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An anonymous reader writes "Researchers using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured infrared images of the last exhalations of a dying sun-like star.

The object observed by SOFIA, planetary nebula Minkowski 2-9, or M2-9 for short, is seen in this three-color composite image. The SOFIA observations were made at the mid-infrared wavelengths of 20, 24, and 37 microns. The 37-micron wavelength band detects the strongest emissions from the nebula and is impossible to observe from ground-based telescopes."

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Comment: Re:This seems reasonable (Score 1) 747

by Jim_Maryland (#39560347) Attached to: Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense
The article linked in this discussion doesn't include the details of Albert's previous offense. While multiple sources indicate that he had paid the fine, the system that indicated the outstanding warrant seems to be the problem.

Alternate article listing Albert Florence previous offense

He was arrested after fleeing from police officers in Essex County, New Jersey, in 1998, pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and obstructing justice, and was fined $1,574—which he was supposed to pay on a monthly basis. But by 2003 he had only paid $250, so after he failed to appear at an enforcement hearing, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He paid the outstanding balance less than a week later, but for some reason no one remembered to delete the bench warrant from New Jersey's statewide computer database.

My wife worked as a nurse at a detention center (inmates with 2 years or shorter sentences or those awaiting sentencing) briefly and is currently working at a state correctional facility. Anyone entering either facility type undergoes a thorough search to help keep contraband items out. Employees also go through a search (not quite as invasive as the inmates) as well. The search isn't meant to be "humiliating" but rather to protect all inmates and guards.

Given that Albert carries a letter of proving he paid the earlier fines, it seems that he must have run into a problem with the tracking system before. I don't have personal experience in this though so maybe someone can fill us in on how common it is to carry paperwork showing that past warrants were resolved. If I were Albert, I'd inquire with the courts as to why I was still listed in the warrant system.

Comment: Re:Definetelly better than subsidizing obsolete te (Score 1) 272

by Jim_Maryland (#37861528) Attached to: US Funds Aggressive Tech To Cut Solar Power Costs

You're view of food stamps is wrong. It's shows complete ignorance or the situation.

I've seen examples similar on the abuse of food stamps. Seeing people pay for soda with food stamps at a convenience store was probably the worst. They'd then turn around and buy a couple packs of cigarettes and a bottle of some alcoholic beverage with their own cash and go out into their new "modified" car. I'm sure there are people that are at both ends of the spectrum here. Ideally foodstamps would be more like WIC (Women Infant & Children) vouchers (wife and I were on that briefly between the time I graduated and found my first job) where only specific items could be purchased.

Comment: Re:Same as every year... (Score 1) 249

by Jim_Maryland (#37861208) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Are You Haunting Your House This Hallowe'en?
Turning off the light near the front door generally works. Having lived in a rental community, I've seen people put up a simple sign on the door that indicated they weren't participating. Remembering back to when I was a kid, if the light wasn't on, I was definitely skipping that house to make the best use of time gathering candy. If this guy is getting harrassed, likely he's "deserved" (at least in the eyes of the kids) it by actions through the rest of the year.

Comment: Re:Wrong approach (Score 1) 384

by Jim_Maryland (#37410562) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Low-Cost Tools To Track Employees' Web Use?
That's pretty much what my employer has done. Sites are categorized and when we attempt to visit a blocked site, we get a page with details of why the site isn't accessible and a link is included to make a request to change access. For some categories, we also get a link to override the block (have to login with our VPN IDs) or we get a link that basically says we acknowledge that we're visiting a site where caution needs to be used. I'm not sure what software is being used, but seems a reasonable approach for an employer to take to control bandwidth usage and site visits for non-business purposes.

Comment: Re:in a counter move, the global IT union said (Score 1) 250

by Jim_Maryland (#36825372) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Takes Data.gov Overseas
I haven't seen a huge amount of billable rate information but 10x seems a bit high compared to those I have. The range I usually see falls in the 1.5 to 2.8 multiplier range for what a customer is billed versus employee salary (not including benefits). If you are seeing your work billed for 10x the amount, perhaps you are to blame for undervaluing your work.

Comment: Re:Voting third party in California (Score 1) 462

by Jim_Maryland (#36502064) Attached to: Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:
I think where you have more of an issue voting 3rd party is when the Republican and Democrat candidates are very close in the race. If the 3rd party candidate doesn't stand a chance of winning (which means trusting the polls unfortunately), you may find that you have to vote for one of the two possible winners that is either closer/less opposite your views.

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