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    Why Can't Domain Names Be Forever?
    by Anonymous on Friday May 27 2005, @07:30PM (#15385)
    Why Can't Domain Names Be Forever?
    http://free2innovate.net/archives/000863 .html

    "Why are domain names rented instead of sold? Why can't a brand-name company own its domain name rather than just rent it year to year?"

    With the new DNS, domain name owners from the
    Proof-of-Concept legacy Internet can migrate to
    small physical strong boxes that have their
    domain name burned into the flash memory and
    NVRAM, along with all sorts of certs, passwords,
    etc. Possession of the boxes constitutes
    ownership of the domain name.

    At the present time, the Registry ultimately
    owns the names. Some could argue the Registrar
    shares that ownership because they make changes
    in the Registry database.

    The future DNS has no Registry or Registrars.
    The database is distributed over millions of
    small cheap always-on boxes that may be running
    inside safes or locked cement bunkers. A
    radio link connection allows the devices to
    be isolated from the power-grid and from
    physical intrusion threats used on computers.

    Small companies will have 4 boxes and large
    companies will have 8 boxes. The one-time cost
    is small compared to the long-term security
    and stability. In the old DNS, domain name
    owners were expected to have 2 nameservers.
    Those are now often supplied by the Registrar.

    In the future, Registrars may become vendors
    of the Domain Cert Boxes, to help provide a
    transition from the old out-dated DNS to the
    new DNS.

    Note: Because the new DNS uses DHT technology
    with one-week expirations, one may not only
    see services to keep refreshing the data for
    years, but also other applications where a
    domain name only lasts for a week. For some
    events, like concerts or golf tournaments
    one week may be all that is desired.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    "the new DNS uses DHT technology"
    by Anonymous on Saturday May 28 2005, @04:19AM (#15388)
    "the new DNS uses DHT technology"

    160 bit DHT keys support 32+ character names.

    Each character is stored in 4 or 5 bits.

    Special "dots" are used to shift from one character
    set to the other and as place holders (spaces).
    A-Z and digits 0-9 dominate the character sets.

    The TLD is just part of the name, nothing special.

    The lawyers will love the (R) symbol as a TLD
    and in names.
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