OriginalSolver writes: "This has been under discussion for many years and is finally here. There are major technical implications to this decision by ICANN but it opens up a world of possibilities too." Link to Original Source
penciling_in writes: The Board of ICANN today gave final approval to the most dramatic change to the Internet — allowing the expansion of new Top-Level Domains (TLDs). ICANN's TLD expansion plan was first publicized three years ago on June 26, 2008 at the 32nd ICANN Meeting in Paris. ICANN in it's official announcement said today that it will soon begin a global campaign to tell the world about this dramatic change in Internet names and to raise awareness of the opportunities afforded by new gTLDs. Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012. ICANN has indicated that it anticipates between 300 and 1,000 new TLDs could be created under the new program, providing an alternative to existing TLDs such as.com or.net. Link to Original Source
OriginalSolver writes: 6 hours ago the in-addr.arpa domain (the parent of all reverse DNS domains) was redelegated from the root nameservers to servers run by the Regional Internet Registries. This significant change to a core piece of Internet infrastructure has apparently gone completely unreported in the mainstream media.
The problem is sex offenders are not like other offenders. Murders actually have an extremely low re-offense rate. The re-offense rate for sex offenders is unfortunately high. This is why, despite my strong civil liberties leanings, I support a sex offenders register and other measures to keep an eye on them. The alternatives I can think of are all worse for the offenders themselves.
While I might agree about the UI & usability problems in OSS I can't agree about innovation. OSS licencing is being used by a very large number of IT research projects. Look at the work being done in areas like "single system image" (SSI). The serious work is all being done on Open source OSes.
Good point re food security. I don't know the numbers for NZ (I am going to research it) but Australia produces enough food to feed 100 million people (for a population of 21 million) so good food security there too.
Violence in western countries (except perhaps the US) is overstated by the media. Police data shows a steady decline in violent crime over the last few decades. Various changes in society make certain sorts of violent crime untennable. Robbing a bank ain't what it used to be.
The one real problem Australia has is water security and that is _finally_ being addressed properly as a result of the recent drought that scared the pants off several levels of government.
Network mirroring like this is no backup at all. An error will be carried across by the synchronisation. This is one of several common mistakes made about backups. The system you describe is a variation on "using RAID 1 as a backup system". I am glad to hear you use a tape library as well. I hope the tapes go offsite.