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Submission + - Open Source DevOps Tool for AWS VPC

TheSync writes: In AWS, you can now build "virtual private clouds" as complex as your data center. But it can be a challenge to set them up using AWS best practices and reference architectures in a repeatable manner. Nucleator is a new Open Source DevOps tool to help you "stamp out" secure, scalable, and highly-available AWS environments.

Submission + - .SCOT TLD "Priority Registration" Deadline Approaching

TheSync writes: Calico.UK, the registrar for the .SCOT top level domain, is advertising "priority registration" ahead of general availability of the TLD just in time for the Scottish independence vote. Scotland of course has no ISO 3166-1 two-letter country code at this time, and even if it wanted one after independence, many natural choices like "SC" are already taken, but then again UK domains tend to use .UK instead of the ISO 3166-1 code "GB".

Submission + - Australia's Failed Government-Owned Broadband-> 1

TheSync writes: Sold as AUS$43 billion gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) solution, Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project is now the project is now years behind schedule and $30 billion over budget. The NBN has only 78,000 fiber subscribers, with a price of $93,000 per subscriber. Also most of those subscribers chose 25Mbps/5Mbps service rather than 100Mbps/40 Mbps speeds. It is unclear if NBN will be killed or changed into a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) system.
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Submission + - California seeks to shut down coding bootcamps

TheSync writes: VentureBeat reports that the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy, and others. These bootcamps have not yet been approved by the BPPE and are therefore being classified as unlicensed postsecondary educational institutions that must seek compliance or be forcibly shut down. Unless they comply, these organizations face imminent closure and a hefty $50,000 fine.

Submission + - Dark Matter Found in Cold Gas Clouds

TheSync writes: Astrophysicist Jessica Werk of the University of California, Santa Cruz studied light from 38 quasars using the Hubble Space Telescope. By looking at the spectral fingerprints in this light, she found that galactic halos harbor at least 10 times, and possibly up to 100 times, as much cold gas as researchers had estimated. If her estimate is correct, it would account for the two-thirds of galaxies’ baryonic matter that astronomers have been looking for. This could go a long way to explaining where all the "dark matter" is.

Submission + - "Cosmos" remake coming to FOX in 2014 1

TheSync writes: The long-awaited remake of Carl Sagan's amazing "Cosmos" series, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey", will be coming to FOX television next year. It will star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" fame is an executive producer. MacFarlane was introduced to Carl Sagan's widow Ann Druyan by deGrasse Tyson, and MacFarlane helped them pitch the show to FOX executives.

Submission + - Mobile TV Receiver for iPhone/iPad now shipping->

TheSync writes: After several years, the ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard now has a useful receiver. Engadget is reporting that Elgato is shipping a receive appliance for iPhone & iPad 30-pin dock connector that can receive FOX and NBC O&O stations over the air, without using any cellular data.
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Submission + - NY AG Subpoena's Craigslist for Post-Sandy Price Gougers->

TheSync writes: In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Craigslist, demanding that the site identify more than 100 sellers whose prices on post-Sandy gas, generators and other supplies were of an “unconscionably excessive price” during an emergency. AG Eric Schneiderman said: “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging [and] will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."
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Submission + - Dyle Mobile TV Launches on MetroPCS Samsung Phone->

TheSync writes: GigaOM is reporting the launch of Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G phone on MetroPCS with Dyle Mobile TV service. It allows you to watch broadcast TV signals from FOX, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, and others for free without eating into your data plan. The phone also is a 4G mobile hotspot.
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Submission + - Dyle Mobile TV launching on MetroPCS in 2012->

TheSync writes: Twice is reporting that Dyle Mobile TV, the consumer-facing brand launched by Mobile Content Venture, announced that they are partnering to enable MetroPCS customers to watch live, local broadcast television on their mobile phones later this year. This service uses the new ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard that allows existing television stations to provide mobile digital television service in addition to their existing HD signals.
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Submission + - Bacterial Microrobots build Pyramid->

TheSync writes: Computer-controlled flagellated Magnetotactic Bacteria (MTB) of 1 to 2 microns in diameter have been used to build a micro-pyramid. The Magnetococcus strain MC-1 bacteria were manipulated to build the pyramid from blocks of size 80x20x15 microns. Nanobots are here!
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Submission + - Venezuela's Chavez calls for Internet Regulation->

TheSync writes: The AP reports that Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is calling for regulation of the Internet and cracking down on false Web stories. In a televised speech, Chavez said: "The Internet can't be something free where anything can be done and said. No, every country has to impose its rules and regulations."
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Submission + - Massive Rube Goldberg Machine Rules YouTube->

TheSync writes: US indie band OK Go has filmed a music video with an awesome 4-minute long Rube Goldberg Machine done in a single shot. The machine is timed to the parts of the song, and actually "does things" to the band members. The video is #1 YouTube's most-watched video of the week, with over 3.5 million views. The video was produced with MIT’s Media Lab and Syyn Labs, and contains the MAKE Magazine car from the 24 Hours of LeMons.
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Submission + - BSkyB to Launch 3D TV Service in 2010->

TheSync writes: "The Guardian reports that BSkyB will launch Europe's first 3D TV service in 2010. You will need the Sky+ HD set-top box, and a "3D ready" TV set (glasses-based stereoscopic system such as LCD shutter glasses or polarized glasses). Note that the first 3D TV service was from Nippon BS Broadcasting BS11 for use with Hyundai 3D sets."
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Submission + - FTC to Regulate Blogs->

TheSync writes: "The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is planning to regulate blogs. They are concerned about bloggers who receive compensation from the companies whose products they blog about. The regulation would clarify that rules against deceptive and unfair business practices apply to bloggers. So if Slashdot gets money or non-cash support from Linux vendors and they put up articles about how bad Microsoft is, watch out!"
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