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  • From: Patrick Greenwell
  • Date: Wed Mar 14 11:35:56 2001

Amen Brother!

You would think, with all of us being network operators, or at least
claiming to be as such, that we would work on ways to *reduce* the
brokenness of the modern-day Internet instead of reducing more brokenness
to it.  Do you guys *really* like to work that hard?  Don't we have enough
things to fix? must die!!!
Original Message
From: "Stephen Kowalchuk"<>
Subject: Re:
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 11:14:30 -0500

>Sounds to me like at its core is taking advantage of the obvious
>frustration that some of us feel with the techno-political "establishment",
>using the discontent as a springboard to an eventual hijack of the root
zone.  I
>don't think they have any intention of seeing themselves as an alternate. 
>seems the ticket is to muddle the issues by labeling every argument for
one root
>"political", thus "unsavory" and offensive to many folks' more-egalitarian
>vision of the Internet.
> offers "freedom from oppression", but in its own right is nothing
but an
>old spin on an old play.  Create enough FUD about the establishment, then
get a
>few partners to commit to the "" namespace, and if you have enough
>subscribers you can negotiate with ICANN.
>It seems is taking lessons from Microsoft:  
> - berate the common standards
> - create lots of dust 
> - rape the standards of their essence 
> - create exclusivity with proprietary extensions to the standards
> - appeal to the lowest common denominators of human expression (in this
>   case, .xxx says it all)
> - partner with like-minded souls seeing the same pot of gold at the end 
> - fight like hell to get a critical mass of subscribers to the idea 
>   (through any means possible)
> - negotiate the altered standards back into the mainstream 
>Why do this?  Money.  Position.  Microsoft is an excellent model for
building a
>profitable business.
>Only one problem.  Rape the DNS, and the whole house comes down.  You
might as
>well be running IRC.
>Stephen Kowalchuk                        
>Diamonex, Incorporated                             
>...learning cannot be controlled; it is out of control by design. Learning 
>emerges spontaneously, it proceeds in an individualistic and unpredictable 
>way, and it achieves its goal in its own good time. Once triggered, [it]
>will not stop--unless it is hijacked by conditioning.       -- Roger Fouts

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