Friday, June 2, 2000
6/2/2000 5:01:39 PM
A welcome asset.
According to this BBC
report, the city of Vancouver is wooing Microsoft, urging the
company to move its headquarters 100 miles north. British Columbia is
promising the company favorable treatment, possibly including a loan to
construct a new headquarters, the report said. No mention was made of
favorable anti-trust treatment, but such clearly is the subtext of any
such conversation. Microsoft denies having engaged in secret discussions
with the office of the man in charge of attracting investment to British
Columbia. That man, Gordon Wilson, told the BBC that Microsoft would be
"a welcome asset."
[03may, 7:54 am]
This later piece
from Reuters throws tepid water on the idea of a Microsoft move. Gordon
Wilson opines that the source of the rumor was a California newsletter on
technology stocks. Still, I find suggestive the careful wording of his demurral:
I haven't had any formal talks with anyone with Microsoft.
6/2/2000 3:33:19 PM
Thursday, June 1, 2000
6/1/2000 7:28:09 PM
Domain name hijacking, laundering.
in the Toronto Star and be afraid. Person or persons unknown pulled
two valuable domain names out from under their rightful owners and
succeeded in "laundering" the names through several registrars so that
all traces of the original owners were lost.
The domain names in question are prime pieces of naming space --
web.net and bali.com. After a number of transfers,
bali.com had apparently lodged with someone in Spain and web.net,
whose owner is in Toronto, had fetched up in Hong Kong.
At least one of the names was hijacked by a forged email to Network
Solutions. Yes, it really is that simple. NSI offers a way to use
PGP authentication to protect a name, but the web.net owner apparently
wasn't using the option. (NSI struggled for years to get the rather
simple PGP mechanism working, and I have no recent knowledge of its
state of grace. It used not to work at all reliably.)
According to whois at this moment, both names have been
returned to the owners identified in the Toronto Star article. Their
modification dates are both today.
Thanks much to Jeffrey Sorenson for the tip.
6/1/2000 4:09:53 PM