Archive for October 6th, 2009

Here’s a teaser, and then you can go to the article to read all about it…

Stanford University (Stanford, CA) scientists say they are out to reinvent digital photography with the introduction of an open-source digital camera that will give programmers around the world the chance to create software that will teach cameras new tricks, meaning camera performance will no longer be limited by the software that comes pre-installed by the manufacturer.

Virtually all the features of the Stanford camera (dubbed Frankencamera)–focus, exposure, shutter speed, flash–are at the command of software that can be created by inspired programmers anywhere. “The premise of the project is to build a camera that is open source,” said computer science professor Marc Levoy. Stanford imagines a future where consumers download applications to their open-platform cameras the way Apple apps are downloaded to iPhones today.

source: OptoIQ article

Like, isn’t that the coolest damn thing?  Yes, you could control a Canon camera (select models) but this opens up some awesome new possibilities several of which I am itching to try.


Hey, how about a little bit of control over the internet?  Now that it has been given away, it makes it easier for the rest of the socialist/marxist world (read: Europe) to throw weight behind a controlled-internet approach.  Why, if Europe and the rest of the world wanted to do so, then we’d almost have to switch over, wouldn’t we?

Well, our newest cabinet-member-but-not-a-cabinet-member, Susan Crawford, is an internet Czar.  She’s a card-carrying socialist all the way.  If you choose to argue that point, may I just say that actions speak louder than any words she may have uttered.

Quake in fear when you hear an Obama Untouchable – the new priesthood under the Obamessaiah – utter words like these:

We should do a better job as a nation of making sure fast, affordable broadband is as ubiquitous as electricity, water, snail mail, or any other public utility.

Think of all the things the gov’t can do with a self-appointed mandate such as that.

The conclusion of the article reads in a way that makes my bowels turn to water because it stifles a wonderful free-speech medium while empowering the once-failing now-government-subsidized news organizations (that are “too important to lose”).

Net neutrality regulations would destroy private investment and we would end up with a government-owned and controlled network. We’ll have nowhere to go if the government turns out to be not quite as benevolent as some have hoped. That’s a frightening scenario and we should do everything we can to stop the net neutrality regulation that would start us down that path.

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