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Submission + - 200 Googlers Got Pink Slips Today

An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced that 200 Googlers got pink slips and will no longer be working for the search engine giant. Google has grown too fast too soon and as they stated in their blog, it's almost impossible to get everything right when companies do this. In Google's efforts to downsize, 200 sales and marketing positions will be eliminated. 'We did look at a number of different options but ultimately concluded that we had to restructure our organizations in order to improve our effectiveness and efficiency as a business. We will give each person time to try and find another position at Google, as well as outplacement support, and provide severance packages for those who leave the company.'

Submission + - Sailing 50 Knot barrier broken

Sailing_Nut writes: Australia’s Macquarie Innovation last night made world speed sailing history when it powered down the 500m Sandy Point course at an average speed of 50.43 knots. In winds of only 24 knots, Macquarie Innovation reached a maximum speed of 54.23 knots (100km/hr) and became the first sailing boat in the world to complete an official 500m run in excess of 50 knots.

The record claim by the Macquarie Speed Sailing Team is now being prepared for ratification by the sport’s governing body and while the final acknowledged speed is expected to be reduced to 50.08 knots ** due to tidal variances experienced along the course, the claim realizes the team’s long term goal to sail their craft beyond 50 knots – sailing’s equivalent of the 4 minute mile for running. This terrific shot from Steb Fisher.
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Submission + - Why is IPv6 like Broccoli? (

darthcamaro writes: We've known for a long time that the current IPv4 address space for the internet wouldn't be enough. In fact all the IPv4 addresses could be used up as soon as next year. So why aren't we all moving to IPv6 — the next generation of IP space? The head of The Internet Society has an interesting answer.

"IPv6 is not the question — it's the answer," Leslie Daigle, chief Internet technology officer for the ISOC, said during an IETF panel discussion on IPv6. "The question is do we want to continue to have an Internet that continues to be expanded by innovations from everywhere? In which case, we need to deploy IPv6 to continue to have global addressing." "It's something of a broccoli technology, in that regard: It's better for you if you eat it but it's not necessarily appealing in its own right."


Submission + - MLB Denies Blogger Media Credential for ASG

Joliet Jake writes: "A few of my readers suggested that I submit my story to Slashdot. I have to admit I'm pretty ignorant about your site so forgive me if I've wasted your time here. crib notes: I asked for media credentials as a blogger from Major League Baseball to the 2007 All-Star Game. I was denied, as expected. I mentioned it in my post here: _media_crede.html I didn't realize how much of a controversy this subect was until my email box started filling up this morning. Email after email suggested that I continue to push for access.. from lawyers, government officials, and even journalists. I was pretty surprised. After I modified my post adding that I should look into putting a sports bloggers association together, every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the country decided to email me saying that was a great idea. But is it? I'm really curious what everyone thinks about the subject. I'm torn between not wanting to see bloggers in the clubhouse from the ex-player side of me, to wanting to see these sports giants swing the doors open more as a blogger because I'm well aware of how much real news never gets out that should. Thank you for your time."
The Internet

Submission + - CIRA new membership drive

dreamturtle writes: "The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has implemented a new enrolment process for becoming a CIRA Member. If you are already a CIRA Member you must re-enroll in order to maintain your CIRA Membership status. That's great but they're also giving away a free 1GB flash drive in limited quantities to new members. Is CIRA that hard up for members that they have to entice new members with trinkets? I would think that the benefits would be obvious to anyone who was interested in having a say on how the Internet is run in Canada and globally."

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