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Comment: Re:Sea Boundaries (Score 1) 287

by Phil John (#25875809) Attached to: Has HavenCo's Data Haven Shut Down?
The swiss have one of the highest number of guns per head of capita than any other country in the world, every male up to the age of 30/34 is part of the miltia that comprises their army. They all get issued (and are allowed to keep) an automatic assault rifle in their homes so that they can go into action at a moments notice should the need arise. It's a highly effective, if slightly unorthodox, way of defending your nation.
The Internet

ICANN Board Approves Wide Expansion of TLDs 490

Posted by timothy
from the dibs-on-dot-tim dept.
penciling_in writes "The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the relaxation of the rules for the introduction of new Top-Level Domains — a move that could drastically change the Internet. 'We are opening up a new world and I think this cannot be underestimated,' said Roberto Gaetano, an ICANN board member. The future outcome of this decision was discussed on Slashdot a few days ago. It also seems, based on this post on CircleID from last month, that ICANN was already in preparation mode of mass TLD introductions. The new decision will allow companies to register their brands as generic top-level domain names (TLDs). For instance, Microsoft could apply to have a TLD such as '.msn', Apple apply for '.mac', and Google for '.goog'... The decision was taken unanimously on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at the 32nd ICANN Meeting in Paris."
Software

Best Way to Build a Searchable Document Index? 216

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the build-a-better-boss-trap dept.
Blinocac writes "I am organizing the IT documentation for the agency I work for, and we would like to make a searchable document index that would render results based on meta tags placed in the documents, which include everything from Word files, HTML, Excel, Access, and PDF's." What methods or tools have others seen that work? Anything to avoid?
Hardware Hacking

Water Cooling Computers With A Swimming Pool 241

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the take-your-pc-for-a-dip dept.
guzugi writes "This is a project I have been working for several months and been hypothesizing for much longer. The basic idea is to shortcut the need for an air conditioner when cooling multiple computers. Swimming pool water is pumped into the house and through several waterblocks to effectively cool these hot machines. This greatly reduces noise cooling requirements."
Security

+ - QuickTime users still at risk from MySpace bug

Submitted by
MySpaceDude
MySpaceDude writes "The QuickTime vulnerability that led to a widespread worm outbreak on MySpace.com last month could be exploited again, according to security researcher Aviv Raff. Apple issued a temporary specific patch for the worm last month, but this bug can still be exploited to run unauthorized code on a patched computer. From MacWorld.com"
Desktops (Apple)

+ - Mac OS X and Font Smoothing

Submitted by Piroca
Piroca (900659) writes "Font smoothing in OS X is one of the worst aspects of the system, yet few users dare to complain about it. The rationale behind Quartz font rendering is that anything in the screen should be rendered as they would while printing. Apple decided to turn off font hinting and perform anti-aliasing indiscriminately, thus adding artifacts to horizontal and vertical lines. It happens the end result is that fonts at small sizes are blurry and not very easy to read (which is exactly the opposite result expected from the anti-aliasing strategy, and renders the crispness of LCDs useless). Apple has been heavy-handed about this issue since OS X 10.1 by not acknowledging it and not providing configuration options to turn off anti-aliasing in small fonts while providing font hinting and choices for system fonts (the ubiquitous Lucida Grande is not hinted therefore it looks wrong when anti-aliased) as the old System 9 and Windows do. This situation is unlikely to change anytime soon (Leopard won't do anything about it, at least). For me, this is a problem because I have to develop on OS X and keep starring at blurry fonts the whole day gives me headaches. I'm pretty sure other developers out there have the same problem, therefore here goes my question: what do you do to cope with the troublesome font smoothing in OS X?"
Security

+ - Opera patched in secret

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Opera 9.10 released in December seemed to be a rather cosmetic update. But as heise Security reports, behind the scenes Opera patched two remote code execution holes — neither of them mentioned in the changelog. In addition Opera rates an exploitable heap overflow as "moderate" because it is "not trivial to exploit it reliably". I wonder if this is really done to protect thier users or rather to minimize public exposure..."

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