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Comment CZDS isn't about managing zone files (Score 4, Informative) 110 is about publishing them. You can request a free account and download the current zone file for the root dns.

Verisign also provides this service for free for .COM and .NET, CZDS is just a centralized place so you can get the zones for all the new gTLDs without requesting accounts at 500 registries.

This hack, while bad, doesn't directly affect the root dns system.

Comment Re:Only one real reason (Score 2, Insightful) 329

California uses less energy per person because of the weather not because of the lack of manufacturing.

manufacturing is never going to come back to California not because of taxes, not because of environmental laws, but because the cost of living is so high. and it is high because it is a desirable place to live.

Comment Re:Insanity in School Districts (Score 1) 367

It's actually fairly simple.

They don't want pissed off parents coming into the office.

Strip searching children: it's okay, they are preventing our children from using dangerous drugs, you know the things we should be preventing.

Canceling Proms: it's okay, we hate the gays, and we don't want our children exposed to the way the world really is because it doesn't fit in our world view.

Spying on children: AHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhHHHHHHHhhhh you are watching my thieving child when they are home!?!

Parents want the school to do the tough things that they aren't willing to do. "i don't feel comfortable searching my kids if i think they are using the marijuana but it's okay because the school will do it for me." I think that 90% of parents are prefectly happy to let school administrators do their parenting for them, and with that power they took it too far with the webcam.

Comment .CN domain extensions, not chinese registrations! (Score 5, Informative) 243

This article summary is fairly misleading, they are no longer registering the .CN extension

Here is some background:

  In December, giving 2 days notice to the international registrars, the .CN registry changed their policy to require paper documentation to register a .CN domain name. In January, because the registry didn't plan this very well, and because they gave absolutely no notice, they decided to turn off registrations all together until they could figure out how to actually implement their new policy. The registry implemented their policy without figuring out actually how to implement their policy..

After a month of no registrations, they opened it up, changing their policy once again to only allow .CN registrations for companies not individuals, and only companies that had an office in china. From what i understand, they are trying to remove the stigma of .CN being the #1 fraud extension (before .cm came out that is)

So to be clear, godaddy is no longer doing .CN registrations because .CN is no longer completely automated, which makes it unprofitable with their business model which is primarily based on volume.

Comment Re:They should have kept the price high (Score 4, Interesting) 104

Godaddy had the 9.95 price point when their competition was ~25/yr, and it wasn't immediate. .CO is the .new .CM. I work at a registrar and almost all of our .CM registrations tend to be screened out using fake credit cards. Even after it goes live and the price point for .CO is probally going to be ~60/yr, that is still too expensive for the "legitimate" squatter to put up their advertising pages. Judging from the .CM registrations at my company that got through the screening process, they tend to be deleted within a few months when the credit card dispute comes through. The registry doesn't care because they have already gotten their registration fee. I'd say that atleast 50% of our .CM registrations are screened out as fraud automatically, and the remainder are a mix between companies trying for brand protection and fraud. .CO will never be a big legitimate tld, my feeling is that you are going to see:
    a) .CO domains parked or forwarded by legitimate users for brand protection
    b) .CO domains parked by the registrar due to a chargeback so they can get atleast some of the money they lost back.
    c) .CO domains parked by the client until the company that owns the name goes through the dispute process.

Bad thing for the internet, good thing for Columbia, good for .


DARPA Aims for Synthetic Life With a Kill Switch 295

jkinney3 writes to mention that DARPA's mad scientists have undertaken a new program designed to create synthetic organisms, complete with a "kill switch." The project, dubbed BioDesign, is dumping $6 million into "removing the randomness of evolutionary advancement" by creating genetically engineered masterpieces. "Of course, Darpa's got to prevent the super-species from being swayed to do enemy work — so they'll encode loyalty right into DNA, by developing genetically programmed locks to create 'tamper proof' cells. Plus, the synthetic organism will be traceable, using some kind of DNA manipulation, 'similar to a serial number on a handgun.' And if that doesn't work, don't worry. In case Darpa's plan somehow goes horribly awry, they're also tossing in a last-resort, genetically-coded kill switch."

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