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On Friday 21 March 2003 18:44, Jeff Lowery wrote:
> I was being just a tad peevish. I wouldn't say, though, that control has
> been devolved to the public; the Network Working Group has defined the
> context under which those domains can be used. I'm allowed to use such
> domains, but only under the conditions which were granted by the NWG.
> Their authority is largely hollow, however. True, I can't set up a domain
> with one of the 4 reserved domain names, but nobody can prevent me from
> using such names as basis for namespace identifiers outside the prescribed
> context. I may get tarred, feathered, and rode out of xml-dev on a rail,
> but that was bound to happen anyway for abuse of haiku threads.
Yep, but that's the nature of any naming system; nothing can stop you from
using the names inappropriately.
You could pass laws forbidding namespace abuse, but they would just act as a
deterrent and a way of getting revenge once the damage is already done.
A city is like a large, complex, rabbit