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    5,000,000 .NET names is $30,000,000 and 30 Winners
    by Anonymous on Friday September 17 2004, @07:10AM (#14154)
    5,000,000 .NET names is $30,000,000 and 30 Winners

    ICANN, the ISOC/IETF, ARIN, RIPE, and NANOG are
    currently playing out a charade that results in
    the .NET delegation and annual cash-flow going to
    the 30 insiders drawn from "the community". With
    each person on a one million dollar per year
    grant/stipend/fee they can somehow make the .NET
    service run, and also (most importantly) keep
    telling the world that their relevance and root
    servers are required to keep things working.

    It is very easy to come up with the list of
    30 "winners" of the .NET lottery. What ICANN
    and the ISOC have to do is to make it all **look**
    like some sort of competitive bid. That of
    course is a sham. The "winners" are positioned
    behind all of the selections. Pick Door #1 and
    guess who ? Door #2 and wowsa, the same people.
    Door #3 and you guessed it, the same smiling,
    happy people.

    From the U.S. Government point of view, this
    of course is noise, when you consider other
    scandals. Also, **the process** may result in
    some of the winners moving off of the U.S.
    Government dole. Some will of course double-dip,
    as they have done for years. They have zero
    ethics, and think those sorts of cons are clever.
    That is the nature of the game they have played
    for years from their academic/government/spook
    towers.

    For more on the charade, head on over to the
    ISOC.ORG web-site and read the show-cased
    interview about how the IETF and ICANN interact.
    Also, note how the Chairman of ICANN makes sure
    his corporate crony is given some award via
    the ISOC. It is all a tight little labor union
    with $30,000,000 more in funding coming to keep
    the insiders well-funded and traveling around
    to continue telling everyone they are relevant.

    Note, the .NET owners have never been polled or
    allowed to "vote" for a winner. Also, the ICANN
    Board (hand-selected by the insiders) will of
    course rubber-stamp the .NET proposal. That of
    course reduces the commercial DNS to .COM, the
    new "root".
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