Emoji’s in Domain and Hostnames

While rebuilding my iPad this weekend I noticed that I could name it an emoji.  So I named my iPad 📱(U+1F4F1):

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While  I don’t have any problem using the iPad it basically makes it unreachable on the network via hostname.

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From there I renamed all of my lab machines emojis.  Mostly  variations of 💩 (U+1F4A9) because I am sophomoric:

In case you were wondering this is all totally illegally according to RFC 952 (that was written in 1985)  and shouldn’t be allowed but I have not found an OS the enforces it.

While doing some research on hostnames and emojis  I read that .ws (Samoa) and .tk (Tokelau) allow emoji domains with the help on punycoder so I registered  http://☠💻💩.ws which is either going to be the waste of $6 or the start of a $10B security startup.  I have not decided yet.

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If all of this isn’t ridiculous enough for you can even name your wireless network with emojis:

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…emojis: they just aren’t for 12 year olds anymore.  😎

 

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