FryUp: Too little too late in Telecom data tails case

Twitter thwarts court injunction on Ivory Coast disaster coverage

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R Clayton Miller is the master of the ten-finger GUI. The video makes a great deal of sense, so now we need a hardware prototype to try out. 10/GUI from C. Miller on Vimeo. Long time coming

A dominant incumbent charging less retail than wholesale is one of those simple anti-competitive issues that a regulator and the courts normally sort out in a few months, tops. There are precedents and studies that quite clearly point to such behaviour being a no-no. Why then did the case against Telecom for selling data circuits in that manner take so long then? It started in 2004 and the practice, as Telecom’s group general counsel Tristan Gilbertson says, started more than ten years ago. Then there’s the 0867 case, which still isn’t finished. That has been simmering for about a decade, with the Commerce Commission losing the last two rounds, apparently on a legal technicality. While it’s important that justice is done and meted out correctly, surely this is much too slow? It means that companies can factor regulatory slowness into their business plans, knowing that the wet bus ticket won’t come down until the competition has been eliminated. Is that really how our regulatory environment is meant to work? - High Court: Telecom abused market power in early 2000s General fail

There’s been a post-mortem on IBM’s fiasco on Sunday that grounded Air NZ’s check-in and booking systems. Oil pressure sensor fails, generator fails, and computers fail with corrupt file systems as they shut down suddenly and are then plugged back into mains power. Air NZ CIO Julia Raue is being remarkably restrained here, when she calls the above “disappointing”. - Air NZ CIO sheds light on Sunday's outage - IBM issues statement on Air NZ outage - Air NZ CEO chides IBM over yesterday's outage Up the injunction

Not so long ago, it was much easier to poison 30,000 Ivoirians for commercial gain for even if the deed was discovered, a few nasty lawyer’s letters threatening dire and costly consequences should media even breathe a word about what had happened threw a blanket of silence on the issue while you paid out a meagre compensation to the victims. Things are very different now, thanks to the internet. Oil traders Trafigura and libel landsharks Carter-Ruck must be longing for a past where people didn’t tweet and generally communicated inconvenient truths in a manner impossible to injunct and enjoin. Trafigura and Carter-Ruck even tried to stop the Guardian from reporting on a Member of Parliament tabling questions over embarrassing documents and their own injunctions. That probably would’ve worked, had Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger not turned to Twitter to say “Now Guardian prevented from reporting Parliament for unreportable reasons. Did John Wilkes live in vain?” After that, the whole thing was blown open, the stuff Trafigura didn’t want to be seen and much more. Carter-Ruck is being reported to the UK Law Society by a Tory MP for inhibiting the reporting of Parliament. Anyone still doubting that broadband Internet access is necessary for a healthy, functioning democracy? - Alan Rusbridger: Trafigura fiasco tears up the textbook - 1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right Dot dummies

Everyone who has ever poked at DNS configuration files knows the importance of the trailing dot. It terminates stuff. Omit said dot, and the whole intarweb breaks in a spectacular fashion for a long time due to erroneous DNS records propagating and being cached. Sweden’s .se registry learnt this the hard way a couple of days ago, with some 900,000 domain names disappearing off the internet. Much flushing of DNS caches ensued to go with the wailing and gnashing of virtual teeth. In other words, the present design of the DNS is probably not the poster boy for resilience. Time for some RFC rewriting? - Sweden’s Internet broken by DNS mistake

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