Rockwell - "but what about Godwin's"

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Me, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Me

    Me Guest

    Ken's really on form today.

    "As an historical note, Leica has been making 35mm cameras and lenses
    since the 1920s.

    Nikon never made cameras until the late 1940s, or after after World War
    II. Prior to and during WWII, Nikon instead specialized in making
    instruments for mass destruction: long-range rangefinders for artillery,
    military binoculars, especially large ones used on ships, and aircraft
    bombsights. Nikon's instruments were instrumental in Japan's terrorist
    attacks against America at Pearl Harbor (there was no declaration of
    war, and the Japanese invented suicide bombing using airplanes: kamikazes).

    Nikon's warmongering divisions were disbanded after WWII, and the few
    guys left at Nikon sat around and wondered what to do next (ref: Rotoloni)."
     
    Me, Sep 15, 2009
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    NOYFB Guest

    Or the Kennedy Family getting wealthy while selling to Hitler!

    Good one Joe Kennedy
     
    NOYFB, Sep 15, 2009
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  3. Kindly note that with Canon, the 1D Mark III (10.1 MPix) costs $3999 and
    the 5D Mark II (21 MPix) costs $2699, or 2/3rds, according
    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ProductCatIndexAct&fcategoryid=111
    The 5D2 weights 810g, the smaller, crop-frame 7D weights 820g ...
    Canon also adds features, like taking movies ...

    Which Nikon does vacuum the floors and makes phone calls?

    Actually, neither company is adding all the features I want --- or
    do you know of one camera where I can program in the relationship
    (or even multiple relationships, say one specially for sports)
    of aperture, exposure time and ISO setting chosen for a given
    amount of light and focal length ...
    Longer and faster lenses with VR usually are bigger and
    heavier than shorter, slower non-VR lenses.
    Canon pancake lenses?
    Leica is competition? Which DSLRs do they offer?
    .... and thus no Nikon ever goes beyond outlandish ISO 800,
    right?
    You cannot focus manually with Nikon? Really?
    Use an underwater housing and be more than somewhat waterproof.
    They also don't have smile detect auto-focussing and
    -triggering. Where's that Leica sensor dust removal?
    Note that Nikon cameras cannot be used as game consoles or
    cars either.

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Sep 15, 2009
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  4. Me

    Eric Stevens Guest

    The D300 has ultrasonic dust removal. So too, presumably, do the
    higher order cameras.



    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Sep 16, 2009
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  5. Me

    Eric Stevens Guest

    The Royal Navy knew better and graphically demonstrated what could be
    done by an attack on the Italian fleet at Taranto. The Japanese
    learned from this. The US Navy obviously did not.

    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Swordfish



    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Sep 16, 2009
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  6. I dropped a fresh 1.5TB into my Mac and it found and formatted
    the drive in a few minutes.

    The primary difference between Windows and Mac, in this process,
    is, the tools for adding, switching, modifying a drive are all
    built-in to the O/S on a Mac. Under most Windows systems they
    require third party, and often proprietary, software.

    The process of swapping drives if you're moving from one drive to
    a larger drive, takes about the same, depending on
    processor/buss/drive cache speed of the respective computers.
     
    D. Peter Maus, Sep 16, 2009
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  7. I did say 'most.'
     
    D. Peter Maus, Sep 16, 2009
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  8. D700 has it.
     
    D. Peter Maus, Sep 16, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    you need a better gps. hotstarts should be 1-2 seconds, cold starts
    around 20-30 seconds unless it has been off for several days. there's
    even a gps add-on that doesn't need any startup time since it records
    the raw satellite data and crunches it later, on a desktop computer.
     
    Guest, Sep 16, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    actually, neither wins. there are pc-only titles and mac-only titles.
    most stuff runs on either one. it all depends what you need to do.
    you do realize that by ken's own admission, he makes up stuff and says
    that his site is to be taken as a joke, just like the onion, right?
     
    Guest, Sep 16, 2009
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  11. Ah..I see the confusion. I wasn't referring to simple formatting,
    as much as I was about cloning a drive for replacement or
    transferring contents to a new drive.

    You can format a drive from the early DOS days without additional
    software.

    But if you want to transfer contents to a new drive, add, delete
    or modify a partition, you need a third party application under
    Windows, whereas the Mac O/S has the utiltities for this built in.

    The processes are reasonably close to being the same, and take
    the same amount of time depending on machine parameters.
     
    D. Peter Maus, Sep 16, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    who buys software in stores? these days, software distribution is
    predominantly on line.
    that may be true but what matters are specific titles. having 20 photo
    editing apps is meaningless if they all don't do what you need and the
    one that does is on a different platform.

    some people buy macs *just* for final cut pro or aperture, for example,
    because there is no equivalent on a pc. similarly, there are apps that
    only exist on a pc (however, those can run on a mac). like i said, it
    all depends what you need to do.
    his reviews are not what i would consider excellent. i remember (but
    did not bookmark) that he never heard of an slr with two mirrors. i
    guess he's been in a cave for 20+ years. he also likes to write lengthy
    reviews of stuff he's handled for only a few minutes at a trade show.
    check other sites as well. it's never a good idea to rely on only one
    reviewer, no matter who it is.
     
    Guest, Sep 16, 2009
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    Me Guest

    Windows|Control Panel|Administrative Tools|Computer Management|Disk
    Management
    Those utilities are built in to Windows since XP (IIRC), with a
    reasonably straight-forward GUI. I suppose there aren't options to
    format (or work on) other than MS filesystems FAT/FAT32/NTFS, but you
    can add/delete/shrink/extend and format partitions. I think the tools
    are still there even with "basic" versions of the OS.
    So for "normal" use, what you say hasn't applied for quite a long time.
     
    Me, Sep 16, 2009
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  14. Let me know when you've increased/or shrank a partition on the
    boot drive.

    Windows won't do it without a third party app.

    OSX will.

    My only point.
     
    D. Peter Maus, Sep 16, 2009
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    J. Clarke Guest

    It's 9 clicks from the desktop.
    Maybe true for some antiquated version but certainly isn't for Vista.
     
    J. Clarke, Sep 16, 2009
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    I said nothing about "bombing ships" I was responding to Floyd's
    comment that '... the US Navy maintained that it could not be done in
    the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor. They left the ships in the harbor
    unprotected from aerial torpedoes ... '



    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Sep 16, 2009
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  17. Actually, it's not.

    From the Help Menu: "You can't extend the boot partition."

    Other partitions, yes. The boot partition, no. To extend, or
    modify the boot partition, requires a third party app.

    Under OS X, you can increase, decrease, the boot partition with
    the utility built into the O/S.



    The discussion wasn't about Vista. But thank you for your input.
     
    D. Peter Maus, Sep 16, 2009
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  18. Define good....:). Yes, there haven't been any I've seen, though Route
    Buddy seems promising from what I've read.

    With the development of some talking nav apps for the iPhone, I doubt
    much will be done for laptops, which is pretty much fine by me. I prefer
    paper maps when I have time, but the iPhone really helps out in a pinch.
     
    John McWilliams, Sep 16, 2009
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    Guest Guest

    it isn't a good gauge at all, since most software is not sold in stores.
    in raw numbers perhaps, but again, what matters is whether there's a
    solution to a given task.
    i don't have time to dig through his reviews right now, but here's some
    stuff from his main page today about macs:

    My Mac Quad G5, on which I work about 14 hours a day, was starting to
    run more slowly. Looking at the space left on my 750GB hard drive, I
    was down to about 50GB. Believe it or not, with the amount of work I
    do at any one time, you need at least this much free space for the
    computer to work well. (It's called virtual memory.)

    a mac does not need 50 gig of free disk space to function properly, nor
    can his quad g5 access 50 gig of memory, virtual or otherwise. i also
    question the 'run more slowly' bit.

    Time for a new computer, or a hard-drive upgrade.

    and if virtual memory really is the issue (which it isn't), just buy
    more physical memory. of course, he doesn't say how much physical
    memory he has in the g5 or how much swap he actually has.

    Today, the Apple store no longer sells drives for my machine,

    more bullshit. the g5 takes standard 3.5" sata drives, commonly found
    *anywhere*, the exact same drives that are used in the *current* macs.
    also, the apple store sells standard usb and firewire external drives
    which will work on the g5 as well as any mac made in the last decade.

    his babble on jpeg versus raw is another joke.
    the problem is that he makes false or misleading statements, either out
    of ignorance or a deliberate hoax, and passes them off as fact and a
    lot of people tell the difference. some people really believe the crap
    he writes.
     
    Guest, Sep 17, 2009
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    J. Clarke Guest

    The issue at Pearl Harbor was not that 'bombing ships was difficult' but
    that "dropping a torpedo into Pearl Harbor and not having it stick in the
    mud at the bottom is difficult".

    With regard to "dive bombing something as big as a battleship" though, you
    have release high enough to pull out of the dive without hitting the water,
    and the bomb doesn't fly straight, it follows a ballistic trajectory, so you
    actually do need a fairly sophisticated sight. Big as it is when you're
    standing on the deck, any ship looks amazingly small from the air.
     
    J. Clarke, Sep 17, 2009
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