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The first .xxx web addresses have gone live on the internet, almost 11 years after the extension was first proposed. On Friday, the porn-only address was added to the domain name system's root servers – through a convoluted process that involves box-ticking from domain overseer ICANN, the US Department of Commerce, and …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Let the mass redirections of *.xxx to begin!

    Does anybody have any ideas on how to do that with a basic copy of windows with basic home networking equipment instead of commercial kit?

    1. Trevor Marron

      Have a look at OpenDNS

      OpenDNS do a free filtering service for home users. If yo have a static IP address it will block all filtered content that is requested from that IP address. If you have a dynamic IP address you need to run a client on your PC which tells OpenDNS what your current IP address is.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      easier than that

      Edit C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\Hosts in notepad and add a line *.xxx

      1. Havin_it

        RE: easier than that

        Incorrect. Wildcards don't work in the Windows HOSTS file (nor the Linux one either for that matter).

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ye gods

    Porn on t'interwebs, the world is ending.

    Can't wait to see the Daily Mail in a couple of years when they realise.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    of blocking and other meaningless stuff

    If a country blocks the .xxx domain, will businesses in that country be able to send email to to make formal complaints?


    I don't run a business that qualifies to register an .xxx domain name, but I sure as hell would love to have a .xxx email address.

    1. frank ly

      Use your Imagination and do it.

      "I don't run a business that qualifies to register an .xxx domain name ..."

      Then start one. It can't be all that difficult and you don't need it to be a success or even realistic.

      I'm sure there are many other people who'd love to have a .xxx email address, so you can sell annual-fee email addresses to people, hence leading to 3. - Profit!

      (Oh crap; did I just leak my world beating internet business plan?) (not yet active, please wait)

  4. yeahyeahno

    Chrome faile

    In Chrome putting and into the address bar just results in a Google search, works fine in FF, obviously some work needed by Google.

    1. Barrie Shepherd

      xxx in Chrome

      In the name of scientific research I put into Chrome (build 10.0.648.204) and it did go to Google search. Then tried in IE8 and the site resolved.

      Now it resolves in Chrome

  5. Flybert
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    ""sunrise periods", during which trademark holders can protect their brands"

    trademark owners are already protected, no need to buy a .xxx

    I'll boycott ... no need for additional TLDs, least of all a porn specific one

    even .info and .biz seem useless

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I have to disagree...

      The addition of a .xxx TLD means that people who want to keep away from porn (or keep their kids/employees away, at least) have an easy target, conversely those who want to find porn can easily find it.

      Of course, there is the slight issue of the bajillion porn related names already in existence. I wonder if it would be possible to force a slow migration of porn sites over to .xxx, by disallowing existing porn sites from renewing their domains, or forcing them to redirect to .xxx from a non-porn frontpage?

  6. Christoph

    Next step

    Now they've got it running, they can sort out the mandatory tracking of every access to any of these domains.

  7. The BigYin

    ".xxx" is live!

    Next news headlines:

    Australia blocks ".xxx" because porn is "bad" and degrading to women

    America blocks ".xxx" to preserve moral and stop something-or-other

    UK blocks ".xxx" because the Sun/Mirror/Mail says its disgusting and won't anyone think of the children?

    Net result?

    Porn remains on .com/.net/.whatever because, when all is said and done, it's the biggest industry on the intertubes and is the global leader in new consumer technologies and markets. Get off your hypocritical, Abrahamic high-horse and just bloody deal with it. Mmm-kay?

    1. Raife Edwards


      The, self-righteous, moralistic brigades in America HAVE already begun bemoaning, and DEMANDING that, SOMETHING be done to FORCE "smut" into these, easily identifiable, and BLOCK-ABLE, ".XXX"-domains.

      Boy... it [the blatant call for, arbitrary, raw-censorship] came even faster than most of us feared.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You mean to say...

    ...that they have pr0n on the internet now?!?

    Stone the crows, I thought the web was just there for geeks to make facetious comments on tech community sites.

    1. LaeMing

      Oh yes!

      Now us geeks can also make facetious comments on porn sites.

      It's great!

    2. The Fuzzy Wotnot


      "The internet? Is that thing still around?" - Homer Simpson

  9. Anonymous Coward

    "ICM may also create directory sites at certain generic domains, such as"

    We're in the money!!! we're in the money!!!

    Not only can we sell every .com porn site a .xxx one too to rake in twice the cash but we can offer link sites and charge them for that too!!!

  10. Anomalous Cowturd

    At last!

    I've been waiting years to get porn off t'internet. Now it will be so easy.

    Search Engines, I've heard of them.. What's wrong with Gopher?

  11. LinkOfHyrule
    Paris Hilton - sucking the hand that feeds IT

    I'm so funny!

    1. LaeMing

      sucking the toes.

      I thinks.

    2. Pavlov's obedient mutt

      more likely..

      sucking the hind-tit..


  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The IPV4 angle


    I guess this explains the recent running out of IPV4 space, on the bright side, our Bogon list will be smaller and probably might be left as a static list without daily updates.


    " - sucking the hand that feeds IT" -- heh heh heh that's funny.

  13. ratfox


    I am in awe of the business gambit ICM just won. They practically created for themselves an eternal source of free money. Without contributing anything of any significance to society.

    It makes me want to puke.

  14. Herby

    This does beg the question:

    Why didn't they call it .nsfw?

    It would have been interesting to say the least.

    I do like ""

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: This does beg the question:

      It doesn't beg the question. It raises it. If that.

      1. Disco-Legend-Zeke

        But Then The Whole Point...

        ...of .XXX is to raise things.

  15. DF118

    Lawley quote

    Lawley today commented: "It's been emotional"


    Later adding: "wanna borrow a tenner?"

    1. The Beer Monster

      It's been emotional

      Yup, they probably ran out of tissues...

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Domaination, anybody?

  17. MJI Silver badge

    Blocking .xxx is actually a good idea

    At a PC level, but not a national level.

    Something to use for the childrens PC.

  18. Rattus Rattus

    India and Saudi Arabia...

    ...have already reportedly indicated that they will stand at the shoreline ordering the tide not to come in.

    There, FTFY.

    1. asdf

      middle east and India

      obviously with their low birth rates and populations are doing something right banning any mention of sex :P Don't have to live in the west to be a hypocrite. That goes for China and their green dam as well.

  19. Muckminded

    Rim shot, please

    I wrote a few weak jokes about "sunrise periods", "morning wood" and iPads, but my real comment is that this domain may as well have been ".xss". Not that it will improve the security of the remainder of the web, but spotting what is certain to be a festering malware fest just by looking at the trailing ".xxx" will be a great time saver.

  20. Tim Bates
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    Clean test .xxx domain please ICM...

    I really like this new domain. It will make filtering porn somewhat easier for those who need such filters. Business networks, family PCs, etc - all these are going to have one very easy filter rule to apply before all others.

    For the same reason, I see a problem where governments think they need to control their citizens however :-(

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Big Brother

      I'm sorry...

      To make things easier... Could you please, exactly, define YOUR, PERSONAL, interpretation of... "XXX". And, describe exactly how the entire world is expected to meet YOUR, PERSONAL, definitions of what, precisely, we (ALL the rest of the users of the Internet) are supposed to pre-censor (from the, world-wide, public, Internet) for you.

  21. Luke McCarthy

    Dilute the meaning

    I might get some .xxx domains, if they're not too expensive, and use them exclusively for benign and SFW content. I think that's the best I can come up with to protest against this stupid idea.

    1. David Precious

      Weak protest

      Not sure giving them your money to register some .xxx domains is a particularly effective way to protest against them :)

      Unless you registered, say,, and put up a website with lots of clear instructions to help the average parents to block access to anything in the .xxx TLD.

      Not that that would help anyone much of course, as all the porn sites already using .com/.net etc aren't going to suddenly move to .xxx domains and drop their old domains!

  22. Matt.Smart
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    A worrying precedent!

    Though I agree with the benefits of the whole .xxx thing (i.e., parents and businesses being able to filter it, etc), I get a bit of a shiver down my spine when I read that countries are already planning to block all .xxx domains. Seems like we could fast be going down the path of infringing on people's rights.

    1. Steve Gill


      People have rights? ! ?

  23. Steve Bush

    next law ... porn MUST be on .xxx

    youve been warned

    1. Christoph

      porn MUST be on .xxx ?

      All you have to do now is define porn. With a definition that all countries can agree on?

      But at least we can move the obvious stuff over.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Why not?

      Why not put all porn on .xxx? Use redirectors from the existing sites and host the actual porn on .xxx, what's wrong with that? The porn industry wins because they have a single go-to tld and the people who don't want porn on their machines win because they have a single no-go-to tld to block.

      In my opinion, it's perfectly legitimate for porn to be banned from schools, places of work, children's PCs, publicly owned PCs (ie in a library).

  24. Chris Seiter


    Just watched the rerun of Family Guy last night where Quagmire discovers internet porn. His left arm looked like a sequoia tree trunk compared to his right.

  25. Nigel 11
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    Who got it and how much did they pay?

    An errect extremity, for obvious reasons.

  26. Dave Bell


    I can see why various people have argued against this, as allowing the intolerant to easily take action, but some of the arguments are just plain silly.

    1: There seems to be no reason why a company cannot maintain .xxx and .com sites. Playboy is an obvious brand for doing this, One site for articles that some buy the magazine to read, the other for the pictures.

    2: If a company in the porn business can't find $5 per month for a .xxx they're doing something wrong. They likely spend more than that on mayonnaise.

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  28. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge


    I think I got X and Y mixed up in the last comment - I never did biology.

    I will ask the missus, "Hey Fred - are women X or Y?"

  29. Anonymous Coward

    place-holders with safe-for-work

    like i want to take a chance of that.

    bacon....just think bacon.

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