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30 March 2017

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Patty Carroll, the Panasonic FZ2500, Guetzli compression, new clouds and the Internet.

  • In The Anonymous Woman: Picturing Domesticity and Identity, Ania Bartkowiak looks at Patty Carroll's ongoing project, which was published as a book before she killed off her heroine.
  • Kirk Tuck wanted a Panasonic FZ2500 but was discouraged by the reviews complaining about the soft lens. A friend how had one said it was sharp, though, so he bought one. And it was sharp. Until it wasn't. But he figured it out. Just turn off the touch screen when using the EVF.
  • In JPEG Compression With Guetzli, Jeremy Wagner processes a 2560x2561 2.5-MB image to 770K, down from the 861K image produced by his camera. "This took a while. Quite a while, in fact," he reports. Then he ran it through jpeg-recompress, which delivered a 662K image. But wait, the two programs were using different quality settings. Running Guetzli closer to jpeg-recompress, he got a 636K file.
  • In Meet This Season's Hot New Clouds, Jacon Kottke shows off a few stunning new formations recognized this year in the International Cloud Atlas.
  • After Congress overturned Internet privacy rules a Buy Congress' Internet Data gofundme project popped up, although that is not how it works according the Verge. And yesterday, the FCC put the brakes on the Lifeline Broadband program which serves 3.5 million people. You can't sell poor people's data, apparently. In Privacy Matters, Sonic CEO Dane Jaspers argues that because the U.S. does not have "an adequately competitive market" regulation of some carrier policies and practices is important before spelling out Sonic's policies. Sonic, which hosts this site and has been our Internet service provider for many years, does not sell subscriber data.

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