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posted by martyb on Monday June 09 2014, @11:55AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the I-see-you-looking-at-me dept.

The new SPHERE instrument for the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope recently achieved 'first light'. The New Scientist is reporting on an image they released this week that calls into question whether Frodo really did snuff out the Eye of Sauron.

So, how long before the MPAA goes after the HR 4796 system for breach of copyright?

On a more serious note, the image has amazing detail. This should make it easier to detect and analyze planets orbiting other stars.

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  • (Score: 2) by skullz on Monday June 09 2014, @02:46PM

    by skullz (2532) on Monday June 09 2014, @02:46PM (#53243)

    "So, how long before the MPAA goes after the HR 4796 system for breach of copyright?"

    Now that we have identified their home world I imagine right away.

    • (Score: 2) by opinionated_science on Monday June 09 2014, @02:54PM

      by opinionated_science (4031) on Monday June 09 2014, @02:54PM (#53247)

      awesome screensaver....

      • (Score: 2) by WizardFusion on Monday June 09 2014, @03:13PM

        by WizardFusion (498) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 09 2014, @03:13PM (#53257) Journal

        It's not a screensaver, its a wallpaper. Completely different.
        One is the often moving image that appears when you don't do anything with your machine for a while. The other is the image behind your desktop icons.

        • (Score: 1) by ksarka on Monday June 09 2014, @04:53PM

          by ksarka (2789) on Monday June 09 2014, @04:53PM (#53299)

          What makes this a bad screensaver? It doesn't need to move. Heck, mine have been blank black screens for...forever. But the eye of Sauron star thing would be a nice screensaver. You never see your desktop screen anyways.

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @10:08PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @10:08PM (#53420)

            Now with non-CRT screens it probably doesn't make a difference, but static images used to burn into CRTs if left (older ones anyway). I've seen a number of terminals that have had the login message burnt in. Thats why screen savers where invented and why they weren't meant to be static images, although they could just blank the screen.

    • (Score: 3, Funny) by DECbot on Monday June 09 2014, @03:38PM

      by DECbot (832) on Monday June 09 2014, @03:38PM (#53270) Journal

      I propose we build a spaceship in order to travel to HR 4796 and serve them the lawsuit. The spaceship will have to travel pretty quickly in order to ensure the copyright does not lapse before serving the suit, or we admit the obvious, copyrights held by corporations have no expiration date.

      Who feels like a road trip?

      --
      cats~$ sudo chown -R us /home/base
      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by bob_super on Monday June 09 2014, @05:20PM

        by bob_super (1357) on Monday June 09 2014, @05:20PM (#53316)

        According to Albert, we need the star to come very fast towards the lawsuit, because the other way the copyright would expire faster.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10 2014, @12:16AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 10 2014, @12:16AM (#53482)

          I believe the faster frame of reference has the 'slower time'. It has been a while since I did SR though.

          • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Tuesday June 10 2014, @01:07AM

            by bob_super (1357) on Tuesday June 10 2014, @01:07AM (#53502)

            Same, it's been a while.
            It depends where you keep your clock, but I'd think you want the star to age a lot to get to your fresh static copyright claim, rather than have your claim age too fast as it tries to reach the star.
            Moral of the idea: if the **AA guys are after you, make them run at light speed to deliver the summons, then adjust your calendar to their perceived delivery date. I'm sure the judge will instantly forget in a puff of relativistic confusion how that last part isn't how the laws are written.

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @09:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 09 2014, @09:48PM (#53412)

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