I keep hearing about this internet thing. Maybe some day I will try it.

Enter pi to seven digits precision

Why, oh why do people take pictures in portrait orientation?  You see these daily on the news, YouTube, or AFV.

I think smartphones should make it hard to take these pictures. Every camera app should pop up a message, "You are in portrait orientation. Landscape is almost always better. Enter seven digits of pi to continue in portrait orientation if you are sure that is what you want to do."
Permalink Legion 
April 17th, 2017 12:20am
Rubbish. It depends on the subject.
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 1:49am
Sometimes portrait orientation makes sense.
Permalink Io 
April 17th, 2017 2:04am
Almost every smartphone is used in portrait orientation because even the software usually won't rotate the basic Android desktop sideways. So the pictures that people take with their phones look stupid to anyone who understands real photography, but it's a side effect of most phones being used vertically.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 17th, 2017 3:43am
Portrait orientation makes sense for y'know...

...portraits.
Permalink Terrorist Watch 
April 17th, 2017 3:50am
Because:

1. It's easier and more natural for your hand to hold your phone in that orientation, it's uncomfortable to do it sideways with one hand. So either you have shaky landscape footage or you have to use two hands.

2. As soon as you tilt it sideways everybody knows you are filming them. But in portrait orientation you can act casual and pretend you are looking up something on your phone.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
April 17th, 2017 6:11am
I recognize that there are appropriate times for portrait mode.  I account for that by letting people enter pi.  Can't you folks read or think?
Permalink Legion 
April 17th, 2017 9:47am
We can. But entering the digits of pi is a stupid idea.

How about letting the user decide the orientation? it's their photo.
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 10:36am
You've demonstrated one of the traits.  Go for two?
Permalink Legion 
April 17th, 2017 11:06am
Makes note: never buy camera from Legion.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
April 17th, 2017 11:10am
> We can. But entering the digits of pi is a stupid idea.

It's not. Society needs to be protected from these photos and videos that are framed with blurry mirror images on both sides.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 17th, 2017 11:17am
And from porn.
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 12:00pm
If you don't like pi then I can adjust the software to accept Euler's number, Avagadro's number, or the Fibbinochi sequence.

You can't say I'm unreasonable.
Permalink Legion 
April 17th, 2017 4:54pm
How considerate!
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 5:05pm
The idea being to restrict certain types of picture taking to really intelligent or geeky members of the public.

Works for me. Fuck the mundanes.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 17th, 2017 5:23pm
Have fun typing 7 digits of pi on the smartphone when you want to take a photo quickly.
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 5:35pm
PS. Remembering the digits of pi has little to do with intelligence ;-)
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 5:35pm
Well, yeah. But what I meant is:

Intelligent: knows the 7 leading digits because of coursework or actual on the job experience.

Geeky: not necessarily intelligent, but believes that knowing the leading digits of these constants is an important calling card.
Permalink Bored Bystander 
April 17th, 2017 6:19pm
Good thing you're not a clueless elitist.
Permalink mup 
April 17th, 2017 6:32pm
What does elitism have to do with it?
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 7:41pm
And to be honest, 99% who "use" the value of pi in their work or research probably almost never have to write it out in a decimal form. Computer programers will reference a constant like Math.PI or similar, physicists use it as a symbol in an equation, engineers have it defined in their HP programmable calculator. Only teachers and number theory researchers actually investigating the number pi itself will need to look at its digits.
Permalink Yoda 
April 17th, 2017 7:47pm
Remembering the digits of pi has little to do with any point I was trying to make.
Permalink Legion 
April 18th, 2017 5:45am
Dude, no shame in dropping a clearly flawed idea.
Permalink Yoda 
April 18th, 2017 6:04am

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