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RFC On New Internet Routing Protocol

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the making-folks-safe-one-packet-at-a-time dept.

The Internet 148

PoesRaven writes "An A. Farrel has put out a Request For Comments paper on a new routing protocol with profound implications for the internet, the usability of the TCP/IP protocol, and the security of the net's youngest users. From the RFC: "It has often been the case that morality has not been given proper consideration in the design and specification of protocols produced within the Routing Area. This has led to a decline in the moral values within the Internet and attempts to retrofit a suitable moral code to implemented and deployed protocols has been shown to be sub-optimal." Interesting, but seems to raise some serious privacy questions.

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Slashpanda claims FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12109655)

FP

Hey! I read the article! (4, Funny)

halivar (535827) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109658)

Just kidding. April Fool's!

Re:Hey! I read the article! (1)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109717)

I didn't either but it kinda reminds me of this 3-time reoccurring "Evil bit" story from last year...

Re:Hey! I read the article! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12109793)

I've got a comment. Get a bigger server.

Slashdotted already it seems.

Re:Hey! I read the article! (1)

mpe (36238) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109733)

Just kidding. April Fool's!

Thing is that April Fool's Day traditionally ends at noon. This was posted at 13:38.

Re:Hey! I read the article! (0, Redundant)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109756)

It was posted at 8:38am Slashdot time (i.e. where most of the Slashdot crew lives).

Re:Hey! I read the article! (0)

koreaman (835838) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109769)

Since when does April Fool's Day end at noon?
BTW it's not even 7 AM here...

Re:Hey! I read the article! (2, Funny)

Anml4ixoye (264762) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109797)

Since when does April Fool's Day end at noon?

April Fools, fool!</Mr.T Voice>

Re:Hey! I read the article! (1)

DigitumDei (578031) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109800)

Its always been that way AFAIK. Not that anyone cares. And what with the internet I guess the only time you can hope to stop getting april fools jokes is several days later...

SEVERAL days later? (1)

arete (170676) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110126)

Unless you're on a strange planet with multiple suns or a very odd rotation, it can't be more than 1 complete day from the end of your local day. And that's only if you live just barely on the West side of the International Date Line.

Re:Hey! I read the article! (1)

Dilbert_ (17488) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109737)

I did read it, but via a link from another site a few hours ago. I recommend skipping ahead a bit: the first part contains a lot of 'boring' boilerplate, it gets funnier after that.

Re:Hey! I read the article! (1)

waterbear (190559) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109760)

Well I did actually look at the article. Funny/sad is what I'd call it ... but a rather obvious April fool joke for all that.

The item that really made me laugh today was the one about the Gentoo experimental release built on the Microsoft NT Kernel, the only thing is, I think _they_ have me for an April fool, because they made it look so plausible except for the lack of released code .... :)

Re:Hey! I read the article! (1)

leerpm (570963) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109854)

I know this particular RFC is meant as a joke. But if this man succeeds [itu.int] in gaining more control [slashdot.org] over the internet [com.com] , I would not be surprised to see something along these lines in the future.

So did Clippy (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109856)

His reaction [primus.ca]

Re:Hey! I read the article! (1)

zev1983 (792397) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110039)

The scary part is that in this day and age it's believable that someone would seriously propose this, at least from what I read in the summary.

April fools (4, Insightful)

jimbo3123 (320148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109659)

The april fools stories are just getting worse and worse.

Re:April fools (1)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109726)

oh, this is just the start of it. CmdrTaco hasnt yet begun with the duplicate, triplicate, and quadruplicate posting. Just remember the best thing to do is to keep those memories repressed when the day ends. That includes the evil bit fiasco of 2003.

Re:April fools (4, Informative)

Proaxiom (544639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109741)

Can't blame the editors for this one. It's one of the annual April Fools RFC, like RFC 1149 - A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers [ietf.org] , RFC 2324 Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol [ietf.org] , and RFC 2795 - The Infinite Monkey Protocol Suite. [ietf.org]

Slashdot would be remiss if they didn't put up the link.

I suspect RFC 4042 [ietf.org] will make a cameo on the Slashdot homepage today as well.

Dead horses (1)

FreeLinux (555387) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109885)

RFC 1149 was unexpected, well thought out and original. These attributes are key elements in a good joke. RFC 1149 was damn funny.

All these others that have followed, including todays jewel, are cheap knockoff copies. They aren't original. They aren't unexpected. It could even be argued that they aren't well thought out. In other words they just are not funny.

Even if the first couple of knockoffs were funny, like any joke that is told too much, the become not funny over time. These are beyond not funny. RFC 1149 is still funny but all of these subsequent attempts are just lame. People should really know when to stop flogging a dead horse.

Re:Dead horses (3, Insightful)

Proaxiom (544639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109956)

While I agree that RFC 1149 was the classic April Fools RFC, it was not the first. The previous year, 1989, had RFC 1097 - TELNET SUBLIMINAL-MESSAGE Option [ietf.org] . There were a couple earlier ones as well, such as the RFC 748 - TELNET RANDOMLY-LOSE Option [ietf.org] in 1978.

RFC 748 was written by the same guy who wrote RFC 4042, issued today.

I also agree that the recent April Fools RFCs aren't all that funny. The Evil Bit last year was pretty lame.

Re:Dead horses (2, Insightful)

Illserve (56215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109978)

On the contrary, some jokes get funnier and funnier with retelling.

The problem is that converting one-off jokes into running gags is more art than science, and clearly something these poor guys have absolutely no grasp of.

This RFC was just pitiful, all the more so because of the obvious time investment.

Re:Dead horses (1)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110065)

> Even if the first couple of knockoffs were funny, like any joke that is told too much, the become not funny over time. These are beyond not funny. RFC 1149 is still funny but all of these subsequent attempts are just lame. People should really know when to stop flogging a dead horse.

But that's precisely the problem they're trying to address! If every system were RFC-4041 compliant, cessation of sadomasonecrobestiality wouldn't be such a problem now, would it?

RFC 1149 was actually implemented (2, Interesting)

Ulric (531205) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110010)

By Norwegians [linux.no] , no less.

Re:April fools (1)

Slashcrap (869349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110011)

I suspect RFC 4042 will make a cameo on the Slashdot homepage today as well.

I very much doubt it. The chances of any Slashdotter appreciating the humour in that one is practically nil. Mainly because the amount of humour is also practically nil.

They spend a whole paper talking about a new Unicode format they've come up with that gives a more efficient representation on architectures with 9bit bytes (yes, they exist - see the PDP11).

And I guess that's the whole joke 'cos there sure as fuck ain't anything else funny in it. Some people have far too much time on their hands (says someone who just spent 15 minutes criticising someone elses April fools day joke on Slashdot).

Re:April fools (1)

Proaxiom (544639) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110148)

On his homepage, the author claims RFC 4042 was implemented on a TOPS-20 [panda.com] , which IIRC is something like 30 years old. The guy appears to be into machines with 36-bit words. I can respect that. He probably wrote the RFC because he actually wanted a 9-bit encoding, and then gave it to the IETF so everyone could scratch their heads at his strange hobby.

Re:April fools (4, Interesting)

lilo_booter (649045) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109788)

The april fools stories are just getting worse and worse.

Actually, if you read the article, you might find this one quite funny... has some great quotes in it, like:

The key words "SHALT", "SHALT NOT", "SMITE", and "PILLAR OF SALT" in this document are to be interpreted as expected.

and:

If the Morality Considerations section is present, it MUST contain at least the following subsections. The content of these subsections is surely self-evident to any right-thinking person. Further guidance can be obtained from your moral guardian, your household gods, or from any member of the IMM (Internet Moral Majority).

Oh well, mebbe I'm easily amused...

Three words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12109662)

In three words:

Tools, not policy.

April Fools (-1, Redundant)

acherrington (465776) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109663)

Warning to those of you just waking....

its april fools

I'm going to have to call it... (2, Insightful)

whitelabrat (469237) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109665)

Horse S**t! Isn't the lack of morality what makes the internet so nice?

Re:I'm going to have to call it... (2, Funny)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109814)

No, the internet obviously needs more moral. However, contrary to current believe the problem is not that the people are so bad, but that there are simply no free implementations of moral around. All existing versions of moral come with quite stringent licensing conditions, and are usually controlled by big companies like the churches. As usual, any modification of the moral code by the user is disallowed. This is usually implemented directly into the moral (everything which contradicts the original version of the moral is considered immoral), making the moral vendors the first implementors of DRM schemes. So what is needed is an open source version of moral, where everyone is allowed not only to share their version of moral, but also to freely modify your own version.

Evil bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12109666)

There will be no use for this once the evil bit is implemented.

Too late (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12109808)

it is the GWB bit and it is already set.

i can only take so much... (1, Offtopic)

dhbiker (863466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109668)

this is a fool too far, nothing to see here - come back tomorrow when you can actually trust the `news`

Re:i can only take so much... (2, Funny)

uberjon (569815) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109762)

you trust the news here

that's like trusting everything you hear from FOX news

P.S the popes dead...

Yes, but.... (3, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109669)

A. Farrel has put out a Request For Comments paper I still think he'll regret leaving Wigan Warriors to try his hand at Rugby Union with Saracens...

Oh, hell, no-one's going to get this joke.

Re:Yes, but.... (1)

leonscape (692944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109812)

You'll be surprised.

Saints Fan myself, though.

Re:Yes, but.... (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109911)

Saints Fan myself, though.
Me too, FWIW.

Re:Yes, but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12110093)

...and a happy Welshman here...

Hilarious (1)

bendelo (737558) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109671)

Perhaps I should send Adrian [mailto] an e-mail congratulating him for fooling me for at least 5 minutes!

April Fools... (-1, Offtopic)

dealsites (746817) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109674)

This is going to be a long day... Now slashdot my site! [dealsites.net] . Aww crap...

April Fools? (1)

SenFo (761716) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109676)

I'm being careful with anything I read today. I don't know whether to believe it or not. I haven't read the white paper yet. Maybe that would shed some light ;-).

Re:April Fools? (1)

UrgleHoth (50415) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109766)

I'll be Captain Obvious here and ask, "Shouldn't we be careful with everything we read?"
And I'm not specifically talking watching out for deception, but also technical errors, typos and general laziness. Like that cookie recipe that called for 2 cups of flour and a tablespoon of salt. Blech!

Re:April Fools? (1)

philbowman (707419) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110034)

Could be worse - I once got a recipe from Holland which required 300g of self rising flowers.

This time i will eat my PDA (3, Insightful)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109677)

ok this one looked resonible till i got to this part
"It is well accepted by popular opinion and other reliable metrics
that moral values are declining and that degeneracy is increasing.
Young people are particularly at risk from the rising depravity in
society and much of the blame can be squarely placed at the door of
the Internet. If you do not feel safe on the streets at night, what
do you think it is like on the Information Superhighway?"
Then it all came apart , This is a better april fools though

Re:This time i will eat my PDA (1)

akadruid (606405) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109724)

Then you got to the bit that says

"...Promiscuous modes of operation are an abomination, exceeded only by
multicast..."

and thought maybe there was some truth in it?

Re:This time i will eat my PDA (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109746)

;) i didnt actualy read it properly , i just skimmed over hee as i had a fairly large idea it was an april fools already from the summary .. how i passed a gem like that is beyond me though lol

RTFRFC (5, Informative)

OpenYourEyes (563714) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109678)

You should read more carefully. The RFC does not specify a new protocol, it specifies a new section in RFC documentation, much like the "security implication" sections that started appearing a few years back.

If you're going to try and be funny - at least be correct. That said, your rush to condemn it certainly puts your moral standing in question - eh?

April Fools (3, Funny)

freak4u (696919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109685)

So at first I'm getting all pissed off, then I realized the date. Damn hippies. :)

This would be a lot more amusing... (0, Flamebait)

jpiggot (800494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109686)

If it wasn't so likely to be something the Republican party would like to implement. The conservative movement in the country would like nothing more than a nice, moral, information controlled internet.

Re:This would be a lot more amusing... (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109773)

Well, which is it? The Republican Party or the conservative movement?

...


Oh, wait, you think those are the SAME THING?! Either I woke up in 1982 again (hate when that happens...) or you just haven't been paying attention...

Re:This would be a lot more amusing... (1)

jpiggot (800494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109898)

I'm sorry. What I meant to say was "the republican party, and the ultra-conservative facist regime that seeks to impose an almost puritan morality upon a much larger majority, while consistantly breaking laws that don't suit their purposes and unsurping the very principles and integrity this country was founded on for their own bullshit agenda and personal accumulation of wealth"

But you know, that all doesn't fit in the spellchecker. Thanks for picking up on that !

Re:This would be a lot more amusing... (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110015)

You realize, of course, that it's the snot-nosed punk-ignorance of statements like yours that are causing the Left's decline in America, don't you?

And WTF is "unsurping?" I can't figure out if it's a typo or you're actually more clever than your High School too-cool-for-the-room rant lets on...

Last year's evil bit was funnier. (2, Informative)

hrieke (126185) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109688)

No really. All 12 times that story was posted.
Oh well.

Honesty in reporting (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109690)

As a member of the "Honesty In Reporting" committee, I recommend the following emendation to slashdot's boiler plate text
The next Slashdot story will be ready soon, but subscribers can beat the rush and see it early ... but let's face it, it's going to be another appallingly lame April Fool, so frankly, I wouldn't bother.

Re:Honesty in reporting (1)

Slashcrap (869349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110077)

The next Slashdot story will be ready soon, but subscribers can beat the rush and see it early ... but let's face it, it's going to be another appallingly lame April Fool, so frankly, I wouldn't bother.

Also, seeing it early just means you'll get bored of it sooner because you're going to see it duped at least 3 times over the next 24 hours.

I can't help thinking that the people who have bought Slashdot subscriptions are the same type of people who buy penis pills from spammers.

Although the analogy breaks down somewhat when you consider that the pill merchants probably have at least some kind of QA process. They wouldn't want to send out the same order more than once for instance.

Re:Honesty in reporting (1)

grahamlee (522375) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110091)

Emendation or amendment? Either way, it should really read: The next Slashdot story will be the same as the last one.

Spoof RFCs (3, Funny)

stevey (64018) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109691)

I hada great idea for TCP/IP over chocolate - inspired by pidgeon transmission.

Every time I sit down to write it up I get so full of laughter it's never completed. Shame.

Some choice bits include:

  • Faster transmission of packets in Summer months.
  • Different coloured chocolates for different data-types.
  • Native support for different levels of encapsulation - runny cores, wrapped in a touch layer of privacy protecting armour (ie chocolate).

Maybe next year ..

Re:Spoof RFCs (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109965)

On the pidgeon subject though, I can't help thinking there's room for optimisation. OCRing the packets is too unreliabile and inefficient. I think there should be some form of specialised SD-card-like thing - bubble memory maybe? - that can carry exactly one packet, and is the right size to be carried by a pidgeon.

More april fools? (1)

smoothwallsamuel (753105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109692)

They only just made it, it's 23:43 here :D

Just means that april 2 has most of the april fools jokes for me

Samuel

This is fantastic. (1)

DesertFalcon (670699) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109693)

First G. W. Bush is legislating morality from his bully pulpit in the White House, and now some creep wants to implement morality into our very IP stack? When I want to download images from alt.sex.bugger.with.sailors, I don't want my packets dropping due to someone else's "morality" being implemented on my ISP's router.

First I thought.. (3, Insightful)

malkavian (9512) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109696)

April Fool..
Then I thought..
"Don't give 'em ideas!"

april 1 (0, Offtopic)

sPaKr (116314) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109698)

As april fools rfc jokes go this is toward the bottom of the heap. Further it is no where close to Parrot which went from joke scary truth (shudder).

YA April fools post. (1)

orasio (188021) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109700)

Hey! you people!!
This was a nice candidate for an april fools joke.
The fuun of it is not in calling it when you see it. It's just the other way around, waiting or even baiting for those who fall for the joke, so you can get a good laugh.

Getting a first post that says "April Fools, hehehehe" takes away most of the fun. After that, you know you will be seeing very few poor guys who fell for the joke.

Looks like Terri's parents were in it for some $ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12109702)

Taken from www.nytimes.com/2005/03/29/politics/29donate.html? oref=login [nytimes.com]

List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and JOHN SCHWARTZ

Published: March 29, 2005

WASHINGTON, March 28 - The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.

"These compassionate pro-lifers donated toward Bob Schindler's legal battle to keep Terri's estranged husband from removing the feeding tube from Terri," says a description of the list on the Web site of the firm, Response Unlimited, which is asking $150 a month for 6,000 names and $500 a month for 4,000 e-mail addresses of people who responded last month to an e-mail plea from Ms. Schiavo's father. "These individuals are passionate about the way they value human life, adamantly oppose euthanasia and are pro-life in every sense of the word!"

Privacy experts said the sale of the list was legal and even predictable, if ghoulish.

"I think it's amusing," said Robert Gellman, a privacy and information policy consultant. "I think it's absolutely classic America. Everything is for sale in America, every type of personal information."

Executives of Response Unlimited declined to comment. Gary McCullough, director of the Christian Communication Network and a spokesman for Ms. Schiavo's parents, confirmed that Mr. Schindler had agreed to let Response Unlimited rent out the list as part of a deal for the firm to send an e-mail solicitation raising money on the family's behalf.

The Schindlers have waged a lengthy legal battle against their son-in-law Michael Schiavo to prevent the removal of the feeding tube from their daughter, who doctors say is in a persistent vegetative state.

Mr. McCullough said he was present when Mr. Schindler agreed to the arrangement in a conversation with Phil Sheldon, the co-founder of a conservative online marketing organization, RightMarch.com, who acted as a broker for Response Unlimited.

"So the Schindlers do know the details," Mr. McCullough said on Monday. How much attention they paid to the matter is hard to assess, he added. "The Schindlers right now know that their daughter is starving to death, and if I ask about anything else, they say, 'I don't want to hear about it.' "

Direct mail and mass e-mailings are ubiquitous fund-raising tools of interest groups on the left as well as the right, and others in the direct-mail business defended the sale of lists like the roster of donors to the Schindlers as a useful way for potential donors to learn of causes that might appeal to them.

Pamela Hennessy, an unpaid spokeswoman for the Schindlers, said she was initially appalled when she learned of the list's existence.

"It is possibly the most distasteful thing I have ever seen," Ms. Hennessy said. "Everybody is making a buck off of her."

Ms. Hennessy, who operates the Schindlers' Web site, www.terrisfight.org, said the family had not released any of the names or e-mail addresses gathered there. "Obviously these people are enterprising, and they are taking advantage of this very desperate father," she said.

On Sunday, as the Schindlers gave up on their legal battle and their daughter passed her 10th day without food, others continued to rally supporters and solicit money in an effort to restore the feeding tube.

"This time, we have a real chance to break through the 'roadblocks' that the enemies of life have been putting up in front of us," said a mass e-mailing from RightMarch.com, asking supporters to urge Gov. Jeb Bush to intervene somehow.

The message added: "We're asking you to give a donation to help with our activism efforts to save Terri's life. Battles cost money; resources cost money; media costs money; we could go on, but you get the picture."

Mr. Sheldon - whose father, the Rev. Lou Sheldon, founder of the Traditional Values Coalition, has also sent appeals urging support for Ms. Schiavo - apparently played a dual role as a partner in RightMarch.com, which is working with the anti-abortion activist Randall Terry, and as a broker for Response Unlimited. Mr. Sheldon did not respond to phone calls yesterday.

"I think it sounds a little unusual right now because of the situation where she is in the process of dying," said Richard Viguerie, another major conservative direct-mail operator. "If you came across this information six months or a year from now, I don't think you would give it too much thought."

In soviet russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12109707)

the New Internet Protocol Roots the RFC...

Shit,... no,... that wasn't meant to happen...

April Fool

That really was worse than the joke I wanted to make about the Pope going Terri on us.

April Fools Day is Great isn't it? (3, Informative)

Urgo (28400) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109711)

For a full list of sites that pulled April Fools Day Pranks this year check out this list here [urgo.org] Here is a sampling: dotget.net [dotget.net] - Microsoft to put P2P software .GET into next version of Windows
kylewenda.com [kylewenda.com] - the government records your phone calls... scary
rfc-editor.org [rfc-editor.org] - RFC for "Requirements for Morality Sections in Routing Area Drafts"
waferbaby.com [waferbaby.com] - amusing php error
planet.gentoo.org [gentoo.org] - Various things, CFLAGS, etc
fark.com [fark.com] - Many Jokes (keep reloading): BOOBIES!, Logged in as admin, North-Central Kentucky Bunghole-Discharge, page from 1999, BEER
2600.com [2600.com] - Formal Attire required for 2600 meetings today
forumsector.com [forumsector.com] - Changed the name to Nascar Sector
wikipedia.org [wikipedia.org] - Britannica taking over Wikimedia
google.com [google.com] - Google releases Google Gulp
kellyosbourne.org [kellyosbourne.org] - Sanctuary records group shut us down
nukefreezone.net [nukefreezone.net] - Making fun of atrios.blogspot.com
weebl.jolt.co.uk [jolt.co.uk] - Replaced with Cats-By-Mail
telecom.co.nz [telecom.co.nz] - Click 2 Brick
ytmnd.com [ytmnd.com] - (NSFW) hacked by teens for christ
wingus.ampedhost.com [ampedhost.com] - Site converted into Mingus' Gently-Used Furniture store. Oh dear. Why won't he be kind?
homestarrunner.com [homestarrunner.com] - Now a pay service.
whirlpool.net.au [whirlpool.net.au] - Australia's biggest Luddite to head Australia's largest telco
thinkgeek.com [thinkgeek.com] - Fake product listings.
theregister.co.uk [theregister.co.uk] - Bush twins to join Air Force tech unit in Iraq
creativebits.org [creativebits.org] - Site purchased by Microsoft
ocremix.org [ocremix.org] - Now partnered with EA (or something like that). Called EA ReMix.
spacedaily.com [spacedaily.com] - Bush Cancels Space Shuttle Program
planet.gnome.org [gnome.org] - Switched sites with planet.kde.org
planet.kde.org [kde.org] - Switched sites with planet.gnome.org
ietf.org [ietf.org] - RFC: Efficient Transformation Formats of Unicode
beejaysworld.de [beejaysworld.de] - Gentoo dropping livecds for x86
nature.com [nature.com] - Apollo bacteria spur lunar erosion
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov [nasa.gov] - Water On Mars

Re:April Fools Day is Great isn't it? (1)

jb.hl.com (782137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109761)

Everything2 [everything2.com] has apparently been taken over by Google as well.

Re:April Fools Day is Great isn't it? (1)

jpiggot (800494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109943)

StupidChildren.com replaced their homepage with the one from N.A.M.B.L.A (the national man boy love association) - sick !!

MOD PARENT DOWN (1)

r.jimenezz (737542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109992)

This guy seems to be karmawhoring by pasting this post on every single (lame) April's Fool post today...

Reuse... (1)

Ciderx (524837) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109713)

Can't they just reuse the Evil Bit that never came to be after being announced almost exactly a year to the day?

Re:Reuse... (1)

dresseduptoday (621090) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110163)

That one is a stroke of genious. Just imagine how simple making a perfect firewall would be. Want to block spam and intrusions attempts? Deny all packets with evil-bit == 1.

Fool who? (1)

Jack Taylor (829836) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109718)

For anyone doubting whether this is a joke or not, you only have to read as far as "The key words "SHALT", "SHALT NOT", "SMITE", and "PILLAR OF SALT" in this document are to be interpreted as expected.".

This is definitely after noon though - bad luck to the submitter...

What happened to the evil bit ? (1)

SuneSpeg (662034) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109728)

Its exactly 2 years since that rfc for setting an evil bit in packets appeared, but nothing happened since then ?
http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc3514.html [faqs.org]

Oh well... (2, Informative)

starmang (661689) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109736)

Pretty bad April fools jokes this year, but still nice to see them (:

How long is this going to go on? (0, Offtopic)

gpmac (122466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109750)

That's two in a row. At least the first one was somewhat funny....

I'd like to remind everyone... (2, Insightful)

r00t_ur_b0x (643995) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109754)

that this is April Fool's Day, not Stupid Joke Day. So please don't submit an article unless it is a really well-thought-out and clever hoax. Thanks.

Didn't even read past headline (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109763)

and I guess april fools, not must RTFA in case it is something!

The problem is, I think everything is april fools! damn!

Morality is a subjective matter (2, Insightful)

Ashtead (654610) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109774)

I would think that any blocking actions caused by morality would be routed around. And presumably, the evil bit would be crucial to determine the quality of morals.

As for blockin pr0n, who cares. It would really be useful if this could block spam!

Still, problem is, who gets to sit and determine what is immoral and what isn't? And for that matter, whose morals are we talking about here, is it the FCC, the WWE, the people behind goatse, the Republican Right, or maybe some Islamic Council for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice? And who will pay them? Again, remember the system's ability to block any obstacles including taxation; the ARPAnet people back in the day thought in terms of nuclear bombs not nuclear family value enforcements...

Then again, considering the date of issue of this RFC, it is all in the +1 Funny realm anyway, which as we know, is karma neutral.

I rest my case.

Re:Morality is a subjective matter (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110064)

I'd suggest whoever owns the router. Route stuff according to your morals. Band together with people you agree with. That way you get more of what you want and less of what you don't.

Made me laugh (1)

slim (1652) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109776)

Come on, it's funny. Under "mandatory subsections":


- Care and concern for avian carriers. A duck may be somebody's mother. /blockquote

new RFC terminology (1)

tod_miller (792541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109778)

The key words "SHALT", "SHALT NOT", "SMITE", and "PILLAR OF SALT" in this document are to be interpreted as expected.

Now prowl the comments for people saying 'why didn't they just use xyz protocol?' without realising ;-)

There are 10 kinds of people. (2, Funny)

Thaelon (250687) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109779)

Those who think this is a real story.
Those who realize it's an April fool's joke without having to be told.
Those who think that was binary.

Re:There are 10 kinds of people. (1)

AVee (557523) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109867)

Heh, you are so on topic, if this whould have been about the other rfc [rfc-editor.org] posted today...

Hah funny. (2, Interesting)

geeveees (690232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109781)

No, not really:

Likelihood of misuse by large, multi-national corporations. Such a thought is, of course, unthinkable.

Availability of oversight facilities. There are those who would corrupt our morals motivated as they are by a hatred of the freedom of Internet access with which we are graced. We place a significant burden of responsibility on those who guard our community from these evil-doers and it is only fitting that we give them as much support as is possible. Therefore, all encryption and obfuscation techniques MUST be excluded - individuals who have nothing to hide need to fear the oversight of those whose morals are beyond doubt.

Care and concern for avian carriers. A duck may be somebody's mother.

The real joke is ofcourse that I actually RTFA

Slashdot useless for the day. (2, Funny)

borgheron (172546) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109783)

Might as well forget about visiting/posting or reading slashdot. It's April 1st. :/

Oh.. wait... I should follow my own advice. :)

GJC

As much as I know it's April 1 . . . . . (2, Insightful)

failure-man (870605) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109786)

This does read like something the US congress would be interested in doing.

Re:As much as I know it's April 1 . . . . . (1)

delymyth (17681) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110162)

Not only the US congress, believe me :(

Disturbing (2, Insightful)

Illserve (56215) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109792)

Have I finally lost touch with the computing industry or is this just not funny?

Even though this kind of joke has been done to death, I had hoped for a smile to at least cross my lips.

Re:Disturbing (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109959)

Have I finally lost touch with the computing industry or is this just not funny? Even though this kind of joke has been done to death, I had hoped for a smile to at least cross my lips.
It suffers from what many of these do. It's a single joke (and a nice enough one at that, with a salting of satire) spread much too thinly over a moderately lengthy document, without being consistently funny or inventive.

Must try harder.

Lame (1)

lutzomania (139132) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109802)

Man, the April Fools posts are so obvious this year.

Now wait... (1)

brammo (795381) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109805)

I just can't wait to see M$ implement it in Longhorn... ;-)

Not to be a fuddy-duddy, but (1)

Stiletto (12066) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109886)


Can we NOT have a repeat of last year, where you couldn't find any serious articles on 1 Apr? Sure, some of the fake news is funny, and maybe one or two are actually clever, but most of them (especially last year, ARGGHHH) are awful, stupid, and uncreative. Let's put the really good joke stories up and intermix them with some real stories!

As an aside, I hope I don't get put on a "You have been temporarily forbidden from posting" holiday for speaking out against the editors (do any of you guys know the editors actually do this now?) but I think it had to be said.

Yeah, yeah April fools and all, BUT (0)

starseeker (141897) | more than 9 years ago | (#12109991)

how many of the conservative right would like to see a serious version of this made both the de facto standard and the written law in the US?

We may be laughing at this one right up until a serious version of it hits Congress.

Obviously a Joke (1)

burbankmarc (838977) | more than 9 years ago | (#12110024)

This is obviously a joke because TCP/IP is a ROUTED protocol, not a ROUTING protocol. Now if they said "BGP 5 new ROUTING protocol" I may have fell for it.

TCP and IP. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12110082)

TCP and IP are separate protocols.

Furthermore "TCP/IP protocol" is "Transmission control protocol over internet protocol protocol"
Could you BE any more redundant?
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