Last week, we got news of new.net, who decided to make a big splash in the alternative Top Level Domain (.com/.net/etc) game, with some moronic, un-coordinated with the other people scheme including some "patented new technology" that amounted to 'set new.net as the search path in your DNS setup'.
Well, apparently they've started a trend, as now there's another player in the market
Cringeley, from the Pulpit,
on Starband satellite internet, and it's use with home LANs and non-Wintel machines. Yes, you *can* get an Ethernet connection to the external box instead of that silly-ass IP over USB thing...
Wow! Non-election related news.
Courtesy of Linux Weekly News
(which came out this morning), a picture of the new ".com" version of Monopoly. Did they get the companies in the order of priority you
would have expected?
I don't recall having heard from anybody that the consumer experience of getting online required
That 2-way satellite Internet service
that we were all musing about a few weeks back may be this
offering from Gilat2Home, who prudently decided that that was way too...
All Hands On Deck.
If you're an engineer for IBM OZ or Telstra, don't expect to get a day off for the next three weeks. Here comes the Olympics!
Oh shit, oh piss, oh dear. Judge rules domain names are not property.
We had enough problems with this in the last decade with 800-numbers. <sigh>
Because nothing says "You Suck!" quite like a website.
"Sucks sites" and how to run them without getting sued...
And now, here's something we hope you'll really like...
Californian David Simon decided that It Would Be Nice If you could use the Internet like your VCR. The MPAA and the Studios disagreed.
Is this guy crazy?
Or crazy like a fox?
Third Circuit panel upholds injunction against Child Online Protective Act,
says that "community standards" approach doesn't work in 'cyberspace'. Is sanity breaking out in the federal judiciary?
Oh, cool; someone patented banner ads!
And they're suing everyone else for using them. (Ok, so they really only patented *offline* banner ads; we could *hope*, right? :-)
Privacy? What's that? We all know that most of the new 'free' Internet Access Providers pay the bills by selling ads that you're forced to read, and some of them are selling information about *you* to other people. Well, along comes Predictive Networks, who are going to sell information about your surfing
even if you're paying the freight. Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
[ from Lauren Weinstein's Privacy Digest ]
I don't believe it...
I actually agree with something Network Solutions has done. They've apparently changed their policy to make domain name squatting more difficult. The story sounds sympathetic to the two ladies in question, but I'm not. Ok, maybe they should have been a touch more careful in how they *rolled out* the new policy, but the policy itself is about 5 years overdue.
Now, if we could just get them to *do what we tell them to*...