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Which of these is the correct way to get a d3 result from a six-sided die?

Of 24803 registered third-level domain names in the .name tld, 15079 (~61%) of these have and given as their nameservers, but said servers refuse all record requests for these domains (even when coming from a VPN exit point in Japan).

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Wait, it's not that they have no dns records, is explicitly refusing to answer. Maybe region-locked? Curiouser and curiouser

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a popular myth is that people who are Very Computer have computers that work. nothing could be further from the truth. the Very Computer are capable of generating much more novel and fascinating ways to make computers not fucking work and exercise this capability wantonly


Whois information being as heavily redacted as it is these days, I can't really tell if these names are all owned by some Yahoo!-subsidiary holding company or all by different people or what

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I've been digging through the zone file for .name, specifically looking at third-level registrations of actual personal names, and... a tremendous majority of these (I'd estimate 85-90%) are
* Japanese names
* with Tucows as registrar
* with Yahoo! Japan as reseller and nameservers
* and with no records besides the NS records themselves
* but which have nonetheless been continually renewed for years.

What exactly is going on? What is Yahoo! doing with all these names?

I was today years old when I realized that domain names are the original NFTs

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I mourn the days when TVs weren't 'smart' and did no more than faithfully display the signal you fed them.

Same as I miss the time when compilers didn't try to second-guess my intent and competence as a programmer.

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Also on the subject of domain names: there are a surprisingly large number of short English-word domain names under the .cx TLD that are available at base price. Why is that? Sure, it's not exactly as prestigious as a .com domain, but surely it's better than, like, .online and all the other absurdly long gTLDs. Am I missing something?

Revising this: if you prefer I will create A, AAAA, CNAME, or DNAME records myself for your ⟨⟩ subdomain rather than NS. (I'm not sure why anyone would prefer that but I also don’t see a downside of offering it.) No MX or other records, if you want those then please take the full NS delegation.

Again, boost for visibility, I’m hoping this can be a useful if small service for aspiring self-hosts.

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Back in the 90s (or, as the kids call them now, “the late 1900s”) I had this wild idea that I could buy a bunch of short simple domain names as an investment of sorts. But then why would someone buy one from me when they could just get a different one straight from the registrar? Dumb idea, glad I didn’t waste money on it

YouTubeDrive: Store files as YouTube videos == infinite disk space

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To anyone interested in self-hosting a , , , or other instance:

I own the domain <> and will freely delegate a subdomain thereof to anyone who plans to use it for hosting a fedi instance. Mail me at if interested.

One per person; no obviously confusing names e.g. "mx" or "www"; no support given beyond setting NS records. Other conditions may apply but I haven't thought of them yet.

How does one create/suggest an RFC? And is there any lower bound on how 'big' a new RFC should be? Just thought of a small but generally useful extension to an existing open standard and wondering whom I need to tell about it.

I'll probably get cancelled for saying this but [mainstream opinion that probably about 50% of everyone in the country holds]

Websites repeatedly demanding that I set up 2FA and then implementing it as TOTP, which is fake 2FA

All it would take is a quorum of Alphabet, Microsoft, and AOL to abolish HTML mail forever in favor of some sane format like text/enriched. So of course that will never happen

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