NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "No-Ip, a favorite place for those who cannot get or afford a dedicated IP address for a domain name, just announced they are back online after battling Microsoft, who took down over 20 of their domains by civil court order. No-Ip eventually won in court, but it goes to show how the Big Dogs of the Internet can crush the little ones." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "In spite of the urban legend of Al Gore, May 10th marked the 40th anniversary of Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn authoring the first draft of the Internet architecture and TCP/IP at the Palo Alto Canaba Hotel (once a Hyatt and now a Crowne Plaza). Today, they celebrated at Mitchell Park. Vint, who worn a three piece suit, told stories about booting up a PDP-11 (or LSI-11, according to Ron Crane) at Stanford, talking in his three-piece suit to Congress (who thought that people from ARPA never dressed so well), and how the Internet is more than a bunch of wires or 'tubes'. Others talked about the grandfather of HTML (SGML's creator Charles Goldfarb, IBM), InterOp before patents and corporate greed (Dan Lynch), and one, who shall remain nameless, who outed Vint for being the world's first geek because he wore those damn suits in high school (they went to Van Nuys High School).
BTW, the Cabana is also famous for hosting the Beatles in 1965 and being the design model for Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. A plaque dedicating the authorship by Vint and Bob will be installed at the hotel soon. I assume the Cabana already have one for the Beatles." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "As Whoever57 pointed out, there are some who will still get support for Microsoft Windows XP — the 'haves'. However, most will be the 'have nots'. Anytime you have such market imbalance, there is opportunity. Since Microsoft clearly intends to create a disparity, there will certainly be those who defy it. What will Microsoft do to prevent bootleg patches of XP from being sold to the unwashed masses? How will they stop China from supporting 100 million bootleg XP users? And how easily will it be to crack Microsoft's controls?
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "What goes around, comes around. Samsung claims to have patents on LTE and is going to sue Apple, including an injunction, for the yet unannounced iPhone 5. Will Samsung succeed in hamstringing the biggest Apple release of the year? You may hate them, but patents are making for a better battle than this year's presidential election." Link to Original Source top
Does the FBI Keep a Secret List of Apple Device IDs?
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "This local 'establishment' has helped many in Silicon Valley get started on the cheap. LIke many successful start-ups, Hacker Dojo is getting a wake up call from the government (in this case, the city of Mountain View) to conform, regulation-wise. Unfortunately, they are not venture funded or going public anytime soon. I've used the Dojo (e.g., there is a weekly iPhone developers meeting on Wednesdays), and many events are hosted there, too. Now, they need money. Since most/.rs are either broke or tight as a shielded metal arc weld, I'm asking for genius ways to raise money for a truly good cause. Try to keep your ideas to the legal ones or at least those where criminal prosecution is unlikely." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "What HTML tags are permitted in a/. comment? I have looked in the FAQs, About, and even Googled for it — no luck. I know that basic tags like 'br' and 'p' work but some others such as 'table' do not. I'm tired of hit or miss. Help!" Link to Original Source top
Another Step Forward in Small Scale Electrical Generators
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "Product Design & Development reports another breakthrough in small scale solid oxide fuel cells. This methane-fueled cell achieves about 50% efficiency at around 2kW, enough to power an average home. It does so by efficiently recycling its heat to perpetuate the process. Of course, this is not practical for most homes, which only have natural gas that contains nearly one fifth impurities. However, that could change if gas suppliers refined their product." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "CNET reports that Judge Alsup as narrowly ruled that the Java APIs of Sun (now Oracle's) cannot be copyrighted. He specifically cites that "copyright protection never extends to names or short phrases as a matter of law." OMG! There goes my copyright to 'LOL!'" Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "Many outlets are reporting that AT&T will allow owners of iPhones whose contracts have expired to unlock their devices. One might think that a call or a quick trip to their local AT&T store will do the trick, and they do provide this service to people who are currently under contract with a newer phone and want to use their older one. However, AT&T has never made anything 'free' to be 'easy, and this may not bode well for 'former' customers who offer no profitable revenue. For example, when they bought Bell South, they were ordered by the court as part of the acquisition to offer $10/month 'DSL lite' service. The maze in their website which led to this opportunity is now a story of legend (http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2007/06/att-launches-stealthy-10-dsl/). Will the key to this unlocking the iPhone be as byzantine for former customers?" Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "Over the past twenty years, car theft has declined as new models incorporated electronic security methods that thwarted simple hot-wiring. The tide may now be turning, as cars become the next Windows PC. The Center for Automobile Embedded Systems Security has posted an interesting paper from UCSD and UW that describes how modern cars can be cracked. Unlike the old days of window jimmies, these exploits range from attacks through the CD or iPod port to cellular attacks that take inventory of thousands of cars and offer roaming thieves Yelp-like choices ("our favorite is mint green with leather") with unlocked doors and running engines." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "This pair of finger bands make it hard to see (without using a magnifying glass) just how far camera miniaturization will go. Yeon Su Kim has created a camera that you operate like a handheld camera without the handheld camera. What's next? Probably the elimination of the hand. But wait, there's more! It also does video, plus the camera uses Bluetooth!" Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "The Journal of American Medical Association reports that stress cardiomyopathy or, more specifically, takot subo cardiomyopathy can cause real damage to human hearts. It seems to affect female hearts almost eight times as much as males'. This extrapolates to saying a metaphorically "broken heart" is actual physical damage to the human organ. Warning: slash-dotters should not be such heart breakers." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "Terry Chay (http://terrychay.com/), 'PHP Terrorist' and renown PHP architect/programmer gave a talk last night at IGN on how the cloud is transforming development programmers into DevOps. One of his most notable points (and there were many) was that 'the datacenter is the new box' (taken from Jason Hoffman at Joyent). He goes onto show how setting up a fully integrated LAMP implementation in the cloud is now easier that bringing it up in your rack. Terry points to an entire ecosystem of companies such as Orchestra,io, dotCloud, Pagodabox, ZippyKid, and others that allow you to program the cloud like you once programmed your server but with out the SysOp. BTW, if you take the 'terrorist' thing seriously, you should consider working for the TSA." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "Halloween is near. However, that is purely a coincidence. The Center for Disease Control as issued a warning, so pay attention. They left out some important tips, like the double-tap, but still have some valuable insights to share." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "Congresswoman and Silicon Valley defender Zoe Lofgren predicts that House Resolution 3261, entitled, "To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes." or, in short, "Stop Online Piracy Act" will effectively kill the Internet. See http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20126590-281/rep-lofgren-copyright-bill-is-the-end-of-the-internet/ for a simple-minded summary. This bill, which looks like it would give America the opportunity to build a national Internet wall that might rival China's, covers everything from the sale of military weapons to illegal drugs to, you guessed it, pirated movies and songs. Fines go as high as $30 million, and violations can be as small as two songs in six months. There are very generous immunity claims for ISPs that act as Stasi to enforce these rules. Zoe, the best Internet wonk in Congress (and the best first name), vows to fight it. Of course, these are enough holes for any large multinational corporation to pilot a supertanker of copyright, trademark, and patent protected goods and services through without a snag. However, if you cannot afford the legal cover, the penalties will put you into debtors' prison and more. Minor issues such as "how do we really enforce this on other countries?" are glossed over. So, is Congress about to kill the Internet or just make the term "a Congress of baboons" seem indistinguishable from a congress of baboons? P.S. I dare you to RTFB. It is 78 pages." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "The NYT reports on a book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew P. McAfee (MIT director-level staffers), Race Against the Machine, stating that the true threat to jobs is not Indian or Chinese outsourcing — it's the machine! Imagine the Terminator flipping burgers, cleaning your house, approving your loan, handling your IT questions, and doing your job faster, better, longer, and cheaper. Now that is apocalypse with a twist — The Job Terminator." Link to Original Source top
NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) writes "The guys from Ubermedia have launched a new social network, chime.in, that pays users to post. This has been tried before with search and failed. Will it set a new standard? Will/. start paying us for this crap?" Link to Original Source top