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Username: griffiths
Date/Time: Sun, November 5, 2000 at 8:09 PM GMT
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Subject: A completely outsourced solution - with some interesting costs


        The time is long overdue for the introduction of a personal name registry, but is this the way it should be done, where the entire operation is outsourced?  It is unclear exactly what Sarnoff are bringing to this registry, other than a long history in the development of new hardware technologies and a partnership with Atomic Tangerine, Compaq, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young and Exodus.  Maybe the application should have been submitted by Atomic Tangerine?

Although funding of $14,700,000 is required, there does not appear to be any indication that this is in place, more that it will be raised upon delegation.  What will be the cost of this finance, as it is probably the most significant element in the longterm operation of the registry.

There are also some interesting costs - they obviously expect to have smart offices for a cost of $1,000,000 per quarter on average and why would a registry be needing to spend on average $1,000,000 per year on research & development, unless this is misallocated marketing expenditure?

The naming structure also appears to be overly complex, and while the provision of free domains  is admirable, the cost of providing and managing these is identical, albeit they would be less desirable.  The true cost of custom domains is unspecified, but assumed to be $4 although it is unclear how much revenue would be canabalised through the free domains.


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