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While the Coalition government may oppose Scottish independence, it has nevertheless given the go-ahead to a Scottish move for independence on the internet. The UK government has reportedly granted Dot Scot Registry, a not-for-profit company, with approval to apply for .scot, a new internet top-level domain. The wannabe …

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Yes but...

with four- or five letter domains they're not proper countries. Couldn't they find unused two-letter combinations?

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Re: Yes but...

we are allowed any character set in urls now, so perhaps something in ogham?

http://www.mockfont.com/old/ for fonts

<- I wonder what fonts the Greys use?

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AA hasn't been taken, and Alba is Gaelic for "Scotland".

Alba gu bràth!

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It's just a vanity .dot nothing more nothing less.

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No. In ISO 3166-2, most of the 2-letter codes starting with S are already taken. AFAIK, only SF, SP, SQ, and SW are left. If you resorted to one based on "Ecosse", then EC and ES are taken. On the other hand, for the 1.2% of Scots who have the Gaelic, AB (for AlBa) is still available...

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@ /dev/null Re: Yes but...

SF = Scotland Forever!

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Also the 1.2% that can pronounce "Alba". I'm sure a much higher percentage knows the name by sight.

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So pay the money and buy .sc off the Seychelles?

It's been done before. :)

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I wouldn't choose that name, you're likely to get visited by 1000 Scottish patriots and 1,000,000 horny guys looking for pictures of Jessica Alba taking a bath!

Not that there is anything wrong with that.....

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"with four- or five letter domains they're not proper countries"

Aye, right, says you Jimmy! It's just a convention to use ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 codes in the Domain Name System as country code top-level domains. It's not always followed which is why this is theregister.co.uk instead of theregister.co.gb - so Scotland can have a different alpha-2 code than it's ccTLD. Plus being the first independent nation with a four letter ccTLD would be a mark of distinction, innovation and modernity.

When this story was first reported on the Scotsman the suggestion was .Sco, and I was the first person to point out that as four letter ccTLDs were available then Dot Scot made far more sense. Partly due to a dislike of Sco-Unix, but mostly because it rhymes and is more intuitive.

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So now we need .England? .geordie? Perhaps .wessex , .danelaw, .pennine, .weald, .cotswold?

and .softsouthernlagerdrinkingbastards or .chav?

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AIUI, the correct form would be .softsouthernlagerdrinkingjessies or .softsouthernlagerdrinkingpoofs

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@Robert

When I lived oop 't North, (though not that far north), I was known as plain old softysouthernpoof...

I'm neither soft, nor poofy, and I was living with a rufty tufty northern bird at the time...

I'm led to believe it's a term of affection. ;o)

Happy days. Fscking cheap too!

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.en is available for England, .ul for Northern Ireland (.ni is Nicaragua) and .wa for Wales. Buit it's difficult to find a suitable two letter code for Scotland and Cymru. Actually you could have .nb for Scotland but that would really annoy them!

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.im = Isle of Man ; .gg = Guernsey ; .je = Jersey

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We are the knights who say...

UL!

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.nb

Not half as annoying as London meeja types referring to the likes of Birmingham as "the north".

Actually North Britain was a perfectly legit Victorian term for Scotland. The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh was originally the North Britain hotel and the bar is still known as NBs

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Look forward to the LotR fan getting rohirr.im, or the metal fan going for fields-of-the-nephil.im...

And of course there's the plain silly. Bagsy boingboingboin.gg!

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"...North Britain was a perfectly legit ENGLISH Victorian term for Scotland..."

There, fixed it for you...

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Assuming you accept the act of Union 1707 as legitimate.

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metal fan?

The fields of the Nephilim were most DEFINITELY Goth.. not metal.

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I think you'll find that the Balmoral used to be the North British Hotel.

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So who will be first to register the TLD, .free and then the address 'scot.free' - England maybe after scottish independence?

best leave the brief website 'a.scot' alone or maybe Her Majesty might send the corgis round!

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"the address 'scot.free' - England maybe after scottish independence?"

With all the other odd bits that will still be attached, it will be the Former United Kingdom

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it will be the Former United Kingdom

so .fuk then?

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Re: it will be the Former United Kingdom

By then we may just be another part or the EU, run by the Germans but in the language of diplomacy, ie French. The would make the Former UK just a European Department.

.fuked.

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Re: freedom

With 92% of its previous population, and NI still part of it, there'll be nothing "former" about it.

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Nor much "united" if past history is any guide.

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"With 92% of its previous population, and NI still part of it, there'll be nothing "former" about it"

you don't know much about history do you?

First there was the union of the Crowns by James 6th of Scotland/1st of England in 1603....

THEN...what made the "United Kingdom" was the act of the union in 1707... the uniting oif Scotland and England.

Wales being subsumed as a Principality of England already by then.

with Scotland Independent then there will be no united kingdom.

Northern Ireland has nothing to do with that at all.

So when Scotland does become independent the UK will be no longer. this is plain, simple, logical and factual and, for that matter, about 300 years overdue.

Saor Alba agus Alba gu Brath!

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I see cybernats have even started invading El Reg...

Actually, (according to some at least), the term "United Kingdom" only came into official use in 1801 with the union with Ireland and the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. See here for instance. Before that it was just "Great Britain" (or possibly "Kingdom of Great Britain").

So, while there is still a part of Ireland united with (a part of) Britain, there is still an argument to call it the UK, and frankly it would be too much hassle to call it anything else.

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They're not Celts.

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I've always thought their best chance of independence was to argue the English have a right to a referendum on whether they want Scotland in the Union... then just rile the English right before the vote!

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Rile 'em up!

@alexh2o - What else do you think Alex Salmond has been doing? He did a tour around England telling everyone how wonderful independence would be. No doubt north of the border got bored of him, hence he came south! Its all part of his grand plan I tell you!

And no Salmond, the .scot domain does not mean you will get independence, just somewhere to park the Scotland tourist office's website! To actually get independence, you will need to prove to the Scots that there are genuine economic and solcial benefits to being smaller and that you (or your successors) wont trash the new country's economy. It is not as if you want to do a Mugabe/Zimbawe and make the country unappealing to some important trading partners... no wait! On second thoughts, a tax/legal haven backed by a .scot domain makes more sense now!

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Re: Rile 'em up!

"And no Salmond, the .scot domain does not mean you will get independence, just somewhere to park the Scotland tourist office's website!"

Considering the levels of patriotism evident in Scotland (esp. compared to England) I suspect it will be relatively successful even if Scotland doesn't go independent.

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Re; just rile the English

What, you mean beat them at rugby or something?

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.scam

Never mind .xxx and .scot, we need just one more top level domain for www.icann.scam and the other tricksters.

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We need .scot

We need .scot, if for nothing more than:

great.scot - a site for Dr. Brown fans

mr.scot - with such subdomains as i.need.those.engines

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Re: We need .scot

and twojagspre.scot

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Re: We need .scot

No, no, NO! Great.scot is the perfect domain for a Rocky Horror Picture Show fan site!

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Have to admit - the first thing I thought was "I wonder if great.scot will be registered by Doc Emmett Brown"...

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.jk?

For the jocks?

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I was think more .jk for jakies

(Urban Dictionary)

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Hilarious.

Advertise yourself as a parochial provincial with a chip on your shoulder - what could possibly go wrong?

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What could go wrong?

What could go right? You could sell a lot of shortbread, haggis, whisky and tartan to the USA.

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Re: What could go wrong?

"What could go right? You could sell a lot of shortbread, haggis, whisky and tartan to the USA."

I thought the USA banned the import of haggis years ago?

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Re: What could go wrong?

My impression is that even the folk who go in for caber-tossing draw the line at haggis.

Of course, most Americans of Scottish descent are from the Lowlands, since most Scots were and are--the pockets of highlander descent in the Carolinas are pretty tiny. This does not prevent enthusiasts from pulling on the plaids & playing the pipes their ancestors of colonial times would have abhorred.

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Re: What could go wrong?

People pulling out the kilts and tartans, despite most of that tourist type tat having been masterminded by Sir Walter Scott stirring up Scot's patriotism and an attempt way to stop a Scottish worker's revolution in the 19th century shortly before King George toured the Highlands!

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Re: What could go wrong?

erm.. we also happen to be the biggest oil producing nation in Europe and thanks to a tony Blair cock up when he took 6000 square miles of Scottish territorial waters back in 1999 he accidentally gave Scotland al the mineral rights that would have been the "UK" rights to the antarctic..

also upon independence we would be due 8.7% of all UK assets.. such as the mineral rights to the Falklands and all sorts.

Try actually knowing your subject matter and stop making statements that even the tories/labour and fib dumbs won't even use any more.

This crap that scotland would not be financially able to cope is just that.. crap.

Scotland would actually be vastly better off, even now Scotland is in surplus but dragged down by UK debt and fiscal mis-management.

this is fact... try googling stuff once and a while... you may even find some facts instead of opinion based on the guff that's been spouted at Scots for years to tell us the sky will/is fall/falling down

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Who has the authority?

How does this fit in the current devolved regime- what would have happened if the Scottish Parliament was OK with it but Westminster wasn't?

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