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DNS Error Page This is not a big deal at all! I know those that wear aluminum foil hats are screaming bloody hell but let's look at this realistically!
First and foremost, the average user is not so savvy. This service will be GREAT for them and actually help them find the sites they mistype and so on.
If Verizon is smart they should take this DNS service and create what OpenDNS offers ... the ability for the Verizon users to log into a control panel and block certain domains such as porn, whitelist sites and blacklist others and track their DNS stats.
On a technical standpoint this service will NOT affect clean DNS. You will ONLY get a help page if the site you try to find does not resolve to an IP!
For the likes of the trio from The X-Files, users can OptOut from this service.
For those that are technical minded and likes what Verizon is doing in regards to help pages, consider checking out the OpenDNS.Com service as it does what Verizon is doing and much more! You can block domains, block porn, block phishing sites, track your network stats and much more.
In regards to advert revenue, great idea Verizon .... extra revenue from such things like this helps to keep package prices affordable for subscribers! Why would anyone cry that Verizon is making money from advert revenue? Someone short the stock or perhaps a Comcast employee is mad they didn't think of it first?
In conclusion, the consumer group that is barking about this service first needs to hire someone that understands what DNS is before they comment on something they certainly do not understand. Verizon is trying to implement a service that will help average users, not tech savvy people like you and I ... the people that browse DSLReports.com ... but the people that call YOU up when their MS Word document disappears from their desktop... .the average user! That said, the service is even helpful for geeks as it confirms the DNS service is working and that for sure the web site they tried does not resolve.
| That error message you see in Opera and IE are not the actual error messages from the DNS server. The actual errors are error codes such as "404". The actual message you see in your browser is just a result of how Opera or IE decided to handle a 404.|
You could try wget, which is a linux method of retrieving http data from a command line. There is a windows version of it. Its very widely used and would likely be adversely affected by this Verizon shinanigans.
400 - Bad request
401 - Unauthorized
403 - Forbidden or Connection refused by host
404 - Not Found or File Not Found 404 errors are among the most common error messages on the Internet.
502 - Service Temporarily Overloaded
503 - Service Unavailable
The friendly HTTP-status error messages are stored in the following registry key:
Internet Explorer 5 and later provides a replacement for the HTML template for the following friendly error messages:
400, 403, 404, 405, 406, 408, 409, 410, 500, 501, 505
There is a name value pair (for example, "404", 128) for each of the errors. The first value is the error code. The second value is the byte size value used by Internet Explorer 5 or later to detect when it should replace error messages with its own. Therefore, when the Internet Explorer 5 version of the Wininet.dll file obtains an HTTP error message, the Wininet.dll file determines if the HTML content attached to the HTTP error is a well designed Web page. This is based on the size of the page. The threshold value in the registry is evaluated for each error. If the Web page is small enough, it gets rejected, and the friendly HTTP-status Web page is displayed.