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The Catholic Church will be the first institution to register a new top level domain name, internet addressing overlord ICANN announced yesterday. The Vatican's application will be top of the pile when ICANN starts to process applications for new top level domain names in early 2013. The Catholic Church wants to register .天主教 …

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dot DOG?

Is that "god backwards" or a subtle rival to the (impeded) dot sex?

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Re: dot DOG?

GOD.DOG - perfect website for a really good mirror manufacturer? I'll bet there's more...

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Meh

Like private 'vanity plates' on cars it's just soooo Chav.

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Hey!

Is ".CHAV" taken?

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Hey!

Is "CHAV" taken?

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Re: Hey!

Yes: Twice.

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Exactly right and such a cash cow for the DVLA as well. So imagine the dough they'll rake in with this? with no competition in the market either they can charge what they like.

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Biggest mistake ever in the history of the internet

I've no problem with IDNs, or TLDs in non roman script, but this is just a daft money grubbing exercise that will confuse and irritate people. www.coke? fuckoff.com.

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Re: Biggest mistake ever in the history of the internet

I think you mean fuck.off

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Re: Biggest mistake ever in the history of the internet

Won't a number of slightly illegal white powder producers/dealers be a tiny bit unhappy if a sugary drink producer got the drop on them over the .coke TLD?

Also, this whole thing is just going to allow legal extorsion when a domain squatter company gets in first with a valuable TLD.

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Re: a domain squatter company gets in first with a valuable TLD

You seen how much it costs to get one of these? Don't think we'll see any squatters or landing pages at spelling mistakes.

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Re: Biggest mistake ever in the history of the internet

No worries: snow.crash

<-- snort this!

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Re: a domain squatter company gets in first with a valuable TLD

Brilliant. So it's alright that ICANN is introducing a class system to the Internet?

I can't afford to buy my own TLD, so my company page will now look like some kind of budget URL. The whole thing is a sick joke.

The average Joe doesn't even understand the (non)significance of "www" before a normal domain; how are they possible going to tell the difference between "coke" and "coke.com". Perhaps a bad example; there are bound to be more ambiguous new URLs.

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Re: ...sugary drink producer got the drop on them over the .coke TLD?

Nah!!!

Just point

snort.coke

to their site.

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Where the money hits the fan

No doubt ICANN execs are dreaming up their next years bonus packages right now. At the expense of making brand protection more expensive, and making life much easier for those wanting to register something.like.yourbank.whatever . Countries wanting non-latin TLDs have been able to have these for years, see RFC 4185.

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Meh

Maybe when they get .apple they can give all of us who give them big buckets of money an email address that does not cost $50 a year.

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Apple?

I certainly hope that the .apple TLD does not go to a computer company. That would be extremely objectionable considering that the name normally refers to a fruit. In fact there is considerable prior art to that effect. If a computer company gets that name it would make a sham out of this whole thing . . . oh wait ...

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Re: Apple?

Most of the words chosen are normal words given you can trademark normal words. No need to be a butt hurt fandroid.

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Re: Apple?

You don't need to appreciate that Android is the best mobile OS in order to accept that giving generic TLDs to individual companies is a silly idea. Company names as TLDs is a silly idea too. Now stop being an iGnorant iTard.

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Re: Apple?

It's no worse than Windows.

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Re: Apple?

Best on what grounds?

Just because it is popular? which is more to do with the fact it is so cheap.

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Re: I certainly hope that the .apple TLD does not go to a computer company.

BUT!!! The winner could point

rotten.apple

toward that worthless[1] company.

[1] Worthless in the sense of lacking scruples, not its market capitalization.

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FAIL

.UNNECESSARY

.WASTE

.OF

.TIME

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I'm a Russian phisher and I'm going to register .сом. All your credit card are belong to us.

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FAIL

You do realized that these are looked over by human beings who would never let something like that happen? You're probably one of those idiots who thought they would do the same thing when IDNs were introduced, which is why you are hiding behind anonymity. Plus the 20+ year old meme gives away the idiocy as well.

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clueless alert

Wow way to miss the joke. Perhaps the fact the poster used the 20+ year meme might have helped give that away. But I guess he might really be the Russian hacker that cleaned out your bank account that caused you to get so butt hurt about the topic.

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Re: clueless alert

I'm annoyed at idiots that misunderstand basic technical concepts. I've seen far to many people believe this trash to think that the poster was attempting humor.

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.corn

"You do realized that these are looked over by human beings who would never let something like that happen?"

Isn't that grossly unfair to the organisations below?

http://www.ncga.com/

http://www.corn.org/

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Can we buy?

Are any/most of these going to registrars to re-sell, so I could for instance buy latenight.party, or are they all going to be used by a single company each?

isn't apple.com easier to remember than shop.apple?

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Re: Can we buy?

Maybe they just don't want "their" word to be misappropriated by apple websites belonging to apple growers.

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Bah!

By all means let the world kowtow to the Saudis.

I'm tempted to comment further but Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith said it all so well in their apology to the country on Not The Nine O'Clock News.

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Re: Bah!

Surely the vatican should get .virgin ?

And shouldn't the Saudis and the Vatican be busy objecting to each other?

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Re: Bah!

Surely the vatican should get .virgin ?

Or maybe perhaps .altarboy?

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Re: Bah!

Surely the vatican should get .virgin ?

That should go to an olive oil company, perhaps not a Saudi one - though they might savour the .extravirgin TLD.

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Re: Bah!

Surely it makes the most sense to go to Richard Branson, as he actually does have a number of enterprises under a single umbrella name. If that's not the most appropriate use for a gTLD then I don't know what is.

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Three characters?

The Catholic Church wants to register .天主教 - Catholic in Chinese.

My cantonese is a bit rubbish nowadays, but I thought it read "Eff me rigid"

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Insanity

I'd rather some hackers took down the entire Internet DNS system than allowing this insanity to proceed. Something needs to be done before it's too late.

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Re: Insanity

Too late for what exactly? It is probably not really going to affect you.

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Re: Insanity

i.cant.cope.with.change

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Re: Insanity

Until you click on a link to a mybank.com where the .com is actually unicode lower case azerbijan

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"where the .com is actually unicode lower case azerbijan"

Seriously people, are you not getting the fact that people check that over and it would be near impossible for something like that to happen?

Plus $185,000 is a little more than anyone would want to throw away on the off change it gets past the people doing the screening, when current methods of phishing are oh so much easier and profitable.

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Re: "where the .com is actually unicode lower case azerbijan"

The $180K doesn't apply to the non-english TLDs

Countries will be able to issue their own - you don't think China is going to allow the US to decide which chinese TLDs are allowed + pocket the money.

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Re: Insanity

A more obvious abuse would be ".corn"

Who exactly would be held responsible if such a TLD was used for phishing?

I don't mind new TLDs, but granting them to companies is ridiculous. Just continue with making them public (and less of them)!

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"...meaning irritating keyboard-switching for those who speak a different tongue."

Don't you mean "meaning irritating keyboard-switching for those who type a different finger."?

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.moron

Are the people who dreamt this lot up being forcibly moved onto the new .moron TLD?

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I bet the ITU wouldn't have made this balls-up

If they had taken control.

By the time theyd reached agreement between all the members there'ds only be boringly safe tlds.

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Um...

It was me, sorry

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But then again.....

I couldn't have foreseen this f* up so I plead not guilty, your Honor f* the american spelling.

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I want to register

I want to register

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.<marque>

.'); DROP TABLE

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