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As this portfolio is still up, does that mean that Shutterstock is fine with anyone using another persons images and blurring them? Seems like a crazy policy but as they haven't banned this person, that's what they're telling us.

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Site Related / Re: Where is Everybody?
« on: December 12, 2020, 04:25 »
First time I've looked here for months. I used to ba addicted to this forum. I think it just got too depressing. I miss the Lucky Oliver days :)

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Pond5 / Re: Pond 5 for still photo sales?
« on: July 04, 2020, 09:41 »
If you have a lot of patience, they're worth it. I see few sales for months but every now and then I get some. It all adds up over the years.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock just became iStock 2.0
« on: May 26, 2020, 15:51 »
If people go bankrupt in January because of this, how does it help Shutterstock? Crazy idea to decrease people's earnings just after Christmas, when many have a big bill to pay. I left iStock, might as well go back now.

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Canva / Re: Canva announcement
« on: April 06, 2020, 17:58 »
what I am not sure of: is it always the march 2020 earnings they double, or?

Yes from what I read is they count on March earnings and guarantee double. Really a good thing for me... but I'm waiting to see :)

Thanks!
For me March is a bit below average, but that's just my bad luck  :(
I had the same bad luck.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 15, 2020, 19:55 »
Also in lockdown in Spain, it's bonkers how serious it's suddenly got. No going out unless completely necessary.
Just got to sit it out and try to slow it down as much as poss for the health services to be able to cope. And put up with a bored teenager in house ::)
I hope UK closes schools etc down soon. In the beginning I thought they were right about waiting but now I think they need to and quickly.
I don't have the option of staying in, I share the care of my chairbound mother with my sister. I live c40 miles away (two trains and a bus in each direction), she lives c25 miles away. Although she has carers going in four times a day, we are really worried about what will happen if there's a lockdown - the carers don't do e.g. food shopping, washing (of which there is a full load, almost every day), emptying bins etc.
Of course, we don't want to catch the disease and spread it to her, or anyone else, during the incubation period, . Footbumps, no hugs, and blown kisses.

If they close down schools etc, who will look after the children of health / care workers? Some may live near family who are able and willing to help, some may not. So do they stay off their vital work to look after their kids, or informally make arrangements for them to be looked after in groups?
I'm glad I'm not making these decisions. I think there is a case for the concept of 'herd immunity' to prevent a major re-infection next winter, and for slowing down the virus so that the health services can cope with the most vulnerable. But there are so many factors to consider, and the scientists are still learning how this virus behaves. And I am not a scientist.

They can keep schools open just to look after all the essential service workers children. I don't get herd immunity. Seems like a good idea until you combine it with herd mentality. People aren't going to do what the government wants, as we've seen with almost all sport being cancelled. Getting a lot of people infected is going to cause a panic. One of those ideas that works well in theory but they are already seeing it fails in practice. It also seems to be the opposite way almost all the other worlds leading scientists are advising. So many scientists are working flat out on this, they may well have better treatments for the outbreak after this one and they will know much more about what they're dealing with.

Herd immunity is a form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population (or herd) provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity.

I don't know who's saying, let everyone catch the disease and that will prevent the spread, that makes absolutely no sense. There is no vaccine.

About the question, health care people, closing schools, at who's going to take care of the others. Locally a couple people have already volunteered to keep others children, with their own, during work hours, because daycare and schools have been closed. People helping others, in a time of need.

Which is the opposite of why we see empty store shelves as people panic and stockpile paper goods, and canned soup. I also see all the frozen bread is sold out, along with paper towels and facial tissues.

Valerie works health care, taking care of older people in home. The workers are now having their temperature taken at the entrance, every time they come in.

Just hitting the USA, watch the numbers climb this week. Hopefully the statistics for Europe will start to taper off soon.
The scientists that the pathetic UK government are listening to were talking about herd immunity. The theory is that all countries that have a lock down now, will be in trouble when a second wave hits, as too few will of developed an immunity, from having the virus. They don't mind that the first wave could wipe a lot of us out. Thankfully, most of the big mass gatherings, like football matches, were called off, against the governments policy. Now the UK government is changing its tune but I have zero confidence in them.

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Now we have zero interest rates and they might start charging to look after our money in banks soon. They will try to get us to spend it but that's not going to be easy if were all staying in our homes. Crazy times.

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Got a confirmation that my account will be deactivated in the next 2 days. As I only had $4 left, I doubt I'll see that. So much for passive income :)

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Coronavirus ?
« on: March 14, 2020, 18:29 »
Also in lockdown in Spain, it's bonkers how serious it's suddenly got. No going out unless completely necessary.
Just got to sit it out and try to slow it down as much as poss for the health services to be able to cope. And put up with a bored teenager in house ::)
I hope UK closes schools etc down soon. In the beginning I thought they were right about waiting but now I think they need to and quickly.
I don't have the option of staying in, I share the care of my chairbound mother with my sister. I live c40 miles away (two trains and a bus in each direction), she lives c25 miles away. Although she has carers going in four times a day, we are really worried about what will happen if there's a lockdown - the carers don't do e.g. food shopping, washing (of which there is a full load, almost every day), emptying bins etc.
Of course, we don't want to catch the disease and spread it to her, or anyone else, during the incubation period, . Footbumps, no hugs, and blown kisses.

If they close down schools etc, who will look after the children of health / care workers? Some may live near family who are able and willing to help, some may not. So do they stay off their vital work to look after their kids, or informally make arrangements for them to be looked after in groups?
I'm glad I'm not making these decisions. I think there is a case for the concept of 'herd immunity' to prevent a major re-infection next winter, and for slowing down the virus so that the health services can cope with the most vulnerable. But there are so many factors to consider, and the scientists are still learning how this virus behaves. And I am not a scientist.

They can keep schools open just to look after all the essential service workers children. I don't get herd immunity. Seems like a good idea until you combine it with herd mentality. People aren't going to do what the government wants, as we've seen with almost all sport being cancelled. Getting a lot of people infected is going to cause a panic. One of those ideas that works well in theory but they are already seeing it fails in practice. It also seems to be the opposite way almost all the other worlds leading scientists are advising. So many scientists are working flat out on this, they may well have better treatments for the outbreak after this one and they will know much more about what they're dealing with.

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Wow, they've taking $16 from me. I've deleted all my products, will terminate my account. Took years to make that money, now I'll never see it. Got to love this business.

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I had no idea about this. If you miss the email, they take your money. I'll have a look now. If they take any money from me, I'll terminate my account. Lucky I didn't waste much time with them.

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Adobe Stock / Re: Creative Cloud bonus
« on: January 11, 2020, 06:06 »
I did try it years ago but only with Photoshop Elements.  It was OK but I couldn't get everything to work.  If you're happy using the Gimp, I would stick with that.  Windows drives me to the point of insanity, or possibly beyond it :)

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Alamy.com / Re: 10 years in alamy, should I give up?
« on: January 11, 2020, 06:01 »
I haven't uploaded much for over a year and my earnings were slightly up last year.  I'll get beck to uploading this year.  I give them a lot of exclusive editorial images.

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Photography Equipment / Re: Aerial photos without a drone
« on: January 11, 2020, 05:56 »
I've linked up two long selfie sticks but only with a small camera on the end.

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So any new sites that could be worth a try?

No
Shame that wasn't the first reply, would of saved me some time :)

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Canva / Re: Canva - did I miss something?
« on: July 16, 2019, 08:35 »
Annoying but not unexpected.  Unless contributors own a majority share in one of these sites, this will keep happening.

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Canva / Re: Canva - did I miss something?
« on: July 03, 2019, 02:59 »
My Canva sales tanked for the first time this month.  Funny how every site seems to follow the same pattern.  Just when you think they're a reliable source of income, earnings fall off a cliff.  I've given up deleting my portfolio from sites.  I keep thinking I should start selling prints but haven't had the motivation, hopefully this will help.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Twenty20 tax update
« on: May 03, 2019, 01:30 »
At least they make it easy to delete an account :)

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Cutcaster / Re: Sales on Cutcaster
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:41 »
I used to sell there buy nothing since November 2017.  I had forgotten about the site, so thanks for the reminder, as I had just over the $50 payout there.  I wonder how they keep going?

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My mobile is better than some of the cameras I've used for microstock.  I prefer using a camera most of the time though, I'll only use my mobile if its the only camera I have on me.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Alamy "good news"!
« on: December 05, 2018, 05:29 »
James West looked like a different person in that video.  This ends my love of Alamy.  I wont upload more there, I'll look at other options.

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General - Stock Video / Re: 360 VR videos experience
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:28 »
Have you tried asking this in the Pond5 forum?  You might get more response there.

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Off Topic / Re: Trump in Putin's pocket
« on: July 20, 2018, 08:16 »
According to his doctor, he is taking statins. That crap messes you up. The brain uses 25% of the cholesterol your liver produces. Statins stop your liver from making cholesterol. Guess what happens to your brain...alzheimers. Guess what happens to your muscles and nerves. Pretty soon you cant walk.

This is not true.  There is a small but significant chance of very serious side effects - e.g., neuropathy of various kinds and liver damage - but the incidence is very low and those mainly appear in people who are not like Trump (female, small body size, drinking too much).  Statins actually may protect against Alzheimer's, although the data are not clear on that.  Trump's problems are very unlikely to be due to taking statins - to me it looks much more like the early symptoms of dementia.  Here is a list of early symptoms (https://www.healthline.com/health/dementia/early-warning-signs) - Trump exhibits all of them at various times, most people his age show none of them.  Trump's father had Alzheimer's and his poor diet and lack of exercise increases his risk.  Reagan clearly had symptoms of Alzheimer's by the beginning of his second term and possibly earlier, Trump is showing the same already.
I don't think that's true either.  My stepfather didn't have many problems until he started taking statins.  They were really bad for him.  He went from playing golf regularly, to struggling to walk short distances.  The doctor insisted it wasn't statins doing it but in the end, he stopped taking them and was much better after about a month.  He never did go back to golf and his mind went a few years later but that might be coincidence.  I've heard that lots of men have had similar problems with statins.  A change of diet is much better for you than experimenting with a drug that can do harm.

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Off Topic / Re: Trump in Putin's pocket
« on: July 17, 2018, 13:25 »
Trump comes across as a complete idiot.  I'm sure there's several things mentally wrong with him but the fact that he couldn't walk up and down a few steps, without clinging on to Theresa May, makes me think he has a physical problem as well.  He also talks like he's on drugs, not the ones that make you happy.  I'm surprised he hasn't been impeached yet, surely can't be long now?

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I can't hate them as much as istock because they still pay me much more than istock ever did.  What I hate more is the people that constantly complained about istock, while doing nothing about it.  Some people were probably complaining here while they were uploading.  Many of us stopped uploading, deleted images and eventually closed our accounts.  That was the only way to hurt istock and at least make the other sites give us a bit more respect.

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