» Windows 8 Beta « Escrow »

It’s official,

Windows 8 reached Escrow staging,

The last Pre-BETA build is the 8189.0.winmain.120120-1830 (end of coding).

Now, Microsoft working on the final Beta build of Windows 8, this step is called « Escrow » and started the 23rd January,

Some builds are already compiled from this Escrow step, 8191.0.winmain.120124-1748 and 8192.0.winmain.120125-1820,

Microsoft planned to sign off final Beta build this week then show this build during an internal preview.

Stay tuned!

via » Windows 8 Beta « Escrow ».


Anonymous Megaupload Revenge Attack

Megaupload, if you haven’t already heard by now, has been shut down by the feds and 4 of it’s directors arrested in a case slamming them as an organised mafia.

Anonymous, the hacking group responsible for recent high profile attacks against large companies has retaliated by taking down the DoJ.

“Update: Anonymous says they’ve also knocked off the RIAA’s site — looks down for us at the moment as well.

Update 2: Universal Music Group has also fallen off an e-cliff.

Update 3: Goodbye for now,

Update 4: Affected sites are bouncing in and out of life, and are at the very least super slow to load. Anon agents are currently trying to coordinate their DDoS attacks in the same direction via IRC.

Update 5: The US Copyright Office joins the list.

Update 6: This Anon sums up the mood in their “official” chat room at the moment:

Danzu: STOP EVERYTHING, who are we DoSing right now?

Update 7: Russian news service RT claims this is the largest coordinated attack in Anonymous’ history — over 5600 DDoS zealots blasting at once.”

via Anonymous Goes On Megaupload Revenge Spree | Gizmodo Australia.

Internode IPv6 Now fully supported on standard ADSL and more

The sneaky buggers at Internode have rolled out native IPv6 support for all customers via an option in the Toolbox.

Internode have been trial dual stack IPv6 connections for a while now and i’ve posted previously on this, recently they have enable this for all clients with a simple option in the account toolbox rather than a special username.

With the use of some beta DNS resolvers, sites such as Google and YouTube are now running IPv6.

What does it mean? not a great deal but it’s a great technical advancement from Internode that demonstrates their commitment to technological advancement.

Internode IPv6 – ADSL2+, NBN, FTTH, Ethernet, Fibre Broadband.

#smokedbywindowsphone Micorosft putting thier money where their mouth is!

Just to prove how quick windows phone is, even without dual or quad core hardware, Microsoft have been offering $100 to anyone that has a phone that can beat Windows Phone in a race to use common tasks.

And just to show it’s legit, here are some losses, by a hair…

You all know, if you follow my blog that I’m a fan of Windows Phone and if you take the time to understand why people like myself have such faith in it then you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

VIDEO: More wins (and a loss) for #smokedbywindowsphone.

Hotter reptiles may be smarter

Research recently compiled on Australian skinks shows the possibility of higher temperatures linked to higher intelligence.

Lizards are not often thought of as intelligent due to their quite simple and lazy lifestyle, however, when bred in warmer temperatures herpetologist Joshua Amiel of the University of Sydney has found that these skinks have a higher ability to move, and react to the environment around them.

His paper was published in Biology Letters on the 11th of January this year and further details can be found in the linked article below.

Global Warming May Make Reptiles Smarter | Wired Science |

.brand – get your new top level domain now!

I’m not talking about russell.brand, however if he had a spare $185000.00 and time to write up a 200-300 page response to a 55 question form, then he could most definitely apply for it with ICANN.

In a recent ruling of the ICANN board, it was voted that additional top level domains should be allowed. Top level domains are those such as .com, .info, .biz etc, totalling 22 all up.

The decision will allow large companies to register domains such as .canon or .microsoft and may help resolve naming and trademark conflicts that happen to day.

More info below from

Companies Prepare for Land Grab of New ‘Generic’ Top-Level Domains | Epicenter |

The business of Saving Whales

Whale hunting has been banned internationally for years now, however countries such as Japan, under the guise of scientific research, and Norway and Iceland openly defying it; there are still more whales being hunted now than 20 years ago.

In the journal “Nature”, a proposal has been issued for the management of whale hunting. The proposal puts forward a concept of hunters paying for the right to kill whales and conservationists paying to save them.

““At worst, you end up with a sustainably caught number of whales that is well-studied. At best, you’d have whales taken off the market,” said environmental economist Christopher Costello of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Costello’s proposal comes 25 years after the International Whaling Commission outlawed commercial whaling. The ban has proved difficult to enforce: Norway and Iceland openly defy it, while Japanese hunters operate under the guise of scientific research.

Approximately 1,600 whales, mostly fin and minke, are killed each year by hunters from those countries. Another 350 are killed by hunters from indigenous Arctic communities. Altogether, about twice as many whales are killed now as were killed in the early 1990s. To Costello and his co-authors, biologists Steve Gaines and Leah Berger, this represents a failure of current conservation approaches.”

via A Market Proposal for Saving Whales | Wired Science |