July 25, 2002

Fri, 26 Jul 2002 01:38:29 GMT

Hi stacey. Hope you enjoyed the picnic. When you get this message check out http://www.byte.org/blog
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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 20:47:04 GMT

31.25% of Sydney beer drinkers don't know what a "schmiddie" is... [Dub Dub Dub Where is the Pub?]

...and me. But it involves beer, so it must be good.

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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 17:07:10 GMT

ACLU lawsuit targets copyright law. Filing suit on Thursday, the civil liberties group hopes to prompt the first ruling that would curtail the wide reach of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. [CNET News.com]

Way to go Ben. Between you and Perens, there might be some hope that this heinous law might get the attitude adjustment that it needs. Best wishes!

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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 16:20:53 GMT

This just in...

Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:44 AM
Subject: BLOCK THIS SPAM - Verisign Domain Move for $15

> This morning we received spam from Network Delusions/Vericrime advertising
> to our customers to move their domains to them for $15. We are taking
> action. A look at the headers shows that the spam is coming from
> "verisign-direct.com" and "devondirect.com" which we are now blocking 
> with our spam filtering server.
> I suggest that other ISPs that sell domain registration also block 
> them.

Note that I haven't yet confirmed the spam (ie - haven't seen a copy), but it is consistent with VRSN's past practices.

Update: A kind soul has been nice enough to send me a sample of the SPAM - no headers, but the message is pretty clear. You can view it here.

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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 15:26:53 GMT

A few people have asked me about the status of Verisign's proposed Wait List Service given the recent Names Council vote to accept the Final Report of the Transfers TF regarding WLS. George Kirikos theorizes that the WLS is as good as dead.

I beg to differ slightly.

The final answer really depends on what the ICANN Board decides to do with the NC recommendation and the TF Final Report. My guess is that there is sufficient leeway in the final report to provide the Board with an opportunity to actually approve the WLS, but string it up with conditions that make the entire implementation rather beneficial to the community. If you read the final report, you'll notice that there are conditions that would potentially require the implementation of a standardized domain deletion policy and the redemption grace period before the WLS can actually be offered. And of course, this would entirely depend on whether or not VGRS would still view the WLS as being attractive economically if the Board requires a cost-based pricing review as per the recent gTLD selection process.

The fact is that there are still a ton of issues up in the air, and what happens next is anyone's best guess. I sincerely hope that the board can do the right thing without getting them into the catch-22 that seems to be looming. Catch-22? Try and approve a service generally opposed by the community. Also try and deny it against VGRS's strong Washington lobby.

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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 14:39:14 GMT

LONDON -  Diageo PLC agrees to sell Burger King Corp. for $2.26 billion.
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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 14:27:43 GMT

Yeah! Wireless at the office coming soon. I finally got tired of being tethered and decided to pick up an AP that I can just plug into the switch under my desk. I probably paid too much for it but...I was disappointed that the seller wouldn't let me come over and pick it up (seeing as how he is local)..alas...

Probably paid too much as well ;)

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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 14:16:27 GMT

INT Media Group preps rebranding [Dotcom Scoop]

Fascinating Jim. Internet.com is one of those old skool firms that just keeps plugging. I've never been particularly engaged by their content, but each to his own. Its great to hear that they've picked up some of the Jupiter assets - INT has some great talent in this area and might actually be able to make a go of it. Good luck folks!

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Thu, 25 Jul 2002 13:50:58 GMT

IT pros foresee major cyberattacks on horizon. BSA report seen as a wake-up call for private sector [InfoWorld: Top News]

Wow...an association whose members include firms like Network Associates and Symantec is issuing a wake-up call to businesses regarding security. Progressive. What will they do next, issue wake-up calls to businesses regarding piracy run rampant in SOHO America?


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