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RE: 2017: The Year of dotBrand (Sara Vivanco)


Roland, you wrote an amazing article about dotBrands.
I'm sure you're already informed about the conference Brands & Domains which we're preparing in The Hague from 2-3 of October? We will talk about many topics that will be really interesting for your clients.

If you want more info, drop me a note!

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 12:50 PM PDT by Sara Vivanco

RE: The Internet is Dead - Long Live the Internet (Todd Knarr)


It already can. :) By 2030 there won't be a need for any tunnel, we should've moved to IPsec using transport-mode ESP by default running on IPv6 which doesn't require a tunnel to work around NAT. IPv6 is going to be required for that mobility regardless of anything else, and the only thing really required for ubiquitous transport-mode ESP is full support for DNSSEC and CERT records in DNS (see RFC 4398, or 4025 for storing raw public keys for individual hosts). RFC 4398 would, if implemented in browsers and other software, make certificate authorities like Verisign unnecessary and obsolete. Currently the only reason it's not supported in Chrome is that Google has heartburn over the 1024-bit key length restriction in DNSSEC (which traces back to the usual PPP MTU setting by way of IP fragmentation of UDP packets, so not relevant to IPv6 and possibly not relevant anymore to IPv4).

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 10:21 AM PDT by Todd Knarr

RE: The Internet is Dead - Long Live the Internet (Juha Holkkola)


Thanks for the comment Todd, I agree with you entirely.

I myself expect that technologies such as SD-WAN and SDN will do the same to networks that DHCP did to IP addresses and network configurations back in the early 00s. The level of mobility we have today wouldn't be possible without DHCP, so I'm keen to see what kind of services and use cases we will land on once the networks themselves become just as dynamic.

Who knows - perhaps in 2030 my personal cloud will be connected to yours via private intercloud. Running through a tunnel on the Internet, of course! :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 9:53 AM PDT by Juha Holkkola

RE: The Internet is Dead - Long Live the Internet (Todd Knarr)


I hate to say it, but the Internet's been an out-of-sight infrastructure layer for most of it's lifetime. Protocols like NTP and SNMP exist purely behind the scenes, users didn't need to deal with them and even network admins dealt with them only indirectly through the applications that used those protocols to communicate. SMTP and IMAP are good examples of application-level system-to-system protocols, users deal with email client applications and have little to no exposure to the infrastructure that moves email around. The closest most users got to interacting directly with the network was via FTP command-line clients until Gopher software and later Web browsers became common, and between Google and Web applications and changes in how browsers display things we've been steadily moving away from the URL bar as a direct representation of where we are on the network for the last decade or so. These days a browser window in a work environment's most likely just another window on your desktop with an application displayed in it, and with the steadily-increasing use of client-side Javascript applications any remaining awareness of the network's rapidly fading.

Which is how it should be. To borrow a quote, the Internet is like pavement: once you've figured out how to lay it down and paint lines on it you're pretty much done with it. The interesting developments are all in the stuff that runs on top of the pavement, like cars and trucks.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 1:39 PM PDT by Todd Knarr

RE: Slovaks Worry About the Future of Their Country's .SK TLD (Ondrej Jombík)


Kevin, thanks for your message. I pretty much agree with everything written, but let me expand certain ideas.

Kieren may or may not be a good journalist. I have not seen his work before, but I have read .SK related articles. And those were very unfortunate. There were probably no bribes involved, but he is from the industry, so maybe he was just trying to help old friends? I really do not know, and I do not want to speculate.

What is important is fact, that we have not been given a possibility to comment on written allegations. That created at least first article seriously unbalanced. Why would a journalist with years of experience did something like this is completely beyond my comprehension.

Maybe this type of journalism is common in UK, and it is just me being too sensitive. I am coming from post-communist country, we had 40 years of manipulated media and lack of freedom. Thus we are very sensitive when it comes to press objectivity and balance.

I still think that Kieren is just badly informed. Otherwise why he would give me advices what I was supposed to do, when that was exactly what I did :)

> Made a case for why it's important that the Slovakian internet community
> should have more of a say in the running of the registry

Written on — now in English language as well

> Approach government representatives and make your case in private

We did. Meeting held at Deputy Prime Minister office on May 11, 2017 10:00
Address: Namestie slobody 1, 81370 Bratislava
Participants: Peter Pellegrini, Patrik Krauspe, Igor Strecko, Ondrej Jombik

> Gone to Centralnic in private and made your case

I did. Meeting held on CNC, a.s. office on June 29, 2017 11:00
Address: Rontgenova 26, 85101 Bratislava
Participants: Miroslav Strecansky, Lubomir Gelo, Ondrej Jombik

> Offered to work with the government and registry operator to everyone's benefit

Offer presented to Mr. Pellegrini several times:
(1) on meeting May 11 (see above)
(2) on meeting Pellegrini with Truban (late May)
(3) on SK domain committee session (May 18)
(4-6) in all of our three letters we sent (they are all available)

> Talked to the press about why you felt there was an opportunity here
> to improve Slovakia's registry

I talked to press, TV and broadcast many times. At the beginning it was constructive. Then situation went worse.

Not sure what we could do better. And if you find one thing we did not so well, think about 100 others we did as suggested.

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 1:13 AM PDT by Ondrej Jombík

RE: Where to Search UDRP Decisions (Frank Michlick)


I know you've mentioned it, but I'm curious about the shortcomings of this and the other unofficial archives.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 2:58 PM PDT by Frank Michlick

RE: Where to Search UDRP Decisions (Frank Michlick)


What do you think of UDRPsearch? It's not an official search/archive, but it's always been helpful for me.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 2:56 PM PDT by Frank Michlick

RE: Slovaks Worry About the Future of Their Country's .SK TLD (Kevin Murphy)


I feel I have to chip in here with a defense, at least partially, of Kieren. The idea that he would take a bribe from CentralNic, or anyone else, to write a slanted article is laughable. He's been doing this job for the best part of two decades and he's not about to throw his career away for some quick payola. He's the kind of guy who, if offered some financial incentive to compromise his impartiality, would record the conversation and upload the MP3 under a headline filled with UPPER CASE LETTERS. As would I. Likewise, it's silly to think that CentralNic would even make such an offer in the first place. It would be reputational suicide, if only for the aforementioned reason. They've been advertising on my news blog (Domain Incite) for years — literally putting food on my table — and have never once asked for any special treatment, even when I write things they probably don't like. Getting accused of having your ethics bought has long been a sure-fire way to raise the hackles of any reporter. It happens constantly when people don't like what you write. It's tiresome and irritating. Recently, another way to elicit the same kind of feeling has been to (mis)use the words "fake news". To be clear: "fake news" is NOT the same as "bad reporting". Bad reporting is when reporters get it wrong by mistake, stupidity, or laziness. Fake news is deliberately fabricated articles that have no basis in reality, designed as either click-bait or to achieve some political end. Nothing The Register has ever published in the 20 years I've been reading it could be considered “fake news”. Not even the stuff I used to write for it ;) So, I can well understand why a reporter would take it personally, and maybe even start insulting people on Twitter, if it was suggested that he has been pocketed by a commercial interest and/or that he writes "fake news".  With all that in mind, I must admit I find the original Reg article completely baffling for several reasons, including: * It seems to me that the Ondrejs make a plausible prima facie argument that .sk at some point used a change of address in the IANA database to mask what was actually possibly a redelegation to a new entity. It's far too late now to worry about what happened in 1999, no matter which side you're on, but I certainly wouldn't dismiss the idea of some creative maneuvering back then out of hand, as the Reg coverage appears to. * I'm confused why certain views are attributed to the .sk campaigners that they clearly do not hold. Who said they want to stick to the crappy manual back-end? Who said they don't want foreigners to be able to buy .sk domains? Caletka's original post on says the exact opposite on both counts. The petition explicitly refers to a desire to move to a new service provider. The sequel Reg article appears to backpedal on these claims, suggesting that the campaigners may not have been being unreasonable to ask for corrections in the first place. * It's also confusing to me about how Progressive Slovakia fits into all of this. Who are the registrar-affiliated Progressives that stand to benefit that the article refers to? Presumably not all 9,700+ signatories to the petition. So who? Is it just this Truban bloke referenced in the sequel article? When I was doing background for a now-abandoned article last week he was the only one I could find (but I did get a bit flustered by all the unfamiliar Slovak names, maybe I missed some). I'm fully aware that this comment is neither solicited nor wanted by either side, but sometimes I get so wound up by an online argument I can't help myself but join in and bugger the consequences. So, sorry in advance and all that. :) Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 2:23 PM PDT by Kevin Murphy[...]

RE: Broadband Providers: What are the Implications of Virtual Reality? (Charles Christopher)


Use to work at a high end driving simulation company.

The implications of "Virtual Reality", especially over the internet, is "simulator adaptation syndrome".

Bandwidth is not the issue, latency is the primary issue.

When we interact with the world our brains are patterned with an expectation of when (and what, but thats a different discussion) things should occur. VR systems naturally introduce delays into that "feedback loop". The brain's expectations are not met, resulting in eye strain, headache, postural instability, sweating, disorientation, vertigo, pallor, nausea, and vomiting. The greater the delay, the more likely these results.

This is why pilots are not allowed to fly aircraft for 1 week after completing regular simulation training. This is the "adaptation" component. After their training their expectation of a real plane is that of the behavior of the simulator, making flying a real plane very dangerous. It takes a week to completely "wash out" that "lie" so that the brains expectation returns to that of the real plane.

I have spent many hours in driving simulators that I participated in the design of. And many hours of tuning demonstrations for customers. Leaving the simulator and then getting into my car to drive home after a day of work the feeling is simply not possible to describe. I can only sum it up as being one of the most dangerous people on the road at that time. Not because of any intent on my part, but because the car and my interactions with it were so "off" that my control of the car was greatly compromised.

This will also happen with VR over the internet. People's experiences in VR will become their *EXPECTATIONS* of the real world, resulting in countless accidents and eventual lawsuits. After extended time in VR, simply walking up and down stairs can become problematic until washout occurs.

Delays of just a few milliseconds, between command and response, are enough to have an effect. In general, its the image generators where the delay mostly presents itself as its task is the most demanding. Its been about 20 years since I have been in the industry. Back then I had experienced multi million dollar image generators. The rendering algorithms take 3 complete "video frames" (has to do with database reading and conversion of data [sorting algorithms] useful for forming the image) to render a command, and that is an "internet free" system.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 7:38 AM PDT by Charles Christopher

RE: Slovaks Worry About the Future of Their Country's .SK TLD (Ondrej Jombík)


Hello Kieren,

Thank you for reaching me here. I appreciate discussion on this site. At least you have no possibility to Reject or Adjust submitted comments.

All your arguments we already discussed before. You simply do not have full and correct view. You deal month or two with this topic. We, people of Slovakia, suffer for more than 15 years already.

You judge people you have never met. I met all of them, including SK-NIC management, deputy prime minister, etc. If I were you, I will ask few people from the country about their opinion, before I will write statements about them :)

Now, what is wrong that Slovak community wants to reclaim ownership of their TLD? What is so wrong that we want standard registry, smooth operation, transparent behavior, non-corrupt contracts? Why you are fighting so much against this?

I represent significant part of internet community. At general assembly on June 22, 2017, I was elected as a President of Slovak webhosting association. That is 13 of 15 top .SK registrars. This is my mandate. You represent… who? TheRegister? CentralNic? someone else?

Before you say you are an independent journalist, ask yourself if you do all your homework before publishing articles. We provided you with e-mail, phone number (my personal), social media, etc. Yet you still failed to reach for any of our opinion.

That resulted in one-sided unbalanced articles, purely in favor of CentralNic.
Anyone can read that, while it is online.

Given this, I learned you do not really care about our opinion.

Anyway, even if we do not agree with your conclusions, we still appreciate an attention you are giving to our TLD. Thanks!


PS: let's not do Trump-like insults, please

Link | Posted on Aug 08, 2017 12:36 PM PDT by Ondrej Jombík

RE: Slovaks Worry About the Future of Their Country's .SK TLD (Kieren McCarthy)


There's no doubt that you feel strongly that .sk has been mismanaged and the sale of the registry provides an opportunity to introduce a multi-stakeholder approach.

And it seems you are getting increasingly upset that the end result you desire is not happening. You probably don't know why. So let me give you a clue.

If you use innuendo, bullying and abuse to try to get your way but the people you are attempting to bully, who you disparage and who you attack are in charge and you have no leverage beyond persuasion, then you are going to fail.

Here's what you could have done:

* Made a case for why it's important that the Slovakian internet community should have more of a say in the running of the registry
* Approach government representatives and make your case in private
* Gone to Centralnic in private and made your case
* Offered to work with the government and registry operator to everyone's benefit
* Talked to the press about why you felt there was an opportunity here to improve Slovakia's registry

Here's what you did:

* Made inaccurate claims about .sk being "stolen" and railed about it
* Accused all previous .sk operators of being corrupt and/or incompetent
* Accused all previous government officials of being corrupt
* Tried to bully the current deputy prime minister into giving you want you wanted
* Attacked him when he tried to meet you halfway
* Repeatedly attempted to damage the reputation of Centralnic by cherry-picking problems
* Turned the issue into a political one by including a new political party into the mix

And when an article was written pointing all this out ( - written by myself - what do you do? Did you?

a) Accept that the incorrect rhetoric was damaging your cause but ask to be heard about why the broader issue was still valid, or
b) Attack the author personally and claim conspiratorially he had been paid by Centralnic while not addressing any of the points?

Yep, it was b). Then, when the author took another look at the issue due to all the anguish and published a second story ( that pointed out all the inaccuracies and false claims you were perpetuating, did you?

a) Acknowledge that maybe your approach really wasn't working and it might be time to rethink your strategy of attacking anyone that doesn't buy into your version of history, or
b) Send more unpleasant tweets and write an article on CircleID in which you imply, again, that the story was also somehow paid for by Centralnic and again repeat the false claims that no one outside your pressure group actually believes?

Yep, b) again.

I really think you need to re-evaluate the position you are in and the best way to achieve your end goal. Promoting false information and attacking anyone that questions it may have worked for you in the past in the small Slovakian internet community.

But the reality is that you are having to ask to be given greater say over the running of .sk. And no one is going to want to give it to you if you continue to behave like a petulant mini-Trump.

Hope this is useful. I look forward to not reading your unpleasant response.


Link | Posted on Aug 08, 2017 9:29 AM PDT by Kieren McCarthy

RE: Unlocking the Hidden Value Within Your IT Organization (Mike Burns)


Thanks for the excellent article.
As an additional incentive, IPv4 address holders should understand that at some point their addresses will lose their value completely.
It is like gold-mining, but it's also like harvesting fruit before it rots!
Can't wait forever…

Mike Burns

Link | Posted on Aug 08, 2017 7:49 AM PDT by Mike Burns

RE: Slovaks Worry About the Future of Their Country's .SK TLD (Matej Ridzoň)


Looks like, everything about SK domain that is happening right now, is more about money and politics, than about technology and inovation.
I must say, that as IT Technical Support Specialist, SK ccTLD have very bad management and "changes" that are happening right now, are not for community. It is sad, that this non-revokable contract is real, but I hope, this contract will be somehow cancelled.
If community have the rights for use of the domain, why there is no politics for changing or revoking current technical manager of SK domain? Then it is not democracy, but more like oligarchy.
I believe that domain management will soon get into the right hands and will really serve people in the community who use the domain.

Link | Posted on Aug 05, 2017 11:17 AM PDT by Matej Ridzoň

RE: Nation Scale Internet Filtering -- Do's and Don'ts (Paul Vixie)


i visited the android store and searched for "dns changer" and there were dozens of free apps there. i also tested several under windows, back during the SOPA debacle. i know mac/os has ways to do this, since that's how dnssec validation worked for a while. i don't know about iOS but it seems that there has to be a non-root way to select dns servers other than those offered by your wireless provider or ISP. what this tells me is that you don't have to be at all technical in order to know you need this and to do it. this kind of dns filtering has been occurring for many years — nominum had it in their product as early as 2004, for example, and they are used by a lot of wireless providers. rpz makes the market larger but is not the only gateway to this capability. that matters because curated filtering _works today_. opendns already has this, and google could offer it if they wanted to. there is a market for it. i've been thinking of shrinking the rDNS function down to smartphone size where all configuration is local, for example. i know that most users aren't informed, but some famous arab spring pictures of "" spray painted on concrete-block walls, and the italian online gambling debacle, show us how quickly informed choice in rDNS becomes massively multiplayer when called for. china is currently clamping down on VPN's again, even to the point of demanding that apple remove VPN software from the iOS Store as viewed from china. successfully, i might add. i think if a government has the authority and capability to "flip a switch and make (RPZ) mandatory" that it is that switch-flipping authority and capability, and not RPZ per se or any other specific filtering capability, that enables nation-state censorship to occur. i have heard the "easily becomes" argument before, and my answer applies here as well: Notice, Takedown, Borders, and Scale. Many in Civil Society firmly believe that the Internet not just can be or is, but should be a democratizing force. Even more people hold that democracy is a universal good. The union of those views leads to a call for political disruption, for example, to "fight" censorship even if it's the law of the land, often noting that many evils including slavery in the United States during its first century of existence, were legal at the time. I resonate to those views myself, and I call many of those who hold those views fellow travelers, or even, drinking buddies. However, and this is a big however, national sovereignty is a thing, as is the rule of law, and when we lecture others as to what's right and what's wrong we should expect some resistance, some laughter, and sometimes self-marginalization. I am a frequent polemicist for various ideologies, and I respect other such polemicists if they can be informed, relevant, respectful, polite, and professional. But none of us should pretend that anybody has to listen to us, especially nation-state governments. All of this should sound to you like rationalization, if you think I'm making money from DNS Firewalls with RPZ. It should seem like I was trying to improve my business conditions, so as to sell more product, except that we (my co-inventor Vernon Schryver and I) made the technology completely open and unencumbered, implementable and operable by all, without license or royalty. We weren't working for any government when we put this stuff out there and encouraged wide adoption. We simply considered that the known good of giving malicious DNS content differential (that is to say, worse) service, outweighed the unknown bad of some DNS operator or their national government getting away with censorship because their local users didn't yet know how easy it was to switch DNS p[...]

RE: Nation Scale Internet Filtering -- Do's and Don'ts (Paul Vixie)


what network neutrality meant in 2010 was whether or not your traffic was allowed to go through at all, and i was against it, because every distributed reputation system from the MAPS RBL of the mid-1990's through the modern day A/V and spamhaus and surbl and other systems, relies on being able to say "no". postel's maxim "be liberal in what you accept" is simply wrong on a commercial internet where people with unaligned interests can reach you.

what network neutrality means in 2017 is whether your traffic is performance-penalized or not, getting through but too slowly to be competitive, and i am for it, because last mile is once again effectively monopolized and i come from a decade where the last mile provider was not allowed to restrain third party innovation (like modems, or AOL).

it turns out that dns filtering was not actually a great tool for government censorship, as demonstrated by the italy debacle in 2013. so i was wrong to worry about that part. catch me at the bar some time and i'll tell you the story of RPZ and SOPA.

Link | Posted on Aug 01, 2017 9:14 PM PDT by Paul Vixie