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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by JoFrance on September 06, 2018, 03:15:24 pm »
That's an incredible picture.  I can't believe how far phone cameras have come. 
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by The Gorn on September 06, 2018, 12:59:04 pm »
The main and only significant issue I've had with phone cameras is their lack of manual control which is a problem mainly during extreme lighting or motion conditions. For instance, when taking videos, the auto focus tracks the wrong things when used in low light (such as taking pictures of Christmas light displays at night.) I have one video that has superb sound but the focus jumps around as different parts of the light display switch on and off with the music. I know I probably had some "infinity lock" setting at my disposal I should have learned about.

Otherwise considering the tiny "cavity" used within the camera for the focal plane of the lens, and the teensy moving parts, these cell phones are truly a modern marvel.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on September 06, 2018, 12:36:22 pm »
The technology is getting better and better. Its not a DSLR but for most its pretty good. I know I keep posting this stuff but the pictures these things are producing just blows me away. And it lives in your pocket.
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Discussions - Public / Re: Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by The Gorn on September 06, 2018, 09:35:13 am »
The equal of most high quality point and shoots.
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Discussions - Public / Amazing Maine Picture Shot With Cheap Samsung Phone
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on September 06, 2018, 09:18:11 am »
My sister shot in Boothbay Harbor, Maine with a sub $300 Samsung phone. Pretty amazing if you ask me.



Considering the small sensor and lens its very sharp.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Repair jobs wages declining
« Last post by I D Shukhov on September 06, 2018, 07:56:29 am »
That's me in a nutshell. I'm Mr. Fixit. I can replace a headlamp bulb in my wife's car that the Walmart service guys claim that they have absolutely no way to get at.

A lot of service jobs have been predicated on civilians - ordinary consumers - having no access to tools, knowledge or parts. That time is past.

I replaced a bulb in a car this week.  I didn't even look at the car first.  First I typed in the year, make and model into YouTube along with "rear brake light".

Of course I ordered the bulb on Amazon which helpfully tells me whether the part fits my car.

I never was all that good with mechanical stuff.   Same with navigating.  YouTube and Google Maps fix all of that!
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Repair jobs wages declining
« Last post by The Gorn on September 06, 2018, 07:46:14 am »
That's me in a nutshell. I'm Mr. Fixit. I can replace a headlamp bulb in my wife's car that the Walmart service guys claim that they have absolutely no way to get at.

A lot of service jobs have been predicated on civilians - ordinary consumers - having no access to tools, knowledge or parts. That time is past.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Repair jobs wages declining
« Last post by I D Shukhov on September 06, 2018, 06:55:50 am »
I used to think that some repair professions like auto repair would be a good choice for a decent-paying job.  Apparently not so:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/09/04/how-us-economy-turned-six-good-jobs-into-bad-ones

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The Internet is a likely culprit, but the disruption is very different from how technology transformed the music and warehouse industries. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015 that repair workers were being squeezed by frugal customers and the rise of a YouTube-enabled “do-it-yourself” repair ethic. The trend appears to be continuing: Home Depot’s latest earnings hit an all-time high.

A diverse and growing group of customers are taking repairs into their own hands, watching how-to videos and ordering parts online. And when they can’t fix it themselves, they’re more likely to simply buy one of today’s relatively cheap new appliances rather than call the repair shop. Appliance prices have fallen 21 percent since 1992, even as consumer prices have risen 62.3 percent overall, Commerce Department figures show.

In fact, I do go to YouTube for any car repair I think I can do myself.   I became an expert on removing door panels when I replaced a window regulator on one vehicle and a door latch assembly on another a couple of years ago.  It would have been very hard without looking at YouTube demos on how to remove the door panels because the fasteners are well hidden.

And just recently a detergent drawer inside of my dishwasher was not releasing.   A quick visit to YouTube showed me how to fix the problem relatively easily without having to do anything drastic like disassembling the door.


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So I heard.
Everyone is leaving here left and right.
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My project is under the generic category "modeling and simulation" and yes we do R and data analytics. He became a salaried consultant for a company that does data analytics. The area is NJ. He was 1099 before and was doing 70/hour. The job at that range includes 2 weeks vacation + medical.
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