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Gray
159105.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:29 am Reply with quote

And NASA has lost most of the video footage from the original moon landings (slightly susisciously!) Lost in storage, unsurprisingly:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/30/AR2007013002065.html

Although:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1552367.stm

 
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Flash
159157.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 6:58 am Reply with quote

That's all very good stuff. The business about formats becoming redundant under your feet is familiar to everyone, and ought to be productive, I would think. And the examples provided above are just right for the notes.

 
MatC
159175.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:12 am Reply with quote

I’m always impressed, when reading an sf story set hundred of years in the future, when the characters are writing things down on paper - I feel it shows an author who has thought harder about how futures are really made than the usual “doors that go bleep” approach which assumes a uniformly high-tech future.

Meanwhile, has this ever happened before in history? That a method of recording data has, for technical not cultural reasons, become inaccessible?

 
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MatC
159187.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:18 am Reply with quote

"Life is a bubble," eh?

 
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Gray
159213.  Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:40 am Reply with quote

Linear B comes to mind, if you include written languages in 'formats'.

There's an interesting bit (which I think we've covered before, if not actually used) about how all the images, songs and languages were encoded on the Pioneer Spaceprobe's Golden Discs so that a suitably intelligent alien civilisation could make the machinery to read it.

Decoding images is quite tricky, but they found a clever way to encode the pixels of the image: they always a number of pixels in each image that only has two factors (which are themselves prime numbers, and have no other factors). That way, you can work out how many 'dots' it is wide, and how many dots high.

E.g. if the picture has 713 'bits' on the record, you know it can only be 31 x 23 pixels in size.

 
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Gray
159695.  Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:49 am Reply with quote

I like the fact that all Icelandic people can read their millennia-old epics and eddas because their language doesn't seem to have changed very much - even the written form.

 
Molly Cule
165800.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:41 am Reply with quote

This 'Mum disguised as a chair' technique used in photographic studios.

 
Flash
165857.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 3:03 pm Reply with quote

That's good. Was that a recognised technique, then? Maybe we could use it after Chris's photo of camouflaged elephants.

 
eggshaped
165937.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:37 pm Reply with quote

I think i'd pretend to be a chair if my child had a claw like that!?!


The only problem I have with this, is why would a proud mother want to hide her face in a photo with her child?

I wonder if it could have been a technique used when a nanny (possibly black!?) was looking after the child, and the family didn't want their face in the pic?

Just a thought, no evidence behind it.

 

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