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24 Mar 2011

Judge Chin shoves the Google settlement toward sanity Copyright Law
The Google book settlement has been grinding through the courts since the Authors' Guild and Association of American Publishers (AAP) sued them in a class action in 2005, and they came to a tentative settlement in 2008. Yesterday Judge Denny Chin once again rejected the proposed settlement, with a strong hint about how to fix it. Fortunately for the American public, Judge Chin is an excellent judge with a deep understanding of the issues, and his
opinion makes it clear what all the problems with the proposed settlement are.

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19 Mar 2011

ICANN Approves Dot XXX Again ICANN
At Friday's board meeting, ICANN once again narrowly approved the contentious .XXX domain intended for pornography. What this vote primarily shows is that ICANN's processes have been broken for a long time, and aren't getting fixed.

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05 Mar 2011

How hard is it to speak anonymously on the Internet? Internet
A friend (yes, really) asks that if someone sends you an anonymous e-mail message, how anonymous is it? That depends how skilled they are.

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02 Mar 2011

A politically incorrect guide to IPv6, Part III Internet

In two previous messages we looked at the question of how hard it will be to get IPv4 address space once the original supply runs out, and how much v4 address space people really need. Today we look at e-mail and IPv6.

Of all the applications on the net, mail is probably the one that is least affected by NAT, and will be the least affected by running out of v4 addresses. For one thing, mail doesn't need a whole lot of IP addresses. You can easily put 10,000 users behind mail servers on a single IP, and even a giant mail system is unlikely to need more than a few hundred IPs. (For example, all of Hotmail's inbound servers sit behind 24 IPs.) So even if you had to go buy addresses for your v4 mail servers, you wouldn't have to buy very many.

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