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    Re:This is a non-problem
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Sunday April 06 2003, @09:58AM (#11429)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    This is a non problem, indeed.

    There is no need for auctions, lotteries, or any other artifical method of perpetuating scarcity.

    Allow any and all qualified applicants to operate a registry.

    There is, quite clearly, no reason to limit the number of entities allowed to compete in this market.

    If you have a problem with the rate of addition, assign the order randomly if you must.

    Honestly, why do you academics insist on making a problem significantly more difficult than it really is? Are you just looking for something to do with your time?
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    Re:This is a non-problem by PeterBarron
    Re:This is a non-problem
    by ldg on Sunday April 06 2003, @01:45PM (#11432)
    User #2935 Info | http://example.com/
    Agree, especially since there are hundreds, if not thousands of operating registries already. I'd love to see "qualified" defined. If a registry has been operating for years, is it suddenly not qualified to operate based on some arbitrary criteria?

    Unfortunately, auctions do result in those with the deepest pockets winning whether or or not they are any better at it than those with few dollars for acceptance to the "club." Some of the older registries have expended large sums over the years and are operating on marginal budgets. Why should they have to pony up more fees to do what they have been doing all those years?
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    Re:This is a non-problem
    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday April 06 2003, @02:04PM (#11434)
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    The DNS simply does not have the technical capacity to hold a zone large enough to satisfy every person or entity that might want to have a name.

    I've suggested that the numerical limit is at least in the range of several millions - as demonstrated by the size of .com. But there are billions (with a "b") of people, and I don't think that anyone believes that a single DNS zone will scale to those numbers.

    So I agree that technical competence (including adherence to standards) is a necessary condition, but it isn't sufficient. There needs to be some kind of system of allocation. I have suggested 10,000 new slots a year - that way it will take us a century to get to a million TLDs.
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    Re:This is a non-problem
    by Anonymous on Sunday April 06 2003, @03:53PM (#11436)
    Scarcity MUST be perpetuated. Otherwise, the internet economy will sink further into recession. Like it or not, supply and demand will rule. The only reason ICANN included 7 new TLDs back in November 2000 was due to severe scarcity, and the high prices for decent .com .net and .org names. No one is really clamoring now for new TLDs, except for those IOD and New.net speculators who have experienced buyer's remorse. When beauty.us resells for a million bucks, then it will be time for new TLDs. Wait until then.
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    Re:This is a non-problem
    by lsolum on Sunday April 06 2003, @04:16PM (#11437)
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