Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 20:47 UTC
Apple

Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

This thing is so damn awesome. I don't need it, but I still want one.

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RE: Comment by Fergy
by Drumhellar on Wed 18th Dec 2013 23:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by Fergy"
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

High-resolution press images. It's fairly common to have a simple license for press images that come attached with press releases.

The license isn't anything that isn't already defined by copyright law and fair-use.

Besides, zip-compressed TIFF images generally aren't viewable in the browser, anyways.

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RE[2]: Comment by Fergy
by Ford Prefect on Thu 19th Dec 2013 08:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by Fergy"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

The license isn't anything that isn't already defined by copyright law and fair-use.


So why have it then? Because they paid some wanker to write it up?
Why should I then indirectly pay for these wankers, by buying their machine?

Maybe now I know the reason why Apple hardware became even more expensive.

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RE[3]: Comment by Fergy
by fmaxwell on Thu 19th Dec 2013 20:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Fergy"
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

So why have it then?

Ask any attorney and quit pretending you have any insight into this topic.

Maybe now I know the reason why Apple hardware became even more expensive.

What are you talking about? You can get a Mac Pro with dual D700 FirePro GPUs for $4K. The same GPUs for a PC (FirePro W9000s) cost over $3K each.

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RE[2]: Comment by Fergy
by Fergy on Thu 19th Dec 2013 09:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by Fergy"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

High-resolution press images. It's fairly common to have a simple license for press images that come attached with press releases.

The license isn't anything that isn't already defined by copyright law and fair-use.

Besides, zip-compressed TIFF images generally aren't viewable in the browser, anyways.

I just wanted a larger version of that thumbnail. I didn't ask for a huge non compatible image format only used by magazines.

Off topic: if I walk in to a car dealer and he wants me to sign before I can take the promotional material he is completely nuts and I will keep away from his store.

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RE[3]: Comment by Fergy
by Drumhellar on Thu 19th Dec 2013 18:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Fergy"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

That's why you go to the product page, rather than the press page.

The press page has press materials, such as press images and press releases. ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Fergy
by fmaxwell on Thu 19th Dec 2013 18:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Fergy"
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

Off topic: if I walk in to a car dealer and he wants me to sign before I can take the promotional material he is completely nuts and I will keep away from his store.


I get press photos from Daimler (Mercedes) and that required signing an agreement. Are you a member of the press? No. So don't go to the press pages. Is that so hard?

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RE[2]: Comment by Fergy
by evert on Thu 19th Dec 2013 09:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Fergy"
evert Member since:
2005-07-06

Yeah. Strange thing is, they packed the already LZW compressed TIFF file in a ZIP container. My first thought: someone at Apple does not understand the TIFF format, compression, or both. But I was wrong:

6.4M MacPro_Back_Glow_PRINT.tif
5.3M MacPro_Back_Glow_PRINT.tif.zip

So although in theory LZW could offer better compression

In practice ZIP often has better compression:

http://havecamerawilltravel.com/photographer/tiff-image-compression...

So the conclusion that they don't understand TIFF compression that wel at Apple HQ stil stands. They should have used ZIP instead of LZW for their TIFF file.

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RE[3]: Comment by Fergy
by galvanash on Thu 19th Dec 2013 12:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Fergy"
galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

So the conclusion that they don't understand TIFF compression that well at Apple HQ still stands. They should have used ZIP instead of LZW for their TIFF file.


Even though the tiff standard (really more of a de facto standard) has supported zip compression for over 10 years, lzw has been part of the standard for twice that long. Virtually anything that can read a tiff file supports lzw, but there is still quite a lot of libraries in use, even today, that don't understand or support zip compression.

Not everyone is running the latest greatest versions of software in the publishing world... Better to distribute a file you know everyone can read and compress it externally.

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