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ICANN Now Use .XXX for Pornographic Domains

posted Sunday Mar 20, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

ICANN Now Use .XXX for Pornographic Domains

It wasn't very long ago that ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers, finally approved the use of any dot extension, like iam.nick or youarenot.awesome. This week they went a step further when they gave .XXX top-level domain status and approval. This was done to give pornographic sites their own clear space as to no longer confuse web users. Of course, this was done after an 11 year debate over the matter and didn't stop there. 9 members of the board voted in favor, 3 opposed and 4 abstained the decision.

The .XXX domain was proposed back in 2000 and again in 2004, but of course had a lot of people opposing the entire idea. After the proposal was approved in 2005, we had the Family Research Council launch an entire campaign that said pornographers would be able to "expand their evil empires on the Internet". It then went on to go back and forth on top-level domain status until June of 2010 and the final vote happened this week.

For more on what this means for the web, hit the break.

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Flash Get Nailed with Major Exploit as Xoom Gets Funtionality

posted Sunday Mar 20, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Flash Get Nailed with Major Exploit as Xoom Gets Funtionality

At a time where the Motorola Xoom would finally be getting Flash functionality, Adobe has released a security advisory about a major flaw discovered in its Flash Player. This exploit affects Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and Android and the authplay.dll file found in Acrobat and Reader X.

This flaw could potentially crash a computer that it infects or let the hacker take control of the system. Adobe has reported that the exploit is being used all over the world at this time in SWF Flash files and in Excel spreadsheets with Flash attached. So far, Acrobat and Reader X has not been affected and Adobe reports that using Protected Mode in Reader X would stop the exploit from loading.

For more on this and what to expect for a fix, hit the break.

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Sony Continues to Turn Up the Heat on Hotz

posted Sunday Mar 20, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Sony Continues to Turn Up the Heat on Hotz

This week there has been a further development in the Sony vs. Hotz lawsuit. It seems that Sony has been awarded further access to sensitive information following a previous round of granted subpoenas by Magistrate Joseph Spero. The previous ones gave Sony access to the Twitter and Youtube accounts of anyone who watched the PS3 Jailbreak Tutorial or followed him on Twitter, as well as everyone who visited his website since 2009.

Now Sony is acquiring documents from Hotz's Paypal account in an attempt to prove that he accepted monetary donations from people in the state of California in regards to his PS3 hack and tools. Anyone who has done business associated with the geohot@gmail.com Paypal account from January 1st 2009 to February 1st 2011 seems to be fair game as Sony has threatened to sue anyone involved for a variety of reasons.

GeoHot has complied with a court order to remove the encryption key and tools from his website which is classified as a "circumvention device" by the DMCA. Sony doesn't have to prove that Hotz accepted money for his stuff to sue him but it would help them move the case from New Jersey to California where laws concerning this matter fall more in their favor.

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Global Warming Solved - Sort Of

posted Saturday Mar 19, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Global Warming Solved - Sort Of

It isn't often that I have the great opportunity to announce world-changing news but today is that day. Global Warming has been solved for good and we have the United States House of Representatives to thank. In a unanimous vote, House Republicans agree that there is no such thing as global warming and that CO2 emissions have no effect on the climate. Crisis averted.

In reality, what happened is Henry Waxman of California proposed a bill that would acknowledge that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal." There was no specific reasoning included, just a nod that yes, the temperature of the Earth is rising. This was the first step in trying to prevent the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating CO2 emissions.

For a pretty humorous quote from Ed Markey of Massachusetts and the results of the vote, hit the break.

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Free Stuff for Using Free Software - What Could be Better?

posted Saturday Mar 19, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Free Stuff for Using Free Software - What Could be Better?

You know you've been curious about exactly what Hulu PLUS has to offer since we started talking about it and you know you've been wanting to try Internet Explorer 9 to see what all the hype is about. If you are willing to give both a try at once, Hulu will give you one month of its PLUS service for free.

That's right. Hulu and Microsoft have teamed up to help gain acceptance of both of their products by offering a full-featured month of Hulu PLUS to any and all Internet Explorer 9 users. Think that's great? Well, Microsoft is just getting started.

Want access to a free Xbox 360 Kinect bundle? How about free stuff from eBay? Hit the break to read about the other deals coming to IE9 users.

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Michigan Changes the Way Cars Work

posted Friday Mar 18, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Michigan Changes the Way Cars Work

Michigan State University researchers presented a prototype propulsion system that could completely replace the internal combustion engine in vehicles. The design, called a shock wave generator, does away with the crankshafts, pistons and valves in favor of a rotating round disc with wavy grooves.

This prototype uses 60% of the fuel for motion, compared with standard engines which only use 15% of the fuel for motion. Add to this the fact that it would reduce the weight of vehicles by up to 20% by removing the transmission and cooling system and you get one hell of a fuel efficient vehicle.

To read a description about how this thing works, hit the break.

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