Happy 50th Birthday FTP

FTP (file transfer protocol) celebrated its 50th anniversary this week. Long-time Slashdot reader sandbagger shares an article commemorating a half-century of FTP:

Over the years, the FTP protocol got refined with 16 different revisions(*1) adding support with TCP/IP, a secure extension also known as FTPS which is leveraging the same tech as HTTPS and more recent addition like IPv6 support.

Fifty years after its inception, FTP is still going very strong with millions of FTP server still being exposed on the internet which is fairly amazing considering the bad press it gets…

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Original URL: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/0rX78fg1JX8/happy-50th-birthday-ftp  

Original article

Why the ‘Small Internet’ Movement Wants to Revive Gopher

Long-time Slashdot reader lee1 shares a new article from Linux magazine:

The danger and irritations of the modern web have unleashed a movement dedicated to creating a safer and simpler alternative. The old Gopher network and the new Gemini protocol have emerged as building blocks for this new “small Internet.”

Anyone who has used the World Wide Web (WWW) lately knows that something bad is happening to it. It does not resemble the WWW of the early years, with enthusiastic amateurs freely sharing ideas and information. These things still exist, and the web is still an indispensable medium connecting the world. But the web experience is now encumbered with advertising, invasions of privacy in the form of pervasive tracking, enormous file sizes, CPU straining JavaScript, the danger of exploits, and door slams asking you to subscribe to a newsletter before viewing a site.

This unpleasant environment has led to a backlash.

Original URL: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/pk0V7pfzOYs/why-the-small-internet-movement-wants-to-revive-gopher  

Original article

FCC Votes To Maintain 2017 Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday to maintain its 2017 repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, even after a federal court directed a review of some provisions of the repeal. From a report: The 2015 net neutrality rules barred internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or slowing internet content or offering paid “fast lanes.” Under President Donald Trump, the 2017 FCC order granted ISPs sweeping powers to recast how Americans use the internet, as long as they disclose changes. A federal appeals court in October 2019 largely upheld the FCC’s repeal of the rules, but ordered the agency to reconsider the repeal’s impact on public safety; regulations on attachments to utility poles; and the FCC’s ability to provide subsidies for broadband service. The FCC majority opted to leave the order unchanged.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Original URL: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/DndODK_O5-A/fcc-votes-to-maintain-2017-repeal-of-net-neutrality-rules  

Original article

ICANN Halts $1.1 Billion Sale of .Org Registry

Charlotte Web shares a report from The Register: ICANN has halted the proposed $1.1 billion sale of the .org registry to an unknown private equity firm, claiming this was “the right thing to do.” The DNS overseer has been under growing pressure to use its authority to refuse the planned transfer of the top-level domain from the Internet Society to Ethos Capital, most recently from the California Attorney General who said the deal “puts profits above the public interest.” ICANN ultimately bowed to the US state’s top lawyer when it concluded today it “finds the public interest is better served in withholding consent.”

It gave several factors, all of which were highlighted by Attorney General Xavier Becerra as reasons to reject it: the fact that the sale would see the registry — which has long served non-profit organizations — turn from a non-profit itself into a for-profit vehicle; that Ethos

Original URL: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/cBKJ72_OFBM/icann-halts-11-billion-sale-of-org-registry  

Original article

Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Smithsonian: For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge. Featuring data and material from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose — be it a postcard, a beer koozie or a pair of bootie shorts. And this gargantuan data dump is just the beginning. Throughout the rest of 2020, the Smithsonian will be rolling out another 200,000 or so images, with more to come as the Institution continues to digitize its collection of 155 million items and counting.

Read more of this

Original URL: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/q6fJ7Gg_oT0/smithsonian-releases-28-million-images-into-public-domain  

Original article

Gopher’s Rise and Fall Shows How Much We Lost When Monopolists Stole the Net

Science-fiction writer, journalist and longtime Slashdot reader, Cory Doctorow, a.k.a. mouthbeef, writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) just published the latest installment in my case histories of “adversarial interoperability” — once the main force that kept tech competitive. Today, I tell the story of Gopher, the web’s immediate predecessor, which burrowed under the mainframe systems’ guardians and created a menu-driven interface to campus resources, then the whole internet. Gopher ruled until browser vendors swallowed Gopherspace whole, incorporating it by turning gopher:// into a way to access anything on any Gopher server. Gopher served as the booster rocket that helped the web attain a stable orbit. But the tools that Gopher used to crack open the silos, and the moves that the web pulled to crack open Gopher, are radioactively illegal today.

If you wanted do to Facebook what Gopher did to the mainframes, you would be pulverized by the relentless

Original URL: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/aLLSYW3YN9Y/gophers-rise-and-fall-shows-how-much-we-lost-when-monopolists-stole-the-net  

Original article

ICANN Lifts All Price Caps On .Org Domain Names

Reader GeorgeK writes: Despite documented overwhelming opposition by the public, ICANN has lifted all fee caps on .org domain names. As discussed in a prior Slashdot article in April when the public comment period was open, this would permit unlimited fee increases for .org registrants, and may set the stage for higher fees on owners of .com domain names. This decision demonstrates an enormous disconnect between ICANN, which is supposed to serve the public interest as a non-profit overseer of domain name regulations, and the public it purports to serve.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Original URL: http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/6ea2XRudagQ/icann-lifts-all-price-caps-on-org-domain-names  

Original article

Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business

The Swedish music streaming company Spotify made two big moves into podcasting this week, buying podcast publisher Gimlet Media and podcasting recording app company Anchor.Superficially, the acquisitions make no sense. After all, there’s no money in podcasting, right? The entire U.S. podcasting industry made only $314 million in advertising revenue in 2017.Yet Spotify’s acquisitions are part of a $500 million buying spree in the podcasting space promised by the company for this year.Gimlet raised about $28.5 million in venture funding and was valued at around $70 million, yet Spotify reportedly paid around $230 million for it. (Anchor raised about $14.4 million, and its purchase price at press time was unknown.)To read this article in full, please click here

Original URL: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3339656/mobile-wireless/suddenly-podcasting-becomes-a-sound-business.html#tk.rss_all  

Original article

What’s in the latest Firefox update? Mozilla revamps ad-tracker blocking controls

Mozilla today released Firefox 65 for Windows, macOS and Linux and called out new user controls for setting the desired level of anti-ad tracking by the browser.Developers also patched seven vulnerabilities, three tagged as “Critical,” Mozilla’s highest threat ranking. “This results in the stream parser object being freed while still in use, leading to a potentially exploitable crash,” Mozilla said, referring to a “use-after-free” bug in the browser.Firefox 65, which can be downloaded from Mozilla’s site, updates in the background, so most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose “About Firefox.” The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or explains the refresh process.To read this article in full, please click here

Original URL: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3251749/web-browsers/whats-in-the-latest-firefox-update-mozilla-revamps-ad-tracker-blocking-controls.html#tk.rss_all  

Original article

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: