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Black Hole Emits a 1,000-Light-Year-Wide Gas Bubble 145 145

PhrostyMcByte writes "12 million light-years away, in the outer spiral of galaxy NGC 7793, a bubble of hot gas approximately 1,000 light-years in diameter can be found shooting out of a black hole — one of the most powerful jets of energy ever seen. (Abstract available at Nature.) The bubble has been growing for approximately 200,000 years, and is expanding at around 1,000,000 kilometers per hour."

Verizon Charged Marine's Widow an Early Termination Fee 489 Screenshot-sm 489

In a decision that was reversed as soon as someone with half a brain in their PR department learned about it, Verizon charged a widow a $350 early termination fee. After the death of her marine husband, Michaela Brummund decided to move back to her home town to be with her family. Verizon doesn't offer any coverage in the small town so Michaela tried to cancel her contract, only to be hit with an early termination fee. From the article: "'I called them to cancel. I told them the situation with my husband. I even said I would provide a death certificate,' Michaela said."
The Courts

CRIA Faces $60 Billion Lawsuit 280 280

jvillain writes "The Canadian Recording Industry Association faces a lawsuit for 60 billion dollars over willful infringement. These numbers may sound outrageous, yet they are based on the same rules that led the recording industry to claim a single file sharer is liable for millions in damages. Since these exact same companies are currently in the middle of trying to force the Canadian government to bring in a DMCA for Canada, it will be interesting to see how they try to spin this."

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219 219

trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Comment Re:I dunno.. (Score 1) 359 359

If you are using electric heat, chances are you don't live in a cold climate and pay for air conditioning for much of the year negating any "savings". Here in cold-balls Canada, EVERYONE has centeral heating; it's too expensive to use electricity. That being said, I do agree that datacenters' heat should be used to heat useful things (office bldgs, like you suggest).

You must be from the East. In BC, a significant portion of the province's electricity is generated by hydro power, making it very cheap. Most of the homes I've been in on Vancouver Island do not have central heating. Electric baseboard heaters are the norm. Because the climate is moderated by the ocean, it never gets atrociously cold, nor does it get extremely hot. I've never owned a car with A/C, and never needed anything more than a simple fan for cooling purposes. It rarely goes over 30 degrees in the summer for more than a day or two at a time. Quite pleasant, really.

I used to live in a tiny apartment above a garage, which contributed to it being freezing (relatively) in the winter. I would turn on my electric baseboard heaters for a short time in the morning, and my two linux servers, one XP box and one laptop would keep it toasty for the rest of the day.

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