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Comment: Re:Meteor burst communications (Score 5, Informative) 66

Yes, people use ionization trails to reflect their radio transmissions, but in TFA they discount this as the source of the emissions:

Meteor trails are known to reflect radio waves and indeed this has been one way of spotting them in the past.

But Obenberger and co reject this idea for a number of reasons. First, human radio transmissions are usually polarised and so any reflections ought to be polarised as well. The team found no evidence of this.

At the same time, human radio transmissions have easily identifiable spectra but the team found no evidence of this either in the data from the Long Wavelength Array.

"It is therefore our conclusion that ïreball trails radiate at low frequencies," they say.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate Reality of Being a Linux User (Score 1) 518

by teridon (#40315979) Attached to: NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

I would agree that torrents are usually faster. But in this case, I doubt it. Did you actually try downloading from any of those links? I just did, and it stayed steady at 2.7MB/s for the 2 minutes during which I ran it (I cancelled it because I already have a copy). Chrome estimated 17 minutes (total) to finish (for a ~3.1 GB file).

Not many torrents are going to be that fast, I think. You also don't have to worry about malware in the image, or BS copyright violation notices.

Comment: Re:Unfortunate Reality of Being a Linux User (Score 2) 518

by teridon (#40302325) Attached to: NewEgg: Installing Linux Breaks Laptop

Comment: Re:Still takes forever to "Rebuild the Font Cache" (Score 1) 299

by teridon (#39091585) Attached to: VLC 2.0 'Twoflower' Released For Windows & Mac

Let's say that's true (i.e. font cache is corrupted on crash).

1) Sounds like a bug to me. File a bug report? (after gathering evidence, of course)

2) Possible workaround: Make a known-good copy of the font cache (on Windows it's %APPDATA%\vlc, I believe). Restore it after a VLC crash (before launching VLC again)

Comment: don't let me down /. ... (Score 1) 1

by teridon (#38800109) Attached to: Biggest solar shot since 1995 is Earth-bound

All of the solar weather stories on /. have been riddled with jokes and spam. Can we get some real information or intelligent discussion this time? :-P

If you want to make your own high-res movies of these kinds of events, get JHelioviewer

Or if you're lazy, low-res in 6 wavelengths (ok, 5 wavelengths and one magnetogram)


+ - Biggest solar shot since 1995 is Earth-bound-> 1

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coondoggie writes "Seems not a week goes by without s big solar flare erupts sending the Earth a massive shot of solar wind, radiation and electromagnetic pulses capable of damaging satellites, GPS and electronics — but this week the blast is large — the largest since 1995, NASA said.

According to This morning, Jan. 23rd, the big sunspot 1402 erupted, producing a long-duration M9-class solar flare. The explosion's M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being an X-flare, the most powerful kind. Solar protons accelerated by this M9-class solar flare are streaming past Earth. On the NOAA scale of radiation storms, this one ranks S3, which means it could, e.g., cause isolated reboots of computers onboard Earth-orbiting satellites and interfere with polar radio communications."

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+ - Sun Blasts Another CME at Earth and Mars->

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astroengine writes "On Friday, the sun hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) at our planet that sparked a strong geomagnetic storm and beautiful aurorae at high latitudes. Late on Sunday (EST), the sun unleashed yet another Earth-bound CME after an M9 flare erupted over a particularly active sunspot region — the CME is expected to hit Earth on Tuesday and Mars on Wednesday. This series of flares and CMEs have ignited the strongest period of solar storms since 2005, according to an NOAA space weather advisory."
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