The Post-SOPA/PIPA Internet

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And, the beatings will continue until morality improves.

I’m probably not the only one who feeling a little embarrassed if not appalled at not having paid much attention to the SOPA and PIPA bills they were and maybe still are trying to ram through Congress. For shame, Christopher Dodd.

And while I’m not an expert, I do work in IT, and when readingthis I realized: what a sham. Using DNS as an enforcement mechanism is…TERRIBLE from a technical standpoint alone, and terrible worthy of all caps.

What the hell are they thinking?

Sometimes I forget how much of a “mystery” the internet is to these people. Hats off to all the folks who raised the alarm over the past few days, since it looks like they’re at least for now going to stall this in Congress. Still…amazing, and not in a good way: seems like the ONLY thing this Congress was going to do was fuck up the internet beyond all recognition…

4 thoughts on “The Post-SOPA/PIPA Internet

  1. Snarki, child of Loki says:

    “Using DNS as an enforcement mechanism is…TERRIBLE from a technical standpoint alone, and terrible worthy of all caps.”
    It’s not that hard to set up a DNS server to take queries for “www.pirate.org.chrisdoddgoatfucker.com”, look up “www.pirate.org” and return the IP address. You’d have to run it outside the US, but no biggie.
    I, for one, look forward to the day when the ENTIRE INTERNET is accessed by EVERYONE through the *.chrisdoddgoatfucker.com domain. It’s his due.

  2. MapleStreet says:

    “Sometimes I forget how much of a “mystery” the internet is to these people.”
    Ya mean like how can the USA enact a law that controls the rest of the world?
    Why do they need this as there is already that mysterious room in NYC that is said to automatically sift through all internet communications?
    As Snarki pointed out, all you have to do is use a DNS server from outside the USA. (Or for that matter, just enter the IP address directly). Not to mention various mechanisms from anonymous proxy servers to TOR and on up.
    Politically, doesn’t SOPA mean that we’re following the lead of free speech shown in China in trying to control the Internet?

  3. MichaelF says:

    Re: DNS, yes, from the user side, you can enter an IP, use a different resolver, or even enable LMHosts; from the administrator side, it can be a pain in the ass…if you’re slow in clearing cached data, or if a forwarder or root hint server hasn’t been scrubbed per Justice Department edict, does that mean you’re liable?
    I deal just a bit with some low level DNS administration — just enough to know I really don’t know a lot…but what I do know is enough to think…bad, bad idea that won’t work.

  4. pansypoo says:

    geeks are unelectable.

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