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Monday, September 3, 2002
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Can It be true?
ICANN Threatens To Revoke VeriSign's Right To Sell Dot-Com Names
Would that it were true. ICANN has no credibility with anyone who looks beyond the browser, and VeriSign whose spokesman would have you believe that 17 violations are not a pattern.
"It's like holding a few grains of sand in your hand and calling it a beach," O'Shaughnessy said. "We're going to correct these because we take our obligations seriously [but] calling it a pattern and dictating that it's cavalier is an unfair characterization"
Unfair? Here is unfair. It took me 13 months to get my contact information changed on this domain alone. I am attempting to do the same with 5 other domains in the next 14 days.
Unfair? Here is unfair.
The most appalling part of this is ICANN could only find 17. But when you are planning your next outing in some out of the way place, denying members of your own board access to your financial records, or selecting a registry operators who have zip for real experience, you probably don't have much time for internet governance.
Presenting the new Borg Machine
You were wondering where the new HP is? In bed with Microsoft. The result of the Carly and Bill liason has produced the 'HP Media Center PC love child. This newest member of the DRM Borg Collective allows you to download and play media files but denies their portability.
While Carly is enjoying her post coital languor, having been had by the most powerful man in the software world, Bill is zipping up and is on the prowl. Hillary Rosen and Jack Valenti should not answer the door.
The marketing manager of Windows Media Center, Jodie Cadiuex says;
"Microsoft is in a leadership position here where we've got an opportunity to help Hollywood feel comfortable with digital distribution and to help them develop (digital rights management) solutions so consumers can have content everywhere," she said. "We have two relationships we have to balance here: the consumer who wants the content and Hollywood so they feel comfortable with that process and don't clamp down and make that impossible."
Not only does it cost more than a vanilla general purpose computer, it provides a customized version of Windows XP, Windows XP Media Center Edition, which according to Microsoft during the testimony phase of the anti-trust trial, would be impossible to offer and maintain to the detriment of Microsoft, which extends the XP registration concept by encrypting media files to the computer denying portability.
This is an extention of the phone home registration and lockdown 'features' that were introduced in Windows XP, and are also part of the new EULA that comes with the Windows Media Player.
"You agree that in order to protect the integrity of content and software protected by digital rights management ('Secure Content'), Microsoft may provide security related updates to the OS Components that will be automatically downloaded onto your computer. These security related updates may disable your ability to copy and/or play Secure Content and use other software on your computer. If we provide such a security update, we will use reasonable efforts to post notices on a web site explaining the update."
Tara Sue Grubb for Congress
Tara Sue Grubb is running against Howard Coble who is a supporter of a bill H.R. 5211 written by Rep. Berman the sockpuppet of Hollywood.
It's Time to Stop the Music
I want you to stop buying Commercial Music and going to Movies for six months.
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