Re: Update of RFC 2606 based on the recent ICANN changes ?

<moore@network-heretics.com> Mon, 07 July 2008 20:32 UTC

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Subject: Re: Update of RFC 2606 based on the recent ICANN changes ?
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> I have to congratulate you on one of the most subtle 
> proposals to destroy the Internet that I have seen 
> in a long time.  More on that in a moment.

Maybe you should read and understand the proposal before commenting on it.  I realize that it's difficult to actually
be sure you understand a single sentence before writing
several paragraphs - but hey, it's not much to ask.
(hint: It doesn't affect ICANN or the root servers at all.)

> So who's going to explain to the Vatican that, sorry, 
> pope@va doesn't work any more?  Or will the US take 
> issue when addresses @as, which is part of the US, 
> don't work?  Or France about @gp and @mq, which are 
> as much part of France as Hawaii is part of the US?

I'd be very surprised if any of these work as-is, with any reliability.  They certainly won't work for email.  The assumption that fully qualified domain names contain at least one '.' is widespread in both protocol specifications and implementations.

> I'm impressed, it never occurred to me that one could 
> cause this much damage with such an arcane change to 
> name resolution. 

If you can cite verifiable evidence that even a single case that works reliably now, will cease to work, I'll concede that there is at least a hint of merit to your argument.   e.g. an actual email address or URL that uses a single-label domain name.

Keith
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