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Comment Re:Ink Jet == Bad (Score 1) 350

I've got an Epson Stylus Photo R800. Using their ink and paper, a print is supposed to last 100 years. But I researched it first and it is mostly because of the pigmented inks. I framed and hung up some 8x10s from it. Many ink jet printers use not particularly lightfast ink and will start shifting in a year or so.

Color prints and negatives from film will fade in 25 years or less. Cibachrome prints were meant to be archival. B/W prints and negatives last at least 75 years,

Comment Re:It would be nice.. (Score 1) 74

I ordered one from element 14 / Newark here in the US. Judging from the forum, production is ramping up and I wanted to get in line because interest is also
ramping up.

It was back ordered, of course, but I should have a delivery date in a week or two.

It was cheap enough, I could risk waiting until September if that's how long it takes to get to the front of the line.

Comment Re:Temporarily captured? (Score 1) 92

From my college physics:

Two bodies = stable elliptical orbits
more bodies -> ejection possible if they get too close.

The planets we have are the ones that are left. They don't cross paths much.
Asteroids, comets, Oort-cloud objects can be ejected from the solar system.

Comment Re:A9 load immediate (Score 1) 208

I used hand assembled machine code on my Apple ][ Plus until a magazine published an in place assembler in Basic for the Commodore.
I typed it in, modified the addresses, and stored it to cassette tape. I then implemented "life" cellular automata and went door to door until someone hired me.
At that job, I met Lance Leventhal, author of my 6502 Assembly Language Programming. I still have the book.

If I wanted to go back, I would burn a soft-core 6502 into an FPGA and run code on it. I had more time to do those things
when I was 17.

Comment Re:pictures (Score 1) 74

I found this link showing photos from the lowest resolution camera on the bottom half of the page.
They only had access to further reduced resolution images.


Comment Lamo's thinking (Score 2) 185

You left out the possibility that Lamo decided his choices where 1) keep listening to manning and his classified leak plans and not tell anybody and hope his name
never gets discovered by the Feds or 2) alert the Feds and greatly lower you chances of going to prison for being an accessory for someone else's activity.

What if Manning had been the informant? If that turns out to be the case, 2 would be the better choice.

Comment Re:Libraries (Score 2) 60

Newsprint turns yellow fairly quickly. A physical newspaper is not designed to last. So making an image on Microfilm and/or digital archive is what's important.

Before I looked it up, I thought Ben Franklin had started public libraries in the US. That is partly true. He started one public and one private (subscription) library.
Both still exist. Andrew Carnegie started many other public libraries.

So US public libraries have received both public and private funding. Google could choose to continue the tradition in this way. If they make it a foundation, it
could live on after Google is gone. If they keep it in "the cloud", who knows?

Comment Re:Short-sighted... (Score 2) 60

Newspaper articles about the 1969 Moon Landing is (was?) on microfilm in different libraries around the world -- unless every single one of them tossed it all out.

Then there is the Library of Congress.

Ironically, if newspapers from the past are not conveniently available online, it increases the value of microfilm or digital media that each local or university library keeps. That makes them less likely to be tossed out.

In the near future, can people wait for authors and researchers to visit libraries, use a machine to review the material, combine their own analysis info
a book or article in a monthly magazine? Will people read either if they aren't available on their version of eBook reader or tablet?

Comment Re:Without a moderator? (Score 1) 234

I posted incorrect information. As you say, the BWR reactors at Fukushima only have two kinds of rods, fuel rods and control rods.

TFA indicates that there is evidence that Unit 2 did not cease its normal chain reaction.

I remember them dumping seawater from helicopters at one point. That water was not boronated.

The easiest way to figure the cost of living is to take your income and add ten percent.