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    Unclassifiable (rare) The ICANN Song
    posted by Michael on Friday September 28, @02:16AM

    Sometimes things just appear in the ICANNWatch "in" box. So it was with the ICANN Song, which arrived last night with a message that, 'we all need to lighten up sometime'. Don't ask me who wrote it or who?s singing it -- I don't know. Just enjoy. Full lyrics inside if you want to sing along. (P.S. To reduce server load, please download it if you are going to play it more than once.)

    ICANN Song
    (sung to "I won't dance, don't ask me")

    It won't break, don't worry
    There's no rush, no hurry
    Just sit back, we should agree
    There's no real threat to Net stability.

    It's not sick, no tumor
    Just needs a dose of humor
    Just sit back, we should agree
    This group can't build a world democracy
    That's not what ICANN was ever meant to be.

    Get a life, stop sending earnest postings
    It all sounds like nothing more than boasting
    ICANN staff should think of merely coasting
    We shouldn't cower
    They've got no power
    'Cause we know.....

    It's not broke, don't fix it
    Shake some gin, don't mix it
    Just sit back, we should agree
    The world's a better place with di-ver-si-ty
    If staff won't reconsider, why oh why should we?

    These lawyers, trademark clients
    Aren't really mental giants
    In the long term, no chance they'll win
    At best they'll gain an empty IP victory.

    What they really want is more attention
    CCs, At Large also want a mention
    Just sit back, we should agree
    The net will do just fine without you and me
    Should we make ICANN part of history?

    Public voice, what's that about, I ask you?
    NGOs, nonprofits and a teacher (or two)
    They're all here in crowds because they feel blue
    Let's keep them sunny
    Let's find them money
    Cause we know...

    What confusion? can't see it
    Lawyers' delusion, so be it
    Just sit back, we should agree
    We know that many TLDs will be key
    Louis is not the only fish in the sea.

    Let's pause, let's rethink
    Let's go out and have a drink
    Just sit back, we should agree
    The network hums along without you and me.

    Staff makes law, has no gun
    Countries use force, they're no fun
    Just sit back, we should agree
    Just ask the GAC if we need a decree
    Let's run domains and let the rest be.

    Why so many complicated meetings?
    Many-layered charts and careful seatings?
    All this foreign travel is so fleeting
    Let's all just rest up
    Stop getting dressed up
    'Cause we know...

    I won't go, to ICANN
    I don't care if you can
    If I went, then we might see
    What we do doesn't hurt sta-bi-li-ty
    Let's just not take ourselves so seriously.

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    Re: The ICANN Song
    by dtobias on Friday September 28, @03:29AM (#2618)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I don't think your server is configured correctly with regard to MIME types of MIDI data... I just get lots of gibberish on my screen when I follow that link. I believe the server is sending it as "text/plain" instead of whatever is correct for MIDI ("audio/midi" maybe?).
    Re: The ICANN Song
    by fnord (d_d@email.com) on Friday September 28, @05:38AM (#2623)
    User #2810 Info
    It is in .mp3 format and does stream correctly with IE and Windows Media player set as the default for .mp3. Might depend on which application Netscape is set to use to handle .mp3. BTW, it sorta sounds like Tom Lehrer. -g
    Re: The ICANN Song
    by dtobias on Friday September 28, @07:03AM (#2624)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Netscape actually doesn't use the file extension to decide what application to use; it uses the server-supplied MIME type, as the standards say it's supposed to. Microsoft violates those standards.

    When I tried it now, it was being sent as "audio/mid" (apparently based on my mistaken advice earlier to use the MIDI MIME type; that's wrong, it should be using "audio/mpeg"... and even if it was MIDI, the proper type would be "audio/midi" or "audio/x-midi"; "audio/mid" is an incorrect version even though Microsoft seems to recommend it, another lapse of standards noncompliance). This caused Winamp to be launched by my browser, but it failed because it was mistakenly informed about what media type it was.
    Re: The ICANN Song
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Monday October 01, @02:15AM (#2656)
    User #4 Info | http://www.law.miami.edu/~froomkin
    I think we've got it right now. If not, someone let me know please.
    Re: The ICANN Song
    by dtobias on Monday October 01, @03:46AM (#2657)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    No, you're still sending it as "audio/mid", which some browsers in some configurations might send to the proper media player (my copy of Mozilla at home does, but the one at work doesn't), but is still incorrect; "audio/mpeg" is the proper type to use.
    Re: The ICANN Song
    by dtobias on Friday September 28, @05:10AM (#2622)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Oops, I miswrote there... it's not MIDI, but MP3, so the proper MIME type is "audio/mpeg".

    MSIE users don't have a problem with it because that browser violates the standards and second-guesses MIME types, but more standards compliant browsers like Mozilla expect the correct MIME type to be sent from the server, and if the server says it's "text/plain" (as this one does), it takes the server's word for it and shows it as plain text. That's what the HTTP standards actually say to do, but Microsoft never listens to standards.
    Re: The ICANN Song
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday September 28, @03:50AM (#2619)
    User #4 Info | http://www.law.miami.edu/~froomkin
    I have this with some browsers and not with others. While we investigate, a work-around is to right click on the file, download it to a local disk, and try playing it from there.

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