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+ - Magnetic "ropes" are causing Auroras->

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Indus Khaitan
Indus Khaitan writes "Space.com is reporting that a fleet of NASA spacecraft launched less than eight months ago has revealed new insights into the forces that cause the northern lights, including giant magnetic "ropes" between Earth and the sun. Understanding the cause of auroras will help scientists solve the mystery around solar flares and what causes them and get a handle on the outer space weather. I don't so much understand the geo-physics of why the solar winds slams into the earth's magnetic field in the magnetosphere — I'm simply enamoured by the spectacular shows, gallery here and here."
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+ - Are tiny url services defeating Web architecture?

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Indus Khaitan
Indus Khaitan writes "Thanks to twitter, SMS, and mobile web, a lot of people are using the url minimizers like tinyurl.com, urltea.com. However, now I see a lot of people using it on their regular webpages. This could be a big problem if billions of different links are unreachable at a given time. What if a service starts sending a pop-up ad along with the redirect. What if the masked target links to a page with an exploit instead of linking to the new photos of Jessica Alba. Are services like tinyurl, urltea etc. taking the WWW towards a single point of failure? Is it a huge step backward? Or I'm just crying wolf here?"

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