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    The Insiders Changed Their Lies About the Limits
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 31 2005, @08:15AM (#14763)
    Everyone knows that the legacy root servers could
    handle millions of TLDs. The insiders lied about
    that. When challenged, they changed their lies
    and pointed to the "limits of the ICANN legal
    staff" to negotiate and draft contracts.

    TLDs are no longer interesting. ICANN has helped
    to destroy any demand. Consumers polled in
    market research surveys desire a .COM name no
    matter how ugly it is. They could not even find
    a .INFO name when asked over and over to type
    the name into a browser. They kept adding .COM.
    .ORG makes no sense to them and they rarely
    see a need for .NET which they assume is their

    In the mid-90s, if thousands of TLDs had been
    allowed by the IANA dictator Jon Postel, the
    world would now be a better place. Instead,
    you now get to attempt to work around the mess
    that Postel left behind in Joe Sim's hands.

    .COM is pretty much it. The world starts over.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    There is One Change the Root Servers Should Make
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 31 2005, @08:34AM (#14764)
    There is one change the Root Servers should
    make, but of course they will not make.

    Anyone who really understands **security** can
    show you why 13 golden root server addresses
    coming from known insiders are a really bad

    The 13 addresses would be **more secure** if
    they were GENERIC. That removes any notion of
    who is behind them. ISPs would then route them
    on a secure root server network or handle them
    locally. People do not need to know that root
    server N is located in some geek's basement in
    Palo Alto. That may be an ego trip for that
    geek, but it does not increase security and

    The same can be said for TLD servers. It is more
    secure to place them on Generic Addresses. The
    fact that ICANN does not even discuss such topics
    shows how naive and inexperienced they are in
    real telecommunications operations. They are
    mostly recycled academics who could not teach
    or do, and now govern.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Nice Study - Too Late and No Path Forward
    by Anonymous on Thursday March 31 2005, @09:09AM (#14766)
    That is a nice study, but it is too late and
    provides no path forward.

    The marketplace is moving forward. .NET is the
    last of the Postel legacy. All of the insiders
    now have a big piece of the Postel pie. They
    can retire and travel to ICANN meetings for
    the rest of their lives. Most people would be
    bored to tears and not interested in that crowd
    of self-promoting liars.

    Free domain names appear to be what people desire.
    It is interesting that with all of the ICANN
    non-profit mantras and community-this and
    community-that, they never focused on anything
    free. The lawyers watched their source of fees
    carefully. Funding allows them to play another
    round. They will wear people down until they
    have all of the marbles. Smart people walk away.

    The marketplace is moving forward. Volume
    solutions in millions of people's homes and
    small offices will route around ICANN and .NET.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    What I submitted
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday March 31 2005, @09:31AM (#14767)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I thought that this committee had quietly ceased.

    I can't find a link to the actual report via the URL provided in the main ICANNWatch item on this thread.

    Here's a pointer to what I submitted:

    http://www.cavebear.com/rw/nrc_presentation_july_1 1_2001.ppt

    Ten new TLDs is still a significant artifical scarcity - it means in 100 years that we will have a mere 1300 TLDs. And that's in a system that we know can readily hold a thousand times more.

    They are proposing essentially one TLD new TLD per month - with time off for two months of holidays. But in reality it takes only a few seconds to add a new TLD to a root zone file - faster if one bothers to create a bit of automation. I can hardly see a need for the rest of the time the committee thinks is needed to add a new TLD.

    It sounds like the forces of Internet Ossification and stabilty-over-innovation wrapped in words of Uncontradictable Techno-ese have come to roost on the Internet as heavily as it came to roost on the telephone industry of the 1950's.
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