Hey, SiteFinder is back, again...

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Mon Nov 5 16:30:18 UTC 2007

On Nov 5, 2007, at 7:40 AM, Joe Greco wrote:

> Reinventing the DNS protocol in order to intercept odd stuff on the  
> Web
> seems to me to be overkill and bad policy.  Could someone kindly  
> explain
> to me why the proxy configuration support in browsers could not be  
> used
> for this, to limit the scope of damage to the web browsing side of  
> things?
> I realize that the current implementations may not be quite ideal for
> this, but wouldn't it be much less of a technical challenge to  
> develop a
> PAC or PAC-like framework to do this in an idealized fashion, and then
> actually do so?

Because that would require user intervention.  Even with a willing  
userbase, you will never get 100% adoption, and that will affect your  

IOW: Because it won't make as much $$.

In general, I don't think "make more money" is a bad motivation.   
(Hell, it's one of my main motivations.)  But it has to be tempered by  
the "greater good", or we end up with an unworkable system, and then  
everyone makes less money in the long run.

IMHO, of course.


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