GNSO Council: Pisanty re-elected to board.

On its conference call earlier tonight, the GNSO Council re-elected Alejandro Pisanty to the board, with the votes of all council members who attended the call. Besides that, the council discussed various procedural issues, and approved the propos…

On its conference call earlier tonight, the GNSO Council re-elected Alejandro Pisanty to the board, with the votes of all council members who attended the call.Besides that, the council discussed various procedural issues, and approved the proposed time lines for the WHOIS Task Forces. These time lines now need to be approved by the board — a good example for the unhealthy board-and-bylaws micro-management that the new PDP has brought to the GNSO.Discussion of substantive issues was essentially deferred to Rome. There, the GNSO will hold workshops on all ongoing policy-development processes.MP3 recording here.

User-Agent: caffdKrmixampqpvmjnd7t

After last night’s blog spam attack has painfully exposed the lack of rate limiting in the version of movable type that I was using (and the lack of resource limits on my web server), I’ve gotten a little paranoic about my web server logs. One par…

After last night’s blog spam attack has painfully exposed the lack of rate limiting in the version of movable type that I was using (and the lack of resource limits on my web server), I’ve gotten a little paranoic about my web server logs. One particularly remarkable feature that only seems to show up quite recently consists in “random” user-agent strings; there are numerous queries of this kind from a relatively small number of IP addresses, apparently DSL-connected machines.It’s relatively obvious that some kind of robot is behind this — does anyone have an idea what’s going on here, or does this sound familiar in any way?Later: Things should be somewhat more robust now. Resource limits are in place, the back-end has moved to MySQL, and blog items are automatically closed for comment after seven days.

WHOIS Task Force #2 Still Looking For Input.

WHOIS Task Force #2 (review of data elements collected and displayed) is still looking for input. Only few responses have been received so far. Input will continue to be useful when submitted this week. The plan is to have a report on the input co…

WHOIS Task Force #2 (review of data elements collected and displayed) is still looking for input. Only few responses have been received so far.Input will continue to be useful when submitted this week. The plan is to have a report on the input collected ready by Rome.

Flight 223: Flawed logic alert?

The Washington Post reports that Sunday’s British Airways flight 223 from London to Dulles has been canceled again; the Department for Homeland Security says that cancellations for security reasons are going to be routine activities. The article h…

The Washington Post reports that Sunday’s British Airways flight 223 from London to Dulles has been canceled again; the Department for Homeland Security says that cancellations for security reasons are going to be routine activities.The article has two quotes, though, that sound like BA believes their flights are being cancelled because of false positives: (1) The airline was able to accommodate all of the 184 passengers scheduled for Sunday’s flight to Washington on its two other daily flights from London to Dulles or at later dates. (2) British Airways officials, concerned that the focus on the flight has something to do with its number, are discussing whether to change the number or slightly alter the departure time, an aviation source said.Assume there’s really a terrorist that wants to board that flight. Then that terrorist isn’t a danger on one of the other flights the same day? And that terrorist isn’t a danger when the flight is given a different number, or the departure time is slightly altered?

Mutt 1.4.2 released; fixes buffer overflow. Bugtraq announcement not spam.

Seems like someone complained to the bugtraq moderators about this message, claiming that it was spam, presumably abusing my e-mail address. Of course, the message was indeed legitimate, it was indeed sent by me, and it was not fake.

Seems like someone complained to the bugtraq moderators about this message, claiming that it was spam, presumably abusing my e-mail address. Of course, the message was indeed legitimate, it was indeed sent by me, and it was not fake.

Sitefinder to return as an April fools’ joke?

Washington Post, VeriSign Reconsiders Search Service (TechNews.com): Stratton Sclavos, chief executive of VeriSign Inc., told investors in a conference call last month that the company might relaunch its “Site Finder” service as early as April. (L…

Washington Post, VeriSign Reconsiders Search Service (TechNews.com): Stratton Sclavos, chief executive of VeriSign Inc., told investors in a conference call last month that the company might relaunch its “Site Finder” service as early as April.(Link credit: IP.)

Transfers Implementation Almost Done.

Implementation of the transfers consensus policy is getting closer; an update with a proposed implementation has been posted to ICANN’s web site. There’ll now be a two-week comment period for registrars, registries, and — through ALAC — the publ…

Implementation of the transfers consensus policy is getting closer; an update with a proposed implementation has been posted to ICANN’s web site. There’ll now be a two-week comment period for registrars, registries, and — through ALAC — the public at large. For details, see alac.info.(That said, it was a pleasure to serve on the Transfers Assistance Group that drafted the proposed implementation.)