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Gabon Suspends Me.ga Domain, Dotcom Says "We Have Alternative Domain"

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the everyone-loves-racketeers-this-year dept.

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hypnosec writes "Kim Dotcom's plan to launch a 'bigger, better, faster, stronger, safer' Megaupload successor, Mega, is already in peril as Gabon's government has suspended the domain me.ga . Announcing his decision, Gabon's Communication Minister Blaise Louembe said 'I have instructed my departments... to immediately suspend the site www.me.ga' in a bid to 'protect intellectual property rights' and 'fight cyber crime effectively.' Dotcom revealed through a tweet that he is in possession of an alternative domain name and that the recent suspension 'demonstrates the bad faith witch hunt the U.S. government is on.'"

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Welcome to obamaworld (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906775)

ENJOY

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (5, Funny)

Mitreya (579078) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906861)

Welcome to obamaworld

Indeed.
I am certain that Romney would make it his first act in the office to loosen the copyright/IP witchhunt. It was totally the election between pro-buisness Obama vs the liberal candidate Romney

Should have worked harder to elect someone like Ron Paul.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906963)

Have you seen who OBAMA has brought on as his Czars? For IP? If you really think Romney would have been as "big government's going to tell you how to live" as Obama, you're either REALLY in denial, or you are really gullible, or ... (anything but an intelligent, honest evaluator).

Welcome Big government. It's coming, slowly but surely. You've just ensured our police state.

You see, when Kennedy was in office, and shortly after, the Dem's were today's Repubs. Power to the People.... not the increasingly dependent (on our money and lives) Federal Government.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907027)

If you really think Romney would have been as "big government's going to tell you how to live" as Obama, you're either REALLY in denial, or you are really gullible, or ... (anything but an intelligent, honest evaluator).

HAHAHAHA man, if you had chosen any words but "going to tell you how to live" this would have been nowhere NEAR as hilarious as it was, and could have been modded up +1, sad but true. But seriously? Republicans are the masters of telling people how they're going to live. Republicans are entirely about being free to live the way they want you to live. That's what they DO, that's what "social conservative" MEANS.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (5, Insightful)

crypticedge (1335931) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907647)

I know, it's too bad that Romney didn't make it so we can have the government legislating fucking, the right to be with someone you care about, robbing everyone to give to the rich so they can get the highest score and privatizing profits while nationalizing their debt. Instead we have a president that wants to tax the robber barons, legislate people owning property they created, and making sure people are treated when they get sick instead of dying in the street due to a toothache.

Fuck Romney, he was a failure of a man, and would have ruined this nation. Anyone who doesn't see that is a horrible person that needs to learn what it's like to be human before hurt themselves

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (1, Insightful)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907007)

False dichotomy much?

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907101)

Cute parody, but by voting for the status quo we have shown we support it. Probably Romney wouldn't be against it. (And maybe in my state Bob Casey's opposition would have co-sponsored PIPA as well.) But in four years our new douche bag and turd sandwich are going to look at what they need to be to win and see this and these past years and march on with it. Because even if it doesn't win elections, it doesn't lose them and that's usually reason enough (with lobbying) to do anything.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907225)

Cute parody, but by voting for the status quo we have shown we support it. Probably Romney wouldn't be against it.

While I agree with your sentiment in general, I fear we could not afford to "try" Romney on this principle. While similar in many ways, Romney would dig us even deeper in the hole -- and Ryan is even scarier

This election was already lost when our best and the brightest came down to Obama and Romney. Or perhaps it was lost when Obama was chosen on the "change and hope" platform that never materialized.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907343)

> I fear we could not afford to "try" Romney on this principle

And that's why nothing will ever change.

> Or perhaps it was lost when Obama was chosen on the "change and hope" platform that never materialized.

You mean "hope and change" didn't materialize? Wow, America really should have held him accountable for that, because it really seems right now like they got the change they wanted.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907127)

And the sick thing is that you really believe that you can think clearly and logically.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (5, Informative)

alexgieg (948359) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907173)

I am certain that Romney would make it his first act in the office to loosen the copyright/IP witchhunt. It was totally the election between pro-buisness Obama vs the liberal candidate Romney

These elections are never a choice between a pro-business and an "anti-business" (?) candidate. Choosing between one and the is at best prioritizing which set of corporations will be in the front row and which one will get the afterthought treatment: the oil and military ones with Republicans, or the MAFIAA with Democrats. As things are, the MAFIAA got 4 more years of preeminence.

That isn't to mean Romney would have stopped the witchhunt. He just wouldn't "care" as much about it as Obama.

Should have worked harder to elect someone like Ron Paul.

Well, you *do* know that most libertarians are anti-IP, right? We understand all IP to be government interfering with our private property.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908293)

Well, you *do* know that most libertarians are anti-IP, right? We understand all IP to be government interfering with our private property.
 
Indeed, indeed.
 
Hey, Republicans, do you remember when you told me that my vote for Gary Johnson was a vote for Obama? Well, you may as well have voted for Obama too. At least I feel good about the principles I stood on when I cast my vote.

Re:Welcome to obamaworld (4, Insightful)

poetmatt (793785) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907557)

hahahahha. Why is this not moderated +5 funny?

Nobody in the US government anywhere on the political spectrum has shown they have any intentions to end the copyright/IP witchhunt except for SCOTUS and maybe 5 senators. The entirety of congress is at fault for this travesty and the damage this copyright/IP farce is causing to our economy.

MPAA owns the news (2)

tepples (727027) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908187)

The entirety of congress is at fault for this travesty and the damage this copyright/IP farce is causing to our economy.

Is Congress at fault, or are constituents at fault for not paying attention to political news sources other than those operated by movie studios [pineight.com] ? In a way, news coverage of a candidate for federal elected office can be seen as a stealth in-kind donation to the candidate's election campaign. To bury a candidate that doesn't toe the party line on expansion of copyright, the major TV news outlets (Disney's ABC, Universal's NBC, Paramount's CBS, Last Century Fox's Fox News, and Warner Bros.' CNN) can just fail to remind viewers that the candidate exists.

Suspension of Disbelief (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906777)

Well, this is disappointing. I pooped in my pants yet again!

Re:Suspension of Disbelief (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906943)

It's some Third World hellhole whose economy runs on bribery and other crimes. What did he expect?

Re:Suspension of Disbelief (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907009)

That his bribe would be bigger than the other guy's?

Re:Suspension of Disbelief (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907191)

That's what she said.

Re:Suspension of Disbelief (0)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907043)

It's some Third World hellhole whose economy runs on bribery and other crimes. What did he expect?

...to be able to bribe them for the domain registration?

The US Gov. must have some real dirt on their leaders if they didn't take Kim's money.

Re:Suspension of Disbelief (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907329)

Nah,

Big guns and navy ships to spare will do fine.

Re:Suspension of Disbelief (1)

Fishchip (1203964) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908195)

That's what we need to be sending in ships for. 'We condemn the Gabon government's stance on the allocation of the me.ga domain. Sanctions are in place and US Navy ships will be patrolling your shoreline until this travesty is rectified.'

Re:Suspension of Disbelief (2)

rs79 (71822) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908211)

I'm not sure why he wants a domain name anyway. It just adds an attack vector.

I have no trouble remembering 8.8.8.8 for dns, really.

Also, it's less likely a .arpa domain could be messed with. Ugly, but boy are they stable. They don't even expire.

domain (0)

mschoolbus (627182) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906789)

pee.ka!

Re:domain (5, Funny)

iYk6 (1425255) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906803)

How about allyourdataarebelongto.us? I don't see how that wouldn't work.

1000 times bigger than Mega? (5, Funny)

agentgonzo (1026204) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906797)

http://gi.ga/ [gi.ga]

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906867)

OK, since you're a bit thick, I'll explain it to you slowly.

Gabon just suspended their previous .ga registration, probably due to pressure from the US. gi.ga is also under the .ga TLD and thus also under Gabon's authority... do you see the problem yet?!

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (5, Funny)

Bradmont (513167) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906981)

*whoosh*

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (5, Informative)

agentgonzo (1026204) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906985)

OK, since you're a bit thick, I'll explain it to you slowly.
It was a joke. Of course gi.ga is under the same TLD as me.ga. That's part of why it was funny.

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907055)

Y'know, maybe if it actually was funny, someone might realize it was a joke.

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907723)

Whether it was a subjective success at humour is beside the point. AC failed to realize the comment was not serious. And that is why he fails.

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (2)

crypticedge (1335931) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907733)

I laughed at it. You just have a lack of a sense of humor.

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907509)

It wasn't funny. That was your problem.

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (1)

fa2k (881632) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908235)

There's still hec.to de.ca de.ci mil.li mic.ro na.no pi.co fem.to etc but none bigger than me.ga

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908311)

*whoosh*

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (3, Informative)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906873)

1024 times to be precise ;)

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (3, Funny)

cupantae (1304123) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906891)

Aw, here we go...

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (1)

bug1 (96678) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906977)

Assuming he meant 1000 times bigger than a MegaByte, is that the same as saying kibimegabyte ?

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (4, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906983)

1024 times to be precise ;)

No, that would be http://gi.bi/ [gi.bi]

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907257)

Haha, 'cept I fucked your dad in the arse. I have the pictures to prove it too, but I promised him I would never show them to anyone.

ji34u8fjizgjio;dj ;afsj ;4srhu9m0sv4teu9m;a23vrm;sfdmlxc m c mkl mkrim943u954m90uuqv54i;i;afmodfjkdfjkfu4vu8u904rjarj fj fjhnaehnscfjhndfgklkjs

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (2)

aliquis (678370) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907087)

When I was young...

kilo, mega and giga when talking about data meant what it was. Was what it meant? .. we spoke binary! Whatever :D

Re:1000 times bigger than Mega? (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907467)

obviously the answer is http://me.bi/ [me.bi] or perhaps http://gi.bi/ [gi.bi]

Witch-hunt (5, Insightful)

agentgonzo (1026204) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906839)

I know that he is trying to sound extreme and provocative, but for Gabon to shut-down a domain name of a yet-to-be-launched service that has only said that it plans to store things online is very-much a Witchhunt. Nothing is really known about me.ga and so the only reason they have to shut it down is because it's a 'successor' to megaupload and they have a vendetta against Kim Dotcom.

Re:Witch-hunt (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906921)

Or maybe it's simply the easiest way to avoid lengthy and annoying conflict with the USA.

Re:Witch-hunt (1)

cultiv8 (1660093) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907081)

^^ mod up

Re:Witch-hunt (4, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907133)

Or maybe it's simply the easiest way to avoid lengthy and annoying conflict with the USA.

..which is what the open conspiracy is.

too bad it makes the gabon government seem like a joke. too bad they are a joke.

Re:Witch-hunt (4, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907685)

Strange, I thought the US were supposed to be supporters of that whole "innocent until proven guilty" thing.

Re:Witch-hunt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908135)

Mod parent up. As "Funny", that is.

Re:Witch-hunt (1)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908097)

The USA, which is engaged in a witch hunt against Dotcom.

You're both right.

Re:Witch-hunt (3, Informative)

FriendlyLurker (50431) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906937)

...and no real surprise given Gabons political history [wikipedia.org] of servitude to foreign interests under the PDG.

Re:Witch-hunt (1)

Compaqt (1758360) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907067)

Something's really fishy here. I mean most third world countries simply do not care if you're making copies of Hollywood movies without written permission from someone with Esq. after his name.

Someone (MAFIAA) must have leaned on the US Ambassador to Gabon to, ahem, facilitate something or another.

If anybody disagrees, please tell me what's in it for Gabon to ban me.ga, preemptively even ?

Re:Witch-hunt (3, Funny)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907179)

invitation to the oscars.

you'd be surprised how petty some poor country officials are.

Rich Gabon (0)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906849)

Wow, it's nice to see Gabon is in a great economic position, has eliminated all poverty, improved education, public healthcare, great mass transit systems, and can afford the luxury to turn down an offer to host what's sure to become one of the most popular websites on Earth, which will generate millions in ad revenue.

Re:Rich Gabon (3, Informative)

Hentes (2461350) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906883)

They have enough oil not to care about a website. They don't want to piss off one of the biggest oil importer.

Re:Rich Gabon (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907053)

Not yet, they still have Iran's and Hugo Chavez's oppressed oil left to free in operation freedom.

Re:Rich Gabon (2)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906893)

Not host, it's just a domain name.

Re:Rich Gabon (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906925)

most popular websites on Earth, which will generate millions in ad revenue.

What makes you think Gabon would have seen any of that revenue? They might only see the domain registration fees, even hosting does not have to be physically based in Gabon... The ads certainly won't be.

Re:Rich Gabon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906931)

The servers won't be hosted in Gabon. That would make it too easy for Big Brother US to say "Yeah, we'd hate to have to withhold our foreign aid budget for your country unless you let our corporate enf...law officials come in and shut down some servers". All that would have beein in Gabon was the .ga registry pointing at a specific IP address in DNS entries.

Re:Rich Gabon (5, Insightful)

maroberts (15852) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906935)

Wow, it's nice to see Gabon is in a great economic position, has eliminated all poverty, improved education, public healthcare, great mass transit systems, and can afford the luxury to turn down an offer to host what's sure to become one of the most popular websites on Earth, which will generate millions in ad revenue.

That would be all well and good if Gabon was likely to earn millions in revenue from it. It's more likely to earn only a small fee (less than $25?) for the domain name registration.

Not withstanding that, it seems fairly obvious that this is due to US pressure.

Re:Rich Gabon (1)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906995)

That would be all well and good if Gabon was likely to earn millions in revenue from it. It's more likely to earn only a small fee (less than $25?) for the domain name registration.

I'm sure they could have cut a deal for a higher registration fee...

Re:Rich Gabon (4, Insightful)

Shoten (260439) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906969)

Wow, it's nice to see Gabon is in a great economic position, has eliminated all poverty, improved education, public healthcare, great mass transit systems, and can afford the luxury to turn down an offer to host what's sure to become one of the most popular websites on Earth, which will generate millions in ad revenue.

Holding the TLD of the domain name and hosting the site have nothing to do with each other. First of all, the site was to be cloud-based, so as not to have a single hosting location that can easily be taken down. Second of all, absolutely no cloud services vendors have hosting facilities in Gabon. Gabon would gain nothing from hosting me.ga except diplomatic and economic pressure from North American and European countries, and I'm quite sure that such pressure is what led them to take this action. If they had anything to gain at all, that'd be one thing, but they had a lot to lose, and nothing to gain whatsoever.

This goes to Kim Dotcom's problem...that no matter how he scatters and fuzzes his infrastructure, he will still have to contend with single points of failure that can be attacked through procedural means. I don't know how to deal with it, frankly...all completely decentralized systems for content distribution and sharing that I know of (like Freenet) are somewhat awkward and a real pain in the ass. If you need to use a domain name, you've got a point of vulnerability where the powers that be have an undue procedural advantage. This doesn't even take into account the other challenges of payment processing, financial basis (gotta pay your bills from an account somewhere), hiring of personnel (what if the operation is deemed a criminal activity, and they go after the employees under RICO or an equivalent law?), and other things I probably haven't even thought of.

Minority Report (5, Insightful)

scotts13 (1371443) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906863)

Wow. PreCrime is here. Apparently, you don't even have to be open for business or host any files to be a 'cyber criminal' who violates 'intellectual property rights.' Once you're accused by the US governments masters, you're done for, worldwide.

Re:Minority Report (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907181)

They are just telling him he isn't welcome in those parts, and that's fine. He has form.

Precrime where? (1)

doug141 (863552) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907289)

Gabon in West Africa?

Mr Fox denied access to the hen house (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907389)

Mr Fox objected to the ban, saying "I don't intend to eat any hens this time! I just want to visit the hen house. My business there is totally legitimate. Judging foxes for what they did in the past is just fascism, man."

Re:Minority Report (1)

Desler (1608317) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907551)

Gabon isn't obligated to grant him the domain name.

Re:Minority Report (4, Insightful)

ledow (319597) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907715)

If you had a legal right to a domain name, you might be right. But you don't.

Similarly, you don't have a legal right to enter random countries, and they are quite welcome to tell you to go away (whether on the basis that they think you're there to work contrary to your visa, or you have previous convictions, or whatever)

It's not illegal to deny someone a domain name. No more illegal than denying them a trademark, or a particular phone number (or even phone access at all!).

The whole DNS system is a collection of private contracts to hand out naming rights within a virtual space. Hence why ICANN etc. can get people to pay them more money just by saying "Okay, let's have a new TLD!". Nobody is FORCING them to pay them money. Nobody has a legal obligation to buy those domains. And nobody has a legal obligation to fulfill those demands for domains if their contracts say so (and it hasn't been established to the contrary in a court of law).

This is like saying that me not giving you an email address at my domain is just as prejudicial. Er, no. It's my domain, my rules, and you either agree with them or not. Unless you have it in writing that I *guarantee* you those services, you can't do anything if I don't allow you to use them and/or stop you getting them in first place.

So let's not be stupid here. If you try to register a *car* with a rude number plate (licence plate to the Americans), it will get blocked in most countries (and they pre-filter those lists, but still will take yours away if it's deemed to be rude and they missed it!). Hell, some countries decide what you can put on a birth certificate. And places like Italy, it's almost impossible to get a domain name without a certified business presence in the country itself.

In comparison, a copyright infringer being denied a domain name in a country he has ZERO affiliation to is nothing.

I actually find it hilarious that people think that the US has involvement, if I'm honest. Chances are Gabon just doesn't want his type around. If he applied for a .uk, for instance, it would be denied the second he announced his intentions for it without even bothering to wait for the Americans to ask - it's a breach of Nominet policy.

Undisclosed sources... (4, Funny)

Type44Q (1233630) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906865)

Undiclosed sources close to minister stated that the "fee" paid by representatives from US Media conglomerates was a new Toyota Camry, a Czech slavegirl and ten boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts.

Re:Undisclosed sources... (1)

fearofcarpet (654438) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906901)

All at once, or in installments? Ten boxes at once is too much, even if you share it with your Camry, and donuts don't keep.

Re:Undisclosed sources... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907333)

He got a Czech Slave girl and you think the donuts are for eating!!?

Re:Undisclosed sources... (1)

RobertLTux (260313) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907363)

we are talking about Krispy Kreme doughnuts so they will keep (i think you can freeze them safely)

Say what? (4, Insightful)

Mr_Silver (213637) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906869)

Wow, preemptively shutting something down on the basis that it might be used to infringe copyright before it's even launched?

Philip K. Dick and (to some extent) Scott Frank and Jon Cohen must be proud [imdb.com] .

Re:Say what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907895)

Are people really stupid enough to think that Kim Dotcom's new venture doesn't have the same basic aim as his last venture? Or is this some kind of ivory tower intellectual exercise where we pretend we're that stupid, just so we can approach the issue using laughably naive and simplistic principles of fair play while ignoring the obvious facts?

Well here's a fact: the benefit of the doubt only extends as far as there is doubt.

I wish him success (0)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906899)

I hope me.ga gets launched, under whatever URL. It uses full, proper, user-controlled end-to-end encryption, it will be very hard to hold the host responsible for content on this one.

But then the studios had direct takedown power on Megaupload and that wasn't enough for them...

The long arm of American influence (0)

captainpanic (1173915) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906905)

I don't know much about Gabon, but I would not be surprised if their small economy needs American support. Either for receiving donations, IMF loans (and the interest level connected to that), or just imports/exports.

Compared to the threat of reduced economic stability, suspending one domain name is peanuts. I bet they were bullied into this suspension of the domain name.

Re:The long arm of American influence (4, Funny)

Joce640k (829181) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907017)

I bet they were bullied into this suspension of the domain name.

D'ya think?

Thought Crime (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906949)

Never think about anything that could lead your to infringe on copyright!

IN OTHER WORDS EAT SHIT AND DIE MOTHERFUCKER !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906979)

WHat'd you neame your kids ?? Moon Unit ?? Dweeeeezil ?? Freak !! If Gabon throws you out, what's left ?? HELL !! You deserve to rot in hell MOTHERFUCKIN DOUCHEBAG !!

(C) All Rights Reserved !!

don't use domain names (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41906987)

It was pretty stupid to depend on DNS, given how centralized it is.

A better idea would be to bypass DNS entirely, by implementing an independent IP-naming system as part of his program and making himself and/or the users the sole authority for naming IPs on it.

Re:don't use domain names (2)

Lisias (447563) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907145)

On a first glance, I laughed on the idea: "ridiculous".

15 seconds after, I give it a second thought and stopped laughing.

We really need a private naming system for the Internet nowadays.

P2P and Alternative DNS (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907277)

Well there is the P2P DNS system and alternative DNS that are out there.

The problem is they are awkward to setup at best for a casual user and they simply aren't known enough to those outside of geek circles.

These 2 systems have the potential to solve EVERYTHING, but they are stagnating in the corner.

Re:don't use domain names (1)

rs79 (71822) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908277)

"We really need a private naming system for the Internet nowadays."

We had one. It was called the DNS.

At the end of the 1990s the /. community response was "Oh, Icann doesn't look to bad, let's give them a chance" despite it being all spelled out why it was the wosrt possible idea and what would happen and oh look it just did. Again.

You really do have to RTFA, especially when it's about net.policy.

I wonder what the people of Gabon think (3, Interesting)

biodata (1981610) | about a year and a half ago | (#41906991)

If I lived there I wouldn't be very pleased to know that another country pwned my government.

Re:I wonder what the people of Gabon think (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908237)

DOX them, and we can all find out.

Time to go native? (5, Interesting)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907029)

Wouldn't a native cross-platform app alleviate all these problems with domain names? Use a UDT based file transfer protocol with NAT traversal to connect to servers based on IP numbers that can be updated via bootstrap server or software update. Sure, at some point the user must download the app, but that would not be a big problem in this case, and afterwards the app can update itself. As a bonus you get huge perfomance benefits, at least if you do it the right way.

Just an idea. All this fuzz about domain names, really makes you wonder why people are so obsessed with web-pages.

Re:Time to go native? (1)

slim (1652) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907083)

DNS isn't just for web pages, and having a layer of indirection between the app and the IP address is useful.

Wouldn't it be better to run a parallel DNS (or DNS-like) system that's not run by The Man?

Re:Time to go native? (2)

rs79 (71822) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908305)

Look at Pirate Bay DNS. The challenge is user adoption. We never hit more than 10% with alternative root servers in the 90s.

Course, that's 10X higher than the libertarian vote in yesterdays election...

Re:Time to go native? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907471)

Emule?

time for distributed, anonymous internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907167)

corporations and government can't be trusted to control the means of communication

tor and freenet are good starts, alas freenet is too technical for normal people to use

what we need is a distributed infrastructure that isn't under anyone's control
a good start: http://project-byzantium.org/

If me.ga is bad, let's try the reverse (1)

havana9 (101033) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907183)

Ask to our Romanian friends for a domain name for a site that's the reciprocal of me.ga http://mic.ro/ [mic.ro]

Re:If me.ga is bad, let's try the reverse (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908321)

Well, that wouldn't be a great idea, as of last week a massive witch hunt has started against streaming and torrent pirate sites:
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/romania-authorities-shut-down-10-illegal-vod-websites--906242

The action is orchestrated by a legal video-streaming site that wants to clear the market. Also, the mic.ro domain is embroiled in a massive insolvency suit were one of the country's richest people had a failing retail bussines called micro. So it might not be for sale.

Kind of surprise this wasn't posted too here on /. (2)

nhat11 (1608159) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907255)

from 3000 hacker org (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908027)

We are on his side ...omega is a hollywood hacker
target released
go nuts on him.
mega isnt the problem its hollywood
AND while i can see what omega says i and millions if not billions would far more prefer a mega then a hollywood

To be clear (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908185)

Clearly the Obama administration along with RIAA, MPAA and other big corporations that like to victimize the little people, all wanted to bring down Megaupload and Kim Dotcom, therefore, if they don't like it we should support MEGA. Any other group that works to take down MEGA or Kim Dotcom, is an agent of Obama, and is likely subject to response from the real warriors of cyberspace, and the real world.

I'm just saying.

Dotcom (-1, Flamebait)

Seeteufel (1736784) | about a year and a half ago | (#41907293)

I would be very pleased to see Mr. "Dotcom" behind bars. According to the news Donald Trump calls for a revolution in Dotcom style, so the media jerk role is already occupied. Kim betrayed the German hackers and hyper-trolled himself at the CCC. No doubt he would find angry masses for his children crusade against the Megacaust. Megatrash sells. Persons like Kim or Elop deserve no megamercy. Kimble's megameans are "fascism", the white trash parvenu is a paria for hackers, invader of the internet and defamation of our hacker culture. Occupy Kimble. Occupy New Zealand. We deserve better music. [youtube.com] We deserve better trolls. Obama drones, please!

fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908141)

your a govt hacker fook off.
only those types use the cia er google ergo YouTube to make a point
that also is a shot at the wannabe anonymous tha uses twitter ergo the fbi message board.
its time to clean up and realize your all being played with

HAHAHAHA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907375)

Seriously that is hilarious. That scammer is never going to give up.

Re:HAHAHAHA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907793)

Why should he? He's just succesfully tweeted himself a second term in office.

Read the truth about ICANN and the DNS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41907675)

And ANONYMOUS says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41908061)

MEGA is going to require encryption to protect IP and prevent things from being shared to the masses in that way, so yes, this is a clear example of a witch hunt.

I seem to recall the hacker group Anonymous went after godaddy, for their support of SOPA, and it cost godaddy a lot. Now, I have to wonder if Anonymous will go after Gabon, and/or their partners and share holders. I would not be surprised to see a large DOXing happen soon. and a number of other things after that.

Hold on... (1)

bistromath007 (1253428) | about a year and a half ago | (#41908225)

Did the communication minister of Gabon seriously put quotation marks around the official stated intent of his actions? Have we truly reached the era of unapologetically naked horseshit?
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