- Reverse engineering Dr. Who into color
Slashdot links to an effort to work on some monochrome prints of Dr. Who episodes for which the color originals were destroyed. The technique in question is a refinement of one used before on an episode I need to track down to get a sense of how this stacks up to the notoriously bad colorization efforts undertaken by Turner years ago. From the description, it sounds like it is make using of an artifact of the film, a chroma dot, which makes me optimistic about the quality of the end product.
- Are shorter forms of content increasing appeal for longer forms?
Mike Masnick at Techdirt weighs in on the series of posts, from Nick Carr through Clive Thompason to Anil Dash, that I mentioned in the intro to the transcription/edit of my Social Gravity Well monologue from a year ago. Masnick’s post helps establish a bit more context around the conversation and highlights some interesting if unsubstantiated questions to ponder.
- MIT Media Lab prints playable flute
Far and away the most exciting 3D printing projects are the ones that yield functional objects of some sort. In this instance, Slashdot points to Amit Zoran’s first attempt, an acoustically successful one, to produce a wood wind instrument. The instrument in question is more than a tube with holes, judging by the photos, including working valves and promising much bolder experiments to come.
- Microsoft loses appeal in patent case, may affect future damage calculations , Bloomberg via GrokLaw NewsPicks
- Android Honeycomb to require dual core processors, Slashdot
- First PS3 custom firmware created after crack of master signing key, Slashdot
- Android ported to Chrome OS prototype laptop, ReadWriteWeb