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Tet's Journal: Farewell Libya 17

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So Libya has cut itself off from the net. This isn't an entirely unexpected move. But it has the side effect of screwing over anyone with a .ly domain. The main loser there is probably bit.ly. It still seems to be up at the moment, but I'm guessing that DNS caches will expire soon enough and then they'll be in trouble.

But somehow I just can't find it in me to feel any sympathy for them. At the time they launched, I pointed out that they were putting themselves at the mercy of the Libyan government. But it seems they preferred the two digit .ly ccTLD to the three digit .com domain they could have used instead. There are times when convenience trumps reliability. But this wasn't one of them. I wasn't expecting it to go wrong as quickly as it did, but I was aware of the possibility. It seems they either weren't aware of it, or chose to ignore the risk. That wasn't the wisest move in the world, even without the benefit of hindsight.

Maybe it'll act as a warning to those who have jumped on the .co bandwagon recently. But I doubt it. So I won't be surprised if the Colombian government screws them over at some point, in the same way the Libyan government has just done. And I won't have any sympathy for them, either.

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  • Have you ever heard of the band Holy Grail?

    I picked up their CD recently, and you might enjoy it since your taste in music is very similar to mine. My Last Attack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEMLthMBDF4 [youtube.com]

    Helloween: 7 Sinners is another good one.
    • by Tet (2721) *
      Indeed. They're what was once White Wizzard, before the bass played threw his toys out of the pram and sacked the entire band. Again. White Wizzard have now descended into comical farce. They were so bad that I walked out part way through their last show here at the end of last year. But Holy Grail look quite promising. I'm going to see them when they play here in at the end of the month - the day after Manowar!

      (It's been 17 years since Manowar last played here, so it's a big deal)

      • That's awesome - I've not seen Manowar live.
        • by Tet (2721) *
          I've seen them a few times. I was there 17 years ago, and spoke to Joey after the show, where he assured me they'd be back the following year. Yeah right! Since then I've had to travel abroad to see them, but even then, the last time I saw them was in Sweden in 1999. It's been a long time...
    • Very retro.. In five more years you'll be hearing that stuff on the oldies channel.

  • The US and UK are carrying on military operations right now. Nobody wants them there, so they probably want to keep it on the QT for a while. Don't be surprised if it is them doing the dirty work. The intrigue here is going to make for some great movies in a few years, especially if any real documentation sees the light of day. That's what the *west* is trying to prevent.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.

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