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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 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."

Submission + - Google given more time to prove to Brussels it's NOT 'abusive' in search (

iComp writes: "The two-year long competition probe of Google's search business in Europe is poised to continue at least into the second half of this year, commissioner Joaquin Almunia has confirmed.

"We can reach an agreement after the summer break. We can envisage this as a possible deadline," he said on Friday, according to Reuters.

The Register asked the commissioner's office what this meant in practice. A spokeswoman told us:

Vice President Almunia only gave an indication of what the possible timing could be if the proposals by Google address our concerns. We are still analysing these proposals, as the VP said."

Comment US Government Announces National Day of Civic Hack (Score 5, Informative) 248

Interesting timing ; not quite the same.
One is Defensive Planning; One is about New ways to use things.
US Government Announces National Day of Civic Hacking

Comment Re:A truly ridiculous idea. (Score 1) 166

Maybe we can re-use some parts from the Ark.
The Ark, a Cybertronian spacecraft, crash lands on the dark side of Earth's Moon.

Comment Re:Jobs' Narcissism (Score 1) 551

What hype? Apple puts a 4 inch simple teaser inside one of it's applications, and today presents a classy front page on it's web site. The collection gets a stylish presentation in iTunes, but not much more than any other high profile act. How much collective hype do we get from all of those fly by night 2-cent hip hop acts? Should they have just hidden the downloads away someplace or would your world be a better place if they didn't offer them at all?

You should be grateful that this gave you all a chance to buff your egos by claiming your superiority over Steve Jobs for all the world to see.

I've got most of those tracks in my collection, but this still made me smile, especially the free concert video that Apple is streaming. It reminded me of a more innocent and kinder time.

Comment Re:Raiding (Score 1) 175

Look, maybe it's you. If you see a paladin in the video and you don't know what to do because you're a warrior, it's not the game. It's not the class. It's not the encounter. It's you.

And no, tanking's not hard. You survive, you did a good job. You die, it was either your gear or your healers. Tanking involves very little skill nowadays. You've got a handful of cooldowns you use every couple minutes, and that's about it. DPS has to manage more at once, and healing is where the challenge really is.

"I don't know how to raid" is sort of meaningless on its own. What part is it you don't know, exactly?

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