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Petersko (564140) writes "Scientists need help sorting through an unusual digital photo album: pictures of about 1 million galaxies. The catalog of galaxies will help researchers understand how galaxies form and interact. They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. It would be the largest galactic census ever compiled, something scientists say would provide new insight into the structure of the universe... Volunteers would sign on to the Web site complete a brief tutorial and pick through one galaxy after another. The galaxies would be identified by several people to guard against errors and pranks, and scientists would rule on any disputes." top
Petersko (564140) writes "The chief architect of Sony's PlayStation game console stepped down on Tuesday as the Japanese company struggles to defend its dominance in the video game industry and revive its reputation as an electronics pioneer... The PS3's hefty startup costs have weighed heavily on the company's fight to drive up profit in its core electronics division. Sony is not expecting to post a profit in its game business until the fiscal year ending March 2009." top
Petersko (564140) writes "In Sun's Inner Circle newsletter is a new article, 'Upgrading from Linux to the Solaris OS'. Their point is summed up in the subheading, 'When "Good Enough" is no longer good enough'. Quotes like this one abound: '...but many companies have discovered that an OS that had first been presented as being "free" in cost actually incurs costs similar to or exceeding what, say, Microsoft charges for its operating system. Many companies are learning that while Linux is relatively inexpensive to acquire, it comes with high deployment and maintenance costs.'" top
Petersko (564140) writes ""'An escalation in the war of words between New Line co-chairman Bob Shaye and "Lord of the Rings" filmmaker Peter Jackson appears to be nixing any possible reconciliation between the two — or any chance that Jackson will direct the trilogy's prequel, "The Hobbit."'- Where the hell is that golden goose? I'm in a strangling mood." top
Petersko (564140) writes ""A senior editor for PC World Magazine was fatally shot in his home in what authorities said Wednesday was a drug-related attack. Rex Farrance, 59, the San Francisco, California-based magazine's senior technical editor, was shot in the chest after four masked men broke into his home Tuesday evening, Pittsburg police said."" top
Petersko (564140) writes "After being invited to the dance a dozen times by IBM, it appears Amazon is about to be dragged out behind the school gymnasium. "Hundreds of other companies have licensed the same patents, and IBM has tried to negotiate licensing deals with Amazon "over a dozen times since 2002," Kelly said. Amazon.com — which has bought a lot of hardware from Hewlett-Packard Co. over the years but not IBM — has allegedly refused every time."" top
Petersko (564140) writes "According to Ars Technica, Sony has decided that 1080p will not appear on the base model PS3. The higher end unit supports it, but will ship without an HDMI cable. While you can play games at 1080p on the deluxe model through component video (if your TV supports it) you will be unable to watch 1080p movies, even if they are "unrestricted"."