July 27, 2007

Naked Ladies in Abundance

It happens every summer - the coastal regions of central and northern California are overrun with naked ladies.  They seem to pop up out of nowhere.  Of course, I'm talking about the Amaryllis belladonna.  What else?

And that means that once again it is show time.  I encourage people who like good theatre to see one of this summer's performances at Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

As usual we will be sponsors; this year for The Tempest.

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July 22, 2007

Excessive Regulation

I noticed in the news that a new airline, Virgin America, is about to start flying.

People can die when airlines are not done properly.  So there is good reason for airlines to pass through several regulatory hoops before they can fly their airplanes.

Domain names are harmless (except in the overheated brains of a few trademark lawyers.)

It is interesting, indeed it is appalling, that it is easier to get past the regulatory hurdles to start a new airline than it is to get past ICANN to start a new top level domain.

I'm not a fan of Ronald Reagan.  But he knew a bloated bureaucracy when he saw one.  I wonder what Reagan would think of ICANN?

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July 21, 2007

King For A Day

Our President invoked the 25th Amendment to temporarily put the occupant of the self-proclaimed 4th branch of the US Government onto the presidential throne.

It would be hard for Cheney to now deny that he was, for at least that period of time, the executive branch and, of course, subject to the rules and limitations that apply to the executive branch.

So hand over the documents Dick.

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July 9, 2007

Google Buys Verisign (not really)

No that's not really happening, Google is not buying Verisign.

But given Google's ravenous appetite for data, it might find Verisign quite attractive.

Verisign has both root domain name servers and servers for the .com and .net top level domains (TLDs).

Verisign could data mine the queries coming into those servers and produce a very valuable real-time stream of what users on the net are doing.  (Verisign could sell that data not only to marketing analysts but also to certain governmental agencies who shall remain nameless.)

(For more information about what one could get from a root or TLD server see What Could You Do With Your Own Root Server?)

Google just bought Postini - and one would have to be fairly naive to believe that Google does not intend to dredge through all of that email passing through Postini.

So, perhaps we should not be surprised if my headline someday becomes true.

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