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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
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: Not surprising (Score 4, Interesting) 529

by dreold (#43104995) Attached to: The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban
I am glad that the background for the decision is coming to light after all the vitriol.

Having managed a (partially) telecommuting workforce before, nothing is more frustrating than not being able to reach people or get answers in a timely manner.

It really depends on the combination of management, tasks, and individuals to make telecommuting work.

In my personal case, admittedly, we had insufficient procedure for measuring progress to ensure equal productivity through telecommuting, and people were quick to take advantage of that (yes, I am admitting management failure here) This was not in an IT-related field but a more traditional business field.

Comment: Why does it look like there is no gravity? (Score 1) 206

by dreold (#40822165) Attached to: Images Show Apollo Moon Flags Still Standing
The shadow gives the impression that the flag is still in its unfurled state (like on the photo from the landing).

Since there is gravity on the Moon, wouldn't the fabric have come down to hang close to the pole, i.e. just like it would on a calm day on Earth?

But it's obviously difficult to tell what one is looking at exactly.

Comment: Re:Is this Apple or MS? (Score 1) 251

by dreold (#39184385) Attached to: Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Clone From App Store
Sorry, but I call shenanigans:

email client: eMailganizer
Browser: Atomic
MP3 Player: MP3Player [that's the name]

All in the AppStore. Found by a quick google search, no less.

Maybe the reason for the lack of choice in such apps is that there is just not a big market for them since the built-in iOS apps meet the needs of ... wait for it... MOST users.

Suffice it to say, the walled-garden argument is not the end-all reason for the lack of certain apps.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, you're an idiot. (Score 1) 151

by dreold (#39005253) Attached to: IRS Employee Stole Data To Forge $8M In Fraudulent Returns

It's a welfare system, and they win.

Personally, I don't see how switching my (income-earning, tax-paying) lifestyle to a welfare one would be a win, but I am sure you must be right. After all, people everywhere in the US are just lining up and asking for wage decreases in order to earn as little as possible so they can apply for federal programs... Wealth is different from income and is taxed differently, usually much to the advantage of those with wealth. The great myth is that wealth is always earned (through income and wise choices) by the person benefitting from it. In the real world, wealth is passed on.

Comment: Missed opportunity (Score 1) 437

by dreold (#34261118) Attached to: Anti-Smartphone Phone Launched For Technophobes
It's fugly and looks awful to use (holding to the ear I mean).

Futhermore, compare this to the Motofone (admittedly also awful to use) which sold for about half 3 years ago.

I agree with the concept of doing away with touchscreens and apps and so forth as not everyone likes/uses them (my favorite phone ever was the Nokia 6210), but why make it look and be useable like the awful cheap-ass China audio remotes (lookin at you Bose!).

I firmly believe there is a market for the concept, but my mom would not like this at all, 'nuff said.

Comment: Re:DO NOT WANT: print server, storage, P2P daemon, (Score 1) 268

by dreold (#32662140) Attached to: Cheap ADSL Holds Up 802.11n Router Design
Check out AVM http://www.avm.de/en/Produkte/FRITZBox/index.html I have 7270 working just fine here in the US (ordered in Germany) with Verizon DSL. Built-in. SIP adapter. Has the ability for custom firmware (freetz.org) add-ons with proper firewall and other (dd-wrt-like) stuff. The 7390 model has gigabit but there is no custom firmware for it yet. HTH

Comment: It's the method, not just the subject (Score 1) 567

by dreold (#25062519) Attached to: Should Organic Chemistry Be a Premed Requirement?
While Org Chem might not be necessary in everyday practice one could argue that neither is Math (Calculus, Statistics), Physics etc. The truth is however, that all those basic science courses teach more than just the subject, namely how to think scientifically - and this is of great value to physicians of any specialization.

In addition, to understand some of the biological and molecular aspects of disease an understanding of the sciences is absolutely vital. Otherwise physicians may as well be glorified plumbers (surgeons come to mind, but I digress... ;) )

While medicine is sometimes (rarely) an art rather than a science, the fundamentals are inherently scientific and need to be taught more rather than less.

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