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Comment: Google, you tools. (Score 1) 540

by Mish (#30315884) Attached to: Google Launches Public DNS Resolver
I love this, really. Now when doing DNS testing from any location I can always test using 8.8.8.8, that's a huge benefit to me.

However, They're telling end-users to "try" their DNS service and giving basic instructions.
Their geo-location is no-where near complete, for end-users in (for example) New Zealand who follow their instructions they'll have:

* Pro: A DNS Server that will most likely have nearly all results cached, quicker overall response.
* Pro: DNS Infrastructure redundency through Google.

But...
* Con: A DNS System with higher latency.
* Con: A DNS System where if using only those two servers (through Googles instructions) when International connectivity dies, so does all your DNS.

I've moved my home server over to 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4, ISPDNS1, ISPDNS2 to negate these issues and provide better DNS service than my ISP.
I honestly would have expected more from Google, at the very least a geo-location test to ensure they have DNS servers in your "region" before advising to "Try" their system.
Privacy

EU Data-Retention Laws Stricter Than Many People Realized 263

Posted by timothy
from the you-mean-like-a-12-month-year? dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a snippet from the Telegraph: "A European Union directive, which Britain was instrumental in devising, comes into force which will require all internet service providers to retain information on email traffic, visits to web sites and telephone calls made over the internet, for 12 months."

Comment: I started reading /. on my phone a while back... (Score 1) 220

by Mish (#27393725) Attached to: Slashdot Keybindings, Dynamic Stories
At: http://news.slashdot.org/palm

In so many ways this interface is all it needs to be for 'read only' access to slashdot.
- Most recent articles: Check.
- Article with relevent links: Check.
- Top five comments (as moderated): Check.

It could be considered over-simplification, but over-simplification may be the best alternative to over-engineering.

Comment: Re:Correct screencast link... (Score 3, Funny) 126

by Mish (#26616949) Attached to: SUSE Studio — Linux Customization For the Masses
I put this script together a while back to help me relive the days of quality slashdot content.

curl --silent http://feeds.digg.com/digg/container/technology/popular.rss http://feeds.digg.com/digg/container/science/popular.rss http://feeds.digg.com/digg/container/gaming/popular.rss | grep -e "<title>digg.com: Stories" -e "<link>http://feeds.digg.com" | sed -e '/<title>digg.com/s//slashdot.org/g' -e '/<\/title>/s///g' -e '/<link>/s///g' -e '/<\/link>/s///g'

Yes, I'm kidding, Yes, it works.
Software

BitTorrent For Enterprise File Distribution? 291

Posted by Soulskill
from the make-it-so dept.
HotTuna writes "I'm responsible for a closed, private network of retail stores connected to our corporate office (and to each other) with IPsec over DSL, and no access to the public internet. We have about 4GB of disaster recovery files that need to be replicated at each site, and updated monthly. The challenge is that all the enterprise file replication tools out there seem to be client/server and not peer-to-peer. This crushes our bandwidth at the corporate office and leaves hundreds of 7Mb DSL connections (at the stores) virtually idle. I am dreaming of a tool which can 'seed' different parts of a file to different peers, and then have those peers exchange those parts, rapidly replicating the file across the entire network. Sounds like BitTorrent you say? Sure, except I would need to 'push' the files out, and not rely on users to click a torrent file at each site. I could imagine a homebrew tracker, with uTorrent and an RSS feed at each site, but that sounds a little too patchwork to fly by the CIO. What do you think? Is BitTorrent an appropriate protocol for file distribution in the business sector? If not, why not? If so, how would you implement it?"
Medicine

Down's Symptoms May Be Treatable In the Womb 170

Posted by timothy
from the hey-kid-drink-this dept.
missb writes "US researchers have found that prenatal treatment for Down syndrome works in mice. This raises the possibility that a pregnant woman who knows her unborn child has Down syndrome might be able to forestall some of the symptoms before giving birth. When fetal mouse pups that had a syndrome similar to Down's were treated with nerve-protecting chemicals, some of the developmental delays that are part of the condition — such as motor and sensory abilities — were removed."
Patents

Rewriting a Software Product After Quitting a Job? 604

Posted by kdawson
from the clean-room-white-coats dept.
hi_caramba_2008 writes "We are a bunch of good friends at a large software company. The product we work on is under-budgeted and over-hyped by the sales drones. The code quality sucks, and management keeps pulling in different direction. Discussing this among ourselves, we talked about leaving the company and rebuilding the code from scratch over a few months. We are not taking any code with us. We are not taking customer lists (we probably will aim at different customers anyway). The code architecture will also be different — hosted vs. stand-alone, different modules and APIs. But at the feature level, we will imitate this product. Can we be sued for IP infringement, theft, or whatever? Are workers allowed to imitate the product they were working on? We know we have to deal with the non-compete clause in our employment contracts, but in our state this clause has been very difficult to enforce. We are more concerned with other IP legal aspects."
Businesses

IT Internship In the US For a Foreigner? 298

Posted by kdawson
from the foot-in-the-door dept.
grk writes "I am from Europe, studying Business Informatics. I have plenty of IT-related work experience (from my part-time job and summer jobs) ranging from Project Management and Software Planning to Programming. In the 5th semester my curriculum has scheduled an internship for February 2009 preceding bachelor examinations and bachelor thesis. It will last for about three months. I would like to do my internship in the US, but I do not know how to start. Is it common to send unsolicited applications to companies in the US? Try the big corporations? Should I go for an employment agency? Which ones to choose from? What about the pay? Where I come from it is common to pay only a fraction of what your work is actually worth if it's called an 'internship.' Does this apply to the US as well? Any other recommendations?"

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