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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Comment: Re:America (Score 1) 389 389

Then came the rise of the Christians who promptly destroyed anything that didn't have the word Jesus on it and we were sent backwards by centuries. Not knocking the Christians as it seemed like every religion did the same thing, hell we see the Muslims trying their damnedest to do the same even today.

There are also some Christians who would like to do the same even today...

Comment: Re:It never ceases to amaze me... (Score 2) 87 87

How fucking arrogant do you have to be to believe that they were just making up something like this instead of perhaps prizing the spotted horses as more aesthetically pleasing to their sensibilities?

I agree with your main point, but I'm not sure arrogant is the right word. Surely it would take a more advanced mind to invent and draw an animal that nobody has ever seen before than just to draw something that you see every day.

I'm not sure why anyone would have assumed the creatures were imaginary, arrogant or not.

Comment: Re:Growth falling is not consumption falling (Score 2) 261 261

>"From 2000 to 2010, the growth rate slowed to 2 percent. Over the next 10 years, demand is expected to decline by about 0.5 percent a year, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit group funded by the utility industry."

That means the rate that GROWTH is increasing will slow down.

No, I'm pretty sure "demand is expected to decline by about 0.5 percent a year" means just that. A decline in demand is negative growth in demand (demand meaning the actual amount of power people draw from the system in a given period of time, not the increase in that amount).

Also from TFA:

Over the next decade, experts expect residential power use to fall, reversing an upward trend that has been almost uninterrupted since Thomas Edison invented the modern light bulb.

Surely when an upward trend in residential power use is reversed, it becomes a downward trend, not just a trend going upwards a little more slowly?

Comment: Good idea (Score 1) 465 465

As far as I can tell, the recycle bin was an attempt to emulate the trash can in the Macintosh UI. The difference was that, like so many other things (and this is coming from a life long Windows user, not an Apple fanatic), Microsoft did it badly where Apple did it well.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the difference is, but in Windows it just doesn't seem to make sense. It just looks like any other desktop icon, whereas in the Macintosh it clearly has a special purpose. Possibly because it's always there at the bottom right hand side of the screen (where it seems like it should be, don't ask me why), whereas Windows just moves it around as it sees fit.

So no, I don't see anything wrong at all with the poster's policy of removing it from the desktop. Anything that removes a possible source of confusion for users is a good thing in my book.

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