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Re: ARIN Services
From: "David R. Conrad" <davidc () apnic net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 16:02:57 +0800

Jon,

So ARIN can spend about one /19 registration fee on a server to send over
to one of the other registries, and can run a mirror server at that remote
location.  

Why put it at a another registry?  Why not put it off an exchange?  Or why
not allow ARIN members to mirror the database?  I'm sure NSI would love to
sell the software... (:-)).

Maybe I'm missing something...it just doesn't seem like rocket science to
me.

I guess it is a question of usability (as Randy pointed out).  I personally
think the fact that people have to know what prefixes have been allocated
to whom before they can find out what prefixes have been allocated to whom
is _really_ broken.  It used to not matter too much (other than the
aesthetic unpleasantness of it all), but given the increase of spam and the
use of the registry database "system" to figure out who to scream at, the
fact that the registry database "system" sucks is beginning to matter more
and more.

Yes, this is a different issue than merely mirroring a single registry's
database.

Regards,
-drc



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