: “Photographers meanwhile will appreciate user reports that Sony have moved to 14bit raw for the A7R II’s massive 42MP stills, vs the compressed 11bit raw of previous cameras.” Soon as I see it in the rental lists, I’ve got to try it.
DPReview: Super Zoom? Tamron SP 150-600mm F5.0-6.3 Di VC USD Field Test.
So, I am not alone in my experience of the big Tam.
CNN: Enrique Iglesias injures hand in concert drone mishap.
Dumb. The toy/tool dichotomy strikes. A pro drone isn’t benign. Even with blade guards, the professional models tend to have extremely sharp carbon fiber blades. Surprised he still has his fingers; I didn’t see blade guards in the videos online, he may be lucky he still has eyes.
Co.Design: The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn’t Suck.
Nice step. Now, how about cleaning up the skanky formatting on some books that break sentences?
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Pay Less, Compute Moore.
BBC: Self-driving car accidents revealed in California.
“... Google said its driverless cars had never been the cause of an accident, and that the majority of “minor fender-benders” had been in the form of rear-end collisions from other drivers.” Can one condole a self-driving car? Buttstickers and no-depth-perception simpletons are a real problem here, too.
IBT: SSDs lose data if left without power for just 7 days.
There’s a tidbit of info SSD buyers should be aware of.
DiscoverMag: Freightliner Unveils World’s First Self-Driving Semi Truck.
I wonder how well it’ll handle our gusty winds. S was behind one the other week, who went up on two wheels (well, one-side ... more than two wheels), fishtailed across two lanes + breakdown lane, and took out a couple of signs when hit with a 60mph’er.
vowe dot net: Microsoft Surface 3 - First impressions.
Volker’s starting a series of impressions on the new Surface 3. If you have interest in the product, you might want to snag his RSS.
SciAm: The Anti-Drone Drone.
EOSHD: Sony A7R II looks to feature 9K sensor / 56MP.
The Register.UK: Close encounter - Apple Macs invade the business world.
Man, that title takes me straight back to the ‘80’s, do not pass ‘go’, do not collect $200 ... all the handwringing over Macs in IBM office-space. I recall that, because of IBM’s contracts, a certain company had an entire floor of unused MagCard II’s sitting around collecting dust. Yet, the IBM PC had supplanted them. And then the Laserwriter made the Mac the most-desired business tool for any executive. The clean, professional output of the Mac/Laserwriter combo shook NYC to its foundations. The concern then, was simply the ability to read files and/or 3.5” disks between IBM and Mac. Then along came MacLinkPlus ...
B&H: Kensington Orbit Trackball with Scroll Ring.
I was discussing pointing devices with someone recently, and they mentioned they preferred a trackball. Here.
Bloomberg.com: Amazon discloses cloud services sales, 49% jump.
WSJ: Best Way to Organize a Lifetime of Photos. [Comparing Apple Photos to Adobe LR, more.]
A bit fluffy, but worth referencing.
PC World: Man fires 8 gunshots into his Dell PC after Blue Screens of Death push him over edge.
We’ve all felt like this, but this anecdote makes it even more hilarious, IMHO: “The deed went down behind Hinch’s home, where he and his girlfriend also run a homeopathic herb store.”
Mashable: Drone carrying bottle of radioactive material lands on Japanese PM’s office.
And the drone paranoia will turn to ‘11’ ...
Anandtech: The 2015 MacBook Review.
National Science Foundation: Restoring lost data on damaged optical media.
EOSHD: Magic Lantern run Linux OS on Canon DSLRs.
“Magic Lantern just turned your 5D Mark III into a desktop computer.” HAH. Will some wag will try to install Open Office next ... ?