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Networking

IPv6 and the Business-Case Skeptics 297

Posted by kdawson
from the there-is-none-get-over-it dept.
Julie188 writes "Experts keep screaming that the IPv4 sky is falling. Three such experts were recently asked point-blank to state an irrefutable business case for moving to IPv6 now, and their answer was more plausible than the old refrain (the lack of addresses and a yet-to-be-seen killer IPv6 app). They said that there isn't a business case. No company that is satisfied with all of its Internet services will need to move, even in the next few years. They also pointed out that Microsoft is a unique position in the industry both causing and hindering IPv6 adoption — causing through its IPv6 support in its OSes, and hindering by not extending IPv6 support into very many of its apps."
Mozilla

Mozilla Admits Firefox EULA Is Flawed 312

Posted by kdawson
from the sudden-outbreak dept.
darthcamaro writes "Mozilla has now come around and is taking seriously the concerns of Ubuntu and others about the Firefox EULA, which we discussed vigorously the other day. In fact Mozilla told InternetNews.com that the EULA itself is flawed and will be replaced with something else. Quoting Mozilla Chairperson Mitchell Baker from the article: 'There is a need for something, something to explain the license[.] I'm not sure I would call it a EULA because that has a meaning to many people of adding restrictions to software and we won't be doing that. We'll be having a license agreement much as Red Hat has a license agreement that says the software is available under the GPL and don't use our trademarks et cetera. So we'll have a license agreement but we won't think of it as a EULA.'"
XBox (Games)

+ - The Red Ring of Death = New 3 Year Warranty

Submitted by
cjjjer
cjjjer writes "In an open letter from Peter Moore today Microsoft is extending the terms of its Xbox 360 warranty to three years for certain general hardware failures which are indicated by three flashing red lights on the console. This will apply to new and existing customers and we will retroactively pay back the out-of-warranty repair costs paid by customers for console problems indicated by the three flashing red lights."
Space

+ - Spherical panoramas of STS-118 preparations

Submitted by
Hieronymous
Hieronymous writes "These spherical panoramas were recently taken at the Kennedy Space Center. The Endeavour shots, taken July 2, 2007, are of the preparations to lift Endeavour and mate her to the ET and boosters. The ET/Booster stack can be seen in high bay 2 in two of the pans. These pans are of the preparations underway for the upcoming STS-118 mission. These are full page, high-res spherical pans so be sure and look up! Enjoy! http://i-ota.net/KSC070530/ http://i-ota.net/SLF070621 http://www.i-ota.net/Endeavour070702/ http://www.i-ota.net/Endeavourmid070702/ http://www.i-ota.net/Endeavourtop070702/"
PlayStation (Games)

+ - PS3 price drop finally here?

Submitted by Tinman_au
Tinman_au (1004053) writes "GameDaily is reporting the Sony Playstation 3 price drop thats been rumoured for a while may finally be here.

Although Sony has yet to confirm a price drop officially, GameDaily BIZ has received confirmation from the retail sector that the PS3 will be dropped to $499 next week. Sony itself recently talked about "refining" the PS3 price. Now it appears to be happening.
Report: PS3 $499 on July 12"
Biotech

+ - The Chemistry of Beer 1

Submitted by SoyChemist
SoyChemist (1015349) writes "Good beer is made with spicy hops. For years, food scientists have been trying to identify chemicals in hops that give them a fantastic aroma. Using analytical chemistry equipment, three scientists from Australia and New Zealand have identified five chemicals that are partially responsible for the desirable odor. They used gas chromatography-olfactometry, which separates out each chemical from the hops and allows them to be smelled individually. When the test results came in, five chemicals stood out from the others. All of them are terpenes. Geraniol, which is named after geranium flowers and obviously has a floral scent. Linalool, has a floral and spicy scent. It is also found in mint, cinnamon, and rosewood. Eugeneol has a spicy, clove-like aroma. Beta-ionone has a complex woody and fruity scent. Caryophyllene is found in black pepper.The Wired Science blog has the full story and a bizzare picture of a researcher with her nose pressed against the output tube of the beige tabletop gas chromatograph."
Software

+ - 2008: Year of the Linux Desktop

Submitted by
rstrohmeyer
rstrohmeyer writes "Over at Maximum PC, we're betting that Linux will pick up unprecedented momentum in the coming year. With phenomenal new distros, swelling international support, and a little extra momentum from Dell, we think Linux is poised to exploit the current atmosphere of doubt surrounding Vista and pick up serious traction in '08. But we want to know what you think. Head over and weigh in with your comments."
Mars

+ - Mars Opportunity Rover Threatened by Dust Storm-> 1

Submitted by
mdsolar
mdsolar writes "MSNBC is reporting that the Oportunity Rover, planned to descend into Victoria Crater, may end up defunct owing to lack of power by the end of two large dust storms now blowing on Mars. 99% of sunlight is currently being blocked by dust in the atmosphere and managers are trying to figure out what more can be shut down to save power. A complete battery discharge would end the mission because electonics would become too cold and break owing to thermal stress. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19622820"
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Security

+ - A Look Into Internet Based Exploitation Attacks->

Submitted by cellphoneer
cellphoneer (1122081) writes "InformIT.com is running a story that examines how the average surfer gets owned. In this real case, afrigadget.com (a blog site dedicated to African Gadgetry) was replaced with an IFRAME that loaded up obfuscated code that then exploited an IE vulnerability causing a malicious Trojan to download and install. Apparently, afrigadget's hosting company (Dreamhost) had just been dealt a serious blow by leaking some 3500 accounts — 20% of which were altered. It is simply amazing how all these attacks/exploits work together in an attempt to gain access to personal/financial data."
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Books

+ - SPAM: The Fantastical Future of Books

Submitted by
rinkjustice
rinkjustice writes "I'd like to ask my fellow Slashdotters where books are headed in terms of form, distribution and content. As an author, I want to be aware of the cool new concepts for books. We have the e-book, the blook, the networked book and the blueBook, which intersects both physical and digital realms. What are other viable future formats of fiction and non-fiction books?"
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Networking

+ - Charter ISP hijacking DNS

Submitted by
koalemos
koalemos writes "Charter.net ISP is currently hijacking DNS queries a la Verisign's $100 million dollar bad idea. Any unresolved DNS request, e.g. "abc123.fred", is currently being resolved to Charter's web search feature at 206.112.100.132.

The short term way to fix the DNS hijack is to block access to 206.112.100.132 at your router and then to change your DNS servers from Charter's to more reputable ones, however, Charter's behavior is nonetheless completely dishonest and quite possibly illegal. My question is; how widespread is this practice of ISPs hijacking DNS?"

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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