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Submission + - Verizon DNS wildcarding FIOS/DSL (publicknowledge.org)

obsidian97 writes: Verizon has taken a page from the Verisign Sitefinder debacle and turned on DNS wildcarding for FIOS and DSL customers. For these customers, a DNS query for "asdf1234", for which there isn't even a TLD, yields a Verizon sponsored landing page where they can automatically piss off their customers. Don't they ever learn?
Graphics

Submission + - Free online tool for precision vectorization (stanford.edu)

cbroglie writes: Stanford has released a free tool called Vector Magic to convert bit map images into vector art. Vector art is useful because it allows you to scale an image without making it blurry or pixelated. The tool supports a variety of inputs/outputs and works great — especially for logos. Check out some cool comparisons to Adobe Live Trace and Corel PowerTRACE. And you thought that 100 pixel jpeg could never look good on a tee shirt.
Privacy

Submission + - Justice Dept re-opens wiretapping investigation

frdmfghtr writes: In a surprising change, the White House has "cleared the way for the Justice Department to restart an investigation into the government's no-warrant electronic surveillance program.". FTA: "We recently received the necessary security clearances and are now able to proceed with our investigation," [H. Marshall] Jarrett said in the letter he wrote to five members of the House, including Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat from New York.

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