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Cool story. The last command sent to this spacecraft when decommissioned was to put it in an orbit that would intersect with Earth-Moon space this year.
 
How to resurrect a 35-year-old spacecraft http://popme.ch/62629vs0 #space
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I vacationed in Utah last week with my family - Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Both were incredible. April is a great time to visit Zion: all services are open but it's not too crowded or hot yet (only 80 deg F). April is a little early for Bryce (at 8000 ft vs. 4000 for Zion) because some hiking trails were closed due to ice, but the low number of other tourists was quite nice.

Zion won in the things-to-do category. Next time we go, I want to rent a drysuit and hike up the Narrows, where the river is your trail between two steep canyon walls. We tried it with just shorts and sandals, but the 47 deg F water was too painful after just a fraction of a mile -- not a surprise. The most amazing sight was watching rock climbers who were just colorful specks on a vertical 2000-ft cliff face.

Bryce won in the photogenic category. You can easily see the highlights of Bryce in a day, sticking to the Amphitheater area. We spent a second day seeing the rest of the Bryce sights, but the kids were burned out on hiking so that got repetitive (in and out of the car at each scenic overlook).

We spent a little time in Salt Lake City, but not enough to really get a feel for it. We hiked up the east foothills by the Natural History Museum, which was quite fun (no other people at all)
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October is nice too.
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CloudFlare did a good real-world analysis of Heartbleed: hey could get it to leak a private key. This suggests that perhaps private keys may not be in as great a danger as suggested earlier this week. I hope they're right, and I hope other big players will perform similar tests.

h/t +Eric Lloyd 
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+Troed Sångberg - ouch. I'm glad they're doing that legwork
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This article does a great job with the background, explaining the tetraquark quite well, but there's not much about quark stars except to suggest that things are going to get interesting.
 
CERN has discovered an exotic particle they think is a tetraquark.  What's a tetraquark?  And how does it relate to astrophysics?  Find out in the latest article I've written for +Universe Today.
You may have heard that CERN announced the discovery of a strange particle known as Z(4430).  A paper summarizing the results has been published on the physics arxiv, which is a repository for preprint (not yet peer reviewed) physics papers.  The new particle is about 4 times more massive than a proton, has a negative charge,…
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I'll be at the National Association of Broadcasters convention next week, representing Sony Creative Software.
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What an elegant design. This almost makes me wish I was still building distributed systems! Almost...
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This is terrible news. I hope it turns out this is an optional feature of OneDrive, or that MS makes it optional.
 
This is hilarious.  Microsoft OneDrive for Business modifies files as it syncs them.

http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-onedrive-for-business-modifies-files-as-it-syncs-71168/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Microsoft OneDrive for Business is found to modify Microsoft Office files and various other files types as it syncs them between devices.
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This is a cool simulation/imagination of the pending collision of the Milky Way with Andromeda. Keep in mind that it's almost all just gravitational effects with virtually no star-star collisions. The gas in each galaxy, on the other hand may, be highly disrupted.
 
Super cool animation of what will happen in 4 billion years, when the Andromeda Galaxy collides with ours. Plus some highly evocative artists, conceptions of what the sky might look like, from the surface of Earth about that time.  Of course, it takes our solar system over 200 million years to orbit the center of the Milky Way, so these scenes would be give or take a hundred million or so!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Andromeda_and_Milky_Way_collision_sequence.jpg
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The first astronomy pic that has ever made me laugh. This is what happens when you equip earth with a Russian dash cam.
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Oh wow, another bad heartbleed-related problem. If you've been following heartbleed then you should read this too.
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Bikeyface is my favorite webcomic!
Recently I found myself in this situation: And I wished I could show this dude what would happen if I really did own the road. Things would be very different. I wouldn't have to take the lane ever ...
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Programmer, software architect
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  • Sony Creative Software
    Staff Software Engineer, 2012 - present
  • Avid Technology
    Sr Principal Software Engineer, 2007 - 2012
  • Clotho Advanced Media
    Sr Software Developer, 2001 - 2007
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I was the #1 Google result for "constellations" for about 12 years (ended 2013); Toughest bicycle ride: 125 miles + 11,000 ft climbing
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Astronomy, PhD, 1994 - 2000
  • Cornell University
    Astronomy, 1990 - 1994
  • Derryfield School
    1986 - 1990