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    by GeorgeK on Friday May 21 2004, @08:21AM (#13631)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    For example, the paper is based on the false assertion that if a company has example.com it has a real need for example.tld.

    Ironically, ICANNWatch has the .com, .net AND .org all locked up. :)

    I agree with Tim that .mobi would be a poor choice of a new TLD, especially due to the "device independence" section of the document.

    Of all the proposed sTLDs, I think only .tel and .post have any strength (although, the implementation of them are still open to debate). I'd vote against all the rest as simply being too ugly and causing namespace pollution.
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    by jimrutt on Wednesday May 26 2004, @12:19PM (#13644)
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    while the argument against .mobi has some merit, the more general attack on generic TLDs is considerably off base.

    Only a handful of "famous marks" have the need to purchase the various gTLDs (and many of them already register many of the CCs where they can, dwarfing the issue of a few more gTLDs). Of course the costs associated would be negligible for players of that scale.

    For the vast preponderance of the millions of domain name holders: private individuals, proto-companies, and small companies additional gTLDs provides a real opportunity for companies and people to get the exact name they want, which is often much more important than the TLD. For examples I have personally registered "red-neck.net" (heh heh!), and one of my small portfolio companies uses fiducianet.biz, irrespective that someone else has fiducianet.com.

    That more gTLDs puts a miniscule tax (tell 'em to use godaddy, as I do these days!) on a few "famous marks" seems to me much less important than letting 10s of millions of individuals and small businesses and organizations get their best name.

    I'm frankly surprised that TBL has swallowed the party line of the big boys at the expense of the real users of the Net.

    ===================== been there, done that
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    Re:Note the .COM.COM
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday May 21 2004, @05:02AM (#13629)
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    Existing registrants are grandfathered, including "COM.COM" and "UK.COM".
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    Re:Yet Another .ORG Debate, 99% of the People Igno
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday May 21 2004, @05:09AM (#13630)
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    Yeah, sure... the ACLU [aclu.org], Christian Coalition [cc.org], American Cancer Society [cancer.org], and Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron [the-leaky-cauldron.org] are all part of the same group of unsavory characters because of the .org in their Internet addresses.
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