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Re: oh, for goodness' sake.
From: Karl Denninger <karl () mcs net>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 12:49:15 -0500

On Wed, Apr 08, 1998 at 08:30:07AM -0700, Dave Crocker wrote:
At 11:44 PM 4/7/98 -0700, Michael Dillon wrote:
services (not the web server) to another TLD. Perhaps it should be
whois.ripe.int? Since the IPv6 equivalent of in-addr.arpa lives in .INT
this makes sense to me.

I think that placing such critical domain references under .INT is a
reasonable idea.

However, RIPE isn't a treaty organization and the rules for new .INT names
is pretty specific.  And IANA is rather careful about following the rules.  

Jon Postel's directive is that any proposal needs to have very precise
rules, so the first step in getting groups like RIPE authorized under .INT
is to write a set of rules that will mechanically determine who is authorized.

Perhaps a place to start is by qualifying any organization that has
administrative or operations responsibilities directly assigned by IANA.

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Such critical resources simply should not be under any non-operational
umbrella of any kind, and particularly not a treaty-driven one.

If there ever was an argument for a TLD for network-management resources
(such as whois servers and the like) this is it.

However, the nameserver infrastructure for such a TLD needs to go *far*
beyond *any* existing TLD's nameserver infrastructure.  You're talking here
about things that need near, or even at, military-grade reliability levels
of service.

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