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Have ICANN Lost The Plot

ICANN are considering the introduction of Dotless Domains, basically, this means, instead of, for example entering in http://blog.ausics.net, I could buy ausics and you only enter in http://blog.ausics or http://ausics

Now, some of you might think that's a cool idea, but NO, it's not! What about host names on LAN, I have a box called fox (no pun intended, well, ok, maybe ;-)) so, if I http://fox, I want my local fox, not someones domain, http://fox the use of hostname in local lookups (search lists) in place of FQDN, has been used for near eternity on PC's.

It could not be one of the more crazy and stupidest moves by the hierarchy yet, for reasons I explained in my submission (below)

I really recommend those in a system or network administrative position to have a read of ICANNS RFC, and submit their opinion on it, one of the more vocal voices against this, is more or less Mr DNS himself, Paul Vixie who wrote about it last year.

Regrettably, you have only a couple of days, submissions close Sept 24 2012....

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How redundant is your network, really?

The well publicised GoDaddy outage on Sept 11 this year should be a huge wakeup for everyone to find out, just how good their network is designed.

So, you have multiple data links to multiple carriers, redundancy, failover, the works, even a wireless/microwave link in case someone digs up the entire block including your fibre. You've also got dual power supplies in your routers, switches, and servers, even redundant routers and switches, they are all protected by dual channel mains supplies, each with their own dedicated UPS and battery bank, both connecting into the power company by two separate diverse paths, backed up by two mega powerful diesel generators.

You can go to bed tonight and sleep easy can't you... Or, can you?

A bored shitless teenager, after getting banned from some gaming server on your network, has decided to seek revenge, so initiates a more, real life battle, he attacks the name servers that host the game server network since they may be slightly easier to take down, than the actual server.

Most kids don't care about collateral damage, then again, maybe they are smarter than many give them credit for, attacking the game server, only peeves off the gamers, attacking and taking out DNS peeves off the network admins for affecting the entire network, that would be a quick way to having the ISP kick off the game server, and with word of mouth, that game network soon becomes known as a high risk target, and may find it very hard to get another network to stick their gear in.

OK, back to our story, so, your primary DNS server 10.1.1.1 is massively DDoS'd, but wait, your secondary slave server should respond and save the day, so no problems, right?

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Ethernet Cabling - It's Easy

What is contained within, may in part, in Australia, be illegal - No, I'm not talking about bomb making, I'm talking about... home ethernet data cable work, be it patch leads, or running between sockets in different rooms....

So, you're wondering, WTF? Well, yes, if you do data cabling work, even in your own, owner-occupied home, you must not only be a an open registered cabler, but you must also have structured cabling endorsements.

Where I disagree with this however is being illegal for you to cable up a couple of rooms in your own owner-occupied home for data to access the Internet, you're not going to hurt or affect anyone else, but our nanny government has decided that's tough luck, the previous Digital Data Exemption that allowed this is completely gone with a rewrite of The Rules so you can't!

That aside, if your cabling a network that doesn't, and can not have access to the telecommunications network in any way shape or form (incl wireless, 3/4G, Cable, etc), in other words is a 100% intranet, then the law does not apply, because it is not regarded as "customer cabling", and you can do what you want, and we will assume that's the case here.

So, I am going to assume you like having LAN parties and will have no internet connection for the LAN you are about to construct for those LAN parties, this way, the network cable stuff you're about to do, is actually legal :-) Also that you are a pretty good home handyman with experience using dry wall saws, power tools, understand that electricity can kill you, you might get bitten by redbacks and have to fight off possums (among other creepies) crawling around your roof and wall spaces - If your not this type of person, best hire a registered cabler with the appropriate endorsements to do it all for you!

Again, if you have even the slightest hesitation about your ability to do the job, leave it for a professional!
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IRC - The online hangout before, during, and after, facebook


Internet Relay Chat, or IRC as it is commonly known as, was the first and original open access public multi-user chat (excluding unix "talk"), yes kiddies, the Internet's old hands were publicly multi chatting long before ICQ, MSN, and well before privacy invading predatory sites like facebook were even dreamt of, in fact, back as early as 1988, and it's still a very active social outlet today, yet, rather unjustly, doesn't get the attention it deserves, perhaps this is a good thing, it's not like IRC is just for elitists these days, it hasn't been that way since the nineties, but it has its loyal fanbase, and contrary to popular belief, not everyone thinks facebook is the "in thing", nor will it ever be to many, if you want to make public comments, set up a blog, or share pictures for anyone to see that's archived for life, there's always your blog, or twitter.

Sure, there is a difference, facebook and the like record what you say, even if you do not save it, and shows it and your shared pictures to almost everyone at any time and kept indefinitely, refusing to actually delete anything, only hiding it, override your rights by claiming copyright ownership on everything you post, let people know when your away so criminals can break in and clean you out, let the world know all about you, so you can become a high risk target of identity theft - well there ya go, facebook does have its purposes afterall :-D. IRC on the other hand, is a real time multi user chat service, you need to be there, there and then to see what's being said, your private messages go nowhere but to the recipient, your public messages for all in the channel, but not logged by the servers, and one other thing I really love about it, is there is no in your face constant server sponsored or paid spamming of advertisements occupying three quarters of your bandwith.

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Copyright Enforcement (Updated)

UPDATE April 20 2012

The High Court of Australia has today dismissed AFACTS appeal with costs.

Today, the HCA declared that ISP iiNet did not authorise infringing users on its network. It re-enforces the decision by the Full bench of the Federal Court, and the decision of original Federal Court hearing with Justice Cowdroy.


Other important notes to come out is the recognition that terminating users wont stop them moving to another ISP and carrying on with their file sharing infringing actions.

As I've said before, MPAA et al need to change their ways by making the content available at same time as overseas, and digitally online and at reasonable prices.

TV Networks need to stop making us wait 4 to 8 months (or longer) for a series return, or a new hit series - after it has already aired in the U.S. and U.K. If they fixed this, TV pirating would be pointless, we know they can do it. FFS we have how many digital channels now? How about thrashing all these constant repeats and non popular shows and the like on one of the secondary digital channels. We should be able to watch the current airings of hit series at same time as U.S. and U.K. and by same time, I appreciate contracts declare it must air first in say, the U.S., but given the time differences, 24 hours would be acceptable, even 48 hours, but 4 to 8 plus months? Completely unacceptable, so the networks only have themselves to blame for this, no one else.

If these organisations changed their ways, there would be little to no need for piracy , ya know... EVERYONE, then wins!

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