* Posts by Mage

3676 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

Intel and LG: Our new mobe cams COULDN'T CARE LESS about pixels

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Re: 2560x1440

I like my Sony Xperia Z1.

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2560x1440

Can I get a £500 laptop with 16" screen, optical drive, ethernet etc?

Don't need a new phone.

If I did, perhaps a 1/4 of that many pixels would be OK and save some battery for talking on phone?

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Gaia's child

She calved.

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

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Re: dear, oh dear, El Reg

I'm sure they were thinking of TV.

You are quite correct about WWII domestic Radio.

As Domestic Radio only started about 1922, any WWI tomfoolery would have been military.

Interference though on commercial Morse from other commercial stations and "Amateurs" was common enough from 1900s to 1914.

Sales of radio kits to public to listen to time signals and commercial radio telegraph traffic was from about 1912, about 10 years before scheduled public voice broadcasts.

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1977? Earlier

No, earlier.

Terrestrial TV transmitters when they lost signal feed briefly look "off air" at previous TX mast in the system.

Before 1976, a guy in an a van in Japan with VTR on a hill top waited till close down and kept most of the chain up with his porn.

The BBC had an incident in 1970s were they closed earlier than RTE. The newish RTE transmitter in Longford was on same channel as a Scottish transmitter. Divis, outside Belfast, of course retransmitted RTE till their close down. I don't remember which year it was. Perhaps 1976 or 1977 or 1978. But the Japanese incident was earlier.

Broadcasters added security after these incidents.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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XP users

XP users then won't get spammed

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Astronomers battle plague of BLADE-WIELDING ROBOTS

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Should be using optics

These guys (and others, like traffic light sensors) are just

a) Lazy

b) Trying to cut costs.

c) Think they are more special than any other company.

Ban them and fine them till it HURTS. There is an increasing amount of this arrogance. Home Power Networking kit that's really a transmitter! Hint: works of UPS / Battery inverter and still networks without the mains. They are not EU or FCC approved as radio gadgets, they either only plug one in or test pair with no data. They want the rules changed too to allow "more interference"! Then the CFL / LED electronic PSU / Ballast makers, charger makers, TV makers, PSU makers will want the new relaxed rules too. (which often are not enforced, maker puts wire links instead of filters after approval).

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

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Capacity

Aluminium / Carbon can't be any better capacity than Alkaline, and probably 1/2 Lithium.

Also what is internal resistance?

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Aluminium?

Must use something exotic as electrolyte. The inhibiting oxide layer that forms on Aluminium is why Zinc has been used. It's hard to see how this has much different capacity to a Zinc battery of same size. The reason Zinc batteries are not rechargeable is the structure and insulating properties of the reaction products of Zinc as battery discharged. Back to thinking exotic electrolyte. So what is charging efficiency and self discharge rate?

Also needs a lot of electricity to make Aluminium in the first place.

I'm very sceptical as people been trying and failing to use Aluminium since late 1800s.

Alkaline batteries can be recharged. The problem is structure, the electrode falls to bits with cycles, hence recharging of only discharged about 20% works best. Also Alkaline cells have very low self discharge.

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Re: Hmmm

Linux,and/or Firefox but not Chrome Browser or Chrome OS.

Why compare to a Chromebook at all? Chromebooks are for people with perfect Internet and happy to be dependent on Cloud with zero privacy no control.

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Re: Headphone socket EMI noise?

EMI maybe on input, but audio out is < 1 Ohm source to 32 Ohm load. Audible EMI or other pickup is impossible. So some other issue. Perhaps supply rail decoupling or PCB layout between audio ADC/DAC chip and amp.

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Paris Hilton

Re: So......

yes, low total res screen, very shiny screen, no optical drive and no HDD.

Make a nice Netbook with Linux Mint.

Not keeping windows on any new machine. I have old ones for that.

Icon reminds me of beach girl, as does laptop.

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Why everything shiny screens?

Also can it be sensibly used in Portrait mode for PDFs?

768 vertical is rubbish for a PDF

It seems a little like my Acer Aspire Netbook but with a larger screen.

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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Must be like Quantum Mechanics

Because you lost me. I think I understood all your previous pieces. Which isn't to say I agree with everything, though a lot makes sense and I'd agree with.

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Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Sounds Interesting.

I wish I understood it though.

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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

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computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years

Nonsense.

It's become a commodity and embedded.

Phones as PDAs / Computers / Music players are better than Nokia Communicator of 2002, but arguably worse as phones.

A new laptop has more eye candy, cpu, HDD, GPU, RAM than 2002, but often a poorer screen and more aggravating OS, less privacy.

Actually we are stagnating and shinier "gadgets" is no evidence of "Computing evolving".

Certainly we won't see anything significant from Apple or MS. They are just polishing what they have.

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Apple Watch: When I think about you, I digital touch myself

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Paris Hilton

Remote tapping?

Depends where the two watches are.

But maybe Paris has played with the prior art.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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glued together out of a squeezy bottle

Worth reading just for this.

Streaming also has no privacy, like downloads they know who you are. But worse they know when and where you are.

Broadcast Radio may not have "On Demand" selection, but it's free and anonymous. For listening to whole albums worth (which is advantage of 1948 LP invention) buying a CD is better. It's anonymous, don't need Internet connections and after the first time it's free.

Buying single track MP3s is like buying 78s (worse as they had a B side), existing since about 1898 and could be HiFi by 1936. 45s Replaced 78s in 1949.

So now they want us to rent the music and uniquely identify us, and also when and where we listen?

Streaming Music Services are something the Characters running the show in Brave New World or 1984 would have been proud of.

I'll stick to CDs and making my own MP3 playlists for the phone (or laptop into HiFi). The cheap £5 CE legal MP3 FM Transmitters handy for using a good portable FM Stereo Radio with Satellite / TV Set box / Laptop etc music (works to FM tuner in Phone too).

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: It's called freedom, folks

It's complicated.

The Indiana law was stupid

Interference by Tech companies in Democracy is bad, even if cause is worthy.

There does need to be consideration of conflicting freedoms.

I should be free to refuse to promote Scientology while promoting my Pastafarianism.

People should not be discriminated against because of who they are or what they believe, but they should not expect everyone to help them promote their viewpoint!

I see my last comment on this attracted knee jerk hyper liberals who obviously didn't really read what I said, or perhaps I communicated it badly.

Judge doesn't want to get set on fire. Reserved judgement on Cake case. Does the fact it wasn't JUST a cake but had a Homosexual supporting slogan and imagery cause a difficulty in the judgement?

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EU Commission looking for ways to DECLARE WAR on Google

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Privacy?

What about Google's anti-privacy snooping?

all their services and Google approved/supported/Playstore enabled Android is effectively spyware. They don't need illegal cookies any more.

More spyware:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/02/android_apps_to_run_on_linux_windows_and_macs/

They need to see the big picture of how Google operates.

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France will flog off 700MHz to boost mobe broadband while UK dithers. Thanks, Ofcom

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"Boost Mobile Broadband"

Oxymoron

1) No Mobile system delivers broadband, not economically viable, each street would need multiple base stations. Even fibre to home is cheaper than 90% coverage 4G.

2) Like 800MHz the cells are too big, they are even harder to control in size

3) Saves mobile operator some base stations, at best like 800MHz a very marginal increase in coverage, speed and capacity. The Operators want to maximise ROI, not performance (speed, capacity, coverage). The licence requirements are minimal on more recent licences. Almost laughable on Irish 800MHz.

4) Makes Government money (licence)

5) Cripples any future expansion or more advanced TV (real 3D, 4K etc)

6) Like 800Mhz the users' phone/modem transmitter interferes with TV and data on cable.

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The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star

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Re: If you have an old DAB,

Also VHF-FM sets may have RDS (most DAB sets with FM don't do RDS) and many have LW & MW, I've only ever seen one model DAB with AM, and it's out of production and was buggy.

DRM idea seems to have died on AM, of course some broadcasters killing AM entirely simply to save money on theory that people that don't have FM can use Satellite or Internet! Hardly portable/Mobile.

The VHF-FM radio in my Sony Android phone is better than any DAB set I've tested. It's very good, intuitive tuning simulating analogue scale, auto station naming from RDS and saving favourites. Very sensitive too.

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FAIL

in theory, around three times as efficient as the DAB that we're used to.

No, about x2.

and only if you were using 128K on DAB.

DAB+ is PURELY to double number of stations, by using 64K instead of 128K for same poor quality.

FM / CD quality needs 192K to 256K on DAB. The savings are very much less. 128K AAC has much more artefacts and loss of quality than 256K MP2.

Add issues of radio power consumption, not enough relays, much more expensive for Local Radio (ironically too much coverage), poor design of sets (ergonomics and speaker size and cabinet).

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Firefox hits prime time as version 37 manifests

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Meh

Perhaps wait for 37.0.1

They seem to make a lot of gratuitous stupid changes.

Why not simply concentrate on stability, security and performance? or is that not cool looking?

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

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Joke

Yes, Pre-warned

I woke up to crazy article on BBC R4 about football needing more goals.

Realised must be April 1 again.

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Windows

Hoist by own petard?

Maybe.

A victim of the success of the legacy products. Why buy MS products if it can't run your old programs?

This why Vista, Win7, Win8, etc are having difficultly wiping out XP and the risk for Win10.

They need to break completely with past, a new OS not called Windows for ARM, x86 and whatever.

AND

issue a new 100% XP compatible Windows Classic.

The RT ARM experience and Win 8.0 shows one foot in each of two camps is a failed strategy.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: _THAT_ was the plan?

Well, we have only the NSA's word for it?

Perhaps it was aliens trying to rescue a crew member.

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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

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Positive features

Not a mandatory brain implant.

There are still alternatives.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: And....

Worstal isn't American.

They still are not properly paying performance royalties on radio.

1887: Dry battery in Europe.

1898: An English man registers patent in US for same design and sells it to founder of US Eveready.

US Patent office still just issues stuff, their system seems to be to contest it later in court.

Apple Inc: Copy logo and name from Beatles Apple Corp. Taken to court twice. iPad and iPhone names already in use by Fujitsu and Cisco.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Nobend ... EH?

I've a sheltered life. I have no idea what you are talking about.

Who is this Clarkson?

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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All of it is about money

We don't need ANY of these new domains.

Or else ALL domains should be $5 a year each or $500 for 25 years.

It's a rip off generally.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Windows

Cook ... came out publicly as gay late last year And Cakes ...

Maybe as a sop to Apple Demographic?

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/27/gay-cake-order-taken-to-avoid-embarrassment-court-told

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/bakers-felt-as-christians-they-could-not-write-pro-gay-slogan-1.2155800

There is a problem when different "freedoms" conflict.

I don't know what the answer is. There was an earlier case of Guest House / B &B prosecuted in England for refusing a Gay Male couple. Plenty of Men have shared bedrooms to save on hotel bills without being Gay, so was the couple deliberately making an issue?

It's acceptable to highlight Paedophile priests and teachers and scout leaders. But not apparently to suggest Lesbian and Gay people can be predators too.

Some people seem to be becoming MORE equal than others.

P.S. I'm a differently abled, lesbian, black jewish, transvestite with transgender issues. So you mustn't criticise me at all. I only happen to look like a fit white male.

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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Re: I'm in,

No, that doesn't work to get privacy (duck anonymity):

Any site might have google hosted javascript or analytics or adverts

Chrome browser

Chromebook

Official Google supported Android

Any Google provided service

(They all may know the previous visited page too)

much more. They don't need cookies any more.

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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L Ron Hubbard

Paid better than his Space Opera.

He just recycled his SF as Scientology

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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no Ethernet

A real deal breaker you need a dongle.

Lots of building are very difficult to "fill" with decent performance WiFi.

WiFi also is slow if many people on one Airpoint.

The once off running of Cat5e isn't a big deal to have 100Mbps to 800MBps real throughput vs 0.5Mbs to 200Mbps at unpredictable speed.

Or is this just for coffee shops and Mobile Internet?

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Chrome trumps all comers in reported vulnerabilities

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By design in a way ...

It's essentially Google Spyware anyway.

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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Ireland, said it would welcome guidance on the matter.

They certainly ONLY want to appear to reluctantly apply what someone bigger decides... With 29 of the top 30 International* "Internet scraping" companies having EU HQ in Ireland.

Hence it getting to ECJ. Ireland is never going to change status quo on anything without external binding resolutions.

(*How many are not American?)

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: We are doomed

You miss the point.

Dawkin's book wasn't real science and "Evolution" has evolved a lot since Darwin wrote. It was a humours bon mot.

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We are doomed

So all our descendants are going to be from a few iThing/iShiny purchasers?

I don't think so. They are so captivated by bling that they have given up intercourse with humans of opposite gender.

Besides they can't afford Apple upgrades and rug rats as well.

Slow news day?

Mine is the one with the "selfish" gene in one pocket and Origin of the species in the other :-)

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Messed UP!

It's illegal to distribute (sell or give away) copies that infringe copyright.

However it OUGHT to be illegal to add mechanisms to prevent personal archival or use or media.

Also the DRM / Copyprotection is STILL there when copyright expires. DRM is fundamentally a lazy and immoral way of preventing crime, rather than purely pursuing the infringing users.

It's like banning all knives because some people use knives illegally. The USA Millenium act is plain wrong.

Any judgement against tools removing DRM/"Copy protection" is wrong. It's Government siding with lazy publishers against HONEST consumers.

Professional pirates are not inconvenienced at all.

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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Tricked to visiting site...

xxxxx is wanting to connect with you <insert social site, i.e. linkedin>

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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"freedom of choice" that new domains

Nonsense.

Anyone is going to have the traditional domain too. Anyone relying on these new gTLD without the older name is mad.

So, providers, boycotting them on your DNS only hurts the ICANN cash grab. Of course they don't want to spend their OWN money publicising them. They'd (rightly) see it up to the renter of the nee gTLD to spend money on publicity.

Obviously too you are paying rent for exclusive use of a text string, you don't actually own anything!

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

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No!

It will sooner than later bork everything.

I don't know what the answer is for "ordinary people", but AV is nearly as bad as the illness.

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Standard General bids to save RadioShack from oblivion

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Next

Maplin.

They have lost the plot. Selling rubbish tools, boyz toys, poor security gear and disco stuff won't save them.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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I'm not worried

I can't afford an Apple box.

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Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

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Re: Not really that different

I thought MOST phone stolen from people (rather than smashing a car window) ARE snatched while in use.

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Re: Feh...

A decent laptop with a sensible matte screen will cost over £1,000

£300 gets you something with a super shiny screen and only suitable for basic consumption, not serious content creation 12 hours a day.

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Re: Rubbish

I was waiting for the better Osborne and they went bust.

It's a Dell.

It has been cleaned (mild soapy water), otherwise by now you'd not be able to see through the grime.

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Well, it's a hobby

I started with a Zenit in 1970s after years of "toy" cameras and occasionally using my dads.

I have about 4 or 5 film cameras including a big Olympus OM10 kit and a half frame range finder.

In the later years (1990s) I got the films processed to "gold" archival Photo CD, (not the later rubbish over compressed poor quality consumer jpeg format Picture CD). This allowed the content for media projects and internet.

Keeping the negatives and slides safe is a problem.

I borrowed a prof. slide scanner to scan all my Dad's old slides, but most had deteriorated badly. Scanning old photo albums on the SCSI based scanner and repairing fade was more successful

I'd not go back to film. I can backup my photos easily now. Colour balance is less of an issue too.

Film is a hobby for people with lots of spare time and money.

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Wonderful

We are actually in a bubble of low density space, probably caused by a supernova long ago.

I love this sort of boffinry

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