Two insights into the workings of the higher etchelon of the Internet. …
A major headache for the people who run the Internet is what should the codes be to sort out different hierarchies. Places and people are assigned international protocols codes that get the web of online servers to all point the same way at the same time.
If you get a message from Brazil parts of it might have gone to Canada on its way over the Atlantic cables. Parts to western USA. All of the packets will end up at the server of your ISP then on to you.
And all the decisions about place names and company names and ISP addresses is controlled by the USA:
Originally posted by The Register:
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) the non-profit group that oversees the internet's address system, currently operating under the auspices of the US Department of Commerce.
Originally posted by EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding:
it is not defendable that the government department of only one country has oversight of an internet function which is used by hundreds of millions of people in countries all over the world
The other one concerns the world's second placed internet browser for popularity:
Firefox is a free source programme developed by the Mozilla foundation a not for profit trust. Web developers offer parts of it in a code they have worked so that they can improve its performance.
Some of these sections are in the form of add-on tools that you can download from the Mozilla servers and add to the browser to assist in whatever your need is. Dictionaries and security tools are among the favourites but there are all sorts of features that you can add on.
Unfortunately two of the most popular downloads have had a spat. They both do much the same job of blocking Flash and some other scripts. These two "widgets" have been aiming at each others' sites in order to block the adverts from each other.
One miscreant has owned up so far and apologised and hopes to earn his good standing with the suite once again. The other is still thinking it over.
The problem with the masters of Mozilla is what do they do about it?
Would you support a cracker who has proven himself a script kiddie? How do you feel about criminal hackers getting jobs in banks? What do you think Mozilla aught to do?
Can they just alter the rules about codes and forget all about it or should they ban both companies from their servers for a period -or forever?
It can't be all that hard to replace the needed programmes. I'd move to expunge. But then I have had to rethink my stances on moral highness over the last few years.
Glad it's not my problem:
I spent a couple of hours yesterday, showing someone how to sweep their computer. She looked lost half the time but it only occurred to me afterwards that the problem she was having wasn't web related as she doesn't have the Internet.
I feel such a bloody fool now that I have to blank myself off from it.
Still she could have picked up a bug from a disc.
Yeah, right. That's definitely what happened!
Doesn't help her get the tools I told her to get though.