names are not numbers, was IPv4 address length technical design

Barry Shein bzs at
Sun Oct 7 20:05:09 UTC 2012

Back in the 80s when DNS was a fairly new idea and things like Google
were way in the future I remember suggesting on the TCP-IP list that
people grab a phone number they owned as a domain name and add
first_last as a mailbox so we could leverage the international phone
directory system to find each other.

For example something like barry_shein at (maybe insert
a letter, all-digits wasn't allowed back then.)

I guess that sort of idea was eventually incorporated into telephone
number mapping but not clear how successful that is or if the intent
is really the same. I think there were other analogues?

But the idea has come up.

        -Barry Shein

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