* Posts by Tom Ward

10 posts • joined 25 Aug 2007

E-trade scammer pleads guilty to Office Space scam

Tom Ward

@Shaun

Well, no, but they probably wouldn't have let him set up multiple accounts had they known...

Nominet critic wins boardroom seat

Tom Ward

Number of votes cast

15% of the electorate voted, but 60% of the available votes were cast. Weighted voting is a joy - for 120 people to take it over would probably cost them several million...

UK net registry battles coup d'etat

Tom Ward

Turnover

Dave, if you look at the link I mentioned above - http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/28154_Nominet_R_A_2007.pdf - you can see that in 2007, the turnover was ~£15m.

Tom Ward

Reducing prices?

"It has already reduced the pricing of domain names to resolve this problem."

The price of registering a domain name for two years - which forms the vast bulk of Nominet's income - has been constant at £5 since 1999.

http://www.nominet.org.uk/governance/scope/egmqanda/

Tom Ward

Jonathan: the basic drift

Nominet calls itself a not-for-profit. However, in 2007 they made an operating "surplus" of £3.7m, up from £2.7m the previous year. Nominet also has in the region of £20m burning a hole in its pocket. See this year's report:

http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/28154_Nominet_R_A_2007.pdf

Fox, Davies, et al believe that Nominet should reduce this "surplus" by reducing the cost of registering names.

The QC's advice notes that a distribution of existing funds wouldn't be possible under Nominet's current constitution. He says that Nominet would be able to run at a loss by reducing costs, but this would be risky if .uk fell out of favour. There is no comment on Nominet breaking even.

Although Nominet states that they aim to "Achieve long term income and expenditure neutrality" and "Achieve long term cash flow neutrality", they appear to want to achieve this by spending several million a year on their pet charity, rather than by reducing the cost to registrars: http://www.nominet.org.uk/governance/financialprinciples/

Fox has attempted to turn it into a for profit some years ago, but as far as I've read, he isn't trying to this time.

Tom Ward

@Kerberos

Yep, that could work, but wouldn't it be better if that cash went to HM Treasury rather than a quango?

TheTrainline revamps security handling after glitch

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National Express

Has anyone here tried the new National Express East Coast ticket booker?

http://www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com/en/Travel-Information/

Web 2.0 to the max! Oh yeah, and it's actually rather good...

Egg scrambles to fix network outage

Tom Ward
Paris Hilton

@Egg Nog

That's a fair point - they're under no obligation to offer anyone credit. However, to publicly declare that it's because of poor credit ratings is akin to slander...

Apple's Leopard rejects latest version of Java

Tom Ward

Flack or Flak?

Shurely shome mishtake...

Siphoning MySpace tunes using Safari

Tom Ward

mp3 link (OS X)

If you're on OS X, http://www.rubicode.com/Software/RCDefaultApp/ should do what you need with respect to opening things when you click on them.

The story in general, though, old news!

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