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Submission + - What To Do With Old Domains 3

Jason Levine writes: While looking to buy a new domain for a website idea I had, I realized that over the years I've purchased quite a few domain names. I'm not a domain hoarder by any stretch of the imagination, but 14 domains isn't a small number either. Of those domains, only 6 are actively being used. Many of the others were used for web projects that died out or that never launched. I could let the domains expire or possibly sell them (some might actually take in some cash), but I'm afraid of the domains being grabbed by spammers or other nefarious individuals. Holding onto them is an option, but increasingly I'm wondering why I'm paying annual fees for domain names that I'm not using and likely will never use again.

How do you handle old domain names in your possession that you no longer need?

Submission + - Microsoft investors call for Bill Gates to step down as chairman

rjmarvin writes: Now that Ballmer is on his way out, flak for Microsoft's middling stock prices and lagging mobile innovation is finally starting to land on Bill Gates himself. Three of the company's top 20 investors are lobbying the Board of Directors, pressing Gates to step down as chairman. The stockholders believe his presence would handcuff the next CEO's ability to re-make the company with new strategies and sweeping changes. They also think Gates wields a disproportionate amount of power relative to his financial stake and day-to-day activity within the company. No word yet from Gates or the board on this internal strife.

Submission + - New Taipei replaces Windows with Linux on 10,000 school PCs (

jrepin writes: Free and Open Source Software in Taiwan has made impressive strides thanks to the work of the 'ezgo' team. They have put together a pre-configured set of Free and Open Source software that makes it easy for teachers and students to get up and running. The New Taipei City government has decided to replace Windows with GNU/Linux on 10,000 PCs for elementary schools. They are using distribution called ezgo, which is based on Kubuntu distribution of GNU/linux operating system and is using KDE Plasma as the default desktop.

Submission + - SPAM: Archaeologists Discover Lost City In Cambodian Jungle

steve_mark66 writes: Australian archaeologists using remote-sensing technology have uncovered an ancient city in Cambodia that has remained hidden for more than a millennium under dense jungle undergrowth. The discovery of Mahendraparvata, a 1,200-year-old lost city that predates Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex by 350 years, was part of the Hindu-Buddhist Khmer Empire that ruled much of Southeast Asia from about 800 to 1400 A.D., during a time that coincided with Europe's Middle Ages
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Submission + - Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture ( 1

schwit1 writes: After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world’s most durable man-made creations ever—Roman concrete—has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.

Researchers have analyzed 11 harbors in the Mediterranean basin where, in many cases, 2,000-year-old (and sometimes older) headwaters constructed out of Roman concrete stand perfectly intact despite constant pounding by the sea. The most common blend of modern concrete, known as Portland cement, a formulation in use for nearly 200 years, can’t come close to matching that track record. In seawater, it has a service life of less than 50 years. After that, it begins to erode.

The secret to Roman concrete lies in its unique mineral formulation and production technique. As the researchers explain in a press release outlining their findings, “The Romans made concrete by mixing lime and volcanic rock. For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms. The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated—incorporating water molecules into its structure—and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.”


Submission + - The ATF Isn't Convinced That 3D-Printed Guns Compare to the Real Thing (

derekmead writes: 3D-printing gun parts has taken off, thanks to the likes of Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed. While the technology adds a rather interesting wrinkle to the gun control debate, the ATF currently is pretty hands-off, saying that while 3D-printed gun technology has arrived, it's not good enough yet to start figuring out how to regulate it.

"We are aware of all the 3D printing of firearms and have been tracking it for quite a while," Earl Woodham, spokesperson for the ATF field office in Charlotte, said. "Our firearms technology people have looked at it, and we have not yet seen a consistently reliable firearm made with 3D printing."

A reporter called the ATF's Washington headquarters to get a better idea of what it took to make a gun "consistently reliable," and program manager George Semonick said the guns should be "made to last years or generations." In other words, because 3D-printed guns aren't yet as durable as their metal counterparts, the ATF doesn't yet consider them as much of a concern.


Submission + - Digital Cameras Easily Turned Into Spying Devices (

An anonymous reader writes: Users' desire to share things online has influenced many markets, including the digital camera one. Newer cameras increasingly sport built-in Wi-Fi capabilities or allow users to add SD cards to achieve them in order to be able to upload and share photos and videos as soon as they take them. But, as proven by Daniel Mende and Pascal Turbing, security researchers with ERNW, these capabilities also have security flaws that can be easily exploited for turning these cameras into spying devices. The researchers chose to compromise Canon's EOS-1D X DSLR camera an exploit each of the four ways it can communicate with a network. Not only have they been able to hijack the information sent from the camera, but have also managed to gain complete control of it.
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Submission + - Doing Hard Time for Hacking Doesn't Actually Require Any Hacking (

derekmead writes: It's hard to know what to make of Andrew Auernheimer. The 27-year-old grey hat, known in the hacker community as "Weev," was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay a $75,000 fine to AT&T on Monday morning for his involvement in a 2010 incident involving iPads on the carrier's network. However, as Weev himself points out and tech bloggers confirm, he is being punished as a hacker who never actually did any hacking — not technically speaking, anyways.

So if Weev isn't a hacker, is he another activist, like Aaron Swartz, who's been swept up by too strict hacking laws? Or is he more of a rabblerouser, like Matthew Keys, the Reuters employee who helped Anonymous deface the Los Angeles Times's website? Or is he really a regular old criminal like the court says he is? The ambiguity here places Weev in a growing line-up of digital usual suspects, from Swartz to Keys, boy-men whom the government wants to make examples of and whom the internet freedom community, for better or worse, is eager to embrace as heroes.


Submission + - Bitcoin miners may be regulated as money transmitters by FinCEN (

An anonymous reader writes: FinCEN, a department of the US Treasury, just released new legal interpretations of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin within context of current financial regulations. The report considers those who generate virtual currency and sell it for US dollars as money transmitters. Money transmitters are regulated as Money Service Businesses. MSBs require registration by FinCEN so it can be assumed they are considering people who mine Bitcoins (or other virtual currencies) for US dollars as such.

Exact text:

"A person that creates units of this convertible virtual currency and uses it to purchase real or virtual goods and services is a user of the convertible virtual currency and not subject to regulation as a money transmitter. By contrast, a person that creates units of convertible virtual currency and sells those units to another person for real currency or its equivalent is engaged in transmission to another location and is a money transmitter. In addition, a person is an exchanger and a money transmitter if the person accepts such de-centralized convertible virtual currency from one person and transmits it to another person as part of the acceptance and transfer of currency, funds, or other value that substitutes for currency."

A person is defined as this, even if they are an MSB:

"FinCEN’s regulations define “person” as “an individual, a corporation, a partnership, a trust or estate, a joint stock company, an association, a syndicate, joint venture, or other unincorporated organization or group, an Indian Tribe (as that term is defined in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act), and all entities cognizable as legal personalities.”


Submission + - Stanford team developing spiky robot "hedgehogs" to explore Phobos (

cylonlover writes: Robot hedgehogs on the moons of Mars may sound like the title of a B-grade sci-fi movie, but that is what Stanford University is working on. Marco Pavone, an assistant professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and his team are developing spherical robots called “hedgehogs” that are about half a meter (1.6 ft) wide and covered in spikes to better cope with rolling and hopping across the surface of the Martian moon Phobos with its very low gravity.

Submission + - First Africa - Designed smartphone launched (

Taco Cowboy writes: A smartphone said to be the first designed by an African company has been launched.

The phone, called "Elikia", which means “hope” in the local language, has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 512 megabytes of RAM and a 650-Mhz processor, and runs Google's Android software.

The phone, although designed in Africa by Africans, will be manufactured in China

It will be retailed at $170.

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Submission + - World's oldest fossils found in the Pilbara (

Dexter Herbivore writes: Scientists analysing Australian rocks have discovered traces of bacteria that lived a record-breaking 3.49 billion years ago, a mere billion years after Earth formed.

If the find withstands the scrutiny that inevitably faces claims of fossils this old, it could move scientists one step closer to understanding the first chapters of life on Earth. The discovery could also spur the search for ancient life on other planets.

These traces of bacteria "are the oldest fossils ever described. Those are our oldest ancestors," said Nora Noffke, a biogeochemist at Old Dominion University in Norfolk who was part of the group that made the find and presented it last month at a meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Submission + - US Consumer Bureau Opens Online Credit Card Complaint DB (

chiguy writes: "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau begins releasing detailed information on Americans’ complaints about their credit cards online.

From The Washington Post:
"The CFPB said it will only publish complaints after it has verified the consumer’s relationship with the company. The new database will include not only the name of the company involved, but also the nature of the complaint and the consumer’s Zip code. It will also report whether the firm responded in a timely manner, how the matter was resolved and any disputes.

The CFPB said it has received more than 45,000 in the year since the bureau was launched."

Complaints about mortgages, student loans, and checking accounts will be added later. Financial institutions are complaining loudly, decrying the enforcement of one of the main tenants of the free market: transparency."

Submission + - New LED puts out more power than it consumes ( 1

Entropy98 writes: "MIT physicists have managed to build a light-emitting diode that has an electrical efficiency of more than 100 percent, without breaking the laws of physics. The LED produces 69 picowatts of light using 30 picowatts of power, giving it an efficiency of 230 percent. That means it operates above "unity efficiency" — putting it into a category normally occupied by perpetual motion machines.

However, while MIT's diode puts out more than twice as much energy in photons as it's fed in electrons, it doesn't violate the conservation of energy because it appears to draw in heat energy from its surroundings instead. When it gets more than 100 percent electrically-efficient, it begins to cool down, stealing energy from its environment to convert into more photons."

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