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+ - Microsoft "Stealth Update" not harmless at

Submitted by DaMan
DaMan (666) writes "According to WindowsSecrets.com, the super-secret stealth Update that Microsoft released back in August isn't as harmless as Microsoft claims:

The trouble occurs when users reinstall XP's system files using the repair capability found on genuine XP CD-ROMs. (The feature is not present on "Restore CDs.") The repair option, which is typically employed when XP for some reason becomes unbootable, rolls many aspects of XP back to a pristine state. It wipes out many updates and patches and sets Internet Explorer back to the version that originally shipped with the operating system.


ZDNet's Hardware 2.0 has independently confirmed that this update adversely affects repaired XP installations:

This issue highlights why it is vitally important that Microsoft doesn't release undocumented updates on the sly. Even the best tested update can have unpleasant side-effects, but if patches are documented properly and released in such a way that users (especially IT professionals) know they exist, it offers a necessary starting point for troubleshooting.
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Power

+ - $1/watt solar panels.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Colorado State University's method for manufacturing low-cost, high-efficiency solar panels is nearing mass production. AVA Solar Inc. will start production by the end of next year on the technology developed by mechanical engineering Professor W.S. Sampath at Colorado State. The new 200-megawatt factory is expected to employ up to 500 people. Based on the average household usage, 200 megawatts will power 40,000 U.S. homes."
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The Internet

+ - Do Tell, the sTLD .Tel is not another .Mobi

Submitted by uruiamme
uruiamme (745572) writes "Dot Mobi, move over! There is a new kid on the top level domain domain block. The ICANN approved .Tel as a new sponsored TLD on May 30, 2006, and now the registry will soon be publishing their timetable in the next few weeks. If they follow the same track as other TLDs, there will probably be a pre-registration period for early to mid-2007, and then we may see open registration by latter part of 2007. However, open registration is not completely accurate, because this is a sponsored TLD, which means it is not necessarily a free-for-all like .mobi or .biz. From what I can tell about the way TelNic submitted their proposal to ICANN, they are going to be somewhat more restrictive than .mobi, but only time will tell. Think of this sTLD like a .museum or .pro, which require a certain amount of complex approval to be registered. In other words, the .mobi folks might at least be relieved to know that this TLD may not be quite as easy to register. There will likely be some kind of qualifications or proof supplied by the registrants of .tel. The specifics of this process are probably still being hammered out by the Telnic Ltd. folks in London.

Details are extremely limited at this time, since the TelNic folks are in complete control of the process. However, there are some rumors being spread that .Tel will conquer .mobi in short order. Before these rumors go too far in their predictions, I would suggest you read my note below. I believe that the two sTLDs are indeed different and not exactly competing for the same type of registrant.

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It would appear that the .Tel registry is going to be quite a different animal from the other TLDs. For example they are trying to do some very interesting things in the Domain Name System (DNS) records. A typical .com, .net, or even a .mobi registrant can do whatever they please with DNS records, which can contain A, MX, AAAA, TXT, and CNAME records, to name a few common ones. But the registrant of a .Tel domain has no such privilege. Perhaps the registry will have to make changes to DNS records for registrants, and/or cause registrants to limit their DNS records for .Tel domains to those records which they allow.

One record which they intend to publish is the NAPTR record, which if you follow VoIP technology, you might have encountered before. The ENUM system uses this record type in DNS to map numbers to people and companies.

[Quote from the .Tel Sponsorship Agreement, Appendix S that the ICANN approved:]
  1. The .tel sTLD will serve individuals, persons ,groups, businesses, organizations, or associations that wish to store and publish their contact information using the DNS.
    The .tel community is defined and distinguishable from the broader Internet community through the novel and different purpose for which registrants will use their domain names. In effect, the community is defined by the activity of its members. This is reflected in the user-defined content of their delegated zones (NAPTR records rather than Address records) as this defines the sTLD's use for finding people not machines.
  2. Because the .tel community is defined by usage, it is critical that this usage be enforced to ensure integrity of the community. Therefore, each registrant will be required to agree to an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) that states that their delegated domain will not include user-defined A, AAAA, or A6 resource records.


So what good is a domain name of example.tel if there is no www.example.tel? I am not sure I follow their logic, but it would appear that not too many websites will be allowed such a privilege. They seem to be restricting .Tel to usages other than the World Wide Web. i.e. No Slash dot Tel!! If so, then before you register a boatload of .tel domain names during the landrush or sunrise periods, you better read and understand the DNS, their AUP, and some technical aspects of the whole process. I am not so sure this will be something a typical user is going to need just yet, but perhaps VoIP technology will someday make having a .Tel domain name commonplace."
The Internet

+ - Ring, Ring - It's .TEL Calling

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "ICANN just announced the addition of .tel to the DNS root zone, making it the 15th top level domain under contract with ICANN on the Internet. .tel isn't a domain extension in the traditional sense. Instead, it is gearing up to become a cutting edge, decentralized, globally accessible and privacy-enhanced contact directory...

http://www.dailydomainer.com/200744-ring-ring-its- tel-calling.html"
Windows

+ - It's official: Vista copy protection 100% cracked

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Slinky Sausage
Slinky Sausage writes "There's been a steady stream of 'sort of' cracks for Vista coming out of the piracy groups, but a crack has been released this morning by "Pantheon" which is doesn't avoid Vista's activation — it exploits it! Apparently despite the requirements for everyone including volume licence customers to activate, Microsoft built in the capability for OEM system builders to pre-install copies of Vista without activating it over the internet. The crack works on any Acer, HP, Lenovo, Hewlett Packard or custom machine (as long as you have the BIOS of that machine available)."
Linux Business

+ - Novell won't be banned from distributing Linux

Submitted by Aim Here
Aim Here (765712) writes "In an earlier article, Slashdot quoted Reuters as claiming that the FSF might try to ban Novell from using Linux. Eben Moglen of the FSF has responded in an eweek interview, claiming he was quoted out of context, and that his quote in the article merely refers to the upcoming version 3 of the GNU General Public License. Was this all just an honest mistake, an eager journalist overhyping a weak story, or part of a wider campaign of sinister anti-FSF FUD?"

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