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Homer Simpson Named Greatest TV Character Screenshot-sm 142

A survey by Entertainment Weekly has named Homer Simpson the greatest character created for television or film in the past 20 years. Everyone's favorite beer-swilling, donut-eating dad beat out Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the top spot. From the article: "'People can relate to Homer because we're all secretly propelled by desires we can't admit to,' Groening was quoted as telling Entertainment Weekly. 'Homer is launching himself head-first into every single impulsive thought that occurs to him. His love of whatever ... is a joy to witness.'"

Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What happen to my 2006 cat pictures?

dakkon1024 writes: I can’t imagine I’m the only one that has these issues. User A deletes a massive amount of data that people don’t frequently check. User B notices 3 years later. While yearly or even quarterly archiving is implemented for these users it still seems to be a problem. I’m curious how other people deal with this? What solutions if any have people found? Lastly I believe as storage gets cheaper and larger “archive everything (every change, update, deleted file, etc)” solutions will become available, but what to do till then?

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