Re: DNS: Prospective new domains ( & (

Re: DNS: Prospective new domains ( & (

From: Rick Welykochy <rick§>
Date: Wed, 20 May 1998 19:00:47 +1000
Deus Ex Machina wrote:
> >_From: Rick Welykochy
> >
> > Still ... using the DNS to correct typos on the part of user
> > who mistype domain names seems to be a bit of a misuse of the DNS.
> > If we carry this one through ad absurdum, soon we'll see
> > things like:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > etc.etc.
> >
> there is no such thing as abuse of the dns in this sense. its their money
> they can spend it how they like. what business is it of yours if they do this?
> next you be telling the neighbours what colour to paint there houses.
> is it most people forget we will live in a free democratic society or what?

misuse and abuse are two different terms. I said misuse.
Because: it is impractical to extend the argument that we can
use the DNS to catch typographic errors. The explosion in
storage requirements for the global DNS database, zonefiles, 
etc. would make the system prohibitively slow and cumbersome.
And remember, the argument above was taken ad absurdum, i.e.
to absurdity.

If I take your argument to absurdity, Vic, we must not live in a
democratic society, because YES, town councils can prohibit people
from painting THEIR house certain colours. Believe me!

To conclude: are you saying, Vic, that it's a great idea to
use the DNS in the way I've mentioned? Because it is already being
mis-used in that way. Interesting that as soon as 'money' and
'commercialisation' come into the complex Internet equation for
services, suddenly people like Vic can justify anything being
done, as long as it is paid for. Another argument ad absurdum.

Does that make it good for the system? Or useful? I doubt it ;D

 _/  Richard Welykochy                 mailto:rick&#167;
_/  Dot Communications Ltd   
Received on Wed May 20 1998 - 19:36:39 UTC

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