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Submission + - Comet Lovejoy Plunges into the Sun and Survives (nasa.gov)

boldie writes: "NASA has a Story about a comet Lovejoy's close encounter with the sun.

This morning, an armada of spacecraft witnessed something that many experts thought impossible. Comet Lovejoy flew through the hot atmosphere of the sun and emerged intact.

"It's absolutely astounding," says Karl Battams of the Naval Research Lab in Washington DC. "I did not think the comet's icy core was big enough to survive plunging through the several million degree solar corona for close to an hour, but Comet Lovejoy is still with us."

The comet's close encounter was recorded by at least five spacecraft: NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and twin STEREO probes, Europe's Proba2 microsatellite, and the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. The most dramatic footage so far comes from SDO, which saw the comet go in (movie) and then come back out again (movie).

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught Comet Lovejoy emerging from its scorching close encounter with the sun. [Entrance movie: Quicktime (22 MB), m4v (0.8 MB)] [Exit movie: Quicktime (26 MB), m4v (0.8 MB)]


Comment so what is a cookie? (Score 1) 115

Is it just the traditional HTTP cookie? HTML-5 will let all kinds of data to be stored on clients and then you can use one of the techniques behind Evercookie!
I've read the bill and it seems possible that the consent can be given by setting the browser to allow cookies. So this will do nothing. Do not track headers is much better!

Comment It's not dead! (free have limits) (Score 1) 257

Spotify is the best service I ever used. I got it on my android phone, can sync 3000+ songs for offline use. I can use the native linux-client, I got it at work on my windows box. The only thing I miss is an ARM version for my Sheeva-plug. It can import my local music library. All this for 10€ a month. What else could I want?

I'm looking for the same service for video but can't find it.
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New York Judge Rules 6-Year-Old Can Be Sued 799

suraj.sun sends this snippet from Reuters: "A girl can be sued over accusations she ran over an elderly woman with her training bicycle when she was 4 years old, a New York Supreme Court justice has ruled. The ruling by King's County Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten stems from an incident in April 2009 when Juliet Breitman and Jacob Kohn, both aged four, struck an 87-year-old pedestrian, Claire Menagh, with their training bikes. Menagh underwent surgery for a fractured hip and died three months later. In a ruling made public late Thursday, the judge dismissed arguments by Breitman's lawyer that the case should be dismissed because of her young age. He ruled that she is old enough to be sued and the case can proceed."

Firefox 4's JavaScript Now Faster Than Chrome's 352

An anonymous reader writes "Firefox 4's JavaScript engine is now faster than V8 (used in Chrome) and Nitro (used in Safari) in the SunSpider benchmark on x86. On Mozilla's test system Nitro completes the benchmark in 369.7 milliseconds, V8 in 356.5 milliseconds, and Firefox 4's TraceMonkey and JaegerMonkey combination in 350.3 milliseconds. Conceivably Tech has a brief rundown of some benchmark figures from their test system obtained with the latest JS preview build of Firefox 4: 'Our AMD Phenom X6-based Dell XPS 7100 PC completed the Sunspider test with the latest Firefox JS (4.0 b8-pre) build in 478.6 ms this morning, while Chrome 8.0.560.0 clocked in at 589.8 ms.' On x86-64 Nitro still has the lead over V8 and TraceMonkey+JaegerMonkey in the SunSpider benchmark."

Submission + - Virus-cleaning medical-PC during heart treatment (www.dn.se)

Bengt writes: In a Swedish hospital the IT-department started a remote virus cleanup during a treatment of a patient with heart problems. According to a report from the National health board it could have ended badly "If the catheter treatment at that time had been in a critical stage the incident could have caused serious consequences for the patient".

Where do the reckless behavior start? With a "medical computer" connected to the network? The computer running windows? With a virus infected computer being used in treatment where a failure could have killed the patient? Here is a link to a google translate version of the article-

Science is what happens when preconception meets verification.