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Recomputing the Sky

kdawson posted about 4 years ago | from the magic-glasses dept.

Microsoft 205

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has unveiled the largest and clearest image of the night sky ever assembled. This so-called 'TeraPixel' sky map was generated with the help of some of Microsoft's latest HPC and parallel software assets. Quoting: 'Compared to the old sky image, the TeraPixel version is much more refined. With all the artifacts, seams and inconsistencies processed away, it looks like a true unified image of the sky above. It's like going from Super Mario Brothers on 1985-era Nintendo consoles to Halo 2 on Xbox 360s.'" You can view the image at Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope site — it requires the Silverlight plugin for Windows or Mac. No word at the site about Linux or whether Moonlight works there.

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205 comments

It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (-1, Offtopic)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | about 4 years ago | (#32925314)

Very clear!

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (2, Funny)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | about 4 years ago | (#32925536)

It's now clear where M$ is headed to

Yes, trolling slashdot nerds to install silverlight to view the image out of uncontrollable curiousity.

Someone at M$ is now chuckling while you sell your soul clicking "install silverlight plugin": trolled hard.

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (5, Insightful)

Hijacked Public (999535) | about 4 years ago | (#32925614)

Help me understand how installing a free broswer plugin distributed by Microsoft, in order to view a single image on a web site, constitutes selling my soul.

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (4, Funny)

clone53421 (1310749) | about 4 years ago | (#32925656)

Because Microsoft insists on re-inventing the wheel so that they can force people to use Microsoft(TM) wheels.

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (3, Funny)

Kr3m3Puff (413047) | about 4 years ago | (#32926080)

Because Microsoft insists on re-inventing the wheel so that they can force people to use Microsoft(TM) wheels.

You mean Microsoft(TM) Wheel(R) Series 7, which will go end of support next month, don't you?

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (1)

CaptnMArk (9003) | about 4 years ago | (#32925792)

It's not even distributed by MS. That's even worse than Flash.

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (2, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | about 4 years ago | (#32925618)

My initial reaction to seeing mention of silverlight was "well damn..." If I were running Windows, I still would not install silverlight. So now I am here seeking to find if anyone has ripped the data accessible through silverlight and converted it or made it available in some other way.

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | about 4 years ago | (#32925770)

If I need and OS, I run Linux.
If I need a browser I run Chrome.
If I need to see the sky, I open my eyes!

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (2, Funny)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#32926108)

If I need to see the sky, I open my eyes, diet for 2 years so I'm light enough to stand, have a bath to clean off the years of accumulated feces, sweat, filth and dead skin that have accumulated on my body, scrape the grime off the window of my mom's basement only to realise it's been boarded up, try to open the door only to realise it's locked, email the cops to get them to unlock my mom's basement, receive no response, manage to break down the door using improvised explosives fashioned out of dried feces and cleaning products, find out that sometime in the last decade my mom's house has been abducted by aliens and the being now feeding me through the laundry chute is actually a robotic maid, open the door and realise I'm flying through space, but the view is way more awesome than this M$ shit!

FTFY

Re:It's now clear where M$ is headed to! (1)

somersault (912633) | about 4 years ago | (#32926032)

Actually, I was about to click until I read the silverlight thing. I can wait. Or I could get my coworker to install it.. hmm.

first company to..... (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | about 4 years ago | (#32925742)

They will be the first company to throw a chair at the moon.

Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (5, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 4 years ago | (#32925326)

It's like going from Super Mario Brothers on 1985-era Nintendo consoles to Halo 2 on Xbox 360s

Oh, I see what you did there. Here, let me try:

It's like going from gaming on Windows 1.0 in 1985 to 1985-era Nintendo consoles

Or what about

It's like going from a red ring of death on an XBox console to Gran Turismo 3 on a Playstation 2

Oh and I also enjoy that you used your Space Act Agreement with NASA to "make planetary images and data available via the Internet to the public" and also promote the download and installation of silvercrap. Can't do something for the public without advertising and pushing proprietary software on people, can we? I hope Google gets the chance to do this with HTML5.

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925456)

Golly, I'm just glad to have it in terms I can understand!

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925470)

if you're gonna be a pain in the ass piece of shit troll, at least troll right. Windows 1.0 was visually superior to the 8 Bit Nintendo by a significant amount, and the RRoD affects XBox360, not XBox. And Google will advertise using HTML5, they didn't get any sort of public funding to create it, which is especially obvious since they didn't create the spec at all. You and commodore64_love would be great friends.

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925538)

.if you're gonna be a pain in the ass piece of shit troll, at least troll right. Windows 1.0 was visually superior to the 8 Bit Nintendo by a significant amount

GP said "gaming on Windows 1.0" and what games were those?

And Google will advertise using HTML5, they didn't get any sort of public funding to create it, which is especially obvious since they didn't create the spec at all.

Um, what?

Reversi (1)

tepples (727027) | about 4 years ago | (#32925728)

GP said "gaming on Windows 1.0" and what games were those?

Reversi. Even Solitaire wasn't around until Windows 3.

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (1)

silverpig (814884) | about 4 years ago | (#32925800)

Glad I'm not the only one who noticed this :)

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | about 4 years ago | (#32925892)

Besides, it was Halo 3 on the 360. Halo 2 came out on the original X-Box. These guys don't even know their own products.

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about 4 years ago | (#32925996)

You may wish to loosen your aluminum foil hat. Halo 2 came out for the original Xbox and multiplayer for on the 360 was recently turned off. If they mentioned Halo 3 or Halo: Reach (Coming Fall 2010, reserve your copy now!), you might have something there.

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (1)

sconeu (64226) | about 4 years ago | (#32926158)

Besides, I'd rather play Super Mario Brothers (even on 1985 era equipment) than Halo 2 any day.

Re:Even Baking Ads Into Their Analogies (1)

Tom9729 (1134127) | about 4 years ago | (#32926178)

It's not much of an ad considering Halo 2 is an older original Xbox game that you can pickup used for ~10 USD.

Also: http://www.google.com/sky/ [google.com]

Getting ready for the MS bash (4, Insightful)

capnchicken (664317) | about 4 years ago | (#32925344)

So this looks like a really cool thing that MS did, so I'm going to wait in wide eyed anticipation at how the slashdot community is going to trash it because it's from Microsoft and not Google (or at least be more overly critical of it). I do hope I'm wrong though.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (4, Informative)

pmontra (738736) | about 4 years ago | (#32925390)

They should have done it with JavaScript and JPEGs instead of using Silverlight, which doesn't work on my Linux.

Good enough as first bashing? .-)

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (3, Funny)

capnchicken (664317) | about 4 years ago | (#32925440)

Yeah, that'll work, though I'm sure Miguel is probably working on fixing that right now. ;)

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

Java Pimp (98454) | about 4 years ago | (#32926054)

Sorry for the flamebait mod. I actually thought this was quite funny. My computer sucks. Posting to undo the mod...

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925654)

Nope - because you could have started up your VM with your pirated copy of Windows and viewed it.

How's that for my linux bashing?

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925414)

It is a cool thing, yes. It is, however, NOT cool that it requires Silverlight to view. There's no reason it should require that.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (5, Insightful)

Mongoose Disciple (722373) | about 4 years ago | (#32925622)

Playing devil's advocate -- it's pretty trivial to make a Silverlight interface to pan and zoom around a giant image like this. It's less trivial to do the same thing with, say, JavaScript or Flash.

This is one of the handful of things that Silverlight does really well.

Because of that, I wouldn't be surprised if this project was less a "We've got this cool thing, what Microsoft technology can we push with it?" and more "What's a thing we could do that would really show off a strength of Silverlight?"

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | about 4 years ago | (#32925672)

Playing devil's advocate -- it's pretty trivial to make a Silverlight interface to pan and zoom around a giant image like this. It's less trivial to do the same thing with, say, JavaScript or Flash.

Only until someone writes a Javascript library that does it. Then it becomes trivially easy to do it in Javascript.

Google Maps (2, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 4 years ago | (#32925754)

it's pretty trivial to make a Silverlight interface to pan and zoom around a giant image like this.

Yet Google managed to pull off Google Maps in JavaScript.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

Taibhsear (1286214) | about 4 years ago | (#32926130)

Playing devil's advocate -- it's pretty trivial to make a Silverlight interface to pan and zoom around a giant image like this. It's less trivial to do the same thing with, say, JavaScript or Flash.

(looks down at arrow, ctrl, +, and - keys)
Uhh... you need extra software to do what now?

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32926192)

Didn't they release the Feynman Lectures [microsoft.com] a while back to get people to install it? Very cool also, but a thinly veiled attempt to get people to install Silverlight.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925434)

While the concept is cool, and I don't care who did it, you really have to try to make a website look that bad in firefox.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | about 4 years ago | (#32925632)

Wow you're not kidding. Mere incompetence really can't explain away that degree of fuckupedness.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (5, Interesting)

pinkushun (1467193) | about 4 years ago | (#32925578)

I hope you're wrong too :-)

Oh wait... the source material from the SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Survey) runs the hardware with the help of... drum roll... Linux (ref page 24 [sdss.org] )

BAM!

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

gauharjk (1175207) | about 4 years ago | (#32925616)

I agree this is really awesome. Microsoft has done some revolutionary things in the past, like giving away the TCP/IP stack Internet Explorer 4.0 for free when these products were very expensive and would have hampered the growth of Internet. I have silverlight installed, but it it really worth an extra addon? I hope HTML 5 becomes a web standard soon so that people don't have to depend on these innumerable addons and the web becomes truely platform neutral.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925898)

You do know where Microsoft got that TCP/IP stack from, right?

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (3, Interesting)

hedwards (940851) | about 4 years ago | (#32926086)

Um, they didn't give the TCP/IP stack away, they borrowed it from BSD. In other words, they gave away something that they had been given and which other people could've easily gotten from the original source. I'm not really sure why MS should get any sort of credit for that.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

idontgno (624372) | about 4 years ago | (#32926088)

I agree this is really awesome. Microsoft has done some revolutionary things in the past, like giving away the TCP/IP stack Internet Explorer 4.0 for free

If "giving away" a TCP/IP stack is your idea of revolutionary, I'd like to point out that (A) TCP/IP stacks have an integral part of every workstation-class operation system since the early 1980s and (B) you're not giving Microsoft enough credit (at least sufficiently early credit), since TCP/IP for Windows for Workgroups (3.11) came out in mid-1994, coinciding with Win NT 3.5 (which also had a native TCP/IP stack).

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | about 4 years ago | (#32926176)

Replying to undo my original Troll mod, because I feel that that may have been a bit harsh.

* Internet Explorer is a browser, not a TCP/IP stack.
* There were several stacks before, but Winsock was the first common stack for windows. It predates IE4 by two years, and is not the work of Microsoft.
* MS should have implemented proper networking from the get-go, and arguably already in their DOS offerings, instead of peddling their proprietary crap on top of what they always, and short-sightedly, looked at as just a standalone system

* Lastly, and arguably, "hampering the growth of the internet" by keeping MS users off it might have saved the rest of us quite a few headaches.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | about 4 years ago | (#32925702)

I see already the bashing because they don't support competitor platforms. I guess that's fair enough, but - can I get Google's Sky Maps on my non-Android phone (Symbian)? Or where are the calls to run on Linux phones there, such as Maemo? Everytime we get a "For the Iphone" app, do we get versions for other platforms (even when they're not written by Apple)?

And at least MS can say they're writing something that's supported by 90+% of the market, which obviously doesn't apply for Iphones or Android, and they're not even the biggest (Symbian is).

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

tibman (623933) | about 4 years ago | (#32925968)

You shouldn't harp on Android or iPhone when silverlight cannot be run on any existing Windows Mobile phones. As far as i can tell, only one phone (S60) can run silverlight and it's made by Nokia.

List of phones/browsers/os support: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverlight#Operating_systems_and_web_browsers [wikipedia.org]

Most applications cannot run cross-OS, but the web is supposed to be os neutral. In many cases a program can be made to work with multiple OSs but there's no way a program can run on everything. The web isn't supposed to be that way. Each browser is supposed to use the same standards so that everyone sees the same stuff reguardless of OS/browser used. I guess i'm trying to say that android apps aren't listed on the iphone store.. because that would be stupid. But websites can be accessed by all browsers.. there isn't a windows-only internet that runs parallel to the other-OSs internet.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about 4 years ago | (#32925904)

So this looks like a really cool thing that MS did, so I'm going to wait in wide eyed anticipation at how the slashdot community is going to trash it because it's from Microsoft and not Google (or at least be more overly critical of it). I do hope I'm wrong though.

Hope, huh? Niiice, juuuiiiicy!
Speaking of my hopes, I had hoped for years to see a better OS from MS, and more fair play towards FOSS (and I must admit that MS mimicked them quite swell lately). The coolness of the sky (seen in silverlight) doesn't bring me any benefits, thus the efficiency of this coolness... well... is sooo cool is that's close to 0K. (how's that for a trashing :) ).

To be fair: I'm equally happy I'm living in a "year of Linux on desktop" for quite a some years - looks like a "perpetual year" now.

Re:Getting ready for the MS bash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32926098)

Well there is plenty of FOSS on codeplex I actively use to develop on their platform, and before you say that they don't allow GPL v3 ... well here:

http://restarts.codeplex.com/ [codeplex.com]

I think they have been playing nicer with FOSS in recent years and they have been producing better OSs, but as usual YMMV.

To be fair: their motives are certainly not altruistic.

Moonlight 3.0.40818.0 on Linux here (3, Informative)

Svenne (117693) | about 4 years ago | (#32925346)

Nope. Doesn't work.

Re:Moonlight 3.0.40818.0 on Linux here (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 4 years ago | (#32925410)

Well, I haven't got Linux installed on my netbook yet, but even so I still won't be able to use it; I'm not installing Silverlight, Moonlight, or anything except maybe Bud Light.

Re:Moonlight 3.0.40818.0 on Linux here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925922)

Horrible slowdown and no sky visible. Good job team Microsoft!

Re:Moonlight 3.0.40818.0 on Linux here (4, Insightful)

vegiVamp (518171) | about 4 years ago | (#32926202)

You keep well away of all the other inferior products, and then you go for american 'beer' ?

Re:Moonlight 3.0.40818.0 on Linux here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925924)

It doesn't appear to be compatible with silverlight version 4.0.50524.0 either, I get "This page requires Silverlight 3." So apparently I need to downgrade to view it.

Seems... (4, Informative)

mcgrew (92797) | about 4 years ago | (#32925358)

With all the artifacts, seams and inconsistencies processed away

It seems the seams are gone. Excellent! I'll have to see how this compares to Google Sky. I'll bet I'll still prefer NASA's closeups from their Picture of the Day Gallery, [nasa.gov] though.

Re:Seems... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925716)

With all the artifacts, seams and inconsistencies processed away

So is that a mothership at RA: 06h39m27s, Dec: -13:23:13? Certainly looks like a (very big) artifact to me.

Apple IS RECALLING !! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925364)

Holy Butt Swipes Steve !!

Beware... (1, Troll)

openfrog (897716) | about 4 years ago | (#32925392)

'Compared to the old sky image, the TeraPixel version is much more refined.

This makes one remind of an old practice of theirs: Embrace, Extend and Extinguish...

Scary!

Is the project set to be completed in 2012, by any chance?

Re:Beware... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925420)

Don't worry, they can't take the sky from you.

Re:Beware... (3, Insightful)

The_mad_linguist (1019680) | about 4 years ago | (#32925884)

That's FOX's job.

Re:Beware... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32926042)

What Agent Smith says is true.

Re:Beware... (1)

iPhr0stByt3 (1278060) | about 4 years ago | (#32926188)

Woot - FireFly reference

Re:Beware... (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | about 4 years ago | (#32926216)

Like that ever stopped them from trying.

Re:Beware... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 4 years ago | (#32926120)

Is the project set to be completed in 2012, by any chance?

Coincidentally, that's my retiremnt date. I hope I'm not a replicant, and if I am, I hope I never meet Harrison Ford!

From Nintendo to MS (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925428)

It's like going from Super Mario Brothers on 1985-era Nintendo consoles to Halo 2 on Xbox 360s
 
Classy, they just had to get that one in there. Of course Halo 2 isn't seamless on the 360, you can't use its online features and it doesn't work in wide screen format.

Where's the JPEG? BMP? PNG? ANYTHING? (1, Insightful)

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) | about 4 years ago | (#32925432)

Are there normal image files we can download? I'm not installing Silverlight just to see pictures...

Re:Where's the JPEG? BMP? PNG? ANYTHING? (0)

butterflysrage (1066514) | about 4 years ago | (#32925520)

Astronomy pic of the day: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ [nasa.gov]

Re:Where's the JPEG? BMP? PNG? ANYTHING? (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | about 4 years ago | (#32925544)

I believe he meant normal image files of this “TeraPixel sky map”, not just any picture of the sky in general.

Re:Where's the JPEG? BMP? PNG? ANYTHING? (0)

butterflysrage (1066514) | about 4 years ago | (#32925886)

I looked at it, most of the pics are of a similar quality to APOTD. Just splice in a large amount of black space between them and the occasional white pixel and you basically have what MS put out.

If you want to look at cool stuff, look at APOTD, if you want to look at cool stuff surrounded by black void, look at the MS thing.

Is a trap! (-1, Redundant)

Tei (520358) | about 4 years ago | (#32925438)

I was reading the post, like all others, amazed that Microsoft can do something actually interesting for us geeks. Then reading the silverlight part has been like a bomb. Muahahaha... Microsoft, you breaks me up.

At least, make a canvas based version, or something COMPATIBLE with other stuff? /golfclap

Re:Is a trap! (1)

bytesex (112972) | about 4 years ago | (#32925772)

Weren't they behind this whole 'reconstruct a 3D world from a lot of 2D pictures found on Google' a while ago as well ?

Re:Is a trap! (1)

tibman (623933) | about 4 years ago | (#32926064)

yeah, it's certainly not for use in science / research / serious stuff. It's possible that's the thing is so stupid big that there isn't a good way to view the data. But without access to the actual images, it's an "ooo neato" click-through type deal.

Would be neat to map the image onto a room floorplan and print the image out on a plotter as wallpaper. Or somehow import the image into kstars?

Re:Is a trap! (1)

abigor (540274) | about 4 years ago | (#32926226)

To be fair, Silverlight runs on OS X as well. Between that and Windows, that covers probably around 98% of the world's desktops, which isn't too bad.

I can view the image? (3, Insightful)

benwiggy (1262536) | about 4 years ago | (#32925454)

You can view the image at Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope site — it requires the Silverlight plugin for Windows or Mac.

These two statements appear to contradict each other.

If it requires Silverlight, then I can't view it, because I don't want that cock on my computer.

Re:I can view the image? (0, Offtopic)

HBI (604924) | about 4 years ago | (#32925468)

Same here. Not installing that garbage.

Re:I can view the image? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925706)

oh, nice comeback you douchebag. you think you're a smartass? why dont you go fuck yourself?/

Re:I can view the image? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925732)

Same here. I switched to Mac OS X to stop using Microsoft products. Free or not, I'm not installing SilverLight.

So, o/s business is pretty much past tense now ? (1)

unity100 (970058) | about 4 years ago | (#32925460)

every other day, news from microsoft. none of them relate to o/ses. so what ? ms has dropped its core business ?

Re:So, o/s business is pretty much past tense now (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about 4 years ago | (#32925630)

Exactly, its so boring, been done, throwing cpu time at a project just feels very dull propaganda.
"look we have big boxes now and they are powerful ..."
Thinking back to the Simpsons AABF02
No, no. To attract the top grads, we'll need to host a computing stunt. A picture that showcases our cutting- edge technology.
A "sky map", sir?
[gasps] Yes, brilliant! That's just the kind of far-out gimmick we need.

Re:So, o/s business is pretty much past tense now (1)

TheLink (130905) | about 4 years ago | (#32925642)

They want you to install Silverlight to view it.

Re:So, o/s business is pretty much past tense now (1)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | about 4 years ago | (#32925942)

every other day, news from microsoft. none of them relate to o/ses. so what ? ms has dropped its core business ?

After the over saturation of articles back when Windows 7 came out, I am glad to have the opportunity to read about anything else.

Re:So, o/s business is pretty much past tense now (1)

iPhr0stByt3 (1278060) | about 4 years ago | (#32926208)

It's core business these past 5 years has been it's Office products. But the OS is still next in line.

If mixing metaphors were illegal... (2, Interesting)

Minwee (522556) | about 4 years ago | (#32925462)

It's like going from Super Mario Brothers on 1985-era Nintendo consoles to Halo 2 on Xbox 360s

You mean the sky it gets a whole lot easier, starts holding your hard and tells you which stars to look at?

Or can we now look at the old night sky on our mobile phones using emulators, now that the new night sky is filled with nerd-raging teenaged frat boys?

Re:If mixing metaphors were illegal... (4, Funny)

tuffy (10202) | about 4 years ago | (#32925528)

Perhaps it means the new sky can be enjoyed only until Microsoft decides to pull the plug on its servers.

Re:If mixing metaphors were illegal... (1)

Jorl17 (1716772) | about 4 years ago | (#32925646)

Damnit! I just wasted my last mod-point! That is not only funny but a bit insightful!

Re:If mixing metaphors were illegal... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925824)

Halo 2 on the 360? Oh, they must mean that it's an upscaled and fuzzy image with occasional graphical glitches.

Re:If mixing metaphors were illegal... (2, Funny)

leuk_he (194174) | about 4 years ago | (#32925606)

No it means you can no longer collect stars. That is a security vulnaribility that was solved in HALO.

Do Want Image. Do Not Want Website. (1)

Maarx (1794262) | about 4 years ago | (#32925504)

Alright, I'll ask what everyone is thinking:

  1. How big would it be as one giant image file?
  2. Where can I download the .TORRENT for it?
  3. How do I configure my Windows 7 desktop to randomly pan the image?

Wallpaper (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32926138)

That would make a pretty sweet wallpaper.

It's interesting where a lot of the time went (3, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | about 4 years ago | (#32925596)

According to TFA, one of the major bottlenecks was just copying files:

Just transferring the final 1,025 files (802 GB total) off the cluster took 2.5 hours using a 1 Gbps link.

They must have been using Vista Explorer pre SP-1 to do the file copy.

Re:It's interesting where a lot of the time went (4, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | about 4 years ago | (#32925634)

They must have been using Vista Explorer pre SP-1 to do the file copy.

Hmm? Transferring 802 GB over a 1 Gbps link is going to take 1.78 hours as a bare minimum and assuming you lose some time on the overhead and don’t necessarily have 100% of the network’s bandwidth available to you the whole time, 2.5 hours doesn’t seem terribly long.

Re:It's interesting where a lot of the time went (1)

idontgno (624372) | about 4 years ago | (#32925948)

Sorry, I guess slashdot ate the <joke> tags there. It might have helped

Re:It's interesting where a lot of the time went (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32926162)

No.

BSOD (3, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | about 4 years ago | (#32925598)

Blue Sky of Death

Halo 2 on Xbox 360? (3, Informative)

Plastic Pencil (1258364) | about 4 years ago | (#32925720)

Sorry to be the dick-ish correctionist, but isn't the proper analogy, at least Halo 3 on 360? Halo 2 was an Xbox 1 game from 2004.

And yes, Grizzly Adams did have a beard.

Cool, but still some artifacts. (1)

Hozza (1073224) | about 4 years ago | (#32925748)

Well, the image is really cool, I'll give it that.

The "Quotes" from TFS are all from the author of TFA. If you want to see what the real description of the work, best look here http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/terapixel/default.aspx [microsoft.com]

There's still some artifacts left though, have a look near (seriously overexposed) Sirius for a ghost of the telescope pupil (the thing that looks like an alien solar sail) (Constellations -> Canis Major)

Any cross ports? (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 4 years ago | (#32925750)

Would a kind soul with silverlight installed view it, make screen captures in jpg and upload it for everyone to see?

Why This Sucks (4, Funny)

InsertCleverUsername (950130) | about 4 years ago | (#32925832)

Please select your response from the following /.-approved categories (check all that apply):

This project sucks because...
    [ ] Microsoft is evil
    [ ] They totally stole this idea from
    [ ] They've never done ANYTHING original or noteworthy
    [ ] EVERYTHING they do is about hurting consumers
    [ ] did this 100 times better 10 years ago
    [ ] Microsoft killed my family and made me watch

Re:Why This Sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32926160)

[ ] The project itself sounds fine; the blatantly obnoxious part is how they couldn't resist using it as a weasellish backdoor excuse to (unnecessarily) force users to install their Silverlight runtime in order to see it.

Hope that's approved. :-(

Silverlight (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#32925950)

Fortunately, my aversion to Silverlight has so far only kept me away from a couple microsoft sites and some video site. I think it might have been something on MSNBC. Notice a pattern? Does anyone but Microsoft actually use Silverlight?

By extension... (1)

benjfowler (239527) | about 4 years ago | (#32925964)

Can we cover the outside of commercial airliners with cheap cameras, use computers to stitch the panoramas together, and then give passengers a zoomable, pannable picture of the sky and ground to look at?

and of course the (1)

nimbius (983462) | about 4 years ago | (#32925992)

only thing that comes to mind is discourse with clippy as he asks, "Its looks like you're rendering a terapixel image of the earths night sky. Would you like to use a template?"

Transition (1)

vilemike (1820670) | about 4 years ago | (#32926094)

It's like going from Super Mario Brothers on 1985-era Nintendo consoles to Halo 2 on Xbox 360s

So it's worse?

Cognitive dissonance (1)

digitalhermit (113459) | about 4 years ago | (#32926118)

Oh crud. I hate Microsoft, but this is kinda cool.

Wonder if it'll work under Wine?

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