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Submission + - Messiah Studio Viral Marketing Scheme. (

simon_brooks writes: Messiah Studio are the creators of, strangely enough, "Messiah Studio" a 3d animation and renering package, used in films such as Hell Boy, Harry Potter, Xmen and Ghost Rider.
Their latest "marketing" scheme is to run a viral campaign. This looks almost too good to be true. I thought Slashdot might, just might, be interested.

from the website.
"We're doing an unprecedented viral test marketing campaign where your success in sharing this offer will allow you and others to get our amazing award winning animation and rendering software ( messiahStudio5 ) for the unheard of price of just $10 (regularly $499) or choose the Pro version for just $40 (regularly $1195). When this experiment ends, the prices will return to normal.
This is the same software that studios and individuals, in more than 60 countries of the world, have been using to create visual effects for some of your favorite movies, commercials, games and music videos; and now you can get it at a no excuses price, if you "Dare To Share(TM)".

Check it out. (By the way, I'm not in anyway related to the company!).


Submission + - Dead People Scientists Keep Messing With (

An anonymous reader writes: Some historical figures are just too interesting to leave alone, even when they're supposed to be moldering in the grave. That's why medical researchers dug up Tycho Brahe, bombarded Napoleon's hair with neutrons in a nuclear reactor, and did everything they could think of to King Tut. Discover Magazine has 8 stories of delayed diagnoses and extreme postmortems.

Submission + - Net Neutrality Advocate Named Advisor to FTC (

HansonMB writes: The fight for net neutrality has been an uphill battle from the start. But with lame-duck representatives like the FCC’s Julius Genachowski sitting back as corporate telecoms buy-out, throttle and further marginalize the principles of an open and equal internet, perhaps the dispirited nature of the struggle is due in part to the absence of a strong leader figure advocating from the inside. That strong leader figure, if ever there was one, is Tim Wu, and he’s just become the newest senior advisor of the Federal Trade Commission.

Submission + - Oracle Says Google Throws Its Users Under The Bus ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: The heat is on between Oracle and Google in their patent and copyright lawsuit. Oracle's lawyers just told the court that 'Google now wants to throw its licensees and users under the bus' by refusing to be liable for every Android-based device out there. It's also about the burden of proof. Oracle has produced almost 400 pages of claim charts and other material to prove infringements based on the public codebase, but Google wants to see this for individual devices. Groklaw thinks Oracle 'saw the case as a slam dunk, and Google is not cooperating.' FOSS Patents (Florian Mueller) says Google is at the top of a billion-dollar pyramid, is projected to generate mobile advertising income to the tune of $1.3 billion next year thanks to Android, and should 'assume responsibility' and solve the problem 'for the entire ecosystem' because otherwise Oracle might sue device makers, operators, or even app developers or users.

Submission + - Microsoft Kills AutoRun in Windows (

Trailrunner7 writes: As malware authors and attackers have continued to employ the Windows AutoRun functionality to help spread their malicious creations--culminating famously in the Stuxnet worm--Microsoft has been making gradual changes to help prevent these attacks. This week the company took the major step of putting an optional fix into Windows Update that will disable AutoRun.

The company made the change Tuesday on the same day that it shipped its monthly crop of patches, and said that the change is designed to bring Windows XP and other operating systems into a more secure state by makign it harder for malware to use AutoRun as a propagation method.

Submission + - Can World Governments Veto Your Domain Name? ( 1

AugstWest writes: There's been talk recently of the Obama administration wanting the right to shoot down possible TLDs, but it looks like things may be going even a step further — According to this article by Laura Stotler, "the NTIA is asking for the power to object to any proposed Internet address for any reason." What happens if, say, the government of Germany decides they don't like your domain name? ICANN's had its share of bureaucratic nightmares, what happens when world governments also have a say?

Submission + - NASA Invents New Technique For Finding Alien Life (

RedEaredSlider writes: Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have come up with an idea to improve on an old standby of space exploration instruments and improve the odds of finding life, if any, on Mars.

By adding a laser and an ion funnel to a mass spectrometer, it is possible to analyze the elements from the Martian surface directly, without the complex handling samples usually need. ...
The new version uses a two-step technique. First it shoots a laser at the sample's surface. This creates a plume of molecules and ions. To get the ions into the mass spectrometer, the new system uses an ion funnel. The ion funnel uses conductive, progressively smaller electrodes in the shape of a ring that attract the ions, effectively vacuuming them into the mass spectrometer.

Comment Re:Opposite Experience with Adobe Download (Score 1) 348

I have not read a more ignorant comment on how DNS works on slashdot in my entire history of reading slashdot.

Akamai is doing DNS geolocation. The solution is to use a combination of DNS geolocation combined with http redirects (also based on client IP geolocation) to attempt to find a good close server. If an end-user is using a remote DNS server. This can even be mostly invisible with a CDN like Akamai. DNS servers do not decide which 'Akamai' IP to give anyone. Akamai's forward resolving DNS servers return a response they have crafted as 'close' to the requesting DNS caching server (e.g. Google DNS, OpenDNS, your ISP, etc). The caching server caches the result and sends it to the DNS client on your local system. End of story. DNS does not forward or proxy the DNS client's address through the caching server to the forward resolving server. Ever.

For the record, using Akamai DNS *without* their CDN service (e.g. load balance/geolocate only) when redundant sites, AnyCast, and BGP should be standard operating procedure in enterprise network deployments is fucking stupid.


Submission + - contact info.

Michelle Isaacs writes: "Hi! My name is Michelle Isaacs and I am writing on behalf of CBS Television Studios. I would like to get the direct contact information for this website. We have an upcoming show NCIS:LA that features the latest technology from the OSP (Office of Special Projects) division of NCIS. Please provide me with a name, email address, and phone number so I can send the latest tech information about the show. Thanks! Michelle"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Pre does not get US tethering either ( 1

fermion writes: The Register is reporting that the Pre Dev Wiki has been sent a note asking it to stop discussing tethering. Evidently Sprint is none to eager to have users tether the game changing tetherable smart phone. The development forum is evidently eager to avoid lawsuits, so has rapidly agreed. Perhaps, like the iPhone, the Pre is going have a vigorous underground. What is interesting is that the Pre, like the iPhone(allegedly), can be tethered in the non-US domain, but even those customers are being denied apparently lawful information to satisfy the US exclusive agents.

Submission + - Can Oracle be trusted with Java? (

AlexGr writes: "What will happen when Oracle assumes Sun's role as the strategic power behind the throne in the JCP? Will Oracle try to manipulate the Java standards making process or, more plausibly, leverage its control over Java IP and TCK licenses to gain advantage for itself, or maybe — just maybe — do the right thing and set Java free?"

Submission + - California wants open source ebook textbooks (

Death Metal writes: "By next fall, Governor Schwarzenegger intends to make free, open-source digital textbooks available for high school math and science classes throughout California, a move that he says will help reduce the more than $350 million the state spends annually on educational materials."

Submission + - Is a CS Degree Needed to be a Great Developer? (

jammag writes: "The owner of a software development firm realized that one of his coders didn't actually have a college degree — but this programmer turned out to be really great. Which prompted the owner (himself a developer) to ponder the fact that a university degree and truly top-notch coding chops are two fully independent variables. He concludes that he'll still require a four-year degree (mainly because the job market is to tough he's deluged with applicants) but now realizes that this policy is causing him to miss some great talent."

Journal SPAM: 5-Year-Old Boy Detained as US National Security Threat 1

It's a case of a mistaken identity for a 5-year-old boy from Normandy Park. He had trouble boarding a plane because someone with the same name is wanted by the federal government. "When his mother went to pick him up and hug him and comfort him during the proceedings, she was told not to touch him because he was a national security risk. They also had to frisk her again to make sure the little Dilling

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