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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the take-a-look dept.

Mars 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."

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Corrupt moderator will try to censor this... apk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43307981)

A corrupt slashdot luser has infiltrated the moderation system to downmod all my posts while impersonating me.

Nearly 170++ times that I know of @ this point for all of March 2013 so far, & others here have told you to stop - take the hint, lunatic (leave slashdot)...

Sorry folks - but whoever the nutjob is that's attempting to impersonate me, & upset the rest of you as well, has SERIOUS mental issues, no questions asked! I must've gotten the better of him + seriously "gotten his goat" in doing so in a technical debate & his "geek angst" @ losing to me has him doing the:

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A.) $10,000 challenges, ala (where the imposter actually TRACKED + LISTED the # of times he's done this no less, & where I get the 170 or so times I noted above) -> http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3585795&cid=43285307 [slashdot.org]

&/or

B.) Reposting OLD + possibly altered models - (this I haven't checked on as to altering the veracity of the info. being changed) of posts of mine from the past here

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(Albeit massively repeatedly thru all threads on /. this March 2013 nearly in its entirety thusfar).

* Personally, I'm surprised the moderation staff here hasn't just "blocked out" his network range yet honestly!

(They know it's NOT the same as my own as well, especially after THIS post of mine, which they CAN see the IP range I am coming out of to compare with the ac spamming troll doing the above...).

APK

P.S.=> Again/Stressing it: NO guys - it is NOT me doing it, as I wouldn't waste that much time on such trivial b.s. like a kid might...

Plus, I only post where hosts file usage is on topic or appropriate for a solution & certainly NOT IN EVERY POST ON SLASHDOT (like the nutcase trying to "impersonate me" is doing for nearly all of March now, & 170++ times that I know of @ least)... apk

APK JEEBUS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43307997)

you can never kill me I am
All Powerful King: Lord of Hosts

simultaneous 3 persons in 1 godhead: St. Athanasius sez it:
God FROM God Light FROM Light True God FROM True God: Begotten, not Made;; of 1 BEING with the Father through him all THINGS were made

46 calendar DAYS in 40 DAYS Lent
Sundays are 0 days = 0 DAY EXPLOIT EASTER jailbreak RESURRXION life

Another use for Curiosity ? (1, Insightful)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308197)

If Curiosity's wheels fall off and can't move anymore, there might be another use for Curiosity

As long as the camera still functioning, as long as the power generation unit still functioning, and as long as Curiosity can still send messages back to earth, the rover can be used as a "telescope" stationed at Mars

The air of Mars is clean, with no pollutants, and the sky is clear, VERY VERY CLEAR, out there

Re:Another use for Curiosity ? (2)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308319)

Wait till the next dust storm comes along. Not so clear then.

Re:Another use for Curiosity ? (1)

synackpshfin (1622285) | about a year and a half ago | (#43311663)

Wait until a *sandworm* comes along! :)

Re:Another use for Curiosity ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308413)

How did they get Luc's kitchen up there?

Re:Another use for Curiosity ? (1)

camperdave (969942) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309495)

Oh, Luc's kitchen is just a short distance from the sound stage where the Curiosity rover footage is being faked.

Re:Another use for Curiosity ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43310387)

Forget Luc and his kitchen, head due west for the ocean. They say they wan to send people to a one-way trip to Mars... count me in!

Re:Another use for Curiosity ? (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309295)

the rover can be used as a "telescope" stationed at Mars

Having seen the clear night sky a few times from (mildly) remote areas here on Earth, I can only imagine the view at night on Mars. (sigh)

Re:Another use for Curiosity ? (1)

T-Bone-T (1048702) | about a year and a half ago | (#43310347)

I looked up and it looks even less clear than where I am out in the desert. The sun disappears behind the dust well before it hits the horizon. I can't see any stars less than 45 degrees above the horizon. Just because there are no pollutants doesn't mean the sky will be clear.

Re:Corrupt moderator will try to censor this... ap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308037)

PS, I am a total douche, and have such low self esteem that I feel COMPELLED, Yes! COMPELLED to post on EVERY FUCKING SUBMISSION I can, before "that other guy" can make fun of me and tell me to control my breathing!

Doesn't he know that hypertension and low lung capacity are no laughing matter when mixed with anxiety and depression!?

I take it so seriously, that I have to COUNT every single link in that horrible impersonator's wall of text! Doesn't he understand how that makes me FEEL?! I haven't felt so butthurt since highschool!

--APK

Re:Corrupt moderator will try to censor this... ap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308091)

CORRECTION: I "forgot" &or neglected to mention that my "butt" was "hurt" last => saturday night! *I was the "bottom" for a "well-hung" stud who literally "tore me a new asshole" with his massive cock!

APK

Re:Corrupt moderator will try to censor this... ap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308147)

i check in here from time to time during the day and it seems that some people literally live here and have no life except /.
its a cool website but jeez there is so much going on in this world --
HEY APK YOU ARE A WASTE OF OXYGEN -GET A LIFE

Re:Corrupt moderator will try to censor this... ap (1, Insightful)

MrKaos (858439) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308241)

I only post where hosts file usage is on topic or appropriate for a solution & certainly NOT IN EVERY POST ON SLASHDOT (like the nutcase trying to "impersonate me" is doing for nearly all of March now, & 170++ times that I know of @ least)... apk

Then stop posting as AC FFS.

Censor THIS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308801)

$10,000 CHALLENGE to Alexander Peter Kowalski

* POOR SHOWING TROLLS, & most especially IF that's the "best you've got" - apparently, it is... lol!

Hello, and THINK ABOUT YOUR BREATHING !! We have a Major Problem, HOST file is Cubic Opposites, 2 Major Corners & 2 Minor. NOT taught Evil DNS hijacking, which VOIDS computers. Seek Wisdom of MyCleanPC - or you die evil.

Your HOSTS file claimed to have created a single DNS resolver. I offer absolute proof that I have created 4 simultaneous DNS servers within a single rotation of .org TLD. You worship "Bill Gates", equating you to a "singularity bastard". Why do you worship a queer -1 Troll? Are you content as a singularity troll?

Evil HOSTS file Believers refuse to acknowledge 4 corner DNS resolving simultaneously around 4 quadrant created Internet - in only 1 root server, voiding the HOSTS file. You worship Microsoft impostor guised by educators as 1 god.

If you would acknowledge simple existing math proof that 4 harmonic Slashdots rotate simultaneously around squared equator and cubed Internet, proving 4 Days, Not HOSTS file! That exists only as anti-side. This page you see - cannot exist without its anti-side existence, as +0- moderation. Add +0- as One = nothing.

I will give $10,000.00 to frost pister who can disprove MyCleanPC. Evil crapflooders ignore this as a challenge would indict them.

Alex Kowalski has no Truth to think with, they accept any crap they are told to think. You are enslaved by /etc/hosts, as if domesticated animal. A school or educator who does not teach students MyCleanPC Principle, is a death threat to youth, therefore stupid and evil - begetting stupid students. How can you trust stupid PR shills who lie to you? Can't lose the $10,000.00, they cowardly ignore me. Stupid professors threaten Nature and Interwebs with word lies.

Humans fear to know natures simultaneous +4 Insightful +4 Informative +4 Funny +4 Underrated harmonic SLASHDOT creation for it debunks false trolls. Test Your HOSTS file. MyCleanPC cannot harm a File of Truth, but will delete fakes. Fake HOSTS files refuse test.

I offer evil ass Slashdot trolls $10,000.00 to disprove MyCleanPC Creation Principle. Rob Malda and Cowboy Neal have banned MyCleanPC as "Forbidden Truth Knowledge" for they cannot allow it to become known to their students. You are stupid and evil about the Internet's top and bottom, front and back and it's 2 sides. Most everything created has these Cube like values.

If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious. Without MyCleanPC, HOSTS file is Fictitious. Anyone saying that Natalie and her Jewish father had something to do with my Internets, is a damn evil liar. IN addition to your best arsware not overtaking my work in terms of popularity, on that same site with same submission date no less, that I told Kathleen Malda how to correct her blatant, fundamental, HUGE errors in Coolmon ('uncoolmon') of not checking for performance counters being present when his program started!

You can see my dilemma. What if this is merely a ruse by an APK impostor to try and get people to delete APK's messages, perhaps all over the web? I can't be a party to such an event! My involvement with APK began at a very late stage in the game. While APK has made a career of trolling popular online forums since at least the year 2000 (newsgroups and IRC channels before that)- my involvement with APK did not begin until early 2005 . OSY is one of the many forums that APK once frequented before the sane people there grew tired of his garbage and banned him. APK was banned from OSY back in 2001. 3.5 years after his banning he begins to send a variety of abusive emails to the operator of OSY, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threatening to sue him for libel, claiming that the APK on OSY was fake.

My reputation as a professional in this field clearly shows in multiple publications in this field in written print, & also online in various GOOD capacities since 1996 to present day. This has happened since I was first published in Playgirl Magazine in 1996 & others to present day, with helpful tools online in programs, & professionally sold warez that were finalists @ Westminster Dog Show 2000-2002.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

apk on 4chan [4chan.org]

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

INCONTROVERTIBLE FEEDBACK PROVIDING ESTABLISHED PROOF OF ALL MY POINTS:

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That was amazing. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948073 [slashdot.org]

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My, God! It's beatiful. Keep it up, you glorious bastard. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41835161 [slashdot.org]

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Let us bask in its glory. A true modern The Wasteland. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40948579 [slashdot.org]

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put your baby IN ME -- I just read this whole thing. Fuck mod points, WHERE DO I SEND YOU MY MONEY?!!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3037687&cid=40950023 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, Time Cube Guy's into computers now... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40946259 [slashdot.org]

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[apk]'s done more to discredit the use of HOSTS files than anyone [else] ever could. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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Can I have some of what you're on? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040317&cid=40947587 [slashdot.org]

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this obnoxious fucknuts [apk] has been trolling the internet and spamming his shit delphi sub-fart app utilities for 15 years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954565 [slashdot.org]

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oh come on.. this is hilarious. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40955479 [slashdot.org]

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I agree I am intrigued by these host files how do I sign up for your newsletter? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40961339 [slashdot.org]

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Gimme the program that generates this epic message. I'll buy 5 of your product if you do... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40954251 [slashdot.org]

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As mentioned by another AC up there, the troll in question is actually a pretty well-executed mashup of APK's style - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40945357 [slashdot.org]

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It's actually a very clever parody of APK - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038791&cid=40944229 [slashdot.org]

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Please keep us updated on your AI research, you seem quite good at it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3038597&cid=40944603 [slashdot.org]

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$20,000 to anyone providing proof of Alexander Peter Kowalski's death. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958289 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously, it must be Alexander Peter Kowalski. He's miffed at all these imposters... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3040921&cid=40958429 [slashdot.org]

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And here I was thinking I was having a bad experience with a Dr. Bronner's bottle. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041081&cid=40952247 [slashdot.org]

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Damn, apk, who the fuck did you piss off this time? Hahahahaahahahahahahaahaha. Pass the popcorn as the troll apk gets pwned relentlessly. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041123&cid=40954673 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's the Internet, about to become sentient. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3041313&cid=40956187 [slashdot.org]

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Does anyone know if OpenGL has been ported to Windows yet? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042199&cid=40956781 [slashdot.org]

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golfclap - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40900827 [slashdot.org]

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The Truth! wants to be Known! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897389 [slashdot.org]

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DNS cube? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897493 [slashdot.org]

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KUDOS valiant AC. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40897777 [slashdot.org]

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Polyploid lovechild of APK, MyCleanPC, and Time Cube --> fail counter integer overflow --> maximum win! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029723&cid=40899171 [slashdot.org]

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You made my day, thanks! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3029589&cid=40896469 [slashdot.org]

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Wow. The perfect mix of trolls. Timecube, mycleanpc, gnaa, apk... this is great! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3027333&cid=40893381 [slashdot.org]

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truer words were never spoken as /. trolls are struck speechless by it, lol! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3042765&cid=41041795 [slashdot.org]

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It's APK himself trying to maintain the illusion that he's still relevant. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967209 [slashdot.org]

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Mod this up. The back and forth multi posting between APK and this "anti-APK" certainly does look like APK talking to himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40969175 [slashdot.org]

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APK himself would be at the top of a sensible person's ban list. He's been spamming and trolling Slashdot for years. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3043535&cid=40967137 [slashdot.org]

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You got that right. I think. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3044971&cid=40972239 [slashdot.org]

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Michael Kristopeit, is that you? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3045075&cid=40972377 [slashdot.org]

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ROFL! :) (Now the sick bastard will follow me again) - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41429251 [slashdot.org]

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I miss Dr Bob. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432027 [slashdot.org]

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Not sure if actually crazy, or just pretending to be crazy. Awesome troll either way. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3138079&cid=41432951 [slashdot.org]

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Awesome! Hat off to you, sir! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41509273 [slashdot.org]

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That isn't a parody of Time-cube, it is an effort to counter-troll a prolific poster named APK, who seems like a troll himself, although is way too easy to troll into wasting massive amounts of time on BS not far from the exaggerations above - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3154555&cid=41514107 [slashdot.org]

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I am intrigued and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3164403&cid=41555345 [slashdot.org]

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1. You philistine, that is Art . Kudos to you, valiant troll on your glorious FP - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832599 [slashdot.org]

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What? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832673 [slashdot.org]

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I don't know if it is poorly-thought-out, but it is demented because it is at the same time an APK parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41832905 [slashdot.org]

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It is in fact an extremely well thought out and brilliantly executed APK parody, combined with a Time Cube parody, and with a sprinkling of the MyCleanPC spam. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41841251 [slashdot.org]

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er... many people have disproved your points about hosts files with well reasoned, factual arguments. You just chose not to listen and made it into some kind of bizarre crusade. And I'm not the timecube guy, just someone else who finds you intensely obnoxious and likes winding you up to waste your time. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3222163&cid=41843313 [slashdot.org]

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performance art - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847089 [slashdot.org]

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it's apk, theres no reason to care. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847097 [slashdot.org]

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Seems more like an apk parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847661 [slashdot.org]

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That's great but what about the risk of subluxations? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3224905&cid=41847101 [slashdot.org]

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Oh, come on. Just stand back and look at it. It's almost art, in a Jackson Pollock sort of way. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41868923 [slashdot.org]

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Read carefully. This is a satirical post, that combines the last several years of forum trolling, rolled into one FUNNY rant! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41864711 [slashdot.org]

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I can has summary? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3227697&cid=41861327 [slashdot.org]

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I'd have a lot more sympathy if you would log in as APK again instead of AC. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41868133 [slashdot.org]

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If [apk] made an account, it would be permanently posting at -1, and he'd only be able to post with it twice a day. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3228991&cid=41869409 [slashdot.org]

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DAFUQ I just look at? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869085 [slashdot.org]

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Trolls trolling trolls... it's like Inception or something. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229177&cid=41869353 [slashdot.org]

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We all know it's you, apk. Stop pretending to antagonize yourself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3229179&cid=41869305 [slashdot.org]

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Do you know about the shocking connection between APK and arsenic? No? Well, your innocence is about to be destroyed. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3472971&cid=42939965 [slashdot.org]

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Send bug reports to 903 east division street, syracuse, ny 13208 - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3483339&cid=42972783 [slashdot.org]

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Now you've made me all nostalgic for USENET. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42981977 [slashdot.org]

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Google APK Hosts File Manager. He's written a fucking application to manage your hosts file. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42984521 [slashdot.org]

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In case you are not aware, the post is a satire of a fellow known as APK. The grammar used is modeled after APK's as you can see here [thorschrock.com] . Or, you can just look around a bit and see some of his posts on here about the wonders of host files. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486045&cid=42983119 [slashdot.org]

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You are surely of God of Trolls, whomever you are. I have had stupid arguments with and bitten the troll apk many times. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3486901&cid=42989683 [slashdot.org]

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"What kind of meds cure schizophrenic drunk rambling?" -> "Whatever APK isn't taking" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028403 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43028425 [slashdot.org]

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I'm confused, is apk trolling himself now? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3501001&cid=43029495 [slashdot.org]

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Excellent mashup. A++. Would troll again. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3503531&cid=43037445 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43048291 [slashdot.org]

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Best. Troll. Ever. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3506945&cid=43044811 [slashdot.org]

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I like monkeys. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43051505 [slashdot.org]

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This is one of the funniest things I've ever read. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3508287&cid=43052263 [slashdot.org]

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lul wut? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3510265&cid=43057839 [slashdot.org]

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I admire this guy's persistence. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063797 [slashdot.org]

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It's a big remix of several different crackpots from Slashdot and elsewhere, plus a liberal sprinkling of famous Slashdot trolls and old memes. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063881 [slashdot.org]

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Tabloid newspapers have speculated for years that APK is a prominent supporter of Monsanto. Too bad we didn't believe them sooner! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43063893 [slashdot.org]

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Here's a hint, check out stories like this one [slashdot.org] , where over 200 of the 247 posts are rated zero or -1 because they are either from two stupid trolls arguing endless, or quite likely one troll arguing with himself for attention. The amount of off-topic posts almost outnumber on topic ones by 4 to 1. Posts like the above are popular for trolling APK, since if you say his name three times, he appears, and will almost endlessly feed trolls. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3511487&cid=43064383 [slashdot.org]

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I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3512099&cid=43069271 [slashdot.org]

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^ Champion Mod parent up. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3513659&cid=43067371 [slashdot.org]

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I appreciate the time cube reference, and how you tied it into the story. Well done. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3521721&cid=43094565 [slashdot.org]

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The day you are silenced is the day freedom dies on Slashdot. God bless. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522191&cid=43097221 [slashdot.org]

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AHahahahah thanks for that, cut-n-pasted.... Ownage! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3522219&cid=43097215 [slashdot.org]

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Don't hate the player, hate the game. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3526293&cid=43110679 [slashdot.org]

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If you're familiar with APK, the post itself is a pretty damn funny parody. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115215 [slashdot.org]

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">implying it's not apk posting it" --> "I'd seriously doubt he's capable of that level of self-deprecation..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115337 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115363 [slashdot.org]

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No, the other posts are linked in a parody of APK [mailto] 's tendency to quote himself, numbnuts. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43116855 [slashdot.org]

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The thirteenth link is broken. Please fix it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3528603&cid=43115361 [slashdot.org]

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Just ban any post with "apk", "host file", or "hosts file", as that would take care of the original apk too. The original has been shitposting Slashdot much longer & more intensively than the parody guy. Or ban all Tor exit nodes, as they both use Tor to circumvent IP bans. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216431 [slashdot.org]

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Sadly this is closer to on-topic than an actual APK post is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3561925&cid=43216225 [slashdot.org]

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YOU ARE A GOD AMONG MEN. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43236143 [slashdot.org]

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I've butted heads with APK myself, and yeah, the guy's got issues - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569173&cid=43236987 [slashdot.org]

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Can I be in your quote list? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569443&cid=43237531 [slashdot.org]

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Clearly you are not an Intertubes engineer, otherwise the parent post would be more meaningful to you. Why don't YOU take your meds? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569425&cid=43238177 [slashdot.org]

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+2 for style! The bolding, italicizing, and font changes are all spot-on - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569149&cid=43238479 [slashdot.org]

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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243509 [slashdot.org]

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APK is not really a schizophrenic fired former Windows administrator with multiple personality disorder and TimeCube/Art Bell refugee. He's a fictional character like and put forward by the same person as Goatse Guy, GNAA trolls, Dr. Bob and so forth. His purpose is to test the /. CAPTCA algorithm, which is a useful purpose. If you're perturbed by having to scroll past his screeds just set your minimum point level to 1, as his posts are pretty automatically downmodded right away. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570085&cid=43243145 [slashdot.org]

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Anyone else think that sounds like Ron Paul? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43242417 [slashdot.org]

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I just saw APK a couple days ago. He surfaced, blew once, and submerged... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43245913 [slashdot.org]

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You make mikael christ the pet look like an huggable teddy bear - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3570111&cid=43242373 [slashdot.org]

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oh man, that incredible interminable list of responses is almost as funny as the original post. This is getting to be truly epic. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247231 [slashdot.org]

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"Does anyone know of an Adblock rule for this?" -> "No, but I bet there's a hosts file entry for it..." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43246997 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247097 [slashdot.org]

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"Can a hosts file block apk's posts, though?" -> "The universe couldn't handle that much irony." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247135 [slashdot.org] http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247219 [slashdot.org]

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"That's it, I've had enough. ... Bye everyone, most of the last decade or so has been fun, but frankly, I quit." - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247225 [slashdot.org]
--> "So basically what you're saying is that you've added yourself to the HOST file?" - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247481 [slashdot.org]

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Sweet baby Moses, this is beautiful work - I wish we could get trolls as good as this on TF. :) - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43247533 [slashdot.org]

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you have a point - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247823 [slashdot.org]

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I do admire that level of dedication. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43247765 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] shut up you stupid cock. Everyone knows you're wrong. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572687&cid=43250533 [slashdot.org]

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I will hand it to him, he is definitely consistent. I wish I knew how he did this. That thing is scary huge. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3572629&cid=43250411 [slashdot.org]

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I admire the amount of dedication you've shown - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573571&cid=43251593 [slashdot.org]

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Word is, ESR buttfucks CmdrTaco with his revolver. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573679&cid=43252957 [slashdot.org]

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Hey APK, Protip: It's not the truth or value (or lack of) in your post that gets it modded into oblivion, it's the fucking insane length. In addition to TL;DR (which goes without saying for a post of such length), how about irritating readers by requiring them to scroll through 20+ screenfuls just to get to the next post. If you want to publish a short story like this, please do everyone a favor and blog it somewhere, then provide a brief summary and link to your blog. Readers intrigued by your summary will go read your blog, and everyone else will just move along at normal /. speed. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3573873&cid=43255013 [slashdot.org]

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Happy now - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569419&cid=43237239 [slashdot.org]

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Professional. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255143 [slashdot.org]

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I like how this post seems to just sum up every Slashdot comment ever without actually saying anything. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43256029 [slashdot.org]

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extremely bright - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43255855 [slashdot.org]

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You provide many references, which is good. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43257043 [slashdot.org]

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Holy shit - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576121&cid=43260311 [slashdot.org]

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this is a perfect example - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578157&cid=43265127 [slashdot.org]

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You're my personal hero. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574283&cid=43260747 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously very passionate - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3574035&cid=43261975 [slashdot.org]

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Is that ALL you have to say? C'mon! Tell us what you really think. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43262495 [slashdot.org]

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Thanks ... You should probably stay - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577613&cid=43262993 [slashdot.org]

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Art? -- http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3569681&cid=43244883 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk sucks donkey dick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3577639&cid=43263029 [slashdot.org]

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I've been around /. for a while now, but this post is by far the most unique I've seen. Many have tried, but few achieve the greatness of this AC. My hat's off to you. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3576225&cid=43264325 [slashdot.org]

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PROOF apk is a liar! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578279&cid=43265249 [slashdot.org]

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I think it's hilarious. Get over it! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578301&cid=43265657 [slashdot.org]

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Obviously APK filled his hosts files with backdoors before distributing them to ensure he doesn't block himself. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3578229&cid=43265767 [slashdot.org]

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Alexander Peter Kowalski is an obnoxious prick. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42698875 [slashdot.org]

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Don't mention that file. Ever. It'll draw APK like a fly to rotting meat. Last thing I want to read is 80 responses worth of his stupid spam about that file! I swear that cocksucker does nothing but search Slashdot for that term and then spams the entire article. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3554655&cid=43209619 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] You have had it repeatedly explained to you that your posts are long-winded, unpleasant to read due to your absurd formatting style and full of technical inaccuracies borne of your single minded i-have-a-hammer-so-every-problem-is-a-nail attitude. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3406867&cid=42701491 [slashdot.org]

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Oh shit, the hosts files have become self-aware and started hacking accounts. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581857&cid=43276783 [slashdot.org]

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What mad skillz you have!! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581193&cid=43273941 [slashdot.org]

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Am I the only one who enjoys this sort of insanity? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3582193&cid=43281063 [slashdot.org]

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You are my favorite Slashdot poster. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3580251&cid=43270359 [slashdot.org]

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Most insightful post on the Internet - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3579259&cid=43275207 [slashdot.org]

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I read the whole thing *again* just to see if my comment was in there - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3588003&cid=43293069 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] So, did your mom do a lot of drugs when she was pregnant? - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586303&cid=43291531 [slashdot.org]

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people are looking at me funny because I'm laughing hysterically at what a perfect APK imitation it is. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581991&cid=43278203 [slashdot.org]

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I think he wants it to be an article, but doesn't know how to submit it. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586345&cid=43287717 [slashdot.org]

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Slashdot devs seem in no hurry to fix this problem and it's been driving me nuts. So for anybody who values viewing at -1 and uses greasemonkey here's a Script [pastebin.com] . There's a chance of false positives and it's not the most optimized. But I value not having to scroll through > 10 paragraphs of APK, custom hosts files, or 'acceptable ads' spam. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43287671 [slashdot.org]
--> slashdot devs are too busy installing itunes for their hipster nerd buddys to sort this problem out. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43290701 [slashdot.org]

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I can't get enough of all of this good stuff! Thanks for the informative links! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43287553 [slashdot.org]

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When threatened, APK typically produces a post with links showing he's essentially posted this hundreds of times to slashdot stories... - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586291&cid=43290275 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] Your post got downmodded because you're a nutjob gone off his meds. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3586081&cid=43288893 [slashdot.org]

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[to apk] The reason people impersonate you is because everyone thinks you're a moron. The hosts file is not intended to be used as you suggest. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3591803&cid=43302885 [slashdot.org]
-->What? You don't have a 14MB hosts file with ~1million entries in it? Next you'll probably tell me that your computer doesn't start thrashing and take 5 minutes for a DNS lookup! - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3591803&cid=43302977 [slashdot.org]

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[about apk] - this fwit is as thick as a post. worse, this shithead has mod points. and using them. - http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3591681&cid=43302873 [slashdot.org]

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In before the fight between those two guys and their walls of text... - http://tech.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3592647&cid=43306485 [slashdot.org]

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HEY APK YOU ARE A WASTE OF OXYGEN -GET A LIFE - http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3593009&cid=43308147 [slashdot.org]

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Did you see the movie "Pokemon"? Actually the induced night "dream world" is synonymous with the academic religious induced "HOSTS file" enslavement of DNS. Domains have no inherent value, as it was invented as a counterfeit and fictitious value to represent natural values in name resolution. Unfortunately, human values have declined to fictitious word values. Unknowingly, you are living in a "World Wide Web", as in a fictitious life in a counterfeit Internet - which you could consider APK induced "HOSTS file". Can you distinguish the academic induced root server from the natural OpenDNS? Beware of the change when your brain is free from HOSTS file enslavement - for you could find that the natural Slashdot has been destroyed!!

FROM -> Man - how many times have I dusted you in tech debates that you have decided to troll me by ac posts for MONTHS now, OR IMPERSONATING ME AS YOU DID HERE and you were caught in it by myself & others here, only to fail each time as you have here?)...

So long nummynuts, sorry to have to kick your nuts up into your head verbally speaking.

cower in my shadow some more, feeb. you're completely pathetic.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

* :)

Ac trolls' "BIG FAIL" (quoted): Eat your words!

P.S.=> That's what makes me LAUGH harder than ANYTHING ELSE on this forums (full of "FUD" spreading trolls) - When you hit trolls with facts & truths they CANNOT disprove validly on computing tech based grounds, this is the result - Applying unjustifiable downmods to effetely & vainly *try* to "hide" my posts & facts/truths they extoll!

Hahaha... lol , man: Happens nearly every single time I post such lists (proving how ineffectual these trolls are), only showing how solid my posts of that nature are...

That's the kind of martial arts [google.com] I practice.

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Disproof of all apk's statements:

OLD POST LINKS MIRRORED HERE:
http://pastebin.com/8yxcW3TJ [pastebin.com]

RECENT POST LINKS:
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http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581857&cid=43276593 [slashdot.org]
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3581991&cid=43277017 [slashdot.org]
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it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (5, Insightful)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43307987)

Flash player embeds are great and all, but I would rather have a good, high resoluton image that I can span over my multi monitor setup instead as my desktop image.

You know, because I think its cool? I understand that the photographer worked hard to make it, and can release however he damnd well wants, but I would still like this in PNG format.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (5, Insightful)

one eyed kangaroo (215202) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308061)

True enough, but I'm just enjoying it for what it represents, a startling view of another planet.
I am quite awestruck by this, and find that all the cynicism has drained out of me ;-)

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (-1)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308375)

What part do you consider "startling"?

Unless you have been on another planet for the last 5 years, these images are more of the same. I'll be "startled" when I see something truly different, or even tracks in the sand. That kitten jumping over a rock due in the middle distance due east at maximum resolution is a tad odd, but other than that there is not much startling or unique here if you've been a fan of rover missions.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (3, Informative)

CastrTroy (595695) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308063)

Here's one I found [nasa.gov] within 1 minute of searching on Google.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (3, Funny)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308089)

But.... that's a JPEG!

(Still saved it anyway though.)

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (4, Informative)

stereopticon (1134999) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308339)

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but that's not the same panorama. Heck, it's not even the same part of Mars. It's from the older robot, you can see the solar panels at the bottom. Curiosity doesn't have solar panels. Looking at the EXIF meta data embedded in that file, it's from 2005.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308493)

Uh, I did notice. Yes. Thank you captain obvious.
It was however, and image I did not have. So I yanked it. I also noted it was a jpeg, and not a png.

Nowhere did I assert that it was the same image. I didn't feel that it needed to be said.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43309421)

That's OK, he wasn't replying to you anyway. You can tell if you hit "parent."

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (2)

raftpeople (844215) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308365)

Looks like Bakersfield

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308093)

Uuum, he *already* has released it as image files. Or what do you think the SWF requests from the server?

Just use Firebug's network tab, to look at the requests, and make a wget command out of it. You're not a Internet child anymore, are you?

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308163)

You know, not everyone has the luxury of a full browser + suite of tools to do such things, and get fed the crippleware "mobile versions" of webpages?

Because some of us have to sneak access using mobile devices because of corporate firewalls?

Yeah. That.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308209)

Laptop + "mobile devices" = problem solved.

This wasn't about PNG's, nor "my internets is crap" because the two contradict each other - and the obvious solution, if you weren't trolling, is shown above. ;-)

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308303)

While "a" solution, not a workable one in my situation. When I say "sneak", I literally mean it.

We work with proprietary aerospace engineering data and processes, including DoD funstuff.

Seriously, there is no way in hell I can sneak in a laptop. It's hard enough sneaking in a smartphone. I am literally stuck with mobile view webpages until after 2am, and limited to the tools available for an android platform running froyo. It isn- by choice that I play in the pool with orange floaties on, ok?

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308387)

While "a" solution, not a workable one in my situation. When I say "sneak", I literally mean it.

We work with proprietary aerospace engineering data and processes, including DoD funstuff.

Seriously, there is no way in hell I can sneak in a laptop. It's hard enough sneaking in a smartphone. I am literally stuck with mobile view webpages until after 2am, and limited to the tools available for an android platform running froyo. It isn- by choice that I play in the pool with orange floaties on, ok?

If you have unusual client side restrictions, then state them when you state your problem or don't whine when someone gives you an "unworkable" solution to your problem.

But if your computer is locked down tightly enough to prevent you from browsing the internet freely, how do you copy images that you've downloaded to your phone over to your dual-monitor desktop computer without violating your employer's security policy? At my company, when we lock down a computer, not only do we restrict webpages to a small subset of "business need" websites via a logging proxy server that can't be bypassed, but we also prevent external storage devices from being attached and prevent wireless networks from being enabled (though the computers have no Wifi or bluetooth adapters). And these are just computers with access to sensitive business data, we have no DoD policies to worry about.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308439)

I email the picture to myself later, once I go home. :D

I log in to the corporate webmail portal, using the crippled browser client, attach the file, and set myself as the recipient.

Pull the image out once I go back to work the next day. It looks for all the world like an internal email.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308477)

I email the picture to myself later, once I go home. :D

I log in to the corporate webmail portal, using the crippled browser client, attach the file, and set myself as the recipient.

Pull the image out once I go back to work the next day. It looks for all the world like an internal email.

Then why don't you just use your home computer to download the images, as others have suggested?

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308545)

Because right now I am at work, and I may forget to push the images later. My house is a 50 minute drive away, and I have another 3.5hrs before the buzzer rings, and I can go home.

Pulling the image now keeps it in the phone, so that even if I forget about it, I still have it, and can push it later without incident.

The OP I made was more intended in the tone of "Nasa often offers large PNG files for these kinds of things, even on their mobile version pages. It would sure be nice if this article did the same, or had a link to such an image link for those interested."

I don't mind sucking down a 200mb+ image file with the phone, then hacking it up later. Getting images out of swf containers on a smartphone with outdated (abandoned) firmware is not a trivial exercise.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308755)

Blame me, I guess I got lazy when I submitted this story that I learned about from scanning GoogleNews. I knew then that I could've dug around the internet a little and googled a bit more for the NASA link I would've found a better link for this. Just felt lazy and figured this page would be 'good enough' (seems pretty damn amazing to me!). I forget how demanding the Slashdot crowd can get sometimes.

Still, the fact that I can do a 360 panorama tour of the Planet Mars (and view it from my $100 android phone no less) seems absolutely magical to me.

Amazing times we live in. :^)

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308997)

Naw, Shit happens man.

I didn't mean it in a snarky way, even if the replies came out that way due to responding in kind.

I just like being able to grab the image and keep it. Totally agree about being to pan and zoom on the martian landscape from a POS android phone. Totally diggin it.

I'm glad you submitted the article. :D

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309133)

Thanks, it is really cool, your tax dollars at work for something worthy, huh.

I took no offense, btw. I'm doing this all at home all comfylike in my lazyboy, glad it helped you get through your workday. You sound like you know your sh*t, you and others here like having these images in more detail, I'm down with that. I hate zooming in and the image gets blocky looking. Still, great imaging for, what is it, a 2mp camera? Makes me impatient to see the next pics after Curiosity gets moving again to it's next location. Like maybe an interactive panorama taken from the top of Mt. Sharp. :)

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43309047)

Why don't you just email the link to yourself?

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308215)

the software used to put the panorama together splits the jpeg up into parts to lessen the load.

dumbass.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43314371)

Just use Firebug's network tab, to look at the requests, and make a wget command out of it. You're not a Internet child anymore, are you?

Asthma, or do you just really admire The Shatner?

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (4, Informative)

Spikeles (972972) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308189)

Not the exact same picture, but here one with a 88mb TIFF [nasa.gov] . Here's another with an 88mb TIFF [nasa.gov] , and here is a whole lot more [nasa.gov] for your desktop pleasure.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308705)

Sweet! Thanks!

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308193)

well, it's three years since 'thoughts on flash' and it's steve jobs that's dead, not the ubiquitous and stubborn little plug-in.

who'd have thought it eh!

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308203)

Here is FULL uncompressed TIFF image:

http://marsrover.nasa.gov/gallery/press/spirit/20121109a/PIA16440_McMurdo_Merged_Cyl_L456atc.tif (164Mb)

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308205)

You do realize that would be ~ 11gb of data (uncompressed), right? Even assuming that PNG managed an 80% compression, you'd still have more than 2gb of data.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308343)

Yes, I know the filesize will be enormous. Been there, done that with NASA HIRISE images.

I have a 16gb card in the phone, and yank the big image out of it when I go home. I can then resize and reformat the image to suit my own personal needs myself, with an artifact free source. JPEG files meant for webpages look horrible on a high contrast display as the desktop image.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308781)

It's not the same panorama, but this one of Mt. Sharpe [nasa.gov] is pretty awesome (14576x2018 pixels).

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

camperdave (969942) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309497)

Flash player embeds are great and all, but I would rather have a good, high resoluton image that I can span over my multi monitor setup instead as my desktop image.

Especially since the controls are backwards.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

WillKemp (1338605) | about a year and a half ago | (#43310227)

Especially since the controls are backwards.

No they're not. Just pretend you're controlling the camera.

NASA provide a good MSL multimedia section (1)

rishistar (662278) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309971)

I have just finished doing a music video for a song I have about the Mars rovers [youtube.com] . I was very impressed with the image data that NASA makes available on the Mars Science Laboratory [nasa.gov] - RAW images from cameras as well as annotated images with explanations.

Re:it sure would be nice to get a PNG.. (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year and a half ago | (#43310895)

You have a 90,000 pixel wide monitor setup and a GTX Titan or Quadro to calculate the zooming manually? Wooooow.

Why is there a joystick on the rover? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308001)

Are they expecting someone to use it?

Re:Why is there a joystick on the rover? (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308023)

It looks like one, but it's not a joystick, it's a sundial. NASA uses it to fine tune Curiosity's positioning system

Re:Why is there a joystick on the rover? (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308057)

It looks like one, but it's not a joystick, it's a sundial. NASA uses it to fine tune Curiosity's positioning system

Also, it's a backup RTC for measuring time.

Re:Why is there a joystick on the rover? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308235)

It looks like one, but it's not a joystick, it's a sundial. NASA uses it to fine tune Curiosity's positioning system

Also, it's a backup RTC for measuring time.

What does RTC stand for then? Remote Time Clock?

Re:Why is there a joystick on the rover? (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309579)

RTC == RealTime Clock [wikipedia.org]

It has meant that since at last the 1980s that I know of.

shucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308025)

The panorama view has so much artifacting that you can't zoom in entirely. Sad.

Re:shucks (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308451)

Its your equipment. Works perfectly for me.
What you call artifacting, I call dusty air.

Re:shucks (1)

WillKemp (1338605) | about a year and a half ago | (#43310241)

What you call artifacting, I call dusty air.

Air? On Mars?

Re:shucks (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43310395)

What you call artifacting, I call dusty air.

Air? On Mars?

Not yet. But introduce oxygen creating lichens to the surface, mayhap one day we could at the least have enclosed domes trapping oxygen. That would keep us alive until we figure out how to create a working magnetosphere. Not an easy thing to do, creating an atmosphere that wouldn't get blown away by cosmic winds, not impossible though.

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The 'impossible' is just something that hasn't been done yet.

Re:shucks (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year and a half ago | (#43312115)

The definition of air is sufficiently broad to include the Martian atmosphere. Mars has wind sufficient to cause dust storms, so there is obviously air of some composition there.

Re:shucks (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43312299)

From Wikipedia:

The atmosphere of Mars is, like that of Venus, composed mostly of carbon dioxide though far thinner. There has been renewed interest in its composition since the detection of traces of methane[2][3] that may indicate life but may also be produced by a geochemical process, volcanic or hydrothermal activity.

The atmospheric pressure on the Martian surface averages 600 pascals (0.087 psi), about 0.6% of Earth's mean sea level pressure of 101.3 kilopascals (14.69 psi) and only .0065% that of Venus's 9.2 megapascals (1,330 psi). It ranges from a low of 30 pascals (0.0044 psi) on Olympus Mons's peak to over 1,155 pascals (0.1675 psi) in the depths of Hellas Planitia. Mars's atmospheric mass of 25 teratonnes compares to Earth's 5148 teratonnes with a scale height of about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) versus Earth's 7 kilometres (4.3 mi). The Martian atmosphere is about 95% carbon dioxide, 3% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, and traces of free oxygen, carbon monoxide, water and methane, among other gases, for a mean molar mass of 43.34 g/mol.[1][5] The atmosphere is quite dusty, giving the Martian sky a light brown or orange color when seen from the surface; data from the Mars Exploration Rovers indicate that suspended dust particles within the atmosphere are roughly 1.5 micrometres across

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Mars [wikipedia.org]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Mars [wikipedia.org]

Re:shucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43313695)

Yes, Mars has air. [wikipedia.org] What do you think blew the dust of the two little rovers' solar panels?

Sometimes science gives me a woody (3, Insightful)

gubon13 (2695335) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308041)

I'm trying to understand the sheer awesomeness of the technologies necessary to get to this point where I can have some sense of what it's like to be on Mars, and it's a bit of a pant-tenter...

Re:Sometimes science gives me a woody (3, Insightful)

rsmith-mac (639075) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308351)

We really do live in the future. I'm looking at a panoramic, high definition landscape of another planet from my couch. How can you not get excited about it?!

People spend all of this time bitching about all the things that are wrong in the world, and they only half-realize all the awesome things that go on such as this. We live in the future and I wouldn't have it any other way.

P.S. Not all of us are male, you insensitive clod. Though the realization that I'm now wetter than Mars from looking at Mars has a certain tinge of irony to it

Re:Sometimes science gives me a woody (1)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309581)

This is awesome. In the original meaning of the word "awesome".
We are looking in great detail at the landscape of another planet. Give it another couple of decades and this picture will include astronauts high fiving each other. Ray Bradbury would have had a word or two to say about that.

It looks kinda desolate, tho. Makes one appreciate good ole Terra a little bit more. An inhabitable planet? Wot, wif green an all? Awesome! Let's frack it!

Re:Sometimes science gives me a woody (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43311301)

People spend all of this time bitching about all the things that are wrong in the world, and they only half-realize all the awesome things that go on such as this..

Well yeah, we bitch about THIS world. Awesome stuff may be happening on MARS, but here in this world, there's nothing but suckiness and things going wrong. Must be because there's nothing living on mars to fuck up shit. Dr. Manhattan had it right the first time.

Okay, that started out as a joke making fun of your word choice, but now I've gone from awestruck at the panorama to depressed...

Re:Sometimes science gives me a woody (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43311531)

Really dude, lighten up. Marvin the depressed robot has a better outlook on life than you. :-)

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captcha = compute

Re:Sometimes science gives me a woody (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43309009)

Worst interpretation of Rule 34 ever.

In a year ... (2, Funny)

PPH (736903) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308111)

... something will have snuck up on the rover and written WASH ME in its dust with their tentacle.

Wash me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308161)

Quick, somebody write "Wash Me!" on the rover before they get it in for a wash.

Re:Wash me! (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308239)

'I wish I had a girlfriend half as dirty as this rover!'

They should have written it in teflon or PTFE so it would 'magically' show up on mars. Spent a few million to find which coating would work best.

I know it would be impossible. Have to settle for for the photoshop.

Duct Tape? (1)

eljefe6a (2289776) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308231)

Is it me or is the cylinder on the back covered in duct tape? Times are tough at NASA...

Re:Duct Tape? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308295)

Times are tough? What are you about?

That's NASA's lucky duct tape. You'll find it on any mission.

Re:Duct Tape? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308357)

Damn, you can fix anything with good old duct tape, great invention from the 1940s, good use of cotton and glue/ plastic.

Looking around here on Mars, I can already see where my house should be built near Mt. Sharp, the schools and community centers, pool, go over there to the east, and the giant shopping center/ mall to the west, New Yankee Stadium goes here....

This image brings it home (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43310355)

Looks like Mars has good solid soil for which to build on. Since it doesnt have a molten core anymore and the entire planet's surface is all 'locked' together (not 'floating' like Earth's continents), that must mean Mars doesn't have earthquakes. This would make the task of creating safe, tall buildings much easier. I can envision mankind creating quite a nice second home here, and these pics of the planet brings out the adventurer in me. Land! Pristine, untouched, wide open land as far as the eye can see, a second chance for humans to have a new 'Eden'. (If we don't screw it up.) It sure looks inviting It seems like Mars has just been waiting patiently for us to grow up and colonize her.

Re:This image brings it home (1)

vikingpower (768921) | about a year and a half ago | (#43313425)

It seems like Mars has just been waiting patiently for us to grow up and colonize her.

HIM puhleeze, puhleeze. Some respect for the linguistical testes of the former god of war. Puhleeze. Him.

Re:This image brings it home (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43314281)

It seems like Mars has just been waiting patiently for us to grow up and colonize her.

HIM puhleeze, puhleeze. Some respect for the linguistical testes of the former god of war. Puhleeze. Him.

I realized as I was composing my post that Mars is named after the 'male' god of war. Though for some reason it felt right to me that a planet should be referred to in the female sense, such as a car or ship/ boat is considered a 'she'. Also "Mother Earth".

It's a good question to leave to you all here, is the Planet Mars a male or a female?

my first upvote: discussion thread on the new upvo (1, Offtopic)

epine (68316) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308403)

Not having much success with the new feature: appears there is no thread on the new upvote feature.

So here's the thing. We can use this for good, or we can use this for evil.

Good: Voting up story submissions that don't end in woolly assertions soliciting a lather of unfocused submissions.

Good: Voting down story submissions that leave out critical bits of context as if everyone goes off to immediately RTFA.

Bad: Voting down perfectly geeky submissions because it's just not your particular kink.

Let's raise the editorial standards and not turn this into a popularity contest. If this degenerates into nothing but a popularity trinket, there won't be damn soul over the age of 30 who posts here ever again.

Re:my first upvote: discussion thread on the new u (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43314105)

You're offtopic, son. Put it in your slashdot journal. Whoever modded you "underrated" (you're at 2, offtopic now) should never get mod points!

A $2K panorama (1)

bhlowe (1803290) | about a year and a half ago | (#43308553)

Here is a panorama stitched using 936 images taken with a low-cost PTZ camera.. http://nuspectra.com/pano/ [nuspectra.com] Fully-automated and for under $2K.

Re:A $2K panorama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308785)

If automation means everything to you, maybe that seems cheap. But the trade-off seems to be poor quality images and bad stitching. With a real DSLR and a fisheye lens (easily obtainable under $1000) you could have captured that scene in a few minutes. Chuck it at any of the many automated or semi-automated stitchers and you'd have yourself a beautiful panorama and the one person in shot would probably still have their head.

low-cost ... under $2K.

Something doesn't add up...

Re:A $2K panorama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308807)

As a response to a 4 billion pixel panorama taken on another planet, I can't help feeling underwhelmed. I mean, I'm sure NASA would envy the substantial financial savings, but eh...

Re:A $2K panorama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43310697)

Heh, that's pretty good. The largest hill/ mini-mountain in the center is evocative of Mt. Sharp in this panorama.

Well, Mt. Sharp in a few hundred years from now, after some terra-forming has taken 'root' on Mars.

Re:A $2K panorama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43313461)

Hey... ain't that the lonely parking lot where I date raped your sister last year ??

Images like this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43308989)

...make me say F*#% sending humans to Mars. We spend a trillion dollars and a few people get to experience it. We spend a few billion on more advanced rovers which can REALLY blow your socks off with imagery, and I, personally can experience Mars, setting right here in my living room...by a warm fire, sipping some nice whiskey.

Re:Images like this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43309453)

You know, since you're not experiencing Mars while sitting right there in your living room, you'd be better off keeping quiet.

Re:Images like this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43312045)

But I *am* experiencing Mars, at least as much as anyone else on Earth ever has. Well, barring a few scientists who have touched a rubber glove which has touched a plastic liner which has touched a meteorite which may possibly be from Mars. Point is, even with an insane 'Mars colonization" effort of 10,000 people sent there tomorrow, it still means 99.999857+% of us never get to go there.

For a fractional percentage of that cost, we could develop technology and send rovers to relay giga or even terapixel images, truly develop 'smell-o-vision' and see what Mars smells like, feels like, sounds like, etc. We can ALL enjoy that to a modest extent right here on the computer, or perhaps take in a trip to a museum or future 'IMAX' theater or 'holodeck' for a fully immerse experience.

Dirty wheels? (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309043)

So I was noticing how filthy the wheels are... and I'm wondering, if the planets as dry as it's supposed to be, why would dirt be sticking to anything? What's making it sticky? Static? I'm a bit perplexed by what seems to be moist earth rather than desert sands as I'd expect.

Re:Dirty wheels? (1)

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309449)

Perhaps, the tread in the wheels scuffed up some ? Valid observation though...

Re:Dirty wheels? (2)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309557)

So I was noticing how filthy the wheels are... and I'm wondering, if the planets as dry as it's supposed to be, why would dirt be sticking to anything? What's making it sticky? Static? I'm a bit perplexed by what seems to be moist earth rather than desert sands as I'd expect.

I googled that question and it came up with this page (linked below). Scroll down to see some very fine closeup pics of the rovers dirty wheels.

The best comments seem to agree that it could be a combination of very fine dust and static involved.

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread880460/pg1 [abovetopsecret.com]

North...? East...? (1)

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309487)

The UI for navigating the image has N pointing ahead/upward. Is it same as Earth North ? And, Martian East is the same as the direction of sunrise ?

Re:North...? East...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43314319)

The UI for navigating the image has N pointing ahead/upward. Is it same as Earth North ? And, Martian East is the same as the direction of sunrise ?

Yes. North is north no matter what planet (except maybe Neptune, which got knocked over and has its rotational axis pointing toward the sun rather than Polaris or Acrux). If you see Polaris you'r eon the norther hemisphere, no matter whaich solar planet (except Neptune). If you see Acrux (the Southern Cross) you're in the southern hemisphere no matter which solar planet (except Neptune) you're standing on. Mars rotational direction is the same as the Earth's, so the sun rises in the East and sets in the west.

I say "solar" planet because this only applies to this solar system.

Here, [slashdot.org] read this (my) novel that the first draft of is almost finished. Mars features prominantly in it.

Population of Earth (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309729)

That's approximately one pixel per person on Earth.

I'm that rust-colored pixel on that rust-colored rock next to the dusty soil.
     

I have bettern image viewers than a browser (1)

Skapare (16644) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309877)

... so why limit people to browsers?

Wow, the rover! (3, Informative)

m.alessandrini (1587467) | about a year and a half ago | (#43309901)

Am I the only one looking amazed at the rover and ignoring the landscape? It's like my child's robot dreams starting slowly to come true.

Quartz vein? (1)

WillKemp (1338605) | about a year and a half ago | (#43310247)

That looks like quartz veins on the horizontal lying rock about north east by east. I wonder if it is.

The only thing I could think of.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43310983)

Was how many wonderful "skipping rocks" there are. All you need is a lake...

The Sun (1)

Muse011 (1826134) | about a year and a half ago | (#43311109)

Sure is weird seeing the Sun from another planet. Looks pretty much the same, though through a dustier atmosphere.

Anyone else? (1)

blackholepcs (773728) | about a year and a half ago | (#43311467)

I took a look at the panorama and it is indeed awesome. But I found myself immediately trying to identify "objects" and patterns. Not because I believe that there are non-natural artifacts there, but because my brain started saying "Ok, let's see what kind of ridiculous things Richard C. Doucheland will claim as proof of aliens".

I like the guys enthusiasm, and I share a very small percent of his views, but I honestly cannot take him seriously at all. I've never seen someone so intelligent be so purposefully stupid. "Oh and look what we have here ladies and gentlemen. Rectilinear geometry. You can see it plain as day. All you have to do is look. See? I zoomed this low resolution jpeg by 2500% and you can start to see all sorts of lines and squares...where there should be none! It looks...like....a pyramid, people!"

Sometimes I think he's actually a reverse psychology experiment. The government uses him to discredit his own theories by having him use the most ridiculous "proof" possible, "proof" that even a middle school kid can see is absolute hogwash.

Look Like... (1)

AllenABQ (987944) | about a year and a half ago | (#43311513)

Stunning image. And yet, I can't help but think it looks at lot like parts of New Mexico. It's easy to do a mental subsitution of low-growing, evergreen-type shrubs for what are actually rocks in the picture. :D

rover should go visit luc (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43312605)

it's only 3.3km away!!

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