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Submission + - ICANN recommends TLDs like .txt -- and .exe (icann.org)

fyngyrz writes: ICANN says, in part:

Given preliminary feedback that there is not a technical need to prevent file extensions as TLDs, as well as the lack of an authoritative source of common file extensions to draw from, staff determined that it is not workable to prevent common file extensions from being used as TLDs.

To summarize, it is the recommendation of the ICANN technical staff to allow applications for TLD strings that may also be commonly used for file extensions.

But will ICANN approve such applications? If so, we can all look forward to opportunities to click on...


Comment I feel the same way. (Score 1) 221

And the question wasn't addressed in the video.

Can this function like a normal tablet? Will I be able to remove the controller modules and carry it around and read email, use Chrome and Google Now and Microsoft Office apps and snap photos? Or is this a dedicated gaming machine that's just modular?

If the latter, I wouldn't buy it. If the former, I'd buy it to replace my current 8" tablet, as a tablet PLUS gaming experience. But I need a tablet, and I don't want to have to have TWO tablets just to get slightly better gameplay on one of them.

If it's a one tablet concept (would have to be Android, I assume, to have the ecosystem) then great. If it's just a game console with fancy industrial design? Pass. I have good enough gaming on my current tablet.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 232

good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to

That's easy: you just restrict your search to cars old enough not to have significant software. (Or, a more relaxed standard: old enough not to have software complex enough to get USB bug fixes, or that uses a radio to "phone home" to the manufacturer.) My newest car is a 1998 VW diesel. I don't know if the ECU is actually DRM'd or not, but it didn't stop a chip tuner from being able to re-flash it to edit the fuel/air/boost maps.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 232

Up until 5 minutes ago, I was a Tesla fan.

This isn't the first instance of Tesla abusing copyright to infringe on people's actual property rights. I don't remember what the previous issue was, but I definitely remember that I made the same decision you just did something like a year or so ago.

Comment Incidents vs. population? (Score 1) 187

Yes, there are fewer incidents with self driving car. There are, though, also vastly fewer self driving cars. Does anyone have a "Accidents per 100.000 vehicles" statistics out there? Else, it's about as useful as saying that Model Ts have the best contemporary accident records.

Comment Re:Great way to kill the competition by making it. (Score 1) 232

Frankly, right now I am considering restoring a used car over purchasing a new one. The cost will be more, but I think I will have a better car.

I've already consciously chosen to drive older cars because of that. FYI, cars made in the 1990s (and maybe early 2000s) are still modern enough to have things like fuel injection and air bags, and can still be found in good enough condition to not need "restoring," but also generally weren't infected with enough DRM'd equipment to matter.

Comment Re:Great way to kill the competition by making it. (Score 2) 232

And I worry that this might be the future of Economy. Deplorable as Communism.

I agree that (a) it's a worrying trend and (b) that it's deplorable. However, the economic system it more resembles is feudalism, not communism. The difference is that instead of the lords holding Real Property (i.e., land), they hold Imaginary Property (i.e. copyright).

Comment Re:Your car is not your car (Score 1) 232

...and the "cloud" -- if it's in the "cloud", someone else owns it. Even when they tell you you own it.

It's not on your hardware, it's not on your software, it's not in your storage, it's not on your premises, and you have zero control over any of the actual foregoing locations / instances.

But hey, everyone, keep that cloud-ward stampede going. They love ya for it.

Comment Tesla has control (Score 1) 232

All they could do to stop you from doing is voiding your warranty.

Perhaps not. As I understand it, the car is connected in order to facilitate software upgrade / maintainance. So they could tell the car it couldn't drive the next time you parked it for ten minutes, for instance.

I imagine that would land them in court -- but technically speaking, they could do it.

Comment Re:Nintendo OFFICIALLY has left the "console" mark (Score 1) 221

Without knowing how much the Switch costs, let me assure you that it will be less than a "real" tablet.

How can you do that when it will likely cost at least as much as a typical tablet, because it will have faster graphics hardware? But at the same time, it will be poorly supported, because Tegra.

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