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Berkeley Internet Name What? El Reg botches another DNS story.
The secrecy of a steganographic technique is not important if the encoded data is also encrypted.
How can this article be complete without mentioning the United States? China, Iran, India, and Pakistan are easy targets because their rulers don't stage photo ops at the Twitter offices. But the USA seizes domain names without due process, stages helicopter raids on mansions in foreign countries, and more, just to shut down web sites. Breaking the law to protect commercial interests in the USA is no more just than protecting royal interests in Thailand.
I don't think The Register has published a single article on DNS that wasn't embarrassingly ill-informed. Add this one to the list. Is domaintools.com the only way El Reg knows how to look up a domain? Their capitalization is dictionary-based and has nothing to do with the actual registration.
Re: Another beer from me
I object to this "What, Me Worry?" nonsense, which says we should take OpenBSD's security as a given. Think it's just supposed to be cute? Someone recently asked Theo de Raadt for the results of the inquiry into the alleged IPsec backdoor, and he responded, "We don't need to publish anything. OpenBSD is the most secure OS in the world." Guess what? Security is based on either evidence or malarkey. Theo is choosing to cultivate an audience for the latter. Counting two exploitable issues in 16 years is easy when you're only counting the base system with no services or applications running.
I think "What, Me Worry?" would also be a good slogan for Lehman Brothers, Fukushima Daiichi, and BP Deepwater Horizon.
What's really going on here
Verizon: "Our goal is an Internet policy framework that ensures openness and accountability."
FCC: "Freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs"
Is Verizon saying we need more "accountability" on the Internet? That sure matches up with Eric Schmidt's "true anonymity is too dangerous." Meanwhile the FCC is only looking out for the "consumers and entrepreneurs" when they're consuming and producing. What about the Internet as a free platform for all kinds of innovation outside the consumption bubble? Lots of slippery language from all sides, but none of the players here are denying their desire for Internet to become a controlled platform centered on commerce.
Guess what, people? The producers and consumers are not going to save the world. Personal freedom, good communication, and de-financialization will save us. Pushing the Internet even an inch towards the direction of cable TV is idiocy — just more of the same authoritarian nonsense spreading like bacteria into life these days. Are you smart enough to understand this and buck the trend, Google?
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