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Showing posts from January, 2005

Australian Firm Takes Blame for U.S. Domain Name Hijack

Domain registrar admits approving unauthorized domain transfer. Paul Roberts, IDG News Service Tuesday, January 18, 2005 An Australian company that manages Internet domain name registrations acknowledged that it was partially responsible for a Web domain hijacking that left Public Access Networks, a New York Internet hosting company, without an Internet address over the weekend. An error by Melbourne IT allowed fraudsters using stolen credit cards to take control of, Public Access Networks' Internet domain, early Saturday, according to Ed Ravin, a Panix system administrator. The hijacking deprived some Panix customers of e-mail access for two days, and shone a light on what some contend are holes in the system for managing Internet domain transfers, according to Ravin and others. Panix regained control of its Internet domain Monday, after Melbourne IT reversed the registration change that transferred ownership of to an unknown party Saturday night.

Dinosaur Eater Is a Lot To Digest

Discovery Rewrites History of Mammals By Joel Achenbach Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, January 13, 2005; Page C01 Every single mammal learns from an early age that we used to get gobbled up by dinosaurs, that we were just a meaty little snack for the truly important animals of the Mesozoic, that we were small and meek and pathetic and cringing and whimpering and sniveling, locked into an extremely marginal evolutionary niche marked "Losers." It's part of our mammalian heritage to pass this story on from generation to generation. Inevitably, our ancestors are described as mousy. "The size of a shrew" is a typical description. We came out only at night. Meanwhile the dinosaurs gallivanted all over the landscape, swinging their spiny tails around like they owned the place. We finally got our big break 65 million years ago when, luckily, a rock from space killed off the dinosaurs and much of life on Earth. That story got amended yesterday,