ygslash writes "The DNS servers of IXWebHosting, a major domain name registrar, have been targeted by a massive DDOS attack against their DNS servers for more than 24 hours. The attack is still ongoing at the time this post is being written. All domains hosted by IXWebHosting are gradually becoming unavailable as their TTLs expire and the domains drop out of DNS caches around the Internet. Some details about this attack were posted on the company's support blog — but now their own domain name has passed TTL and can no longer be resolved. If anyone has an IP address for IXWebHosting, or some other way of finding out information about this attack, please post it in the comments. Are incidents like this evidence that the venerable DNS system is no longer robust enough to keep the Internet running in the modern era?" Link to Original Source top
Parallella Open Parallel Hardware Platform Gets Kickstart Funding
ygslash writes "Adapteva has achieved Kickstarter funding for their Parallella "supercomputing for everyone" project. The stated goal of the Parallella project is to provide a totally open highly parallel hardware platform, with a full set of publicly available NDA-free specs and documentation, for under $100 US. They claim that a credit-card sized Parallella CPU board based on their Epiphany 64-core accelerator will provide 90 gflops while consuming only 5 watts (but I wonder if the under $100 version might only include their 16-core version). On their Kickstarter page, Adapteva promises that "all architecture and SDK documents will be published on the web as soon as the Kickstarter project is funded." Still looking for the link..." top
ygslash writes "In an
opinion piece in the New York Times Sunday Review,
Jack Hitt states that comments posted to on-line articles, and elsewhere on line,
have de facto become an important factor
in what is accepted as scientific truth.
Some scientists expressed strong disagreement — in the comments section of the article." top
ygslash writes "The International Earth Rotation And Reference Systems Service (IERS) has announced that a leap second will occur on June 30, 2012. There will be 61 seconds between 11:59 PM and midnight on that day." Link to Original Source top
ygslash writes "The Los Conchas wildfire in New Mexico threatened Los Alamos National Laboratory on June 27, coming within less than one mile of its boundary. All "non essential" personal among its more than 11,000 employees were instructed to stay away from the facility. In an official statement, the laboratory reported that "all radioactive and hazardous material is appropriately accounted for and protected."" Link to Original Source top
ygslash writes "The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have established a pilot program with leading private defense contractors and ISPs called DIB Cyber Pilot in an attempt to strengthen each others' knowledge base regarding growing security threats in cyberspace. The new program was triggered by recent high-profile hacks of the International Monetary Fund and many others. But don't worry — Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn promises that the new program will not involve "monitoring, intercepting, or storing any private sector communications" by the DOD and DHS." Link to Original Source top
ygslash writes "The
no longer holds the title of the world's widest dam.
Satellite photos of northern Alberta, Canada show that several families
of beavers have apparently
to build a dam 850 meters
wide, more than twice as wide as the Hoover Dam." Link to Original Source top
ygslash writes "The Israeli Supreme Court
refused to force an ISP
to reveal the identity of an anonymous talkback
thereby preventing a libel suit for
labeling an alternative medicine practitioner a
"charlatan". In the 70 page decision (to be
in Hebrew, within 72 hours), the
court weighed the rights of freedom of speech and
confidentiality against the right to protect one's
reputation, and discussed the procedural
complexities of allowing civil suits against
anonymous parties while protecting the rights of
all involved. The majority opinion of the court
was that legislation would be required to allow
any legal action in this case.
Business Ethics researcher Asher Meir
'If talkbacks were strictly subject to the laws of
libel, then people would give them more
credence. [The majority opinion of the court] is
correct from a judicial point of view, but if we
are weighing legislation a basic question would
be: How much credibility do we in fact want
talkbacks to have?'" Link to Original Source top
ygslash writes "The Debian Project has decided that part of the GNU Emacs package will be classified as "non-free" in the next release of Debian GNU/Linux. GNU Emacs, authored by free software pioneer Richard M. Stallman in the 1980's, is an icon of the free software movement. But some of the documentation that is included with GNU Emacs carries a copyright notice that prohibits redistribution in modified form. After several years of struggling with this issue, it was decided that this restriction is not consistent with the Debian Free Software Guidelines."
On Sunday, I submitted a story entitled "Telcos block FreeConference phone numbers".
I am posting this journal entry as a follow-up comment.
My original submission was about an email that FreeConference.com sent out to all of its customers. In the email, FreeConference.com claims that AT&T/Cingular, Qwest, and Sprint are blocking access to some of the phone numbers that are used by them to provide free conference calls.
It seems that more free conferencing services, including FreeConferenceCall.com, are affected by this blockage, as reported by the public interest groups U.S. PIRG and PennPIRG. The public interest groups report that AT&T has sued at least one of the free conference call services, claiming that this service is causing them to lose revenues.
Um, yes, when someone provides better service at far lower cost or even free, AT&T is going to lose revenue. As PennPIRG puts it, "AT&T/Cingular should not hold consumers hostage in their billing dispute with free conference call services".
FreeConference.com has now sent out another email to all of its customers, stating that the telcos are only blocking access to "a small set of numbers to one of our many conferencing bridges," and that they are "running our business with minimal interruptions." There is more information on their FAQ.