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    Re:"Why is that? Because it costs them every time?
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Monday June 13 2005, @07:16AM (#15561)
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    If you know of any ICANN registrars practicing extortion presumably the relevant legal authorities should be notified. The fact we haven't heard of such cases probably means it doesn't happen. If it did, I agree that reporting such to ICANN would probably be a waste of time.

    The SPAM problem long predates ICANN and would likely be increasing as it is even if ICANN never existed. Simply creating more TLDs isn't even a partial solution to SPAM, spammers use trojans to scan storage devices like hard drives, and use bots to mine the WHOIS and crawl websites and USENET and suchlike to vacuum up email addresses. They look for anything matching the pattern *@*.* . Adding more possibilities to the rightmost wildcard wouldn't make any difference. -g

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    Re:"Why is that? Because it costs them every time? by fnord
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    "ICANN registrars practicing extortion"
    by Anonymous on Monday June 13 2005, @08:03AM (#15565)
    "ICANN registrars practicing extortion"

    Hint #1: It is far easier to move one's business and
    names AWAY from those Registrars. Vote with your

    Hint #2: No Nonsense Registrars that sell .COM
    and .NET names for $6 per year (at cost) have no
    profits to protect or people on staff running their
    extortion back-rooms.

    Hint #3: Anyone dealing with law enforcement
    and the Internet typically finds that law
    enforcement suggests people disconnect, block
    the sites, and consider Hint #1. Registrars are
    protected by ICANN and the Internet Society.
    They always claim not to be involved. Pay no
    attention to those 50,000 names they have
    churning on servers in the back-room. Some
    Registrars are now in the unethical game of
    reserving/registering names, using them for 5
    days and then throwing them back, to do it
    again a day later. They DO NOT HAVE TO PAY
    for names they are churning. Cute Huh ?

    If you want sleeze, just head to ICANN.
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    The SPAM problem long predates ICANN
    by Anonymous on Monday June 13 2005, @05:11PM (#15571)
    The SPAM problem long predates ICANN

    Many problems pre-date ICANN.
    ICANN has only been around since 1998.

    You seem to be making many assumptions about how
    the name space would scale under liberal policies.

    One assumption is that TLDs are for web-sites.
    That may not be the case. People may have used a
    TLD just for e-mail. It is hard to find their
    usage unless they give out the address. Many
    people have to default to .COM and to Yahoo or
    Google email accounts.

    Another assumption is that SLD names are set
    up for one year. Names for Garage Sales may be
    better on a weekly or monthly basis. It could
    be hard for SPAMmers to attack when the time
    frame is so short. The narrow minds at ICANN
    do not allow such market tests.

    ICANN has only been around since 1998. Many
    people are working to route around ICANN. The .XXX TLD will help them decide which side of
    the fire-wall they are on. Once free of ICANN,
    there may be more freedom for other views.
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