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Submission + - Google deploys IPv6 for internal network (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: In a project that has taken longer than company engineers anticipated, Google is rolling out IPv6 across its entire internal employee network. Google network engineer Irena Nikolova discussed the company-wide implementation at the Usenix Large Installation System Administration conference, being held this week in Boston. From the experience, Google has learned that an IPv6 migration involves more than just updating the software and hardware. For early adopters, it requires a lot of work with vendors to get them to fix buggy and still-unfinished code. "We should not expect something to work just because it is declared supported," the paper accompanying the presentation concluded.
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Periodic Table Etched Onto a Single Hair Screenshot-sm 59

adeelarshad82 writes "The University of Nottingham's Nanotechnology Center decided to help Professor of chemistry, Martyn Poliakoff celebrate his special day by 'etching' a copy of a Periodic Table of Elements onto a single strand of the scientist's hair using a 'very sophisticated' electron ion beam microscope. The microscope creates a very fine etching of the periodic table only a few microns across by shooting a 'focused ion beam' of gallium ions at the hair. The technology here is nothing revolutionary, but it is inspiring to see a grown man get so giddy with the prospect of seeing science in action."

Unofficial Qt Environment (and Sudoku) For the Kindle 36

An anonymous reader writes "I've just posted packages for installing a Qt-based platform on the Kindle 2 and DX devices, and a Sudoku game to go along with it. The Qt-based platform includes plugins I wrote for the e-ink display, the keyboard, and the five-way joystick thing — so it's a fully interactive and usable environment now. Soon I'll be adding a sample app with source code to go along with it."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - 1Gbps Optical Wireless Network Might Replace Wi-Fi (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: Pennsylvania State University has developed a new method of indoor Optical Wireless network that does not require a line-of-sight and runs at speeds of 1Gbps+. The system uses a high-powered laser diode — a device that converts electricity into light — as the optical transmitter and an avalanche photo diode — a device that converts light to electricity — as the receiver. The light bounces off the walls and is picked up by the receiver. Traditional radio frequency systems (Wi-Fi , WiMAX etc.) do not require line of sight transmission, but can pass through some substances and so present a security problem. Light, in a room without windows, will not escape the room, improving security.

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