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Comment Re:Well... isn't it government property? (Score 1) 180

Exactly. ICANN and IANA don't exist because they have a mandate from the US government, they exist because there is a consensus that they're doing a reasonable job. You don't own an IP address because IANA says so, you own an IP address because the people who configure the BGP routes for backbone networks agree to send packets for you to the place that you've asked. They currently do this because they perceive the assignments made by IANA (and then subsequently by national organisations) to be fair and equitable. If it looks like the USA is imposing too much control on IANA, then their authority goes away and there is likely to be a new consensus about whose assignments become the real ones (probably with a long interim process where bits of the Internet were broken or unreliable).

Ironically, a lawsuit like this is exactly the sort of thing that would push the consensus away from the USA.

Comment Re:Weird definition (Score 1) 63

So 54 people in the United States had the measles last year, but we're measles free because those people picked it up elsewhere?

It's worse than that. Measles is still being transmitted in the US. It is just not "endemic". The source of the outbreak is someone who contracted the virus outside the country who then goes on to spread it to those who stayed home.

Comment Re:Obama.... (Score 1) 180

Sites that the US government really hates (thepiratebay for example) don't have a problem existing so long as their names and numbers aren't any of those delegated for use within the US.

That's only because it never occurred to the MAFIAA to take the case to a US court. "This court has jurisdiction because all the good movies are made here, so anyone pirating movies is doing business with California" or something.

Just a thought, but perhaps it's for the best that ICANN gets handed over before Sweden gets an investor-state arbitration treaty with the US.

Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 2) 44

A Google login, whether you get it via gmail or "G Suite", ties into all of the Android apps and keeps search history and integrates it into other Google products, and runs synchronization of most app data so they can see a great deal of what you do on the phone. About the worst that you can do is turn on device management. It will take about two days to turn off and during that time it will do its very best to force your email users to put their devices under your control. After that you apparently even have control over booting of the device. It's enough to make me want to support another open phone. Mozilla just gave up the ghost on that.

Comment Re:Looking for the exit (Score 1) 44

What "sticky fingers" do you see?

I mean, it's Google so you expect a certain level of intrusiveness and they must read the e-mail to characterize it for filtering. But I find their spam filtering to be the best going precisely because it's crowd-sourced. The sheer volume of users would be tough for any other shared database to duplicate, but I'd be curious what responses you get, myself.

I see no reason for a name change, but VPs need to make themselves appear useful somehow, I guess. If Google would limit its changes to names and color themes I'd be happy, but they seem to reduce functionality and rip out features with every "upgrade" across many of their apps any more. If it aint broke, don't fix it.

Comment I'd like to hear a coherent argument (Score 1, Interesting) 180

That our authority over DNS is legally US government property in any sense the framers would have agreed upon, even stretching that concept of property to include intangible property.

Even if you can argue that DNS is American government property, it's pretty useless property. Since it is largely administered in a decentralized fashion, if the rest of the world wants it can set up its own DNS system and have people in their country point to their preferred root servers.

Comment Re:Middle ages warmer (Score 1) 192

20% says that in extreme conditions your claim might be close to reality. I'm still not impressed.

I provided a citation that explicitly proves my statement and disproves yours, but that isn't good enough because I linked other stuff, too (and because you misread it on the first go-around)? Okay, I guess that makes sense... to someone... probably.

Don't worry. I can assure I don't have the slightest concern about your opinion on this or any other subject.

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