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VeriSign Looks At Earning Money on Domain Typos

CowboyNeal posted about 11 years ago | from the seemingly-good-ideas dept.

The Internet 288

Harald Paulsen writes "In a recent article Computer Business Review uncovers how VeriSign Inc is testing a service that would return a webpage if a user mistypes an URL. Basically all nonexistant domain queries could return an IP address and if the user was trying to access a page with a webbrowser they could get redirected to a search-engine, or worse: a page asking them to buy a domain. This is most certainly breaking the DNS standard and could be compared to cybersquatting (Hey Ford, want to have a banner ad whenever someone mistypes Toyota?). This is interesting in relation to an earlier story about register.com and holding-pages."

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niggers (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939136)

you know I 'em

Typical Verisign/Network Solutions crap... (5, Interesting)

LinuxMan (3590) | about 11 years ago | (#6939138)

So not only do they spam us, reserve weird rights [slashdot.org] to our domain names, and cybersquat [slashdot.org] , but now they are doing this. It is really too bad there is not some kind of ICANN policy against this type of thing... Then again, ICANN is made up of a bunch of organizations like them anyway, so the whole thing is corrupt.

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace [amazon.com]

You can't cybersquat.... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939146)

...when there is nothing to cybersquat on. One must actually buy and have an actual domain registered and functional for cybersquatting to occur.

Re:You can't cybersquat.... (5, Interesting)

dhwebb (526291) | about 11 years ago | (#6939189)

The issue is that all unused domains to come to a versign ad basically. What about the other registrars that you could register through. This seems like a mis-use of power.

Re:You can't cybersquat.... (3, Insightful)

Dark Nexus (172808) | about 11 years ago | (#6939193)

EXACTLY!

As soon as someone registers the page and points it somewhere, the DNS listing for that address would take over from the typo-redirection.

Re:You can't cybersquat.... (5, Insightful)

Otter (3800) | about 11 years ago | (#6939213)

But that /is/ basically what they're doing. They control the DNS for some key TLDs and essentially setting up typorn sites on all unoccupied domain names.

At least it's better than that frightening site that was/is (I'm not looking) at anazon.com. They had bestiality pictures on the main page!

Re:You can't cybersquat.... (1)

dosius (230542) | about 11 years ago | (#6939289)

Someone I knew accidentally typoed "linc.sourgeforge.net" instead of "linc.sourceforge.net" ...OMG, it rivaled Goatse! Please...Let the Net work as it's supposed to... If there is no site, ERROR OUT!

-uso.

Re:You can't cybersquat.... (1)

Niteshade (674961) | about 11 years ago | (#6939424)

strange that at anazon.com (I looked) now lurks an anti-Verisign website.

Re:You can't cybersquat.... (4, Funny)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | about 11 years ago | (#6939434)

How many times do I have to say this? Posters, please verify your links before including them in your posts. I was promised bestiality--Instead, I go a link to a "Verisign is a bad company" protest site. At least it's on topic.

FRENCH NERDS CYBERSQUAT WHEN THEY PEE (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939524)

niggers and poo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939153)

shit party at my house

foo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939154)

foo

This is also done with domain suffixes. (4, Insightful)

YahoKa (577942) | about 11 years ago | (#6939160)

This is also done when .org, .net, .com, .ca, etc. are confused. For example, Gnome [gnome.com] and Gnome [gnome.org]

Re:This is also done with domain suffixes. (1)

Ateryx (682778) | about 11 years ago | (#6939522)

Unfortunately/Fortunately the wonderful people at slashdot have secured www.slashdot.com [slashdot.com] which switches over to .org as most people know. Better yet, a fellow slashdotter in the name of slashdot precured www.slashdor.org [slashdor.org] because he was sick of the timeout messages.

I'm confused (5, Funny)

JayBlalock (635935) | about 11 years ago | (#6939164)

VeriSign is evil... Microsoft is evil... AOL is evil... WHO DO I ROOT FOR? I don't know what to say... Um... um... Uh, San Dimas Open Source ROCKS!

Re:I'm confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939230)

Apple. If they break their agreements to say stay out of the music selling business to avoid confusion with another apple that sells music, they are to be given a party, blowjobs and complimentary cocaine. They are a lesser evil, and if we don't celebrate their evilness they will never become a greater evil.

Re:I'm confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939264)

How could you have forgotten to mention the Spurious Criminal Organization.

Flame Design Group (4, Funny)

SHEENmaster (581283) | about 11 years ago | (#6939280)

Root for companies that no one has heard of; it makes you sound cool.

(San Dimas Operations...)

Re:Flame Design Group (1)

JayBlalock (635935) | about 11 years ago | (#6939326)

There's actually an IT group named San Dimas? I was making a Bill and Ted joke. Funny.

Re:Flame Design Group (1)

Galvatron (115029) | about 11 years ago | (#6939514)

Um, no, Santa Cruz Organization is SCO, I think he was trying to making a followup joke (SDO).

But yeah, Bill & Ted were great. "Ted my friend, strange things are afoot at the circle-K."

Re:I'm confused (1, Interesting)

mobets (101759) | about 11 years ago | (#6939351)

I'd say root them all, then delete all their files, but that might be a little less than legal...

Oh, root _for_ ... *shrug* good luck.

Re:I'm confused (2, Informative)

MegaFur (79453) | about 11 years ago | (#6939397)

Corporations* are always evil to some degree or another. (Yes, that includes you, IBM--and you too, Redhat (et. al.).) Your mistake was in seeing things as a contest in which you root for some team to win. They're all evil. The only way that we win is to have the really, really evil ones take each other out (if we're very lucky), and try to somehow prevent the other ones from becoming as bad as the most evil ones. It pays to be cynical.

* echo Corporations | sed -e s/pora/rup/ and you will see why.

Oh, and never believe anything you read on slashdot... including this.

Re:I'm confused (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939440)

I don't think piping text through sed is really a trustworthy source of information.



echo MegaFur | sed -e 's/r/r is a cocksusker/'


Oh wait. maybe there is something to it after all...

If they wanted to be heroes... (4, Interesting)

Atario (673917) | about 11 years ago | (#6939165)

...they'd create a service that sends you to the page you wanted when you mistype the name. Instead, they're out for a fast buck that annoys us. Feh.

Re:If they wanted to be heroes... (1)

someguy456 (607900) | about 11 years ago | (#6939209)

hmm... mod parent up! Hopefully some mozilla or konqueror developers are reading this? Hint, hint...

Re:If they wanted to be heroes... (1)

mr_sas (682067) | about 11 years ago | (#6939377)

RTFA "If VeriSign were to offer such a service, it would likely be of concern to Microsoft Corp and America Online Inc, which could stand to lose money, as well as the intellectual property lobby and advocates of adherence to internet standards." If there was something that could be practically be done about it don't you think that AOL or MS would do it?

Re:If they wanted to be heroes... (5, Insightful)

weston (16146) | about 11 years ago | (#6939276)

And the funny thing is, they could probably even make some money off of that. Large companies like Toyota and Merill Lynch probably could afford it and would pay for the right to have users taken directly to them. Additionally, Verisign could have a service that guesses close domains built in, giving suggestions to a misguided user while serving a banner ad or two -- or heck, just says "Another service of Verisign".

But that's the problem with modern business thinkers. It's not about providing a service and seeing if you can get paid for it. It's about controlling channels and leveraging that control.

Seriously, I don't even suggest for a moment to anyone I know that they consider using Verisign for anything. They're the antitheses of trust.

Credibility... (3, Interesting)

Mainframer (530235) | about 11 years ago | (#6939166)

Verisign used to be perceived as a serious company but they have long lost a lot of their credibility. This new idea of theirs isn't going to help improve their image.

URL typo's (3, Interesting)

someguy456 (607900) | about 11 years ago | (#6939167)

Hasn't that happened already? A while ago, I could've sworn http://www.gogle.com pointed to one of those all-in-one search pages usually in place for dot-com busts.

Re:URL typo's (1)

rolocroz (625853) | about 11 years ago | (#6939211)

That's just by people who register common typos to point to their sites. Another example is homestarruner.com [homestarruner.com] , as opposed to homestarrunner.com [homestarrunner.com] .

Re:URL typo's (1)

schnits0r (633893) | about 11 years ago | (#6939336)

So that's what the real MArzipan looks like, whoooo!

that kind of thing should be illegal (1)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | about 11 years ago | (#6939430)

Doesn't that sort of thing violate laws about enticing children to view pornography?

Homestar probably gets a ton of hits from children, and children are most likely to mistype urls.

If they're not trying to get kids, who are they trying to get?

"Think I'll watch some Homestar toons. Oh, wait, porno!"

Statistics on mistyping of "slashdot " (5, Interesting)

prakslash (681585) | about 11 years ago | (#6939173)

http://slsahdot.org

Re:Statistics on mistyping of "slashdot " (1)

gomoX (618462) | about 11 years ago | (#6939212)

You also have http://www.salshdot.org which is a kind redirect to good ole' /.

Re:Statistics on mistyping of "slashdot " (1)

ncc74656 (45571) | about 11 years ago | (#6939366)

You also have http://www.salshdot.org which is a kind redirect to good ole' /.

Maybe that's just how CmdrTaco most frequently misspells Slashdot...

Re:Statistics on mistyping of "slashdot " (5, Funny)

the_other_one (178565) | about 11 years ago | (#6939444)

hmmmmm...

salsadot.org

Now, I just need to invent a few recipes for hot sauce with caffeine.

Re:Statistics on mistyping of "slashdot " (2, Funny)

cdrj (556227) | about 11 years ago | (#6939228)

What is really interesting is the fact that between the months of March and April, the number of errors increase at least ten fold, for only one moment. Maybe this page was linked to before? http://cricket.asimov.net/index.cgi?target=%2Fslas hdot-misspellers%2Fslsahdot-org;ranges=y

Re:Statistics on mistyping of "slashdot " (1)

gregmac (629064) | about 11 years ago | (#6939265)

Hm, great example of what happens when you use GUAGE instead of COUNTER.

It is an abuse (5, Insightful)

mindstrm (20013) | about 11 years ago | (#6939174)

of a position of trust.

They should maintain the registry from a technical perspective, period.

Re:It is an abuse (2, Funny)

lgftsa (617184) | about 11 years ago | (#6939344)

Judging by the light most people hold them in, it's more an abuse of a position of mistrust.

Inverted Typos (2, Funny)

yanestra (526590) | about 11 years ago | (#6939188)

Hm, how much would it be to make Versisign redirect typos of volkswagen.com on my porn site?

Re:Inverted Typos (1)

AntiOrganic (650691) | about 11 years ago | (#6939395)

VW-SLUTS.COM

Dirty sluts will bend over backwards for you in a New Beetle! (Of course, they have to, or they can't possibly fit.)

And people trust Verisign? (5, Interesting)

Edgewize (262271) | about 11 years ago | (#6939195)

"Paxfire's Sullivan said his company's service is set up so that only web traffic returns an IP address. Domain queries for non-web applications such as email or FTP are dropped or return error messages, he said."

Bullshit. He's lying or clueless, or both. It's not like DNS requests have a flag saying "I'm sending this query for a web page!" My take? They're lying to hide the side-effects of this blatant violation of internet standards from the general public.

Re:And people trust Verisign? (3, Informative)

Chmarr (18662) | about 11 years ago | (#6939216)

IT could very well be that they're saying that queries for www.sometyponame.com will return an IP address, but sometyponame.com will return a negative result.

Because the Internet is not just 'The Web' (5, Insightful)

The Monster (227884) | about 11 years ago | (#6939340)

Exactly. If I try to ping mispel.com, it should give me a DNS error, not create such an IP address out of whole cloth. Beware the temptation to make the Internet a 'smart' network. It works because DNS doesn't know about such things as web browsing. The ONLY place to address this is at the application level. I should be able to configure my browser to go google for the right spelling.

Oh, I already DID configure it to do that. So I don't need this alleged 'service', thankyouverymuch.

I've said it before (3, Interesting)

toddhunter (659837) | about 11 years ago | (#6939199)

and I'll say it again, 'this internet is stuffed'.
Anyone else have the dream whereby us computer people create a new internet and leave this heap of crap behind for corporate and marketing types to die in?
And whilst we are at it, lets do away with the ISP's and telcos so information doesn't cost anything anymore. Surely we can work something out?

Re:I've said it before (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939283)

I think that when we build the second geek internet, it will probably ride "under the radar" on the public net. Kind of like a "speak easy" in earlier times.
One would imagine that it would exist mostly in the open but have some kind of "barrier to entry" before you can use it (man geeknet anyone? )

Re:I've said it before (3, Funny)

cying (132283) | about 11 years ago | (#6939338)

Dream? We're already here! You're missing out! Come on over, we'll take care of you. You don't have to worry about all that rubbish anymore. There's no government, no laws, and food and clothing? It grows, it always grows. Just be sure not to go out on your own after dark, and sleep in large groups.

Weena! Don't touch that nice man's machine!

Re:I've said it before (1)

ChozCunningham (698051) | about 11 years ago | (#6939431)

For the web, It's here
http://freenet.org

and for IRC, here:
http://www.invisiblenet.net/index.php

And I2P is coming, sort of an invisible internet protocol.

This is already done (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939202)

Tell me how this is different from IE giving you a "Domain not found" page when you mistype a URL, complete with microsoft search engine, suggested related domains, and an offer to buy the nonexistant domain name?

I've always hated that, especially because it lets MS log every single incorrect URL typed.

Re:This is already done (4, Informative)

puck71 (223721) | about 11 years ago | (#6939262)

You change change that screen. See http://www.google.com/options/defaults.html for details.

Re:This is already done (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939419)

Its different because you can choose not to use IE... if you want to hit a .com or .net, you're gunna be using VeriSign, like it or not

Precedent? (5, Interesting)

DarkBlackFox (643814) | about 11 years ago | (#6939203)

If precedent is already set as per online advertising through a competitor (think Gator, where it was deemed legal to show pop-ups of a competing company when visiting certain sites, or sites with certain keywords), how would something like this hold up, where it is the user's fault for mis-spelling the intended domain?

If it's legal to pop up competing websites without consent, then surely it's legal to redirect to a competing website when there is indirect consent (e.g. the user types in the erronous address).

Not that it's a desireable thing, just based on past precedent it seems the direction the legal system is heading.

I just thank my lucky stars I don't get redirected to some obscure/spyware infested search engine when I misspell slashdot- just a simple page informing me I've misspelled it, with a convenient number of how many others are afflicted with the same travesty.

Re:Precedent? (1)

mobets (101759) | about 11 years ago | (#6939379)

I'd like to see the page, what misspelling takes you to it?

Re:Precedent? (1)

Horny Smurf (590916) | about 11 years ago | (#6939501)

the gator case is entirely different.

Gator was installed and running *with the user's permission*.

How you agree to have a dns root server show ads?

OTOH, the gator ruling also applies to ad-removing software installed by the user as well :)

Won't someone think of the pr0n? (0)

worst_name_ever (633374) | about 11 years ago | (#6939204)

I wonder if this will cut down on the number of pr0n sites that register commonly-misspelled domain names... e.g. www.whitehouse.com, www.alttavista.com, etc. (okay, the second one redirects you to the real site nowadays, but you get the idea)

...and, now that I RTFA, I guess this will only apply to unregistered domain names, so as long as the pr0n folks keep registering typo-domain-names, people will still be able to claim they got "accidentally redirected to a pr0n site" when they're caught at work.

try corn.com (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939206)

see where it went?

Re:try corn.com (1)

Bill Dimm (463823) | about 11 years ago | (#6939386)

More importantly, did you see where it bounced you through some jerk's affiliate link before you got there so that he would get paid if you bought anything?

Zombie movies (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939232)

Never get old.. that shit just rules. I need the "* of the Dead" series on DVD. More brains, bitch.

Slahdot. (0, Flamebait)

Oscar_Wilde (170568) | about 11 years ago | (#6939235)

Thats funny you'd think a portal such as Slahdot [slahdot.org] would have a big story such as this in their news section....

Re:Slahdot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939367)

I hate netster. OK, so I mistype a domain name. Netster, pops up, redirects me to some lame portal site, and changes the entry in the url to some semi random string. Now I have to retype the damn URL. And, I don't want to buy fucking flowers.

Anyone tried variations of Slashdot (.org)? (3, Interesting)

R33MSpec (631206) | about 11 years ago | (#6939237)

I've tried a couple of variations like slashdto.org and slashodt.org - seems to go to just the types of pages the article is describing.

Re:Anyone tried variations of Slashdot (.org)? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939534)

Verisign is not operating .org, that is PIR/Affilias

Did you expect anything less... (5, Informative)

Bloodmoon1 (604793) | about 11 years ago | (#6939242)

From the same company that not all to long ago tried a scam [slashdot.org] to steal away domain names from their initial registrars, and is now being sued class-action style [soundtrax.net] and being investigated by the FTC [internet.com] ?

more IPs, less domains... (5, Interesting)

illumina+us (615188) | about 11 years ago | (#6939247)

With IPv6 on the verge of being implemented, how will this affect domain names? There will be a plethora of IPs but less and less usable domain names to bind to. Unless of course people want to start using stuff like y4h00.com! or 47t4v15t4.com; registering unused domains for comerical purposes is a detriment to the world wide web, and also, forces developing groups to use awkward domain names.

Re:more IPs, less domains... (4, Funny)

Hamstaus (586402) | about 11 years ago | (#6939345)

With IPv6 on the verge of being implemented...

Ha ha! Ah ha ha! Ha!

*wipes tear*

Thanks dude, I needed that.

MOD PARENT UP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939428)

Oh so true.

Now here's why thats stupid.... (2, Insightful)

geesus (545118) | about 11 years ago | (#6939252)

If they did it for simple mistypes, fine, I can deal with that. But if they non existant domains, it makes network testing a hell of a lot harder. For example, say im connecting to an IRC network thats having DNS problems, I dont want it trying to connect to verisigns webservers. And why let one company have a monopoly on that anyway even if it was going ahead, yea sure the .cx and .tk TLD's have crap like that, but not for .com please

Damn it someone already has slushdot.org (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939255)

Are they trying to build up a slush fund on the backs of poor typists?

It's already big business (0, Offtopic)

Superfreaker (581067) | about 11 years ago | (#6939287)

Well, maybe not BIG business, but I know of several people who make a good living from mistyped url's.

If site www.xyz.com has a $10 referral bonus, these people will buy www.xyx.com and do a redirect the poor-typing surfer to the correct wite with their affiliate code included.
I'm sure the /. editorial team alone has filled a few pockets of these people given their typing skillz.

Cool, eh?

Re:It's already big business (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939536)

amazon.com's affiliate TOS disallows that sort of thing.

AT&T cable -- they already did this (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939301)

AT&T did this for a while with all unrecognized DNS queries on their cable modem service, about a year ago. You got some junky portal.

Don't you see (4, Funny)

LoneIguana (681297) | about 11 years ago | (#6939329)

You all should stop complaining it's obvious versign is trying to _help_ you: "Like many registries, we're continually exploring ideas on how to enhance the user experience,"

These are the same.... (1)

c1ay (703047) | about 11 years ago | (#6939335)

arseholes that sent me an expiry notice on a domain that I had just renewed for 2 years with my original registrar and had never had it listed with them in the first place. Fortunately my false and misleading notice came in the US Mail so the postmaster was quite happy to take up their fraudulent use of the mail.

They're geniuses! (5, Insightful)

cookd (72933) | about 11 years ago | (#6939341)

I can't think of a better way to exponentially increase the number of domains registered. Currently, FooBar company knows that nobody has registered any typo names, and that if anybody does, they can probably get rid of the type names through a lawsuit. Therefore, FooBar registers only foobar.com.

If this takes effect, the story changes. FooBar knows that if any customer makes a typo, Verisign will get to show an ad for Widget.com. The only way to make this go away is to register all of the possible typo names. So FooBar registers every single possible domain name that could possibly be considered close to FooBar. Bad for FooBar. Bad for anybody who wants a domain name (now they will ALL be taken), but good for Verisign.

Re:They're geniuses! (1)

donnacha (161610) | about 11 years ago | (#6939399)


Mod the above up, this is exactly what they're doing, this will undoubtedly cause a run on variations of existing domain names.

Re:They're geniuses! (1)

hpmsource (611561) | about 11 years ago | (#6939465)

But, if I can sue FooBar Company for registering typos that closely resemble my trademark, can't I sue Verisign for using typos that closely resemble my trademark? I don't see much of a difference here. I think that Verisign's actions open it up to an enormous number of lawsuits from the biggest companies in the world.

Ugh. No! (5, Insightful)

Geekenstein (199041) | about 11 years ago | (#6939357)

You know, this is just going to place a good bit more load on everyone's nameserver, not just the roots. Every request that used to be discarded from NS caches because it didn't exist will now be cached normally as a "good" request. 10-12% more data load might not be much for small DNS uses, but for companies like AOHell and other large ISPs, VeriSign is just screwing them over.

On another note, this would have to be some form of nameserver hack, not a root file hack(correct me if I'm wrong). But not all of the root servers are controlled by Verisign. Are those independant roots going to go along with this? Why should they?

Re:Ugh. No! (2, Interesting)

samj (115984) | about 11 years ago | (#6939433)

Good point. A djbdns [cr.yp.to] user myself, I'm not sure how BIND handles wildcards, but presumably the independent roots would have to get behind this for it to work 100%. It wouldn't necessarily matter if they didn't have *all* the roots, but one could argue that the roots should all return the same answer for a given query.

Yahooo! (1)

cloudless.net (629916) | about 11 years ago | (#6939361)

I made a typo of Yahoo sometime ago, and it worked:
http://www.yahooo.com [yahooo.com]

Another reason the "R" word? (4, Insightful)

release7 (545012) | about 11 years ago | (#6939362)

R-r-r-r-regulation! Jesus, when are we going to wake out of the ideological stupor that holds that there's no place for government in a utopia? Despite what your Republican and Libertarian friends tell you, regulation can be a good thing.

suddently Verisign gets new insight...... (1)

xxdinkxx (560434) | about 11 years ago | (#6939369)

on how gain a monopoly on the known internet.... and at cut rate prices now they can buy up all remaining domain names... and sell them to their competitors... This domain by up was brought to by Micro$oft your chapter 11... our passion....

More Verisign Shenanigans and Tomfoolery (5, Insightful)

samj (115984) | about 11 years ago | (#6939373)

On one hand, Verisign wants us to believe they are sufficiently trustworthy to extort as much as USD1595.00 [verisign.com] from us for a handful of 1's and 0's (SSL Certificates), and on the other they expect to be able to get away with the dispicable, annoying business practice of hijacking users' web requests? This is annoying enough as it is with opportunistic larrikins buying up misspelt domains, without the custodian of the database abusing its' position by returning effectively forged replies to queries for domains which do not exist. Reminds me of their recent foray into the domain 'Back-Order Domain Acquisition Service [snapnames.com] business.

I guess with competitors closing the gap [geotrust.com] by offering virtually the same thing [geotrust.com] for a fraction of the price [rackshack.net] , they must be getting desparate.

Re:More Verisign Shenanigans and Tomfoolery (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939387)

What you're paying for is insurance. It's a free market, buy from someone else.

Re:More Verisign Shenanigans and Tomfoolery (1)

samj (115984) | about 11 years ago | (#6939406)

I'll take care of my own insurance with the $1,570.00 change if you don't mind. And then I'll go on a holiday with the change from that.

mistypes an URL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939382)

mistypes a URL.

Re:mistypes an URL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939398)

... unless of course you pronouce it earl rather than U-R-L

Re:mistypes an URL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939447)

I have a question...If you say "a Uniform Resource Locator" why would you say "an unlicensed..."? Is the letter "u" just a weirdo word or something? Or are we used to the improper use of a/an?

Re:mistypes an URL (1)

TheIzzy (615852) | about 11 years ago | (#6939491)

Phonetically:

Uniform: u = yu (soft beginning)
Unlicensed: u = u (hard beginning)

At least that's how it's pronounced in SoCal.

Re:mistypes an URL (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939506)

Here's a good guide (look he even avoided Top posting! Oh, the virgin net in those days! How it has been abused by Microsoft!):

Date: Sat, 2 Mar 1996 21:30:59 -0800 (PST)
From: "Clay M. Bond" (bondc@indiana.edu)

On Fri, 1 Mar 1996, M K Rippberger wrote:

> Use "an" when the following word begins with a vowel SOUND:
> a university
> a United Nations proclamation
> an anonymous letter

Let me add to that a quotation from the Chicago Manual of Style, 6.49:

Such forms as "an historical study" or "an union"
are not idiomatic in American English. Before a
pronounced *h*, long *u* (or *eu*), and such a
word as *one*, the indefinite article should be *a*:

a hotel
a euphonious word
a historical study
such a one
*but*: an honor, an heir
a union

---
Clay Bond, Team OS/2
CELT Writing Coordinator, Computer Administrator
bondc@indiana.edu
http://copper.ucs.indiana.edu/~bondc/

It's already being done (1)

Sneftel (15416) | about 11 years ago | (#6939409)

Ever gone to a site like jdfhawkejrhawk.museum [jdfhawkejrhawk.museum] ? Same deal. Not that many people would accidentally go to www.slashdot.museum....

Application Breakage (1)

samj (115984) | about 11 years ago | (#6939441)

I wonder what applications will fall over in a screaming heap if this is implemented? One would have a strong argument against this should it break something important - statistics perhaps?

GROW UP FANBOYS! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#6939451)

You freaking fanboys need to grow up. Nvidia is good, but so is ATI. Everyone has their own preferences and biases, but you need to base your purchasing decisions on hard facts, not gay emotions.

Re:GROW UP FANBOYS! (-1, Offtopic)

gcaseye6677 (694805) | about 11 years ago | (#6939508)

Somebody please mod this troll down!

It breaks no standard (5, Informative)

FunkyMarcus (182120) | about 11 years ago | (#6939480)

This is most certainly breaking the DNS standard

No, it's most certainly not.

It uses DNS as the means to some questionable ends, but it doesn't break anything.

As a matter of fact, the master file format (which is not the DNS standard as we care about it in this context anyway) explicitly provides for wildcard records.

Watch your location (URL, address, URI, whatever) bar:

See? [slashdot.org]
Again? [slashdot.org]
One more time? [slashdot.org]

Now, what standards have we broken? What's to prevent the web server from deciding what content to give us based on the Host header field we send?

Mark

Diminishing returns (2, Informative)

indros13 (531405) | about 11 years ago | (#6939488)

This will seem a little offtopic, but I think the market for misspelling is declining. After all, features like auto-complete in browsers mean that for repeated visits, it's a lot harder to end up at the wrong place.

Unless, of course, you are like me and your incorrect spelling is saved in the auto-complete: damn http://slsahdot.org!

Aren't they already doing this? (1)

mccready (245283) | about 11 years ago | (#6939489)

Whenever I mistype something with IE, I end up on a page that says 'SEARCH! Info, Jobs, Games, Music....E V E R Y T H I N G !!!'. I was all ready to blame by rat bastard ISP, but I tried ilikekittens.com with konqueror and just got an unknown host error. Fantastic, I guess I have some evil spyware on my win box. On linux, nslookup/dig gives nothing, but on win, nslookup gives 67.96.63.112 for the ilikekittens/rat-bastard-search-page ip. Anyone know what spyware might have done this? If you want to look at it, turn off pop-ups or javascript first, or use lynx or wget.

hmmm...I wonder (3, Funny)

Tumbleweed (3706) | about 11 years ago | (#6939490)

Is Veirsign or Verising taken yet? :)

VeriSign is "Innovating" (2, Informative)

joenobody (72202) | about 11 years ago | (#6939505)

The .cx registrar domains.cx [domains.cx] already does this. Try any random thing [iojfwemaxdf.cx] ending in .cx and you'll get their signup page.

This may be a stupid question.. (2, Interesting)

SixDimensionalArray (604334) | about 11 years ago | (#6939517)

.. but why would they only forward "misspelled" domain names.. why not EVERY SINGLE combination of letters and numbers that is not being used?? I mean, why not just register a bunch of domain names that might be popular and forward them to advertising pages? That's essentially what they are coming close to doing.

Not to give them any ideas mind you, but it just screams ILLEGAL that they are trying to steal traffic from people's mistakes. That has to have some implications, if not completely violating the notion of standards.

Remember, standards are what made the Internet in the first place, and standards are what keep it ALIVE!
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