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ICANN Extends New Domain Deadline Because of Bug

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the can-I-get-an-extension dept.

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judgecorp writes "ICANN has extended the deadline for applications for new generic top level domains until Friday 20th April. ICANN says it observed 'unusual behavior' in the system, which has now been fixed, but has extended the deadline to make sure everyone (with $185,000) gets a chance. From the article: 'ICANN’s technical staff have been working on a fix to a problem with the TLD Application System (TAS) but it was now working again, an ICANN spokesman in Europe told TechWeekEurope. “I don’t yet have all the details, but here is what I do know,” Brad White, ICANN’s director of media affairs told TechWeekEurope. “There was not a cyber-attack of any type.”'"

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Their official statement... (5, Informative)

solarissmoke (2470320) | about 2 years ago | (#39670393)

is here [icann.org] .

We have learned of a possible glitch in the TLD application system software that has allowed a limited number of users to view some other users' file names and user names in certain scenarios.

Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data. We are examining how this issue occurred and considering appropriate steps forward.

Understandable (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39671673)

Internet security can be tough, and you can't expect them to have experts available.

We're not that stupid! (2)

Barbara, not Barbie (721478) | about 2 years ago | (#39670397)

Obviously, if the sale had been a huge success, there would be no need to pretend-and-extend the original timeline.

All this is is a money grab, to try to get companies with deep pockets to "OMG WE NEED TO OWN OUR OWN TLD BEFORE A COMPETITOR DOES." So what if PepsiCo buys .coke? The dot.com is still #1.

Re:We're not that stupid! (2)

Theophany (2519296) | about 2 years ago | (#39670591)

I never got the need for .brand TLDs. The 'com' in .com is derived from commerce for Christ's sake.

Re:We're not that stupid! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39671319)

And that's why you are not in sales and marketing for a big corp.

Re:We're not that stupid! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#39671733)

And people got used to it by now. Even and especially the non-techs.

I don't get the .brand type hype either. If anything, it will lead to confusion. Non-techs don't like change in their ways once they finally grasped the concept of something tech-y.

Re:We're not that stupid! (4, Insightful)

Theophany (2519296) | about 2 years ago | (#39671845)

I can imagine the calls from elderly relatives already - "I keep typing in www.amazon.com.amazon and nothing is happening!"

Re:We're not that stupid! (1)

PGGreens (1699764) | about 2 years ago | (#39672123)

This behavior was so strange, we're dropping the price to $175,000!

Re:We're not that stupid! (1)

Barbara, not Barbie (721478) | about 2 years ago | (#39673583)

This behavior was so strange, we're dropping the price to $175,000!

Throw in a $200,000 "pre-bate" and I'm in!

(in other words, you'll have to pay me to use it. DotCom is just fine, and this is just a shake-down by ICANN, the same as the "OMG we need to 'protect' our name by reserving the .xxx tld or else!")

Here's a better idea - give everyone a bunch of 1p6 addresses and kill off the domain name system entirely. It's only a hack to allow translation between human-friendly "names" and ip addresses anyway. Someone wants to find my web site let them bookmark it's IPv6 addy and the title of whatever resource is found there ...

It would also get rid of the domain name servers as an effective choke point, and also let anyone and everyone operate their own servers anywhere - like it was was before Berners-Lee screwed it up.

An ICANN watchdog website? (2)

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) | about 2 years ago | (#39670455)

NoDaddy.com used to carry a lot of news about the abuses by ICANN. Like ICANN's CEO violating their own rules. NoDaddy.com also used to carry criticism of GoDaddy, but then GoDaddy made NoDaddy's web admin an offer he couldn't refuse, and suddenly there was no where to post criticism of either. Does anyone know of a new site to post criticism of ICANN besides slashdot?

Re:An ICANN watchdog website? (3, Informative)

benedictaddis (1472927) | about 2 years ago | (#39670891)

Does anyone know of a new site to post criticism of ICANN besides slashdot?

At ICANN 43 I found three sites useful for keeping track of ICANN's moves :

Re:An ICANN watchdog website? (1)

stephanruby (542433) | about 2 years ago | (#39671121)

NoDaddy.com also used to carry criticism of GoDaddy, but then GoDaddy made NoDaddy's web admin an offer he couldn't refuse, and suddenly there was no where to post criticism of either. Does anyone know of a new site to post criticism of ICANN besides slashdot?

Why don't you create one? What you're describing sounds like a profitable business model.

The only risk would be if GoDaddy went belly up before you ever got a chance to get on their radar.

Re:An ICANN watchdog website? (2)

Barefoot Monkey (1657313) | about 2 years ago | (#39671441)

NoDaddy.com also used to carry criticism of GoDaddy, but then GoDaddy made NoDaddy's web admin an offer he couldn't refuse, and suddenly there was no where to post criticism of either. Does anyone know of a new site to post criticism of ICANN besides slashdot?

Why don't you create one? What you're describing sounds like a profitable business model.

Assuming that getting "an offer you can't refuse" is a good thing.

poo (2)

crutchy (1949900) | about 2 years ago | (#39670611)

yeah, the "unusual behavior" is that nobody except registrars and ICANN gives a fuck about new generic tlds. the corporate world has finally figured out how much of a ripoff the whole system is.

Re:poo (1)

alphatel (1450715) | about 2 years ago | (#39671007)

yeah, the "unusual behavior" is that nobody except registrars and ICANN gives a fuck about new generic tlds. the corporate world has finally figured out how much of a ripoff the whole system is.

No way man, the thing is I was like, about to submit this app, then there was this, technical glitch, and then I could not register my new .ROFLMAO and I was like, pissed. But then I saw this news and I was like, 'yay!' cause now I can get my new .ROFLMAO with my 200k that I had sitting right here.

ROFLMAO. You can't type it anymore because I own dat shit. ryyat.

Re:poo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39698373)

sorry but "fat_n_hairy_bong_smokin_nigga.ROFLMAO" is already taken... ayyyt

Alphabet soup (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39670641)

Image: a cat looks looks quizzically at you. In the background, a woman in a short red skirt is bent over and glancing seductively backwards.
Cat quote: ICANNz TLD dat TAS?
Caption: Everything leads to lolcatwoman porn

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Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39670779)

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TLDs? (4, Interesting)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about 2 years ago | (#39670793)

Personally, I don't see a need for top level domains at all. Yes, the might be needed for technical purposes, but the domain name system needs to be overhauled anyway and TLDs are mostly meaningless except for allowing some educated guesses about the location of servers (which often turn out to be wrong).

I'm quite confident that a censor-free distributed DNS system is coming soon, and then TLDs will be obsolete.

Re:TLDs? (2)

w.hamra1987 (1193987) | about 2 years ago | (#39670873)

Please let this happen... This whole centralized system has taken quite the while to be disintegrated and replaced with de-centralized censor-free one... then again, I guess no new system will be designed and used until the current one is no longer usable which, unfortunately, still is.

Hence why, real nerds, should stay on the lookout for the next DNS-destroying law, with least repercussions, and vividly support it... Only then, will we start thinking realistically of a new DNS system.

Bittorrent came in times when regular HTTP/FTP sharing became threatened, TOR came in times when anonymity was threatened, the whole FOSS world came in times when software freedom was threatened... Same for DNS, let's hope the change is soon.

And for a little laugh on the matter, http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Support-The-Daily-WTF-in-Supporting-the-Support-SOPA-Movement.aspx [thedailywtf.com]

Re:TLDs? (3, Informative)

rapiddescent (572442) | about 2 years ago | (#39671535)

it's quite a news story here in Scotland because it looks like Scotland is to at long last get .scot after a long campaign [blogspot.co.uk] -- unfortunately, when the treaty of the union of the parliaments between the kingdom of England and the kingdom of Scotland (this is what UK actually means) was produced in 1706, they forgot to add a clause in the articles of union about internet TLD rights for the country. I wonder why.

UK isn't really a country you see; it's just an agreement to unify the political structure [wikipedia.org] of two kingdoms and work as one. It's an artefact that could well change when Scotland goes to the vote [scotlandforward.net] to decide whether to remove that union and operate as a self-governed country, or operate as a more devolved parliament with greater powers than currently (not unlike a state in the USA), or indeed stay as-is.

  funnily enough,. the nerds here in Scotland weren't too happy about getting .sco and have requested .scot [newdomains.org] instead!

Re:TLDs? (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 2 years ago | (#39672299)

It's not about the location of the servers, it's about the location of the services. People living in the USA may not get this because .com is the norm. However when I go to a company's website trying to buy something locally I automatically slap a .au on the end of it and even though it redirects me to a .com address a lot of the time I still end up with a page that meets the needs of an Australian customer.

I couldn't care less where the server was hosted as long as I see the prices in AUD and the shipping costs don't include international freight.

7 years from now (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39670885)

Remember when you had to type in a domain name to acess stupid shit that is now intelligently sorted in superwikibookfacer? I heard daft corporations pissed 185k away just to catalyze a transition away from random horribly programmed websites to a secure cohesive flourishing knowledge and resource mapping infrastructure of community maintained distributed networks?

Too much?

Not only stupid as fuck... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39671045)

... but corrupt like hell [kimmoa.se] as well.

(This post is totally getting "5, Informative".)

I can't wait (2)

davidbrit2 (775091) | about 2 years ago | (#39671511)

It's only a matter of time before we can finally visit clownpenis.fart.

Re:I can't wait (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#39671749)

I'd so want the TLD .off. I mean, think of the possibilities. Fuck.off, jack.off, turn.off, back.off...

Re:I can't wait (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39678811)

Or maybe something like this:

1. Get .suck
2. Set up a web server with ServerAlias *.suck. The only page would be a simple perl script that replaces the ".suck$" part of $ENV{"HTTP_HOST"} with " suck!" and print it.
3. For only $1 a year, I'll create an A-record for $FOO.suck and point it at the web server.
4. And for only $10 a year, I'll remove the A-record for $BAR.suck and instead point $BAR.doesnt.suck to whatever IP-address you want me to.

I think it would be very easy to find either 185.000 customers who think something else suck or 18.500 "customers" that doesn't want to suck.

Maybe change the perl script to include $ENV{"PATH_INFO"} in the output, so http://icann.suck/monkey/balls [icann.suck] would give some more info about ICANN and their "great" ideas.

So... Who's with me?

How much? (3, Funny)

bmo (77928) | about 2 years ago | (#39672009)

>185,000

How exactly did they come up with that number?

I can see the meeting now.

"Guys...

guys.

Guys listen

I have the best ide...

guys listen

I have the best idea ever

Guys...

We'll tie....

Guys

DOLLARS

We'll tie the DOLLARS

guys, listen here...

We'll tie the DOLLARS to the speed of PACKETS in MILES PER SECOND.

--
BMO

ICANN confirms: New gTLD idea full of bugs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39678889)

Nice to know that even ICANN think the "new generic top level domains"-idea is full of bugs.

Hmm, is that deafening silence a "Bug"?... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39679321)

Hmm, is that deafening silence a "Bug"?...

Really, all the people and companies I know with the cash to spare have better uses for it. And I'm guessing here, but would not be aggrieved to find I'm right: The "Bug" in nothing more that the phenomenally enormous lack of response to this "offer."

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