October 3rd, 2003

icann issues ultimatum

As reported on /., ICANN has issued an ultimatum to Verisign(overlord of the .net and .com TLDs) asking that it shut down its infamous SiteFinder service within 36 hours, or it'll sue. Good to see that these organizations are finally trying to use their clout against the evil monopoly. Their charges against Verisign:

These inconsistencies include violation of the Code of Conduct and equal access provisions, failure to comply with the obligation to act as a neutral registry service provider, failure to comply with the Registry Registrar Protocol, failure to comply with domain registration provisions, and provision of an unauthorized Registry Service.

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October 2nd


Wonderful blogpost about the travails of explaining geek jobs to normal people. Includes a mention of the world-famous Explaining Something Technical With A Metaphor technique.


October 1st


Google buys personalized search start-up: I'm betting they're going to come up with a Copernic clone soon.


September 28th


The Channel [v] PopStars2 announced their band name today: Aasma. ew. It's supposed to mean sky in hindi, but it sounds like the dreaded ESMA to me.

Anyway, their first video debuted today, and the song's quite nice. It's soft, but not too mushy - just right. I liked it. Overall the video direction and production are good, but the four desperately need to do something about their collective body language - there are times when they look like an impromptu ensemble of jumpy kids.

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Proof that some people will do anything for extra credit:

At Algoma University the mature students in the fast track accelerated second degree program are not quick to accept theory without proof. As a result, Professor George Townsend offered extra credit to anyone in his forth year Computer Networks course who could take up the challenge of implementing internet based protocols over a new form of medium - Bongo Drums.

Eight weeks later, the first public demonstration was given to the class by using a simple ping packet. With a blinding 2bps speed, the class sat patiently as the packet was received in roughly 140 seconds.

September 25th

apartheid on line?

AOL Preps 9.0 Versions for Blacks, Teens:

The African American version is now in development. It emerged from AOL's desire to improve user experience in general on its service, and in particular for this community, Brown suggested.
"The African-American service will evolve in a short period of time," she said. "We have to do a better job serving them."


spilt milk

Attention all Coffee Addicts: Techrose's DNS got roasted, but it should be back soon. Till then, you can access Mahesh's Filter Coffee via the IP Address.

update: seems to be back now.


September 24th

should we call it computer wizardy then?

Geoff Cohen asks:

Is Computer Science a Science?... More seriously, computer science is very different from the natural sciences (it's okay for a group of sciences to have "science" after their name). Computer science is what Herbert Simon calls a Science of the Artificial. It deals with creating artifacts that embody human intention. Natural sciences, in contrast, have no place for intention; they are about inferring the real functioning of reality.

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everyone's away...

I wonder where everyone's gone!



September 23rd


In April 2002, Google hosted the "Google Programming Contest" with a $10,000 cash prize. The winning entry, by Daniel Egnor, was titled Geographic Search:

Daniel's project adds the ability to search for web pages within a particular geographic locale to traditional keyword searching. Daniel's system provides an interface that allows the user to augment a keyword search with the ability to restrict matches to within a certain radius of a specified address

The contest rules had a clause that Google, Inc. would be granted full rights to use the technology used in the entries submitted.

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