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Submission + - The setup behind ( 1

Toreo asesino writes: Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run ( and Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment.

Submission + - Are 3D printers The Next Big Thing (tm)?

An anonymous reader writes: Charcoal Design writes

In the last 25 years we have seen a number of key technologies emerge that have revolutionised how we work, play and interact with each other. Could these innovations be part of a grander design? And if so, what's the next piece in the puzzle...?
The answer it seems is 3D printing technology. In the article they suggest that the major technological successes of the last two decades — computers, mobile phones and MP3 players (digital cameras apparently didn't make the list) — have shown a trend towards allowing consumers free (as in freedom) access to information, but the only remaining stumbling block is the fact that we must still access that information via proprietary hardware.

People have traditionally endured unsatisfactory products and services because the barriers to using or supplying their own alternatives are too great.
They argue that bespoke manufacturing services and 3D printing technology have the power to change that by allowing consumers to manufacture for themselves the full-featured, DRM-free hardware that the patent-encumbered, RIAA-pandering big-name manufacturers are not willing or able to give them.

Hardware designers won't be able to rest on their laurels with a product — only constant, breakneck innovation will allow commercial organisations to compete against the tide of freeware and open-source copycat products. Some companies won't be able to do this and will fold, but others will thrive and the consumer only stands to benefit in the end.
And apparently, the technology to do this is not so far off as we might have imagined.

Submission + - An Alternative Supplemental Bittorrent Protocol

Nicole Adams writes: Currently, bittorrent clients like Azureus and uTorrent use certain decentralized networks to exchange information about peers to enable torrent downloads even with offline trackers and to improve security. But this alternative bittorrent peer exchange model suggests a different route: so long as bittorrent is a centralized protocol at the core anyway, why not exchange tracker data instead?

Technically, sending/receiving a list of trackers used will result in less overhead than a list of hundreds of peers (as currently employed in the PeerExchange and DHT protocols). Plus, trackers are a much more permanent resource than peers that change by the minute. If it results in faster downloads, less overhead, and no side-effects, why not?

Submission + - RIAA to go after students

mjjw writes: The times has a story about the RIAA now planning to go after thousands of students in America. Interesting reading.

Submission + - Golf-ball sized hail damages Shuttle

MattSparkes writes: "The Shuttles March launch has been delayed to late April after golf-ball sized hail caused 7000 pits and divots in the foam that shields the fuel tank. NASA say it's the worst damage of its kind that they have ever seen, but hail is not a new problem for the agency. In 1982, a hailstorm damaged the sensitive heat shield tiles on the Columbia's wings. The damaged tiles then absorbed about 540 kilograms of rain. Once in space, the orbiter faced the Sun to allow the tiles to dry out."

Submission + - the mistery of "DNS server registration"

Anonymous Coward writes: "I have recently been burned by the mystical (at least to me) "DNS server registration". I changed the DNS server for a domain I own to new ones. After the update period passed I was horrified to see that only one of the two new servers has been accepted and my domain left in an "INACTIVE" state. After conversations with the support team they told me the second DNS server FQDN I have entered is "not a registered DNS server" and thus was "not accepted by the system". Despite of it being a completely valid and resolvable FQDN, on which there is a server running BIND authoritative for the domain.

They couldn't give any details about what is this thing, except for "DNS servers need to be registered, just as domain names".

My research wasn't very fruitful too, so you are my only hope!

I still can't accept that there is such a thing and there is not single easy to find clear document explaining it. All I could find was this and some links to "Register a DNS server" at sites of registrars like Enom and network solutions accesible to resellers only.

Who is responsible for "registering DNS servers" — the registries or the registrars? What happens if the FQDN of the DNS server is in one TLD and the domain I'm trying to use it for is in another from a different registry/registrar? How do I as a domain owner "register a DNS server"? Where is this info stored — in DNS, in whois database, else? How can I check if an FQDN is already a "registered DNS server"? How do I unregister a DNS server? Can one IP be registered under multiple domains? What is the point of life, universe and everything?!

Please HELP!"

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