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Largest Eruption In the Known Universe Is ~100 Times the Size of Milky Way

Slashdot - 4 hours 21 min ago
StartsWithABang writes: At the center of almost every galaxy is a supermassive black hole (SMBH); at the center of almost every cluster is a supermassive galaxy with some of the largest SMBHs in the Universe. And every once in a while, a galactocentric black hole will become active, emitting tremendous amounts of radiation out into the Universe as it devours matter. This radiation can cut across the spectrum, from the X-ray down to the radio. At the heart of MS 0735.6+7421, there's a >10^10 solar mass black hole that appears to have been active for hundreds of millions of years, something unheard of!

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See Kim and Kanye's first wedding dance to 'All of Me'

Mashable - 4 hours 25 min ago

It's been exactly one year since you weren't invited to the wedding of a century between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

To celebrate the humble event, Kim's momager, Kris Jenner, shared a video of Kimye's first wedding dance to John Legend's "All of Me." John Legend is there playing the song live because did you really think Kim and Kanye's first dance would be played off of an iPod?

See also: 20 ways to keep up with the Kardashians on Etsy

Happy First Anniversary @kimkardashian #KanyeWest and thank you for taking us all on your Magical Mystery Ride .... One of the best weeks of my life...and thank you @johnlegend for this amazing memory... #family #love #allofme #florenceitaly

A video posted by @krisjenner on May 24, 2015 at 10:15am PDT Read more...

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan had an adorable 'Buffy' reunion

Mashable - 4 hours 35 min ago

Vampire slayers who craft together, stay together

Actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan, who played Buffy and Willow, respectively, in the hit '90s teen show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reunited this past weekend to practice witchcraft — just kidding, they made crafts

Geller posted pictures of the duo at a party thrown by Hannigan for her daughter's birthday.

So this girl (#AlysonHannigan) and her husband (#AlexisDenisof) know how to throw a party. I thought I was good with the crafts, till I went to this party #CraftMaster Thanks for having the #PrinzeFamily I've never seen a farm and pony rides in Santa Monica before #NowIveSeenItAll

A photo posted by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on May 23, 2015 at 2:03pm PDT Read more...

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12 reported missing in Texas and Oklahoma as new storms strike

Mashable - 4 hours 42 min ago

At least 12 people were reported missing on Monday after floodwaters swept homes, cars and people away in parts of Oklahoma and Texas over the weekend. Making the situation worse, a large area of damaging thunderstorms gathered strength in Central Texas on Monday afternoon, sweeping eastward with time toward Dallas and Oklahoma City

Among the missing are three members of one family in Wimberley, Texas, according to KIII-TV.

See also: Drone video of bridge washed out by floods in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared states of disaster for 24 counties in Texas on Monday morning.

More rain is falling on Monday in some of the areas that were hardest hit by flooding over the weekend, such as the communities of Wimberley and San Marcos, Texas, where the Blanco River transformed from a gentle trickle to raging rapids in a matter of minutes on Sunday. Wimberley is located between San Antonio and Austin. Read more...

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Memorial Day moments around the United States

Mashable - 4 hours 56 min ago

Iraq War veteran, retired Pvt. Rocky Bishop is embraced by his daughter Cyndney, 6, while visiting the grave of his grandfather, Korean War veteran James Bishop, with his other daughter Hannah, 4, at Georgia National Cemetery, in honor of Memorial Day.

Image: David Goldman/AP

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day in the U.S. — a day meant to honor those who have fallen in battle

While Monday is the official day of remembrance, parades, gatherings and re-enactments have taken place all weekend. There were moments commemorating the Civil War, which ended 150 years ago, as well as more recent conflicts Read more...

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Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

Slashdot - 5 hours 8 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: An article in Communications of the ACM takes a look at how Edward Snowden's revelations about government surveillance have changed privacy behaviors across the world. The results are fairly disappointing. While the news that intelligence agencies were trawling data from everyday citizens sparked an interest in privacy, it was small, and faded quickly. Even through media coverage has continued for a long time after the initial reports, public interest dropped back to earlier levels long ago. The initial interest spike was notably less than for other major news events. Privacy-enhancing behaviors experienced a small surge, but that too failed to impart any long-term momentum. The author notes that the spike in interest "following the removal of privacy-enhancing functions in Facebook, Android, and Gmail" was stronger than the reaction to the government's privacy-eroding actions.

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What's on your HDTV: 'Ultra Street Fighter IV', 'Halt and Catch Fire'

Engadget - 5 hours 11 min ago
Winter may be coming in Westeros, but it is long gone from our TV viewing schedules. The NBA and NHL conference finals are wrapping up this week, while summer TV shows start to pop up on the schedule. That means reality dreck like The Island, The Bri...

The Evolving Role of the Marketing Technologist: Best Practices for Blending Marketing Art and Science- June 9 Webcast

Search Engine Land - 5 hours 12 min ago
The pressure is on today’s digital marketers, as responsibility for investing in the right software to more effectively manage customer data shifts to the marketing organization. It’s not enough anymore to be creative; you need to combine the art of marketing with the science of...

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Watch this rugby player miss a high five, hit himself in the face

Mashable - 5 hours 51 min ago

Athletes are generally known for their impressive coordination. But these Hurricanes rugby players may go down in high-five hall of fame for their complete lack of palm-to-palm contact while celebrating their team's 29-5 Super Rugby win over the Blues.

High five, beard! Good work today

One-man baby band is the cutest thing in rock music

Drone video of bridge washed out by floods in Texas

Watch Dave Grohl act like a teenager as he joins Paul McCartney onstage

Fan runs onto French Open court in search of ultimate Federer selfie Read more...

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Mozilla Drops $25 Smartphone Plans, Will Focus On Higher Quality Devices

Slashdot - 5 hours 54 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: When Mozilla developed Firefox OS, its goal was not to provide the best smartphone experience, but to provide a "good enough" smartphone experience for a very low price. Unfortunately, these cheap handsets failed to make a dent in the overall smartphone market, and the organization is now shifting its strategy to start producing a better experience for better devices. CEO Chris Beard said, "If you are going to try to play in that world, you need to offer something that is so valuable that people are willing to give up access to the broader ecosystem. In the mass market, that's basically impossible." Of course, when moving to the midrange smartphone market, or even the high end, there's still plenty of competition, so the new strategy may not work any better. However, they've hinted at plans to start supporting Android apps, which could help them play catch-up. Beard seems fixated on this new goal: "We won't allow ourselves to be distracted, and we won't expand to new segments until significant traction is demonstrated." He adds, "We will build products that feel like Mozilla."

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Search: The Best Way To Win An SMB’s Heart

Search Engine Land - 5 hours 59 min ago
Columnist Wesley Young notes that, according to recent survey by the Local Search Association, search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the greatest areas of concern for small and medium-sized businesses. The post Search: The Best Way To Win An SMB’s Heart appeared first on Search Engine...

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A man of modesty, Turkmenistan president gets a giant gilded statue

Mashable - 6 hours 41 min ago

Turkmenistan's president should get together with Kim Jong-un

On Monday, the isolated central Asian country unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov carrying a dove and riding atop a horse

Officials insist the 21-meter (69-foot) monument in the capital, Ashgabat, was built in response to overwhelming public demand.

See also: North Korea celebrates Kim Jong-il's birthday with pool parties and ice sculptures

"My main goal is to serve the people and the Motherland. And so, I will listen to the opinion of the people and do as they choose," Berdymukhamedov said in 2014, responding to the statue proposal. He did not attend Monday's ceremony. Read more...

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D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Slashdot - 6 hours 44 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday evening in Washington D.C., police officers on routine patrol spotted an unoccupied car parked near the National Mall. They deemed it "suspicious," and took a look inside, where they found a pressure cooker. They also claimed to smell gasoline. The officers called the bomb squad, and at 7:45pm they initiated a controlled detonation of the car's contents. Afterward, a search of the car found no evidence that it contained explosives or any other hazardous materials. The car's owner was located and arrested for driving on a revoked license.

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Charter is reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable

Engadget - 6 hours 48 min ago
Charter's interest in buying Time Warner Cable appears to be more than just a passing fancy. Bloomberg sources claim that the cable company is on the cusp of reaching a deal to buy TWC for $195 per share. The finer details of the buyout aren't availa...

Twitter cracks down on infamous conservative troll Chuck Johnson

Mashable - 6 hours 49 min ago

Twitter has used new rules about violent threats to crack down on an infamous conservative troll

Twitter suspended the account of Charles C. Johnson on Sunday after he posted that he had begun to solicit donations that would go toward "taking out" DeRay McKesson, a civil rights activist

So, I woke up to this. Hate is organized in America. & yes, I take this as a serious threatpic.twitter.com/V0zThcJJs6

— deray mckesson (@deray) May 24, 2015

Johnson, who runs GotNews, a blog on which he publishes stories and regularly solicits donations, is well-known for his outrageous at times hostile statements on Twitter, and his profile has risen in part on wild — and false — accusations, including the claim that a New York Times reporter had appeared in Playgirl and that U.S. Senator Cory Booker didn't reside in Newark. Read more...

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One-man baby band is the cutest thing in rock music

Mashable - 7 hours 2 min ago

Step aside Rolling Stones, this one-man baby band has got you beat

Jonah Penna, an 8-month-old L.A. resident, is putting rock stars decades older than him to shame with his musical abilities, playing the mini-piano, guitar, drums and tambourine all on his own. OK fine, he may have had some help from his dad Joe (YouTuber MysteryGuitarMan).

Rock on, little man.

[H/T Buzzfeed]

Watch Dave Grohl act like a teenager as he joins Paul McCartney onstage

Drone video of bridge washed out by floods in Texas

Fan runs onto French Open court in search of ultimate Federer selfie

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Featherweight Games Launches Skiing Yeti Mountain on iOS, Android

All Facebook - 7 hours 11 min ago

Featherweight Games has announced the release of Skiing Yeti Mountain on iOS and Android devices. The game is a level-based slalom title, challenging players to ski through hundreds of courses (both regular and challenge levels) in search of the elusive yeti. While the game is described as a bit of a parody of conspiracy theories, the developer has noble intentions with the game, as 50 percent of Featherweight’s profits from Skiing Yeti Mountain will be donated to Nepal earthquake relief.

In each level, players tap and hold their thumb on the screen to control their skier’s downhill descent. Gamers must move left and right to navigate slalom flags, and while players can brush by or run into flags without penalty, missing a flag entirely restarts the stage. Players earn experience points for completing courses, and additional points for beating their par completion times. As gamers level up, they receive free gear and new costumes for their character.

Courses become trickier as players advance, with the addition of ice patches, deep snow and cliff jumps, as examples. These are on top of the course designs themselves, which sometimes take players dangerously close to trees. If the default control scheme isn’t preferable, gamers can swap to swipe controls for changing their skier’s direction.

Players meet multiple characters as they travel down the mountain, with the game offering an interesting social media integration: players can interact with the game’s characters on Twitter. To be specific, Featherweight has created Twitter accounts for the game’s characters, and users can tweet questions and comments to these profiles from within the game. Featherweight will then respond to users in character.

Dylan Bevis, designer at Featherweight, told us:

We were really happy with how the characters turned out in the game, so the Twitter accounts felt like a nice way to give them a bit of life beyond the game itself. So far, it’s been a bit of work constantly keeping an eye on TweetDeck and looking for good opportunities to respond to people, but we hope it adds that little bit extra to the experience for people who engage with it.

Skiing Yeti Mountain is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Featherweight Games Launches Skiing Yeti Mountain on iOS, Android

Social Times - 7 hours 11 min ago

Featherweight Games has announced the release of Skiing Yeti Mountain on iOS and Android devices. The game is a level-based slalom title, challenging players to ski through hundreds of courses (both regular and challenge levels) in search of the elusive yeti. While the game is described as a bit of a parody of conspiracy theories, the developer has noble intentions with the game, as 50 percent of Featherweight’s profits from Skiing Yeti Mountain will be donated to Nepal earthquake relief.

In each level, players tap and hold their thumb on the screen to control their skier’s downhill descent. Gamers must move left and right to navigate slalom flags, and while players can brush by or run into flags without penalty, missing a flag entirely restarts the stage. Players earn experience points for completing courses, and additional points for beating their par completion times. As gamers level up, they receive free gear and new costumes for their character.

Courses become trickier as players advance, with the addition of ice patches, deep snow and cliff jumps, as examples. These are on top of the course designs themselves, which sometimes take players dangerously close to trees. If the default control scheme isn’t preferable, gamers can swap to swipe controls for changing their skier’s direction.

Players meet multiple characters as they travel down the mountain, with the game offering an interesting social media integration: players can interact with the game’s characters on Twitter. To be specific, Featherweight has created Twitter accounts for the game’s characters, and users can tweet questions and comments to these profiles from within the game. Featherweight will then respond to users in character.

Dylan Bevis, designer at Featherweight, told us:

We were really happy with how the characters turned out in the game, so the Twitter accounts felt like a nice way to give them a bit of life beyond the game itself. So far, it’s been a bit of work constantly keeping an eye on TweetDeck and looking for good opportunities to respond to people, but we hope it adds that little bit extra to the experience for people who engage with it.

Skiing Yeti Mountain is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Drone video of bridge washed out by floods in Texas

Mashable - 7 hours 15 min ago

A line of storms that stretched through the nation's mid-section produce destructive floods in parts of Texas over the weekend. Here is a drone video of the remains of a bridge that was washed out over the Blanco River just north of Canyon Lake, Texas, and West of Wimberley, Texas. The footage was captured on a GoPro camera carried by a Blade 350QX Quadcopter.

Three deaths were reported from the storms Saturday and Sunday, including two in Oklahoma and one in Texas, where a man's body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in an hour and created huge piles of debris. Read more...

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No, Your SSD Won't Quickly Lose Data While Powered Down

Slashdot - 7 hours 37 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A few weeks ago, we discussed reports that enterprise SSDs would lose data in a surprisingly short amount of time if left powered off. The reports were based on a presentation from Alvin Cox, a Seagate engineer, about enterprise storage practices. PCWorld spoke to him and another engineer for Seagate, and they say the whole thing was blown out of proportion. Alan Cox said, "I wouldn't worry about (losing data). This all pertains to end of life. As a consumer, an SSD product or even a flash product is never going to get to the point where it's temperature-dependent on retaining the data." The intent of the original presentation was to set expectations for a worst case scenario — a data center writing huge amounts of data to old SSDs and then storing them long-term at unusual temperatures. It's not a very realistic situation for businesses with responsible IT departments, and almost impossible for personal drives.

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