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Comment: Re:Try an M-DISC (Score 1) 169

by PhotoJim (#49229201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Storage For Time Capsule?

In the cool and dark, colour film will last a long time - my earliest colour photos were taken in the 1970s and 1980s and are still doing well. It's a pity we lost Kodachrome; it's probably good for a century. But we did lose it.

That having been said, separate black and white rolls each shot with a different colour channel would be very archival. If correctly processed and kept dry and cool, they are probably good for 100-200 years minimum.

Comment: Re:50-100 years? (Score 1) 169

by PhotoJim (#49229173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Storage For Time Capsule?

1965? Paper. Analog LPs. Reel-to-reel tape (if you can find a tape player; they're around but hard to find). Some really old audio Compact Cassettes (for which players are still easy to find). But most importantly... motion picture film and still photos on film and photographic paper.

Even if you didn't have a projector, you could look at a movie film and see what it was about. You could fashion a projector, or scan the images and assemble them digitally. Film is pretty cool that way.

Comment: Re:if "a bike" has a motor (Score 1) 304

by Nos. (#49141991) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

There's only one bike maker (at least major one) that measures engine size in cubic inches, and it's not Honda.

1215cc Triumph... Tiger I'm guessing? I'm a fan of Triumph ever since I had 96 Daytona 900. It wasn't running great when I bought it, but a repair manual, a couple hundred in parts, and it was an amazingly fun bike to ride. Currently on a Wee-Strom, but some day I plan to go back to Triumph. The street triples look fantastic, but I want something that at least looks like luggage isn't a complete afterthought.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 2) 449

by Nos. (#49083927) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Just because it has the chip and pin portion doesn't mean it has to have the contactless part as well. My debit and credit card for years (in Canada) were chip and pin, but not contactless. I just recently got cards that are contactless. Given that the maximum transaction size is $50 and it's a one time thing, I'm not really that worried about it, especially when it comes to my credit card where I have $0 liability.

Comment: Re:Incredible! (Score 1) 204

by PhotoJim (#48923363) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Atari 2600 cartridges are 4 kB maximum. It's certainly possible the game only used a fraction of that, but highly unlikely.

The 2600 did only have 128 bytes of RAM, but none of this would be needed for the program itself, which would be accessed directly from cartridge ROM by the CPU. On the ZX, the code would have to fit within the 1kB and the remaining RAM would be available for its execution.

Comment: It all depends on your eyes. (Score 1) 464

by PhotoJim (#48722565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

I've got one near-sighted eye and one far-sighted eye, and both are astigmatic. Wearing glasses really wasn't a choice for me. If I want to see clearly, I have to wear them.

I got progressive lenses when I got diagnosed with presbyopia at age 35 (seriously), and I got used to them, surprisingly, right away. Yes, they're slightly less convenient because the near focus area is toward the bottom of the lens, so you'll want your displays to be a little lower than you might be able to tolerate them if you don't have presbyopia.

One other option, if you need correction for nearer focus, is to get a pair of single-vision reading glasses (i.e. glasses that lack the progressive lens/bifocal feature and are geared to your near vision, sacrificing your distance vision). I got a pair, quite sure I'd need them for my computer work, and the reality is that I really don't. I do, however, find them to be indispensible in certain situations, most notably trying to watch televisions in economy class of aircraft - I no longer have to crane my neck!

Comment: Re:Oh yeah, he was a orthodontist (Score 1) 156

by PhotoJim (#48635917) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

Also, Commodore BASIC lacked IF-THEN-ELSE, having only IF-THEN so sometimes GOTOs were necessary to do what you'd do using ELSE if you had it.

Also, on the stock VIC-20 especially, with only 3,583 bytes of RAM free for BASIC programming (unless you bought a RAM expander), you were coding for efficiency first, not readability or understandability. It had to fit in 3.5kB or else it wouldn't run. Nothing else mattered unless you had spare space.

Incidentally, decking out a VIC-20 to 32 or even 40 kB RAM is a lot of fun. It might still be awfully modest by today's standards but it sure makes for a fun programming environment.

The Internet

FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015 127

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-extra-lame-duckiness dept.
blottsie writes: The Federal Communications Commission will abandon its earlier promise to make a decision on new net neutrality rules this year. Instead, FCC Press Secretary Kim Hart said, "there will not be a vote on open internet rules on the December meeting agenda. That would mean rules would now be finalized in 2015." The FCC's confirmation of the delay came just as President Barack Obama launched a campaign to persuade the agency to reclassify broadband Internet service as a public utility. Opensource.com is also running an interview with a legal advisor at the FCC. He says, "There will be a burden on providers. The question is, 'Is that burden justified?' And I think our answer is 'Yes.'"

Comment: Re:It's stupid - switch to GMT (Score 1) 613

by Nos. (#48290725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

This is exactly what the world should do.
When I schedule a meeting, I just pick the time and date and everyone knows instantly when that is, it doesn't matter what time of year it is, and when [Country X] has arbitrarily decided to change times this year.

I moved from Saskatchewan (who doesn't change times) to BC and I'm not looking forward to it. Sure I'll get an extra hours of sleep this weekend, but I lose it a few months later.

The sad thing is, the number of people in SK who want to change times, or worse yet, think that province should switch to MST. For those who don't know, Saskatchewan falls completely within CST. It generally becomes an argument about this time every year.

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