It is rumored that China has recently created its own top-level domain root servers for .cn, .com and .net extensions, ostensibly in order to avoid having to "surf the Web via the servers under the management of ICANN of the U.S." I somehow doubt that is the real reason. China is not known for its respect for a free press, and it occurs to me that "American control" is a useful fig leaf to hide an attempt to grab even more control over where a link takes you.
Something I've never told anyone, however, is that I have a time machine. Yes, it's true. The control panel is on the back of an old box of Cracklin' Oat Bran, and the doorway bears a striking resemblance to my closet, but exist it does, and I have seen the headlines on cnn.com a few years hence...as accessed through root servers under Chinese control.
So, here it is, reduced for your viewing pleasure to fit within the context of a ZDNet blog entry...
- Chairman Hu almost cracks a smile
- Women around the world swoon over an expression of exuberance by party leaders
- Why everyone wants to live in China |
- Young lingerie models mob party Congress
- Hu Jintao's new haircut. Isn't is sexy?
- America's economy evaporates, 300 million out of work
- Western films are evil, says current global poll
- Censorship gives you stamina
- Jackie Chan elected Canadian Prime Minister
- Newly discovered: Karl Marx was a closet capitalist
- No, there's no inconsistency between Communist ideology and market reforms
- I already told you there's no inconsistency, so stop asking
- The 10 best dim sum restaurants in the world
- Polls claiming Taiwan doesn't want to join the Chinese mainland are all western propaganda
- Chinese Olympians win all the gold medals |
- Millions gather for pro-goverment rally in Tiananmen Square
- Micronauts sweep the toy world
Boy was I surprised. I didn't know Jackie Chan was Canadian.