Re: Remove The Net From The Grip Of The US Gov't! (Name.Space)

James Rogers (
Mon, 09 Dec 1996 18:40:41 -0800

At 05:31 PM 12/9/96 -0800, you wrote:
>I was considering all the developments on the web when I heard about a
>startup called Name.Space which will decentralize the power InterNIC
>currently holds in defining domain names and allow everyone to have their
>original name for $25/month. You would no longer be limited into a certain

A couple things here Chris:

Why would you want to pay $25/month for your domain name? The Internic fee
amounts to less than $5/month and they are accruing >$10 million a year from
the fees alone.

InterNIC is *not* a US Gov't organization.

InterNIC does not do a background check. They don't even enforce the
current heirarchy.

Arbitrary, unstructured domain names will significantly impact the already
mediocre performance of the DNS system. In fact, it could pretty much kill
the root-level DNS servers due to loading. *Not* a good idea.

And lastly, your post was packed to the gills with reactionary phrases like
"overthrow the gov't centralized InterNIC" and "residues leftover from...the
military-founded ARPAnet" which are generally misleading, and more to the
point, irrelevant. It sounds like this guy has the "meme" concept down to a
science because you bought into it hook, line, and sinker.

This guy has been pushing the idea for about a year. At $25/month, this guy
would make millions. No wonder he is pushing it so hard.

-James Rogers