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High Court: IBM staff refused pay increases can claim damages

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Well, let's think about it a bit more

"...a quarter of UK staff being kicked off its final-salary pension scheme" [in 2009].

However, since about 1997, new hires have of course not joined the Defined Benefit scheme since it was closed by then. So we're talking about people who've now been with IBM for almost thirty years or more, and have not yet accepted a package. So whatever the legality or ethics of it, we aren't actually talking about a very large fraction of IBM UK staff. The majority of the staff, on a Defined Contribution pension scheme, might feel aggrieved at the impact of this decision on the pension fund as a whole.

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Dot-word sensation: Google forks out $25m for a fist of .app-y pills

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A sad day

Ludicrous. Don't be evil??? Don't be stupid!

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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Re: draconian, greedy monopolies should be a thing of the past

Yes, and I want a pony too.

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Re: Potentiometer + cloud + monopoly

It all needs to be autonomic and self-configuring, including secure enrollment of new devices. What it doesn't need (from the consumer's point of view) is to depend on proprietary or cartel solutions for that. That's the difference between your £8 spark plugs and £130 injectors (whose fair price is probably £30 at a guess). So beware of Big Blue (or Cisco, or anyone else) who offers the One True Solution for IoT security. The One True Solution includes a monopoly rent.

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What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news

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Paris Hilton

Whoopee

That's great! News from crap.news will be so much more reliable than news from crap.com. Well worth my share of the $10M, which I am pretty sure we punters will end up paying indirectly.

Paris, because surely paris.news will be here in no time.

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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

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WTF?

Er, piffle. It's not a job for the USG and never has been, and it's not a job for the ITU and never has been. It's a job for the voluntary technical standards that have been ensuring that it works since 1983. No government or UN help needed, thanks.

By the way they aren't called "packages". They've been called "packets" since the 1960s.

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IBM pushes the Accelerate, makes one Big Blue storage family

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Re: Long-Names-With-Silly-Components-itis

Oh come on. I wasn't sneering at the need to avoid other people's trademarks. I was sneering at the pathetic belief that renaming something is going to influence rational purchasing decisions. This nonsense has been going on for years in the distributed storage area (and I mean 20 years at least). Even "GPFS" was a rebranding originally (late 1990s). Lipstick on a pig is really the correct metaphor, because IBM has never, ever got this area right, back to AFS/DFS. Remember the Storage Tank fiasco? Or should I call it IBM TotalStorage SAN File System?

The problem has always been the products, never the names.

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Long-Names-With-Silly-Components-itis

"GPFS was recently rebranded to Elastic Storage. Why is IBM rebranding it again as Spectrum Scale?"

Because some years ago IBM Marketing became infected with Long Name disease, a condition in which the patient believes that long names with silly component words make fools buy stuff that they didn't buy with accurate, descriptive names like "General Parallel File System".

It's an unfortunate form of mental illness, because the more evidence there is that it doesn't work, the more the patient makes the names longer and sillier.

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Hackers fear arms control pact makes exporting flaws illegal

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Re: Impractical law

> how would they enforce this?

Randomly and capriciously, when they decide to go after someone who has pissed them off. But otoh, Wassenaar is very old news, so making a big deal of it now for this particular event is a political choice. (Just as Citizen Four made a political choice, one I admire, and like the PGP T-shirt, which was intentionally provocative.)

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Back off – it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers

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Lawyers know best...

...how to give advice that their employer wishes to hear. But that advice doesn't mean anything until it is tested in court.

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Net neutrality: Someone WILL sue. So will the FCC's rules hold up?

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Re: This is the most shoddy analysis of a legal issue the Reg could have posted.

@Tom 13:

OK, now we *know* you're a shill. ianal but there are gazillions of cases where regulations qualify the law.

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Oligopoloy

@Tom 13: "it is proposing to merge the Verizon/Comcast/Time Warner oligopoly into a government controlled monopoly"

That's a most amazing interpretation and has no basis in reality that I can see. Who do you shill for? (It's to the US's shame that the Ma Bell government-endorsed monopoly was tolerated for so long, but this is *nothing* like that at all.) If large carriers fix prices, that is indeed one for the FTC not the FCC, but there's nothing here that favors price-fixing. Go Wheeler!

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee calls for net neutrality in Europe

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Read it again, again

There is no escape route from TimBL's quoted words, and they are just plain wrong.

The network *requires* differentiated services to work properly: voice packets need low jitter and low bandwidth, video packets require moderate jitter and high bandwidth, other content packets can tolerate jitter and need all the spare bandwidth, and network control packets like routing protocols need to get absolute priority. The network neutrality zealots simply prefer to ignore this inconvenient truth, and we risk a debacle as a result.

I think TimBL needs to read a book on queueing theory.

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US looks at plan to hand over world's DNS – and screams blue murder

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Re: Stick With What Works

"Why are we trying to change it, is it broken? "

What's broken is that the US Government holds a contract with ICANN, and most people outside the US find this appearance of governmental control obnoxious. So the question is: if this contract is allowed to lapse, is anything needed to replace it?

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Re: What is the NTIA?

It's a department of the US Department of Commerce. I'm sure it stands for something but it doesn't really matter.

http://www.ntia.doc.gov/

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Not obvious at all

" this is an attempt to seize control on a global scale. To transfer power of the internet under the U.N. or equivilent."

Um, you have no idea what you're talking about. It's true that the ITU has always had its eyes on this but there is no proposal whatever to give it to them.

"Many are working very hard to completely eliminate any need for DNS."

Um, you have no idea what you're talking about.

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

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Re: the key to success

"Ten years of clueless IBM executive management."

I once heard Palmisano say (internally) "you don't need a PhD to understand our business model - anyone with a liberal arts degree can understand it." Must check what degree Ginny has... anyway, I could never understand a business model with such low revenue per employee. Apparently it's got no better since I left.

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Hibernating NetMundial rattles internet governance world at Davos

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It's all so...

...boring. When will they all realise that "Internet governance" is an oxymoron and all that can come out of this is many fine lunches and dinners. What? That's the whole point, did you say? Well I never!

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Security? Don't bother until it's needed says RFC

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Re: It has to come..

This has nothing to do with IPv6. Really nothing. It has to do with default behaviour built into popular application-layer protocols.

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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...everyone follows all the laws

The problem is that publishing a paper about 513 bit crypto would be a rather public breaking of the law and a crime difficult to conceal. But hey, they voted for an idiot prime minister, and that's what they got (like Blighty and Kiwiland, of course).

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How d'you solve a problem like IANA? Internet captains wrestle over US power handover

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Good summary, but...

Thanks for a good summary of something complicated.

The advocates of a separate company to hold a contract with ICANN haven't yet explained how that company would add value, since it would be structured as a non-profit US corporation... er, ICANN is already a non-profit US corporation. Why the new one would be more trustworthy than the old one is left as an exercise for the reader.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: This must be....

Well yes. RFC1984 was numbered 1984 for a reason.

http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1984

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IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

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Re: "Didnt want to co-operate"?

> No surprise IBM would keep them at arms length after that.

But they didn't. There were years of OS/2-like cooperation over Web Services, WSDL and all that ball of crap. I'm guessing Ginny has re-learned the lesson of the 1980's about exactly why cooperating with MS is a Bad Idea.

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EU net neutrality: Don’t worry, we’re now safely in the hands of … Latvia

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Rubbish

'Net neutrality activists see differentiated services as the gateway to a dreaded “two-tier internet”, '

That is such BS. Differentiated services is how you ensure that voice gets what it needs (low loss, low jitter, low latency, low bandwidth), that video gets what it needs (some loss and jitter, low latency, high bandwidth) and that static text and images get what they need (some loss, any amount of jitter, some latency, all the spare bandwidth). Without differentiated services, user experience will be horrible. It has absolutely nothing to do with network neutrality or with the mythical two-tier Internet.

Journalistic and political ignorance on this topic seems to be very deep-seated and is why almost any legislation is likely to be more damaging than laissez-faire.

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Re: IANA Reservation

> Wonder if it's possible to get BAAA::/16 reserved for this?

Only if someone writes an RFC on "Standard for the transmission of IPv6 datagrams on ovine carriers."

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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Re: Herr Bunter, please expedite your return to the US

> how can someone return to a place that they have not previously been to?

It seems that in the case of the USA, being accused of a crime there is enough to get a free ticket for your first visit. (Although it's a bit hard to believe that he's never been there, for the US justice system it seems to be enough that his private bits have been there.)

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European data law: UK.gov TRASHES 'unambiguous consent' plans

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Experian

> I never remember explicitly giving companies like experian permission to hold data on me.

I'm guessing it was in the very small print when you first signed up for a credit card or a bank account that allows overdrafts. Like, if you didn't agree to the very small print, you would never get any credit in the first place.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Re: Vive la (non) différence

Small correction, which actually makes it worse. What actually came out on Christmas eve is a "décret d'application" - a regulation issued by the government under the previously enacted law. And it gives sole authority to the Prime Minister to allow surveillance requests from a whole bunch of different branches of various ministries. Pretty lamentable, and would have been very acceptable to the ancien régime before the French Revolution. Charles I of England would have found it handy, too.

In fairness though there are a few of the commentards who defend it, being worried about home-grown jihadis.

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ICANN's technical competence queried by Verisign report

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Re: Balance?

And Dave Conrad also said:

"And the approach we agreed upon was a reasonable compromise. There is always a risk any time you change things, but no one is arguing that we shouldn't be making those changes."

Actually, quite a lot of people have been arguing since 1998 that it was a mistake to create any new gTLDs at all (except those to support non-English characters, which are clearly of great importance to the language groups concerned).

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Re: Time for reserved "private" TLDs?

Um, yes, people did think of it, which is why .local is a reserved name and why .home is on hold. But it's also a risky idea - if you're sitting in the back garden and unintentionally connected to your neighbour's WiFi, printer.local might be the wrong printer.

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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Paradise reggained

Egged on by this story, I looked around a bit, and discovered that if you really liked the old Reggister look, you can get something similar but even simpler by using the current day's archive link, like http://www.theregister.co.uk/Archive/2014/12/20/

Not perfect but better than the continuing disaster of the front page.

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: RFC 1149/2549

No, silly, you need RFC 6214 for IPv6

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@ The Vociferous Time Waster

" keep the same last 32 bits"

That is NOT how IPv6 addressing works, sorry. Your address is all fresh and new.

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@Roland6

What do you mean "nothing has been done"? Actually an enormous amount of work has been done in the IETF to make IPv6 in itself very usable. The problems are all those of coexistence of an exhausted, overloaded address space with a new one, that mathematically requires v4/v6 translation at the interface. But the operators with actual experience running CGNs (especially in countries with logging requirements, which is basically all countries except North Korea) know very well that CGN is *vastly* more costly and glitch-prone than rolling out IPv6.

For the IETF's position on IPv6: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6540

Ofcom have been seriously misled.

-- Still hating the Register's new look, mainly reading ZDNET now --

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

BAD Vulture! BAD!

Um, this confirms my experience that web site makeovers always make sites worse, especially when objectives like "modern and fresher" are involved. It is now harder to spot the lead stories, harder to quickly whip down the page looking for interesting stories, and also it's visually boring. All worse, nothing better that I can see.

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Internet cash-point boss says 'no thanks' to ICANN's web power grab

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Cash point?

I don't get why you describe the non-profit Internet Society as a cash point in the headline. It's true that one of ISOC's sources of income is a contribution from the non-profit Public Interest Registry, that runs the .org TLD registry. (http://pir.org/about-us/) Can that be what you mean?

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US govt tells ICANN: No accountability, no keys to the internet

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Re: ICANN mismanagement and nepotism

Nepotism? Really? Who is related to whom, then? (Note: I am not challenging your use of 'mismanagement'.)

Also, you seem to have missed that most of current debate is exactly about accountability, and how to make ICANN accountable to the Internet community as a whole, instead of to an arm of the US Govt. In that context, it really doesn't matter whether the job is being done by *this* ICANN, or by some hypothetical future, and much more wonderful, ICANN version 2.

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Re: Is ICANN even needed ?

This line of argument is so wrong that I don't know how to begin.

1. IPv4 - it's true that this is now effectively entirely in the hands of the regional Internet registries (RIRs), or soon will be. But we still need a central registry of the space allocated to the RIRs and of the legacy allocations to non-RIR customers.

2. IPv6 - addresses are not allocated to countries, but to providers and major (provider-independent) sites, again by the RIRs. But we stiil need a central registry of the space allocated to the RIRs and the vast unallocated space.

3. "Assign the country designators (e.g .uk for the United Kingdom) to their governments to assign." Didn't you read the stress test scenario about Ukraine?

4. "Requests for new non-country designators could be handled by a small subgroup of the ITU." I think you will find that both ICANN and the vast majority of its supporters and detractors all agree that the worst possible solution would be the ITU.

5. You have ignored the fact that most of IANA's technical work, currently performed by the IANA team at ICANN, is the registration of protocol parameters.

BTW I think the set of stress test scenarios is really good work.

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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Scope

The article doesn't underline that this proposal only covers *one* of the three legs of IANA's work: "IANA Naming Functions." That means, basically, DNS Top Level Domains. And the naming community - the people who actually make the DNS work for the rest of us - is suggesting that they themselves are best qualified to oversee this work. Better qualified, for example, than the United States Department of Commerce. Duh!

The other two legs (IP addressing, a.k.a. "Numbering", and protocol parameter registration, a.k.a. the IETF) are also busy working on their proposals.

Tip for Kieren: http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/ianaplan/current/msg01400.html

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

I have checked RFC 3501 and all of the RFCs that update it, and none of them requires unencrypted text that I can see. So I think you are simply wrong about that.

It's true that S/MIME has never been much use, and even PGP is rarely used. But there's nothing to stop me sending encrypted text marked as text/plain; charset=UTF-8, which would work fine between consenting adults. Or Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64 if you prefer.

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'America radicalised me!' cries Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom

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Frau DotCom

"But later, Dotcom talked about how he’d transferred the shares for his new filesharing site Mega to his wife and children, saying he was “officially broke”, which could mean still actually quite rich, as long as he stays on good terms with the wife."

But they've split up. So he may actually be short of a penny.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: "Satnavs should not be relied upon,..."

And texting while walking on a crowded footpath should be part of the walking test, I suppose. Of all the cretinous ideas civil servants have come up with recently, this must be in the top ten.

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NetMundial 'rule-the-internet' ISC project gets grudging support of civil society

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Post a comment

Yawn.

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Global Commission on Internet Governance wobbles into IANA debate

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Elite group??

I think you should check the dictionary for 'elite' before applying it to these people. Also, the other people, who waffle about an oversight group for ICANN, have yet to explain why that would be any more effective than, say the Internet Governance Forum, the GCIG, the crashed-and-burned NetMundial Internet Security Council, etc., in overseeing ICANN's Board of Directors, who themselves are appointed by a multistakeholder process in the first place.

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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

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Re: Common knowledge at PK

It's actually been common knowledge since World War I that C&W was tapped by the signals intelligence agency of the day. Why on earth is anybody surprised? This story is 100 years old. Don't expect it to change any time soon.

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First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab

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Re: Hegemony once again

Afterthought:

> ... the Defending Internet Freedom Act has served to irritate large sections of the internet community [but] it has some merits.

Unfortunately it also has at least one major error that makes it pretty useless: it fails to recognise the large majority of IANA's work, which has nothing to do with domain names.

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Hegemony once again

> To recap, domain-name system overseer ICANN is paid by the US government

Absolutely not - it's a zero cost contract, not one penny of US taxpayers' money is involved, and has not been since about 1998.

> American politicians claiming ownership of a global network that is run almost exclusively on private networks

Not to mention that, although the US DoD did fund ARPANET back in history, the idea of an internet (originally called a 'catenet') came from a Frenchman, Louis Pouzin, in 1974, and a very large part of the development of the Internet after TCP/IP became generally available in 1983 was done outside the USA.

Paris, 'cos that's where Louis Pouzin studied.

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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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Re: Independent?

What US politicians don't seem to understand is that their laws only affect the US. Since all this stuff, even ICANN, operate internationally anyway, Congress should simply be silent. I am told this bill has only the tiniest chance of success, fortunately.

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Internet Society slams online 'UN Security Council' plan, snubs permanent seat offer

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Re: ...must be done!

And of course it is all very closely related to Brazilian politics, Rousseff's desire to get back at the US Govt for eavesdropping her, mixed thinking about whether Snowden is a hero or a villain, and generally confused thinking. Good on the Internet Society for telling it like it is.

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EVERYTHING needs crypto says Internet Architecture Board

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Yes, Clipper was just about dead but key escrow was still on the rampage (as in "let the Government have a copy of your crypto keys, just in case we ever have an irresistible urge to read your stuff"). Also the criminal investigation of Phil Zimmerman was still ongoing when RFC 1984 was drafted.

What's new today is that data mining of massive amounts of plain text has become practicable in a way that wasn't anticipated in 1996.

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