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   Re: [xml-dev] Registered Namespace prefixes

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On Friday 28 February 2003 20:59, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> Thanks for the clarification.  It's clearly time to give up on IANA if
> it's merely part of the ICANN catastrophe.  That doesn't mean giving up
> on registration more generally, however - it means giving up on
> registration until such time as an accountable registrar comes into
> existence.  Perhaps ICANN's sheer corruption will lead to such a thing
> eventually.

Also, IANA is not the only way of getting OIDs. They just run a bit of the 
OID space, like local DNS registries run their ccTLDs. My OID ain't IANA :-)

It's under this subtree:


The neat thing is that every UK limited company automatically gets an OID 
(and thus the ability to create OIDs in the subtree beneath it, DNS style) 
under there; they're just importing another registry rather than needing to 
create a new one.

In fact, the IANA OID space isn't even *legal*. There was an OID subtree 
assigned to the DOD that they weren't using, so the IANA decided that the DOD 
probably wouldn't mind them assigning it to the IANA:


Anyway... you should be able to get OIDs under 1.2 assigned by your local ISO 
member body.

OIDs don't depend on delegation like DNS does. I can declare that some OID 
under mine can be used to generate other OIDs by appending an international 
phone number of a phone they own, or run a server that generates 
auto-incrementing numbers whenever people ask for one. And then I can't stop 
people using those OIDs; they are numeric and beyond trademark law, and it's 
not delegated with servers like DNS so there's nothing I can turn off. The 
worst I can do is to try to cause collisions by assigning those OIDs to other 
purposes. I like this property.


Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace, Like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, Yellow desert screen


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