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Username: FineE
Date/Time: Wed, March 7, 2001 at 3:50 AM GMT
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Subject: Competing 'cute tricks'


      The launch of the domains is nothing new. What is significant is that there are some big players here so the issue of alternate TLDs will now come out in the open. The domains in question are actually 4th level domains. And there is already another company that has been selling domains it is called Name Space at So let us consider the domains and

As long as they are treated as 4th level domains there is no problem however when the cute trick is applied serious problems develop
The 'cute trick' is nothing more that software that tell your computer to resolve to either the registry or the registry. This in turn determines the IP address of to be either or

So will point to a different site depending on which computer and / or ISP is used to connect to the Internet. The only way to resolve this is to have ALL the variants of resolving to the same IP address. Namely registered to the same person.

In conclusion a registrant of these Alternate domains would be very wise to secure ALL the variants of, otherwise this becomes a real mess.




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