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Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:05pm
New submitter mrthoughtful writes: According to researchers at the University of Rochester, a recently discovered dim star (Scholz's star) passed through our Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. At its closest, it was about 52,000 AU distant from Sol, or about 0.8 light-years. This is still quite a distance — Voyager 1 is about 125 AU away right now — but it's far closer than Proxima Centauri's current 266,000 AU. Still, maybe the best way to engage in interstellar travel is just to wait until the time is right.

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Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:05pm
New submitter mrthoughtful writes: According to researchers at the University of Rochester, a recently discovered dim star (Scholz's star) passed through our Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. At its closest, it was about 52,000 AU distant from Sol, or about 0.8 light-years. This is still quite a distance — Voyager 1 is about 125 AU away right now — but it's far closer than Proxima Centauri's current 266,000 AU. Still, maybe the best way to engage in interstellar travel is just to wait until the time is right.

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Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:05pm
New submitter mrthoughtful writes: According to researchers at the University of Rochester, a recently discovered dim star (Scholz's star) passed through our Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. At its closest, it was about 52,000 AU distant from Sol, or about 0.8 light-years. This is still quite a distance — Voyager 1 is about 125 AU away right now — but it's far closer than Proxima Centauri's current 266,000 AU. Still, maybe the best way to engage in interstellar travel is just to wait until the time is right.

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Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:05pm
New submitter mrthoughtful writes: According to researchers at the University of Rochester, a recently discovered dim star (Scholz's star) passed through our Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. At its closest, it was about 52,000 AU distant from Sol, or about 0.8 light-years. This is still quite a distance — Voyager 1 is about 125 AU away right now — but it's far closer than Proxima Centauri's current 266,000 AU. Still, maybe the best way to engage in interstellar travel is just to wait until the time is right.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:05pm
New submitter mrthoughtful writes: According to researchers at the University of Rochester, a recently discovered dim star (Scholz's star) passed through our Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. At its closest, it was about 52,000 AU distant from Sol, or about 0.8 light-years. This is still quite a distance — Voyager 1 is about 125 AU away right now — but it's far closer than Proxima Centauri's current 266,000 AU. Still, maybe the best way to engage in interstellar travel is just to wait until the time is right.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:05pm
New submitter mrthoughtful writes: According to researchers at the University of Rochester, a recently discovered dim star (Scholz's star) passed through our Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. At its closest, it was about 52,000 AU distant from Sol, or about 0.8 light-years. This is still quite a distance — Voyager 1 is about 125 AU away right now — but it's far closer than Proxima Centauri's current 266,000 AU. Still, maybe the best way to engage in interstellar travel is just to wait until the time is right.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Another Star Passed Through Our Oort Cloud 70,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:05pm
New submitter mrthoughtful writes: According to researchers at the University of Rochester, a recently discovered dim star (Scholz's star) passed through our Oort cloud 70,000 years ago. At its closest, it was about 52,000 AU distant from Sol, or about 0.8 light-years. This is still quite a distance — Voyager 1 is about 125 AU away right now — but it's far closer than Proxima Centauri's current 266,000 AU. Still, maybe the best way to engage in interstellar travel is just to wait until the time is right.

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AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

El Reg - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 8:03pm
Sets the value of privacy at $29 per month

While the majority of Americans only have one choice of 25Mbps+ broadband provider, citizens of Kansas City – the Midwest's most connected hotspot – now have a fourth option: AT&T.…

Interviews: Ask Stephen Wolfram a Question

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 7:23pm
Stephen Wolfram's accomplishments and contributions to science and computing are numerous. He earned a PhD in particle physics from Caltech at 20, and has been cited by over 30,000 research publications. Wolfram is the the author of A New Kind of Science, creator of Mathematica, the creator of Wolfram Alpha, and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. He developed Wolfram Language, a general multi-paradigm programming language, in 2014. Stephen has graciously agreed to answer any questions you may have for him. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

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GL_AMD_pinned_memory Lands In Mesa

Phoronix - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 7:00pm
Support for the GL_AMD_pinned_memory OpenGL extension has landed within Mesa and is implemented for the R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers. This patch series also lands the Userptr support for the open-source AMD graphics drivers on the user-space side...

Privacy: the 21st Century's Newest Luxury Item

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 6:40pm
chicksdaddy writes: There is a report today on the 21st century's newest luxury item: online privacy The Christian Science Monitor writes about the growing market for premium privacy protection tools available to tech-savvy consumers with the desire for online anonymity — and the means to pay for it. The piece profiles new tools from companies like Abine that deliver everything from self-destructing e-mail messages to the 21st century's equivalent of Kleenex: one-off "throwaway" online identities to keep advertisers, merchants and government snoops at bay. Privacy experts, however, doubt that the new tools will tip the scales of online privacy in favor of consumers and away from governments and advertisers. "Consumers really don't have a fighting chance," says Andrea Matwyshyn of Princeton University. "Technology moves entirely too fast." She and others see the need for both bigger fixes and the level of Internet infrastructure and law. "As a consumer protection matter, there needs to be a floor," she said. "Just as there are laws protecting renters from substandard housing, or car buyers from 'lemons,' there need to be regulations that create a buffer between consumers and companies."

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You'll never BELIEVE how this guy's using his storage engineer brains

El Reg - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 6:02pm
We grill the ex-VMware CTO who became *gasp* a VC

Harmsel biz blog  VMware alumni are known for turning up in diverse environments. Steve Herrod, who had 12-year long stint at VMware, and was its chief techie when he left, has joined this tradition. However, Herrod's move is perhaps a little more unorthodox - he has joined the venture capital community as a partner at General Catalyst Partners.…

New ARM Platform Support For The Linux 3.20 Kernel

Phoronix - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 5:46pm
With the next kernel -- regardless of whether it be known as Linux 3.20 or Linux 4.0 -- it will contain support for new ARM platforms...

Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

Slashdot - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 5:37pm
occamboy writes My spouse works at a company that deals with lots of documents (Word, spreadsheets, scans, and so forth), and they have a classic version control problem that sucks up hours of her time each week. Documents are stored on a shared server in some sort of hierarchy, but there are all kinds of problems, e.g. multiple copies get saved with slightly-different names because people are afraid of overwriting the old version 'just in case' and nobody can figure out which is the latest version, or which got sent out to a client, etc. Version control should help, and my first thought was to use SVN with TortoiseSVN, but I'm wondering if there's something even simpler that they could use? Do the Slashdotteratti have any experiences or thoughts that they could share? The ideal solution would also make it easy to text search the document tree.

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Windows 10 to adopt Fido post-password protection

L'Inq - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 5:09pm

Soon you won't have to remember your mother-in-law's middle name backwards*


Big Blue drops a billion dollars to refresh its pig herd's lipstick

El Reg - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 4:57pm
Renaming the product line doesn't make it new

Comment  Confirming earlier leaks, IBM has decided storage needs to be sold under the software-defined rubric and has given various existing products a Spectrum wash and brush-up; like green-wash but think software-defined.…

Candidates For The 2015 X.Org Board Elections

Phoronix - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 4:54pm
The candidates running for the open seats for the X.Org Foundation Board if Directors has been released...

Inspired by Linux, Pivotal to open-source bulk of big data suite

El Reg - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 4:33pm
The lesson of Unix: make it unified and they will come

Pivotal will make the majority of its big data suite open source, drawing inspiration from the Linux concept.…

Raspberry Pi makes history as sales hit five million

L'Inq - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 3:58pm

Firm becomes biggest-selling computer manufacturer in the UK, ever


Get ready for the <i>El Reg</i> Storage Winners-n-Losers super chart

El Reg - Tue, 17/02/2015 - 3:55pm
Who's on the ladders, who's on the snakes

A look at four years-worth of storage supplier revenues shows us which suppliers are winning, losing or standing still.…