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Submission + - Is TLD .eco logical? Al Gore thinks so. (bbc.co.uk)

indiejade writes: "The BBC News is reporting about the creation of an .eco domain extension for top-level domains. The measure, initiated by Dot Eco LLC, has also gained support by Al Gore, who won a Nobel prize in 2007 for his efforts to battle global warming issues. "The firm said proceeds from the registration would be used to fund research on climate change and other environmental issues," the article reports. An official ICANN application is expected to happen later in 2009."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Should I Sue? (ycombinator.com) 3

indiejade writes: "True story: I had an interview with Nasa Ames Research. A recruiter had called me up and said he had some Linux-oriented position for which they were hiring last year.

So I made it out to the interview, was interviewed by a couple of people, and alas, forced to work upon a Microsoft machine during the last part of the interview. I was then ridiculed because I couldn't remember off the top of my head how to get to the default C:\\command-prompt on a Microsoft Windows machine because I have been working almost exclusively on Unix variant machines for the past 4 or 5 years. I eventually got it, but almost felt like the interviewer put me in a position where I was made to look and feel stupid, despite the fact that the recruiter had told me that I was interviewing for a Unix-type position.

I was not hired. The recruiter told me it was because I don't have a car. (This info was NOT in the job description or requirements, and I'm pretty sure it is illegal to deny somebody employment for not owning a car — should I sue?). I suspect the real reason I wasn't hired was because I am a female. I suspect if I were to attempt to "fight it," I'd also lose because I'm female (well, maybe only during the Bush Administration's reign). :)

All in all, I was out almost a full day of my time, public transportation costs, and down a whole lot of hope for females in this industry.

P.S. This is the real deal Real Deal

So . . . Should and (if so) Who should I sue? The "recruiter" company or the US Government? At this point, I'm thinking the recruiter company is more liable, but just thought I'd ask for a broad opinion."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Linus Torvalds begins a "trial blog" (blogspot.com)

indiejade writes: "In his newly minted blogspot blog, Torvalds' maiden post reads, "So, having avoided the whole blogging thing so far, yesterday Alan DeClerck sent a pointer to his family blog with pictures of the kids friends, and I decided that maybe it's actually worth having a place for our family too that we can do the same on." A recent post includes mention of a silly time-limiter for the kids' internet usage that he wrote "for any other Linux user with kids and git.""
Operating Systems

Submission + - Exposing the Innards of *NIX (zentu.net) 1

indiejade writes: "Even though there are a plethora of open-source software project sites and even some directories, none of them really exposes in a comprehensive, organized, and neutral manner:

a) the innards of a *nix system,

b) what was (or can be) used to build those innards, and

c) icing on the cake: the goodies for after that *nix distribution has been built or compiled.

Until now. The zentu*nix project is a fairly new and ambitious project that aims to do all three. The site has been recently revamped, re-launched, and now contains well over 600 open-source projects and tools, organized by form and functionality. It is a one-stop resource for everything open-source; though not all sections are focused on the *nix or operating-system related software. Sections include: Building a Custom Operating System, Multimedia Players, Mixers, Rippers, and even a section dedicated to Open-Source Gaming. New projects are also being continually added."


Submission + - Early Termination Litigation Goes Fed (yahoo.com)

indiejade writes: "Increasingly worried about a series of long-running, class-action lawsuits in state courts, companies in the wireless and mobile phone industry are seeking a bail-out from the Federal government. Many consumers are filing lawsuits, angry with fees related to early cancellation or termination of contracts if they decide to switch providers.

Verizon Wireless, which offered the proposal to the FCC, and many of its competitors stand to benefit from the proposal. "In exchange for the government's approval, the agreement would let cell phone companies off the hook in state courts where they are being sued for billions of dollars by angry customers. If approved by the FCC, the proposal also would take away the authority of states to regulate the charges, known as early termination fees," the article says."


Submission + - Newfound Planet "Theoretically Should Not Exis

indiejade writes: "Various sources are reporting on the discovery of an extra-solar planet that is "20 times larger than Earth and circling a star 1,400 light-years away." It is thought to be the largest planet found so far for which we actually know the size, and one which some scientists say "theoretically should not even exist." TrES-4 is approximately "70 percent larger than Jupiter," according to Georgi Mandushev, the Lowell Observatory astronomer and lead author of the paper announcing the discovery."
The Internet

Submission + - Mapping the Net, Node by Node (technologyreview.com)

indiejade writes: "To the Big Node: little node Department Creating a unique functional mapping of the Internet, one that plots topography as well as function, was the goal of researchers at the Bar Ilan University in Israel. Their findings rank nodes according to efficiency. "The increased use of peer-to-peer communications could improve the overall capacity of the Internet and make it run much more smoothly," their study concluded.

"A dense core of 80 or so critical nodes surrounded by an outer shell of 5,000 sparsely connected, isolated nodes that are very much dependent upon this core. Separating the core from the outer shell are approximately 15,000 peer-connected and self-sufficient nodes. Take away the core, and an interesting thing happens: about 30 percent of the nodes from the outer shell become completely cut off. . . . Three distinct regions are apparent: an inner core of highly connected nodes, an outer periphery of isolated networks, and a mantle-like mass of peer-connected nodes. The bigger the node, the more connections it has."
The mapping, which was based on data from the assistance of 5,000 online volunteers, was published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine."

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