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    On Artificial Scarcity, Registrars, Etc.
    by Anonymous on Saturday June 04 2005, @04:21AM (#15442)
    Keep in mind that ICANN headed down the Artificial
    Scarcity road, day-one, when they created Registrars.
    Prior to ICANN there were more Registrars than
    people could count. ISPs and web developers just
    connected to the Registry, as they still do with
    some TLDs.

    The legal community saw their first chance to
    insert themselves into the cash flow and to
    place themselves into a regulatory position
    by **creating** Registrars. Verisign at the
    time was in the process of creating premium
    partners and allowed ICANN to become their
    regulator for retail agents.

    Esther Dyson, Mike Roberts and people from
    the CORE IAHC fiasco helped to promote the
    totally fabricated notion of a Registrar.
    Don Heath from the ISOC and insiders like
    Dave Crocker and Kent Crispin helped to bring
    the Registrar concept into being.

    Joe Sims of course stepped in with the
    heavy-handed DOJ accredidation schemes.
    One-time attorneys, like Michael Palage, made
    a fortune being the accedidation agent. He
    got to sift thru all of the Registrars private
    information demanded (without subpoena) in
    the process. Talk to Registrars, and find out
    how much they liked Palage's rectal exams.
    Their greed convinced them it was worth bending
    over and allowing pictures to be taken. What
    has happened to that information, no one knows.

    To make the Registrar role lucrative, ICANN
    then of course made TLDs artificially scarce.
    This was all artificial and counter to the
    free-market forces already in place. At the
    time, Esther Dyson was also running around
    Washington D.C. selling the U.S. Congress on
    her eTrustee nonsense. Put one of her badges
    on your web-site (for a fee) and claim you
    are honest. Riiiight!!!

    Now you see Registrars churning the .COM and
    .NET name spaces. There is no need for Registrars.
    Volume Registrars (example: 1and1.com) are now
    priced BELOW the $6 per year fee. Anyone can
    buy for LESS than an ICANN "accredited" shark.

    The lawyers like Sims of course look at the
    whole thing and laugh all the way to the bank.
    It is totally artificial. Verisign could easily
    deal with anyone doing end-to-end registrations
    into the Registry, from any IP address, given
    the right software. That of course was another
    major piece in the artificial market puzzle.
    Insiders conspired to change the software and
    to make is so complex and so expensive that
    only well-healed companies could afford to
    play. Verisign again laughed all the way to the
    bank charging huge fees for the software that
    they did not even have to develop.

    The solution is of course to do away with the
    Registrars. That is of course happening via
    free market forces. Pay no attention to the
    growing list of Registrars at ICANN. Many of
    those are the same people just buying more
    bandwidth into the Registry to churn names
    faster. The artificial scarcity has now caused
    artificial inflation of the Registrar population.
    ICANN has a captive customer base in the
    Registrars, which they demand growing fees from
    year after year. It is all built on artificial
    scarcity and manipulations of markets, mostly
    by an ethically bankrupt legal community.

    Because Verisign is one of the main supporters
    of this house of cards, another solution is to
    get rid of Verisign. That can now be more
    easily done with low-cost devices connected to
    the always-on Internet. Those low-cost devices
    can collectively form *The Registry*. When a
    user connects, they select a TLD and a name and
    the devices coordinate (without human
    manipulation) on making sure the name is unique
    and it enters the name-space. To make sure that
    the name is safe, secure, stable, etc. the
    devices can literally burn the name into chips
    that do not change when power is removed. There
    is NO NEED for some ICANN [Job] Security and
    Stabilty Task Force. That is all theater.

    Unfortunately, there is another reality which is
    that consumers have been badly mislead by the
    ICANN insiders and the U.S. Government players
    around at the time to create the ICANN fiasco.
    Consumers see only .COM. They may also now see
    .XXX because that will get their attention or
    the attention of their schools, churches and
    other real-world community groups. There is a
    new compelling reason to get rid of Verisign
    and the artificial ICANN structures.
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    On Artificial Scarcity, Registrars, Etc. by Anonymous

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