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If The Samsung NX500 Is Indeed Discontinued Then $798 Is Still Too Much For It.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘B&H’ product page for the Samsung NX500.

Rumors have been around since September 2015 that Samsung’s camera division, despite the critically acclaimed Samsung NX1, was on the skids and that Samsung was looking for a buyer.

On Tuesday morning a number of camera rumor Websites were reporting that mega-distributor “B&H” had the Samsung NX500 marked as discontinued. I checked Cameta Camera and BuyDig.com. Neither of them have the NX500.

The NX500 is still listed on Amazon, by Samsung for one, at $797.99 with a 16-50mm kit lens. IF Samsung is discontinuing this camera, the baby brother of the much more expensive NX1, this is still too expensive. I have never considered the NX500 because it does not have a viewfinder — electronic or optical. And I wouldn’t get a camera at this price bracket without a viewfinder.

If it is indeed discounted the price will probably drop, quite quickly, by another $200. When it gets close to $500 it would be tempting to revisit it since it does have one heck of an impressive 28.2 MP APS-C sensor (though I keep on hearing that all the current Samsungs have autofocus issues).

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by Anura Guruge

Romney’s Failed Election Day ‘Orca’ App: The Conspiracy Theory!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

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>> Forget Voter Fraud; Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid Of Electronic Voting Machine Fraud! — Nov. 4, 2012.

Click to read the full article in ‘Politico’. Do Google for more, much more.

In the above cited post I presented my credentials as to my expertise in most things computer related.

I won’t divulge much, but let me just let you ponder on one key thing. These days WHO do you think is always BEHIND any mobile App.?

If you don’t know, let me help you out. With most of today’s apps. there are invariably one or more ‘Indians’ writing the code. Indians now dominate the software development field. Period.

Well we know how the Indians [i.e., Asians] voted.

Compromising an App is a piece of cake. It is so easy it is laughable. Much of it has to do with ‘Web service‘ and I have even written a book about it. All you have to do is to put in a call to a Web service and then manipulate that Web service on election day. Bingo. Cannot be detected.

I laughed so much. Oh, dear. This is not your father’s software.

Forget Voter Fraud; Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid Of Electronic Voting Machine Fraud!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

I have never been a fan of electronic voting UNLESS there is a foolproof paper trail journaling system incorporated into it — and even then, I am always aware of the truism instilled into me in my early days at IBM: “you can’t make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious“!

Getting ANY electronic voting machine to commit FRAUD, i.e., slew the vote in one direction or another, is a piece of cake. Trivial!

I actually do know what I am talking about. Given that I am actually quite modest (despite all evidence to the contrary) I will keep the stating of my computer credentials to a bare minimum. I started programming, in anger, in October 1969, when I had just turned 16. The programs were inputed via 7-track Paper Tape into a (British) ICL computer. I got my B. Sc. (Hons) in Computer Technology from the University of Wales in June 1974, aged 20. I went to work for IBM, at their Hursley Research Lab, on August 27, 1974 — a week prior to my 21st birthday (and starting my working life on a Bank Holiday Monday, and getting paid for it since I was on salary). I got my M. Sc. (Distinction) in Computer Science from the University of London in 1979. You know that extremely annoying serial number entering scheme you have to perform IF you ever buy any ‘expensive’ PC software legitimately. I developed the very first instance of that while working for IBM in 1978. See below for a U.S. Patent Office transcript that identifies me ‘Guruge’ and IBM as the initial ‘discoverer’. I didn’t make any money from it because I worked for IBM and the ‘ip’ belonged, quite rightly, to them. You can find the rest of my story on ‘Google’. Lets just say that I know my computers and in 1972 got banned for a month from using any of the computers at the University when they found out that I was HACKING into them — not to get any information BUT to ‘steal’ more computing time, those being the days when computing power was at a premium and computer access was thus RATIONED and closely monitored.

Lets just start with this list on Wikipedia of DOCUMENTED instances of electronic voting machine ‘issues’ — my interest being in all of the UNDOCUMENTED, stealth, successful scams.

Here is another story you might want to check out:

Click to read the article.

IF you have ANY interest as to whether YOUR vote will count on Tuesday, you should watch THESE videos on YouTube.

Click to access the YouTube videos.

Testing and certification means NOTHING and the videos (above) will demonstrate that to you.

So, why am I so PARANOID. Because, I can, right now, without hardly giving it much thought, tell you of 4 or 5 ways in which I can design some software that will be UNDETECTABLE!

But, here is what makes it real, real scary, especially for people like me (in the know).

I am at best a decent, above average computer scientist.

There are people out there a BILLION TIMES smarter than me!

If I can work out how to create fraudulent, undetectable software, there are folks, some in Russia, Hungary, India and China, who are way, way, way ahead of me. That is why I worry.

YOU take it from there.

Just one of the U.S. patents that cites ME as the original creator of authentication software (in 1978).
Click to visit the U.S. Patent Office search engine. Type in ‘Guruge’. The rest is history.

Talk About Absurd. TDS Is Making Me Pay $6.89 Tax For A Telephone Line I Do NOT HAVE!

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

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If not for the fact that this is actually costing me real money and I have NO CHOICE but to pay it, it would be funny.

In an furlong effort to get more severely needed bandwidth to this house I ended up getting two (2) broadband fiber links from TDS — at a price. This is when it sucks to live in rural NH. You have no choice and what little choices you have are nowhere close to offering you what other folks take for granted South of us. I would love to have Verizon FiOS, Time-Warner Cable Roadrunner or similar. But, alas, we get treated as the country bumpkins the world thinks we are.

Though we have two separate fiber lines coming to the house, we ONLY have one (1) land line. Don’t need more than that. We tend to use our cell phones.

So, when we got the 2nd fiber TDS told me that I can have a 2nd line. I politely declined, and then after keeping me on hold for 40 minutes, they gave me a price for fiber without a phone line‘. It isn’t as if I had a choice. The TDS folks are very nice and I have complimented them often, but as a corporation, TDS, somehow, presents this menacing, ‘we have your lower belly appendages firmly in our iron fists‘, demeanor.

Thanks to the OUTSTANDING support of our local TDS technician, I finally got the 2nd fiber line (and no 2nd phone line). Yes, it was a struggle and it involved 3 phone calls, 4 e-mails and 75 minutes on the phone to get it all sorted — with corporate. What was supposed to have been a Thursday install finally got done Monday. Again all corporate, somewhere in the mid-West, as opposed to the excellent local folks.

Yesterday, I get a bill, in the mail for $6.89.

That alone is strange, because I have electronic billing and pay online. I called corporate. They were very nice, BUT said I have NO CHOICE, I still have to pay taxes on the 2nd land line that I did not want and do not have!

Not much I could do. I could feel the pressure in my lower belly. It was their way or the highway.

Even though my monthly payment to TDS is only due on the 26th of each month, I pay it WAY EARLY, electronically, because they love to say that they didn’t get it and will disconnect my service! Yep, they always go for the lower belly.

So that is it. No choice. I now have to pay $6.89 for something I don’t have or get. It is wonderful. The joys of living in Alton, NH with utilities from TDS, Metrocast and PSNH.