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  1. ThePointblank

    buying a laptop for photo editing

    The Dell XPS laptops has Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, which means you can hook up a eGPU, if you need the extra graphics power.
  2. ThePointblank

    Nikon D3300 or D3500

    The 3500 is the slightly better camera in terms of features. The 3300 is ancient, it was released back in 2014 while the 3500 is from last year.
  3. ThePointblank

    Canadian border agents increasingly being nosey with tech

    Actually, EU customs agents have similar powers; they can detain and seize personal electronic devices, and compel you to hand over the password or to unlock it for them; otherwise they have every authority to throw you in jail or deny you entry until you do so. Correct. CBSA looks at a person's risk profile based upon the information provided to him. Traveling to Guatemala and Columbia are already a red flag due to their status of major drug producing and smuggling countries. Traveling alone as a younger male is another red flag. And traveling to learn the local language is yet another red flag. That's 3 red flags in the basic information alone, and if the traveler appears nervous or looks like they are hiding something, you will get sent to secondary for a closer inspection.
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    Canadian border agents increasingly being nosey with tech

    Here's the issue. At the border, under current Canadian law and legal precedent, you have less rights to privacy than if you were stopped at the side of the road by a police officer. The legal basis is that since you are presenting yourself to CBSA with a request for entry into the country, any goods you have on you, including your personal belongings, is subject to examination by a border officer to determine if it is eligible for entry into the country, under the Customs Act, RSC 1985, 98.(1): https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-52.6/page-27.html#h-75 Furthermore, under the Customs Act, RSC 1985, 99.(1), Customs officers have the legal right to examine any good entering Canada up until the good is released from customs inspection: In addition, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, SC 2001, 139, a officer has the legal right to go through your personal belongings: Furthermore, under the law, if the officer has suspicion that there's something being hidden in a good or some form of illegality, they have the legal right to have the item seized for further examination under Customs Act, RSC 1985, 111: Customs officers powers are also extremely broad, under Customs Act, RSC 1985, 153, it is illegal to do anything that might hinder a customs officer's ability to carry out their tasks: Basically, if you have information that you don't want anyone else to see, keep it off your personal electronic devices at the border, and turn on airplane mode! The same issue is true elsewhere; basically, the legal line of though is similar.
  5. ThePointblank

    BBC developing alternative to Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant

    Can to speak to us using David Attenborough's voice?
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    Canon 6D mark ii vs Canon RP

    Correct. And some of the existing RF lenses are absolutely killer in terms of their performance, such as the 28-70mm f/2 lens, and the 50mm f/1.2 as well. Canon's roadmap indicates at least 6 more RF lenses to be released by the end of 2020, and judging by the existing lineup, they will be killer sharp.
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    Which Lens should I buy?

    The standard 18-55mm kit lens would be more than sufficient for you needs, plus the 55-250mm kit telephoto as well. Both are cheap, focus fast, and are reasonably sharp compared to the other options at that price. A 50mm f/1.8 prime would round out the kit just nicely for a cheap, beginner kit. Once you delve a little into photography some more, you can start looking at the focal lengths you tend to use a lot and buy the high quality stuff for those roles. I started out with the same camera you have, but I've since moved on to a higher end setup with the EOS R, plus my selection of Canon L series glass.
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    Webcam or Mirorrless Camera + Capture Card?

    The A6300 has a problem with overheating as described above during long video capture, and no firmware update really solves the problem. Easiest and cheapest answer would be to get a good webcam.
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    Canon Imagerunner 2520 drivers for Win 8.1 required

    What driver version are you using? The latest driver has a release date of April 11, 2019, and is the universal driver: https://www.canon-europe.com/support/products/imagerunner/imagerunner-2520.html?type=drivers&language=en&os=windows 8.1 (64-bit) And are you using the PCL or the PS driver?
  10. Canon L series are expensive for a reason; their build quality is absolutely top notch, and they are made by artisan technicians, with many lenses still being manually hand grinded and polished: https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/articles/behind-scenes-canon-lens-factory-utsunomiya-116546 https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2017/03/20/canon-factory-tour
  11. Considering Canon absolutely dominates the market (they just celebrated being number #1 in sales in interchangeable lens digital cameras for the 16th year in a row), that's a bit like saying the tallest guy is going to get hurt more when he falls over.
  12. I wouldn't worry about Canon too much; for one, as they've indicated, they see their future in imaging in the professional and enthusiast market, and Canon has other business lines that can sustain them in the long term as well. Ditto Sony, and some of the other camera makers. Of the ones most exposed to a decline in market size in stand-alone cameras, I would say Nikon is the most exposed; for one, their imaging division is half of their annual revenue, compared to Canon. And Nikon doesn't control their supply chain, especially for sensors; they buy their sensors from Sony, while Canon primarily makes their own.
  13. Facebook is now facing a lawsuit from the Canadian Privacy Commissioner and the British Columbian Privacy Commissioner following an investigation by the two organizations that is alleging that Facebook violated Canadian privacy laws, and failed to take responsibility for protecting the privacy of information of Canadians. This investigation is just continued fall out from the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked Facebook. The Canadian investigation was triggered by reports that an app called "This is Your Digital Life," which encouraged users to complete a personality quiz collected the information of users and their Facebook friends, which was passed along to Cambridge Analytica. It is estimated that about 600,000 Canadians had their information passed along to Cambridge Analytica. Per the report, Facebook violated the laws in both Canada and British Columbia in the following ways: 1. Failed to obtain valid and meaningful consent of users; 2. Failed to obtain valid and meaningful consent of the friends of the installing users; 3. Failed to ensure there was adequate safeguards to protect user information; 4. Failed to be accountable for the user information under its control Facebook in response has admitted to a "major breach of trust" but vehemently disputes the Canadian report, saying the following in an e-mail to the CBC: As a result of this, the Privacy Commissioner has indicated that he has directed that his office will take down its Facebook page as it doesn't want to be associated with Facebook's privacy rules. Both commissioners are using the report to request more stringent rules when it comes to privacy, along with more meaningful fines for non-compliance. Source: CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/privacy-watchdog-cambridge-analytica-facebook-1.5110304
  14. Consider the Canon EOS RP, which is Canon's low end budget full frame mirrorless camera. Can be had for $1,299 USD body only, and includes the the EF to RF mount adapter, so you can adapt existing Canon lenses to it.
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    Upgrading 80D. (6D mark ii?)

    Consider going to the new crop of Canon mirrorless, such as the Canon EOS R and the newer and cheaper EOS RP. The EOS R is in effect, a repackaged 5D Mark IV in a mirrorless body, at a cheaper price point. The EOS RP is a 6D Mark II but cheaper, in a smaller mirrorless body.