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The Courts

22 Million Missing Bush White House Emails Found 326

ctmurray writes "Computer technicians have found 22 million missing White House e-mails from the administration of President George W. Bush, and the Obama administration is searching for dozens more days' worth of potentially lost e-mail from the Bush years, according to two groups that had filed a lawsuit — which has now been dropped — over the failure by the Bush White House to install an electronic record-keeping system. Earlier we discussed the Obama White House's opposition to the lawsuit that led to this discovery." The related links reflect our discussions about the missing emails over two years.
Microsoft

Microsoft Acknowledges Theft of Code From Plurk 215

adeelarshad82 writes with news that Microsoft has acknowledged and taken responsibility for the theft of code belonging to Plurk.com, although the company also said it was the work of a Chinese vendor. Yesterday we discussed Plurk's blog post accusing Microsoft of copying their UI and code for Microsoft's Chinese microblogging site, Juku. Microsoft has now taken the site down and indefinitely suspended Juku's beta.
Science

Huge Reservoir Discovered Beneath Asia 273

anthemaniac writes "Seismic observations reveal a huge reservoir of water in Earth's mantle beneath Asia. It's actually rock saturated with water, but it's an ocean's worth of water ... as much as is in the whole Arctic Ocean. How did it get there? A slab of water-laden crust sank, and the water evaporated out when it was heated, and then it was trapped, the thinking goes. The discovery fits neatly with the region's heavy seismic activity and fits neatly with the idea that the planet's moving crustal plates are lubricated with water."
Software

Submission + - ODF Legislation: And California Makes Four

Andy Updegrove writes: "A legislator in California has decided that it's time for California to become the latest U.S. State to get on the open formats bandwagon. If all of the bills filed in the last few weeks pass, California, Texas and Minnesota will all require, in near-identical language, that "all documents, including, but not limited to, text, spreadsheets, and presentations, produced by any state agency shall be created, exchanged, and preserved in an open extensible markup language-based, XML-based file format." What type of formats will qualify? Again, the language is very uniform (the following is from the California statute): "When deciding how to implement this section, the department in its evaluation of open, XML-based file formats shall consider all of the following features: (1) Interoperable among diverse internal and external platforms and applications; (2) Fully published and available royalty-free; (3) Implemented by multiple vendors; (4) Controlled by an open industry organization with a well-defined inclusive process for evolution of the standard. " Meanwhile, while ODF is enjoying a romp to multiple statehouses, Ecma is about to release its reactions to the 20 responses filed commenting on its Microsoft OOXML-based Ecma standard.
http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/articl e.php?story=20070228080638136"
Networking

Submission + - the mistery of "DNS server registration"

Anonymous Coward writes: "I have recently been burned by the mystical (at least to me) "DNS server registration". I changed the DNS server for a domain I own to new ones. After the update period passed I was horrified to see that only one of the two new servers has been accepted and my domain left in an "INACTIVE" state. After conversations with the support team they told me the second DNS server FQDN I have entered is "not a registered DNS server" and thus was "not accepted by the system". Despite of it being a completely valid and resolvable FQDN, on which there is a server running BIND authoritative for the domain.

They couldn't give any details about what is this thing, except for "DNS servers need to be registered, just as domain names".

My research wasn't very fruitful too, so you are my only hope!

I still can't accept that there is such a thing and there is not single easy to find clear document explaining it. All I could find was this http://www.hps.com/howtodns.html and some links to "Register a DNS server" at sites of registrars like Enom and network solutions accesible to resellers only.

Who is responsible for "registering DNS servers" — the registries or the registrars? What happens if the FQDN of the DNS server is in one TLD and the domain I'm trying to use it for is in another from a different registry/registrar? How do I as a domain owner "register a DNS server"? Where is this info stored — in DNS, in whois database, else? How can I check if an FQDN is already a "registered DNS server"? How do I unregister a DNS server? Can one IP be registered under multiple domains? What is the point of life, universe and everything?!

Please HELP!"

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