judgecorp writes: "The British domain name registry, Nominet, has abandoned the idea of a shorter.uk domain name system, which would replace the current regime where all.uk domains are in subdomains, such as.co.uk, or.org.uk. Although a consultation found a huge demand for a simpler system, Nominet couldn't get agreement on how to get there from here — so has put the idea to one side for now. There are some shorter addreses like british-library.uk — but these predate Nominet's regime."
judgecorp writes: "The Internet of Things needs securing Vint Cerf told the RSA conference this week. The father of the Internet believes that public key cryptography at a very granular level will be required for the host of devices joining the Internet over the next while. He also spoke in defence of "psudonymity", the means by which the likes of Google say they can make use of Web traffic information, without infringing privacy."
judgecorp writes: "Cambridge-based Neul has delivered the first transceiver chip for white space radio to meet the Weightless standard. The chip uses low power, and can be tuned to any band in the UHF TV spectrum, that is unoccupied in a given location. White space radio is intended for machine to machine (M2M) applications for smart meters and other "Internet of Things" applications. Analysts (admittedly analysts with a vested interest) have predicted billions of low cost white space chips will be used per year in a few years' time."
judgecorp writes: "Faced with the shortage of IPv4 addresses and the failure of IPv6 to take off, British ISP PlusNet is testing carrier-grade network address translation CG-NAT, where potentially all the ISP's customers could be sharing one IP address, through a gateway. The move is controversial as it could make some Internet services fail, but PlusNet says it is inevitable, and only a test at this stage."
judgecorp writes: "Russia, China and other nations have withdrawn proposals to take control over the Internet within their borders. The proposals, handed to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) on Friday, caused widespread dismay and protest. The WCIT event in Dubai, run by the UN agency ITU, is working on new International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) which are due for their first revision since the emergence of the mass Internet. The line-up of nations wanting to formalise their power to restrict the Internet included Russia, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and Egypt. Their proposal has been withdrawn without explanation, an ITU spokesperson confirmed."
judgecorp writes: "Some years after the death of the "Metro Wi-Fi" idea, UK cities Leeds and Bradford plan to offer free Wi-Fi to their citizens, funded by a contract with fibre provider Virgin Media Business, which allows Virgin to site small cell base stations on the cities' lamp-posts. Virgin will make its money back through advertising, and also siting 4G small cells on the poles. Small cells are likely to be the only way 4G networks will be able to meet the ramp in data demand from 4G. The unanswered question is how the cities, and Virgin, will manage the conflict of interest between free Wi-Fi and paid-for cellular services."
judgecorp writes: "the Newzbin2 site has closed down, despite claiming it is an honest citizen. ISPs are blocking it and users are leaving. “Newzbin2 was always hoped to be a viable underground commercial venture. The figures just don’t stack up," said a message on the site."
judgecorp writes: "After a hack last month tampered with users' DNS settings, hosting giant Go Daddy is offering two-factor authentication to users outside the US and Canada, where the feature has been available to now. Two-factor authentication would only be of use to people who actually implemented it — but it would have helped in this case, as the hackers had to gain access to user accounts before tampering with their DNS settings."
judgecorp writes: "The.UK domain name registry, Nominiet, has announced a consultation on allowing new domains within the.uk top level domain, opening up the possibiliyt of shorter domain names, ending in,uk, instead of,co.uk. Nominet plans to offer higher security to the newer domains, running DNSSEC by default."