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Submission + - SPAM: Bulgaria: first to request Cyrillic domain names

__NR_kill writes:
"Bulgaria became Monday the first nation to request the registration of an Internet domain in Cyrillic. In submitting their letter, the Bulgarian authorities took advantage of the fact that the delegates at the ICANN Conference currently taking place in Paris are expected to make a decision for the setting up of multi-lingual first level domains."
So Bulgarians being the first to translate the Bible to Bulgarian, using what is nowadays known as the Cyrillic alphabet in XIX century, making it the third officially recognised translation by the Vatican after Latin and Greek, are now pioneering again in the efforts to make the internet more accessible to a broader spectrum of people.

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Submission + - Are the current operating systems IPv6 ready? 3

__NR_kill writes: While there is much hype about many of the advantages of Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux and which one is better for what, are they actually IPv6 ready? It seems not. The newly installed Ubuntu 7.04 loads automatically the ipv6 kernel module, which in my case (IPv4 only network), dropped the network throughput from 100mbps to about 10mbps. I wondered why for about a week, until I came across this funny thread, explaining it all. Then I remembered having a client running Windows Vista and complaining about p2p programmes killing completely his network to the point that Firefox failed loading the homepage (google). I gave it a try — I disabled IPv6 for the network interfaces of his Vista box, rebooted and the p2p programs were not affecting in any way the overall network performance. Two different operating systems — same problem — same solution.

My questions to the slashdot community are whether you've experienced similar problems and what are the criteria an operating system is IPv6 ready when two of the most popular systems fail on such simple tasks even when IPv6 is not used? How are ISP's expected to roll out IPv6 when such breakage occurs?

Submission + - Man with tiny brain shocks doctors

mernil writes: "New Scientist reports: "A man with an unusually tiny brain manages to live an entirely normal life despite his condition, which was caused by a fluid build-up in his skull /.../ Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled. "- What I find amazing to this day is how the brain can deal with something which you think should not be compatible with life," comments Max Muenke, a paediatric brain defect specialist at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, US."

Feed Engadget: NASA tests future moon landing robots on Canada's fake moon site (

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NASA is testing two new robots designed to for future moon landings in a crater in Canada, both of which are equipped with some high end kit designed to analyze their surroundings. Loaded up with "GPS, stereo cameras, laser scanners and sun trackers," the K10 Black and K10 Red can laser map terrain over 3,000 feet away, and fire radar into the ground and detect features up to 16.4 feet down. Running on regular laptop batteries, the robots are able to cover over 120 acres of ground and operate for up to five hours at a time, providing far more information than the restricted space-suit wearing astronauts are able to gather. Now all NASA's gotta do is get the robots onto the moon by the around-2020 date that the adminstration keeps mentioning.

[Via The Register]

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Submission + - Zune 2.0 hitting stores before holiday season ( 1

fdmendez writes: "With the Zune reaching it's goal of 1million units soldthis week, Microsoft plans to take its digital audio player to the next step by introducing Zune 2.0 and other models.

Microsoftreports that the Zune has officiallypassed the1 million unitlandmark this week with 1.2 million Zunes officially sold. Not satisfied with leaving the player where its at, Microsoft has confirmed the existence andimpendinglaunch of the long rumored Zune 2.0 or 2nd generation Zune.

A MicrosoftPR representative had the following to say regarding the release date of Zune 2.0:

"We have seen the rumors floating around, but we haven't announced specific dates or details for the next generation of the Zune devices or service. That said, Zune follows the cycle of the consumer electronics cycle so you can expect an update later this year prior to the holiday season."

The PR rep continued into vague details aboutfuture Zune products. "There are three predictable paths along which we'll expand Zune."

Microsoft will expand the Zune family with new styles, sizes, and price points. Future Zune products will featurepodcasting support and expanded video support. The Zune will also move into othergeographic marketswhenMicrosoft feels ithas an appealing product to offer those demographics.

Perhaps most importantly of all, the representative mentioned that Microsoft will build on the wireless support. Maybe we'll finally have the freedom of synching our digital audio players via wi-fi.

The rep didn't mention anything specific about Microsoft's rumored answer to the iPod Shuffle. But interestingrumorsfromsources considered "reliable"point to a very innovative product.

The product is essentially a music playingSD card thatwillplug into any SD slot. The second part of the playeris what makes theSDcard usable as a digital audio player. That part is a type of sleeve that'll allowthe user to control the music andplug in headphones forputting that music playing goodness to work. The player can't be turned on or off as it is always in the same state.

Sounds like good things are comingto the anti-Apple DAP crowd (which includes me)."


Northrop Grumman to own Scaled Composites 108

Dolphinzilla writes "According to, Northrop Grumman Corporation agreed on July 5 to increase its stake in Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites (designers of Space Ship One, Proteus) from 40 percent to 100 percent. They have purchased the company outright, marking a new future for the space pioneering firm. 'Scaled Composites currently is working with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic venture on a vehicle designated for now as SpaceShipTwo, which would carry two pilots and six paying passengers into suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness. The company also is building a new carrier aircraft, dubbed WhiteKnight2, that will carry SpaceShipTwo to an altitude of 15 kilometers before releasing it to soar to suborbital space. The two companies last year formed a joint venture called the Spaceship Company to build the new vehicles.'"

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