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Comment Re: oh no (Score 1) 423

A few years ago I came across my old BBS number during a Google search and decided to call it and see who answered.

It rings once and then...a modem sound.

Freaked me out until I discovered it was just a fax machine that actually blasted that noise on answering.

Submission + - Supermassive black hole rocketing out of distant galaxy at 5 million mph

The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole barreling out of its home galaxy at 5 million mph. The 3 billion solar mass behemoth formed from the merger of two slightly smaller black holes after two galaxies collided and themselves merged. The resulting blast of gravitational waves is thought to have been asymmetric, causing a rocket effect which launched the resulting black hole away. It's currently 40,000 light years from the galaxy's core.

Comment Yeah (Score 1) 224

Because this kind of naming has worked out so poorly for brands like Mercedes and BMW . Not too mention Lexus and Acura with similar naming schemes for most of their cars.

Maybe Mr. Harper should pull his head out of his butthole?

Submission + - ESA wants to take out the trash. The space trash.

The Bad Astronomer writes: The European Space Agency is considering a test mission that will use new technology to help clean up the ever-increasing problem of space debris. The spacecraft, called e.Deorbit, will identify, approach, grapple with, and then dispose of errant space junk by deorbiting it, letting it burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Testing could begin as soon as 2023.

Comment Re:IPv6 lookup (Score 3, Informative) 229

They could deploy a set of parallel domains like "" without AAAA records, then add a profile setting so that affected users could be redirected there without impacting anyone else.

I am not going to turn off IPv6 across all of my devices just because Netflix can't figure out v6 geolocation. For dual-stack customers, why not simply locate them with a v4 query and then let that user session send in IPv6 requests from anywhere?

Comment Re:My favorite dirty Windows 10 trick (Score 0) 500

The version I'm getting explicit states "Upgrade Tonight" rather than simply "Upgrade Later". You can see a screenshot here. They don't make it obvious but you can just close it with the X in the upper right corner and it doesn't upgrade; there's no "Don't upgrade ever" button. It's only a slightly dirty trick on MS's part - you need to train your wife to read better before clicking on things....and yes I know difficult of a problem that is, I'm married, too.

Submission + - Jupiter takes another one for the team: Video of comet/asteroid impact

The Bad Astronomer writes: Two amateur astronomers 2000 km apart confirm that on March 17, 2016, a comet or asteroid impacted Jupiter. The flash of light lasted for about one second, and marked the demise of a chunk of interplanetary debris likely a few tens of meters across. This is the sixth confirmed time such an impact on Jupiter has been seen (counting the fragmented comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 as one event).

Submission + - Astronomers find half the missing mass of the Universe

The Bad Astronomer writes: Astronomers made a cosmic twofer. Fast Radio Bursts are mysterious, rapid blasts of radio energy seen randomly on the sky. A quick response allowed astronomers to determine the location and distance to one seen in 2015: An elliptical galaxy six billion light years away, meaning these are huge explosions possibly related to gamma-ray bursts. The observations also revealed material between Earth and this galaxy, identifying half the "missing" baryons predicted by standard models of cosmology.

Submission + - Small asteroid burns up over Atlantic Ocean

The Bad Astronomer writes: On Feb. 6, an asteroid roughly 6 meters across burned up over the Atlantic Ocean, exploding like a 10 kiloton bomb. Although this was the largest event since the Chelyabinsk superbolide in 2013 (which injured 1000+ people), there were no witnesses. It happened 1000 km off the coast of Brazil, and was reported by the military, though it's unclear how they detected it.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.