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+ - Less than a year of IP addresses left-> 2

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "We have known for some time that the number of IP4 Internet addresses isn't sufficient but we have reached a tipping point. IPv4's countdown has fallen below 365 days which means that at the current rate of consumption there will be no more IP addresses to hand out in less than a year.
Many commentators are referring to the coming IPv4 address crunch as another Y2K. Given that Y2K was less of a disaster than predicted we might as well hope that this is correct."

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Businesses

Chinese Companies Rent White Foreigners 145

Posted by samzenpus
from the token-white-guy dept.
The job market may look bad here, but if you're in China, and you happen to be white, all you need is a suit and tie. An increasing number of Chinese companies are willing to pay any price to have a few fair-skinned faux employees walking around. From the article: "'Face, we say in China, is more important than life itself,' said Zhang Haihua, author of Think Like Chinese. 'Because Western countries are so developed, people think they are more well off, so people think that if a company can hire foreigners, it must have a lot of money and have very important connections overseas. So when they really want to impress someone, they may roll out a foreigner.' Or rent one."
Cellphones

Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying 344

Posted by timothy
from the they-drown-out-the-bark-of-my-gun dept.
__roo writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science."
E3

Sony To Detail "Premium PSN" Plans At E3 171

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-only-we-could-still-access-psn dept.
ranulf writes "VG247 is reporting that Sony will reveal their plans for 'premium PSN' services next month at E3, even though they've long stated that one of the PS3's advantages over the 360 is that they offer PSN for free. In addition to the premium services, they intend to offer a free PSN game to subscribers each month (from a choice of 'two to four games'), which should make the premium PSN effectively free if you already bought a game every month. VG247's source claims 'nothing planned will impact the service’s current free aspects,' and that 'there’s nothing in the premium package which will gimp regular PSN users.'"
Image

Measuring the Speed of Light With Valentine's Day Chocolate 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the speed-of-the-sound-of-loneliness dept.
Cytotoxic writes "What to do with all of those leftover Valentine's Day chocolates? — a common problem for the Slashdot crowd. The folks over at Wired magazine have an answer for you in a nice article showing how to measure the speed of light with a microwave and some chocolate. A simple yet surprisingly accurate method that can be used to introduce the scientific method to children and others in need of a scientific education."
Image

Anti-Piracy Dog Uncovers Huge Cache of Discs 283

Posted by samzenpus
from the follow-your-nose dept.
sgt scrub writes "I've never thought about sniffing my CDs before buying them but that is all about to change. According to this Yahoo! news article, dogs can be trained to tell the difference between a legit copy of a DVD and one from those pesky pirates. From the article, 'A DVD-sniffing anti-piracy dog named Paddy has uncovered a huge cache of 35,000 discs in Malaysian warehouses, many destined for export to Singapore, industry officials said on Wednesday. Paddy was given to Malaysia by the MPA to help close down piracy syndicates, which churn out vast quantities of illegal DVDs. The dog is specially trained to detect chemicals in the discs.'" We ran a story about anti-piracy dogs being trained in Ireland a few years ago.
Patents

+ - IBM Seeks Patent for Real-Time Pay Cuts

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "When it comes to reducing labor costs, even its detractors will acknowledge that IBM is quite the innovator. Take Big Blue's just-published patent application for Dynamically Setting a Wage, illustrated with an example that shows how call center workers can be pitted against each other by only guaranteeing pay rates for an hour at a time, causing some workers to accept 10% less pay than others for doing the exact same work. Probably a safe bet that IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano won't be eating his own dog food on this one!"
Programming

+ - The Origin and future of Eclipse

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "An interesting article about the Eclipse Platform, including its origin and architecture. Starting with a brief discussion about the open source nature of Eclipse and its support for multiple programming languages, it demonstrate the Java development environment with a simple programming example. It also provides a survey of some of the software development tools available as plug-in extensions and where Eclipse is headed."

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