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25 Jun 2012

Domain Registry of America is still at it ICANN

An ICANN-accredited registrar known variously as Domain Registry of America, Domain Registry of Canada, and Brandon James Internet is famous for sending out fake domain renewal notices. They are physically located west of Toronto, not far from the US border. Despite being sanctioned by both the Federal Trade Commission in the US and the Competition Bureau in Canada, they made minor adjustments to the notices, and in the latter case, changed their name, and kept at it.

Someone asked whether they're still sending out fake domain notices. Oh, yes, I have a stack of them about 10cm (that's four inches in the US) high. Click on the image to see the three that arrived in today's mail.

I have long said that something is deeply broken in ICANN's registration accreditation agreement and compliance process if they permit these scammers to continue for a decade under ICANN's nose. That hasn't changed either.

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Free Money: the Christmas Update Money

It's coming up on the date when I'll pay back my first $10K loan of free money, so what did my pals at Capital One do? Send me a stern note saying I'm misusing the checks? Cut my credit limit? Heck, no, they sent me a little booklet with more no-fee checks so I can keep going at least through March.

Someone noted that I am not their target demographic. I guess not. Perhaps I should call up and ask for a larger credit line, anyway.

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Free money update Money
A few weeks ago
I blogged about some credit card checks that Capital One sent, with terms that appeared to offer free money. I wrote myself a check for ten grand, and deposited it in the bank to see what would happen.

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Google Booze? Internet
While flipping through the pile of advertising flyers that arrived with today's paper, I came across this one:

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IPV4 is no longer available in New York Internet
You knew this was going to happen, but I bet you didn't expect it quite so soon:

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22 Jun 2012

On search neutrality Internet

In recent months there's been a robust and apparently well-funded debate about the legal status of search engine results, in particular Google's search results. On Tuesday, Tim Wu, a well-known law professor at Columbia weighed in with an op-ed in the New York Times, arguing that it's silly to claim that computer software has free speech rights. Back in April, equally famous UCLA professor Eugene Volokh published a paper, funded by Google, that came to the opposite conclusion, that in some cases they do. (Personally, I think they do to the extent the results reflect the intentions of the humans who wrote the code.)

The reason this is a hot topic, of course, is because some people whose web sites don't appear as high as they'd like in search results think it's a monopolistic plot against them, and Google should be required to present search results in a neutral way. It might be, but more likely it's not, and the cure would be far worse than the problem.

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16 Jun 2012

White paper on the design of the domain name system Internet

Last summer I did an eight part series on the design of the DNS. Since people still seem to be interested in it, I collected them into a white paper that you can more easily archive and print.

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13 Jun 2012

Wow, that's a lot of applications ICANN
ICANN unveiled
all the applications for new top level domains today, all 1,930 of them. Most of them were fairly predictable, big companies applying for their own names like .IBM, .DUPONT, .AUDI, and .HSBC. The most applications for the same name were 13 for .APP, 11 for .INC and .HOME, 10 for .ART, 9 for .SHOP, .LLC, .BOOK, and .BLOG. None of those claim community support so they'll have to slug it out in the contention process.

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07 Jun 2012

IPv6 in the wild Internet

Although I'm sceptical that IPv6 will have any practical use in e-mail in the forseeable future, it makes plenty of sense for web sites. The web browsers on mobile phones are likely to have direct v6 connections, but NAT or proxies for IPv4, so web sites can work better if they're available on IPv6. Since it makes no difference at all for mail, my advice is to work on v6 for your web sites and forget it for mail. (If you run a large ISP, IPv6 makes sense for internal POP, IMAP, and SUBMIT servers, but if you run a large ISP, you already knew that.)

Taking my own advice, this blog has been available via IPv6 for the better part of a year. Did anyone notice?

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