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Submission + - Lost Doctor Story to be released as animation

BigBadBus writes: The lost 1966 Doctor Who story, "The Power of the Daleks" is to be released in an animated version according to the UK Mirror Newspaper. The story is significant as it is the first story to feature the newly regenerated Doctor, starring Patrick Troughton. However, only a few live action clips exist from the story. For weeks now, BBC Worldwide have issued takedown orders to anyone leaking animated clips on YouTube.
There are still 97 live action episodes missing however; the last were unearthed in 2013.

Comment Re:Phase 2 testing (Score 1) 171

Actually, Everest or Antartica would be far colder for most practical purposes. Yes, Mars is technically much colder, but the air is thinner than the insulation in a vacuum thermos, so there's essentially zero thermal transfer except into the ground, which is easy enough to insulate against. Go exert yourself outside in an uninsulated (except for the soles of your feet) pressure suit, and just like in an orbital EVA overheating will be your problem, not the cold.

Comment Re: Only SOME Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 380

True, windows don't block 100% of UV, but they're usually in the high 99% range. Bleaching though - I don't think that's specifically a UV effect. Surprising that it wasn't an issue with the disks.

I stand by my luck assertion though - I've lost data from discs of most every brand over the years, as have most people I know. Some people just get lucky with such things. Me, I've only had two hard drives die on me in the last 30 years - and I'm still using drives from 15+ years ago, which also seems very unusual. Hey, the world is a big place. Statistical anomalies abound.

Comment Re: Only SOME Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 380

Rear deck... the shelf behind the rear seats? Then they almost certainly weren't in direct sunlight, though they may have been heated nicely. Modern car windshields are pretty much universally designed to block UV rays, the high-energy wavelengths that cause most damage. Without that protection most of the plastic interior of the car would rapidly become brittle and crumbly within a few years, photodegradation is a major problem for plastics.

Still, you probably also got very lucky if you truly had no problems.

Comment Re:Only SOME Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 380

They can also have issues with lower-quality drives - they offer dramatically lower contrast than dyes do, so the signal-to-noise ratio is much lower, to the point that many/most drives created before CD-RWs hit the market were unable to read them at all.

Personally, I've had lots of -Rs fail, don't think I've ever had issues with an -RW written in a standard single-session format. I seem to recall that the crystal actually needs to be heated to a few hundred degrees to change state - easy enough to do for a fraction of a second with a tightly focused laser beam, but not at ambient temperatures.

Comment Re:social experiments (Score 1) 318

Of course procreation is rational - you're simply assuming that your mind is relevant, and not recognizing that it (and your body) are simply tools created over hundreds of millions of years by genes optimizing their ability to reproduce. Any individual which doesn't procreate is irrelevant to the species, and those who are particularly good at it become the ancestors of most of humanity in a few dozen short millenia.

Comment Only SOME Optical Media Is Durable (Score 2) 380

Ironically enough, write-once optical discs are lousy for archiving - the organic dyes need to be kept at a stable temperature away from moisture and sunlight in order to have a fair chance of remaining stable. And even then you're probably lucky to get 5-10 years without some data loss. And definitely don't use standard permanent/laundry markers on them - the acids in the ink rapidly break down the dyes, and your data with it.

Instead use rewritable media - your data is then stored in a phase-changing crystal and requires considerable energy input to change state. So long as you avoid damaging the disc itself, your data should be safe for a much longer time.

Comment Re: Archival grade (Score 1, Interesting) 380

I assume you don't realize that "begs the question" actually originated as a mistranslation of a latin phrase better translated as "assuming the premise" - as such, the original usage is clearly flawed, and the modern usage actually better reflects the literal meaning of the words. In fighting against it, you're actually fighting to preserve a 400 year old language-butchering error.

Comment Re:The anti-science sure is odd. (Score 0) 689

>It is part of the scientific process to be skeptical.

Yes, and as is generally the case in science, anyone with hard data contradicting the accepted understanding is welcomed, at the fringes if not necessarily right away at the core. But unless you have solid data and/or the knowledge and experience to formulate and test an alternative, questioning the overwhelming consensus of those who have actually studied the issue you're not being skeptical, you're just denying information you don't want to be true.

Comment Re:Nah (Score 4, Insightful) 174

Here is a google search for "car fires". Thousands of pictures of gasoline cars on fire. Here is another search for "Lamborghini Fires". There are many. How many recent Tesla fires can you mention? I'll bet is is approximately two. And yet they are reported ad nauseum. And filthy trolls like you act as if they happen all the time. They don't.

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