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Submission + - Selling a domain name

mikeraz writes: Today I received Yet Another email asking if I'd like to see a domain name I have registered. I've been getting these requests since 1998 or so. As usual I replied with "No, not interested." Moments later I received another, higher, offer from the same individual. We exchanged emails and left it at "if you're ever interested please contact me."

I'm being offered enough to put a serious dent in my mortgage or a serious boost in retirement savings. So it is tempting.

Have you sold a domain name? How did the process work out for you? What pitfalls should I be aware of? What's the best practice for selling off a domain name.

Submission + - Bridge traffic powers its monitoring sensors

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Researchers at Clarkson University, NY, have developed wireless bridge sensors which work without batteries. Instead, they are powered by the vibrations caused by passing traffic. This is good news for all the people in charge of maintaining bridges, who will no longer to have to replace batteries installed in hard-to-access locations. As said one of the researchers, 'We have completely eliminated the battery from the equation. Hermetically sealed wireless sensors powered by bridge vibration can remain on the bridge without need of maintenance for decades, providing continuous monitoring of such parameters as ice conditions, traffic flows and health status.' Nice job, but read more for additional details and a picture of a wireless bridge sensor used to check the safety of the Route 11 bridge in Potsdam, N.Y."

Submission + - Politics Shorting Out the Power Grid? (

eweekhickins writes: Electric plants were built to be reliable, available, and efficient; not necessarily to be secure. That explains the past, but not the present. So why are electric utilities so vulnerable to a cyberattack — vulnerable enough to put national security at risk? First and foremost, you'd think utilities would treat these systems with at least as much security as you treat your mainstream IT systems. But according to security expert Joe Weiss, that's exactly what they've refused to do. "The bottom line is that the utilities simply don't want to do very much, and, consequently, what they've done is written a standard that provides all sorts of exemptions and exceptions and ambiguousness so they can do as little of what they consider necessary and not have to do anything." And they can get away with this because? Congressional gridlock you say? Imagine the gridlock when all the traffic lights go out in Washington.

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