Keeping the internet free

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A great article today in the Opinion Section of the Wall Street Journal.

Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from 35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change won’t happen for years, if ever.

“We can extend the contract for up to four years,” Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling told Congress last week, referring to the agreement under which the U.S. retains ultimate control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as Icann. If the administration makes good on that

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Hope for our mobile’s battery

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An article on BBC’s website talks of a new battery that can charge in 30 seconds….I can’t wait for it!

Battery offers 30 second charging

A battery that can charge in under 30 seconds has been shown off at a technology conference in Tel Aviv.

Israeli start-up StoreDot displayed the device – made of biological structures – at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference.

A Samsung S4 smartphone went from a dead battery to full power in 26 seconds in the demonstration.

The battery is currently only a prototype and the firm predicts it will take three years to become a commercially viable product.

In the demonstration, a battery pack the size of a cigarette packet was attached to a smartphone.

“We think we can integrate a battery into a smartphone within a year and have a commercially ready device in three years,” founder Dr Dorn Myersdorf told the BBC.

The bio-organic battery utilises tiny self-assembling nano-crystals that were first identified in research being done into Alzheimer’s disease at Tel Aviv University 10 years ago.

The nano-dots are described by StoreDot as “stable, robust spheres” that are 2.1 nanometers in diameter and made up of peptide molecules.

The technology has a range of uses, founder Dr Myersdorf said.

“Batteries are just one of the industries we can disrupt with this new material. It is new physics, new chemistry, a new approach to devices,” he said.

The team has also used the nano-crystals in memory chips which could write three times faster than traditional flash memory and as a non-toxic alternative to cadmium in screens.

Dr Myersdorf said that the batteries are likely to be 30 to 40% more expensive to manufacture compared to traditional ones and the final product will be twice as expensive than those on the market today.

But making them should be a relatively easy process.

“It is about letting nature take its course. We just need a facility that can do chemical processing,” he said.

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Great motto

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Oops

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Is your computer at risk?

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From the Wall Street Journal today

Some 300 million computers, including many that manage water, electric and sewage treatment plants and ATMs, will soon be left unprotected from new security threats.

Microsoft Corp. will stop providing updates to its Windows XP operating system after April 8, leaving holes in some computers running industrial systems as well as PCs at many government agencies.

Despite the publicity generated by this deadline, more than 10% of computers used in government and corporations world-wide will still use the 12-year-old operating system, according to cybersecurity firm Qualys Inc. Including consumer PCs, the share of desktops running XP is nearly 30%, according to researcher NetApplications.

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Beware of coworkers today

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Check out these pranks listed in the Huffington Post today:

17 Easy April Fools’ Day Pranks To Play On Your Friends
The Huffington Post | by Christine Dalton
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Posted: 03/31/2014 9:07 am EDT Updated: 03/31/2014 9:59 am EDT

So you’ve been waiting all year to play a prank of epic proportions on your brother, sister, friend, coworker, boss, what have you. April Fools’ Day is tomorrow and you have everything in order… except the plan……….click here to see them all

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