The DNS Dilemma

Verisign wants to make the web easier to use and that’s why they introduced the Sitefinder service. It wants to make it so that if you mistype a web address, you’ll be given a helpful hint to put you back on the right track. Not only that, but Verisign wants to use the extra revenue it garners from advertisers on this service to fund the battle against hackers to keep the Internet secure. 83 percent of users say they like the new service. You can’t argue with that, can you?
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Simple design, powerful consequences

The Minimodal system is a simple, powerful piece of design. Basically, it’s a system to make it easy to interchange freight between rail and road. It consists of square containers and units that can be moved between a standard rail wagon and a flatbed truck using ordinary forklifts. It means that you can use the rail system for long-haul, then shift to road vehicles for local delivery. Obvious really, when you think about it. They also have a computer system for tracking the containers. (I read about this first on the Platform 11 website.)

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Michael O’Leary, nice guy

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of Ryanair and well-known ‘tooth and claw capitalist’, was on a chat show in Ireland tonight. As ever, Mick had the wit ready. Surprisingly enough, he played down his tough-guy image somewhat and acknowledged the contribution that other people, including staff and previous chief executives had made.
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