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  • The Coming Decline of ‘Made In China’
    By on December 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    retroworks writes: Adam Minter documents the move of Chinese steel mills to Africa, and speculates that China’s years of incredible rates of economic growth may already be over. This one steel mill’s move to Africa, by itself, increases Africa’s production by two-thirds. “The officials in Hebei Province who oversee the company may have felt they had no choice. First, they undoubtedly faced political pressure to reduce their environmental impact in (more…)

  • Bellamy joins Cardiff as youth coach
    By on December 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Former Cardiff and Wales captain Craig Bellamy is back at the Bluebirds to help with the club’s academy on a voluntary basis.

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  • Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?
    By on December 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    It’s been a long time since Slashdot has awarded the Beanies — nearly 15 years, in fact. But there’s no time like the present, especially since tomorrow edges on the new year, and in early 2015 we’d like to offer a Beanie once again, to recognize and honor your favorite person, people (or project; keep reading) of the past year. Rather than a fine-grained list of categories like in 2000, though, this time around we’re keeping it simple: we can always (more…)

  • Rackspace Restored After DDOS Takes Out DNS
    By on December 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader sends word that Rackspace has recovered from a severe distributed denial of service attack. “Over on the company’s Google+ page Rackspace warned of ‘intermittent periods of latency, packet loss, or connectivity failures when attempting to reach rackspace.com or subdomains within rackspace.com.’ The company’s status report later confirmed it had ‘… identified a UDP DDoS attack targeting the DNS servers in our IAD, ORD, and LON (more…)

  • Mountainous bids for Chepstow repeat
    By on December 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Mountainous will go into Saturday’s Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in “great form”, says assistant trainer Kerry Lee.

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  • The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch
    By on December 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    HughPickens.com writes: Victoria Shannon reports in the NY Times that fifty years ago was a good year for music, with the Beatles appearing on Billboard’s charts for the first time, the Rolling Stones releasing their first album, the Supremes with five No. 1 hits, and Simon and Garfunkel releasing their debut album. The 50-year milestone is significant, because music published within the first half-century of its recording gets another 20 years of (more…)

  • VIDEO: San Lorenzo book Real Madrid final
    By on December 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    South American champions San Lorenzo will face Real Madrid in the Club World Cup final following their 2-1 win over Auckland City after extra-time.

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  • Liverpool – ruthless to toothless
    By on December 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    How Liverpool have fallen so far from the victory at Manchester United in March that seemed to herald a bright new era.

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  • Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use
    By on December 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes: We keep hearing about the revolutionary properties of graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon whose physical characteristics hold a great deal of promise — if we can figure out good ways to produce it and use it. The New Yorker has a lengthy profile of graphene and its discoverer, Andre Geim, as well as one of the physicists leading a big chunk of the bleeding-edge graphene research, James Tour. Quoting: “[S]cientists (more…)

  • Athletics chief ‘could step down’
    By on December 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Russia’s athletics chief could step down from his role until an investigation into doping allegations is complete.

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