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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 really. (Score 3, Informative) 341

by flip-flop (#42481559) Attached to: Adrian Lamo Explains His Decision To Expose Bradley Manning

This submission text is tainted by the poster's personal opinions - opinions which are, to say the very least, not unanimously shared. If you read the article it is striking how Lamo seems completely bereft of any sympathy for Manning, how he might have possibly fooled him into confessing by promising to treat it in confidence - and how he likes to hide behind complex (made up?) words and phrases instead of answering the interviewer's questions directly. One for the psychologists...

+ - How can so many wrongs be a copyright?->

Submitted by ColdWetDog
ColdWetDog writes: Ars is running perhaps the oddest copyright story ever. A small company called BlueBeat.com has decided that storing another copy of a copyrighted song (In this case, the Beatles) allows them to submit this new "performance" for copyright (which of course is owned by BlueBeat) and sell it legally. For $0.25 a track. Nice price. Weird lawyers. RIAA is not amused.
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Comment: Game designers don't read enough books (Score 1) 427

by flip-flop (#29830233) Attached to: A Look At How Far PC Gaming Has Come

My favourite passage from that article:

While there have been some massive steps forward in terms of what games can and are willing to do story-wise though, plot is actually the aspect of game design which has come on the least in the last twenty years.

Graham Linehan recently said on Charlie Brooker’s GamesWipe that he thinks a lot of that is because game designers don’t read enough books and that modern games are made by people who watch more films than they read stories. He’s probably onto something there, we reckon – especially when you consider the rambling nonsense which is the Metal Gear Solid series.

The Almighty Buck

+ - Film Piracy, Organized Crime AND Terrorism 1

Submitted by flip-flop
flip-flop writes: The RAND Corporation has just released a lengthy report titled "Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism" attempting to link all three. The authors suggest that terrorists might be financing themselves through movie piracy — and in 3 out of 14 of their international case studies, they claim that profits from piracy end up with suspected terrorist organizations.
But now for the interesting part! Quote from the preface: The study was made possible by a grant from the Motion Picture Association (MPA). Ah, what a surprise...
The Internet

+ - Vista browsers to surpass Mac by mid-2008?->

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starglider29a writes: "According to browser statistics gathered by w3schools.com, Vista is up to 3.00% in June '07. With Linux at 3.4% and Mac at 4.00% and rising, first order projections place Vista users to surpass Mac users somewhere in mid-2008. This doesn't take into account the publics reaction to Leopard when it is unveiled."
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+ - Pope Acknowledges Evolution 1

Submitted by teslatug
teslatug writes: In a discussion with 400 priests Pope Benedict has admitted the merits of evolution saying "This clash [between creationism and evolution] is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favour of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such." How will this pronouncement affect the argument of the creationists who are against the teaching of evolution?

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