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Using GPUs for real-time image enhancement of long-range imagery by correcting for atmospheric distortions. Interesting stuff. Somewhat similar to super-resolution techniques I've been looking into. When combined with stabilisation, this could make a huge difference.
Imaging over long distances is important for many defense and commercial applications. High-end ground-to-ground, air-to-ground, and ground-to-air systems now routinely image objects several kilome...
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Few people realise the copyright on "Happy Birthday" is actively enforced, and pulls in millions of dollars a year. The validity of the copyright claim has long been in question. And hopefully the evidence uncovered below will resolve the issue once and for all.
A 1927 kids' songbook proves "conclusively the song is in the public domain."
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Interesting project to analyse an HDMI video stream to display colour lighting around the frame matching the video content, effectively blending the content into the room environment.
Ambient lighting is a technique that creates light effects around the television that correspond to the video content. It has been pioneered by Philips under the brand Ambilight. In this project we will create a basic FPGA-ba...
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The most exciting developer news in a long time... The first official release of the Rust systems language, featuring speed, concurrency and memory safety.
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A new gold standard for open access research.
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The Harris Spiral, a new curve derived from the Golden Rectangle. Mathematics meets aesthetics.
Inspired by the golden ratio, mathematician Edmund Harriss discovered a delightful fractal curve that no one had ever drawn before. But it’s not just a pretty picture, it contains some lovely theory – and brings the golden ratio into a family of perfect proportions.
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Some incredible footage...
These videos were the best of their kind this year.
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A really interesting new approach to vector animation, by using time-varying topology. An interactive editor is now available at http://www.vpaint.org/
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A minimalist auxiliary language with 14 letters and only 120 words, based around composition, regularity and a very simple grammar.
Those who speak Toki Pona say linguistic simplicity can enable a more profound form of communication.
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A magnificently clear explanation of the elegant mechanical design inside a film projector.
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Writing and reviewing journal articles is part of the core business of a scientist. But it’s not an efficient way to communicate research results.
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Digital technology has blazed forward and usurped analog in only a few decades. Sadly, the one problem it hasn't solved yet is archiving.

Just as books written hundreds of years ago are still perfectly readable (provided they are appropriately stored), film taken decades ago is still eminently playable (given the right storage conditions). We obviously need no special hardware to read old books, while film can easily be read by simple hardware that would be easy to recreate.

Not so with digital technology. There is considerable research on the durability of optical media that shows it is nowhere near as long-lasting as we had thought. And magnetic media is probably even less durable. And even if the media endures, the readers may well not last. Imagine the infrastructure required to read a digital copy - workstation, peripherals, cables, operating system, drivers, applications - all of the appropriately compatible version. To recreate this from scratch would be nigh impossible. And if you needed a dongle then, you will need a dongle in the future!

And what about the file formats used to encode and decode the data? Storing your archive in proprietary formats is making a bet that this proprietary system and all its dependencies will still be available and fully functional indefinitely. That's assuming the media survives!

It is imperative that we develop more durable media in conjunction with open file formats to ensure that the digital media created this century is still accessible far into the future. Competing with vellum and celluloid is harder than it seems...
When it comes to preserving movies, the digital revolution may turn out to be a catastrophe.
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