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Transportation

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Levitation 133

UnknownSoldier writes "Wired reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered you can 'lock' a magnetic field into place with a superconductor. They have a very cool demonstration of a frozen puck and some of the neat things you can do with it while its orientation remains locked but its location is movable. Might we someday see high speed trains that will be 'impossible' to tip over, or a new generation of batteries with this technology?"
Wikipedia

Wikipedia Explains Today's Global Outage 153

gnujoshua writes "The Wikimedia Tech Blog has a post explaining why many users were unable to reach Wikimedia sites due to DNS resolution failure. The article states, 'Due to an overheating problem in our European data center many of our servers turned off to protect themselves. As this impacted all Wikipedia and other projects access from European users, we were forced to move all user traffic to our Florida cluster, for which we have a standard quick failover procedure in place, that changes our DNS entries. However, shortly after we did this failover switch, it turned out that this failover mechanism was now broken, causing the DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally. This problem was quickly resolved, but unfortunately it may take up to an hour before access is restored for everyone, due to caching effects."
Privacy

Submission + - Bill threatens Canadian Internet subscriber rights (thechronicleherald.ca)

Johnathan Thibodeau writes: The Conservative Canadian government has introduced two new bills geared towards helping police fight crime on the Internet, but they come at a high price both to Internet subscribers and the ISPs themselves. The new bills would require IPSs to turn over private information about their subscribers without a warrant, and force the introduction of devices to intercept Internet communications at the expense of the company (and presumably the customer). The bills are designed to work off the fears and prejudices of average folk with claims that it will "make it a crime to arrange with a second person over the Internet the sexual exploitation of a child", and "Twenty-first century technology calls for 21st century tools". The real scary part is that the only thing standing between them and your privacy is "a select group of law enforcement officials", but we all know how that will turn out. In my mind, twenty-first century laws call for twenty-first century lawmakers.

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