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Blow to the head makes people feel good about religion

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re: Makes sense

Richard Harris sez on 06.28.11 @13:32gmt:

"A friend of mine had part of his brain removed due to a tumour. Afterwards he became extremely religious. It all makes sense now..."

You do also realize, then, what the root words of the word "fundamentalist" are:

"Fund": to give money to

"Amentalist": the mindless

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y'know, I was just about to say...

...y'mean, that one scene in "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" wasn't just satire? You know which scene I mean -- the one with the group of monks marching through the streets chanting verses of Latin gibberish while bashing themselves upside the head with boards?

Wow, who'da thunk it?

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Magnificent Moon mountain sunrise caught on camera

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re: monochrome

I suspect LRO is shooting in grayscale.

Check out some of the orbital and surface photography from the Apollo missions; depending on the lighting and the viewing angle, the color of the Moon varies from the usual slate gray to a warm charcoal gray to a pale chocolate brown.

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/apollo/apollo8/hires/as08-14-2383.jpg

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/apollo/apollo10/hires/as10-27-3890.jpg

http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/lores/AS17-134-20435.jpg

http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/lores/AS17-137-20990.jpg

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re: what caused the peak

I'm not a geodynamicist either, but two questions asked at the LRO blog at http://tinyurl.com/6kdavlc are:

"Were these distinctive outcrops formed as a result of crushing and deformation of the target rock as the peak grew? Or do they represent preexisting rock layers that were brought intact to the surface...?"

I also seem to recall a theory involving volcanic activity caused by a rupturing of the crust in which the crust rebounds from the impact and causes a "backsplash" of lava which hardens in place, but the LRO blog doesn't mention it.

Still in all, it's frickin' gorgeous.

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That's "far side", not "dark side"...

As seen by the LRO:

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/527006main_farside.1600.jpg

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made of awesome!

Among my shit-ton(ne) of space-related bookmarks is the LRO site, which I check regularly. I first saw these images there a couple of days ago and damn' near crapped my drawers at their sheer awesomeness. Yesterday, I saw they were picked up by the Bad Astronomy blog, where Phil Plait was in a similar state of pants-crapping delight. I especially enjoyed the close-up of the main central peak, and the small depression where a boulder was resting. I'd never seen the Tycho peaks in such detail and in a view such as the oblique sunrise view, and it totally knocked my lights out.

No goddamn' wonder these are being blasted all over the place. They're made of awesome.

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re: ephemeral

I can remember watching the Apollo expedition TV feeds as a young teenager and seeing all the magnificent stuff being discovered -- like the famous orange dirt on Apollo 17 -- and found myself sharing the astronauts' sense of wonder as they all commented on how it seemed that all this awesome stuff had been lying there for millions of years just waiting for us to find it.

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re: moon facts

Actually, Pink Floyd were at least partially right about there being no "dark side". The term "dark side" is actually a misnomer; the proper term, as taught to me by the Apollo crewmen, was "far side" -- that is, the side that's always turned away from Earth as it's "tidally locked" in position in its orbit, even though the Moon has a rotational cycle. The far side receives sunlight on a regular basis, but we just don't see it because it's always facing away from us, so the Moon isn't really "all dark".

Sorry, Mr. Floyd.

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Who'll keep taking Windows Tablets in the iPad era?

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seems like MS actually kinda had the right idea...

...at least regarding a tablet computer not needing a new custom OS.

I can remember all that time the rumors were flying around about Apple's upcoming tablet computer, and I was thinking "hot damn, at last, a tablet with a letter-size live area which runs OSX, where I can fire up Photoshop, open a full letter-size window and sketch and doodle on it with a stylus the same way I do with a pencil or marker on my dead-tree sketch pad! Alright!" Of course, I probably wouldn't have been able to afford one right away as money's a bit tight these days, but still, knowing that one was available would've been ultra-cool.

So, you can imagine my disappointment -- and slight disgust -- when what Apple gave us was a locked-down tablet running a funky custom OS with a walled-garden App Store subject to capricious censorship by His Steveness, and all the other bullshit that comes with owning an (spit) iPhone... and ludicrously expensive, at that. Mind you, if someone gave me one as a gift, I wouldn't turn it down, but I sure as hell wouldn't break my neck getting down to the shops to buy one.

Just noticing, too, the photo in the link to the Lenovo ThinkPad X220T that Orlowski is reviewing -- wow, a laptop with a screen that pivots, and with stylus input, what a slick idea! Of course, there's the issue of the screen's single attachment point -- or, as some would likely call it, the single attachment point of failure -- where the screen pivots and which likely will see a lot of use and run the chance of breakage, but, still... what a cool-ass idea. As I'm a longtime old Mac freak, I'm not really in the market for a Lenovo -- or any new gear at all right now, sadly -- but I'm still keen to jump over there and read the review just to check it out and see what Orlowski thinks of it.

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an Anonymous Coward sez on 07.02.11 @18:51gmt:

"It wasn't too long after the iphone appeared that the whispers of "wouldn't it be cool if this was bigger...." started and then the ipad was introduced...

I cant help but think that the iphone was a stepping stone to the ipad and the concept of the ipad came first."

I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people said that about their iPhones early on. You may also be right about the iPhone being a proof-of-concept -- or a "technology demonstrator" as they say in the aerospace biz -- for the iPad. That said, I'm still royally pissed off about there not being an Apple tablet that runs OSX and normal OSX applications with stylus input. If they'd put that out instead of the frickin' iPad, -- and if I had the couple of thousand bucks to spare -- I'd actually be lined up outside the Apple Store at 4am along with the rest of those crazy-assed people.

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Apollo 14 'naut attempts to flog Moon camera for $80k

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re: what next?

mark 63 sez on 07.01.11 @09:13gmt:

"Professional Geologists claiming creationist theory?"

Sad to report that Apollo 17 LMP Harrison Schmitt -- a geologist who trained all the other Apollo crewmen in geological fieldwork -- is now a climate-change denialist. The guy's still a hero in my book, but, jeezus... c'mon, Schmitty, get a grip, man:

http://tinyurl.com/46hed3f

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In addition to Ed Mitchell becoming a UFOlogist and psychic-phenomena nut, there are two other Apollo astronauts -- Jim Irwin and Charlie Duke -- who ended up becoming full-on born-again Christian nutcakes. And Buzz Aldrin, of course, I need not discuss any further.

On the upside, Alan Bean's profound changes from his lunar experience resulted in him becoming one of America's greatest painters. Bean had always enjoyed painting in his off-time even back in his test-pilot days, but his visit to the Moon really stirred up something inside him enough to cause him to get really serious about his art full-time after he retired from the astronaut corps. Google "Alan Bean paintings" and check his work out. It's all space-related, but there's nothing cheesy or gimmicky about it; Bean really has an excellent eye, and his work really is full of heart and soul.

Say what you want about Neil Armstrong being taciturn and reclusive; at least he's one of the few Apollo crewmen who walked on the Moon and didn't end up becoming total cranks after they came home.

(pint of ale for Alan Bean, first Impressionist on the Moon.)

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Absofrickinlutely!

As I recall, Alan Bean (Apollo 12) got to keep the treaded overshoes he wore on the Moon. He brushed off all the dust that was caked on them and saved it all in a few small vials. He apparently still has some left; he mixes it in with the paint he uses in his paintings, and also uses the treads on his old lunar overshoes to texture the prepared surface of his canvases prior to painting on them.

http://www.alanbean.com/images/alan_bean_surrounded_by_paintings.jpg

http://www.charlieduke.net/images/smalltown.jpg

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LRV for sale...?

Nope, sorry; Apollo 14 carried only what could be described as a Lunar Golf Cart, a wheeled equipment rack used to carry sampling tools, drills, and Al Shepard's nine-iron.

Apollo 15 was the first mission to take the famous two-man "buggy" along. The LRV that went on Apollo 17 sustained some rear fender damage requiring improvised body work on-site, so I suspect it'd go for a bit less than "book value" on eBay. Still one owner, low mileage, though... and, yeah, it'd definitely be a "buyer pick-up" deal.

LRV development history: http://www.astronautix.com/craft/apololrv.htm

Apollo 17 LRV, fresh from Gene'n'Schmitty's Body Shop: http://tinyurl.com/3ndsxwe

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re: pinhead?

thefutureboy sez on 07.01.11 @08:57gmt:

"Looking at that picture, has he encountered a strange alien race of head shrinkers?"

Actually, no; he's encountered the International Latex Corp's. A7L PGA (Pressure Garment Assembly) designed for the Apollo crews. A rather bulky piece of gear, it had a way of making even the slightest-built astronauts look huge, invincible and godlike -- even a short, wiry little dude like Pete Conrad.

http://www.astronautix.com/craft/a7l.htm

http://www.astronautix.com/graphics/0/10075836.jpg

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Music on plastic discs still popular, apparently

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"Dark Side" vinyl vs. CD

jake sez on 06.29.11 @ 08:28gmt:

"Listen to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side" on CD[1]. Then listen to it on clean vinyl ..."

Greetings, fellow pointless anachronism with a hint of taste.

...y'know, it's funny... back in the mid/late '90s, when I'd just gotten my first CD drive (as part of my now-aged G3 Mac), I was debating whether or not to replace my old LPs with new CDs, or to find the LPs which were in better shape and try to rip them myself (a certain subset of my LP collection, the ones I bought between the time I graduated college and around 1984, are in pretty good shape; the ones I bought between 1971 and '79 are wrecked). At the time, the CD rush was in full swing, and turntables were harder and harder to find. Even the supposedly high-end tables contained an alarming amount of plastic components; I was looking at spending several hundred dollars for a proper turntable with components made of proper materials, like a serious DJ turntable. If anyone at the time told me how bad their LPs sounded compared to CDs, I'd remind them that it was because they were playing their LPs on crappy-assed 80s/90s turntables made almost entirely of plastic.

Interesting, now that LPs are coming back; I heard recently that the 30th (or 35th) anniversary remaster/reissue of "Dark Side" was not only released on CD, but also on virgin vinyl of a weight and thickness not seen since the late '60s. If my money weren't so tight these days, I'd be seriously on the hunt for that "Dark Side" vinyl reissue so I could take it over to my DJ buddy's house and use his turntable and quad-core Mac Pro to rip it properly.

The problem with CD reissues in the early days, though, was that digital remastering brought out imperfections in the original analog master tapes which normally couldn't be heard in the final product. I'll never forget, twenty-five years or so ago, when CDs started getting really big-time, and the radio stations started going to CDs on the air. They used to announce when they were playing the CD reissue of an album back then; during one set, a local station played some of the CD reissue of the first Who album, and as the final chorus of "I Can't Explain" faded out, the DJ came on and wisecracked, "and, there's The Who with 'I Can't Explain' -- sounding even trashier on CD!"

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re: the humble audio cassette

mittfh sez on 06.29.11 @15:06gmt:

"I have several dozen albums on a format older than a CD, and more portable than a vinyl record... the humble audio cassette!"

I listen to almost all of my music on CDs and high-rate mp3's these days, but I still own a decent cassette deck in clean working order -- usually only used for ripping old tapes for archival purposes -- and a humble handheld stereo cassette player/recorder, to play the quick'n'dirty mix tapes I make from my CDs/mp3's to listen to when I'm working in the garden, or other environment which would be almost certain sudden death for CDs.

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re: Pink Floyd were shit...

Some Beggar sez on 06.29.11 @11:29gmt:

"Pink Floyd were shit on analogue formats and they're shit in digital formats."

Pink Floyd were a band who could actually write real songs with actual lyrics, actually play, and actually sing.

There, fixed it for you.

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re: Gapless playback

Zog The Undeniable sez on 06.29.11 @08:54gmt:

"Any Doors fans who like the way "Peace Frog" segues into "Blue Sunday" will know what I'm talking about. A careless commercial rip that leaves a gap or even a stutter ruins the whole piece. I can see where Pink Floyd were coming from when they opposed downloads for so long..."

Damn' straight. And, need we mention the great-granddaddy of 'em all, Abbey Road, Side Two*? My CD copy is "tracked", yet still plays the famous Side Two flawlessly on a CD player, though iTunes can't deal with it even when supposedly set to "gapless" playback. I ended up having to rip my copy of "Abbey Road" to .wav format so I could stitch Side Two together in Final Cut Pro so I could enjoy "Here Comes The Sun" through to "Her Majesty" in all its flowing, uninterrupted glory.

Same for any Pink Floyd album from "Dark Side Of The Moon" and later, and side one of Frank Zappa's "Apostrophe".

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*for you youngsters, that's side two of the original LP version, where all the songs run together in a continuous "suite" of twenty-odd minutes or so.

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re: On-Demand UFP

Steve Davies 3 sez on 06.28.11 @10:40gmt:

"CD's only for me I'm afraid. I can listen anywhere, anyhow, anytime. (with due reference to The Who's lyrics.) I want to."

Like, even when you're Goin' Mobile?

Pint of ale, for a fellow old Who Yoof.

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CDs fail...

re: 2. My copy of Ziggy Stardust was issued when RCA thought that music CDs with a glitzy video/multimedia component was surely The Next Big Thing. The result was that iTunes, on my G4 iBook, refused to rip it. I got around it by firing up my old G3 with an old version of Toast Audio Extractor, and -- waddya know, it recognized the audio tracks and ignored all the other bullshit, and let me do a normal high-rate rip to .wav format.

re: 3. So far, none of my commercially-produced CDs has failed on me. Other items I have ripped to CD-R, such as bootleg concert footage or rips from out-of-print vinyl, have experienced a total of two failures in ten years, both traceable to media which shipped defective (look out for TDK). In each of these cases, it wasn't a total disaster as I still had copies on my "tune server" hard drive as well as backups to DVD ROMs. I've also backed up my rips from commercially-produced CDs to archival media as well, just to keep all my bets covered.

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re: declining quality of everything

Right on to that.

About the time the first series of iPhones came out, I recall a lot of the marketing hype involved the fact that you could watch movies on it. Far from being overjoyed, I was, in fact, appalled as I imagined some young geek someplace watching Kubrick's "2001" on his crappy little iPhone screen.

Also about that time -- and I wish I'd bookmarked the YouTube URL now -- David Lynch had some video posted of a talk he gave at some media conference, a really right-on rant about what a sad development it was that so many people would actually "...want to watch a movie on your fucking phone!"

I mean, sure; some crappy little romantic comedy would work OK on an iPhone, but "2001"? "Lawrence Of Arabia"? "Blade Runner"? Gimme a break, man.

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vinyl to tape dubs: "Most of the music I listen to..."

jake sez on 06.28.11 @12:40gmt:

"... was recorded from vinyl to half inch tape, and the working copies made from the tape."

The author of "Retro Thing", one of my favorite blogs, had an interesting post a while back about taking CDs of old albums remastered from the original analog tapes and dubbing them to analog tape on a high-end open-reel deck, like an old refurbish Teac or Akai. Apparently, the results were quite good: a "smoothing out" of the high end, and a "fattening" and "warming" of the midrange and bass.

He doesn't say anything about the results for dubbing CDs of albums which were also mastered digitally, such as Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms" which, iirc, was the first album which was recorded, mixed, and mastered digitally.

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re: why I buy CD

I, too, had a hard drive containing my entire music collection die on me five or six years ago. It was a minor pain in the ass having to order a new drive, reload it, and re-match all the tracks to the playlists, but it was a far smaller pain in the ass than it would've been to have to actually try to replace all the music (which, fortunately, I had the sense to back up to audio CDs and DVD ROMs).

Right on about the Beatles reissue in FLAC on a USB drive. It's cool in a way, but, still, there's something even cooler about having the actual discs with the actual album art. Hell, half the fun of listening to Sergeant Pepper is copping a couple of bong hits and staring at the front cover.

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crusing the music blogozone

an Anonymous Coward sez on 06.28.11 @09:57gmt:

"I have in the past used unauthorised sources to download music, once I have 'auditioned' the music I either delete it or buy the CD..."

Bravo. A very sensible policy. Myself, I've bought most of my CDs as replacements for my worn-out vinyl copies of the same albums -- Blonde On Blonde, Sgt. Pepper, Are You Experienced, Dark Side, Quadrophenia, Slayed?, etc. -- and have never had much need to listen before I buy.

I also spend a lot of time in the music collectors' blogozone, although my interests lie mostly in "bootleg" live footage -- I was a proud member of the Deadhead "tapers' underground" back in my tour-following days -- or in obscure old stuff that's been out of print for decades, and often exists only on vinyl, having never been reissued on CD. A lot of my favorite old early/mid '60s surf punk and "garage" rock'n'roll falls into this category. A large part of my music collection these days comes in the form of stuff ripped from old '45s and LPs, courtesy of collector/bloggers who hit used record shops, estate sales, garage sales and junk shops in search of really cool old "garage" tracks recorded by long-forgotten bands on small regional labels long gone out of business -- the kind of funky old shit I couldn't find on iTunes in a million years.

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Abso-frickin'-lutely, pal

I have iTunes running on the G4 iBook I use as my "tune server" when I'm not on the road, and I have iTunes configured strictly for use as a music player. First thing I did when I installed it was to shut off all the advertising, and use Little Snitch to lock it down tight, and keep it from calling home to Apple. The only 'Net connection I allow out of iTunes is to the live stream of a freeform FM station in NY which plays a lot of old obscure art music and old prog and '60 garage rock that I really like. I sure as hell don't use iTunes to _buy_ music.

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damn' straight, man...

Call me old-fashioned if you want -- hell, when I first started buying music, it was still on _vinyl_ -- but the more I see the direction the Entertainment-Industrial Complex is moving in, the more sense it makes to me to keep it "old skool". The more crass and greedy the behavior of the EIC becomes, the more I like having actual physical copies of my music on CDs and LPs, the same way I still prefer my books printed, on actual paper, which I can share and trade among my friends or sell to a used-book shop without Amazon getting in my face about it.

All the music in my collection -- living on a dedicated hard disk, accessible to iTunes for playlists and the like -- is backed up to remote physical media, either audio CDs or DVD ROMs, for easy backup in case of hard disk failure. Add to this the advantage of the likes of Apple or Amazon being unable to reach across the 'Net and delete the music I have backed up to offline physical media, and you can see why many of us still choose to keep it Old Skool (not to mention that the EIC still hasn't figured out to encode DRM on vinyl LPs).

My copies of Dark Side Of The Moon -- both on CD, and on vinyl (half-speed-remastered reissue) -- are paid for and owned by me, legally, and I'm free to listen to them, use them in mix discs, or mash up for my own personal pleasure as I see fit, no corporate bullshitting around about "licensing".

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Brainscan breakthrough: Working robot limbs come closer

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Re: Hmm...

TeeCee sez on 06.30.11 @13:45gmt:

"I take it that there are no prizes on offer for correctly guessing who's behind this and already planning to have all his limbs sawn off and replaced with cybernetic ones?"

Uhhmm... that Black Knight from "Monty Python And The Holy Grail"?

"Come back 'ere! It's only a flesh wound...!"

(the chain-mail one, thanks)

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LulzSec dumps hundreds of Arizona Police documents

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thou protest too much, or something like that

Shill much? P'wah. Teabagger.

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NASA's nuclear Mars tank arrives at launch site

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Sound in space? Artistic license...

I'm sure the producers of the JPL/NASA concept video had sound in the coast-phase/Mars approach segments for the same reason Star Trek episodes had that subtle whooshing sound whenever the Enterprise flew by the camera while in space -- it adds a bit of excitement to what would be a really boring shot if done in a technically correct fashion.

When the explosive bolts blow to cut the aeroshell assembly loose prior to Mars atmospheric entry, the craft is still in vacuum and the explosions would technically be silent, but then there'd be no cues to the audience that something important has happened; simply seeing the bolts pop loose and zip silently off into space wouldn't have the same impact.

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Winklevoss twins drop Facebook settlement appeal

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Now, let me get this straight...

These guys scored $20m in cash and $45m in stock, and they're _appealing_? Isn't that a little like hitting the Powerball number and then complaining that you only won twenty million bucks? Christ.

Still, I also suspect that they called off their appeal because they got tired of hearing the waves of snickering in the courtroom every time a judge or attorney uttered the name "Winklevoss".

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Rare video: Moon flashing in front of giant's face

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MGS telescopic lens?

I honestly don't recall exactly which of its lenses/cameras MGS used to get that Jupiter shot, other than that it wasn't anything especially "long" -- the MGS cameras, iirc, were designed more for looking at things slightly closer, like the surface of Mars, or the occasional shot of one of its moons near the limb, and even at their "telephoto" setting, weren't really "long" enough for distant astronomical photography, certainly not the same as the cameras aboard the HST.

Also iirc, it wasn't an especially magnified shot -- Jupiter was quite small in the overall image, but just large enough for atmospheric banding and coloration to be discernible when that part of the image was cropped and magnified. I'm taking a SWAG that Jupiter viewed from Earth orbit with the same lens/camera would still be rather twinkly-dot-like.

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Whoa. Suh-WEET.

What's even more compelling here is that from Mars, Jupiter is visible as an actual sphere in the sky, instead of something small, glinting and starlike, as it appears from here.

I remember an even better image -- from the Mars Global Surveyor, iirc -- showing Jupiter as seen from Martian orbit. It wasn't a time-lapse video, but was still even more amazing as it was in natural color, and Jupiter's atmospheric banding and Great Red Spot were clearly visible.

Also outstanding was a shot of the Trifid Nebula taken from Cassini; it was doing a camera calibration check prior to a flyby of one of Saturn's moons, focusing on a random patch of space, and whaddya know, there was the Trifid Nebula! Granted, it was in grayscale and at a resolution nearer to most early/mid 20th Century astrophotography, but, still... a clear shot of the Trifid taken from a probe orbiting Saturn. Man, that foto was made of awesome.

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Euro commissioner tells Facebook it has nowhere to hide

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targeted advertising "an interesting business model"?

Wow, that's the most inventive way I've yet seen to say "big, fat pain in the ass".

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World braces for domain name EXPLOSION

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re: It's all Google's fault

"most people (shamefully me included sometimes) just type the name of the site into google and get the domain from there..."

Auuggghh. My wife does that. Every time I try to tell her that "Google is NOT the Web" and that more often than not, a try at name-of-site.com will bring up the site you want, she just pitches a fit. I've pretty much given up trying to teach her anything about the Internet.

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SpaceX goes to court as US rocket wars begin

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re: Add 200 pounds to the next cargo manifest

"They should launch this idiot into space..."

...yeah, one way, aboard a non-man-rated module.

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One failure, and...?

"...one failure and the whole anarcho-military-aerospace-industrial-government complex will come down on them like a ton of deorbiting ESA space truck debris."

Y'mean, like the buttload of Atlas failures during launch-vehicle testing early in the Mercury program? Or, the launch of Vanguard I? Or, the Challenger?

http://www.astronautix.com/articles/thelures.htm ...check out all the Atlas, Titan and Delta failures.

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anti-enterprise, my ass

One of Obama's last acts in the Senate was to carry water for the Wall Street bailout.

His health care "reform" bill was a big fat giveaway to the health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations.

He just finished doing a big shuffle dance for a bunch of Wall Street honchos for cash for his re-election campaign.

Everything he's done re:NASA has been geared toward privatizing as much of the space program as possible.

Anti-enterprise, my ass.

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Facebook quietly switches on facial recognition tech by default

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Already on top of it

In fact, I supplied bogus info when I created my account. I used the nom de guerre I do my art under for my name, and totally bogus info for my age, gender and location. I didn't supply an info about where I went to school, or favorite movies or music, or any of that other crap they use to figure out which ads to shove at me.

Facebook thinks I'm a woman born on April 1, 1984 and living in Tripoli.

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Already doing just that

I don't spend a lot of time on Failbook; I use it primarily to promote my cartoon art, and that's all I post in my albums -- just cartoons, no photos... and, I'm already poisoning the well by tagging myself in all my cartoons.

Great idea, though, and easy to pull off.

That said, upon seeing this report, I went straight to my Failbook account and disabled the "feature" in question. Friggin' bastards.

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Boffins grow brains in petri dish

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"Let me die... please, let me die...!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYebuwQ8RPw

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Hot bodies get super-slippery when wet

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Sizzling speedy torpedoes?

Congrats, El Reg; you've outdone yourselves again.

So, hot bodies get super-slippery when wet? Who'da thunk it? Ooooh la la, baby.

Paris, because she knows a thing or two about sizzling speedy torpedoes.

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Stolen RSA data used to hack defense contractor

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Headline Error?

"Stolen RSA data used to hack war profiteer"

There, fixed it for ya'.

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New Sony hack exposes more consumer passwords

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Boo yah! Sic Semper Sony!

Between the legal threats against PS jailbreakers, and the rootkits on audio CDs, I'd say this couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of filthy, thieving bullies.

$171 mil, huh? Sounds like a good start. You go, LulzSec!

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Engineering students design tent for camping on Mars

Mike Flugennock
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"...just go behind a tree..."

...or, in this case, our campers would have their choice of several dozen really big rocks.

Besides, don't forget; since the Gemini days, spacesuits have what's delicately termed a "biomedical pouch".

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Martian campsite fee collector

"He has a ray gun and is not afraid to use it ..."

Not to mention that he's also developed the Eludium Q36 Explosive Space Modulator.

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Hackers pwn PBS in revenge for WikiLeaks doco

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B'WAHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHHHH.

PBS is just pissed off because people like Bradley Manning have the cajones to do what's right, and because WikiLeaks is doing their job better than PBS. Their whole "report" was a smear job on Manning and Wikileaks. PBS got what it deserved.

Boo yah!

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Apple ships removal tool for Mac-menacing malware

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"Erratic Behavior"

"A ZDNet blogger recently counted 200 separate discussion threads on discussions.apple.com in which users complained of infections that caused their Macs to behave erratically..."

That's not an infection; that's Safari. (Oh, I don't know, though...)

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Skype pushes gaming software down users throats

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Stop me if I'm wrong...

...and I might be stretching the definition a bit, here, but... if a piece of software pushes an installation onto your system without your permission -- and ignores your requests to abort the installation -- doesn't that sorta kinda qualify as malware? OK, the payload itself was technically benign, but, still...

"Unintentional installation", my ass. It was only "unintentional" because they were CAUGHT.

Kinda reminds me of my recent Firefox 3.5.8 unwanted auto-update experience. FF 3.5.7 was misbehaving, starting without presenting a new window and ignoring the "New Window" command, when I thought that perhaps a fresh reboot would solve the problem. So, I rebooted and restarted FF; after some moments' hesitation, Firefox presented me with a new window congratulating me for upgrading to FF 3.5.8. This bugged the hell out of me on a couple of levels; first, that Mozilla pushed an auto-update despite my Prefs settings to NOT auto-update and somehow managing to bypass LittleSnitch (despite my Prefs settings, FF still insists on trying to call home to addons.mozilla.org, setting off Little Snitch, to which I always reply "Deny Until Quit") -- and second, that this upgrade-pushing while ignoring Prefs setting smelled like a good old Microsoft trick.

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EasyBits' tap-dancing rationale

"EasyBits GO is NOT a malware, it is a legitimate application distributed by EasyBits Media as part of our scheduled update.

Unfortunately the user interface in the update installer has defects causing confusing user experience that leads to unintentional installations..."

So, I guess that means it's malware, then.

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Yanks officially recognise the word 'boffin'

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Alright, nice to see "twee" in there...

...although I've already heard it used over here for a number of years, usually by pop music critics describing one band or another whose style recalls "twee '60s sunshine pop".

I've also always rather liked "knackered", although I'm surprised to see that "wanker" and/or "tosser" haven't made the list, especially as "wanker" has also been popular over here for a while; I'd have definitely taken "wanker" or "tosser" over "chunter" (wha...?).

...and, where's "chuffed"? That's a great one, too...

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Chicago lawyer deploys distractionary dumplings

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So, I hit Google Images just now...

...and it wasn't much help. An exact-phrase search on "Daniella Atencia" gave me about fifty different copies of that same foto from the Sun-Times, sized and cropped in various ways, so I guess we'll never know for sure.

Regardless, it seems the complaining attorney is simply clutching at... uhh, straws... in an attempt to muddy the waters.

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