Offtopic Sun, 18 Mar 18 05:21:06 -0600 Offtopic en-CA Strategies to win on ebay Sat, 12 May 2012 22:40:30 -0600 brianluce 3196@/talks/discussions I buy a lot of stuff on ebay, but 99% is Buy It Now. Now, I found something that is kind of rare and is something I really need. It's open bid. I have little experience in the ebay trenches. As of this post, 36 hours left, 4 bids, minimum still not met. Is it best to dive in now? Jack up the price to separate men from boys? Dive in at last second? Use an auto bid software? I think I used used something call "Esnipe" once upon a time. Advice sought. Help me win!!!

Searching on Ebay is heavily filtered - you don't get all offers arround the world! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 04:24:05 -0600 Psyco 10283@/talks/discussions Hello,

as I DIY a lot and also prefere to get my gear without the "premium price tag" of European resellers, I order things very often directly from China via Ebay. Its the general market place in the web, its quite save, a lot of offers arround the world....oh and you get fucked over quite hard:

If you use the search function in Ebay with "world wide" enabled (and who doesn't?) it does not display all offers that match your search words. It filters out many auctions that 100% match your search, especially offers from China!

I had this issue with Olympus pro lenses for arround $2000 from Japan and tiny parts for soldering for $0.50 from China. I typed in some words to search, got 0 hits and the exact item I was looking for was displayed in the "more items related to.." below. I used copy&paste of that auction headline into the search window and again got 0 hits. I clicked on the item, the auction/item was display properly and also stated that this seller has 935 other items for sale. Klicking on "see other items" resulted in 0 items found.

I was using ebay Germany. So I tried ebay USA - some items got now "found" properly, others didn't. Lately I was using ebay Germany but with a proxy server in between - this looked like it showed all results. If ebay doesn't know where you sit, it doesn't know what to filter for.

I contacted ebay support with this issue:

  1. "It can take time to display your auctions properly" - automatic answer, totally off topic.
  2. "You should update your browser and enable cookies. The ebay search function is working fine." - standart reply, off topic.
  3. "Can you please give an example of that problem" - wow! I did.
  4. "We had a look at your problem. This is a KNOWN issue. We are working on it." - What?! Now its a known problem...and not solved..?

But...they solved the problem: Today I was using a proxy server again to get some "single row 2.54mm round pin male headers" for PCB soldering and the proxy-method doesn't work anymore. And it will take them not much time to adjust the "related items..." search function aswell to not display auctions that are not "good" for you.

The only way I know of now to find all items that match a search frase is using Google. But as Google scanns through all listings from time to time, its not up to date and very often you find what you are looking for, but the auction allready ended.

Has anybody any ideas how to get around this censorship?

Amazon Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:33:40 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 1604@/talks/discussions ]]> Semicinductors industry has serious issues, stop will follow Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:54:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15422@/talks/discussions image

After more than 50 years of miniaturization, the transistor could stop shrinking in just five years, this is the prediction of the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, which was officially released earlier this month.

After 2021 it will no longer be economically desirable for companies to continue to shrink the dimensions of transistors in microprocessors. Instead, chip manufacturers will turn to other means of boosting density, namely turning the transistor from a horizontal to a vertical geometry and building multiple layers of circuitry, one on top of another.

19 companies were developing and manufacturing logic chips with leading-edge transistors in 2001. Today, there are just four: Intel, TSMC, Samsung, and GlobalFoundries.

This guys did not tell you full truth. For all last manufacturer processes companies had marketing process values and real process values. In old good times each generation of process really meant proportional reduction of all elements, it is no longer the case. Especially with 14nm processes that are not really 14nm.

Optimistic statements with many 3D wafers and such are overly optimistic. Due to difficulties such process is very costly and available to top manufacturers only. All such processes are not usable in high speed and thermally intense areas due to cooling issues, this mean GPUs and CPUs. Now it is only some flash memory that is made using similar approach.

Personal View Team needs your help! Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:16:30 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19042@/talks/discussions We are preparing CP++ Coverage Now

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Need to hire a VFX (After Effects, etc) person for a music video. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:44:07 -0700 PauloTeixeira 19071@/talks/discussions People I know needs to get a music video up before the song goes on the radio. They need it to be in the style of Gibson Hazard. At the bottom you'll see an example of one of Gibson Harzard's videos. The guy is busy at the moment and the people needs someone who can edit in a similar style now. Either this will be just an editing job and the footage will be provided to you or they'll be willing to fly you or a team to Massachusetts to shoot it as well. Basically they'll hire anyone in the USA. Heck, if you have the experience and live in a country other than the USA such as Great Britain, Canada, etc, try contacting me anyway. Might still get hired. They might also be willing to fly to where your at if needed.

Give me a private message with links t music videos that you were involved with and I'll pass on the information to the people who needs the video done. They have a few candidates already to choose from but it's always best to get more choices. They'll hire who ever will be the most capable of doing a video in a similar fashion. Also, if you know of someone else who'd be able to do the video, see if they'd be interested in this job or give me their contact info along with examples of their music video work.

Looking for videographer in Paris Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:26:26 -0700 HillTop1 19055@/talks/discussions So I have decided it's time for me to give my freedom away lol and ask my long time girlfriend to married me. Paris is one of the cities I am considering to do the proposal at. I am looking for a videographer in Paris who can capture the moment for me. PM me and we can talk details.


Music you listen to now or like in general Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:18:19 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18453@/talks/discussions This discussion was created from comments split from: Stop wondering.

Triumph of meanness Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:52:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9796@/talks/discussions NOTE This topic is kind of personal topic. Contains only specific films that I watched personally.

Limited discussions are permitted but are removed with time, so only films remain.

Opposing topic -

All three films can be expressed in this three words - triumph of meanness. People who deserve to die, who have no real value and no real attachment to audience. People who do all they can (and something outside their abilities) to die fast - somehow survive (mostly due to complete logical and technical idiocy of everything around them). And we are not only supposed to be on their side but even pay for watching this crap. It must be all in reverse, such films must be shown by force in special camps were new breed of hamsters will be created.

CaNikon at Olympics 2018 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:32:11 -0700 LongJohnSilver 19017@/talks/discussions Power demonstration




Smartphone Destroyed a Generation? Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:49:49 -0600 SeanL78 17461@/talks/discussions

The number of teens who get together with their friends nearly every day dropped by more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2015; the decline has been especially steep recently. It’s not only a matter of fewer kids partying; fewer kids are spending time simply hanging out. That’s something most teens used to do: nerds and jocks, poor kids and rich kids, C students and A students. The roller rink, the basketball court, the town pool, the local necking spot—they’ve all been replaced by virtual spaces accessed through apps and the web.

RAW makes obsolete all your skill Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:06:55 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6222@/talks/discussions This discussion was created from comments split from: Future of wedding market.

Godox Studio Strobe Comparison Wed, 31 Jan 2018 23:03:42 -0700 MikeLinn 18908@/talks/discussions

]]> - Please give feedback! For videomakers! Sat, 23 Dec 2017 01:36:38 -0700 RRRilla 18557@/talks/discussions Go now to check out the webpage and it's videos:

If you are interested in video making and storytelling.

What do you think about the page in general? Are the topics interesting or uninteresting? In what ways could it be made better? Why would you not subscribe to a page like that?

Safe list Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:15:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10151@/talks/discussions Special topic devoted to proper, safe to watch films.

What it means "safe to watch"?
It means that your television set / monitor will become undamaged after viewing this film. All windows will be intact.
No hostages will be taken as the result of viewing.
Brain damage will be minimal. In case if you still have some grey cells they might even get some real work.
And you even won't use bucket for vomiting.

Opposite topic -

P.S. Heavy moderated personal topic, post only double checked entries and only after PM me, so no complains. All movie discussions must go into separate topics.

Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone for $49.5 Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:43:25 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18754@/talks/discussions image

As simple small secure (Windows 8, no hacker will be interested!) smartphone is very good.
Just love Windows Phone interface for simplicity and speed.
No one push any stupid updates that slow down your phone.

Good camera, OIS, F2.0 Zeiss lens.
One of the best WB and colors I saw on any cheap phones.
Very good camera app.


  • 8.7 megapixel 16:9 backside-illuminated multi-aspect ratio 1/3” sensor
  • 8 megapixel output in 4:3 ratio, 7.1 megapixel in 16:9
  • F2.0 lens, 26mm in 16:9, 28mm in 4:3 (35mm equivalents)
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Dual LED flash
  • Two stage (half-press, full-press) dedicated shutter button
  • 1080p video capture
  • 4.5-inch 1280x768 332ppi display

Where Nokia’s unique Optical Image Stabilization, created in conjunction with ZEISS, differs from and outstrips its competitors, though, is in moving not one lens element in compensation, but in shifting the entire assembly of optical components. There are two advantages to this tactic: one, the camera can compensate for a much greater amount and form of movement—it picks up and cancels out about 50% more movements per second than convention OIS set-ups—and, two, the system has an incredibly fast reaction time—that is, approximately 300 times faster than the average human reaction time.

Plus it is red one that cost less (use $1 seller coupon), amazing.

Issue with photo and video bags Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:26:37 -0700 MikeLinn 18762@/talks/discussions

convert an image to audio Wed, 03 Jan 2018 08:41:45 -0700 apefos 18639@/talks/discussions this software converts image to sounds, with demo video:

Shoot Portraits Not People Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:45:27 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18585@/talks/discussions

Evolution of Christmas Music Sun, 24 Dec 2017 08:23:31 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18563@/talks/discussions

Why the documentary must not be allowed to die Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:26:33 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18501@/talks/discussions

I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam.

"It must be a Vietcong chicken - a communist chicken," said the sergeant. He wrote in his report: "enemy sighted".

The chicken moment seemed to underline the farce of the war - so I included it in the film. That may have been unwise. The regulator of commercial television in Britain - then the Independent Television Authority or ITA - had demanded to see my script. What was my source for the political affiliation of the chicken? I was asked. Was it really a communist chicken, or could it have been a pro-American chicken?

Of course, this nonsense had a serious purpose; when The Quiet Mutiny was broadcast by ITV in 1970, the US ambassador to Britain, Walter Annenberg, a personal friend of President Richard Nixon, complained to the ITA. He complained not about the chicken but about the whole film. "I intend to inform the White House," the ambassador wrote. Gosh.

The Quiet Mutiny had revealed that the US army in Vietnam was tearing itself apart. There was open rebellion: drafted men were refusing orders and shooting their officers in the back or "fragging" them with grenades as they slept.

None of this had been news. What it meant was that the war was lost; and the messenger was not appreciated.

The Director-General of the ITA was Sir Robert Fraser. He summoned Denis Foreman, then Director of Programmes at Granada TV, and went into a state of apoplexy. Spraying expletives, Sir Robert described me as a "dangerous subversive".

What concerned the regulator and the ambassador was the power of a single documentary film: the power of its facts and witnesses: especially young soldiers speaking the truth and treated sympathetically by the film-maker.

I was a newspaper journalist. I had never made a film before and I was indebted to Charles Denton, a renegade producer from the BBC, who taught me that facts and evidence told straight to the camera and to the audience could indeed be subversive.

This subversion of official lies is the power of documentary. I have now made 60 films and I believe there is nothing like this power in any other medium.


Is social media the Great Filter (fermi paradox) Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:11:32 -0700 brianl 18455@/talks/discussions "Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.” SNIP

]]> measurements Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:05:48 -0700 Scot 18431@/talks/discussions Anybody seen this site and have an opinion of it's accuracy . I found it while exploring the option of changing from Panasonic cameras to Fujifilm. Of particular interest was the DR graphs to me but not sure how much credit I should give the results.

Panasonic gx80 update 1.2 vs 1.1 working? Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:09:38 -0700 Mysteryman3 18400@/talks/discussions Is it save to install update Panasonic gx80 update 1.2, I read some topics that image stabilisation got worse for some people? Updates have some risks, so is it recommended to do so? Any negatives or positives? 1.1 to 1.2 I read have some improvements but doesn't sound like alot of big differences, maybe only sound issues, could improve and better sound I always like. Some people also maybe could prefer firmware 1.1?

HTTPS / SSL now works on PV Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:53:08 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16370@/talks/discussions All must work, except mixed content on topic with images.

Images still are served over http, must be fixed soon.

Good drone stock footage Sun, 03 Dec 2017 12:11:13 -0700 kupchenpo 18379@/talks/discussions Does anyone out there have a good source for quality, yet inexpensive or free drone footage? I have a subscription to video blocks and the drone footage on there isn't great. Thanks for any leads!

How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:55:38 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18296@/talks/discussions

PPoll: Grumpy or Pony Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:33:33 -0700 endotoxic 18253@/talks/discussions Dear members.

We all know our leader Vitaly, from one way or another for good or bad, he and his team has manage to keep up one of the most interesting forums sites camera related and tech stuff, and all the internet. We all know PV it it's something special. Nor good or bad it's just special.

So poll is something different.

How you persive our current Leader from the inside. You know.. That black rock he calls heart. Lol just kidding.

So is he : Grumpy cat or good pony

Let's gets started.

Also we don't know your birthday Vitaly! May be fun have some presents from forum members.

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 – ARM 10nm server processors Thu, 09 Nov 2017 22:50:46 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18183@/talks/discussions

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor, based on the Qualcomm Falkor CPU, QDT’s own Armv8-based custom CPU core design, delivers leading-edge aggregate performance, as shown by SPECint_rate20062 score estimates. These scores are based on the open source gcc compiler, using -O2 flags, consistent with how cloud developers compile their own code.

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 delivers better performance per watt than competing x86 server processors4. We’ve taken a typical Qualcomm Centriq 2460 processor and run SPECint_rate2006, measuring the average power for each sub-test. All tests ran at the full 2.6 GHz peak frequency. As a first-order view, the average (both mean and median) power of those measurements was 65W. Running the same test on an Intel Xeon Platinum 8176, which has similar SPECint_rate2006 performance when compiled with gcc -O2, the power we measured was significantly higher — running at 100% of its 165W thermal design power (TDP) and burning over 2.5x as much electricity for similar performance!

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor delivers a phenomenal performance-per-dollar. With a list price5 of $1,995, the 48-core Qualcomm Centriq 2460 processor delivers 4X better performance-per-dollar versus Intel’s highest-performance Skylake processor, the Intel Xeon Platinum 8180. With a list price of $1373, the 46-core Qualcomm Centriq 2452 processor offers 3X better performance-per-dollar versus Intel Xeon Gold 6152. And, with a list price of $888, the 40-core Qualcomm Centriq 2434 processor offers 2X better performance-per-dollar versus Intel Xeon Silver 41166.

Routine meal searching uncover paralel content: phytates, antinutrients and capital Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:35:47 -0600 AugustoDantas 18108@/talks/discussions Was searching for oats porridge on google:

Capitalism has proven most resourceful. Population growth ha no doubt aided in its growth. Yet there is also a geographical dimension to its sucess, as noted famously by Henry Lefebvre (1991) and David Harvey (1982). In other words, through the production of space (e.g., Harvey), as witnessed through decreases in transportation and communication costs and the instant exchange of information between nodes located all around the world. These expansionistic tendencies take both intensive (e.g., new infraestructure investments in cities already involved in capitalistic modes of production) and extensive (investments in areas not yet enveloped in the logic of capital) forms (Sewell 2008). Yetm as Marx and Engels (1967) noted so long ago, these tendencies produce contradictions, which must be resolved in some form so as not to derail the circulation of capital. And therein lays capitalism's transformational engine, in these contradictions/tensions that it then "resolves". This has allowed capitalism to continue on the tracks without (yet?) a major derailing of its logics.

Marx and Engels predicted that eventually such tensions would become too much for capitalism: "The development of Modern Industry, therefore, cuts from under its feet the very fundation on which the burgeoisie produces and appropriates productions. What the bourgeoisie, therefore, produces, above all, is its own grave-diggers" (Marx and Engels 1978: 483). The (first) contradiction is overproduction - that eventually there will simply be too much stuff and not enough people able to buy it all. More recently, James O'Connor (1998) has written about what he calls the second contradiction of capital. While the contradiction discussed by Marx and Engels centers on a crisis on the demand side, for O'Connor capitalism will, over time, witness a crisis on the supply side. This under-production will occur as industry and state - both which are directed by the logics of capital - fail to protect the conditions of production, namely, the environment. "Put simply", in the words of O'Connor (1998: 245), "the second contradiction states that when individual capitals attempt to defend or restore profits by cutting or externalizing costs, the unintended effect is to redue the 'productivity' of the conditions of production".

To be clear, I am not looking to rewrite Marx nor am I hoping to challenge or contradict others extensions of his thought. There is an impeccable logic embedded within these grave-digger arguments. But I cannot help wonder if there is something else 0 if you will, something "deeper" - that unites these contradictions into a single conceptual thread. It seems to m at least that capitalism would have painfully short existence were it not for our readiness to mistake its abstract "objects" for the concrete. The link between object-ification and O'Connor's argument is fairly easy to state. Breaking up the world into "decontextualized, dissociated and detached" commodities (Callon 1998: 19) reduces the productivity of the conditions of production because this process fragments something that fundamentally is not fragmented (see e.g., Levins and Lewontin 1994). And with each "object" new tensions arise (whereby the productivity of the conditions of production are threatened), which in turn brings about new objects (and new tensions), and so forth.

Capital has thus far acted with amazing speed at turning these tensions into sources of profits. William Sewell (2008: 525) describes this ability as follows:

"The occurrence of events in social life, of unexpected happenings of any sort, is for capital above all an opportunity for new sources of profit. As the profitability of existing investments declines or stagnates, there are always alert capitalists scanning the horizon for new, more profitable investments. It is this eternal alertness of capital for higher profit that drives both the business cycle (because the enthusiastic pursuit of new possibilities of gains results time and again in overinvestment) and capitalism's continual expansion (as new geographical, technological, social, and cultural patterns open the possibility for extending capitalist money-making practices into ever new sites)."

Decentering Biotechnology: Assemblages Built and Assemblages Masked By Professor Michael S Carolan

Upper pages seems more porridge related and are also very interesting.