What DNS Is Not

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Tue Nov 10 01:32:38 UTC 2009

Sent from my iPhone, please excuse any errors.

On Nov 9, 2009, at 19:32, bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 06:24:52PM -0500, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
>> On Nov 9, 2009, at 3:00 PM, Paul Vixie wrote:
>>> i loved the henry ford analogy -- but i think henry ford would have
>>> said that
>>> the automatic transmission was a huge step forward since he wanted
>>> everybody
>>> to have a car.  i can't think of anything that's happened in the
>>> automobile
>>> market that henry ford wouldn't've wished he'd thought of.
>>> i knew that the "incoherent DNS" market would rise up on its hind
>>> legs and
>>> say all kinds of things in its defense against the ACM Queue
>>> article, and i'm
>>> not going to engage with every such speaker.
>> Paul: I completely agree with you that putting wildcards into the
>> roots, GTLDs, CCTLDs, etc. is a Bad Idea and should be squashed.
>> Users have little (no?) choice on their TLDs.  Stopping those is a
>> Good Thing, IMHO.
>> However, I own a domain (or couple hundred :).  I have a wildcard on
>> my domain.  I point it where I want.  I feel not the slightest twinge
>> of guilt at this.  Do you think this is a Bad Thing, or should this  
>> be
>> allowed?
>    notbeing Paul, its rude of me to respond - yet you posted this
>    to a public list ... so here goes.
>    Why do you find your behaviour in your domains acceptable and yet  
> the
>    same behaviour in others zones to be "a Bad Thing" and should be  
> stopped?

Thought I was clear: Choice.

I believe there is a qualitative difference between a *TLD and a  
second level domain.  /Especially/ for the GTLDs.

I guess one could argue CCTLDs are different, but I disagree.  If you  
are in Germany, a .de is nearly as important as .com in the US.   
(Don't believe me?  Go to www.dtag.com.)

But no one has to use ianai.net.  Or aa.com.  Or ....

A second issue is ownership.  I own my domain.  The .com domain is not  
owed by Verisign (despite what they may think :-).

Again, one could make an argument that the CCTLDs are different -  
"owned" by their host countries.  I personally disagree, but I admit  
that argument is less objective than the GTLDs.

Do you disagree wih my logic?   Do you believe Verisign should be  
allowed to do with .net the same things I should be allowed to do with ianai.net 

If so, please explain why.

If not, uh ... Why did you ask? =)


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