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Scientists Need Volunteers To Look At the Sun

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the ow-that-hurts-it's-a-trap dept.

Sun Microsystems 110

Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that Royal Observatory's 'Solar Stormwatch' needs volunteers to help scientists spot Sun storms — known as coronal mass ejections — before they cause damage on Earth. 'When you look up at the Sun obviously it's too bright to look at properly,' says Dr. Marek Kukula of the Royal Observatory, but 'with special instruments and telescopes you can see there's all sorts of stuff going on.' NASA already monitors the Sun using two 'STEREO' spacecraft that produce 3D images of earth's nearest star, which can show the trajectory of these explosions. However, the sheer amount of data means NASA's scientists are unable to analyze the data as closely as they need — which is where the world's Internet population comes in. After a brief tutorial, users get access to the actual 3-D images taken by the STEREO spacecraft. If a user believes they have spotted the beginnings of a solar storm, they can bring it to the attention of scientists. 'Every little bit counts,' says Kukula. 'I've spoken to the scientists involved and they all agree that even if you log-on and just do it for a few hours, get bored and never touch it again it's all really useful — and helps them to do their work.'"

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Mama always told me... (4, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457310)

Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun.

(But Mama, that's where the fun is!)

Re:Mama always told me... (3, Funny)

nomoreunusednickname (1471615) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457376)

Aaaaaaaah my eyes! The goggles, they do nothing!

Re:Mama always told me... (0, Offtopic)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457562)

You mean... The servers, they do nothing!! We already seem to have slashdotted the place.

Re:Mama always told me... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31458140)

You mean... The servers, they do nothing!! We already seem to have slashdotted the place.

And right now there is a huge storm and no one will know until its too late.

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

Mooga (789849) | more than 4 years ago | (#31461380)

The googles do nothing?

Re:Mama always told me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31461784)

You can always count on the slashdot community to have at least one person who accurately knows simpsons quotes word by word...

Re:Mama always told me... (4, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457528)

Well, at least now I'm not the only one staring at the sun.

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458858)

The Men Who Stare At The Sun?

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

Requiem18th (742389) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459058)

Maybe life is like a ride on the freeway...

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457952)

Today's report:

"There's a little black spot on the sun today...it's the same old thing as yesterday...."

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

balbord (447248) | more than 4 years ago | (#31462952)

What are you? Some sort of monarch of physical suffering?

Re:Mama always told me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31458014)

If you stare at the sun long enough, the Calliope will crash to the ground.

Re:Mama always told me... (3, Informative)

jgeeky (974074) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458592)

this HAS to be the first manfred mann reference on slashdot. at least, i hope so. well played, sir.

Re:Mama always told me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31459616)

this HAS to be the first manfred mann reference on slashdot. at least, i hope so. well played, sir.

It would be, if it wasn't a reference to a Police song. "King of Pain"

good day to you, sir

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

niktemadur (793971) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460462)

this HAS to be the first manfred mann reference on slashdot. at least, i hope so. well played, sir.

Here's a dirty little secret: "Blinded By The Light" is actually a Bruce Springsteen song, from his debut album. After who knows how many albums, it's curious that Manfred Mann are only remembered for cover versions, the other being "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", actually by a band called The Exciters.
Manfred Mann, however, did OWN those songs with their versions, so I'm not putting them down, much as Jimi Hendrix owned Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower", or Led Zeppelin owned Joan Baez' "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You".

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460720)

Yep. I infinitely prefer the Springsteen versions of "Blinded by the Light" and of "For You".

Greetings from Asbury Park is a great album, with some really good tracks on it.

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460700)

Did you have a Madman bummer drummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat?

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 4 years ago | (#31461482)

Yep, wrapped up like a douche. You know, the odor in the night.

Re:Mama always told me... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 4 years ago | (#31462284)

Wrong version.

The original (Springsteen) lyrics are:

Cut loose like a deuce
Another runner in the night

Imagine a beowulf cluster of volunteers (-1, Offtopic)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457314)

first

Solar Stormwatch! (1)

jfengel (409917) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457324)

Great name, Solar Stormwatch! It sounds like they should get uniforms.

I think Solar Weather@HOME would have been cheerier.

sunspots (5, Funny)

nemeosis (259734) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457328)

"Scientists Need Volunteers To Look At the Sun"

There's a spot burning a hole in my eye from just reading that title..

Re:sunspots (0, Redundant)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457518)

Burn out your retina FOR SCIENCE! :P

Re:sunspots (1)

Jello B. (950817) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460876)

Yawn.

Re:sunspots (0, Redundant)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457750)

"Engineer Needs Volunteers to Do Work for Him"

Re:sunspots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457872)

I know, I was about to apply for the job, I mean, I've got the expertise when it comes to sipping drinks with umbrellas and staring at the sun with shades on...

but dammit, I read the summary. I should know better than that.

Re:sunspots (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457892)

"Scientists Need Volunteers To Look At The Sun"

It is way better than The Mirror

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457444)

They can't do it themselves?

Required commment (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457458)

O.K. I'll take the night watch.

Grumpy old man... (1)

Lead Butthead (321013) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457466)

Lifted from SNL transcripts --

Grumpy Old Man: I'm oooooold! And I'm not happy! And I don't like things ... In my day, there was only one show in town -- it was called "Stare at the sun!" . ... it was and we liked it!

Re:Grumpy old man... (1)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457560)

You were LUCKY to have a sun. In my day all we could stare at was hydrogen clouds, and we liked it!

Re:Grumpy old man... (4, Funny)

bunratty (545641) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457612)

You were lucky to have hydrogen. In my day all we had was a plasma of free protons and electrons and background radiation, and we LIKED it!

Re:Grumpy old man... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457764)

Ha! You spoiled whippersnappers were lucky enough to have plasma! Well, back in my day, all we had was *nothing* and I mean *nothing!* Just a bit empty black hole full of entropy. Then it exploded. And that's the we we LIKED it!

Now get off my lawn!

Re:Grumpy old man... (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458880)

You had entropy? You bastards! We didn’t even have time!

Re:Grumpy old man... (1)

bughunter (10093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459472)

Well at least you had branes. In my day... umm...

/snooze

/drool

Re:Grumpy old man... (0, Redundant)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457774)

You were lucky to have your fancy background radiation and your "Oh look at us" free protons and electrons. In my day, we had nothingness. And we liked it. Til that "God" character came around, what with his "let there be light" new-fangled junk.

Re:Grumpy old man... (1)

MaximvsG (611212) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457676)

haha funny skit. Here's the full paragraph:

Life was a carnival! We entertained ourselves! We didn't need moooovin' pitchurrrres. In my day, there was only one show in town -- it was called "Stare at the sun!" ... That's right! You'd sit in the middle of an open field and stare up at the sun till your eyeballs burst into flames! And you thought, "Oh, no! Maybe I shouldn't've stared directly into the burning sun with my eyes wide open." But it was too late! Your head was on fire and people were roastin' chickens over it. ... And that's the way it was and we liked it!

coronal mass ejections (2, Funny)

MrTripps (1306469) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457494)

Coronal mass ejections? I think I saw a clip of that on redtube.com.

Re: coronal mass ejections (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457976)

So that's what buk kaki means!

Re: coronal mass ejections (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458306)

Buck Cake?

Someone has to say it (1)

balneary (56298) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457498)

Do not look at sun with remaining eye!

Are they going to 'train' an algorithm? (5, Interesting)

JSBiff (87824) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457540)

I wonder, instead of having humans analyzing these things forever, could they use the interactions with humans to 'train' some sort of visual analysis algorithm so that it learns how to identify the 'interesting' images? Then, in the future, maybe a computer can alert Nasa scientists of particularly 'interesting' images for them to manually analyze, while no longer needing public 'screening' by humans?

Re:Are they going to 'train' an algorithm? (5, Funny)

moteyalpha (1228680) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457694)

That is what I thought of immediately, but then they are not rocket scientists, oh wait...

Re:Are they going to 'train' an algorithm? (1)

graft (556969) | more than 4 years ago | (#31461238)

I assume that they'd prefer to do this, but a supervised learning method that builds a classifier function requires that you have a training set that is already classified - a set of images that contain storms and a set of images that don't contain storms. My guess is, since this system just went online and started generating images, they don't really have a huge number of examples to draw from. And the data is pretty noisy, as you can see, so training a machine to be reliable would probably require a large input set. So they're counting on us humans being able to do the machines' jobs for a while, until there's enough examples that you can train your function. In addition, training the machine to spot "interesting stuff" is much harder, maybe impossible, depending on your definition of "interesting stuff". Human eyeballs are better in that regard.

My Eyes! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457548)

qo[lasdf apjfaldsjdf' adka;

link... (0, Redundant)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457594)

http://solarstormwatch.com/ [solarstormwatch.com] slashdotted...

Re:link... (1)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457634)

Either the problem was on my end or they fixed it...

Access to 3D images... (4, Interesting)

reginaldo (1412879) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457600)

"After a brief tutorial, users get access to the actual 3-D images taken by the STEREO spacecraft"

Sweet! Do they send me complimentary solarstormwatch 3D viewing glasses, or do I need to use the ones I stole from Avatar?

I looked at the sun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457610)

... and now I have to get someone else to read Slashdot to me.

First CME (1)

moteyalpha (1228680) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457614)

Next they will need meta meta moderators to sift through all the phony reports of sun spots.
Actually this could be contracted out to /. -for a fee- as they have experience.

Re:First CME (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31458400)

1) Make a long, insightful, informative post with a racist message buried near the end of it.
2) Wait for the metamods to read only the first 2 sentences of it before they metamod up.
3) ???
4) Profit!

09:13, Personal note: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457640)

When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see, but something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.

Re:09:13, Personal note: (1)

insufflate10mg (1711356) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459480)

I feel moved.. but yet so incredibly lonely and suspended after reading that.

Re:09:13, Personal note: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31459704)

Restate my assumptions: One, Mathematics is the language of nature. Two, Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. Three: If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature. Evidence: The cycling of disease epidemics;the wax and wane of caribou populations; sun spot cycles; the rise and fall of the Nile. So, what about the stock market? The universe of numbers that represents the global economy. Millions of hands at work, billions of minds. A vast network, screaming with life. An organism. A natural organism. My hypothesis: Within the stock market, there is a pattern as well... Right in front of me... hiding behind the numbers. Always has been.

Re:09:13, Personal note: (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 4 years ago | (#31461176)

There will be no order, only chaos.

Volume of data (1)

Yaur (1069446) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457644)

If the problem is just the volume of data and not the lack of a good algorithm to do the detection wouldn't it be smart to go the folding@home/seti@home route and just throw massive numbers of donated CPU cycles at the problem?

Re:Volume of data (3, Insightful)

easyTree (1042254) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458292)

They are doing. They're just installing the software in your brain :D

From the Chicken Little Observatory . . . (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457670)

How come I suspect that the Royal Observatory is going to be inundated with false positives, claiming, "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!"

However, this might be cool if they throw in a pair of 3D glasses . . .

. . . and a NASA secret decoder ring, so that you can snoop on what their other satellites and thingies are up to.

But what difference will it make? (5, Informative)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457706)

Any coronal ejection EMP pointed at us will arrive just at the time we see it giving us a warning time of a day, perhaps.

But what could we DO about it?

Here's a quote from one Mr. Carrington (http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/06may_carringtonflare.htm) from the last time this happened in 1859:

On that morning, he was capturing the likeness of an enormous group of sunspots. Suddenly, before his eyes, two brilliant beads of blinding white light appeared over the sunspots, intensified rapidly, and became kidney-shaped. Realizing that he was witnessing something unprecedented and "being somewhat flurried by the surprise," Carrington later wrote, "I hastily ran to call someone to witness the exhibition with me. On returning within 60 seconds, I was mortified to find that it was already much changed and enfeebled." He and his witness watched the white spots contract to mere pinpoints and disappear.

It was 11:23 AM. Only five minutes had passed.

Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii.

Even more disconcerting, telegraph systems worldwide went haywire. Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire. Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.

Behold the awesome power of *nix!!! (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458180)

;-)

Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire.

*nix running on telegraphs?!?!
That explains the printer is on fire message!

Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.

Is there anything *nix cannot do? ;-)

All joking aside, I imagine that was quite an interesting experience.
Something similar occurring today would likely cause a huge mess.

But what could we DO about it?

Maybe install a global Big Red Button®?
Short of that(and to be more realistic), we should start planning for controlled shutdowns and disconnections to weather the storm.
I'm sure that wouldn't prevent all damage, would be a big can of worms, etc., but it may help prevent total catastrophe.

Re:But what difference will it make? (2, Insightful)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458190)

I should hope we have some ability to mitigate damage by disconnecting or shutting off equipment and using shielding, but even just knowing what will be destroyed and when can be useful. If there is reason to believe, for example, the computers in cars would get fried and make cars unusable, it would be good to know that before the highway at rush hour becomes a 5 mile long parking lot. Kind of like how better tornado detection doesn't do much to reduce property damage, but has greatly reduced fatalities.

Re:But what difference will it make? (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460056)

I'd assume the protections there are for lightning strikes would work on transmission lines during such an incident, and metal-paneled cars may have a chance w/ the Faraday cage effect?

Re:But what difference will it make? (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460484)

I would be interested if someone better informed could clarify, but I am assuming there are important differences in lighting-proofing something and protecting it against large induced currents. I don't doubt there is a lot of overlap, though.

Re:But what difference will it make? (1)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460070)

"Before the highway at rush hour becomes a 5 mile long parking lot."
You've never been to L.A., have you?

Re:But what difference will it make? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31460126)

Rather than a parking lot, could it have a Toyota Prius-like effect and make some cars go out of control?

Re:But what difference will it make? (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 4 years ago | (#31461358)

Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii.

Say that an event like this were to happen, say, in the year 2012, just as Wired told us.

What would that look like? With the world electrical grid shorting out, and people going outside and looking up into the sky, and seeing a giant aurora snaking its way [hickerphoto.com] across the celestial dome... what would that look like? Oh, I don't know, maybe a giant rainbow serpent in the sky, a Quetzalcoatl if you will, returning, as he promised, in 2012, the transition from the 4th to the 5th Mayan ages?

;D

Re:But what difference will it make? (1)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 4 years ago | (#31461374)

Dam, I blew that one.

Here's the link to the Wired article [wired.com] on coronal mass ejection in 2012.

For Free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457712)

Headline should read, "Scientists need people that want to feel important to do their work for free".

Drat, and double drat (1)

precariousgray (1663153) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457734)

Well, I was going to go analyze some images right now, but it seems the page won't load.....

....guess I'll just bookmark this one for later...

...deletion from list of unused bookmarks.

remaining eye tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457754)

should have had it...

Don't go natural (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457762)

Probably is easier/cheaper to build AIs smart enough for recognizing patterns that should be evident for half-blind volunteers, than building artificial eyes for them after several get damaged vision. Shit (and retinal burns) happens.

Thank you (bye) (1)

abbynormal brain (1637419) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457798)

"How to save the Earth via the World Wide Web"

When I first read it; I scoffed ... but the more I thought about it, the more I now know it's true. Here's a simple test:

From the perspective of the "little man"
- Reports surface scorching Sun vomit approaching earth
- Report received
- Man eventually fries

From the perspective of Dr. Strangelove
- Receives report
- Replies: Thank you (bye)
- Closes hatch
- Proceeds to repopulate the Earth with super models

(Insert song here: "We'll Meet Again" by Vera Lynn)

Thomas Dolby (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457810)

Nice implementation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31457838)

...of the crowd sourcing techniques that everyone on the web is going ga-ga about.

My favorite planet is the sun (1)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 4 years ago | (#31457868)

You know, if you stare at it head-on it'll burn your eyes out. But it's hard not to. I once took a pair of binoculars and stared at the Sun for over an hour. Curiosity I guess...
Taken from one of the best SNL skits [fandome.com]

I've heard it both ways. (1)

st1ckybit (1697742) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458058)

That's funny. I thought a coronal mass ejection was what happened after I ate at Chipotle. I've not had a lot of luck getting volunteers to watch that.

Re:I've heard it both ways. (1)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458508)

That's funny. I thought a coronal mass ejection was what happened after I ate at Chipotle. I've not had a lot of luck getting volunteers to watch that.

Well, you obviously didn't post it on the Internet, then.

Re:I've heard it both ways. (1)

Earthquake Retrofit (1372207) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458744)

My roommate saw this headline and laughed, "It's a good thing only smart people read that site."

Does it come with free 3D glasses?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31458264)

Does it come with free 3D glasses??

The BORING sun always looks 2D to me. It'd be nice for a change.

image tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31458576)

I find it amusing the the image tag is for sun microsystems. I am surprised no one has mentioned it till now.

Re:image tag (1)

bain_online (580036) | more than 4 years ago | (#31462862)

Really ...
think about the people that just ignored it, thinking its dead already ?

The Solar System is the Star (3, Funny)

MSDos-486 (779223) | more than 4 years ago | (#31458588)

What happens when the Oracle System's Star goes Supernova ? Is it going to SPARC?...Is Coffee going to be supplied?...I haven't read much of the comments, but am I the only one to notice the subject icon on this story is the wrong Sun.

Re:The Solar System is the Star (1)

Jahf (21968) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459518)

You are definitely not the only one. Says something about the state of Sun's visibility these days, eh? Youngsters.

Why Did You Use Sun Microsystems Logo? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31458594)

Good lord, has that Ellison fellow gone out and purchased the real sun now? Will he buy the moon next?

Re:Why Did You Use Sun Microsystems Logo? (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | more than 4 years ago | (#31462830)

Will he buy the moon next?

He would be a lunatic to do so.

Damn Lazy Editors (1)

coaxial (28297) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459034)

Can the editors PLEASE fix the icons? This isn't Sun Microsystems. This is about a star. This is as bad as Enlightenment being used to refer to metaphysics rather than an old window manager.

Why the logo? (1)

PixetaledPikachu (1007305) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459056)

Can anybody tell me why they put sun microsystem logo in this article?

Re:Why the logo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31460964)

Can anybody tell me why they put sun microsystem logo in this article?

Yes. Larry Ellison is now a moderator here.

Re:Why the logo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31462102)

I thought it was actually a clever idea to start using the logo for something useful now that Sun Microsystems itself is burning out.

Strange (1)

Jorl17 (1716772) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459128)

The picture on this story is Sun's symbol, not a picture of 'the sun'. Nice badonkadonk, by the way.

Mechanical Turk (1)

EdgeCreeper (1618161) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459178)

This reminds me of Amazon Mechanical Turk [wikipedia.org] , which crowdsources people to do tasks which computers have trouble doing. It has been used to attempt to find people like Steve Fosset using satellite images and asking people to go through them. The search was unsuccessful though.

Don't stare at the sun... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31459328)

Don't stare at the sun...you'll use up all the light.

Sunspots (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459754)

"Sunspots...cast a glare in my eyes."

Sun Microsystems Logo? (2, Insightful)

mikael (484) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459814)

Am I missing something, but the article seems to be using the Oracle|Sun logo, while this is an astronomy discussion of the Sun.

Re:Sun Microsystems Logo? (1)

Saint Stephen (19450) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459886)

Probably the last time they'll get to use it.

Re:Sun Microsystems Logo? (2, Insightful)

ari_j (90255) | more than 4 years ago | (#31461706)

Slashdot editors not understanding the sections well enough to separate the concepts they represent from the words in a story is not a new phenomenon. There was at least one completely non-computer-related article in the Enlightenment section a few years ago, although I can't remember enough details to tell the full story. The point is just that these darn kids need to get off my lawn or, at the very least, learn the right way to play lawn darts while they're on it.

Looking forward to the blooper reel (1)

Fr05t (69968) | more than 4 years ago | (#31459874)

"CRAP! I got a coronal mass ejection right in the eye!"

YUO FAIL EIT!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31460402)

BUWLA, or BSD and was taken over I've never seen happiness Another least of which is[ and exciting; have their moments [amazingkreskin.com]

Animated wallpaper (1)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 4 years ago | (#31460534)

This is why the OS needs to support animated wall paper. Then you can have your desktop continually updated with images of the sun. If even just the folks at NASA did this it might provide adequate monitoring for 8 hours a day. A screen saver could be nice too - I wonder which would get seen more often...
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