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    Re:I like your suggestion
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday September 30 2003, @07:20AM (#12336)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    You might want to take a look at how DNS works.

    Every record has a TTL - time to live. This value, in conjunction with other times in the SOA record, determine how long a resolver can (and should) "remember" a result previously obtained.

    Without TTLs, *every* query would start from a root and work its way down. It is the fact of such caching that allows DNS to scale.

    Because of these TTLs, results returned by Sitefinder do linger around on the net and can interfere with the new user's full use of a name.

    You may not mind buying goods that are contaminated by use by the seller, I don't. And unless the buyer is informed, it is a situation that can be considered as misrepresentation by the seller.

    If you think the argument is weak, then you ought to at least support a reduction in the registion fees for the period of contamination - which I estimate as about 1% to 2% of the typical registration period.
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    Re:I like your suggestion
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday September 30 2003, @04:28PM (#12342)
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    I'm glad we got past the question of whether the harm exists at all. Now it is merely a matter of placing a value on the damage.

    There are two ways to measure this - one is to look at the loss of use based as a percentage of the period of the yearly registration period. And as you point out, if Verisign cranks down the TTL that time can be reduced.

    The other measure, is to ask what price would Verisign have to pay to have that period of use if there were an evenhanded negotiation between Verisign and the registrant. Verisign's sitefinder doesn't allow the registrant to negotiate, but rather simply unilaterally acts to use the name. I doubt that a fairly negotiated price would be as low as 2 cents.
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