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Submission + - Approaching Solar Storm forces ISS to take cover

vichyschwa writes: "A Coronal Mass Ejection resulting from an X3 Solar Flare earlier today is forcing the ISS and Shuttle astronauts to take cover and may result in communication disruptions. _storm.html

From the Article:
"We're looking for very strong, severe geomagnetic storming" to begin probably around mid-day Thursday, Joe Kunches, Lead Forecaster at the NOAA Space Environment Center, told this afternoon.

Last week, the same sunspot generated what astronomers described as a rarely imaged solar tsunami. The activity began with an X-9 flare Dec. 5.

According to, "satellites may experience some glitches and reboots, but astronauts are in no danger." However, the astronauts were ordered to a protective area of the space station as a precaution."

Submission + - Firefox 2: What do you want to customize today?

johnp76 writes: "Firefox 2 has been released over a week now and there have been millions upon millions of downloads. It is nice to have such a secure browser but one of the things I love the most about the browser is how customizable it is. Extensions are just one aspect that you can customize it, and Lifehacker and CyberNet have both put together great guides on how to tweak various settings without the need for extensions. It's pretty amazing what you can do once you dig under the hood a little."
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Submission + - Virtualization and Portability: The New OS Reality

HLinux writes: " author Brandon Watts talks about virtulization, multiple OSes on one system and the portability of the concept. "There's no doubt about it — the market for virtual machine software is growing, and rapidly. In 2004, there was 63% growth, but in 2005, there was a record 67% growth. No matter how you look at it, those numbers are pretty impressive. I would have assumed that there would be a good amount of growth in 2005 because of the recent acceleration in virtual machine technology, but I am fairly surprised by how much growth took place in 2004. It's definitely a good thing, though."

Submission + - Hubble to be serviced in 2008

alveraan writes: "Accorging to the BBC, NASA administrator Mike Griffin has announced that NASA is "going to add a shuttle servicing mission — to the Hubble space telescope — to the shuttle's manifest to be flown before [the orbiter] retires". STS-125, due for launch in 2008, will replace Hubbles aging batteries and gyroscopes. Additionally, two new instruments, the Wide Field Camera 3, and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) will be installed. The modifications should extend Hubble's lifetime to at least 2013."

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