QuoteA November 1983 specification proposed that domain names would have "only letters, digits and hyphen"--which meant that alphabets in Cyrillic, Arabic, Kanji, or Chinese sinographs could not be used in domains. Not even diacritical marks employed in German, French and Spanish were permitted. On Wednesday, delegates to a United Nations summit here complained that the ASCII-only choice was representative of an Internet culture that was far too English-centric and failed to respect other languages.
QuoteBut IPv6 is far from being universally used. So, Vista will also support the current IPv4. The side effect, according to Mockapetris, is that a Vista PC will make two DNS requests, one for each IP version, instead of just one. "It is going to try a DNS lookup for the IPv6 address and then a DNS lookup for the IPv4 address," Mockapetris said. "It just uses more DNS, and until we increase the supply, things are going to go slower."
QuoteAll of these practices are costing honest businesses untold sums. The World Intellectual Property Organization reported earlier this year that the number of cybersquatting cases it handled rose 20 percent in 2005, and the disputes have involved most of the 100 largest international brands by value. Pharmaceutical, hospitality and telecommunications companies--all of which have a large number of customers who are harmed by online scams perpetrated by domain name registrants--are among the most aggressive enforcers of intellectual property online. Identifying, prioritizing and pursuing bad Web site owners already is a resource-consuming task for these companies; any new restrictions on the Whois system would only cost them and, therefore, their customers more.