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+ - False color astronomy images lead to truer pictures than ever 1

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang writes: When you look out at the nebulae in the night sky — especially if you’re seeing them with your eye through a telescope for the first time — you might be in for a big surprise. These faint, fuzzy, extended objects are far dimmer, sparser and more cloud-like than almost anyone expects. Yet thanks to some incredible image processing, assigning colors to different wavelengths and adjusting the contrast, we can make out detailed structures beyond what even your aided eye could ever hope to perceive. Here's how the magic happens, and what it teaches us.

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Anita Hunt (lissnup) writes: Following last year's announcement from eBay,PayPal has contacted UK (maybe other) users by email, alerting them to the upcoming separation of the two companies from 1 July 2015, and drawing attention to changes in PayPal T&Cs. A new clause on Intellectual Property asserts: “When providing us with content or posting content (in each case for publication, whether on- or off-line) using the Services, you grant the PayPal Group a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable (through multiple tiers) right to exercise any and all copyright, publicity, trademarks, database rights and intellectual property rights you have in the content, in any media known now or in the future. Further, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, you waive your moral rights and promise not to assert such rights against the PayPal Group, its sublicensees or assignees. You represent and warrant that none of the following infringe any intellectual property right: your provision of content to us, your posting of content using the Services, and the PayPal Group’s use of such content (including of works derived from it) in connection with the Services.”
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Pickupliness writes: In this post about Creepy Pick Up Lines you will discover the creepiest pick up lines ever, or even the worst pick up lines in the history based on many based on many things. These pick up lines are somehow not guaranteed as the others, they may not work with you unless you use them on stupid guys who are creepy as well.
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Comment: A possible solution (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#49298619) Attached to: To avoid NSA, Cisco gear gets delivered to strange address

One solution is for Cisco to produce network products that use external storage instead of internal chips for firmware storage. Have the customer download a firmware image from a source outside of the US and "burn" that onto a SD card (or whatever medium is to be used). The card is then inserted into the Cisco device which is now ready to use.

I understand that the Cisco system would still require an equivalent of a bios in order to initialise the card reader but as the bios would only need to initialise the card reader and none of the network hardware, it could be fairly securely isolated to prevent hacking at that level. Also the firmware (on the SD card) could checksum the bios in order to detect modifications and prevent initialisation of the hardware, resulting in a brick.

Comment: Wow (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#49107213) Attached to: How walking with smartphones may have changed pedestrian etiquette

You just got to love it that in a supposed "free country" like America, people are being fined for using a mobile phone while walking, yet in a country that is perceived as having a heavily controlled population, they are providing safe areas where people are free to walk and use their phone. Interesting.

Comment: Interesting (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#49013833) Attached to: Replacing the Turing Test

So, of the tree listed examples, only the first one is a valid test. why?

- The Simpsons is not funny, hence a simple call to sleep(1320); would correctly identify all times to laugh (based on a 22 minute episode)
- The first rule of Ikea is that you don't read the instructions. If a bot was to read the instructions, then it could be determined that it is not human. Further to that, of the humans that do read the instructions, they are usually incapable of interpreting the glyphs on the (single) sheet. Therefore, if an individual (be it human or bot) could correctly fulfil the third example, it must be a bot.

Comment: Why is it even a problem? (Score 1) 1

by fireman sam (#48806243) Attached to: Do Female Programmers Have a Confidence Problem?

Perhaps there are not many girls in IT (any fields) because it is a shit job in where the smartest people (the devs) are always told what to do by the dumbest people (the managers).

Devs are require to build a bridge at a level not much higher than the molecular level without proper instructions and with the possibilities of huge structural changes that would result in either an unstable system (dev's fault) or a broken system (dev's fault) or a system that does not match what the customer thinks they want (dev's fault).

Fuck, if I could do my time again I would be as far away as possible from computers.

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