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Submission + - Google People Finder Aids Japan Quake Victims (bbc.co.uk)

JustABlitheringIdiot writes: "Google has launched a version of its Person Finder service for people caught up in the Japanese earthquake.

The website acts as a directory and message board so people can look for lost loved ones or post a note saying they are safe.

It is designed to be embedded on websites and social network pages to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Several thousand records were submitted in the first few hours of the service being up."

Submission + - Verizon Blocking Anonops (blogspot.com)

JustABlitheringIdiot writes: I saw this posting today and yes it old older news but this /. after all.

In December 2010 Verizon pulled a dirty trick by silently blocking most all know IP addresses used by IRC, web and other server operated for Operation Payback. This move was made without notice to Verizon’s customers and without the ability to opt out of the blocking. It is unclear as to Verizon’s motivation for this censorship of the internet. One can speculate that they don’t want their FiOS service making the news as the straw that broke the camel’s back for the next web server to be hit by Anonymous.

Does anybody know if this is still going on? Also why didn't this make it on here sooner?

Submission + - Skype outage affects millions (skype.com)

JustABlitheringIdiot writes: As I write this I am waiting for my Skype to finally log me back in.

Apparently they lost some of their supernodes for quite a while there and things are now slowly recovering. Can anybody explain what happened in more depth? Did this affect your business today?

Submission + - Model describes universe with no big bang (physorg.com)

JustABlitheringIdiot writes: From the article:

By suggesting that mass, time, and length can be converted into one another as the universe evolves, Wun-Yi Shu has proposed a new class of cosmological models that may fit observations of the universe better than the current big bang model. What this means specifically is that the new models might explain the increasing acceleration of the universe without relying on a cosmological constant such as dark energy, as well as solve or eliminate other cosmological dilemmas such as the flatness problem and the horizon problem.

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