[dns-operations] anti-business hippies (Re: the real reason for ICANN's gTLD expansion seems to be...)

Phillip Hallam-Baker phill at hallambaker.com
Wed Jan 3 03:49:36 UTC 2018

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 9:04 PM, Paul Vixie <paul at redbarn.org> wrote:

> more pre-christmas ketchup:
> John Levine wrote:
>> Except very few New gTLDs which are used and managed properly - most new
>>> gTLDs bring more harm than good.
>> In fairness, I'd say it's about half and half.  The half that are
>> closed brand TLDs are harmless.
>> It is impressive that the other half appear to be run by people who
>> know so little of the world that they never imagined that when they
>> cut prices and sell lots of domains for cheap, the only people who
>> want lots of cheap domains are crooks.
> so, here's the problem. those of us who had been doing this for a few
> decades and had some experience with prior iterations of infospam (where
> the internet's capabilities create new ways to do old things, including new
> ways to do old crimes), said when the new gTLD programme was approved and
> launched, "this is going to create problems."
> a whole lot of savvy innovators heard what we had to say, and spoke the
> same formulae that their spiritual brothers had done in every prior
> iteration of this game: "you guys are just aging anti-business hippies,
> it's time for you to get out of the way and let the real world work the way
> the real world works." and whether we got out of the way or not, the new
> money got their way and did their things with our stuff.
> being proved right by history, over and over, begins to lose its appeal.

​Practically every time I comment on BitCoin, I have a half dozen people
who start off telling me that I need to 'educate myself' about their

The fact that I was tracking the same nonsense 20 years ago when I was
working on payments at the start of W3C, the fact that I actually know the
names of the half dozen systems that preceded it, crashed and burned don't
seem to count for anything.

Anyway, gotta get back to bringing my new site online dunningkrugerrand.com

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