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Comment: CCD Arrangment (Score 4, Interesting) 27

by Neuropol (#26407101) Attached to: Countdown To NASA's Kepler Mission
How cool. They matched the CCD arrangment in order to macth the most effective pattern of target stars for corevage and efficientcy:

from the article: "The squares show the FOV of each of the 21 CCD modules. Each is 5 sq deg. Note that the gaps between the CCD modules are aligned so that about half of the 15 stars in the FOV brighter than mv=6 fall in these gaps."

Comment: It was a trap (Score 1) 141

by Neuropol (#26184091) Attached to: RIAA Claim of Stopping Suits "Months" Ago Is False
It was a marketting ploy, conceptualized, designed, and brought to fruition by the music industry: the same people that have the power to turn shit in to gold records.

Most likely a ploy to see who would fire up thr bittorrent clients and start going crazy. Never believe this crap until your certain the laws have been written, passed, and every one is truly in the clear.
Games

Annual Video Game Report Card Is Positive, For Once 75

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-the-wii dept.
Every year, the National Institute on Media and the Family releases a report card which grades various aspects of the video game industry on how well they keep "inappropriate" games out of the hands of children. This year's report was largely positive, which is surprising given the history of strong criticism by the Institute. They acknowledged that gaming is becoming a much bigger part of family life than it was in the past, and they're making an effort to shift the focus onto the parents to keep their kids' gaming habits under control. The full report is available here (PDF), and Game Daily has an interview with Entertainment Software Alliance CEO Michael Gallagher which touches on some of the same issues.
Microsoft

+ - The best way to use the online MSDN documentation

Submitted by
satov
satov writes "Any developer who tried to use the online MSDN library knows that's not exactly a pleasurable experience.Google can help a lot though :D. "Two thoughts. One: Google is doing a favor to everybody, including his competitors, by providing search and retrieval for all the information available online (this doesn't mean it's against it's own interest) and Two: how pathetic is Microsoft if it can't provide a decent access speed to everybody ? (no, I don't hate Microsoft, this one comes out of sheer frustration)". PS: please take my word on the slowness. I might need to use it these days and some /. hammering could prove fatal :P."
Windows

+ - Microsoft limiting Vista Technology Guarantee

Submitted by MSRedfox
MSRedfox (1043112) writes "I'm a 32 year old gamer and beta tester of Microsoft Vista. When Microsoft offered the Technology Guarantee to upgrade new systems to Vista on its release, I went ahead and built a new computer with the understanding that I would be able to upgrade to the 64-bit Vista. I picked up a copy of Windows MCE 2005 for my new system. I entered the required data on https://upgradeweb.moduslink.com/Vista to setup my update. But for MCE 2005 they didn't offer a 64-bit upgrade, only 32-bit. Both Windows XP Home and Pro have 32-Bit and 64-Bit upgrade options on the website. When I email the support and asked about the 64-Bit upgrade for MCE 2005 to Vista Home Premium I was sent this response: "Dear Customer, Thank you for your interest in the Upgrade Redemption Program. The upgrade you qualify for on this offer, is directly related to the version of WinXP that is installed on the qualifying computer. For example, if you have a 32 bit version of XP, you will get Vista 32, not Vista 64. If you want further upgrades, you will need to purchase an upgrade when Vista becomes available retail. Regards, Upgrade Redemption Center" They have successfully turned this MS Fanboy angry. So what I'd like to ask the Slashdot community, is if anyone has any advice on who to contact at Microsoft to try to get them to fix this blatant mistake. They've already taken $120 for my OEM of copy of MCE 2005, please help me from giving them more cash. Thanks."
Portables

+ - Thinkpad X60- The Tablet Goes Ultraportable

Submitted by Rovi
Rovi (666) writes "Lenovo had a gift for Thinkpad fans this season- they finally released the successor to the X41 Tablet. The Thinkpad X60 Tablet weighs in at about three and a half pounds and has great tablet functionality. The updates from the older model include a 2.5" hard drive (the X41 used a 1.8"), automatic screen orientation, and an Intel Core Duo processor. For performance seekers some serious upgrades are available, such as a 120GB 5400RPM hard drive, 100GB 7200RPM drive, SXGA+ monitor, or up to 4GB of RAM."
Music

+ - Alabama Man Beats RIAA Motion Without Lawyer

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
Announcements

+ - Apple Veteran John Couch to Keynote TechEd 2007

Submitted by
newsblaze
newsblaze writes "Couch is a blast from the past, starting out with HP, then moving to Apple for very early development of the Lisa, as Apple's first Software VP. As TechEd 2007 Keynote, Couch brings his focus on education to this educational conference. He was involved in Lisa — the Mac predecessor, the mouse and GUI interface most of us use — and take for granted."
Christmas Cheer

+ - Santa Claus: the Tech behind Christmas

Submitted by
shking
shking writes "In a recent interview on CBC radio (choose mp3 or ogg), Dr. Larry Silverberg, an engineering professor at North Carolina State University, explains how Santa Claus delivers presents to millions of children in just one night. According to Dr. Silverberg, Santa invokes Einstein's theory of relativity to bend space and time and uses nanotechnology to build the presents right under each home's tree. There's also an alternative theory"
Microsoft

Microsoft Applies to Patent RSS in Vista 119

Posted by Zonk
from the don't-jump-the-rails-just-yet dept.
Cyvros wrote in with a link to Wired's Monkey Bites blog, which is featuring a post on Microsoft applying for a patent on RSS. As the article points out, this isn't as crazy as it seems at first blush. From the wording of the application, post author Scott Gilbertson interprets their move as a patent on RSS only within Vista and IE7. From the article: "The big mystery is what Microsoft is planning to do with the patents if they are awarded them. The sad state of patent affairs in the United States has led to several cases of Microsoft being sued for technologies they did arguably invent simply because some else owned a generic patent on them. Of course we have no way of knowing how Microsoft intends to use these patents if they are awarded them. They could represent a defensive move, but they could be offensive as well -- [self-described RSS inventor Dave] Winer may end up being correct. It would be nice to see Microsoft release some information on what they plan to do with these patents, but for now we'll just have to wait and see whether the US Patent and Trademark Office grants them."
Networking

+ - "Killer" Network Card Reduces Latency

Submitted by
fatduck
fatduck writes "HardOCP has published a review of the KillerNIC network card from Bigfoot Networks. The review examines benchmarks of the product in online gaming and a number of user experiences. The product features a "Network Processing Unit" or NPU, among other acronyms, which promise to drastically reduce latency in online games. Too good to be true? The card also sports a hefty price tag of $250."
Robotics

+ - Robotic frogs made with condoms

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "In 'The frog robot condom,' The Scientist invites us to follow Peter Narins, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has already been on 42 field expeditions, tracking the vocal behavior of animals in their natural habitats. But his most interesting research work has been done with frogs. Since 2001, in places such as China, French Guiana or Puerto Rico, he has been using robotic frogs housing a speaker and an air pump. But the air pump, used to call or to ask other frogs to leave, inflates and deflates the robotic frog's throat sac, made from a condom. Next year, Narins will go to Brunei to study another kind of frog. But he will use enhanced versions of his robots which will be equipped with several motors. But read more about Narins various experiments with robotic frogs."

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