Karoly Toth on Wed, 14 Apr 1999 16:01:13 +0200

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from kabubah, mateor news - the Hague

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Here in Holland, WE got used to THIS war too.
Since Bosnia, slowly, WE have developed a much thicker skin.

WE promoted the commander officer of Duchbat of UN in Srebrenica, (a lt.
to the rank of colonel and attached him to foreign service to Canada, far
Seemingly, he is going to be a fine general after a while. With a fine

WE only care about Our Boys There and WE do not care about
Their Boys There.

WE did what we could.

WE sent milk powder, and medicine, to the Kosovo refugees.

OUR kids collected for THEIR kids thousands of plushy toy animals,
kangoroo's, teddy bears, funny face plastic pets, ten colors magic pens.

It felt good.
It was fun.
It was a good idea, WE are a creative folks.
It looked pretty nice on TV.
WE sleep well now for a week at least.


WE are humanists.
WE are mild.
OUR violence-barrier is still high.
Not as high as five years ago,
but not as low yet as THEIRS.
WE are humanists.



       mateor             #####        net news
       mucho trabajo     #     poco dinero

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Eend met scotch whisky (op zijn Detroits)
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1 - Indecision is the key to flexibility.
2 - You cannot tell which way the train went by looking at the track.
3 - There is absolutely no substitute for a genuine lack of preparation.
4 - Happiness is merely the remission of pain.
5 - Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
6 - Sometimes too much drink is not enough.
7 - The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.
8 - The careful application of terror is also a form of communication.
9 - Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world.
10 - Things are more like they are today than they ever have been before.
11 - Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
12 - Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.
13 - Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.
14 - I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.
15 - Suicide is the most sincere form of self-criticism.
16 - All things being equal, fat people use more soap.
17 - If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to
18 - One-seventh of your life is spent on Monday.
19 - By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
20 - Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
21 - The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.
22 - There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
23 - This is as bad as it can get, but don't bet on it.
24 - Never wrestle with a pig: You both get all dirty, and the pig likes it.
25 - The trouble with life is, you're halfway through it before you
realize it's a 'do it yourself' thing.



       The field of black holes, formerly dominated by
heavyweights packing the gravitational punch of a billion Suns and
lightweights just a few times heavier than our Sun, now has a new
contender -- a just-discovered mysterious class of "middleweight"
black holes, weighing in at 100 to 10,000 Suns.

       Astronomers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University have
independently found evidence for the new type of black holes in
spiral-shaped galaxies throughout the Universe.  The newfound
black holes, formed by an unknown process, are 100 to 10,000 times
as massive as the Sun, yet each occupies less space than the Moon.

       A black hole is a region of space where the force of

gravity is so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape
its pull.  Until now, scientists knew about two types of black
holes:  stellar and supermassive.  Stellar black holes are the
remains of dead stars several times heavier than the Sun,
compressed to a diameter of a few miles or less.  Supermassive
black holes have mind-boggling masses of one million to one
billion Suns and may have formed in the early universe from giant
gas clouds or from the collapse of clusters of immense numbers of

       The astronomers identified the new class of black holes
through X-ray light, the final cries of energy emitted from gas
and particles spiraling into a black hole.  The discovery will be
announced today at the meeting of the High Energy Astrophysics
Division of the American Astronomical Society in Charleston, SC.

       Dr. Edward Colbert and Dr. Richard Mushotzky, astronomers
at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, first saw
hints of the new class of black holes while studying X-rays from
39 relatively nearby galaxies.  Dr. Andrew Ptak and Dr. Richard
Griffiths at Carnegie Mellon University studied X-ray light from a
galaxy not included in Colbert and Mushotzky's set, galaxy M82.
Both teams found unique X-ray light indicative of a new black hole
class.  The results from both teams will be published in the
Astrophysical Journal and the Astrophysical Journal Letters,

       "Our intent was to understand what was producing an unusual
class of X-ray luminosities near the centers of many galaxies,"
said Colbert.  "With data from the Einstein satellite from the
1970s, we couldn't determine whether they had features associated
with supermassive black holes or stellar black holes.  So we took
a fresh look with newer data."

       Colbert and Mushotzky found telltale clues for a new type
of black hole in the spectrum, or colors, of the invisible X-ray
light.  Such colors are judged by comparing the intensity of X-
rays with shorter wavelengths to those with longer wavelengths,
just as blue skylight is mostly composed of shorter wavelengths
than the light from a red sunset.

       Supermassive black holes are thought to power a phenomenon
called Active Galactic Nuclei, which are extremely compact and
energetic objects seen in the core of one percent of all galaxies
and are typically very bright X-ray sources.  The luminosities
that Colbert and Mushotzky analyzed have colors different from
those found in Active Galactic Nuclei, suggesting the source is
something other than a typical supermassive black hole.

       Ptak and Griffiths acted on the belief among astronomers
that black holes of various sizes must exist and likely reside in
"irregular" galaxies (galaxies not spiral or elliptical in shape).
M82 is one such galaxy, called a starburst galaxy because of the
high rate of star formation found inside.  Such a scenario leads
to a higher rate of supernovae, or star explosions, the precursor
of stellar black holes.

       "Millions of black holes and neutron stars have formed in
M82 over the last 10 million years," Ptak said.  "Now, we are
noticing that some of these may be coalescing into a larger-mass
black hole." Ptak said this is the most viable current theory for
intermediate black hole formation.  Colbert also said the
intermediate class suggested by his and Mushotzky's observations
might be formed by "the continual merging of stellar black holes."
In other words, stellar black holes that approach each other too
closely under certain circumstances can merge to form a more
massive single black hole.  This process might build objects that
produce the peculiar colors of these X-ray glows.

       Ptak and Griffiths used data from the Japan-U.S. Advanced
Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics (ASCA).  Colbert and
Mushotzky used data from the German/US/UK ROSAT satellite and
ASCA.  Japanese researchers led by Dr. Tsunefumi Mizuno at the
University of Tokyo have reported results similar to Colbert and
Mushotzky's.  Dr. Takehishi Go Tsuru at Kyoto University and
colleagues have found data supporting Ptak and Griffiths' work.

Bij CNN over "Bracing for guerrilla warfare in cyberspace"

During the Gulf War, Dutch hackers stole information about U.S.
troop movements from U.S. Defense Department computers and tried
to sell it to the Iraqis, who thought it was a hoax and turned it


A menace phantom

   (IDG) -- As if that gyrating dancing baby and a steady stream of
   holiday e-cards weren't enough, network professionals have another
   potential problem on their hands in the form of downloadable movie
   trailers forStar Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

   Forget the title: There's nothing phantom about this menace. The film
   won't be in theaters until next month, but variations of the trailers
   are already circulating via e-mail attachments. Weighing in at an
   eye-popping 11 to 25 megabytes, these two-and-half-minute QuickTime
   clips will chew up more bandwidth and disk space than a nursery full
   of dancing babies (2 megabytes per baby).

   The official trailers are available at www.starwars.com, and rogue
   versions dot the Internet like so many Ewoks. According to the Apple
   Web site, which has permission to carry the trailers, more than six
   million copies have been downloaded.

   While a random survey of e-mail administrators turned up no Star
   Wars-related service disruptions, a few have powered up their
   lightsabers to meet this foe head on.


here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/trailers/fox/episode-i/240.html

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Kernel Panic: Non-zero chance of Earth getting hit by

                           CLOSE EARTH APPROACHES
               OF ASTEROID 1999 AN tex2html_wrap_inline340 :

   The Earth passes very close to the orbit of the asteroid 1999 AN
   tex2html_wrap_inline340 twice per year, but whether or not this
   asteroid can have a close approach depends upon the timing of its
   passage across the ecliptic plane. The uncertainty of this timing
   grows with time: by 2027 it is tex2html_wrap_inline362 days. Among the
   possible orbital solutions there are some that undergo a close
   approach in August 2027, but no impact is possible. However, the
   period of the asteroid may be perturbed in such a way that it returns
   to an approach to the Earth at either of the possible encounter
   points. We have developed a theory which successfully predicts the 25
   possible such returns up to 2040. We have also identified 6 more close
   approaches resulting from the cascade of successive returns. None of
   these encounters can result in an impact, except one in August 2039:
   the probability that the true asteroid actually follows a collision
   course for that date is less than the probability of being hit by an
   undiscovered asteroid within any given day. Because of this extremely
   chaotic behaviour there is no way to predict all possible approaches
   for more than a few decades after any close encounter, but the orbit
   will remain dangerously close to the orbit of the Earth for about 600
   The asteroid 1999 AN tex2html_wrap_inline340 was discovered by the
   LINEAR telescope on 13 January 1999. The discovery was somewhat
   unusual in that the declination was tex2html_wrap_inline368 . We
   checked for possible prediscovery observations in the archives made
   available by the Minor Planet Center, and found none; this is not
   surprising, given that this asteroid is typically visible in a portion
   of the sky which has been very little surveyed in the past. The
   asteroid was observed until 20 February: afterwards the angular
   distance from the sun became tex2html_wrap_inline370 .

   Figure 1:  The orbit of 1999 AN tex2html_wrap_inline340 and the orbit
   of the Earth, in a reference system with the z axis normal to ecliptic
   plane, in which the Earth's orbit lies, and the x axis towards the
   tex2html_wrap_inline348 point. The line of intersection of the two
   orbital planes is also drawn. The nodes are both very close to the
   orbit of the Earth. This results in two periods of the year when close
   approaches are possible, in August and in February.

   The nominal orbit published by the online information service
   NEODyS[1], that is the solution of the least squares fit to 94
  observations (with one outlier removed, RMS of the residuals 0.59
   arc-sec), is as follows: a=1.458432 AU, e=0.562093,
   tex2html_wrap_inline386 , tex2html_wrap_inline388 ,
   tex2html_wrap_inline390 , tex2html_wrap_inline392 , for epoch
   tex2html_wrap_inline394 . The unique feature of this orbit is shown in
   Figure 1: both its intersections with the ecliptic plane, the nodes,
   are very close to the Earth's orbit. The ascending node is only
   0.00025 AU closer to the Sun than a point where the Earth is in early
   August; the descending node is 0.00478 AU inward from a position of
   the Earth in early February. This means that, whenever the asteroid
   and the Earth are in phase at each node, close approaches are
   possible. Indeed a close approach is possible in August 2027.

   To analyse the 2027 encounter, we need to consider not only the
   nominal solution, but also all the solutions compatible with the
   observations, that is those resulting in residuals which are not much
   larger than the ones of the nominal orbit. The region of these
   compatible solutions can be approximated by an ellipsoid of
   confidence, which can be computed according to the standard theory of
   normal and covariance matrices. In the notation of [2], the confidence
   ellipsoid corresponding to a tex2html_wrap_inline400 value up to 3
   contains solutions with RMS of the residuals up to 0.63 arc-sec.

Anyway: Should I worry?


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