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Comment Have them printed at a real minilab (Score 1) 350

Preferably on a Fujifilm Crystal Archive or Kodak Endura Paper. These are protographic prints, not cheap inkjet or dye sublimation prints. If the minilab is correctly set up and uses good quality chemicals (preferably from Fujifulm, if printing on a Fuji paper, or from Kodak, if printing on Kodak paper), the prints should last a lifetime. Fuji's Crystal Archive is rated for 60 to 70 years.

I used to have my prints done at Black's (Canada), on some Kodak matte photo paper; not Endura, for I didn't have the money, but a reasonable quality paper on a reasonable quality minilab. None of them have shown any signs of fading to the present date.

If you really need the pictures to last 100+ years, take them on Ilford B&W film; if you get a good film camera, it's not harder than taking a digital picture (I have a Pentax MZ-50 SLR , which can work fully manual or all-auto, and I rarely set it to manual). Buy a film scanner (Nikon Coolscan) and scan the film. If you need prints, have them done from the film. Store the film in a cool, dry place, away from any light sources.


Submission + - YouTube founders swoop in and buy Delicious (

angry tapir writes: "Delicious, the social bookmarking service and Web 2.0 pioneer, will live on as part of a new Internet company run by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Delicious, whose future had been in question since Yahoo announced its intention to divest itself of it last year, will become part of Avos, a new company Hurley and Chen have launched."

Submission + - Robot based on cartwheeling caterpillars (

An anonymous reader writes: GoQBot, the 10-centimeter-long robot has a hammer-shaped head and a silicone body embedded with metal coils. The coils contract, musclelike, when pulsed with current, and within 200 milliseconds the crawling bot becomes a wheel and rolls off at impressively high speeds.

Submission + - Small insects paddle through air (

An anonymous reader writes: Research shows insects swim through air, using their wings like a kayaker uses paddles in water. Results published yesterday in the APS journal Applied Physics Letters.

Submission + - Voting for the SQL-injection party (

An anonymous reader writes: The Swedish elections were held recently (the third Sunday of September to be exact) and it seems that a few people tried to interfere with the election by voting for parties which where in effect named to be SQL injection attacks or similar. Clever stuff! Little Bobby Tables in real life.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - FCC white spaces rules favor tech industry (

holy_calamity writes: "The FCC has come to a decision on the rules governing devices that make use of the unlicensed wireless spectrum between TV stations, with commissioner Genchowski trumpeting a new era of "super wi-fi". Most crucially the FCC dropped the requirement that devices sense TV and wireless microphone signals, instead they can geolocate and use an online database to learn which white spaces are available in their area. That makes tech firms happy because it provides a software-centric alternative to developing complex new sensing hardware."

Submission + - NVIDIA diversifying out of GPUs

shmG writes: At its annual GPU conference, computer graphics chip maker NVIDIA mapped out a long-term plan which highlighted its diversification into new computing spaces. NVIDIA announced Tegra 3 will soon launch and Tegra 4 is already in development. Another strategy in the mobile space which could benefit NVIDIA is its willingness to work with ARM Holdings. It is also doing supercomuting with the Tesla, and its just announced Maxwell chip, which will be 16x faster.
The Internet

Submission + - Microsoft: IE9 To Require Windows 7 SP1 ( 2

CWmike writes: First it was no IE9 for Windows XP. Now this: Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser will require Windows 7 Service Pack 1, a not-yet-released major update to the operating system, according to a FAQ posted on the company's site. People running Windows Vista must have that operating system's SP2 in place. Microsoft has not divulged the release dates of Windows 7 SP1 or IE9, but both are expected to appear in the first half of 2011. That six-month window covers Microsoft's current plans for Windows 7 SP1, while many experts believe the company will ship the final of IE9 in April 2011 to coincide with its annual MIX conference. The FAQ suggests that the final versions of both two products will ship simultaneously, or nearly so. Microsoft has not divulged the release dates of Windows 7 SP1 or IE9, but both are expected to appear in the first half of 2011. That six-month window covers Microsoft's current plans for Windows 7 SP1, while many experts believe the company will ship the final of IE9 in April 2011 to coincide with its annual MIX conference.

Submission + - Java Creator James Gosling: Why I Quit Oracle (

An anonymous reader writes: In an exclusive interview with eWEEK, Java creator James Gosling discusses a series of issues he earlier declined to take public, including why he left Oracle.

Comment Re:Virtual Box (Score 5, Informative) 261

I ran across almost the same problem this week: needed to have a live USB, but also the ability to run inside a virtualized machine in the case the physical machine wouldn't boot it. I second the parent's opinion: VirtualBox is the way to go. It even has a "portable edition," so you don't have to ask users to install any software, neither you need to ask the lab administrator to install any software.

I seearched a little bit and found this nice gem: (notice: this is not a slashvertizement; I have no links whatsoever with the development group. Just a really satisfied user.) You just have to:

1) install the live CD iso of the distribution of your choice (I have chosen Ubuntu, since I am familiar with it)
2) download Linux Live USB Creator - Full Pack (w/ Virtualbox)
3) run it, point it to the iso file, mark the persistency option (I have setup 2GB for it) and click the "lighning bolt" icon to create your live USB with a portable VirtualBox
4) profit!

You can either boot it as a USB hard drive, or you can run your virtualized OS under Windows clicking the "Virtualize this Key" executable! That's it! No messing with settings in grub, no modprobe, no nothing! Just use an easy GUI.


Submission + - Microfluidic Chips made with Shrinky Dinks

SoyChemist writes: "When she started her job as a new professor at UC Merced, Michelle Khine was stuck without a clean room or semiconductor fabrication equipment, so she went MacGyver and started making Lab-on-a-Chip devices in her kitchen with Shrinky Dinks, a laser printer, and a toaster oven. She would print a negative image of the channels onto the polystyrene sheets and then make them smaller with heat. The miniaturized pattern served as a perfect mould for forming rounded, narrow channels in PDMS — a clear, synthetic rubber."

Submission + - Skype 2.0 beta for Linux supports video calling (

hausen writes: Skype 2.0 beta for Linux, a. k. a. ‘The Great Revolution’, was released on November 7. Now, Linux users are able to place and receive video calls, and the video can be shown in full screen. There are also other improvements and bug-fixes. The developers have released packages for Debian Etch, Ubuntu, Mepis, Xandros, Centos, Fedora 7 and 6, OpenSUSE 10+ and Mandriva, as well as two versions of distro-independent binaries (dynamically or statically linked).

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