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Posts posted by YellowJersey

  1. Having shot with Canon for over a decade before jumping ship to Sony and having worked in a camera shop, I think that this can be one of two things:


    1) Canon will still cripple the R5 in some as-of-yet unknown way

    2) The R5 won't be crippled, but Canon will revert back to its old ways in future iterations; that this is another 5D mkII and the R5 mkII will be another 5D mkIII.

  2. Yep, your 400D should be fine. Shoot raw and start experimenting with aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual modes so you can start honing your exposure.

     It's not just a knowledge of the camera, though. Composition is the other huge thing. Just go out and shoot a lot. It comes with practice. When I was learning, I'd spend time browsing photo websites, looking at photos I liked, and thinking, "Wow, I'd like to try something like that" and then go out and give it a shot.

  3. 2 hours ago, Applefreak said:

    First let's check a couple of things.


    1. Does the CEO have your e-mail address?

    2. Why is it coming from the CEO directly, it should be coming at least from a secretary or someone below that?

    3. Have you been informed that there might be a survey sent out?


    If any of the above apply => SPAM


    If one of my employees receives such mails, they must be fake. We do not save contact details of employees on networked computers, way too dangerous these days. Also I would never send any message out myself, I have staff for that kind of thing.

    1) It's an all-staff email. Not directed at me specificaly.

    2) We get a lot of this kind of stuff from him

    3) I haven't been informed of such a survey, but I'm only contract, so I'm not privy to a lot of the more internal discussions


  4. So, I'm a bit of a paranoid parrot when it comes to malware and am probably overthinking things, but I thought it prudent to ask.


     I received an email from my company's CEO today asking me to click to take a survey. I clicked the link (oops) and then immediately realised that this smelled phishy. I didn't take the survey; just closed the tab. Now, I've contacted the IT department and haven't heard back.


     But I did check the link using URLVoid, Norton Safeweb, and Securi SiteCheck and they all came back clean with no malware reported.


     Pending hearing back from the IT department, do you think that the link contained any malware given that three link checkers came back clear? It was on my personal laptop, not a work machine. Just wondering if I should wipe the OS and reinstall everything or if I'm just being overly paranoid.

  5. 13 hours ago, mr moose said:

    I find it quite easy to be skeptical of government and cautious of people with more power than I,  however I also find it unhelpful to believe anything willynilly without some form of evidence.    Most conspiracies never turn out to be true, there are enough conspiracies that a few random ones do turn out to be true, but it's not that many. I think the issue is that for rational people, things like 5eyes, the snowden leaks, NSA and stingray, etc are not crazy, but anything that requires making assumptions and leaps of logic combined with ignoring obvious evidence are conspiracies that will never likely come true.  Things like the chemtrails, vaccines being dangerous or part of a conspiracy, the moon landing etc.     Believing the earth is flat or that 5g gives you coronavirus is in no way a consequence of governments being dodgy, not trusting the government with your emails may well be consequence of things they have done.

    People are also colossally stupid. Stupidity is like jello: there's always room for jello.

  6. I hope I'm not breaking any rules here, but I'll tread carefully.


     I find it kind of interesting that these types of conspiracy theories exist, yet alone are so widespread. Because, on the one hand, they're clearly ridiculous and completely without merit. But, and this is where I find it interesting, in a very weird way I can partially see where these nutters are coming from. Governments and huge corporations have shown time and time again that they cannot be trusted. (I'm no libertarian btw, just someone with a couple of brain cells and a pair of eyeballs for peepin). After all, how many times have governments and huge corporations sworn up and down that they weren't doing something only for it later to come out that they were lying? (FB, google, prism, and so on) While I dismiss conspiracy theories, it's somewhat paradoxical given how many of them were later proven right. It's really weird. I suppose the best way I can put it is that I think governments and huge corporations have done more fostered this type of paranoia, a paranoia that isn't wholly unjustified, and manifests itself in things like this and other socially destructive behaviours.

  7. It depends on your grid. In the city, you're probably alright. My grandparents have a cottage out in the country and we've blown out a lot of electronics due to power surges. Again, this is going to be highly dependant on your area as just being in a rural area is no guarantee of danger. My house was once struck by lightning and a bunch of our electronics fried, but none of the computers. As a result, I unplug all my expensive electronics at night, but I'm probably overly cautious.

  8. Not good. It's not so much quarantine, but just life in general. I came of age in the shadow of 9/11. I graduated uni mere months before the stock market crash of 2008. Just as it seemed like I was starting to get on my feet, COVID-19 hits. I feel like at every turn I'm just beaten about the face by how awful the human race is. Sure, there are good people, but it seems that they are far fewer in number than the endless parade of idiots and downright evil people out there. I don't really want to die... I just want to sleep.

  9. Background: I've been using Photoshop CS5 and Nik ColourEfex Pro 3 to edit my photos for about a decade now. While I'm perfectly happy with my current setup, I have been curious about alternatives in the event that either CS5 or CEP3 stop working. I tried ColourEfex Pro 4 (currently offered by DxO) with Affinity Photo and CS5 and found it painfully slow on my current rig (a 2013 Lenovo T530, obviously not exactly a spring chicken or hardware powerhouse). CPEP3 loads in about a second and only takes a few seconds for the new layer to finish whereas CPEP4 takes about 15 seconds to load and then another 15 seconds for the new layer to finish. Trouble is, neither my CPU nor GPU come close to 100% utilisation, so there's no obvious bottleneck. I also checked ram and found that it wasn't being chewed up much either.


     So, with no obvious bottlenecks, what kind of hardware configuration would be necessary to crush ColourEfex Pro 4 in Affinity Photo with minimal load times?

  10. 1 minute ago, WaldorfMan said:

    I've got an old ass 2006-ish Dell Inspiron with a Centrino CPU crunching on WUs that take about 3 days a pop.  Also have a 2013-ish iMac that MIGHT finish one WU in 24 hours.  Even though my main rig can pump out a few WUs a day, these other two old and busteds are still churning on WUs... solving problems, contributing to the research, and - yeah, gettin' me points.  But, each CPU or GPU cycle is one cycle closer to stomping out diseases.  Don't let it get to you.  Everything helps!  🙂

    Oh, I'm not discouraged. I just wish I could contribute more.