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Sun Unleashes Most Powerful Flare Since 2006

Unknown Lamer posted more than 3 years ago | from the solar-flares-carrier-lost dept.

Space 100

astroengine writes "Early Tuesday morning, the Sun unleashed a powerful X-class flare. The X7 flare is the most energetic explosion to come from the Sun since December 2006. Although the flare was directed away from the Earth, a minor proton storm was detected and some radio communications have been disrupted due to higher-than-normal rates of ionization in the Earth's ionosphere. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the whole event, imaging the flaring site and multi-million degree post-flare plasma."

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Wrong Sun (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036078)

When I first read the headline, my thought was "Wow, I didn't know Sun even had a server line called Flare".

Re:Wrong Sun (2)

TigerTime (626140) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036350)

I was kinda thinking along the same lines. And shouldn't we just go ahead and call our Sun, Oracle?

Re:Wrong Sun (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038618)

That would be hilarious on entirely different levels.

I could see it in a few thousands years...

"So they were still a sol-worshiping culture then?"

Other wrong headlines (1)

billstewart (78916) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038724)

That goes along with the recent /. story about how Mozilla's Nightingale is why Firefox Still Matters. [slashdot.org]

Re:Other wrong headlines (1)

RoFLKOPTr (1294290) | more than 3 years ago | (#37081586)

That goes along with the recent /. story about how Mozilla's Nightingale is why Firefox Still Matters. [slashdot.org]

You seriously had me confused for a minute. "How does a story about Mozilla's product named 'Nightingale' have anything to do with this conversation?"

Re:Wrong Sun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037154)

It's a pity these puns no longer really work since the Oracle thing.

That's OK! (2)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038496)

I preferred the flares in 1976!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3618/3462746684_6b04b2b493_b.jpg [flickr.com]

Re:That's OK! (1)

damaki (997243) | more than 3 years ago | (#37041250)

Members of the ministry of silly walks, we've recognized you.

Wrong flare (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 3 years ago | (#37040244)

When I first read the headline, my thought was "Wow, I didn't know Sun even had a server line called Flare".

And I didn't know flares were back in fashion.

Give it to me straight (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036108)

If the flare had been directed towards the earth, what would have happened?

Re:Give it to me straight (1, Insightful)

SIR_Taco (467460) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036138)

Oracle would have snatched it up

That would be a first for Babs. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37038630)

OTOH, she has a habit of performing the impossible on a regular basis. :-)

(No thanks to DC though).

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036166)

If the flare had been directed towards the earth, what would have happened?

Communications problems today. Increased incidents of skin cancer next year.

Re:Give it to me straight (2)

NotQuiteReal (608241) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036844)

Increased incidents of skin cancer next year

Not for those of us who live in Mom's basement, thank you very much.

Re:Give it to me straight (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036874)

Oh I don't know...I hear your Mom's ass allows pretty much everything through... ;-)

Re:Give it to me straight (2)

tedgyz (515156) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036904)

If the flare had been directed towards the earth, what would have happened?

Communications problems today. Increased incidents of skin cancer next year.

Refer to GP comment about Oracle.

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#37039646)

Communications problems today. Increased incidents of skin cancer next year.

As low-frequency F-layer skip is disturbed, some may enjoy sporadic E-layer skip activity. That sometimes allows people to pick up VHF television (especially channels 2-6) and FM radio stations (lower end of band) from 1000 miles or so away away. Those in less congested areas have a better chance of hearing something. Although signals sometimes get pretty strong, it is helpful to use a directional antenna pointed away from the local signals. It's a daytime thing.

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036290)

Nothing unless it is the end of October or 2012. Then still my bets are nothing will happen then either.

Heck I am willing to bet all my earthly possessions that the world will not end in my lifetime.

Re:Give it to me straight (2)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036946)

Well to answer that you would have to answer a question for me...do you plan to be alive in 2036? Because we will be having a visit from 99942 Apophis [wikipedia.org] in 2029 and whether or not people in 2036 are gonna be having a REALLY bad day in August will depend on how close it goes to the "keyhole" because if it goes through the center of the keyhole our gravity will pull it enough to cause it to slam into us in 2036 if we don't stop it.

For more information see these these [youtube.com] two videos [youtube.com] by Neil Degrasse Tyson.

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036980)

Either Way, the process of the world ending will probably kill me before the world actually ends.

Re:Give it to me straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37038278)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/99942_Apophis [wikipedia.org]

2006 called, they have some news for you.

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#37046836)

until August 2006, when the probability that Apophis will pass through the keyhole was determined to be very small. Apophis broke the record for the highest level on the Torino Scale, being, for only a short time, a level 4, before it was lowered.[7] Its diameter is approximately 270 meters (885 ft).[2] As of October 7, 2009, the odds of an April 13, 2036 impact are considered to be 1 in 250,000.

It does not say that is isn't possible anymore, only that the possibility decreased. This does not contradict the person you were replying to.

Re:Give it to me straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37043076)

There are going to be a megagram of end-of-world claims concerning apophis after nothing happens in 2012. Some doom criers love symbolism and numerology, and they're going to have a heyday with the whole issue. The 2029 pass-by is supposed to be Friday, April 13, 2029. Seven years later (significant to the bible), it might hit us on April 13, 2036. If you look up that date, it turns out it's Easter Sunday. You can also count on them saying that it's 2000 years after Jesus' death. I am not looking forward to it all.

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

HaZardman27 (1521119) | more than 3 years ago | (#37037044)

Hey, if you're wrong, what do you have to lose?

Re:Give it to me straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037308)

swoosh

Re:Give it to me straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037884)

Oddly enough, it was 500 days left this morning to the end of the you know who's calendar. In less than 2 years, the debt is really not going to matter.

Disclosure - I assumed 6 am sunrise local time over the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan.

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

Lurching (1242238) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036312)

Some probability of radiation damage to the ISS, including the inhabitants.

Re:Give it to me straight (2)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038130)

someone will get a small bruise on the upper arm

Re:Give it to me straight (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036518)

If the flare had been directed towards the earth, what would have happened?

VHF ham radio guys all call in sick tomorrow to bounce signals off the aurora. Seriously. Every time there's a huge auroral display there is a distinct lack of ham radio callsign license plates in the parking lot.... Its like the worlds largest physics experiment, lotsa fun.

Re:Give it to me straight (-1, Flamebait)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036586)

Obama would have blamed the Republicans, blue dog Democrats, the Tea Party, people clinging to guns and religion, the Cambridge police acting stupidly, George W. Bush, talk radio, the Canadians, Richard Nixon, Neville Chamberlain, Gavril Princip, Robert E. Lee, James Madison, Charles I, Constantine, Diocletian, Nebuchadnezzar, Hammurabi, Tutankhamen, Imhotep, Abraham, Seth, and Adam.

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

multisync (218450) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036638)

Obama would have blamed the Republicans, blue dog Democrats, the Tea Party, people clinging to guns and religion, the Cambridge police acting stupidly, George W. Bush, talk radio, the Canadians, Richard Nixon, Neville Chamberlain, Gavril Princip, Robert E. Lee, James Madison, Charles I, Constantine, Diocletian, Nebuchadnezzar, Hammurabi, Tutankhamen, Imhotep, Abraham, Seth, and Adam.

In this case, he would have been wrong.

Re:Give it to me straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036672)

Unfunny mods are unfunny.

Re:Give it to me straight (0)

riverat1 (1048260) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038042)

And Republicans would have blamed the Democrats, Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, the gays, atheists, abortionists, illegal immigrants, Islamic militants, the liberal media bias, gun control advocates, Thomas Jefferson, blah, blah, blah...

What else is new?

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036748)

Obama would have blamed it.

Re:Give it to me straight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37042864)

...on George Bush

Re:Give it to me straight (1)

djtachyon (975314) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038550)

If the flare had been directed towards the earth, what would have happened?

A better question; what if this X-WHATEVER FLARE! (X 28) [nasa.gov] flare from November 2003 was pointed towards us?

The moon never pulls shit like this. (4, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036156)

The moon never pulls shit like this.

(Apologies to The Onion - kind of sad when that site beats SlashDot to news like this.)

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (2)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036198)

This has been all over Slashdot, all over the rest of the media since it was detected. It's weird. It didn't do very much and it was apparent within 24 hours that it didn't do all that much yet it got impressively hyped. At the same time, London is trying to deal with the worst riots in a couple of decades, Syria is launching tank attacks at it's population, Wall Street is in free fall - so it's not like it is a slow news day.

What a bunch of Drama Queens.

Armageddon much?

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (2)

deains (1726012) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036298)

When the Earth falls to dust, we humans look to the stars. Or something like that.

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (1)

Bardwick (696376) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036364)

I feel for the citizens in London. The are desperately awaiting the baseball bats they ordered from Amazon (not kidding), it's the only means they have to defend themselves..

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036736)

Yep. I got caught in the middle of it in Lewisham, had to dodge a few rocks and got out by the skin of my teeth, and today, there was a stabbing right out the front of my place in Greenwich. I'm hearing of similar mallarky from friends around London.

I wish I had a nice handgun or SMG this evening to protect my family. Unfortunately, only the thugs have such tools over here in the UK, and the police are too hamstrung to do a darn thing about it.

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37038580)

You're obviously an American.

No Brit would use the word "darn".

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036918)

The DOW gained 400 pts today. It's only down 200 from opening yesterday.

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037558)

The Dow doesn't mean crap. The S&P500 is still hosed, as is my portfolio.

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (1)

celle (906675) | more than 3 years ago | (#37039438)

"...It's only down 200 from opening yesterday."

It's only down 700 points from opening Thursday.

Fixed that for you.

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#37037072)

At the same time, London is trying to deal with the worst riots in a couple of decades, Syria is launching tank attacks at it's population,

Yeah, that sun flare radiation makes aggressive.

Wall Street is in free fall

Those sun flares make the brokers nervous.

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036340)

That's why the people were saying "That's no moon" when they saw the flares!

Re:The moon never pulls shit like this. (2)

poena.dare (306891) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036894)

When Sol was asked its opinion about the US debt crisis, London riots, the Syrian crackdown, and worldwide market setbacks, it replied, "Pppppbbbbbbbbbbtttttttt! ... Crap, missed again!"

Solar flare of 1859 was deadly (3, Interesting)

GPS Pilot (3683) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038726)

Our sensitive microelectronics is very vulnerable to being wrecked by electromagnetic pulses, whether natural or set off by human enemies.

Regarding the huge "Carrington Event" solar flare of September 1, 1859, NASA reports that "Spark discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire." The Engineer [theengineer.co.uk] goes further and says, "The Carrington Storm caused fires and electrocuted workers at telegraph stations".

Sun? (3, Funny)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036160)

Since Oracle bought Sun, perhaps the title should be "Oracle Unleashes Most Powerful Flare Since 2006." Damn you Oracle!!!!

Re:Sun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036214)

Yeah, ha! Thought Sun had a new line of servers out...

Re:Sun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037468)

The thing is...
How come Oracle could not see this coming!? Double damn you Oracle!!!

Re:Sun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37038172)

In fact, Flare is an excellent code name for a processor product technology. It would be fitting name for a turbo boosting core for the next generation of T products, for example.

Re:Sun? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | more than 3 years ago | (#37041576)

Some brochure could read "Improve your business with the powerful Sun X-Class Flare(R) server systems..."

It does sound professional. :)

Re:Sun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37041300)

In other news:
Oracle bought Sun - flares license now most expensive ever.

fixed that for you... (0)

pulse2600 (625694) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036174)

ORACLE Unleashes Most Powerful Flare Since 2006. Jeez, editors....

Re:fixed that for you... (-1, Offtopic)

raddan (519638) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036488)

I know, that was my first thought, too. "But didn't Orac-- oh, you mean that thing outside."

Re:fixed that for you... (0)

idontgno (624372) | more than 3 years ago | (#37037384)

Wait, what? Did Oracle install something outside? Damn you, Ellison, damn you to hell!

THE Sun, not Sun, SOLAR Flare, not Flare (0)

Above (100351) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036196)

I read the headline, and I'm like "Flare", Sun never had a server called Flare. Fire, sure, did they typo that, or what?

Then I open it to see this is about The Sun Unleashing Most Powerful Solar Flare Since 2006. There, a much more useful headline. That wasn't hard, was it?

There's a reason why I read ./ less every day...

Re:THE Sun, not Sun, SOLAR Flare, not Flare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036302)

How would The Sun [thesun.co.uk] unleash a solar flare?

Re:THE Sun, not Sun, SOLAR Flare, not Flare (2)

hamburgler007 (1420537) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036558)

Honest journalism.

Re:THE Sun, not Sun, SOLAR Flare, not Flare (1)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036750)

Read Page 3

Re:THE Sun, not Sun, SOLAR Flare, not Flare (0)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036540)

I read the headline, and I'm like "Flare", Sun never had a server called Flare.

Sun, they were bought by Oracle, PHB heaven. PHBs and flare go together. You know, flare, like your uniform needs to have 31 pieces of flare on it. Didn't you ever see the movie office space?

Re:THE Sun, not Sun, SOLAR Flare, not Flare (1, Funny)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036944)

Unfortunately you need 31 pieces of flair.

However if you would like to experience the purifying flames of 31 flares I believe we can work that out. Good luck on experiencing all 31.

Re:THE Sun, not Sun, SOLAR Flare, not Flare (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037320)

"You know the Nazis used to make the Jews wear pieces of flare..."

We need to do more preparations (1)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036234)

We need to do more preparations for serious solar flares coming directly at Earth. Electronics are a lot more common now than they used to be. We're somewhat lucky in that we haven't had any really awful flares since the 19th century where some of them were bad enough to actually damage telegraph systems. Now electronics are far more ubiquitous and use much less power so are potentially far more easily damaged. A serious flare could do severe damage to the power grid as well as disable or destroy a lot of satellites we use for regular behavior like communication and GPS. Luckily the GPS sats are mil spec so they are pretty hardened (primarily due to the threat of atmospheric nuke detonations). On the ground we absolutely need to improve our electric grid. If a lot of it collapses it could be very not pretty. Even critical infrastructure like hospitals don't have generators that can run for more than a few days. Unfortunately, utility companies have no incentive to prepare because the events are rare and they won't be held liable if things get really bad. We need more direct regulation mandating that the grid be stable and redundant. If the grid collapses at a really bad time (say in the middle of the summer in a very hot area) a lot of people could die.

We also need to get better at actually predicting flares before they happen so we can brace for a really bad one. This means more solar observation.Given where science funding is right now, and space funding in general, this is unlikely to happen soon.

Re:We need to do more preparations (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036646)

Unfortunately, utility companies have no incentive to prepare because the events are rare and they won't be held liable if things get really bad.

And any individual utility will be brutally punished by the market investors unless all the utilities increase preparations in concert. Don't worry, strong govt regulation will require that... oh wait.

Seriously though, unlike an EMP, you generally get a lot of warning and the flares generally don't last long. Even if you get caught, unlike EMP they ramp up slowly enough to make a controlled shutdown possible. If you get a truly amazing flare, you just shut down the grid and initiate full black start capability testing. Since the nations power EEs and the utilities PHBs have around six human generations experience at pencil whipping the tests and reports for black start capability, you'll probably have massive problems actually trying to do it. But its "not too big of a deal" compared to other catastrophes.

Standard /. car analogy is "black start" for a power plant is like battery starting a car instead of jump starting a car. Its basically never done. Coal and nuke plants literally cannot be black started, as far as I know, unless you cheat and park a diesel electric locomotive onsite, or a nuke sub just off shore with a long extension cord. Even hydro usually can't be controlled without hydraulic power.

Re:We need to do more preparations (1)

Agent.Nihilist (1228864) | more than 3 years ago | (#37037600)

I did not realize that 8 minutes was a long time to prepare for a full grid shutdown.

Re:We need to do more preparations (2)

Zenaku (821866) | more than 3 years ago | (#37037772)

8 minutes is how long it takes *light* from the sun to reach us. A solar flare takes considerably longer, on the order of a couple days.

Think about it. If the flare itself traveled at the speed of light, we wouldn't even know it had happened until it hit us.

Re:We need to do more preparations (1)

Ironchew (1069966) | more than 3 years ago | (#37040486)

Fortunately, charged particles (the stuff you worry about in a solar flare) travel slower than the speed of light.

Re:We need to do more preparations (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37038060)

That is why there are plants, most of them hydro, that exist for these reasons. http://wiki.colby.edu/display/es398b/History+of+Harris is one reference to this ability. Harris station comes online, feeding the new england grid, allowing the nukes and oil burners to come back online.

As a side note, the plants don't have to go down. They DO have to disconnect from those hundred mile long antennas they have attached to their sub stations.

I've got more to say, but posting without an account, I doubt I'll be modded high enough to make it matter.

do know how coal get's to the plan? (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038686)

with diesel electric locomotives!

Re:We need to do more preparations (1)

woolpert (1442969) | more than 3 years ago | (#37037866)

Luckily the GPS sats are mil spec so they are pretty hardened (primarily due to the threat of atmospheric nuke detonations).

The GPS birds are 12,645 miles up. From that distance the difference between an atmospheric detonation and a surface one is just about nil.

I can't comment on the rest of your post, but if it is as poorly backed as that comment your fears are largely unwarranted.

Re:We need to do more preparations (1)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038284)

No, that's just due to me being stupid in writing. Substitute "space" for atmospheric. The whole issue is the EMP from space based nukes. And er yeah, obviously I need to use preview a hell of a lot more.

Re:We need to do more preparations (1)

woolpert (1442969) | more than 3 years ago | (#37039264)

Maybe LEO, but the distance between any two birds in an orbit that high necessitates either one hell of a big bomb or so many nukes one might as well do a direct hit and invalidate the whole shielding bit.

I am unaware of any unique shielding on the GPS birds and can't fathom a viable threat against them. Perhaps there is something in the literature I've missed. I'll ask at work tomorrow.

Re:We need to do more preparations (1)

woolpert (1442969) | more than 3 years ago | (#37039748)

*viable threat of that sort

Re:We need to do more preparations (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37039874)

EMP comprises several threats; E1 and E2 originate in the atmosphere (excited by gamma radiation from an explosion in space), thus are no threat to GPS. E3 effects, OTOH, occur throughout the magnetosphere, and has geomagnetic storm-like characteristics. This is a potential threat to GPS, and of course any protection against it would indeed be viable protection against solar flare-induced geomagnetic storms. However, the most significant impact on surface equipment is induced current in long transmission lines, and that's dramatically reduced in isolated satellites.

Energetic particles from solar events may be the most significant threat to GPS birds, but those do not arise from high-altitude nuclear detonations, so any military EMP shielding would likely be useless.

-- a layman who read up on this last time /. ran a solar scare story

Are you sure it was a flare? (1)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036254)

Are yous guyes sure it was a flare and not a dog penis? Sometimes you thinek it is a flare but and its actually a dog penis or a Wheat Thin, that's what scienbtistnts know,

So? (1)

drobety (2429764) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036320)

Wiy shogld I be wnrried about tris one solar flarw?

Re:So? (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036542)

Because it will ~~NO CARRIER

SEE? (4, Funny)

SmurfButcher Bob (313810) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036326)

And if we don't stop global warming NOW, those flares will only get worse!

Re:SEE? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036780)

Heh, it's not like this hasn't been tried. All you have to do is look up your local religious organization - "send us your money and God will stop doing bad things to you".

Re:SEE? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037268)

* and this time, we mean it!

Re:SEE? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37044276)

Everything should be o.k. real soon because I sent a televised revival minister my ATM card and to the deposed royal family of Nigeria that needs my help to get their family fortune back, I sent my online banking info. So as soon that family rewards me with half of the fortune transferred to my bank account, i can donate even more.

Re:SEE? (1)

RivenAleem (1590553) | more than 3 years ago | (#37057536)

We need to set up lots more Solar panels to try soak up as much energy as possible, to prevent further flares.

yeah but (4, Funny)

nimbius (983462) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036330)

is flare going to be covered by my Oracle service contract?

Re:yeah but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036660)

Only if you have a Flare maintenance contract fuer 999$ per CPU.

Re:yeah but (1, Offtopic)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#37039412)

Only if you have a Flare maintenance contract fuer 999$ per CPU.

Knowing Oracle, the charge will be per BTU.

Re:yeah but (1, Informative)

baegucb (18706) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038834)

Eventually. But first Oracle will call back 3 times, confirming your address and phone number. That way they get to reset the clock on response time, and give to their execs a report saying they meet response times per SLAs.

is this? (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036362)

Is this what set Obama's Vineyard on fire?

Sun Unleashes Most Powerful Flare Since 2006 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036368)

Not true. Java was unleashed way back in 1996.

Yawn.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036386)

Wake me up when the sun goes supernova.

BOFH Excuse of the Day (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036548)

B.O.F.H. Excuse of the day: Solar Flares.

Hmmm (1, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#37036948)

/. poster claim there aren't enough science stories.

Wild science story appear
slahdotters post the same damn Oracle joke.
Derp?

Smoke Detectors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37036986)

Could the solor flares set off my smoke detectors, because they all went off at about this time?

Sun? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37037040)

Shouldn't it read Oracle releases giant flare?

Not with Ellison on the job! (0)

Zemplar (764598) | more than 3 years ago | (#37038192)

Taking wagers on how long until Oracle extinguishes this new Sun power and makes it irrelevant?

Geez (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37038628)

Thanks a lot James Gosling!

Mama mia, what a spicy flare... (1)

SpaceCracker (939922) | more than 3 years ago | (#37041602)

I didn't know the Java 7 r1 bug/flare was that powerful...

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