ICANN-T Believe This

It seems like the copyright train has made it’s way around to ICANN. You know, the guys you (on some level) buy your domains from? Yeah, they’re getting into the copyright enforcement game. Sounds like kismet if I ever saw it.

Oh wait. No.

Cutting to the meat of the EFF’s article on this, is a quote about a provision regarding URS, an accelerated version of the copyright claims “court” for .org TLDs. That means any company who owns a generic (or even specific, I’ll get into that later) enough company can run roughshod over a non-profit who owns a domain, like in this excerpt:

When nonprofit organizations use brand names and other commercial trademarks, it’s often to call out corporations for their misdeeds—a classic First Amendment-protected activity. That means challenges to domain names in .org need more careful, thorough consideration than URS can provide. Adding URS to the .org domain puts nonprofit organizations who strive to hold powerful corporations and governments accountable at risk of losing their domain names, effectively removing those organizations from the Internet until they can register a new name and teach the public how to find it. Losing a domain name means losing search engine placement, breaking every inbound link to the website, and knocking email and other vital services offline.

Beyond URS, the new .org agreement gives Public Interest Registry carte blanche to “implement additional protections of the legal rights of third parties” whenever it chooses to. These aren’t necessarily limited to cases where a court has found a violation of law and orders a domain name suspended. And it could reach beyond disputes over domain names to include challenges to the content of a website, effectively making PIR a censorship bureau.

Mitch Stoltz – EFF – “Opening the Door for Censorship: New Trademark Enforcement Mechanisms Added for Top-Level Domains”

“But Nathan!”, you cry, “why do you care so much? I know you have a .org domain, but ‘degruchy’ is pretty specific.”

Yeah, I thought so, too, for a while. When I registered degruchy.org aeons ago, I was only vaguely aware of degruchy.com, a jeweler in Indonesia. I was wholly unaware (until very recently) of a department store called “Degruchys” on the Isle of Jersey off the coast of France. Both of these companies would be able to make a claim to degruchy.org for any number of reasons. They may not win, but I’m not holding out hope.

The EFF has already asked that they reconsider this contract and change. Which was done behind closed doors. I hope that they are successful in getting ICANN to change their position on this.

NDT Should Close His Twitter

One of Neil’s insensitive posts

Neil has had some pretty awful tweets lately. This is, by far, the worst of them. I think fame has gotten to his head. Combine this with his intelligence and he suddenly thinks that his inane pure logic is somehow relevant or worth listening to. I think this tweet sums up my feelings.

Update: His “apology” (warning: Facebook) is just as tone deaf and insincere and non apologetic as I imagine a man of his massive ego would be. I’ve already written to the Hayden Planetarium. Apparently the only way to deflate this once great liaison to science is to threaten his position.


Whew, it’s been quite a week. I try not to monitor the news too much, I feel like it becomes this negative growth in your brain and with enough exposure, metastasizes more and more of your consciousness. Ultimately overwhelming your ability to care and connect with humanity.

We’ve been seeing some pretty radical hatred in the already contentious run up to the 2020 election (ugh, already?). People are not even rational anymore, they are just frothing at the mouth about some pretty racist stuff. Stuff that doesn’t even affect them. Why do people act this way? Is it some sort of tribalism to get all angry about some other disaffected group and blame them for everything? It seems so selfish and self-defeating.

I know if I had answers for the above, I’d probably be rich, or dead. People often don’t want to fix problems or to understand themselves. They just want to keep on doing what feels comfortable to them at the time.

I am, however, glad to see there is strong support for the other side of this. Acceptance for differences, integration of new ideas, cultures and viewpoints. We don’t all have to agree, but we do have to get along on this planet. It’s getting smaller and it’s just not viable to be so hateful toward people who are just trying to make the best of a bad situation.

Edit: Sigh. Even things that aren’t even political in nature are, apparently, fair game. Mr. Trump. Please drop out of politics and leave the country to people far smarter and more qualified for the position.

Weight Loss Is Such a Pain

Weight loss is hard.

Not that it shouldn’t be. When you gain weight, you put it on knowing full-well what you’re getting yourself into. This is especially true when you aren’t doing anything to fix it in the mean-time.

Erin and I have a New Years Resolution to loose weight, or suffer the consequences. I did well for the first few months, loosing 20 pounds quickly and without much perceived effort on my behalf. That was my undoing.

Second quarterly weigh-in and I lost playing games. I missed the mark by6 pounds. The problem compounds itself as I fail to loose enough weight to gain it back.