[Fwd: Kremen VS Arin Antitrust Lawsuit - Anyone have feedback?]
clay at bloomcounty.org
Wed Sep 13 17:38:49 UTC 2006
On Wed, Sep 13, 2006 at 12:17:59PM -0400, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:
> I reiterate, no one knows me by my IP address. The software (DNS) they
> use may and some people may need to make a change but the world in
> general does not need to know that. That's the whole point of DNS.
Let me adjust that for you:
I reiterate, no one knows me by my phone number. The phone book they
use may and some people may need to make a change but the world in
general does not need to know that. That's the whole point of the
> My point is that my friends and aquaintences may remember my number or
> have it in their Rolodex but no one has to remember my IP address and
> very few ever have to even deal with it at all and those that do,
> only for a moment.
Some people may know your phone number off the top of their heads, but
most will have to look it up. The main difference I see is that there
is a dynamic system for looking up IP addresses, so changes are easier
to propagate. The Rolodex is the equivalent of a hosts file. The phone
book roughly equates to mailing out a zone file periodically. Calling
411 is probably about as close to DNS as the phone system gets.
We have phone numbers so the network knows where to send the call, not
because they are convenient for people to remember.
> OK, my real point is that phone numbers are not like IP addresses. You
> may find a dark corner that exhibits some similarity but the basic
> analogy is flawed.
They may not be identical, but I think the analogy works well. In both
cases the numeric address is used to route to a destination device. In
both cases, we have a reference system to resolve a name to said address.
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