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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday August 05 2003, @07:29PM (#12025)
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    A minor quibble, t. Seems to me it was Andrew McLaughlin [icann.org] who couldn't understand the memorability of, oh, dot triple i, for example.

    As to the article it is right on and I've said similar for quite some time here and elsewhere. I do much work with end-users and it makes less and less sense for them to use the DNS, or trust it. Cybersquatters, domain dropgrabbers, and ICANN's inability to follow the curve on new TLDs which made some sort of sense, have all combined to render the DNS increasingly irrelevant (and with the WLS or similar that will get much worse). -g

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    by RFassett on Wednesday August 06 2003, @07:41AM (#12028)
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    I look at a new TLD as a new invention, something that has never before existed. This article takes the approach that DNS is an old invention that is being passed by by new innovative technologies. I would agree that the concept of inventing a new TLD under the premise or model of simply turning on lights is not a real "useful" approach and one that is fairly well time tested where new inventions are concerned...but, to further self-regulate your new invention at a fixed price regardless of market demand is really rather silly business practice. To then later say that this new invention simply "doesn't matter" or is a "stability risk" for the less-than-expected population that has chosen to participate is, to me, inferring the obvious and quite predictable (with little need to monitor slashdot topic threads). I would characterize the usefulness of DNS as one that has become highly stagnant while the rest of the Net continues to mature and evolve and in many ways simply work around DNS stagnation to achieve "usefulness" as is well cited within the article.

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    Speech /Voice technologies
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 14 2003, @04:40AM (#12052)
    Names will become even more important in the comming years due to speech technologies.

    People will walk up to internet enabled devices and say "ebay" or "ebay dot com" to get to locations. cell phones have started this and microsoft is making a big push.

    Not to mention in advetising, you need to brand products and services. period. Everyone keeps thinking of the technology think main street consumer.
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    by Anonymous on Thursday August 14 2003, @04:53AM (#12053)
    Google still gives better placement to the dot com searched word than other sites.


    Look at google ads people see the domain name of the site they are going to, trust. most people will go to product.com than mystuff.linkserver.net/productpage/


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