Category: Tech

The danger of algorithms

People are scared of artificial intelligence, of machine learning, but not in the sci-fi robots-gonna-eat-us way. The reality is, it’s worse. In my entire life I’ve only met one person who admits they are fed ads that interest them on platforms like Facebook. They certainly don’t work for me, and they don’t work for most Read More

Adventures in nginx!

Mostly for my own benefit, a log of shit I have to deal with in nginx, and the solutions to same. Dealing with slash-delimited parameters in URLs On my previous system, URLs with an index file followed by /slash/separated/parameters were gracefully handled. The index file was called, the params were available by parsing the URL Read More

Seagate’s SMR Hard Drives – Cheap, Fast, Tricky

I’m a photographer, and I shoot RAW images that are 20-30MB each. I’ll create anywhere from 2 to 50 GB of images for a photoshoot, and I never throw away my images. So, in 2015, I needed a little more than 3TB of storage. I predict the same need for 2016, and I back every Read More

Getting to know the Cactus V6 (again)

I don’t know what happened, but the original of this article has evaporated into the internet ether. Let’s all thank the internet archive and maybe give them some money. Anyway, the Cactus V6! — The Cactus V6 transceiver is a transmitter or receiver (it does both) that allows full remote power control of your speedlights Read More

Vodafone useless, pulls out of Japan

The newest vodafone unit, the Sharp 904-SH, is like a mini deity. Check out this feature list: VGA screen, Bluetooth with a neat new ‘near chat’, letting you talk to people within a ten metre radius, 3.2 megapixel camera (featuring an incredible zoom mechanism, with 5 lenses!), optical zoom, motion sensor gaming, Felica e-payment chip, 3D sound, face recognition, 3G, GPS, SD card, W-CDMA + GSM, USB, infrared, video output, Flash animation, and QR code reading capability.

The top of the line Motorola does, let’s see, less than half that, and costs twice as much. Japanese manufacturers, combined, have less than a 10% market shar of worldwide phone sales. Vodafone was uniquely positioned, as the only Japanese carrier, to launch these amazing phones – most of which were already running in 100% English – worldwide.

They didn’t.

So, as far as I’m concerned, they deserve to lose Japan. They squandered the resource, fuck ’em. Not being able to take advantage of these kinds of capabilities speaks of nigh criminal incompetence. SoftBank, a large ISP and publisher, will be buying what’s left of Vodafone in Japan. They can’t possibly do worse than Vodafone themselves did. With luck they’ll change their name back to J-Phone, and forget this nasty little incident ever happened. Read More