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    What a tepid bunch of new TLD applicants
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday March 22 2004, @12:43PM (#13239)
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    I suppose some of this is due to the fact that this application round (and I suspect most all future rounds, assuming there are any) is restricted to sponsored gTLDs but still... Did the MdR2k round go that badly that few still want to try? ICANN must be choked that they're not getting a similar windfall to last time, so I bet we won't see any rebate, and I suspect they will OK most of the applicants so they can at least make money from future registration fees.

    Aside from that, my first impressions are that .mail looks interesting as an anti-spam tool, as will be who gets .tel (unless ICANN does a Solomon like they did with .web, but like I say they'd probably prefer more cashflow). And this just goes to show that there should be some sort of taxonomy to TLD strings (and I know I am in a small minority with that opinion), whichever of these TLD strings are approved will just further confuse the end user. -g

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    Re:What a tepid bunch of new TLD applicants
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Tuesday March 23 2004, @09:37AM (#13245)
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    Which makes me wonder why it's such a bad idea? The Basques and Galacians didn't apply. Why not? Should we penalize an apparently well-organized group of Catalan-speakers just because everyone else might apply?

    And what if they do? We've already determined that the root can support many more TLDs than there would be expected registries. The cost of a registry (not to mention the application fee) means that you're not going to get everyone with a 486 in their basement applying.

    Meet a reasonable technical criteria, and do your best. The proof of concept has shown that even in the face of (alleged) mismanagement and terrible business decisions the Internet keeps running.

    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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