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The Sun Unleashes Coronal Mass Ejection At Earth 220

astroengine writes "Yesterday morning, at 08:55 UT, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a C3-class flare erupt inside a sunspot cluster. 100,000 kilometers away, deep within the solar atmosphere (the corona), an extended magnetic field filled with cool plasma forming a dark ribbon across the face of the sun (a feature known as a 'filament') erupted at the exact same time. It seems very likely that both eruptions were connected after a powerful shock wave produced by the flare destabilized the filament, causing the eruption. A second solar observatory, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, then spotted a huge coronal mass ejection blast into space, straight in the direction of Earth. Solar physicists have calculated that this magnetic bubble filled with energetic particles should hit Earth on August 3, so look out for some intense aurorae — a solar storm is coming."

Comment Re:Why then (Score 2, Insightful) 164

<i>Why then would I want to replace my webkit browser with this? I understand this is an Alpha and that bug might be fixed, but again, why would I want to use this over my webkit based browser?</i>

Because some of us view OSS as more than just free software. Some of us want to help debug/test it and add to the community. Some are out for more than just a free-ride (although there's nothing wrong with a free-ride when it's offered.)

Comment Re:For an Interesting Exercise in Head Asplosion (Score 1) 158

Since this is publicly available data and all the guy did was send an automated web browner to go download it does this mean Facebook has threatened him with a lawsuit for doing what every visitor to facebook does already? Granted, he likely did it much faster than any other individual has done. It's just wonky.


Dead Pigs Used To Investigate Ocean's "Dead Zones" 106

timothy writes "As places to study what happens to corpses, the Atlantic Ocean is both much larger and much more specialized than the famous 'body farm' in Knoxville, TN. But for all kinds of good reasons, sending human bodies into Davy Jones' locker just to see where they float and how they bloat is unpopular. Pigs don't pay taxes, and more importantly, they don't vote. So Canadian scientists have taken to using them as human-body proxies, to study what happens when creatures of similar size and hairlessness (aka, us) end up 86ed and in the drink."

Comment Re:Dark Tan? (Score 1) 964

That's not necessarily true. In Central Europe, nationalism is alive and well (actually increasing due to the perceived cultural threat from the EU), and a picture with three different skin colors for three people will not be interpreted as affirmative action, but unwanted external cultural influence.

Particularly the black guy, as you don't expect to see black people every day.

In Hungary, at least, the original picture would cause outrage from the far-right and a measurable decrease in sales.

So, you're saying the Polish are racists and MS is just bowing to market forces?

Comment And the point is to . . . (Score 1) 693

. . . have these cameras record their crimes for the sake of posterity?

You only have to look at the evening news with their "surveillance camera" footage to know that the ever-present camera does little to deter criminals. What we do get is a better record of the crime, which mostly just helps prosecutors convince the depicted offenders to agree to plea deals, as opposed to being used as a great bit of evidence to support a case to have them convicted and serve the prescribed time for the crime committed.

Comment Re:How exactly did the musuem acquire it? (Score 1) 128

It's my understanding that narcotics sniffing dogs have been allowed to use the narcotics they're supposed to be sniffing for and thus having felt the effects of those narcotics are motivated to find them in the future. Perhaps this is a similar case where an agency is rewarded with the confiscated possessions of their victims...errr...customers.

Comment Re:In my case (Score 3, Interesting) 357

Same here. I've washed SD and CF cards more often than I'd like to admit. Despite that I've never had one fail out of the wash.

I've had one card fail though. My Palm Treo uses SD cards and once when removing the card my fingernail was in the perfect position to split the card open at the seam. When I removed the card from the phone I had 2 pieces. One plastic cover(the part w/o the label) and the remainder of the card stayed together. I re-attached to cover and attempted to read the card in several USB readers and the phone as well. It was dead. The devices never recognized that a card was inserted.

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