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Submission + - Yet another oppressive regime blocks access to web

mistahkurtz writes: According to sources all over the net: The Iranian government has blocked access to the social networking site Facebook amid political jockeying for the June 12 presidential elections, according to the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency. Opponents of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad like Mir Hossein Mousavi are using technology to reach voters. Reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi — a former prime minister considered a threat to current hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — created a Facebook page for his campaign that has more than 5,000 supporters on the site.

In a country where the median age is 27, and technology is such a crucial method of communication, is there an easy way for the rest of the (private) world to help? Aside from using alternative DNS servers, modifying your HOSTS file, etc, is there an easy way to provide access from outside the nation in question, in a manner in which the general population would understand and would be able to use?

Submission + - Comcast Ordered to Stop BitTorrent Interference (

mistahkurtz writes: According to, comcast will soon be forced to allow, or at least ignore bittorrent traffic. Hopefully this will spread, and hopefully other companies caught in a lie will be held accountable (ahem, RIAA).


Kevin Martin, FCC chairman told AP that Comcast's BitTorrent throttling is "arbitrary", and that the company had violated the principles of the Federal Communications Commission.


Submission + - Dell dropping Intel consumer machines from web (

mistahkurtz writes: So, it appears that Dell is tentatively picking a side in the CPU war. They're dropping AMD cpus from their desktops and notebooks available on the web. They will still be available in a retail environment, and there's word that they will still be available on servers and their corporate/enterprise gear, but one wonders what effect this could have on the marketplace, technology, innovation, etc. Should we expect to see the other biggies, HP and IBM/Lenovo, follow suit? HP has seemingly strategically aligned itself neutrally between AMD and Intel, but given the recent shift, should we expect this to be the case for long?

Submission + - PS3 crosses petaflop barrier (

mistahkurtz writes: From the article:

the aggregated computation power of the PS3 consoles — by themselves — has crossed the Petaflop line!

what i find most interesting is the disproportion between the PS3s, with 41145 CPUs active, and the runner-up (windows) with 173,353 CPUs active.


Submission + - Dot Matrix printer on OS X 1

mistahkurtz writes: I work in Corporate IT Sales. One of my smaller clients uses only Macs, and has upgrade everything to OS X. Until the upgrade, they were using an old Apple ImageWriter 2, but that's no longer supported. Though many printers are listed to be compatible with OS X, they are, in fact, not (which I determined after numerous consultations with pretty much every major manufacturer). While they are somewhat tech savvy with things like basic programming, etc, doing intricate work to get a printer to work is not a possibility. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of a problem?

Some possible solutions that have been suggested by my Mac-user co-workers are to buy an old G4 off of ebay, and set that up as a print terminal, or possibly something with Parallels and Windows Linux. The requirements for the printer are: Dot Matrix/Impact printer, must support continuous forms, and print to 5-part carbonless.

Does anyone in /. have any suggestions that might help my customer out?

Submission + - scientists report: artificial life on the horizon (

mistahkurtz writes: and other sites around the web are reporting on an AP story about the future of life. the famous last words to make a mental note of here are:

"When these things are created, they're going to be so weak, it'll be a huge achievement if you can keep them alive for an hour in the lab," he said. "But them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could this happen."


Submission + - $1.4m server falls off forklift ( 1

mistahkurtz writes: it sucks to be this guy:

Federal contractor T.R. Systems says its workers were moving the server from a freight truck into its warehouse in Alexandria, Va., when the mishap occurred. "The rear wheels of their forklift hit the raised surface at the entry door of the warehouse, causing the forklift to rock, and subsequently causing the server to rock," T.R. Systems says in court papers filed last month.
having worked in a S&R dept, i know that things can arrive packed improperly. but usually, you'll be able to tell that before unloading the item from a truck, since said item is often already tipped over, busting open, or broken into pieces. can IBM really be held responsible? better question: should they?


Submission + - faster than the speed of light (

mistahkurtz writes:
A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light — an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.

what sort of implications could this have? it's hard to tell if they really mean that the particle travelled in a (presumably) straight line like a normal object travelling thru space/time, or if it "teleported" from point a to point b 3ft away. either way, (assuming the story is true) the story is interesting, but should we file this with the stories of scientists "altering" or "slowing" the speed of light?

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Currently, there's 85 people on #newzbin.
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