The hacker community is on the brink of a split.
I received news that NSI is now offering a 100 years domain name registration. It’s an interesting concept but with a few flaws. A century is a long time Considering that the commercial Internet is barely a decade old and that the Internet itself is less than half a century old, to assume that things won’t change in the next century may be an ill fated conceit. What happens if the name spaces change? What if domain names are no longer used in the future? Will NSI refund the money for all those unused years? Apparently not. Network Solutions viability The assumption here is that NSI will still exist in a century. Otherwise, what happens if the company disbands, disappears, merges with someone else? Will the terms of the contract expire upon such an event? What guarantees is NSI making that I’ll still be able to hang on to my domain under those conditions? According to their service agreement, You acknowledge and agree that our ability to provide the 100-Year Domain Service is dependent upon, among other things, the continued registration of the relevant domain name, and that any termination of that registration (for whatever reason) will result in the…Read More
Recent events have shown the power of intellectual property in the online space. A few weeks ago, Microsoft ran into some hot waters over a patent related to patents. This week brings up a new set of challenges as the World Wide Web Consortium fights attempt to raise licensing fees on critical ISO standards. While the EOLAS issue represents some problems for a small segment of the Internet (plug-ins in web browsers), the ISO effort stands to undermine the Internet as a whole, moving forward. The back story on this is that the ISO is an international body that creates standards. In the case of the recent action, the ISO has created three critical standards: one that tells how to set a country code (ISO-3166), another that sets how to identify languages (ISO-639) and one to specify currencies (ISO-4217). Historically, the ISO has levied fees from people who wanted to buy a copy of the standard but made their implementation free to everyone. Bucking the trend of making all standards royalty free, the ISO is now considering levying fees for implementing these three critical standards covering codes for languages, countries, and currencies. While the last one will have less of…Read More