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    Re: What Utter Bullshit ...
    by Anonymous on Tuesday November 19 2002, @01:15PM (#10202)
    Yeah, I think another sticking point was IOD's pledge to registrants that all "pre-registrations", or real registrations (or whatever you want to call them) would be validated. In other words, no sunrise, no landrush, no round-robin, etc.

    The trademark constituency would have none of that ... they wanted their sunrise, and they got it.

    ICANN got scared. It's all Touton and Jones/Day anyway ... and they really cannot handle themselves against batteries of politically-connected, high-powered REAL corporate attorneys.
    It's much easier intimidating IOD, Afilias, and even Verisign, rather than Microsoft's, Ford's, and Porsche's attorneys. ICANN's staff comes off like a bunch of sissies, even though they can ride roughshod over low-to-mid level players.

    Yeah, Hans is a joke ... too bad about the power trip there. Esther Dyson did the I-am-woman-hear-me-roar thing. Then she slinked away after cutting a big green silent fart in the middle of the crowd. Now 3rd and 4th-rate reporters kiss her ass 'cause they buy the bullshit from E.D.'s publicist. Must be nice to be born into everything nice and never have to work for any of it. Hey, I think I'll be a consultant today! Tomorrow, I think I'll be a VC!
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    Re: What Utter Bullshit ...
    by Anonymous on Saturday November 23 2002, @03:45AM (#10255)
    "Perhaps there's something I'm not aware of, having started following this only slightly more than a year ago."

    Yeah, you missed alot. Basically, a bunch of squatters, speculators, and dreamers bought about 20 thousand - 25 thousand .WEB registrations through IOD ... dumb sh-ts for sure. One guy names Marc Brittan bought about 400 names x $35 each ... ha ha ha. IOD fueled the frenzy by selling registrations even though ICANN posted warnings about buying "preregistrations" from anyone. IOD twisted the wording by stating they were selling "registrations", not "preregistrations". So the greedy speculators kept buying .WEB names, and those IOD customers posted lots of comments in ICANN's public comment forum, trying to protect their investments.

    Well, now those "investments" are worthless, or dormant at best. So much for those real "registrations".

    So now IOD has been given their .WEB, too bad they have to play with it in their own little world.

    Anyway, Peter, you must understand ICANN is full of crap, and should have allowed IOD's .WEB into the root. On the other hand, IOD took advantage of stupid greedy speculators, by not playing by ICANN's rules.

    By the way, I am an IOD sucker/customer. After the money I spent there, you'd think they would at least send me a Christmas card once a year.
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