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21 Nov 2011
Manwin Licensing is a Luxembourg company that turns out to manage a large
fraction of the mainstream porn available on the Internet.
They run websites including youporn.com (widely agreed to be the most
popular porn site on the Net) as well as Playboy's online and TV properties.
This week they and Digital Playground, a producer of porn video,
sued ICANN and the ICM registry, which runs .XXX, on
In theory, .XXX was authorized by ICANN following the same rules as all
of the other sponsored TLDs such as the uncontroversial .COOP and .AERO.
Do they have a case?
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Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/manwinsuit.html
19 Nov 2011
J D Falk, one of the best known people in the e-mail industry, died this
week from cancer. Despite his youth (20 years younger than me) he had worked
for nearly every important e-mail company, and accomplished as much
I couldn't possibly write as fine a remembrance as the one that Neil
Schwartzman did, so please read it
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/jdfalk.html
15 Nov 2011
In a press release
earlier this week, a long list of large US businesses and trade associations
announced the formation of the Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight or CRIDO.
It has long been apparent to me that ICANN stopped listening
to all of the reasons that a flood of new TLDs is a bad idea,
mesmerized by a combination of lobbying by parties that stand to profit
from them, and the prospect of a torrent of cash for ICANN itself.
It is a complete waste of time to try to use ICANN's own processes
to make them stop and
reconsider or even slow down a little.
Although ICANN fancies itself to be a global-scope
consensus-based (is that enough hyphens?) organization, in fact it is
a California not-for-profit corporation subject to US law.
So the key facts about CRIDO are that a) they're in the US, and b)
they represent organizations with a great deal of money and a great deal to
lose from new TLDs.
CRIDO clearly exists to force ICANN to defend its new TLD plans in US
courts, and I look forward to the discovery stage in which we will with
any luck learn more about the conflicts of interest by
ICANN board and staff.
Will we, for example, find out
whether former ICANN board chair Peter Dengate Thrush already had a job offer
from domain consultants Minds+Machines when he voted to approve new
TLDs? Stay tuned.
Stable link is https://jl.ly/ICANN/crido.html
09 Nov 2011
Greylisting is a hoary technique for rejecting spam sent by botnets and other poorly
When a mail server receives an attempt to deliver mail from a hitherto unseen
sending host IP address, it rejects the message with a "soft fail" error which tells the
sender to try again later.
Real mail software does try again, at which point you note that the host knows
how to retry and you don't greylist mail from that IP again.
The theory is that spamware doesn't retry, so you won't get that spam.
I wrote a paper on it for the 2005 CEAS conference, and concluded that conservative
greylisters worked well.
We've now been using greylisting for close to a decade, and some people have
argued that it's no longer useful, since the bad guys could easily fix their
spamware to retry, or since bots are so cheap, they could just send everything
twice. So does it still work?
See more ...
Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/grey11.html
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