Re: DNS: or

Re: DNS: or

From: Karl Auer <kauer§>
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 1996 21:42:19 +1000
At 14:01 4/12/96 +1100, Pauline van Winsen - Uniq Professional Services wrote:
>i take your point these indexes aren't complete, accurate or timely,

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle applies in modified form even here :-)

>wouldn't it be better to develop a directory service as well as spending
>time educating people that they're not supposed to be using DNS as a 
>directory service? 

The absolutely best way to educate people not to use the DNS as a directory
service is to make it a poor directory service. Since it is well on the way
already, all we have to do is nothing. The DNS is not a directory service
IMHO, it just has a coincidental resemblance to one. The DNS is a mapping of
human-unfriendly numbers to human-friendly words, plus a few meta-mapping
things like MXing. The fact that those human-friendly words sort of match to
other real-world familiar things is an artifact of the way we choose the
words, a process which is subject to a natural tendency to seek words that
are validated by other experience or by other authorities.

Oooh. Heavy.

Regards, K.

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