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    PUIs (handles) do not replace names, they unbundl
    by odonnell (michael_odonnell@acm.org) on Thursday August 01 2002, @03:38PM (#8284)
    User #3447 Info | http://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~odonnell/
    I, as a business owner, delight in being able to have www.mycompany.com on my business cards, letterhead, sides of busses, billboards, skywriting, word-of-mouth, and a myraid other things.

    Your plan denies me this

    No, it doesn't. My plan separates the unique identifier function (which I have just learned to call a "handle") from the mnemonic directory key function (which I have just learned to call a "name"), both of which are bundled together in a domain name. I think that you are most concerned with the name part. DNS, as well as competing services, will continue to offer you that. My proposed service will offer you a huge supply of handles, in addition, and independently. The main point of this is to separate the market for meaningful names, which are naturally scarce, from the market for handles, which are naturally plentiful, so that the high price of the first ceases to jack up the price of the second. I also believe that this reorganization will encourage more effective competition for providing name resolution service, which will also bring down the cost of that service, but merely making handles plentiful is a big win by itself.

    You have to build it better. I don't see "better" in your design.

    The "better" is merely the increased choice. By unbundling, I allow you to get handles for a song. My handles do not compete with names. Currently, you can only buy a cheap handle along with an expensive name.



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    PUIs (handles) do not replace names, they unbundl by odonnell
    Too complicated to save just a few $$ a year
    by Anonymous on Monday August 05 2002, @12:32PM (#8389)
    If the only advantage to those who now use a domain is that it is cheaper, it will not fly (and why would it)? A domain can be had for $8 or $9. Even if there is no decent dot com left for you, you'd be happy with michael357.com, which is certainly easier to remember than 73829.03.67.7, I mean to remember for yourself. So even if these PUI go for free, who would bother?

    Anyway: Any ideas to replace the DNS in any or all of its functions, should address the question: What will I then put on my trucks, if not www.ourbiz.com?
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