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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.

Comment: An open letter to Obama (Score 1) 479

by Neuropol (#26096565) Attached to: Does Obama Have a Problem At NASA?
We need space exploration. We need to learn about our planet, our solar system, and our planet's function and relative essence of existence in that system. The more we learn, the more we can adapt knowledge to far reaching places. By hindering NASA's progression, you are hindering our future in ways you are not willing to acknowledge. Why is this? Please, get on track with Universe around us and our mission objectives of exploring it and learning from it in order to grow ... as human kind. You have a good plan for the people, but take it this necessary step further. Thank you.
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.

Comment: Astronomy Magazine (Score 2, Interesting) 138

by Neuropol (#25888747) Attached to: 1.4 Billion Pixel Camera To Watch For Asteroids
I think i just read some thing about this in Astronomy Magazine from earlier this year. The sensitivity and rapid ability to shoot large areas in a short amount of time will allow for this telescope to scan and record the entire Hawaiian skies every 3 days in search of Asteroids, Supernovae, and other phenomenon.
Businesses

The Man Who Owns the Internet 369

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-a-way-to-make-a-living dept.
Tefen writes "CNN Money posted this story about Kevin Ham, who has made a fortune gobbling up lapsed domain names and has recently launched a lucrative business partnership with Cameroon, the country which controls the .cm TLD. Since 2000 he has quietly cobbled together a portfolio of some 300,000 domains that, combined with several other ventures, generate an estimated $70 million a year in revenue."
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."

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