On using plug-ins in the DNS...
[Posted to Random Bytes on January 15, 2003 09:02 AM| Links to this post ]

Simon Higgs in response to Jeff Workman on NANOG:

">If it's *my* DNS server running on *my* equipment using *my* bandwidth,
>then I can do whatever I want to with it, right?

Good punt. But you're returning data owned elsewhere (like someone else's A
record). If you are responsible for returning accurate data to a public
audience, and it's not your data to alter, then you are liable for the
consequences. If you want to run a different .COM in private (i.e. no
public audience and no consequences), go right ahead."

Register.com: "It's a pie in the sky concept unlikely to get traction long term. I think anything that undermines the existing Internet is bad for consumers and the Internet as a whole. If it's able to extract value and doesn't hurt the overall Net, then that's fine, but anything that causes confusion for consumers we would (be unlikely to support)."

Verisign: "Our commitment is to the betterment of the system that 99.99 percent of Internet users use on a daily basis."

Of course all of these players are referring to the evil new.net.

Brett talks about IDNs again this week with an emphasis on the aggressiveness of Verisign's approach. D. Laine has a slightly different view.

My view on this particular point? Plug-in's are a terrible way to achieve world domination.

Last bit in the round-up, the registrars are in the process of electing someone to the president's standing committee on IDNs. Small problem though, the candidates are three North Americans, one of which is an IDN vendor.

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