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+ - ICANN To Replace 'Digital Archery' Program With Raffle->

itwbennett writes: "As Slashdot readers will recall, ICANN has been struggling to find a way to decide which applications to evaluate first. At the end of June, ICANN announced it had abandoned plans to use the Digital Archery contest. Then at the end of July, ICANN said it would process all applications simultaneously. Now there's a new plan in the works: an old-fashioned, manual raffle with tickets costing $100. There's just one catch, though, California law prohibits unlicensed lotteries."
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DRM

+ - DRM could soon be in 3D printers-> 1 1

another random user writes: Downloading a car – or a pair of sneakers – will be entirely possible, although Ford and Nike won’t be particularly happy if people use their designs to do so.

A new patent, issued this week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and titled ‘Manufacturing control system’, describes a system whereby 3D printer-like machines (the patent actually covers additive, subtractive, extrusion, melting, solidification, and other types of manufacturing) will have to obtain authorization before they are allowed to print items requested by the user.

In a nutshell, a digital fingerprint of “restricted items” will be held externally and printers will be required to compare the plans of the item they’re being asked to print against those in a database. If there’s a match, printing will be disallowed or restricted.

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Idle

+ - Portland Maine (Over)reacts to Zombie Warning-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to the local news source the Portland Press Herald Portland, Maine officials overreacted to a "hacked" road sign warning motorists of Zombies Ahead. As Mainers gather food and supplies for a long winter ahead these kinds of distractions can be a major problem for the all too serious local government. In the end they failed to get the joke, understand the seriousness of unsecured electronic communications, and to see that people really don't need/care about every little message their government gives them.
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Comment: Re:First? Perhaps first this year (Score 1) 77 77

It is a common misconception that Kittinger exceeded the speed of sound during his fall, but this was not the case. He did reach a peak velocity of 614 mph (988 km/h), however, a mark that still stands as the fastest speed ever reached by a human without a vehicle.

no idea how trustworthy aerospaceweb is.

Comment: Re:The Euro Zone continues its war again US compan (Score 2) 266 266

Microsoft, Google, Apple -- what do they have in common?
All are based in the same country.
Anyone have a list of French or German companies fined?

hu? are you crazy?

take a look at p. 3; "Ten highest cartel fines per undertaking" - not a single US-based company.

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