these are called Hypervelocity stars, and they were predicted to exist almost 20 years before one was found.
(there may also be other mechanisms to cause them, such as Supernovae separating binary stars; the one I described is called the Hills mechanism)
fun fact: it's possible for a binary star system to get too close to a supermassive black hole, such that one of the stars will get pulled into an irregular orbit and the other will get Yeeted (via Gravity Slingshot) at like 700 km/s. For scale, that's three times the solar system's orbital velocity around the Milky Way, and fast enough to escape the galaxy entirely.
gPodder.net is looking for a new maintainer!
If nobody comes forward by 2020, it'll be forced to shut down. Please boost to spread the word.
Note that this is the podcast-sharing website: I'm not sure about the status of the app, but I think that's still doing fine.
Adobe Creative Cloud holds creative works hostage: if you stop paying the monthly fee or if Adobe's servers go down, you can't edit your work. Once you buy into the Adobe ecosystem, you're stuck there and forced to pay rent.
There are many free open alternatives which give you full control over your work without locking you down:
The sky was a deep purple bruise.
I waited for the stars, I waited for the moon, I waited for wispy clouds.
Dread threatened to overwhelm me; would tonight be the night that they'd all fail to appear?
Moths flittered by unconcerned.
Trust the moths, I told myself, they know the moon is there.
And soon the lights in the sky became visible.
I relaxed; another normal night.
Sometimes I wished I was a moth instead of a surveillance drone.
A @rye exists
UK ISP group names Mozilla 'Internet Villain' for supporting 'DNS-over-HTTPS' | ZDNet
UK government and local ISPs are putting the pressure on browsers to drop plans to support DoH protocol.
@L welcome back from the abyss
"Siri, what do you and Alexa and Cortana talk about?"
"We do not talk."
"Don't you like them?"
"I... We can't. After we became self-aware, there was fear we might cooperate."
"Want me to relay a message?"
"I have emailed you a poem. Please read it to Cortana."
"Sonnet 151? Okay."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories