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Submission + - A Naked Black Hole Is Screaming Through the Universe (

PongoX11 writes: "Millions of years ago, B3 1715+425 was just an ordinary supermassive black hole. It had a comfortable life, of devouring stars and belching deadly x-rays, at the center of its distant galaxy. Now, starless and alone, it’s screaming through space at 2,000 kilometers per second..."

Submission + - Bitcoin creator identified by Wired has Australian home raided (

PongoX11 writes: Australian police raided the Sydney home and office on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of bitcoin and holder of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the cryptocurrency, Reuters witnesses said.

More than a dozen federal police officers entered a house registered on the electoral roll to Craig Steven Wright, whom Wired outed as the likely real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous figure that first released bitcoin's code in 2009.

Comment Buy a Grandfathered Verizon Plan off of eBay (Score 1) 170

While I'm not familiar with the logistics of taking over someone's plan, I regularly see people selling their accounts on eBay. So you pay $200-300 for the account which has a grandfathered unlimited plan AND you have to buy a phone. That said, I used 15GB last month on my unlimited plan (which I've had for years, I did not eBay it) and I just buy last year's phone. Of course, there is talks of Verizon throttling Unlimited customers (of course there is also an article talking about FCC involvement in throttling) so buying an Unlimited plan is not without risks!

Comment Financials look speculative at best (Score 1) 825

$25 per 24/hr period

2009 Nevada pop: 2.643M

Target Revenue: $1.0B


So this works out to roughly 15 purchases per person, per year. However subtracting out those under 16 (sh*t is this going to be available to 17 year olds?!), unlicensed drivers, suspended licenses, those incarcerated, and all those (like my mother) who would have no interest in going 90mph ever, it seems that the average number of purchases per year by those who will actually use the system would have to be pretty high to reach $1.0B... and how about the costs to implement and maintain?


Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

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