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    Harold Feld writes...
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday August 23 2002, @10:01AM (#8677)
    User #4 Info | http://www.discourse.net/
    Harold Feld sent in the following to a mailing list I follow. It captures a lot of my feelings on the WLS issue:
    I confess I've had tremendous ambivalence about this whole business. It really points up, in myt mind, the problem with ICANN -- it isn't a regulatory agency, but it does industry regulation. It is not built for it, has no resources for it, has no relevant expertise, and its authority to do so is dubious. But it does it anyway, but tries to do it in a way that will mollify powerful players such as VRSN.

    Result, a reaonably good public process from a procedural p.o.v., which yielded little in the way of informed/substantive comments; a TF report that people spent a lot of time on, but which consists of the recommendations of volunteers who lack essential training in this area and explicitly represent a cross-section of the industry, including competitors; an unofficial report by the general counsel which supplants the official policy report, and a final decision by the Board, which also lacks training in the relevant area.

    Ya know, I could spend a lot of time trying to write a browser. The fact that I spent alot of time doing it wouldn't make it any better or make my decision to engage in such a project any less misguided. But whenever I raise these points to the ICANNites, the usual response is "we are all working hard and doing the best we can."

    Yup.
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    Re: Harold Feld writes...
    by Anonymous on Friday August 23 2002, @10:17AM (#8678)
    He writes wisely. "Working very hard" was a catchphrase for "buzz off and don't ask me for details cause I am not doing squat" in the Clinton years.
    Other, similar catchphrases used in the last century to get rid of somebody without committing to an actual answer?
    "This is a temporary solution"
    "We have top men working on this"
    "The computer uplink seems slow today"
    "The check is in the mail"
    and of course all our favorite line of bull ..
    "We would LOVE to share the files with our board, but we have a policy which was written a moment ago .... "
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    Minutes
    by Anonymous on Friday August 23 2002, @10:40AM (#8679)
    The only reason that preliminary minutes are up so quickly is because the final decision had already been made even before the official Board meeting, and only required the final vote tally for posting purposes. One has to wonder how much VeriSign stock each member of the Board owns.
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