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    Paul Vixie Realizes He Is Being Slam Dunked ?
    by Anonymous on Monday July 19 2004, @11:12AM (#13984)
    > ... Why doesn't this group join hand to insure full exploitation of IPv6?

    based on http://www.chinatechnews.com/index.php?action=show &type=news&id=1405,
    i'd say that the answer to that question is implied by the following quote:

                    China and the United States are currently the only two countries
                    that possess root domain name analysis servers, IP address servers,
                    independent domain names, IP addresses and MAC address sources.

    IPv6 is apparently being seen as just one more way in which the United States
    is trying to dominate the world's commerce and communications systems. The
    IPv9 team in China is able to justify continued government funding simply by
    saying that "this will make China a peer of the United States".

    One way of reading these tea leaves is to say that ICANN hasn't been seen as
    truly open, truly inclusive, or truly independent. "Lapdog of the US-DoC"
    was one critic's description. Speaking as an early adopter of Vint's and
    Jon's philosophy of openness/inclusiveness/interoperability, it's really
    painful to see balkanization and to consider it inevitable.
    Paul Vixie
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    Charles Ponzi (1877-1949) - Ponzi scheme
    by Anonymous on Monday July 19 2004, @09:37PM (#13987)
    An eponym is a person (real or fictitious) whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity.

    ICANN is called a Postel Scheme.

    e-mail (SPAM) comes from the Postel Service.

    Thomas Crapper British inventor of the flushing toilet; previously 'crap' meant the husk of grain, and Crapper was an occupational name like Thresher.

    We now have ICANN where you take an iCRAP

    Molotov (1890-1986) - Molotov cocktail

    An ICANN Cocktail is a Kiddie Cocktail Served
    to government leaders without .KIDS being allowed
    in the room. The .KIDS are in the next room
    looking at the .XXX web-sites, approved by ICANN.

    The word Prostitute comes from the .PRO topless
    (or useless) level domain.

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    Postel Fraud and Ponzi Scheme
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 20 2004, @05:59AM (#13988)
    Carlo “Charles” Ponzi was born in Parma, Italy 1882 and then emigrated to the United States in November of 1903. Over the next fourteen years, Ponzi wandered from city to city and from job to job. He worked as a dishwasher, waiter, store clerk, and even as an Italian interpreter. In 1917, he settled back into Boston where he took a job typing and answering foreign mail. It was here in Boston on that fateful day in August of 1919 that Ponzi discovered the mechanism to make both him and his investors very wealthy.

    At the time, Ponzi was considering issuing an export magazine. He had written a letter about the proposed publication to a gentleman in Spain, and when Ponzi received his reply, the man had included an international Postel reply coupon. The idea behind this enclosure was quite simple. Ponzi was to take the coupon to his local post office and exchange it for American postage stamps. He would then use those American stamps to send the magazine to Spain.

    Ponzi noticed that the Postel coupon had been purchased in Spain for about one cent in American funds. Yet, when he cashed it in, he was able to get six American one-cent stamps. Just think of the possibilities if you could do this. You could buy $100 worth of stamps in Spain and then cash them in for $600 worth of stamps in the United States. Then cash in or sell the stamps to a third party and you have, well, good old cash. You just can’t get this kind of interest in the bank.

    Ponzi’s mind quickly went into overdrive and devised a clever scheme to capitalize on his idea. He was determined to be a rich man. His first step was to convert his American money into Italian lire (or any other currency where the exchange rate was favorable). Ponzi’s foreign agents would then use these funds to purchase international Postel coupons in countries with weak economies. The stamp coupons were then exchanged back into a favorable foreign currency and finally back into American funds. He claimed that his net profit on all these transactions was in excess of 400%.

    Was he really able to do this? The answer is a definite no. The red tape of dealing with the various Postel organizations, coupled with the long delays in transferring currency, ate away at all Ponzi’s imagined profits.
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