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Mars

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: Judge should make Apple stop dicking around (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by wiegeabo (#41922559) Attached to: Apple Stops Hiding Samsung Apology On Its UK Site

It's sad that if the judge doesn't spell out every little detail of how the apology should appear, the company will take advantage and try to 'hide' it.

The judge needs to assign further penalties on Apple. And every time they do something like this, slap on another, larger penalty. Like the old punishment for kids that always interrupt or talk back.
"You're grounded for the weekend. And don't argue."
"That's not fair!"
"Two weekends. Don't say another word."
"But-!"
"Three. Wanna go for four?"

"You're going to post an apology."
"Fine." *hides it in the paper*
"Not good enough.$100,000, and do it again."
"Fine." *hides it on the website*
"Not good enough. $500,000. Wanna try for a million?"

Comment: Solar powering devices (Score 1) 590

by wiegeabo (#41822057) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Stands In the Way of a Truly Solar-Powered Airliner?

The one thing you could do to save on fuel is possibly power the non-essential technology from solar. The tv's, sound system, charging stations, satellite phones, and the like. You probably wouldn't see huge tonnages of fuel saved per flight. But over the course of a year, with all of their planes, it would probably add up to a noticeable savings for airlines and pay for itself in relatively little time.

And if it's night, the plane isn't above cloud cover, or there's an issue with the solar system, it should be a simple matter of automatically switching back to standard power. (I'd assume the planes wouldn't carry batteries due to extra weight)

Politics

+ - Lawrence O'Donnell Encourages You to Vote Third Party->

Submitted by wiegeabo
wiegeabo (2575169) writes "Politcal analyst, and MSNBC host, Lawrence O'Donnell covered the recent 3rd party Presidential Debate on his show "The Last Word". While showing clips from the debate about topics not covered in the main debates, O'Donnell discusses a few of the issues brought up including the drug war and the NDAA. He also discusses the media's bias towards coverage of only the two main parties, how the candidates only focus on key swing states, 'wasting votes', and the connection to low voter turn out.

Especially poignant is his comment, " I have actually voted for the winner of the presidency exactly once, so please don’t try to tell me that voting for a candidate who loses is wasting a vote in a democracy.""

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Comment: Nothing wrong with this (Score 1) 303

by wiegeabo (#41672429) Attached to: Congressman Warns FTC: Leave Google Alone

Every company of significant size/market share should expect to be investigated for anti-competitive practices. If they've done nothing wrong, they've got nothing to worry about.

Anyone calling for an investigation of Google, should also be calling for investigations into Comcast, AT&T, and other large media providers.

Comment: IT Illertate Staff? (Score 5, Insightful) 504

by wiegeabo (#41305839) Attached to: School Regrets Swapping Laptops For iPads

So...The staff, a bunch of teachers, are IT illiterate. And, instead of TEACHING them how to actually use a computer, the answer is...to buy them iPads to try and avoid the issue.

No teacher has a right to complain about students not wanting to learn if they're not willing to learn how to use the tools required by their job.

And when are school boards and parents going to learn that throwing fancy new tech at a problem doesn't fix the problem...or even the symptoms of the problem? Changing tech doesn't fix things. Changing PROCESSES fixes things.

Comment: Prefered the streaming (Score 1) 82

by wiegeabo (#41040717) Attached to: The Olympic Live Stream: Observations, Recommendations, Predictions

The first week, about 80% of my Olympics viewing was through the streaming. Not only was it live, but I got to watch events that would never get covered (or get more than 10 minutes of tv time several hours later). And I do applaud NBC for streaming every single event live. At least they got something right.

I usually preferred watching without commentary. It was nice not getting my ear talked off the whole time. It was also very nice that commentary could be turned off (and back on when I did want it) for those events with it.

Of course, AT&T throttled me the second week because god forbid I actually use my unlimited data plan through an app on a device they sell. So I pretty much couldn't stream during the weekday. But I definitely would have, otherwise.

Their website and app needed A LOT of work. Not very friendly at all, and it would take forever for the links to ended events to be removed.

Science

+ - 1,000,000,000,000 Frames per second camera captures light in motion->

Submitted by matty619
matty619 (630957) writes "MIT researcher Ramesh Raskar recently gave a Ted Talk detailing their new ultra high speed camera system that can capture light in motion. The implications for this technology include new medical imaging technologies, as well as the ability to see around corners, as detailed in the video."
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Comment: Skills vs Language (Score 1) 193

by wiegeabo (#40923077) Attached to: Will Online Learning Disrupt Programming Language Adoption?

Perhaps it would be better if universities focused on programming skill and critical thinking rather than having to learn any particular language.

Maybe instead of learning, say, a C variant through all the years of college (which is really good to teach some things, and really bad to teach others), it would be better to use a language that, while not necessarily some type of industry standard, is actually a good tool for teaching a variety of programming techniques and critical thought. What good is it to learn to use a language if you can't program worth a damn?

Back in college, half my intro to programming class bombed out because it focused on how to use C++ instead of how to actually think about programming. Only those of us who had been programming in C++ beforehand were able to get a decent grade.

Shouldn't learning how to program be relatively language agnostic? Sure, you won't get to the fancy powerful tricks of a particular language in the classroom. But if you know how to program, not only should you be able to learn any language (assuming appropriate features and training materials), but you'll be able to pick up all that fancy stuff either on your own, in advanced language specific classes, or from work.

Earth

+ - Mysterious Sprite Photographed by ISS Astronaut->

Submitted by
astroengine
astroengine writes "A very rare and beautiful view of a red sprite has been photographed by Expedition 31 astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) hovering just above a bright flash of lightning in a thunderstorm over Myanmar. First documented in a photo in 1989, red sprites are very brief flashes of optical activity that are associated with powerful lightning discharges in storms — although the exact mechanisms that create them aren't yet known. But the orbiting outpost seems like the perfect vantage point to learn more about them!"
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