Re: Thick vs.thin (was: [ga] Casting stones)
BulkRegister.com and Verisign reached a confidential settlement in the
Wednesday, August 07, 2002, 1:16:42 PM, George Kirikos wrote:
> --- "Gomes, Chuck" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Do you have any data to back up your conclusion about the cost of the
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Ross Wm. Rader [mailto:email@example.com]
>> > While the thick registry is certainly convenient from a
>> > management point
>> > of view, the cost to the network likely exceeds the value of the
>> > savings...
> There are more "costs" than simply the operational costs incurred in
> running the centralized WHOIS. One should also consider other things.
> One example, for instance, is the abuse that can occur when such a
> valuable database is centralized in hands that seem to have no problem
> "testing the limits" of the law, as per the current FTC investigation
> into the trade practises of a company we all know and love....
> The costs to consumers, registrars, and other market participants due
> to those practises are non-trivial, albeit difficult to measure.
> Perhaps your colleagues can tell us exactly how many of those "renewal
> notices" were mailed out, to assist us in estimating those costs. If 5%
> of individuals got confused, had to call their registrars (incurring
> increased support costs) for 10 minutes of support, at $20/hour, we can
> provide some educated guesses as to some of the costs. Perhaps another
> 0.1 percent had their business disrupted (email, webservices, etc.) for
> 10 days, at a cost of $100/day, adding even more to the true "costs".
> George Kirikos
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