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Microsoft Forgets To Renew Hotmail.co.uk

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the whoops dept.

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Saint Aardvark writes "The Register is reporting that Microsoft forgot to renew their hotmail.co.uk domain. A Good Samaritan renewed it for them, but was unable to get a response from anyone at Microsoft. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it."

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First Post (-1 Offtopic)! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407744)

Eat it Linux fag0rz!

WHAT THE FUCK (-1, Flamebait)

greymond (539980) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407754)

I would have bought it and pointed it at my website - you know how many hits I wouldn't gotten?! :)

Re:WHAT THE F$%! (2, Informative)

wankledot (712148) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407835)

Paying to renew it is much different than transfering ownership, or changing the name servers for it. It would have been a lot harder for the person to re-register it for themselves.

Plus they would have been torn apart later in court. remember, you can only legally steal domain names if you're a bunch of Tree huggin' hippies [wwf.com]

You'd buy "trusted computing" from these guys?!! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407945)

DUPE [slashdot.org]

Oh, wait, that's Microsoft's fault, not Simoniker's. My bad...

Far from being a 'tree hugging hippie' (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407956)

Prince Philip of the British Royal Family is the director of the World Wildlife Fund. Duly noted that he is a Nazi sympathizer, infamous eugenicist, and architect of the New World Order. I also think Prince William is the antichrist - currently being groomed by his Merovingian suitors. And yes, they did assassinate Princess Diana. Oh, did I mention that Prince Philip is the head of MI5?

The Obvious ObSimpsons Quote (0, Funny)

LittleGuy (267282) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407756)

D'OH!

Good Samaritan.. (4, Funny)

epiphani (254981) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407757)

Good Samaritan my foot.

"Hey, I save this domain for you. It'll only cost you $60,000".

Re:Good Samaritan.. (4, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407808)

That, or the individual has a Hotmail account and couldn't afford to lose access to his mail.

Re:Good Samaritan.. (3, Funny)

EMH_Mark3 (305983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407823)

So he pays for a domain but he's too cheap to pay for a POP3 address? Right.

Re:Good Samaritan.. (1)

powerlord (28156) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407902)

I wouldn't be surprised if he's paying for hotmail also, considering how much they (hotmail) keeps pestering my wife to "pay" for a bigger mailbox (don't get me started, I've offered her a free POP3 with web access, but she keeps saying no).

your wife (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7408046)

It's because she doesn't want her BOFH husband reading all her mail. Especially the steamy love notes from her Latin Lover, Juan Carlos.

Re:Good Samaritan.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407878)

Well, really it was probably someone anxious to get at his spam who didn't want to wait for MS to notice this...

And how are you gonna use this domain anyway? Given the way trademark disputes are handled, you know anyone who tried to snipe the domain and use it would have it revoked almost instantly.

You'd think.. (5, Insightful)

rylin (688457) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407762)

You'd think MS would be clever enough to use a registrar that supports auto-renewal. Like any tucows reseller.

Re:You'd think.. (1)

nucal (561664) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407863)

Or they could pay for it outright for 50 years or so ... that'd cost maybe $ 1-2 K per domain name.

Re:You'd think.. (3, Interesting)

donnyspi (701349) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407979)

you can't. I think 10 years is the limit

In the words of Nelson from the Simpsons... (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407769)

HA HA!
That's awesome. Whoever renewed that domain should get a medal from Microsoft. That and a huge smack upside the head for not temporarily posting something humorous... like a huge image of Bill Gates's pie incident.
DOH!

Re:In the words of Nelson from the Simpsons... (0)

ArCaNe50 (587961) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407844)

I think that would have been a good thing to do too. However knowing microsoft they would get you life in prision and take your domain from you through legal action ;-)

They're very lucky (5, Insightful)

JoshuaDFranklin (147726) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407771)

They are very lucky that it's not a porn site now, like russianhistory.org (not href for obvious reasons) and many others.

Or maybe the porn squatters wouldn't touch it, considering that there might be a public outcry.

Re:They're very lucky (5, Funny)

anonymous loser (58627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407833)

How could you pass up a name like hotmail for a gay porn site?

Re:They're very lucky (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407993)

Apparently you haven't been to hotmale.com Don't ask how I know this.

Re:They're very lucky (1)

nate1138 (325593) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407869)

Eh, I imagine the "arbitration" process would have put it back in Microsoft's hands in record time.

Re:They're very lucky (1)

admbws (600017) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407870)

Or maybe because Microsoft would easily crush them in court - registration in bad faith, just like the (new) owner of that domain, russianhistory.org, could be sued for using it in bad faith.

Re:They're very lucky (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7408001)

They are very lucky that it's not a porn site now, like russianhistory.org (not href for obvious reasons) and many others.

That's OK, I'll do it for you: http://russianhistory.org/ [russianhistory.org]

How nice (1)

pvt_medic (715692) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407775)

I would have kept it and sold it back at a price. Microsoft apparently is being rather childish in how they are responding to this by saying nothing, and for a while not even responding to the guy who bought it back for them.

Re:How nice (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407891)

Not childish. Probably just extremely embarrassed. This happened before in 1999 with the U.S. Hotmail. When that happened, Microsoft graciously cut a check to Michael Chaney (who helped them out by renewing it with his own money).

Later on, Mr. Chaney decided that the check was worth some money, so he put it up on Ebay for auction, promising to donate the proceeds to a charity of the buyer's choice.

My company won that auction and we purchased the check for $7000 which was then immediately donated to the Sisters of the Road Cafe in Portland, Oregon. We've still got the check, a check for $500.

Microsoft paid Mr. Chaney $500 dollars as a gesture of good will. They didn't have to do that, you know.

MS is not being childish, they probably are too busy throwing ice water all over themselves to cool off their extreme embarrassment that this has happened twice now.

(posting anonymously so that nobody can associate my username with the company I work for)

SwiftView (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407997)

I have mystic psychic powers (and Google).

and you put out a PR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7408018)

http://www.swiftview.com/press/pr20000127.htm

Re:How nice (1)

Mr_Silver (213637) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408016)

My company won that auction and we purchased the check for $7000 which was then immediately donated to the Sisters of the Road Cafe in Portland, Oregon. We've still got the check, a check for $500.

Proof that not all people who post as Anonymous Coward talk bollocks can be found here [com.com] courtsey of CNet.

The winning bid was $7,100 by John Corrigan, founder of SwiftView.

Re:How nice (1)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408022)

FYI, your name and company is on Mr. Chaneys website

Re:How nice (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408030)

we purchased the check for $7000 ... We've still got the check, a check for $500.

...

(posting anonymously so that nobody can associate my username with the company I work for)

That's a good idea. I can't imagine letting your shareholders know you spent $7000 on a $500 cheque would do much good for your stock price...

Re:How nice (4, Interesting)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407932)

You could do the Altavista.com thing. Back when the net was young, men were real men, women were real women, and small furry creatures from Silicon Valley were real small furry creatures from Silicon valley, the good people at Digital Equipment Corporation (now a subsidary of HPaq-U-Mart) created a search engine, christened it "Altavista", and gave it a nice, memorable, domain name:
www.altavista.digital.com
From DEC's point of view, Altavista was both a nice toy, and a cool technology demo. DEC would make the money from people knowing it was a DEC product and buying DEC software and hardware.

Then along came a third party, and registered "altavista.com". They set up a site that looked exactly like Altavista.digital.com, except for adverts and a disclaimer at the bottom saying that it wasn't actually the Altavista at www.altavista.digital.com. When a user searched using altavista.com, it redirected the search query to the real thing.

Digital finally bought the domain after a year or so of confusion and complaints.

This sort of behaviour is why we can't have nice things.

Is somebody gonna lose their job??? (2, Funny)

mesach (191869) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407776)

It seems to me that the has happened at least 2 times. I hope someone loses their jjob over this.

Then maybe I can find one, I can make sure that all the domains that microsoft owns are renewed every time they are due, I bet they own a large enough number to make it a full time job too.

Man I hate my life (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407779)

Sometimes I wish a cat would eat ME.

MICHAEL SIMS HAS BEEN FIRED! (-1, Troll)

EmCeeHawking (720424) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407781)

I have it on good word from an inside source that michael is no longer an editor at slashdot!

Such an opportunity (5, Funny)

freerangegeek (451133) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407783)

It's too bad the individuals who legally registered these domains (hotmail.co.uk and passport.com) didnt' see fit to turn them over to the EFF or FSF. Even if only $35 was paid by Microsoft to retrieve them, the irony of making Microsoft pay those organizations would have been rich and wonderous.

microsoft.com a few years back? (0)

suso (153703) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407787)

Wasn't microsoft.com renewed by someone in the open source community a few years back? That made headlines in a few places.

Re:microsoft.com a few years back? (1)

grandmofftarkin (49366) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407827)

No it was passport.com. Did you even click on the links?

What am I saying of course you didn't. This is slashdot after all!

Re:microsoft.com a few years back? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407854)

Dude, did you actually read the whole three sentences of the slashdot story above or just the headline? One of the three sentences and two of the three links refer to the incident you mention. (and it was passport.com, not microsoft.com)

IN SOVIET RUSSIA ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407788)

HOTMALE REARNEWS YOU!!!!

Doesn't anyone there have a brain? (4, Interesting)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407789)

Is it really that hard to assign one person the task of being responsible for domain renewals?

Jeez, even if that's all somebody did it would be worth paying someone $20,000/year just to avoid serious cock-ups like this one.

Re:Doesn't anyone there have a brain? (1)

dboyles (65512) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407857)

Jeez, even if that's all somebody did it would be worth paying someone $20,000/year just to avoid serious cock-ups like this one.

This marks the second time I've seen the word/phrase "cock-ups" used in a sentence. The first time was when I read the article this morning.

Is that some sort of across the pond thing? Because I can tell you what it means on this side of the Atlantic...

Re:Doesn't anyone there have a brain? (1)

awx (169546) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407963)

It's the same as a f**k-up, only more palatable.

Re:Doesn't anyone there have a brain? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407965)

Depends what side of the pond you're on to start with, I suppose.

Overheard at UK university, with US students present:

Yeah, I just woke up one morning, and didn't feel like a fag any more

Re:Doesn't anyone there have a brain? (1)

fyonn (115426) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407996)

Is that some sort of across the pond thing? Because I can tell you what it means on this side of the Atlantic...

assuming that you're on the american side of the atlantic (you don't say), the phrase "cock up" in the UK refers to an embarrassing mistake. it's a little rude but not overly so.

dave

Re:Doesn't anyone there have a brain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407974)

You don't even need someone to be in charge of keeping domains registered. Just use a registrar that automatically renews them for you until you disable that option. Almost any registrar will do that for you, including godaddy.com and dotster.com - both of which register domains for about $9 and $14 per year.

Don't you mean (1)

pheared (446683) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407791)

a (soon-to-be) Rich samaritan?

Reward (1)

IWorkForMorons (679120) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407803)

I didn't see if there was any kind of reward offered for returning the domain. I noticed the article mentioned that this happened to Passport.com, and that the person who picked it up for $35 returned it shortly after. But still no mention of a reward. Technically (and this is a stretch considering the M$ legal team) they could tell them to f*ck off, but no one seems to have done that. Are they getting compensated for their generous nature?

Re:Reward (1)

tolan's my name (234431) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407853)

They gave him a cheque for $500 (which he gave to charity) and a copy of visual studio (which he wanted for its dss libraries IIRC).

Also its easy to be anti-microsoft but not giving back hotmail.co.uk would screw up a lot of peoples email for no good reason.

I think i'd want about $10,000 if i'd bought it thought...

Re:Reward (1)

IWorkForMorons (679120) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407953)

Also its easy to be anti-microsoft but not giving back hotmail.co.uk would screw up a lot of peoples email for no good reason.

You're right, it would screw up a lot of people's email for no good reason. My question to Microsoft would be: Exactly how much is this worth to your business? Sorry, but $500 and a copy of Studio wouldn't cut it for me. $10,000 wouldn't cut it for me. Call it extortion, but it's all legal...

Re:Reward (1)

Noren (605012) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407883)

His site says he got a check for $500 and a copy of Visual Studio 6.0.

Re:Reward (1)

finkployd (12902) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407892)

The guy who registered passport.com got a $500 reward. It went to charity.

Finkployd

Re:Reward (2, Informative)

ericspinder (146776) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407908)

Well according to that guy's page [doublewide.net] ...

On January 15, 2000, I received the check from Microsoft for $500, in addition to a new copy of Visual Studio 6.0 (which I need to compile and run the decss program to decode my DVD's so that I can play them under Linux). I put the check up on ebay to raise money for charity.

Re:Reward (1)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407966)

I'd want a personal hand-signed cheque from Bill Gates for $35. Hey, he's not the CEO, but he's the founder and all that rot.

And hey, by not cashing it, it might mess up the accounting systems as Bill waits for his $35 expense to be processed. :-)

Why, oh, why didn't they redirect to (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407806)

Goatse.cx?

I mean, that would guarantee a response from Micro$oft....

Forgot? (0)

darkstar949 (697933) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407807)

I know there is a joke there somewhere...

...maybe next time they will forget to register microsoft.com, and a "Good Samaritan" will turn it into a Linux wesite.

Why Should they renew? (2, Informative)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407814)

The major organizations have shown that major companies like MS are 'entitled' to domain names similar to their company name, bar none. Thus, their is no need to register for it, no one can take it anyway...

Re:Why Should they renew? (1)

forsetti (158019) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407831)

But Hotmail is not similar to their company name......

Re:Why Should they renew? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407886)

I can buy passport.com and put up my "passports of the world" collection there for the world to see and Microsoft can't do a damn thing about it. Same thing with hotmail.co.uk, run a dating service there if you want. You probably could however not run a competing email service at hotmail.co.uk for trademark reasons.

It's just plain arrogance on Microsoft's part to think that they're so damn special and important that they don't need to bother with things like registration procedures and fees.

Hmm... (1, Funny)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407818)

I say it should have been redirected to the goatsecx guy...that'd be an interesting turn of events for some 8-year-old trying to check his mail, eh?

When the rights to microsoft.com expire, ... (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407821)

can we all agree that whoever snaps it up just keeps it for as long as we can? Put up a big Bill the Borg picture. I'd like that.

Best line of the article (-1)

scumbucket (680352) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407825)

'Microsoft was busy covering up an almighty cock-up last night after forgetting to renew its hotmail.co.uk domain name.'

I love those brits. Cock-up is now my favorite word!

Right/left? (4, Funny)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407828)

Right hand, this is left hand, come in, over.

Re:Right/left? (1)

mesach (191869) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407933)

Can you hear me now? over... hello... hello?

Russia Hump (-1, Flamebait)

RussiaHump (722050) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407830)

In Soviet Russia, domain renewals hump YOU!

Microsoft trying to dump hotmail (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407837)

But people don't let them to do that. :)

why did he renew it? (1)

js3 (319268) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407839)

wouldn't it be better to let the site just not resolve or display an expired domain error until someone at microsoft figured out what was happening? btw I don't think renewing it gave him ownership of the domain. it takes a while for expired domains to be resold to give the original owner a little more time to claim it

Re:why did he renew it? (2, Funny)

pclminion (145572) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407929)

I don't know why he renewed it this time, but back in 1999 when this happened before, Michael Chaney renewed it because he had a Hotmail email account and dammit, he needed to check his email!

Makes sense to me!

Life without Hotmail (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407841)

Would life without Hotmail mean less spam?

hotmail (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407843)

Hotmail runs on Windows 2000 servers. I have a secret for everyone. Linux does all their backend processing. Linux stores all hotmail in a single Mailbox file. When a user logs in, the mail program opens the file, locks it, and searchs the entire file for all emails to the user. This makes hotmail one of the most efficient web-based emails services because of the speed of reading that single Mailbox file.

Re:hotmail (1)

beady (710116) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407913)

Who on earth modded this interesting... I swear, you people!

Ahem... (0, Redundant)

Paladin144 (676391) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407849)

I think I speak for all /.'ers when I say:

AAAHHHAAhhahahahaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!

suckers! Noik.

Re:Ahem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407983)

obviously not all of us. in fact, pretty much none of us.

Weird (3, Interesting)

Yarn (75) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407850)

I was under the impression that Nominet [nic.uk] don't allow re-registration if a domain expires, only if it's explicitly released. My domain lapsed a year or so ago (registrar didn't renew it for me in time) but is still in my name, if inactive. They charge about 80 to reactivate a domain, such a money making exercise.

Re:Weird (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7408014)

Nominet are non-profit.

The 80 registration fee is only if you buy direct from them or a non-member registrar.

You can simply fax Nominet and get the tag reset on your domain to the provider of your choice and then pay their renewal fee (9.99 from Easily.co.uk). You may have to pay a transfer in fee too (Easily charge 5 for this).

I know this cos i did it myself a couple of years back.

It's probably because they want (-1, Troll)

Savatte (111615) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407856)

to distance themselves from subliminal messages. Think I'm joking? Take a look:

hotmail.co.uk
becomes
hotmail.co.ck
becomes
hotmale.co.ck

That's right!! hot male cock. And now Microsoft "conveniently" forgets to renew the domain. Homophobic behavoir by Microfsoft, or just negligence? You decide.

No need to renew.... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407865)

for when fools will do it for you.....

hotmale (2, Funny)

rf0 (159958) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407876)

Prehaps someone should just register hotmale.co.uk and point it to them

Rus

Registering a misspelled domain name (2, Interesting)

Baron_Yam (643147) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408006)

Honestly, I sometimes think about registering Hotmial.com because when I manually enter the url, about 1 in 20 times that's what I end up typing.

Then I think about how many other people with Hotmail accounts might be doing the same thing and how much smoke might start rising from my server, slap myself, and forget the idea for a while.

Microsoft obviously doesn't like the UK (0)

seriv (698799) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407882)

I think it is quite obvious.
-Seriv

omGF (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407894)

http://www.gnomefoo.com rofl

MSs internal domain database? (2, Interesting)

perler (80090) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407895)

how difficult is it for a company to have database for all domainnames they have, and a field "exp_date"? or do they have one and it's accesss based, written in VB?

PAT

Re:MSs internal domain database? (1)

RetroGeek (206522) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408028)

how difficult is it for a company to have database for all domainnames they have, and a field "exp_date"? or do they have one and it's accesss based, written in VB?

They probably do.

But the expiry search only looks for today's date....

Trusted Computing (1)

mr_tommy (619972) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407906)

Trusted Computing from a trusted company. Come on guys, you can take these people seriously. Its clear to me, that microsoft did this by design. After all, its never, ever a bug. Its a feature. Or maybe, someone wrote about this on their weblog? Bah. Who cares - hes probably fired by now. Tool.

Webservices and XSD (3, Interesting)

boatboy (549643) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407941)

I've often wondered about this as a potential problem for webservices and to a lesser degree, XSD specs and XML namespaces. Take for example MapPoint.NET - a pretty cool (if overpriced) service that benefits from a webservice model. But say MapPoint.net rolls back- even temporarily-to somewhere else. First, there's a potential security issue: the lucky individual would get tons of requests, possibly including security info. Second, any mission critical apps- would flop until things got squared away. I guess these could all be overcome by good design, such as creating fall-back domains that the client knows to use, but I've yet to hear much talk of doing this.

Re:Webservices and XSD (1)

Delirium Tremens (214596) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407984)

Any mission critical app would use dual authentication for conducting business over the web. X509 certificates delivered by trusted CAs come to mind.

maximum renewal length (3, Interesting)

NotAnotherReboot (262125) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407946)

Is there some kind of maximum renewal length on these domains? It's not like Microsoft doesn't have the money to pay for 20 years (or longer) of the domain, and not worry about it expiring.

The microsoft.com domain expires in May of 2012, hotmail.com in March of 2010, so why aren't they purchasing all of their domains for long periods?

Re:maximum renewal length (1)

Neophytus (642863) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407968)

Registration seems to last for a maximum of 10 years at a time before renewal is needed.

Remember (1)

djrisk (689742) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407951)

Now, I understand this is a real mess up, but there is no "one guy" or one team within Microsoft to handle this kind of thing (I would think). Even though that would be the best way to go about things, it's not practical.

Services like MSN, Hotmail, and I'm sure even the Passport stuff are separate subsidiaries of MS, and are not controlled/overseen by one group or person.

I would guess that even Hotmail's UK service is separate from the main Hotmail (the .com people), as is common with most corporations.

Granted none of this is an excuse, but, it's only fair to point this out. I mean, it's happened to many companies in recent times, and is seen both large and small companies; and I would put money that it's only a matter of tmie until it happens to a "friend" site.

The moral of the story ... this serves as a good reminder to renew that precious domain for the max (is it ten years?) right now. :)

It's called a legal department (1)

Mr. Neutron (3115) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408027)

Whether there is one legal department for all of Microsoft, or separate ones for each division of the company, this is the department that is in charge of keeping track of things like trademarks. Domain names fall into this category. They are most likely the ones to blame for this oversight.

You girls are getting desperate (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7407960)


Slashbot anti-MS stories are getting pathetic nowadays.

Re:You girls are getting desperate (2)

pclminion (145572) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407981)

You're the one who brought up the term "Anti-MS."

I was not aware that reporting the news counts as bashing. I suppose if the President of the U.S. was arrested for drunk driving and CNN decided to report on it, that that would be "pathetic" and "anti-Bush?"

You're an idiot.

Just because the domain expired... (4, Informative)

jea6 (117959) | more than 10 years ago | (#7407967)

...doesn't mean it's up for grabs. There is, at minimum, a 40 day period after the domain expires before it is actually made available for registration. It is usually 14 days after the expiration that the domain is deleted from the root servers and this is when outages can occur.

Obligitory Simpson's quote... (1)

Chuck Bucket (142633) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408008)

Nelson: Ha, ha!

P

Nothing TOO obvious... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7408012)

I fit were me, I would duplicate the original hotmail site so users think all is well. I would then develop a "marklar" filter where every noun in outgoing email messages is replaced with the word "marklar". But that's just me.

What's a Marklar? [urbandictionary.com]

I've renewed for the next 10 years... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7408021)

...so, why take pitty on a megacorp that can't be bothered to renew for the next, say, 100?

Anyone have any idea why this happened? (1)

Hackie_Chan (678203) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408025)

Anyone have any idea why the worlds biggest and worlds most influental company forgot to pay a simple check?

Not a shining review... (5, Funny)

siphoncolder (533004) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408035)

... for Microsoft Outlook's "Reminder" function.

It was pointed to Amazon (2, Informative)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408039)

My wife noticed this the other evening - told me she was trying to go to Hotmail and ending up on Amazon. I thought it sounded ridiculous, but sure enough that's what happened when I tried.

Had a laugh about it, then told her to use Hotmail.com. I forget if the site it was pointed to was amazon.com or .co.uk, but it was definitely at one of the Amazon sites.

Cheers,
Ian

Disclaimer... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7408040)

I work for Microsoft and am therefore posting anonymously. While this was not done on purpose, it was by a ad exec at Microsoft and not a decision by Microsoft. That ad exec has since been let go.

Forget the goatse.cx guy.. (4, Funny)

Shenkerian (577120) | more than 10 years ago | (#7408042)

Imagine having rights to read all the email to *@hotmail.co.uk.
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