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    Re: Show me one working name ? ? ?
    by Anonymous on Friday August 31 2001, @09:46PM (#2095)
    May I suggest that you have your eyes checked.

    The following press release indicates the source is "XTNS"

    "XTNS(SM) Launches New Internet Domain Names, Including The www. Namespace"

    The press release continues "The first four domains are all what XTNS term "Open Domains(SM)"

    Your homepage at http://www.xtns.net/ in large grey letters proclaims "Revolutionary New Internet Domain Names"

    "Buy your new domain name now"

    So what is it, a namespace, a domain name or is it a domainspace? It is misleading, if not confusing to say the very least.

    By the way, when I buy my next Ford, I will simply type ford.com in my browser address bar and magically be transported to their website. Or perhaps I will use a search engine like the other 85% of net users and click on a link to transport me to my desired site.

    Now where is that working name?
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    Re: Show me one working name ? ? ? by Anonymous
    Re: Show me one working name ? ? ?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Saturday September 01 2001, @02:17AM (#2098)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    This "XTNS" thing is just yet another example of what's rampant on the Internet these days. First, the techie geeks create a system (DNS in this case) capable of expressing complex hierarchical structures. Then, the clueless newbies and the marketing types who pander to them fail to understand or appreciate this structure, so they treat DNS like it's a flat namespace ending in .com. Finally, in the third act of this play, some other marketing type comes in with a "revolutionary" new scheme that does just what the original system did, only in a greatly inferior way -- but, unlike the open standards-based method developed by the geeks in Act 1, this way is proprietary and involves everybody sending lots of money to the marketing type in charge of it. "Reinventing the wheel" can be profitable if it lets you get a patent on it...

    I've run into many examples of this sort of "three-act play", in areas ranging from domain names to Web browser features. After Web designers succeeded in disabling or overriding practically every feature of HTML , HTTP, or browsers, originally designed to make Web pages able to flexibly adapt to the user's needs, a market then developed for proprietary "solutions" that reinvented, in a much clumsier and more awkward way, some of the features that were there in the first place but were ignored or disabled.

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