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Comment Why use Blu-Ray format? (Score 1) 502

Why would Microsoft adopt Blu-Ray to replace DVD as the standard disc format? The only reason they would do so is to provide an option for playing Blu-Ray movies on the system, and I don't see a need for doing that. If anything, they would probably use the existing HD-DVD technology for it's games instead of paying Sony licensing costs per system to include Blu-Ray. They already have the technology, it's capacity is close to that of Blu-Ray, there are no licensing costs, and it's a possible (though minor) counter against piracy, since not many people have readers/writers. Someone please tell me if I'm totally wrong in thinking this.

Comment Re:report it to the fcc (Score 1) 499

That's definitely a possibility. My first assumption was to to assume some kind of industrial appliance. Although I definitely wouldn't rule out radar either. I don't know for sure if wireless signals would be affected, but some years ago a ship entering the local harbor forgot to turn off it's radar and caused problems for CRT monitors throughout my office and around the city.

Comment Really? (Score 2, Insightful) 364

I thought that the event horizon of a black hole was caused by the immense gravity of the main body. Just an area of space around the black hole where light would be unable to maintain enough momentum to escape the gravitational pull of the singularity. I don't even want to try understanding the calculations that this theory was derived from. If you were able to remove the event horizon, would that not mean that you would be destroying the singularity itself?
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Submission + - How do I convince Execs to drop IE6 support? 1

AnderMoney writes: "I work as a web developer for a massive multinational corporation that has Windows XP and IE6 deployed on all of its users desktops worldwide. As someone who supports our web applications I'm often frustrated by the inadequate and non-compliant nature of older versions of Internet Explorer and I would like to do the world a favor by getting as many users away from it as possible. That being said, the people in charge of these kind of decisions are focused more on avoiding the cost of deploying a new browser on an extremely high number of desktop machines. What evidence can I use to convince them to upgrade? How can I show that it's security flaws and poor rendering are valid reasons to drop support for it?"

Submission + - Rogue Black Holes May Roam our Galaxy

Hugh Pickens writes: "New calculations suggest that hundreds of massive black holes may wander the Milky Way, threatening to swallow anything that gets too close. The good news is that earth is safe because the closest rogue black hole should reside thousands of light-years away. "These black holes are relics of the Milky Way's past," says Avi Loeb at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. "You could say that we are archaeologists studying those relics to learn about our galaxy's history and the formation history of black holes in the early universe." According to the theory, rogue black holes originally lurked at the centers of tiny, low-mass galaxies and over billions of years, those dwarf galaxies smashed together to form full-sized galaxies like the Milky Way. Each time two proto-galaxies with central black holes collided, their black holes merged to form a single, "relic" black hole. but during the merger, directional emission of gravitational radiation would cause the black hole to recoil sending the black hole speeding outward fast enough to escape its host dwarf galaxy, but not fast enough to leave the galactic neighborhood completely. One telltale sign could mark a rogue black hole: a surrounding cluster of stars yanked from the dwarf galaxy when the black hole escaped so locating the star cluster signposts may turn out to be relatively straightforward. "Until now, astronomers were not searching for such a population of highly compact star clusters in the Milky Way's halo," says Loeb. "Now that we know what to expect, we can examine existing sky surveys for this new class of objects.""

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