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It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's Sewretchman!
So Wretched is the Man!
To my buddies @Poisoned Slice and @Midaso240 : I'm not ignoring you in the Movie Scene Game thread...there are too many scenes by the end of the page for my iPhone to load. Once we get to page 2, I should be back in the rotation.
US ready to 'hand over' the internet's naming system
Dave Lee North America technology reporter
18 August 2016
The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet’s naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's governance.
The Domain Naming System, DNS, is one of the internet’s most important components.
It pairs the easy-to-remember web addresses - like bbc.com - with their relevant servers. Without DNS, you’d only be able to access websites by typing in its IP address, a series of numbers such as "220.127.116.11".
More by circumstance than intention, the US has always had ultimate say over how the DNS is controlled - but not for much longer.
It will give up its power fully to Icann - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - a non-profit organisation.
The terms of the change were agreed upon in 2014, but it wasn’t until now that the US said it was finally satisfied that Icann was ready to make the change.
Icann will get the “keys to the kingdom”, as one expert put it, on 1 October 2016. From that date, the US will lose its dominant voice - although Icann will remain in Los Angeles.
If anyone can, Icann?
Users of the web will not notice any difference - that’s because Icann has essentially been doing the job for years anyway.
But it’s a move that has been fiercely criticised by some US politicians as opening the door to the likes of China and Russia to meddle with a system that has always been “protected” by the US.
"The proposal will significantly increase the power of foreign governments over the Internet,” warned a letter signed by several Republican senators, including former Presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz.
Whether you think those fears are justified depends on your confidence in the ability of Icann to do its job.
It was created in 1998 to take over the task of assigning web addresses. Until that point, that job was handled by one man - Jon Postel. He was known to many as the “god of the internet”, a nod to his power over the internet, as well as his research work in creating some of the systems that underpin networking.
Mr Postel, who died not long after Icann was created, was in charge of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Administration of the IANA was contracted to the newly-formed Icann, but the US's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the Department of Commerce, kept its final say over what it was able to do.
It’s that final detail that is set to change from October. No longer will the US government - through the NTIA - be able to intervene on matters around internet naming.
It rarely intervened. Most famously, it stepped in when Icann wanted to launch a new top-level domain for pornography, “.xxx”. The government wanted Icann to ditch the idea, but it eventually went ahead anyway.
From October, the “new” Icann will become an organisation that answers to multiple stakeholders who want a say over the internet. Those stakeholders include countries, businesses and groups offering technical expertise.
“It's a big change,” remarked Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey.
"It marks a transition from an internet effectively governed by one nation to a multi-stakeholder governed internet: a properly global solution for what has become a global asset."
Technically, the US is doing this voluntarily - if it wanted to keep power of DNS, it could. But the country has long acknowledged that relinquishing its control was a vital act of international diplomacy.
Other countries, particularly China and Russia, had put pressure on the UN to call for the DNS to be controlled by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union.
A treaty to do just that was on the table in 2012 - but the US, along with the UK, Canada and Australia, refused, citing concerns over human rights abuses that may arise if other countries had greater say and control over the internet and its technical foundations.
Instead, the US has used its remaining power over DNS to shift control to Icann, not the UN.
In response to worries about abuse of the internet by foreign governments, the NTIA said it had consulted corporate governance experts who said its the prospect of government interference was “extremely remote”.
"The community’s new powers to challenge board decisions and enforce decisions in court protect against any one party or group of interests from inappropriately influencing Icann,” it said in
As for how it will change what happens on the internet, the effects will most likely be minimal for the average user.
"This has nothing to do with laws on the internet,” Prof Woodward said.
"Those still are the national laws that apply where it touches those countries.
"This is more about who officially controls the foundations of the Internet/web addresses and domain names, without which the network wouldn't function."
A brief take on Andy Murray from a young Danish woman:
Caroline Wozniacki and explanation for her voice, even in English:
This is an old story, but some of the surveillance footage is revealing in unexpected ways.
Edit: it seems the video does not work here, but has a link to the video.
Scotland, demise, and religion bring Craig Ferguson and Mila Kunis closer.
I look back on that trip home for CraigyFerg with a tinge of sadness because of its timing so soon before we lost Michael Clarke Duncan, another pal who made the pilgrimage over there with him.
I am slightly prone to vertigo, and it is quite possible the I would pass out in the upper realms of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Just put away the binoculars.
That is what Maria Kirilenko said when I had courtside seats.
Viewing a crescent moon through binoculars is optimal.
If only it was a full moon everytime my fav steps onto court [no streaking low dangling durian (as @slice bh compliment would affectionately say) please ].
When sewretch dons his XXL Nike compression shorts, his durian are not low hanging. They are so up and tight no coach or fan can harbor any hope of grabbing them.
I pondered about it a millisecond...but who would want to grab them balls?
Dem durian are precious gems, capable of spraying any of us with magical fluids more powerful than Tinker Bell and her wimpy pixie dust.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal plan to form Laver Cup doubles team
6:02 PM BST
NEW YORK -- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal say they plan to play doubles together when the Laver Cup debuts next year.
With a combined 31 major titles, Federer and Nadal have committed to the inaugural event, which is an attempt to create a tennis version of golf's Ryder Cup.
Named for Australian tennis great Rod Laver, the competition was first announced in January. A team of European players will face off against a group from the rest of the world Sept. 22-24, 2017, in Prague.
Former rivals Bjorn Borg (Europe) and John McEnroe (world team) were announced Wednesday as captains.
I've never skated in my life yet I bought a board today.
Be careful, Rock.
Just don't be too eager to do aerial tricks yet.
My ignore list has grown to three.
It's hard to imagine but right in front of us is the all-encomapassing sureshs, he's got all the answers to our daily tennis tips and tricks questions. And more.
Separate names with a comma.