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    Australian Rules Football Now Mandated for NFL
    by Anonymous on Friday November 11 2005, @10:35AM (#16478)
    Australian Rules Football Now Mandated for NFL

    The ICANN Board, under the direction of ICANN CEO
    Paul Twomey, has decided that Australian laws
    apply to the Internet. The age of consent is 16
    and humans are hunted as sport in the bush.

    Despite objections from the U.S. Government and
    the various owners of the NFL football teams,
    the players, and the fans, the ICANN Board has
    decided that Australian Rules Football will be
    played by the NFL.

    According to the Whitehouse, George Bush sent
    a clear message to Paul Twomey:
    "We are a lighthouse, your call."
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Cerf's Spin to U.S. Congress Makes ICANN Go Away?
    by Anonymous on Friday November 11 2005, @10:48AM (#16479)
    "The remarkable social impact and economic success of the Internet is in many ways directly attributable to the architectural characteristics that were part of its design. The Internet was designed with no gatekeepers over new content or services. [OH REALLY ? WHAT ABOUT THE ICANN AND IANA GATEKEEPERS ???] The Internet is based on a layered, end-to-end model that allows people at each level of the network to innovate free of any central control. [CENTRAL CONTROL LIKE ICANN ??] By placing intelligence at the edges rather than control in the middle of the network, the Internet has created a platform for innovation. [Operating Systems create the platform, what O/S did Cerf develop???] This has led to an explosion of offerings – from VOIP to 802.11x wi-fi to blogging – that might never have evolved had central control of the network been required by design."

    Where is the software that Cerf designed ?

    Don't bother looking, Cerf is an ex-DOD
    purchasing agent, who always claims to be
    against government involvement and is also
    the first in line to shake hands with the
    governments.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    More Spin From Fidel Cerf to U.S. Congress
    by Anonymous on Friday November 11 2005, @11:12AM (#16480)
    More Spin From Fidel Cerf to U.S. Congress

    "Many people will have little or no choice among broadband operators for the foreseeable future, implying that such operators will have the power to exercise a great deal of control over any applications placed on the network."

    100% BS: Consumers NOW have DSL and Cable and in
    some places TWO Cable companies. They also have
    WIFI from their landlord and WIMAX from their ISP.
    Their cell-phone provider is also trying to claim
    broadband service, but it is slow and unreliable.
    Fiber to the home is now happening and electric
    companies plan to pull fiber along with the
    copper, to offer a vendor-neutral last mile.

    "My fear is that, as written, this bill would do great damage to the Internet as we know it. Enshrining a rule that broadly permits network operators to discriminate in favor of certain kinds of services and to potentially interfere with others would place broadband operators in control of online activity."

    Pay no attention to the Control that ICANN has
    over online activity via the layout of the
    name space and the control of the .COM owners
    to be targets for Google ad dollars. If .COM
    owners were to be dispersed into a diverse
    name space, Google (CERF) would lose their
    control and Cerf can not lose control, as has
    been demonstrated for decades.

    Getting back to the reality of broadband, ISPs
    use VPNs to route around the carrier-du-jour
    and to preserve their customer's Virtual View
    of the IP Network. ISPs also route around the
    aging legacy ICANN-controlled root servers.
    Cerf is using out-dated architectures applied
    to modern facilities and attempting to continue
    HIS CONTROL of the net. When will people wake up?
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    ICANN Heads to the Summit to Dominate Discussions
    by Anonymous on Friday November 11 2005, @11:30AM (#16481)
    ICANN Heads to the Summit to Dominate Discussions

    Here comes the ICANN Spin Machine
    Note no references to ICANN critics
    mostly we love ICANN reports, in many cases from
    people who have no clue and are clearly repeating ICANN mantras

    http://www.icann.org/wsis/icann-wsis-11 nov05.htm
    ICANN at WSIS
    Stakeholders from many of ICANN's bottom-up partnership structures have participated in the WSIS process. Key representatives from these groups have organized a WSIS Working Group, through which several sessions on WSIS have been held at ICANN meetings. ICANN will participate in the second Phase of the WSIS, and attend the Tunis summit.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    ICANN Fabricating Gender Board Balance via Awards?
    by Anonymous on Friday November 11 2005, @01:54PM (#16483)
    ICANN Fabricating Gender Board Balance via Awards?

    One of the valid criticisms of ICANN is that it
    is mostly senile males, from the same religion
    and digital DNA strains.

    To hide that, it appears ICANN is now going to
    try to have some of the males impersonate females.

    10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging

    [...]

    8. Joi Ito of Technorati (http://joi.ito.com ) has her hands in a lot of Web 2.0 companies, some you might not even know about yet. This makes her damn powerful. Often times the one you don’t know that well is the most powerful. My personal favorite because she seems to help people get shit done.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Cisco Attempts to End Chinese Freedom Tech Trail
    by Anonymous on Friday November 11 2005, @02:13PM (#16484)
    Cisco Attempts to End Chinese Freedom Tech Trail

    For years, people around the world have been working
    on technology to route around the corrupt legacy
    Internet. When news about that leaked out, Vinton
    Cerf stepped in to shutdown all discussion and
    censor any details. He can not tolerate anything
    not controlled by his ISOC/IETF/ICANN.

    The WIFI hardware being used is produced in large
    quantities in China. Cisco bought Linksys to gain
    access to the technology. Apparently, Cisco did
    not know that the gear would be used to also
    route around Cisco. Now Cisco is attempting to
    pull the plug and change the hardware and
    software. In an ironic twist, China does not
    care because they sell the same gear to many
    vendors.

    China is an interesting place. Citizens can work
    to produce gear they can never legaly own or
    use. Some point out that U.S. DOD workers are
    in the same boat. Anyone know of a U.S. citizen
    that owns their own stealth fighter plane, with
    missles ?

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    ICANN is "faith-based" ? Have Faith -Pigs Will Fly
    by Anonymous on Friday November 11 2005, @03:34PM (#16486)
    "The rise of Idiot America is essentially a war on expertise. It's not so much antimodernism or the distrust of intellectual elites that Richard Hofstadter deftly teased out of the national DNA forty years ago. Both of those things are part of it. However, the rise of Idiot America today represents—for profit mainly, but also, and more cynically, for political advantage and in the pursuit of power—the breakdown of a consensus that the pursuit of knowledge is a good. It also represents the ascendancy of the notion that the people whom we should trust the least are the people who best know what they're talking about. In the new media age, everybody is a historian, or a preacher, or a scientist, or a sage. And if everyone is an expert, then nobody is, and the worst thing you can be in a society where everybody is an expert is, well, an actual expert."

    "It's a dishonest phrase for a dishonest time, "faith-based," a cheap huckster's phony term of art."

    How does it work? This is how it works. On August 21, a newspaper account of the "intelligent design" movement contained this remarkable sentence: "They have mounted a politically savvy challenge to evolution as the bedrock of modern biology, propelling a fringe academic movement onto the front pages and putting Darwin's defenders firmly on the defensive."

    A "politically savvy challenge to evolution" is as self-evidently ridiculous as an agriculturally savvy challenge to euclidean geometry would be. It makes as much sense as conducting a Gallup poll on gravity or running someone for president on the Alchemy Party ticket. It doesn't matter what percentage of people believe they ought to be able to flap their arms and fly, none of them can. It doesn't matter how many votes your candidate got, he's not going to turn lead into gold. The sentence is so arrantly foolish that the only real news in it is where it appeared.

    On the front page.

    Of The New York Times.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    ICANN Board Makes Good Point About "Attention NET"
    by Anonymous on Sunday November 13 2005, @06:41PM (#16493)
    "But can what WSIS decides make a difference to our online lives?  It's our internet.  All of ours.  Of course we're all subject to local laws, and to contracts (some we sign, some our ISPs sign, some about which we don't have much choice).  But in the end, it's not law that matters.  What matters is how we choose to spend our attention.

    Our attention can't be arrested -- not even by an international governmental forum."

    The ATTENTION NET at the moment is moving more
    and more to the LAN Party and Video Game Sector.

    The ATTENTION NET also has been moving for a long
    time to the "I Am the Center of the Net" market,
    with Instant Messaging, chat rooms, and blogging
    leading the way. PALTALK.COM is worth a look.
    It is amazing there is not a WSIS Room in the
    Adult Content section, or any section. It would
    probably blow the WSIS people away to see that
    they can meet on-line without flying from around
    the world. That of course would not be a "summit".
    That would just be another chat room.

    One last note on the ATTENTION NET. There can be
    many ATTENTION NETS. People watch TV, listen to
    the Radio, and play games on-line at the same
    time. They are mostly into moving images and
    entertainment and not text essays. There is also
    less and less interest in domain names. One has
    to wonder why ICANN groupies continue to try
    to pump that ATTENTION NET, which is fading.
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