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New .tel TLD Now In Use

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the pay-at-the-tel-booth dept.

The Internet 175

rockwood reports that the .tel top level domain has been deployed, "in a first attempt at pushing the recently approved .tel... The top-level domain .tel was approved by ICANN as a sponsored TLD launching on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 to trademark owners of national effect and on February 3, 2009 to anyone who wishes to apply. Its main purpose is as a single management and publishing point for 'internet communication' services, providing a global contacts directory service by housing all types of contact information directly in the DNS."

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I want royalties (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25977785)

Re:I want royalties (1)

QRDeNameland (873957) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977845)

.tel it to the .usmc.mil

www.marines.com (-1, Troll)

billstewart (78916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978581)

The Marines are using the domain name marines.com in addition to marines.mil. Obviously this means they're in commercial business - attacking countries for hire, etc. Appalling, but at least under the Bush Administration they're willing to admit it. (Actually it's mostly a recruiting site, because they're trying to hire people who don't know to look under usmc.mil or marines.mil :-)

Re:I want royalties (2, Interesting)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977971)

Not many opportunities like that with this tld sadly, a quick search in a dictionary file only reveals a few words that end in tel.

Bartel/M

Bechtel/M

betel/MS

cartel/SM

chattel/MS

Christel/M

Chrystel/M

Estel/M

Gretel/M

hostel/SZGMRD

hotel/MS

Intel/M

Itel/M

Kristel/M

lintel/SM

mantel/SM

Martel/M

Mattel/M

motel/MS

muscatel/MS

pastel/MS

Patel/M

Re:I want royalties (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978147)

You forgot:
fuckBartel/M

fuckBechtel/M

fuckbetel/MS

fuckcartel/SM

fuckchattel/MS

fuckChristel/M

fuckChrystel/M

fuckEstel/M

fuckGretel/M

fuckhostel/SZGMRD

fuckhotel/MS

fuckIntel/M

fuckItel/M

fuckKristel/M

fucklintel/SM

fuckmantel/SM

fuckMartel/M

fuckMattel/M

fuckmotel/MS

fuckmuscatel/MS

fuckpastel/MS

fuckPatel/M

-tel present in slavic words. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979143)

Many Bulgarian (and maybe other slavic) words end with -tel. The proto-slavic suffix -tel means "doer of the action", similarly to the -er in English.

However, IANAP(hilologist) :)

I want /. tld (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979641)

... so I can confuse newbies even more

Eich tee tee pee, colon slash slash slashdot dot slash dot...

Huh? (3, Interesting)

TypoNAM (695420) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977805)

Is anybody else shrugging their shoulders and asking the same question of: What the hell is the point in wasting DNS space for such a half-assed crap idea?

Re:Huh? (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977899)

Take a look at what's already out there [google.com] . Mostly over 500 Telnic employees grabbing henry.tel and david.tel. Yawn.

Its main purpose is as a single management and publishing point for 'internet communication' services ...

And right from the get-go it's main purpose is overshadowed by some every Telnic employee's desire to be THE Henry on the .tel TLD. That must be awfully helpful to us in our need for 'internet communication' services.

More garbage for the tubes, I guess.

What the hell is the point in wasting DNS space

Are we really concerned about "DNS space?" I guess I'm a bit of an idiot when it comes to why we need to be concerned about 'space' on DNS names ... perhaps you mean IP address space? And if so, people are basically flushing those down the toilet by giving every device one (including their toilet).

Re:Huh? (4, Insightful)

onefriedrice (1171917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978247)

Perhaps by DNS space he means the fact that organizations who want to register their website under all the TLD's in order to protect their name will have yet another TLD. As the number of domains that point to the same IP address increases, so does the number of pointless DNS requests.

It's a money-grab... (1)

Animaether (411575) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978381)

Yeah, I know "dur - of course it's a money-grab".. but I really wish that the various organizations involved would just come out and say so as well.. "We will allow any TLD as long as you give us enough money and it doesn't offend governments too much."

Apart from john.doe.tel - check out friends.jennifer-aniston.hollywood.celebrity.tel .

Now, it's possible somebody actually registered that (for $$$ - how much $$$ I don't know as you apparently have to sign up first.. whatthe.) but I'm just going to go with telnic seeding their .tel domain with as much crap as they can to make it look more busy and popular... like that guy on Slashdot with his dating site with a ton of fake profiles and saw nothing wrong with it as that's the only way to get a successful launch. That guy may have been technically right, and so is Telnic - but morally? psha.

Can't wait for it to get popular though... replace Plaxo and va-voom.. suddenly I'll get invites to join the latest social networking element fad.. a .TEL domain .

Re:Huh? (2, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978397)

Take a look at what's already out there. Mostly over 500 Telnic employees grabbing henry.tel and david.tel. Yawn.

These all seem to follow a template. Obviously Telnic told all its people to create domains to help publicize the product. Teensy little mistake: the pages do nothing to obfuscate personal email addresses. Got spam?

Re:Huh? (1)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978585)

Exactly. There is no privacy options. Its one central phone book where people can put all of their contact info. But there is no filter. Might be good for companies, but not individuals who value their privacy and identity.

Re:Huh? (2, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978403)

MY toilet doesnt need an IP address. NAT is fine...

but it does twitter...

11:43 @lumpytoilet -- Dog drinks from bowl
12:14 @lumpytoilet -- seat put down
12:28 @lumpytoilet -- FLushed
12:29 @lumpytoilet -- FLushed
12:30 @lumpytoilet -- FLushed
12:31 @lumpytoilet -- FLushed
12:32 @lumpytoilet -- Plunger RFID detected
12:33 @lumpytoilet -- Water on floor detected

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978479)

Someone quickly grab in.tel!

Re:Huh? (1)

rjstegbauer (845926) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978509)

perhaps you mean IP address space? And if so, people are basically flushing those down the toilet by giving every device one (including their toilet).

This reminds me about an email I received eight years ago.

Subj: The Internet at house level

Telephone: Ring! Ring!
Clerk: Hello, networks are us.
Man: Help, I need the SNMP management code for an American Standard!
Clerk: American Standard what? Router, bridge, brouter, lan?
Man: Look, I need to shut down my toilet! It's leaking all over the place and I need the computer code to tell my house to stop it!
Clerk: Why don't you just turn the water off?
Man: I'm in Los Angeles, my house is in Phoenix! My house sent me a page telling me to read my E-Mail. The E-Mail message said there's water on the bathroom floor. I pinged the sink and the tub, and both of them say they are off, but when I tried to telnet to the toilet, it said all connections were in use!

This brings new meaning to the term, "Dropping packets all over the floor."

Well...I think it's funny...and silly to have a toaster or even fridge connected to the internet.

Randy

Re:Huh? (1)

Ender_Stonebender (60900) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979021)

Actually, an internet-connected fridge I can kind of see, now that we've got various forms of wireless internet in so many places. Connect to the fridge's HTTP server, it turns on the interior light, takes snapshots of what's on each shelf, and serves them back as a webpage. Now I *know* what's in my fridge, instead of trying to remember while I'm at the grocery store. (Granted, eight years ago it was kind of silly, since there wireless internet was much less common.)

However, an internet connected toaster...well, if you're far enough away to need to get a toast status update through the internet, the toast will be cold by the time you get to the toaster to take it out.

Re:Huh? (1)

LordNimon (85072) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979279)

I don't know about you, but I would need several cameras for each shelf, all of which are capable of thermal and x-ray scans, to find out what's in my fridge. Today's packaging just does not lend itself to determining the contents of your fridge just with a few glances inside. And what about the pantry? How many times have you bought something in the store, only to find out that you already have it, but it's hiding in the back of some top shelf?

What I want is a way for me to tell the fridge that it's time to buy something. Then the fridge can generate a shopping list, sorted by supermarket aisle order. It knows the order because it communicated with the supermarket's inventory server to find out where each item is located.

Re:Huh? (1)

Ender_Stonebender (60900) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979625)

It's a refrigerator - shouldn't everything be at the same temperature, thus negating the usefulness of thermal imaging? And in my case, since it's just my wife and I at our house, keeping a lot of stuff in the fridge isn't a good idea, as lots of it will go bad before we get around to eating it, so one camera per shelf would be enough. I can see how for many people it would be, at best, insufficient, and for many, useless, since they have fridges so packed that the camera would only ever get a shot from a centimeter away from some package. And you're completely right about the pantry also needing a similar type of system - although I think that the x-ray side would be MORE necessary there, since even more things there are in cardboard boxes and very little is in jars or bottles.

And unfortunately, getting access to the supermarket inventory system is unlikely to happen - they make lots of money on impulse purchases, which they encourage by forcing you to wander around the store wondering where the hell the olives (or whatever you happen to be looking for) are.

Re:Huh? (1)

nabsltd (1313397) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979509)

Well...I think it's funny...and silly to have a toaster or even fridge connected to the internet.

But where do you draw the "silly" line?

Right now, practically every device in my entertainment rack has an IP address (DVRs, media players, TV, etc.). My web cams all have IP addresses. I see that some recent GPS units have IP connectivity (not things like cell phones with GPS, but standalone GPS).

I wouldn't mind if my furnace or air conditioner were connected, as long as the IP interface is secondary to old-fashioned ways of controlling them.

A toaster or fridge seems silly right now, but who knows about the future.

An IP in every pot (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978609)

people are basically flushing those down the toilet by giving every device one (including their toilet).

We may see that [theinquirer.net] in the not too distant future

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979011)

I'm going to buy dont.tel to go with my donta.sk domain.

Re:Huh? (1)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979389)

Mostly over 500 Telnic employees grabbing henry.tel and david.tel. Yawn.

I'm actually looking forward to the more creative uses of .tel like "william.tel", "canyou.tel" "icant.tel", "whocan.tel", etc.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979471)

I wonder why there Henry and David are so eager to give out private information as "home phone" and "email".

Maybe the idea is to unite all privacy-careless people under one domain, so they get the bulk of the spam, while the rest of us get a break.

Half-assed indeed (2, Interesting)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977953)

I can understand something like the .XXX tld, for the purpose of openly idenfitying what a site is (and ease in blocking porn sites in school LAN's and such), but otherwise, creating this raft of tld's is a really silly idea. We've just now gotten to the point where most users don't think everything ends in "dot com". The proposed system of hyper-classification won't be a boon to anyone but domain squatters and con artists. And for the non-technical public, it'll be just plain confusing.

Even as quickly as it was thrown together, the concepts of the internet were relatively simple, commonsense, and workable, if not always elegant. We should keep it that way with a minimum of monkeying around. No more .aero's, or .biz's, or .tel's.

Re:Half-assed indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978273)

Hell, I'd just rather see domain names used in a more hierarchical fashion.

protocol://tld.domain.subdomain.host/folder/subfolder/file.extension seems like a lot more sensible way to arrange things, instead of our current host.subdomain.domain.tld arrangement. Of course, we still write dates in a fucked up order here in the US, so I guess it makes sense that we would arrange domain names in a stupid fashion.

Purely pedantic when there's bigger fish to be fried, I know. Still, it's just one more little thing about domain naming that rubs me wrong.

Re:Half-assed indeed (1)

Bertie (87778) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979037)

Well actually they used to be arranged that way (like newsgroups, from general to specific), but it was reversed in, I dunno, 1993 or so. I remember when I started at university in 1995 it was still possible to send emails to people with the domain arranged that way round.

Re:Huh? (1)

impaledsunset (1337701) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978013)

Yes... Apart from the seemingly unneeded TLD, am I the only one who thinks that this isn't the way that 'internet communications' should work? I would always go with communication networks having similar architecture to email, like XMPP and SIP.

These days the central point doesn't play such a big role in these services, I would like to see gazillion communication service providers, like we already have with email, ISPs running their XMPP and/or SIP services, popular sites doing the same, and you running your own.

There are already ones that do so, and they seem to be growing in number. What, should they all get a .tel TLD? And should current email providers get a .tel TLD? Should everyone email, IM or VoIP address end in .tel? In the end, will there be _anyone_ with an email or VoIP address ending in .tel?

Just in under the wire (2, Insightful)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977815)

Brilliantly "I CANN but I shouldn't" manages to win the dumbest, stupidest, most pointless idea of the whole sodding year.

I mean just having a "standard" of I don't know VCF and using MIMEtypes from a web page would give you the ability to do this sort of connectivity address book stuff within the existing infrastructure. Now the idea is that everyone should register an equivalent .tel (errrr how do they do that when there are different companies at the .com, .net, .org, .co.uk, .fr etc addresses).

Quite astonishingly badly stupid and I applaud their genius by making sure it will be in everyone's mind as the "worst idea of 2008" is compiled. The only person who might be happy about this is the 2000-2007 undisputed winning partnership of Bush/Cheney for their "Threatening China", "What Torture?" "What WMD?" "Mission Accomplished", "What problems in Iraq?" and many other household favourites.

As my mother said "Just because 'you can' doesn't mean 'you should'". I propose a name change to ICANN to "Please god no we can't be trusted with this responsibility"

too late (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25977831)

all these one-roof TLDs would maybe have been worth something if they were there from the beginning. But everyone wants a .com because everything on the interwebz is a www.*.com or .org for organizations as if it lent credence to their validity. It's just far too late now and serves little use, and practically no guarantee of homogeneity.

Uh, what? (3, Insightful)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977843)

How is that meant to work? I already use existing domain names for 'Internet communication' services, like email and IM. I can already use DNS to map telephone numbers to these with RFC 2916 or map arbitrary domains to them with RFC 2915. So, what exactly, is the point of .tel?

Re:Uh, what? (2, Insightful)

Hans Lehmann (571625) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978015)

So, what exactly, is the point of .tel?

The point is to make money for the registrars, of course, since now every major web site will have to register foo.tel to go along with foo.com, foo.org, foo.biz, foo.info,......

Re:Uh, what? (3, Interesting)

Kent Recal (714863) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978511)

Aren't we beyond the point of "must own every tld in existence" by now?

I lived through that in my old company. They literally wanted all TLDs, not only for the primary name but also for most spelling mistakes. And for country-specific spelling mistakes (french people might make different mistakes than english people).

Consequently they had 1-2 fulltime employees doing nothing but domain registration and babysitting. Yes, domains do need babysitting when you're literally owning thousands of them from all countries of the world. Ever deciphered a russian expiry notice? Or tried to establish an office in some arabic country only so that you are allowed to buy a domain from them?

Long story short: Most sane businesses should have realized by now that they really only need the standard set (.com/.net/.org), plus the country TLDs for the countries where they're actually doing business. Everything else is wasted money. If someone squats your name on some obscure foreign TLD then so what? Ignore them or sue them into oblivion (trademark!) if they try to pull off scams in your name.

I can .tel you... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25977853)

Stallman==communist

Re:I can .tel you... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978103)

how is this flamebait? Spend 5 minutes talking to him and he'll mention that he's a communist at least twice.

Enum (3, Insightful)

Imagix (695350) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977869)

Uh, didn't this used to be called Enum? (e164.arpa.)?

Re:Enum (1)

drspliff (652992) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978341)

Yes.. and why do I even bother having me@example.com coming through to my VoIP phone wherever I am, along with email and OpenID? SRV and MX records are doing nicely for now.

So tell me, why again do we need .tel?

What happened to .net? (2, Insightful)

ampmouse (761827) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977871)

I could be wrong, but this sounds very similar to the purpose of the .net TLD! Why so many new useless TLDs?

Re:What happened to .net? (1)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979201)

I was going to post the same thing, but it looks like this is intended more for directory services as opposed to websites for entities offering services relating to networking and the Internet. I think.

Hey, at least it opens up more domain hacks! ;)

      --- Mr. DOS

New logo for... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25977893)

Now In.tel Inside..

YAY! Just what we needed! (4, Funny)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977911)

As if we don't have enough TLD's already...

I think the part that gets me the most angry is, have you ever tried to tell someone your email address over the phone when it doesn't end in com/org/edu? My company was apparently late to market with their webpage, so we have a 20 character dot com address and an incredibly short .biz address. I used to choose the .biz because I thought it would be simple for people to understand. I'm very careful to enunciate my letters, but these people are clueless. No matter how much I tell them B as in Bravo, I as in Indiana, Z as in Zebra, they end up with DIC...Seriously, if there even was a .dic TLD, would you want to be there???

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (2, Interesting)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978083)

As if we don't have enough TLD's already

Can you get your last name.com or .anything? I snagged mcgrew.info when .info frst came ou, but let it lapse. I doubt seriously I could get it back.

IMO we have no where near enough TLDs.

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (1)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978547)

Guess what...Not everyone can have their own top level domain to match their last name. Lets for a second imagine a world where we even wanted to try this...Think of how many top level domains we would need before all of the smiths could have their own top level domain. I can imagine it now, "Hey! I just opened my new webpage www.smith.0xA48C549B...isn't it catchy? But when you figure out there are 3 million people [howmanyofme.com] with the last name smith. Good luck making 3 million tlds that have meaning. Okay, so your last name isn't quite so common as Smith, lets see how many McGrews are out there...10,795...Please give me a list of 10795 meaningful top level domains when you get a chance.

I personally am a little luckier. There are only 330 people with my last name, and I am the only one with my first name. Yet my lastname.com is not available. :-( Like I'd even want it if it was. Isn't the point of the internet anonymity?

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (2, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979119)

You misunderstand what I mean. If you have a TLD for .food and another tld for .aero, mcdonald.food could take you to McBurgers, while mcdonald.aero would take you to McDonald Aircraft.

mcgrew.nerd might take you to me, while mcgrew.funny would take you to the comedian with my name. I'm not suggesting that "mcgrew" be a TLD, just that there aren't enough TLDs to go around. I don't think five is a nearly big anough group.

Yet my lastname.com is not available

That's because the squatters took every goddamned name on earth back in the nineties.

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (1)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978167)

Seriously, if there even was a .dic TLD, would you want to be there???

\

I'm sure grammar/spelling fascists would find it appealing.

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (1)

pragma_x (644215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979459)

"I'm sure grammar/spelling fascists would find it appealing."

So would the porn industry.

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978183)

"Seriously, if there even was a .dic TLD, would you want to be there???"

You bet!! The first thing I would do would be to put up a gay twink site at "17yearold.dic"

There has to be money in that.

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978495)

Seriously, if there even was a .dic TLD, would you want to be there???
I wouldn't want to be there but I can think of several people I would recommend to be moved...

Re:YAY! Just what we needed! (1)

Luyseyal (3154) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979341)

Hell, it's even worse now that every two-bit wannabe mail administrator thinks he can block .info because "nobody uses it but spammers". I've talked with these people. They're like "get a gmail account. It's free." Free -- sure, but nevermind the investment I've made in having nice, short contact info. If you hadn't broken your mail system, I wouldn't have to go to this extra effort to deal with your idiocy.

-l

People don't know what a TLD is and should use... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25977963)

google or some other search engine to type a URL. Its simply not safe to blindly type a URL, I'm sure you have been to "one of those sites" by accident by misspelling a URL.

I work with a bunch of computer geeks, and even they don't know the difference between .com and .org. I guess .tel will really clarify things for people.

Hold up just a second... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979141)

I work with a bunch of computer geeks, and even they don't know the difference between .com and .org.

You don't just get the title "computer geek" for having the right job and a degree. ITT Tech doesn't count.

Start with the obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25977967)

mat.tel
nex.tel
all.tel

Re:Start with the obvious (0, Troll)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978175)

Good choices, there:

mat.tel

The makers of Barbie and other such important toys.
nex.tel

A cell phone provider no longer in existence, since being purchased by Sprint.

all.tel

A cell phone provider soon to be no longer in existence, since having been purchased by Verizon.

Re:Start with the obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978229)

win.tel

loldomains (4, Funny)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 5 years ago | (#25977981)

ICANNhas.cheezburger?

Re:loldomains (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978543)

Well, there is .er [wikimedia.org] , so in theory, someone could register cheezburg.er or so. Unfortunately, the domain seems to be abandoned/non-functional in practice.

.wtf tld lol (5, Funny)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978001)

I think we should register the .WTF TLD and use it as a "parody TLD for anyone who wants to mock a trademark"

Re: .wtf tld lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978295)

Just need to convince the Wildlife Trust Fund to get a whole TLD in their honour.

Way to go, ICANN (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978125)

Wow, I don't know if they could be more clueless if they tried. Last month they announced that they want to start selling new gTLDs, and now, in the wake of the widespread presence of bad data in DNS, they are announcing a TLD for more DNS data?

What problem are they trying to solve here?

Re:Way to go, ICANN (1)

Kabuthunk (972557) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978641)

I believe they would be trying to solve the "I want more money" problem. Given the .tel TLD now exists, I'd say their method of solving the problem appears to be working.

Other problems, or problems that come up because of this? Pshaw, nuts to that... that first problem needs more solving!

Wikipedia entry (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978155)

Am I the only one who thinks the Wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tel - reads like a Telnic (sponsor of the TLD) press release, complete with obligatory positive quotes?

Industry experts were positive to the demonstrations, with comments in blogs including author of Net Attitude[5] and founder member of the W3C John R. Patrick stated "I think this will be a big deal."

Re:Wikipedia entry (1)

tomalpha (746163) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979153)

Look at the edit history [wikipedia.org] - almost all from a "Justinhayward". There just happens to be a Communications Director @ Telnic named Justin Hayward...

Look you can even see his new .tel page [justin.tel]

Given that usage, block all mail from .tel (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978179)

Given that the purported usage of .tel is for non-mail applications, all mail from ".tel" should be blocked. Don't even accept a SMTP connection.

Article Summary is From wikipedia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25978211)

The submitter and editors didn't even remove the footnote reference! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tel

It seems like (1)

amliebsch (724858) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978305)

TLD's are the new Usenet prefixes. Coming soon: .alt! .rec! .talk!

Re:It seems like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979215)

in before tpb registers binaries.alt

Domain squatting, here I come! (1)

dave562 (969951) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978427)

in.tel is mine and those bastards can pry it from my cold, dead fingers. Or, cough up a million bucks. I thought about taking AMD.tel, but it just doesn't have the same appeal.

Re:Domain squatting, here I come! (1)

nuclearhazzard327 (1422947) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978677)

I Call IBM.tel, AMD.tel, ATI.tel, Nvidia.tel, Toyota.tel, Honda.tel, BMW.tel, Apple.tel, Obama.tel, BarackObama.tel, PresidentObama.tel, BillGates.tel, and other various companies and famous names...and the price for me to release them 500,000 GBP a piece ya american wankers

Re:Domain squatting, here I come! (1)

djrok212 (801670) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978759)

Or just sue you for copyright infringement and make YOU play their legal fees.

Re:Domain squatting, here I come! (1)

dave562 (969951) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978919)

Like my INvolvement in TELephony really infringes on their copyright. ;)~

I knew I should have trademarked my own name (1)

binary.bang (1372881) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978451)

I could be registering it _right now_ on .tel -whisper- for an obscene amount of money -/whisper-.
anyone know how much registration will cost for individuals at the start of the "landrush" period?

What a racket (2, Interesting)

Bertie (87778) | more than 5 years ago | (#25978965)

1. Come up with new TLD
2. Watch corporations flock to register theirname.tel because they can't afford for squatters to get there first
3. ??
4. Profit!

Repeat every time you feel the need for a new revenue stream.

Nice work if you can get it.

Oh Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979053)

Do.Tel?

More dumb TLDs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979149)

.tel me about it!

How is this different from .name? (3, Interesting)

Ilyakub (1200029) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979391)

.name [wikipedia.org] has been active since 2001, for the very same purpose. It's not very popular.

Slashdot javascript problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25979419)

Slashdot's javascript has had problems for a few months now...

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it goes on and on...

subdomain? (1)

jaymz2k4 (790806) | more than 5 years ago | (#25979581)

Is there some reason why we couldn't just have a 'standard' subdomain like tel.company.com or dir.company.com or whateverthehellmakessense.company.com ? Sure introducing the .tel means that naming convention problem is forcibly solved but maybe its because I'm getting older and more jaded, but i keep looking at the introduction of new tld's as a license to print money (almost).
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