On the control of the Internet.

Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at cox.net
Sun Jun 13 20:22:12 UTC 2010

On 6/13/2010 14:59, Joe Greco wrote:

> What happens?  The master zone simply doesn't get updated until someone
> FedEx's a floppy.  You know, some of us made these sorts of contingency
> plans long ago, back in days when the Internet actually wasn't all that
> reliable, and it wasn't completely unthinkable to be off the air for at
> least 24 hours.

Interesting plan.

I've got a Gateway computer down stairs that can write a 3.5 inch floppy
and a Micron tower (running Windows 2000 the last time it was powered
up) that can write 5 inch floppies.

When I left active administration in 2003, out of 30 or so machines
running BIND I can't recall one that has a floppy drive of any sort.

> It's not that rough, these days, to install some monitoring to make sure
> that your zones are up to date on the secondaries and that they resolve
> names correctly; some operators used to even get really super-freakazoid
> and do zone transfers back to allow verification.  Here, we draw the line 
> at checking the SOA's for consistency and checking one other beacon record
> for resolvability.  That's clearly not a solution aimed at warning about
> non-transferable zones; it raises some interesting questions.  Think maybe
> I'll go asking on dnsops what, if anything, people do to monitor.

"monitor" implies connectivity.  The OP was about the possibility that
the government would deny you connectivity.  Please try to stay n topic.

Somebody should have said:
A democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.

Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting
the vote.

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