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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."

Comment Re:I like it (Score 1) 194

I'm using G+ only for people I actually know unlike Facebook.

Funny, I'm doing exactly the opposite. Facebook treats all of my contacts as friends and when I share something it has to be shared with all of them. Yes, I can exclude people, but for that I have to pick them one by one...

You can exclude lists as well as individual friends. Just like Circles, you create specific lists and when you don't want the members of that list to see a post, you exclude the list. The functionality is the same as Circles.

Comment Re:What's the difference? (Score 1) 164

No, because you're too stubborn to be enlightened.

if you can't see how Facebook's DOA feature that no one uses because the UI sucks and it's not core to the product is crappier than Google+'s Circles metaphor, whose UI doesn't suck, and which is core to the product and ubiquitous throughout the UI, then you're either a) too dumb to think, or b) too stubborn to learn, but either way, responding to you is c) a fucking waste of time.

Or: Google+ == Facebook without the suck.

No one said it was revolutionary. Just that it's a far better implementation.

I asked for someone to point out what the differences (if any) are and you resort to attacks. You, sir, are a class-a twit.

Reading between the lines, I'm taking that there are no differences between the two and that those who are saying Circles are better are simply fanboys. If there's no difference in functionality, then people ought to stop crowing over a perceived superiority that doesn't exist. FB friends lists are NOT difficult to set up; any argument to the contrary is based on stubbornness to learn or an inability to think. In fact, I found the need to drag people into circles rather tiresome; FB's implementation in which I can either type names or click on them is to me, quicker. That said, I understand that Google+ is not Facebook, nor do I expect it to be; I simply didn't see any functional difference between the two methods of grouping people and was wondering if I'd missed something since some people were praising Circles as if it were the Second Coming of Christ.

But since responding to me is a waste of time, then that's a reflection on you, not me.

Google+ so far has no "killer features" that would make me want to ditch Facebook; in fact, I see it more as a novelty at this point than a real alternative to Facebook. But, that's just my view at this early stage in Google+'s development.

Comment What's the difference? (Score 0) 164

I've been on G+ for a couple of days now (admittedly not too long), but I simply do not see the difference between Google's Circles and Facebook's friend lists. From what I can tell, the functionality is identical in that I can use both to limit who sees what. I'm really not understanding all this "Circles are better than what Facebook has" hubbub I'm seeing in various places (including /.).

Can someone enlighten me?

Comment Re:Oh my. (Score 1) 368

We'll have to see, however there is one thing that Facebook sorely lacked that Google is addressing. The abilility to seperate people into different social "Circles" to control what you want to share with who. How many stories have we all heard about posts causing issues for a person because Facebook putting all your posts and friends all in one bucket.

To me, it seems like a no-brainer. The things I want my family, friends, highschool and college acquaintances, coworkers, and potential dating partners to see are quite often different enough that I don't bother saying anything at all.

I dislike Zuckerburg, Zynga, and the many other sleazy players involved with the scene. I have an account, and I use it as little as I can. Unfortunately, it has become so prevalent that ignoring it completely effectively makes one a pariah these days.

Not to suggest that this is unfamiliar territory for many of us here. ;-)

I don't see the issue. You can do that on Facebook with friends lists.
Example: you work with Joe, Bob, Marge, and John. Tom is your boss. You, Joe, and Bob are drinking buddies whereas you don't socialize with Marge and John.

You can have lists such as:
Work: Joe, Bob, Marge, John, Tom.
Buddies: Joe, Bob
Family: all your relatives
Friends: Everyone else
Do Not Share: Marge, John, Tom, Mom, Dad

When you post a status update, you can customize who sees it. For example, you could post something that you only wanted your Work and family lists to be able to see, but then under "Hide this from," you enter the Do Not Share list. Your family members, Joe and Bob will be able to see the post; but Marge, John, Tom, Mom and Dad won't (even though they also belong to your Work and Family lists).

All this complaining about Facebook allowing posts to be viewed by everyone is a result of not knowing how to use the privacy settings. It's not that difficult.

Comment Re:Cheaper to buy CDs (Score 2, Informative) 551

I've never had that impression. I thought it cost around $9.99 to download most complete albums off of itunes (I'm guessing I don't use itumes). I can pay this for most albums on to get the physical disc + album art - DRM.

iTunes music hasn't had DRM for several years.

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