onelist and egroups merge; alternative namespaces

Eugene Leitl (
Wed, 10 Nov 1999 16:05:25 -0800 (PST)

In case you haven't heard: see subject.

And now for something completely different.

A question to Rohit et al.: it is quite obviously possible to write an
alternative to DNS, (but better designed, free, and sans central
control -- you authenthicate the domain registration with some usual
crypto protocol, and limit amount of registered domains/entity to
prevent abuse by grabbers). So you can span alternative namespaces,
out of lawniks' reach, assuming a certain minimal fraction of all
nodes are willing to install the software and tolerate the additional
load. (How to keep it out of law enforcement's reach once it has
become widely enough accepted is another question entirely).

Also, with IPng (assuming it is ever getting deployed), address
scarcity is essentially a thing of the past. Thus in theory nothing
prevents me from grabbing a random (or not so random) IP address,
wiring up with my neighbours a la RoofNet (a 2-5k$ rooftop routed mesh
thingy) and use the neo-DNS to find things by name in the new world

So, does it make any sense?