Remainders - Things We Didn't Post

Nikon's sensor protector...8GB iPhone 3GS appears in Canada?...43nm Solid State Drives...The "world's largest organ" made from stalactites...

The headline seems so sexy and interesting: "Nikon patents mirrorless camera!" But then we realize that DSLRs are the only cameras with mirrors to begin with, so we look at the source more closely. Turns out this story is based on one image from a patent filed in late 2008 for an entirely different idea: A system to protect the sensor when you change the lens of non-DLSR camera, like a range finder. [Nikon Rumors]


Ah, a rumor of an 8GB iPhone 3GS to replace the $99 8GB iPhone 3G! Sounds like we might be getting a faster, current gen $99 iPhone, right? Well, we're not ruling it out, but we just can't trust this report as our basis for printing that rumor. First, it's Canada-only, and Canada is unlikely to receive a new iPhone model before we here in the States do. Second, it's a screenshot of an internal Rogers document. Rogers, a major Canadian carrier, is also known for totally unreliable rumors, and we're just not sure we trust them on iPhone rumors. [BGR]


I would have been impressed with the fact that Toshiba's new 43nm SSDs are now shipping in 64, 128, 256 and 512 GB capacities except for one thing—Intel beat them to the punch with their fancy new 34nm drives. BAM! Take that, Toshiba! But don't feel too bad for Toshiba, since they won't have to recall their SSDs due to some pesky data corruption bug...for now, at least. [Electronista]


The 480 million-year-old Luray Caverns in Virginia are home to the world's largest musical instrument: An organ that taps giant stalactites (from the ceiling; stalagmites are from the floor and evidently are musically useless) to get each tone. It's pretty badass, really, even if it's probably environmentally questionable to file down ancient cave structures to get perfect pitch, but it's also been a tourist destination for decades, so it ends up here in Remainders. Still, enjoy the deliciously dated video from Ripley's here. [via MAKE]

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