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I love this map of Jupiter as seen from its south pole. Would it make sense to turn this into a print suitable for framing and hanging? And if so, what's the best way to go about doing so?The largest version of this image I've been able to find online is this one (2,266 x 2,231 pixels). Is that large enough to turn into a print? And is the image of sufficient quality that I'll be happy with what turns out, or do I risk a muddy, not very vivid print? If you think it would work, though, what size print should I be aiming for? And where can I get one made? (I'm in NYC, though online options ought to work, too.) (And in case there were any concerns, this image was created by NASA, so as a federal government work, it is not copyrighted.)

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Help me, AskMe hivemind. Can you identify, from the linked pictures alone, whether the windows shown are single or double glazed? Can you tell me how to demonstrate it to someone else, either way?I've looked and looked and I can't satisfy myself either way. They look like standard double-glazed units, but at the same time I can't spot definite reflections that would confirm to me that they are. I am being told different things by different people, and can't work out who is actually right.

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Missing Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is smooth and charming, but he hasn't found his edge.

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"Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tore apart NASA's Journey to Mars initiative, claiming the program needs a much more defined plan and clear, achievable milestones to work. Those in attendance also doubted the feasibility of a long-term Mars mission; they cited the massive amount of money needed for the trip — much more than NASA currently receives year to year — as well as a significant leap in technological development. Because of these enormous challenges, a few witnesses at the hearing suggested that NASA either rethink its approach or divert its attention to a Moon mission instead."

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The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven't Committed a Crime via ProPublica and the New York Daily News.

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I've recently moved country and am looking for work. I am finding myself in the fortunate position of sending out resumes and having a very high response rate. How do I manage this? Snowflakes below the fold.I've just moved countries. My license as a Nurse Practitioner is not recognized in my new country, but my many years of experience are helping me wedge my way in for working as an assistant in healthcare. I began my job search in earnest a few weeks ago and am now receiving 1-2 callbacks per day. I had two interviews this week and was offered both positions. I have daily interviews next week as well. I've recently discovered that there's another type of position I could apply for that's a bit higher pay grade and might allow me more use of my nursing skills from my previous career, and have recently put in applications for positions in that class. I'm applying within a system that seems to move at a glacial pace, and it seems normal to submit an application and not receive a callback for a few weeks. Of the two offers I've received this week, I am enthusiastic about one, and neutral about the second. The other interviews I have for next week are more or less equivalent positions, with equivalent pay. However, I do hope to hear back from the other class of positions that are an even better fit for me and directly related to my past specialization in healthcare. I told the first job that I would let them know about my decision after the weekend, before I've finished with the round of interviews next week. I'm wondering if I'm foolish to just take the first job that I like and have interviewed for, or if I should just be happy that I've gotten so lucky and cancel the other interviews. Similarly, what is the most professional protocol for handling this? I am completely new to this country and don't want to burn any bridges or be rude, and I do plan to stay at whichever job I accept for at least one year. I'm not sure there's a clear question in there, but: am I being too picky about the pea beneath my mattresses? Should I accept the job that's a, say, 95% match, or hold out for the 99% fit? There is some chance that I won't be offered other positions because the employer believes I am overqualified and will not stick around. I would normally be inclined to take the good offer now, except that I've had such a positive response to my applications that I imagine I will hear from more positions. What say you, MeFites?

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A remodeled wall-climbing toy by Y_Nakajima. Production details (with GIFs), Twitter, and Pixiv.

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BREAKING: Royal with sword attacks popular musician, all applaud! From The Queen's Birthday Honor List 2015. Knights Bachelor (George Ivan) Van Morrison OBE Van Morrison is one of Northern Ireland's greatest and longest standing musicians, with more than forty albums to his name. His Astral Weeks album is often cited as one of the greatest of all time. He has won six Grammys and one Brit Award. He has also played a significant role in promoting Northern Ireland through tourism and has been awarded the Freedom of Belfast. He often performs in aid of Northern Irish charities and other local causes. All Hail Sir Van The Man!

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Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed. (SLWAPO)

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I've had a messy taxonomy management project dumped in my lap, and need to do this the right way - I'm looking for recommendations for cheap or open source taxonomy management tools that I can use to start sorting this out.Linux-compatible and something I don't need to be a terminal wizard to install would be a bonus, but I'm open to any and all suggestions.

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In the ISS there are two Astro Pi computers, Ed and Izzy, equipped with Sense HATs, two different camera modules (visual and IR), and stored in rather special cases. They are now running code written by UK school children - the winners of a competition. The data will be feeding back soon! Inspired? If you're a UK child aged from 8-18, you can enter two new music-based coding challenges. Also, after the current set of programs have been run, the Astro Pi machines will be entering flight recording mode, recording sensor readings (including pitch, roll, yaw, rotational intensity, acceleration, humidity, pressure, temperature and magnetic field strength) into a database every 10 seconds. Example data is available now, so you can prepare for the real thing becoming available in late February / March. Can you detect crew activity, O2 repressurisation, the South Atlantic Anomaly or even a CHX dry-out? The winners of the previous competition: Crew Detector - tries to determine if a crew member is nearby and then takes a photo Spacecraft - visualise the sensor data as structures in a Minecraft world Flags - Figure out where the ISS is above and shows the flag of the country Watchdog - Monitors the environment, raising alarms if temperature / pressure / humidity move outside acceptable parameters. Compensates for the thermal transfer between the sensors and the CPU Uses the IR camera to produce a measure of plant health Reaction Games - tests reaction speeds during the mission to see if this changes over time Radiation - uses the camera to detect high-energy space radiation

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BMX icon Dave Mirra dead at 41. Highlights of his career.

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At what point do you give up on trying to do your own thing? After two failures? When the adrenaline kicks in as soon as you get up?I'm 35 years old, a doctorate computer scientist by trade. I started working at about 30, where I took a job in an academic department earning about 50% of my industrial rate on the basis that it provides me with the freedom and platform to do entrepreneurial things. Over the last 5 years, in addition to doing my daytime job, I have done a lot of contract work in the evenings to build up a base of money for investments in two companies, one of which failed and one of which is shakily running along with no indication of whether it will fail or succeed longer term (right now it's tending towards failure). I am non-operational in the company as my role is now redundant, though I maintain my shareholding. The cost of this has been immense to me personally. I feel like I've had 2 full-time jobs at any given point. In addition, I've saved nothing apart from a small emergency buffer, trying my best to put my money where my mouth is by investing in the companies I've founded; no house, no marriage, no new things etc. I've had little in the way of holidays, free time or a life, being driven completely by a laser-focus on trying to achieve my goal of building a self-sustaining company. Recently (in the last month or so), however, I've been gripped by this feeling of panic and fear. Panic and fear that I will end up with nothing and that I will be unemployable soon (I don't do much technical work outside of the contract work and technical work is beginning to frustrate me because I find it tedious and boring). While rationally I know this is due to a choice I've made and is not true, I have a whole 30 years ahead of me, I have training from the best school in the UK, I have a reputation that is respected, etc irrationally I feel all is lost. I've searched in myself about whether I want to go work for an existing company or whether I should try one last time to do something of my own, and, I am conflicted about this. On one hand, I want the pain of uncertainty and stress and worry that I'll ever make it financially to be over, on the other hand when I think of giving up my dream to build a self-sustaining company to work for someone else I feel frustrated and like it would be a failure of a lifelong dream. I feel tired and broken and unable to get back up. This is compounded by people around me in similar situations who have managed to achieve the same goals as me. I would really appreciate any advice anyone has, having been in a similar situation, on how they proceeded in similar circumstances as right now I feel I don't have the ability to think about this logically or straight. In particular, I'm interested in people from the tech industry telling me how more unemployable I'd be if I went another two years without actually writing code on a daily basis, even though I'd be doing technical and "business" processes (architecture, team leading etc).

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I had my transmission diagnosed as needing a rebuild and they quoted about $2800 in the northern Virginia area. The shop is well reviewed and recommended by another shop that I trust so I'm not concerned that I'm being scammed, but I'm having trouble weighing out whether I should just start looking at a new to me car or if we should have the transmission rebuilt.2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo about 150k miles I drive maaaaybe 200 miles a week and don't generally take this car on long road trips I've heard that Jeeps, once they start having transmission issues, tend to continue having them even after repair. Are there other parts of the car I should consider the condition of to see if this would be worth it? I don't really know if there are other questions I should be asking. Right now I'm inclined to pay for the rebuild and hope it sticks out at least another 8 months since it seems like that would be the break even versus buying a different car.

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The Malware Museum (archive.org) is a collection of malware programs, usually viruses, that were distributed in the 1980s and 1990s on home computers. Once they infected a system, they would sometimes show animation or messages that you had been infected. Through the use of emulations, and additionally removing any destructive routines within the viruses, this collection allows you to experience virus infection of decades ago with safety.

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We've finally decided that we need to spend less money. Yay! How can we make this more fun?We've finally faced up to the fact that we're living above our means. We're not that bad off -- no debt, good savings -- but our spending has shot through the roof lately with lifestyle inflation and it frightens us a bit. Also, it feels out of line with our goals/philosophy of life. We're not scared of budgeting -- we've been successful in the past -- but it often seems like such a drag. Is there any way my husband and I could make this into a game? For example, we have friends who are scrupulous about putting pennies in a jar and when they add up they go out to a specific restaurant for dinner. Ok, maybe not a great example, but that's the kind of fun stuff I mean. We have kids, if that matters, but not ones that are old enough to spend for themselves. So, in short, any thoughts on making cutting back more fun?

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Wargaming the Defense of the Baltics. As Presently Postured, NATO Cannot Successfully Defend the Territory of its Most Exposed Members. Across multiple games using a wide range of expert participants in and out of uniform playing both sides, the longest it has taken Russian forces to reach the outskirts of the Estonian and/or Latvian capitals of Tallinn and Riga, respectively, is 60 hours. Such a rapid defeat would leave NATO with a limited number of options, all bad (full report PDF). The Pentagon has put Russia at the top of its list of national security threats with its plan to increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and troops on rotating assignment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The NY Times questions whether the plan to quadruple military spending in Europe in 2017 to $3.4 billion from $789 million seems excessive and raises questions about whether other immediate threats, like the Islamic State, are getting short shrift More on the RAND war games from Military.com More on the Obama Administration's plan for a brigade sized force in Eastern Europe from the LA Times.

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The shadow leader of the House of Commons, Chris Bryant The shadow leader of the House of Commons, Chris Bryant, has joined calls for the Tom Jones song Delilah to be banned from Six Nations rugby matches because it incites violence against women. "I have sung Delilah as well, everybody loves doing the 'She stood there laughing' moment, but if we are really going to take this issue seriously in Wales, we have to change how we do things," he said.

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Despite the name games, airline food hasn't changed much. Economy class meals still come in a wrapper, and business or first-class meals come with real cutlery. This list shows the sometimes striking difference between what the different classes eat.

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I like the idea of a ceramic kettle, like the look of this and this for our space (something mostly white, and more old fashioned looking, basically), and want to switch from plastic, but I'm worried about a couple of things...Price: obviously one of these will be much more than the 5€ we spent on our ancient no-name plastic model that has survived four moves, a couple of bounces off the floor, and multiple daily use for so many years that if it were our child, we'd probably be sending it off to college by now. That's okay, though, IF the replacement is reasonably reliable and sturdy, but I suspect that ceramic kettles will be much more prone to damage. The Lid: All the ceramic kettles I've seen appear to have lids that must be fully removed to fill, which makes sense, but I imagine that if the lids are also ceramic, this is a likely breakage vector, and not being able to use a £30+ kettle because the top has been broken would be a big waste and disappointment. Also, I'm trying to imagine how annoying it will be to remove and replace such a top every time, when one is used to a convenient attached lid. Leakage: I can't tell about ceramic kettles specifically, but when digging into the Amazon UK reviews of various glass and stainless steel models, it's something that comes up frequently in negative comments even for expensive models. Our truly elderly plastic soldier has only now begun to leak a bit, so the idea of spending much, much more for something that might begin leaking within a year is not encouraging. Weight: I imagine a ceramic (or any non-plastic) kettle would weigh more, but how significant is the difference? Just a little heavier, no biggie? Or more like, "wow, kinda heavy!"? If you have a electric ceramic kettle, what has your experience been? (I'm also interested in thoughts or recommendations on other types on non-plastic cordless electric kettles!)

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I have a boneless leg of goat. My original idea was to marinate it and cook it on my gas bbq using a rotisserie. I was thinking buttermilk but would like some more suggestions. I'd be open to other cooking options as well.Unfortunately I can't eat onions, garlic, tomato or citrus fruit at the moment but am happy for recipes that include these as long as they are not vital to the recipe (I'll just leave them out).

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Does a fridge needs to be turned off for a long time before transport? Googling it, some sources say yes, other sources say no (and suggest you can even store all your food in the freezer while you move it). What to believe, and why?I'm going to go look at a relatively new side-by-side fridge/freezer that I saw advertised on the Internet. I'd like to be able to inspect the fridge while it's turned on, to make sure that it works. Then, if it does, I'd want to just take it away then and there, so I don't have to come back. Just want to make sure this wouldn't damage it.

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I am interested in animal costumes, but searches either come up with mascots and fursuits (which are far too literal) or things like The Lion King (which foreground the human too much). Can you point to anything less conventional?This is admittedly inspired by the recent Guardian article. Full disclosure: I'm a furry, and would love to dress up. I'm also let down by fursuits, which mostly are extremely literal, and am looking for inspiration in unconventional costumes where the person is essentially appears as an animal, as opposed to a person representing an animal (see: The Lion King). One of my inspirations is the Exploding Galaxy's Bird Ballet; I can find very little about it, but this bird mask is one of the few non-overly-literal representations I can find, if you're looking for a starting point.

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I've often heard people rate different mp3 players with statements like "the iPods have really poor bass" or "the sound from a Sandisk is really tinny" or "metal sounds awesome on my Zune" (a hypothetical - this has never happened). Obviously speakers and earphones and the ripping / recording of the original track can have a difference. Is there audio difference between players beyond that?I'm not talking about format (mp4 vs mp3) or compression. If the mp3 standard is well defined, then decoding a track should be ... well, decoding a track. So given the same mp3 track, with the same speakers / earbuds on different players, then "weak bass" shouldn't happen. Is this just audio hoo-haa or are there subtleties in decoding?

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I've saved up the eff-you fund. I've come to the decision to quit my job without another accepted offer in hand. I give notice tomorrow. Have you done this? What do you wish you had done to heal from this period in your life, or what did you do that made all the difference? How do you rebuild yourself when an abusive person in a position of power over you has torn you down?After being in an incredibly toxic work situation with a fully psychologically abusive boss and uncaring upper management and HR, I have made the difficult decision to leave my amazing team before securing another position. I've got enough money saved up to make things work for 6-12 months (possibly even more, depending on my budgeting) to just take a break, recover, regain my equilibrium, self-worth, and health. I can't wait to rebuild myself again! I've already let the people I work with most closely know that I am giving notice in the morning after telling the team. I'll be giving 2 weeks, but there's a real possibility that my vindictive boss will just tell me to leave right away. I am ok with this and have prepped for the possibility (my coworkers know this too). I have been interviewing quite heavily over the last couple weeks (I actually have 3 more interviews in the next 2 business days, even!) so I don't doubt that I'll land on my feet, but I'm also ok if those don't work out and my search takes a bit longer. What I'm a little more fuzzy on is how to approach healing from what has been an incredibly emotionally traumatizing experience. I worked for someone who gas-lit me into believing (and got her manager to believe as well) that I was a piece of garbage who couldn't do anything right and needed her constant control, attention, guidance, and daily criticism (plus super long nastygrams that she'd send me in the middle of the night highlighting all my flaws and how she'd repeatedly told me before to fix them but I hadn't, etc), and that only her validation would make me a decent human being. I had a nervous breakdown last year and did not eat or sleep for nearly a month, and my health suffered enormously- I had constant panic attacks, aches and pains, insomnia, digestive issues, migraines, the works. It has all done a real number on my sense of self-worth and I am so exhausted, sad, and worn down to a nub. Here are some things that I do already have in place: -Really great therapist -Anti-depressant medication + emergency xanax -Friends and family who have been really really amazing and supportive and wonderful -Network of colleagues and former managers who have been happy to refer me, offered to keep an eye out, etc Despite my sense of relief at making the decision, here are the things that still plague me: -Sense of anxiety at not having my next gig lined up. I have done this only once before, very early in my career, but I was just out of college and still living with my parents so didn't have much in the way of bills- so this would be the first "real" jump without a safety net -Sense of failure. Because I loved my team, I really, truly tried to make the situation work. I kept thinking that if I worked as hard as I could I'd eventually win my insane boss over. Instead, when it came to performance review time, she dismissed all the glowing reviews my colleagues gave me because SHE knew better. Nonetheless, I can't help feeling like I've failed in a way. -Having no real idea where to start for rebuilding my sense of self. I know that at some point i felt like I was a smart, hardworking, worthwhile human being, not the piece of garbage my soon-to-be former boss has made me believe I am, but I don't even know how to get there anymore. I am working through the above issues with my therapist, but I'm looking for helpful mefi anecdata for people who have been there, people who have survived this, people who have gone on to thrive and regain their sense of worth and happiness.

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