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    First impressions
    by TFBW on Monday August 16 2004, @04:40PM (#14060)
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    If they agree with Vixie that *.com and *.net are matters of policy, then were they operating within their mandate to implement a global policy change without consultation in the first place?

    Other than that, the above extract of the report seems to be a good example of "ad hominem" and its close relatives. Nowhere do I see criticism of arguments; only of processes and people.
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    Re:First impressions
    by Anonymous on Tuesday August 17 2004, @09:41AM (#14061)
    TFBW says, "Nowhere do I see criticism of arguments; only of processes and people."

    Interestingly, that's the gist of VeriSign's complaint about the SSAC - that it's report is not a technical argument against SiteFinder but a document that is about processes and people. And if you read the SSAC's report, you'll see that VeriSign is not off base in that analysis. The SSAC could not find serious technical reasons to condemn SiteFinder, so instead it made a political argument against it.

    As Kevin Murphy wrote at CBROnline.com, "The SSAC report is thin on specific examples of problems caused by Site Finder." In fact, in the area of Net security and Net stability, the SSAC provided no serious examples.

    Futher, as Murphy notes, The SSAC report even concedes that SiteFinder complied with the Internet Engineering Task Force's DNS specifications.

    Lacking a good technical argument to oppose SiteFinder, the SSAC conjured up vague, unwritten "principles" that it claims are the consensus. But that's outside the SSAC's purview. It is also outside ICANN's purview.

    VeriSign's argument that the SSAC was predisposed to oppose SiteFinder and that ICANN wrongly interfered and asserted authority it doesn't have is looking better all the time.
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