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    Is this different than Verisign's IDN solution?
    by lextext on Monday May 19 2003, @09:12AM (#11679)
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    Readers of IW and my weblog will remember the uproar created a few months ago when Verisign began trapping for errors in the com and net TLDs and redirecting them to the plug-in page for IDN resolution. Is that much different than what is going on here with the biz errors?

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    Re:Is this different than Verisign's IDN solution?
    by jberryhill on Monday May 19 2003, @09:36AM (#11680)
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    You are, as usual, bang on correct here, Bret. If the domain name does not exist in the zone file, then the server is supposed to return NXDOMAIN.

    The difference here is that there is less of a "useful feature" argument to be made. It is simply a way for Neulevel to make money from unregistered domains.

    It is interesting that if you check, for example, www.googgle.biz you get, surprise, a search engine (but not Google's).
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    Does this obviate the value of Versign's patent?
    by KarlAuerbach on Monday May 19 2003, @11:51AM (#11684)
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    Given that .biz's servers seem to return an A record for every possible name in .biz, what happens to the search mechnanisms that Versign just patented? It would seem that such a search is rendered useless because there would always be a positive confirmation that a name is in use in .biz.

    By-the-way, I found it odd that the author used a web browser as a domain name query tool - there is a long path between the so-called "address bar" on a browser and DNS - and DNS is not always the end result of entering a name into an address bar.

    Anyone who wants to see what DNS is doing really ought to use tools that actually directly query DNS, tools like "dig", "host", or "nslookup".
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