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    Re:It's even bigger...
    by dc396 on Friday April 11 2008, @08:16AM (#16979)
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    It's clearly obvious that anytime a number wraps around the page, well, it's simply much too big for ICANN (or anyone else) to ever claim as a scarce resource.

    Can you point to any reference where anyone said the domain name space was a "scarce resource"?

    Perhaps more relevantly, can you point to anyone who would want a TLD comprised of a large number of random characters?

    This article seems like a pointless strawman to me.
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    Re:It's even bigger... by dc396
    Re:It's even bigger...
    by SimonHiggs on Tuesday April 15 2008, @02:00PM (#16980)
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    Can you point to any reference where anyone said the domain name space was a "scarce resource"?
    Yes. Just Google 'tld "scarce resource"' for a long list. Circle ID recently covered one paper focusing on The Root Server is a Scarce Resource [circleid.com] - which is based on An Economic Analysis of Domain Name Policy [ssrn.com] by Karl M. Manheim and Lawrence B. Solum. The problem is that all the policy & regulatory folk that have jumped on the ICANN bandwagon have brought all their 18th and 19th century thought processes with them - including the age old ploy for maintaining power in a vacuum - controlling the "scarce resource".
    Perhaps more relevantly, can you point to anyone who would want a TLD comprised of a large number of random characters?
    Yep. It's been proposed before. I think Bob Frankston (of Visicalc fame) was one of the proponents of removing semantic meaning from DNS and creating random naming so it would be as unmemorable as an IP address. His proposal to "separate naming from linkage" was called DotDNS [frankston.com]. Other proposals of yesteryear with similar consequences include breaking .com into abstract layers such as .com1, .com2, .com3, etc.

    Unfortunately, what most people forget is that what looks like random characters in English could hold perfectly valid meaning in another language or character set.

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