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    by Anonymous on Saturday March 18 2006, @05:56AM (#16645)
    Aren't you the famous "GeorgeK" domain speculator? Don't you make obscene amounts of profit monopolizing as many prime domains as you can get your hands on? You begrudge Verisign for making a few extra cents or a few extra dollars on each .com, while you pork buyers of the domains you monopolize for vastly greater rates of profit. You are putting on a false appearance of virtue by bitching and moaning about Verisign's greed, while you stick it to others in a similar fashion. You may be a hypocrite.

    You are "GeorgeK" the domain speculator. I read your posts in the various domain name forums. You hoard many prime domains. It's a laugh that you whine about the Verisign monopoly, while you nurture your own domain name monopoly.

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    by GeorgeK on Saturday March 18 2006, @10:58AM (#16646)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    How did you figure it out? Let's see, my nickname on ICANNWatch is "GeorgeK", and it links to my personal website, as do the signatures on various domain name forums, where I also participate under my real name. Good work, Sherlock! Maybe in your next post, you'll reveal to us more juicy "finds", perhaps you'll tell gentle readers you've discovered George Bush secretly resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Unlike VeriSign, domain registrants (and registrars) like myself operate in a highly competitive market -- similar to those who are real estate buyers, art buyers, or buyers in many other markets. We were not granted monopolies like VeriSign, or the local water or electrical utilities.

    As for owning some nice domain names -- so what? Am I supposed to feel ashamed? Do you whine that P&G owns Beautiful.com and has a "monopoly" on it, and is "porking" you if they decide to sell it? Do you bemoan the fact that Symantec sold "on.com" for a large price recently, far above $6? They must have put a gun to that buyer's head, to fork over the bacon, or else! Or that Yahoo has contests.com parked? Does an owner of a Picasso painting "hoard" it, because they won't sell it to you for the costs of the canvas and paints?

    In your Communist dreamworld, those like myself who have personal assets are evil, as they are "hoarding" things that you desire for free. Guess what, domains aren't the only items I'm "hoarding" -- I presume you won't be happy unless I give up my bank accounts, my computer, the land under my feet, my socks, and even my underwear! Workers of the world unite!

    Here's a clue, Lenin --- the Revolution failed. VeriSign's not bad because they want "more" -- they should be opposed due to the means they wish to use, leveraging their special position as Registry. If they wanted to raise the price of SSL certificates, a competitive market, I and others wouldn't say a word. That's the difference, and that motivates all those who are opposed to VeriSign's unacceptable desires.

    By the way, I only own a few hundred domains. There are many others who own thousands, and I'm sure they don't feel guilty about it, nor should they. They can shop 'til they drop in this capitalistic society, just as Donald Trump or a local business person is allowed to buy as much property that they can afford.

    While I'm flattered to be the center of your universe, that you feel I am so important, even "famous" in your mind, I own less than 0.001% of all .com domains. Once you get over your domain-envy, there are 99.999% of the .coms out there, for you to try to acquire. Or you can register a brand new unregistered domain name, for under $15 at most registrars.
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