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Comment Re:Thankfully (Score 1) 137

Most of the hipsters I am aware of send off their film to be developed.

I do not fall into that crowed... I have 20+ years in the darkroom and am keeping this part of our scientific/artistic alive.

Most of the hipsters I know have no interest in learning how to process their own film and make their own prints.

I think most of them buy their lomo cameras as a fashion accessory as I never see them actually take pictures with the camera.

Comment Re:Does it still count as a camera... (Score 1) 248

I have over 10 cameras.

Two web cams
One camera phone
One digital camera

The rest are film cameras of different sizes.

Everything from 35mm to 8"x10"... and I use them all B&W only at the moment.

They still make film for 35mm (I buy it 100' bulk rolls and it comes out to cost about $1.00 USD a roll)
The 120 film cameras I use cost around $3.00/roll (12 exposures a roll on average)
The 4x5 and larger cameras use sheet film that is still manufactured. $1 and up per sheet

All of this I process and print at home. I am currently researching alternative processing processes and the old printing processes as well. Keep in mind that photography was invented in the 1820's... Before people had electricity.

if you wanted to, you could process your film and prints in coffee, vinegar and salt water....

Film photography may die but chemical based photography will not die out completely.

Comment Re:Just what we need... (Score 2, Interesting) 309

I remember when I was in school and I wanted to run some RPGs but didn't have any of the books anymore.. I couldn't stand having PDFs so I figured I would start printing out the books, 3 hole punch them and put them in 3 ring binders. So I started with the core books and moved on to the supplements. I don't know how many pages I printed. Several thousand easy. The first page it printed was a cover page. The school started catching on to how much was being printed so they limited each print job to something like 20 pages.

I know my example is about printing and not copying, but I could see where it would help to deal with similar abuses.

Comment FreeNAS Box (Score 1) 609

I just recently set up a FreeNAS box. using an old p4 that I had laying around. Used a 100gb hard drive for the OS and installed 2tb hard drives in a RAID 1 array. I can use it to stream media or as a backup for my work. Cheap, easy and effective. I am looking at getting an Mini itx motherboard and setting up a 1u rack to save space using this idea.


Intel Says Brain Implants Could Control Computers By 2020 314

Lucas123 writes "Scientists at Intel are working on developing sensors that would be implanted in a person's head in order to harness brain waves that could then be used to control computers, televisions, cell phones and other electronic equipment. Intel has already used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) machines to determine that blood flow changes in specific areas of the brain based on what word or image someone is thinking of. People tend to show the same brain patterns for similar thoughts. 'Eventually people may be willing to be more committed ... to brain implants. Imagine being able to surf the Web with the power of your thoughts.' said Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau."
Input Devices

BrainPort Lets the Blind "See" With Their Tongues 131

Hugh Pickens writes "Scientific American reports that a new device called 'BrainPort' aims to restore the experience of vision for the blind and visually impaired by relying on the nerves on the tongue's surface to send light signals to the brain. BrainPort collects visual data through a small digital video camera and converts the signal into electrical pulses sent to the tongue via a 'lollipop' that sits directly on the tongue, where densely packed nerves receive the incoming electrical signals. White pixels yield a strong electrical pulse and the electrodes spatially correlate with the pixels, so that if the camera detects light fixtures in the middle of a dark hallway, electrical stimulations will occur along the center of the tongue. Within 15 minutes of using the device, blind people can begin interpreting spatial information. 'At first, I was amazed at what the device could do,' says research director William Seiple. 'One guy started to cry when he saw his first letter.'" There is some indication that the signals from the tongue are processed by the visual cortex. The company developing the BrainPort will submit it to the FDA for approval later this month, and it could be on sale (for around $10,000) by the end of the year.

Comment Re:Very true (Score 3, Interesting) 386

I completely agree. I feel that part of the problem is with programs like no child left behind and what not that basically says that all students have the capacity to go to college. This is something that I feel is flawed near completely. Some people are just better suited to working with their hands and there is nothing wrong with that.

These jobs are called trades for a reason. I personally feel that trade work is a great way to make a living or assist others. "Tell you what, I will fix your car if you can fix my computer" type of thing is something I have seen and been a part of many a time.

These are things that need to be encouraged in our society not discouraged by saying the only way to make a good living is with a college degree.

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