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ICANN Takes a Step Toward Ending Domain Tasting 155

An anonymous reader writes "For years, domain squatters have exploited an ICANN loophole: whenever a domain name is registered, ICANN collects a 20-cent fee from the registrar. To allow for non-paying customers, the registrar can return it five days later for a full refund. The loophole has let unscrupulous registrars constantly create and refund domain-squatting websites, selling 'what you need when you need it' advertising. The problem has grown so bad that every month the world's top three domain squatters, all located in Miami with the same address and represented by the same lawyer, recycle 11 million domain names. After years of complaints, ICANN has finally begun moving on the problem. On April 17 ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization voted to make the ICANN 20-cent fee non-refundable. If the ICANN board ratifies this position in June, those top three squatters will be getting a monthly bill for $2.2M. News of the ICANN changes has been applauded by legitimate Internet businesses, tired of having to choose nonsense names because all the good ones have been squatted. ICANN has published an analysis of the economics of ending domain squatting."

Submission + - NASA orbiter snaps shot of Mars rover 170 miles up ( 1

coondoggie writes: "Talk about eyes like a hawk. The University of Arizona and NASA said today their powerful orbiting camera caught a shot of the Mars Spirit rover as it was perched, taking in a little sun on a rock formation on the red planet. The camera — the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE, onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the color image of the Mars surface known as "Home Plate" on Sept. 27, 2007. At the time, the Orbiter was flying about 170 miles, over the surface. At that distance, the camera could resolve objects about 32 inches across. The sun was about 56 degrees above the horizon in the winter afternoon sky. To the untrained eye the blurry image on the surface could just as easily be another bump in the Mars terrain but NASA and the university confirmed today it was indeed one of the two Mars rovers (Opportunity is the other)."
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Submission + - Certifications versus master's degrees for newbies (

Julie188 writes: "When you've got about three years of IT experience and you want to increase your paycheck should you go for a master's degree in IT or for a tough certification like Cisco's CCIE? A guy making $43,000 with a kid on the way asked. While almost every salary survey on the planet seems to say that a master's degree rules for higher pay, this panel of experts recommended the certification. The fact this guy is a relative newbie in the field, that he wants to spend more time with his family and that he didn't have any certifications were the reasons. They also say the subject matter of a degree — should he get one — pretty much doesn't matter."
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Submission + - Auctioning off his name to raise capital (

BlackNova writes: "Stan Oleynick is auctioning off the opportunity to change his name to your company name and further guarantees that he will set a world record with his new name or he'll give you your money back. But wait, that's not all — he's also offering up a 10% equity stake in the internet project he's doing this to raise money for."

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