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George W. Bush buys anti-Bush names

Hemos posted more than 15 years ago | from the well-it's-a-cool-sort-of dept.

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Quite a number of people have written over the last few days, alerting us to the fact that it appears that presidential candidate George W. Bush, has bought up over 200 Internet Domain Names. The article on Zdnet says that people wanted to put a website up at www.bushsucks.com, but Bush bought that, and more such as bushsucks.net, bushsucks.org, and even bushblows.com Huh-I guess it's a way of having a clue. Sort of.

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Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890084)

Free speech is the secondary property of domain names, primarily they are private property. First in first served (minus trademarks).

How does George stack up? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890085)

Well, he recently called Kosovars "Kosovoians", and Greeks "Greecians".

Re:boycottbush.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890086)

Not to mention such obvious ones as georgebushisdumb.com (or is that too long?).

when you posted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890087)

When you posted you also got rid of your moderation work for this story, so all you had to do was post something - anything at all. Don't tell us who you are though. Thats against the rules or something.

Not a good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890088)

Doesn't he realize that this will probably insite more people to come up anti-bush sites? Especially considering that this will probably irk tech savvy net people more than anyone.

Oh that makes more sense now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890089)

He doesn't want to stop free speech, he wants to make it harder for free speech.

Makes perfect sense.

Re:I Think This is Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890090)

Except of course, Bush himself is most likely clueless about domain names and it was one of his campain team who though of the idea...

Re:Oh shut up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890091)

I don't think his point was that bush shouldn't be aloud to buy them, it was to point out how it makes bush look in terms of free speech.

Fun with web sites (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890092)

IIRC, Bob Dole had a problem with a bogus web site during the last election. Something like bobdole.com took you to a site that featured Clinton. So, at least Bush is taking a proactive approach to the internet and the 2000 election. I wonder if Mr. "Internet" Gore is going to do the same?:)

On a similar note, what someone could do was put up an anti-Bush (or anyone else for that matter) web site; I like the eatme example posted earlier. Make sure the metatags contain stuff like Bush, 2000, president, US, election, etc... Then wait until the search engines find your site.

We've had some discussion here about trademarks in metatags. I believe that this won't apply to the above example.

I wonder if you could register HeilBuchanan.com?

Re:I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890093)

I don't go to those kind of sites but I don't see it as being worth spending the money for when people can just change the name, I mean that clinton site could be named anything and it would not have made it any easier or harder for me to find.

I feel this just reflects GWBs weird nature, the man does not have his fathers experience.

Re:I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890094)

Clinton also got a lot of attention during the impeachment, was it good attention, would it help him get elected again. Absolutely not, what kind of man likes the attention to be about "you can't disagree with me" type attitude.

Re:quick society question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890095)

Why do people in general have to create sucks.com sites? Yeah, you may not like the person, but you can still let the person campaign/sell/express their opinion.


The sucks.com sites are opinion. If they can campaign/sell/express their opinion, why can't someone express their opinions of that person as well?

Good move Bush! BTW Domain names != free speech. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890096)

This is actually a smart move by Bush. And there's nothing anti-free speech about it. Domain names are not free speech. You pay for them and in return, no one else gets to use that domain. Oh my God, someone's using the system the way it's designed to work! Somebody do something! Hey! I wanna use 'slashdot,org' too. What?! I can't register it? Rob Malda must be anti-free speech. Yah right.

Hey, this is too easy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890097)

Considering that the candidates are shoo-ins, we are either going to be Gored or Bushwacked.

Whaddaya know, both are available under org.

Somebody with a sense of humor whose tax returns are up to date needs to run right out and get these.

They could be a lot of fun.

The ones complaining about this are just jealous.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890098)

..that they didn't think to register the domain names first. Pure and simple. Say 'hi' to the green eyed monster for me will ya?

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890099)

>But how do you deal with trademarks from different industries? What if a software
>company has a trademark X and a clothing brand also has the same trademark?
>Who should be entitled to the domain name?

This is why we need unlimited TLDs. So apple.computer and apple.records and apple.farms can all coexist. Oh yeah, TLDs by themselves, cannot be allowed to be registered to anyone. Domain name registrants must still register domains of the form x.y with two parts. This prevents squatting at the TLD level because no one ownd a TLD. The implementation of this for bind is left as an exercise for the reader. :)

Re:Oh that makes more sense now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890100)


Its not how bush says it, its what he says...

"You can't disagree with me"

"I can practice my freedom, by making yours harder"

"I practice my freedom, by using my money to obscure/redirecting oposing views"

Speaks for itself.

Re:www.inetl.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890101)

Apply the same transformation to www.intel.com,
switching the two letters before the last one,
you get a frame that appears to be from a sexual titllation purveyment provider. AMaybe they could
get more business from typos than otherwise.
Count your change.

Um, banner ads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890102)

Rob just volunteers the top ov every page served up to the banner spam sites right?

Just admit it, /. is bastardizing the intent of .org. Everyone else does it too. No big deal.

Re:The ones complaining about this are just jealou (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890103)

Kind of funny, you don't know me, you don't know even if I would register a web site name that was against bush. You can go ahead and redirect the attention, make lame assumptions, but if it doesn't make sense then you look stupid. In this case what you say doesn't make sense, since I have not registered a site. Now it would be stupid of me to assume that you are only saying this because you are pro-bush, but I am not stupid, so I won't make lame assumptions. But any way it was funny.

Re:Does it hurt him at all? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890104)

I don't think so.


What you didn't read the original poster? He actually was refering to how bush looks in terms of free speech, not that bush should not be aloud to buy sites.

Frankly, I think most people will just laugh over this one (though it's a brilliant move, campaign-wise).


Since when does stuff like this make someone briliant? What when microsoft buys or destroys other companys is that briliant? When a criminal shoots someone in the head so they won't call the police, is that briliant? When atheletes cheat in the olympics and get away with it, are they briliant as well? When someone cheats on a math test and does not get caught, are they also briliant? Are any of these considered brilliant, would you ever say to someone that they are, and not be afraid that someone thinks you have problems?

I don't know, it depends on how the media accepts it, and whether the people who would have taken the bushsucks web sites, will now have to promote their web sites even more since the web site name would be less obvious.

This is not an attack on free speech in any way. People can still say whatever they want about him.


Its just like saying "you can say anything you want, but you can't say it out loud".

Re:Good move Bush! BTW Domain names != free speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890105)

This is actually a smart move by Bush.

Depends on your perception of smart, and it still depends on whether it even works or works against him.

And there's nothing anti-free speech about it. Domain names are not free speech. You pay for them and in return, no one else gets to use that domain.

Gee in your assumption "free speech" would not be "free speech" since their are things called copyrights, patents, trademarks. Free speech is not definable in that sense. Texas used to or still does have a law that allows you to shoot people on your property, so if I drag you on my property I can shoot you. But does that sound right, it is my property, if you are on my property you are in my hands, does that sound right?

Oh my God, someone's using the system the way it's designed to work! Somebody do something! Hey!

In your logic, the system was made to take domain names away from people, is the same as saying the law was made for laywers to get around it, and taxes were made so that rich people can find ways of getting around it, or that laws were made so that people do not shoot/kill people for free, so that people can be shot but they have to pay the government/family for shooting their citizen/relative.

I wanna use 'slashdot,org' too. What?! I can't register it? Rob Malda must be anti-free speech. Yah right.

I want to shoot you. What?! I can't shoot you? You must be against the republic then.

The fact that politicians have been struggling with domain name control, suggests that they are restricted by many things or want to be restricted. I forgot who but they wanted to get rid of profanity from domain names, they even wanted to control web content, but I guess bush is letting out the message that money is the best way to control the internet.

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Any way, lets look at it this way, if GB was just an average citizen it would not be a big deal, but he is a politicians. When a politician does something it makes them look worst then a normal person doing it. When he did this, he practicly made a statement that he does not want people to have oposing views, or to point out his flaws, even though some people consider this a flop (because they can just use another domain name), while others thinks this will work (brilliant/good move).

How about... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890156)

BushIsALittleGirl.org

Oopsies (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890157)

gbush.com, gwbush.com and georgebush.com are all different sites. Woops. Someone missed a few.

HeilBuchanan.com! Yes! Yes! Oh, yes. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890158)


I wonder if you could register HeilBuchanan.com?

Better would be to do a bunch of blatantly and sincerely neo-nazi domain names, with lots of neo-nazism on 'em, and pack the meta tags with perfectly normal Bush and Buchanan crapola. (I mean, as "normal" as Buchanan gets. When he's speaking to a national audience he usually does pull up short of neo-nazism.) So anyway, suck a lot of mainstream, timid voters into a fake neo-nazi web site and have ringing endorsements of Bush and Buchanan. But make them ringingly neo-nazi endorsements. I've heard that in Louisiana, David Duke occasionally lurches up out of his slumber and endorses somebody -- who invariably falls over himself denying any association! It's wonderful. Poor Duke. (By the way, Duke is well thought of in the well-dressed middle class western suburbs of Philadelphia -- they think he got a raw deal. So much for facile assumptions (mine, for example :) about the South v. the North, eh? If Duke endorsed a candidate in Haverford, it would be warmly appreciated.)

The right wing has gotten tremendous mileage out of painting moderate centrists as "extremist left-wing radicals". Okay, fair enough. Let's play.

Oh shut up. (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890159)

Buying internet domain names is also a form of freedom. Just because these anti-Bush people weren't smart enough to buy the domains first, doesn't mean Bush shouldn't be allowed to do so.

Re:Register, Read, Vote. (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890160)

As an American, I lost ALOT of faith in my country.

I dont like how we arm militias of 3rd world countrys so we can help take over their gov

I dont like how we police the world.

I dont like how the politicians arent in it to better the country, but to better there own careers.

I dont like our over-agressive capitolism-But capitolism is a great thing, if done correctly and fairly.

They say if you dont like it, you can leave

Well, I don't like it-I can't change it, so im moving to canada.

Just my $0.02

PS: If you are going to whine and cry about spelling/grammar errors, save the bandwidth and forget reminding me how terrible I am.

Re:boycottbush.com (3)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890162)

They also suggest that you "protect your internet
brand name" by buying up the .net, .com, and .org version of your domain name. Isn't that a blatant violation of what .org and .net were supposed to be for?

Register, Read, Vote. (5)

Anonymous Coward | more than 15 years ago | (#1890163)

This is slightly off topic: I just want to remind everyone to register to vote, read up on the issues, and vote. This crap does affect you and don't be turned off by the negative advertizing which is used by both sides and which is designed to disgust people into not voting. Geeks and other independent minded people are easily turned off by this stuff. Don't get fooled, find a reason to vote and do it.

Re:Whoopsie. (0)

velkro (11) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890164)

You also accidentally told everyone you're a moderator...

Re: Who should be able to own a domain (1)

velkro (11) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890165)

I agree with you - I personally own 4 domains right now - all for various reasons


I also thing companies should be able to buy as many domains as they wish - tho I'm waiting for IPv6/IPng to grow - wonder if we'll have this domain buying spree all over again...

boycottbush.com (2)

nikhil (67) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890168)

Although he did register 200 domain names, making Network Solutions, even richer, he did not pick up all anti-bush names. Boycottbush.com is still open.. Network Solutions must like this new idea, and hopes even more organizations follow it...

Re:Test (0)

Yarn (75) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890169)

did we pass?

Baahhh (4)

Micah (278) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890171)

I've always believed that there should be strict rules for buying domain names:

1. You must be some kind of an official organization
2. There should be a certain number of individual computers uniquely connected to it (no virtual hosting crap)
3. ONLY ONE domain per organization
4. That name must say who you are

Domain names were never intended to be used by everly little clown that wants a web site. They were intended to identify networks and to give organizations their own namespace.

I like Bush, but this is kinda stupid. Maybe I'll vote for Alan Keyes like I did last time.

Re:boycottbush.com (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890174)

Well, slashdot.org is also a blatant violation of what .org is supposed to be for, but we don't complain about that.

Re:boycottbush.com (1)

gavinhall (33) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890177)

Posted by pennacook:

i was thinking bushbites.com :)

pennacook

[veering OT] Stay in Sweden (2)

pingouin (783) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890179)

Of course, I'm stuck in Sweden at the moment, so I don't have a clue about the potential candidates. I know that Gore doesn't have a clue, but what about George, how does he stand up when it comes to technical matters?

It doesn't matter. A president's job has little to do with technical matters. If you think Gore hasn't a clue (he actually has the ability to borrow a clue; one wishes he would remind himself of that sometimes), then Bush would be an even bigger joke. Like his father (a man I really like, BTW -- except as a politician), George W just wants to be president; the only relevant details he has worked on so far is fund-raising and focus groups. Policies are not so worked-out at this time, i.e., they're for sale to the highest bidder, be it a special interest group or a corporation. He's ahead in the polls right now, but if the press scrutinizes his past business deals (e.g. Harken Energy, and the Texas Rangers baseball team), the voters will see that he made a lot of money from his surname and the fact that his dad was (at various times) the DCI (head of the CIA), vice president, and president. Of course, the voters may ignore all that and vote for the guy anyway; I'm sure he and his handlers will have worked out explanations and alibis for everything, or Double U wouldn't have run for prez. Are top politicians in Sweden this bad? Many top American politicians are; Bush is in the 90th percentile, with plenty of company.

Oh. Did I forget my RANT tags again? Moderators: I have no problem with this being reduced to a -1 score :)

--

Whoopsie. (0)

Iffy Bonzoolie (1621) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890184)

I accidentally moderated this down instead of up.

Does it hurt him at all? (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890187)

I don't think so. Frankly, I think most people will just laugh over this one (though it's a brilliant move, campaign-wise).

This is not an attack on free speech in any way. People can still say whatever they want about him.

That important? (1)

suprax (2463) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890190)

Why is he so worried? Unless he is bad, and is doing bad stuff, why is he so paranoid about the domain names? Who would really take a website created by a 15 year old seriously.

It won't accomplish anything (1)

tile (2495) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890191)

Buying up all the simple names is just going to cause the people who want to make 'bush sucks' sites to be more creative. Public figures (i.e. celebrities) are always going to have people voice their opinions against them; they should learn to deal with it. I figure it shouldn't be any different in the political context.

He can't have tagged all of them... (1)

Svartalf (2997) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890192)

To be sure, there's all the domains out there up for grabs and the free domain hosting services- they're not going to pass up people wanting domains... This just came across as a rich SOB trying to quell any dissent- and I was going to vote for the man; now I'm not so sure.

Re:quick society question... (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890194)

That's exactly why we need more top-level domains. .com, .net and .org just aren't enough for the general public. We need a .sucks domain for these sorts of sites. And just as how .edu sites are only given out to appropriate organizations, NS or whoever should check up to make sure that only poorly designed sites that rail against something can keep their domain.

Dibs on networksolutions.sucks

Re:boycottbush.com (1)

FiNaLe (4289) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890197)

umm, Slashdot is a non-profit organization, dumbass.

Re:How about... (1)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890199)

Heh, I'm wondering why this got moderated down. I thought it was pretty funny. And I'm not opposed to bush at all.


Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:I don't get it (1)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890200)

Secondly, who would really use these domain names? Check out www.clintonsucks.com [clintonsucks.com] . There's an example of somebody who did buy a similar domain name. Kinda funny page too.


Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:He didn't get the cannibals choice... (1)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890201)

LOL. I hope this one doesn't get moderated down like the last one. It's harmless and provides comedy relief.

Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:How about... (1)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890202)

Good, it's back up. When I posted the comment it was at -1.

Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:quick society question... (1)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890203)

In a perfect world, yes. I'd never run a sucks site anyway.

Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:Oh that makes more sense now... (1)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890204)

Bush is exercising his own free speech by buying the domains and pointing them at his site. I really just don't see this as a free speech issue.

Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:quick society question... (2)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890205)

I agree with you about the childishness, but if I was looking for an anti- website, I'd go to sucks.com. I'd be hoping for some actually reasonable objections to that person. I think that often I'd be able to find them (though I haven't tried that sort of thing in a while). Maybe I'm just naive, though.


Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:Well... (3)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890206)

Heh, I don't think this is really an attack on free speech. He wants to make it harder to find anti-Bush web sites. That will make it a little harder. I think it's a pretty smart move. And it makes me laugh too. Way to go, George.


Cheers,
Perrin.

Re:Baahhh (3)

Perrin-GoldenEyes (4296) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890207)

I disagree. I think anybody should be able to own a domain name. I own gondor.org. I offer email addresses there to any of my friends who want them. I also offer web space to friends. My EverQuest guild's web page is on gondor. And I don't charge for any of this. I use the email address aragorn@gondor.org and I like having the username and domain name fit into the same literary context. I don't think there is any reason why I shouldn't be alowed to own a domain name. The great thing about the internet is that it provides a forum where anybody can exercise their freedom of speech. Owning a domain name and the computer that responds to that address makes it easier to exercise that freedom.

Cheers,
Perrin.

I don't get it (4)

Jonathan (5011) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890210)

So George buys up some insulting domain names. But first of all, it's not hard to come up with new domain names like that -- bushstinks, etc. Secondly, who would really use these domain names? Even fruity Al "I invented the Internet" Gore isn't so childish that he'd be interested in using them for his own sites. So what did Bush really gain by this?

I Think This is Cool (2)

doomicon (5310) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890211)

Ok, I'm not a big politician fan, but after seeing some of Al Gore's comments, it's refreshing to see someone has some forsight. I think it's hilarious and cool. I also think that it's ashame to see all the negative comments. can't we all just get al... .. arrrrgggghh.

Hmm.,. dunno what that would do.. (1)

edgy (5399) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890213)


Given that I usually get my url's from references from people I know, from a search engine, or from postings on newsgroups/slashdot, I don't see how this would stop any anti-Bush sentiment from showing up on the Internet.

Looks like it's time to start looking for an original domain name that attacks Bush.

Ben

Re:boycottbush.com (1)

dumptruck (5401) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890214)

200 web adress at 70 dollars
200*70 = 14000

when i grow up i want to own a monopoly

Re:Here are 3 they missed... (2)

jfmurphy (5785) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890215)

You will definitely have time to register and be processed. If your state has a motor voter law, then just go to the DMV and do something to your driver's license. The voter registration forms are printed on the back of most other paperwork so it's really easy to do both at the same time.

If your state doesn't have a motor voter law, look up your town's electorial commission in the phone book, phone them for instructions on registering and just do it.

I live in Cambridge, MA, and there are voter registration tables at street fairs and a lot of other public events. It's not exactly a normal town, since there's more registered Libertarians than Republicans in it, but even less activist towns have to let you register if you can prove:
1. citizenship
2. residence in the town
3. that you have no felony convictions

Re:quick society question... (1)

flagg (5835) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890216)

While in some cases the *sucks.com may the gist of the idea of the content in the webpage as well, I think for many of those cases, its just the most. Well. Its the most practical way of having a anti-whatever site. I mean, "ithinkclintonisimpracticalforthecountrybecauseofh isviewonsuchandsuch.com" is just not gonna cut it. Especially if you hate him for lots of reasons :)

Re:www.microsfot.com (1)

Booker (6173) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890218)

Should be www.microsfot.com, not .org:

whois microsfot.com
[rs.internic.net]

Registrant:
JS technologies SA (MICROSFOT2-DOM)
Rue du Centre 72
St-Sulpice, 1025
CH

Domain Name: MICROSFOT.COM

hrm (1)

foog (6321) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890219)

"www.bushdidnthinkofthisone.org"...
I am sure the 200 names Bush registered only represent a very small fraction of the possibilities.
Forcing your opponents to be more creative is not always the best way to go.

.sucks.com and .rules.com domains (3)

Monty Worm (7264) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890225)

I mentally went on a step from this and made some interesting(ish) discoveries

The domains sucks.com [sucks.com] and rules.com [rules.com] are not being used for this sort of purpose. sucks.com exhibits a "coming soon" sign, and rules.com seems to have been snaffled by a speculator/hosting company.

If I owned these domains I would be selling subdomains, and making lotsa dosh! I shudder to think of the money geeks would pay to get domains like microsoft.sucks.com, or linux.rules.com. People would probably play ~internic rates for subdomains there, IMHO....

Besides, it be much more fun to tease those who only sorta get the tech, but exploiting holes in their knowledge....

Re:boycottbush.com (1)

Black Rose (7450) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890226)

Has anyone ever really given a damn about what .org and .net meant? Even my company has bought all three, and even some common abbreviations of it. So has Microsoft. (MSFT.NET for example.)

Lay off. :) It's not like it really affects anyone.

www.microsfot.com (4)

HomerJ (11142) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890230)

Alot of people/companies buy alot of domain names that are related to them, or can be used against them. At $35 it's an inexpensive way to protect yourself. It would be a story if he DIDN'T reg the names.

Apple owns 100's of domain names to point to thier website, Nike owns around 500 I belive, and I'm sure there are alot of others who own that amount of domain names.

And I'll be damned, look where www.microsfot.org takes me too.....

He didn't get the cannibals choice... (1)

stimpy (11763) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890232)

eatbush.com...

Re:Is it _really_ clever... (1)

JamesKPolk (13313) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890234)

Just because Bush bought the domains, it doesn't mean he'll set them up to point to his campaign site... They could just point to nothing. The main goal is to prevent others from using them, not for him to use them himself.

Re:www.microsfot.com (1)

gunne (14408) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890236)

mine too!
way to go!
*ROTFL*

Is it _really_ clever... (2)

gunne (14408) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890237)

...to have people that click on the URL www.bushsucks.com redirected to his original homepage? Isn't that kind of like admitting that he, in fact, sucks? Just a thought.

Here are 3 they missed... (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890243)

blowmegeorge.com
blowmegeorge.net
blowmegeorge.org

Of course, I'm stuck in Sweden at the moment, so I don't have a clue about the potential candidates. I know that Gore doesn't have a clue, but what about George, how does he stand up when it comes to technical matters?
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Re:Well... (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890244)

But how do you deal with trademarks from different industries? What if a software company has a trademark X and a clothing brand also has the same trademark? Who should be entitled to the domain name?
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Re:How about... (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890245)

Actually, AC posts start at 0, so it probably didn't get moderated down at all.
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Re:Here are 3 they missed... (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890246)

You know what, I think I really have been over here too long... I just realized that I don't even know when the elections are! I'm moving back to the states in July, am I going to have time to register and vote?
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Re:boycottbush.com (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890247)

Well, technically we could argue that we are an organization of people that post articles on this site so that we know which servers to try to /.

That would make us an organization with a specific purpose for having this website :o)
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Re: Who should be able to own a domain (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890248)

IPv6 does not affect the number of domain name possibilities, just the number of IP addresses that we currently have available. For companies that are using virtual hosting, they do NOT need a seperate IP address for their www.companyname.com address. This was one of the major changes introduced in HTTP 1.1.
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Re:Is it _really_ clever... (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890249)

ummm, too late, they already point to his website.
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Re:boycottbush.com (1)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890250)

Since when did Slashdot become a non-profit organization? I was under the impression that Malda, Hemos, and Jeff did this for a living... wasn't that the whole point of them setting up BSI? If I am wrong, please feel free to correct me.
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Re:www.microsfot.com (2)

_Stryker (15742) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890254)

And I'll be damned, look where www.microsfot.org takes me too.....

Nowhere...

whois microsfot.org
[rs.internic.net]
No match for "MICROSFOT.ORG".

You agree that you will not reproduce, sell, transfer, or
modify any of the data presented in response to your search request, or
use of any such data for commercial purpose, without the prior
express written permission of Network Solutions.

Now microsfot.com on the other hand points to linux.org...
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http://www.goresucks.com is still open (0)

Neurowiz (18899) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890256)

Guess he's not thinking about the Internet that much...


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www.george-bush-sucks-cock.com is free, go buy it (2)

Evro (18923) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890257)

Bush is not trying to stifle free speech at all. He is trying to get more hits to his site. Do you really think that he can buy every conceivable domain name? What about www.busheatsmonkeyshit.com ? How about www.georgebushismygaylover.com? I don't think they got that one. How is this a free speech issue? Who is stopping free speech? How are they even hindering it? The only time I would type in "bushsucks" or "goresucks" int he url box is to see if it exists. If I want real info, I go to hotbot and type "bush sucks" in the box and then the pages all show up. It's not that hard. Really.

-----BEGIN ANNOYING SIG BLOCK-----
Evan

Re:Hmm.,. dunno what that would do.. (2)

jaqbot (20264) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890260)

I thought that the supreme court ruled 'domain sitting' illegal? What a law abiding netizen.
Jaq

Re:quick society question... (1)

haffi (21074) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890262)

>Why do people in general have to create sucks.com sites?

1. Greed
2. Ad Banners

Re:Domain name registration in Canada (1)

mwillis (21215) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890264)

Canada angle -

Provincial election underway in Ontario. The not-so-bright incumbent had his domain name registered by an opposing party. (www.mikeharris.com) [mikeharris.com] I live in Ontario, and don't like the guy, but this kind of trick is slimy.

Domain name squatting is for jerks.

Re:Oh that makes more sense now... (1)

sheared (21404) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890265)

Your comments are just stupid. It's a free market economy. If Bush is smart enough to buy up those names before some anti-bush person does, then more power to him. I wouldn't be surprised to see Gore do the same - or any of the other serious candidates (hell, I imagine Ross Perot is going to be shelling out some money to do the same). If you are smart enough to pre-empt some dumb thing like that, then wonderful. Let someone use their geocities account to post bad things against Bush, it just won't be as easy for people to find it.

Either you don't live in the US (and thus don't really understand our country), or you do but really have no clue of how "free speech" and "market economy" go together. Honestly though, how many credible things would be posted on a "bush-sucks.com" site? If I was a Democrat, I wouldn't list that as a reference to some negative thing used against Bush.

"I can practice my freedom, by making yours harder"

"Speaks for itself."

Actually your comments leave me speachless. I've never heard such a warped point of view.

Re:www.microsfot.com & mcirosoft (1)

kipling (24579) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890269)

Hands up all those who have alias mroe more or even alias mroe less (modulo shell syntax).

Actually, this is due to alternating LRLR on a QWERTY, a more common error for MHz touchtypists. Given this, mcirosoft.com [mcirosoft.com] is a likely mistype, which, of course, is registered. It offers a redirection, plus a plug for another product.

Re:www.microsfot.com (1)

Insanity (26758) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890272)

Buying misspellings of common domains is fairly common now...

htobot.com
xxom.com
microsaft.com

just to name a few.

I wonder how many others you could come up with.

Re:www.microsfot.com (1)

Jburkholder (28127) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890273)

That was great! Made my day!

Re:I don't get it (1)

Melbert (31564) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890279)

He got a discussion thread on Slashdot. That's at least one of the things he's gotten. And probably a dozen other media references.

quick society question... (3)

PimpBot (32046) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890283)

Honestly, I thought it was kinda dumb that Bush had to do this....but I can understand his reasoning...

Why do people in general have to create sucks.com sites? Yeah, you may not like the person, but you can still let the person campaign/sell/express their opinion. Going out and just saying they suck is just childish. If you want to vent your frustrations with someone, you can find a far more adult way to do it somewhere else.

(And I'm not associated with *any* political party...I don't agree with any of them)

suckbush.com (1)

z1lch (35931) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890291)

suckbush.com and suckbush.org are both still available also.
funnily enough so are suckclinton.com, .net, and .org.

repetition is unlikely but a good boy scout should always be
prepared.

Re:How does George stack up? (1)

Trojan (37530) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890292)

So I take it that people stuck in Sweden will be Swedians.

Re:Register, Read, Vote. (2)

Trojan (37530) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890293)

That's probably why you should vote... Being a dutchman this crap still affects me, but I can forget about voting in your elections.

Re:Baahhh (2)

Trojan (37530) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890294)

And the internet was never intended to get as big as it's getting to be, or IPv4 wouldn't have had 4-byte ip#s.

And all those old programs were never intended to be used after 2000, or they would have been Y2K compliant.

So what?

Re:www.microsfot.com (1)

Ineversaidthat (38835) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890296)

:-)
Made my week!

Hey cool! (0)

MuppetBoy (39712) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890299)

Looks like NaderRules.{com|org|net} is still available... ;-)

NADER 2000!!

And, btw, go Green Party!

If you vote for Democrats or Republicans... YOU'RE JUST THROWING YOUR VOTE AWAY!!!



Re:quick society question... (1)

slashdot-me (40891) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890300)

They probably both suck. :)

http://www.ryans.dhs.org

iloveslashdot.org is available (0)

First Post (41034) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890301)

And so are iloveslashdot.net and iloveslashdot.com. On the other hand, so are ihateslashdot.com, net and org...

Re:Baahhh (4)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890302)

This how the Swedish Internic has it, only registered (limited) companies can register domains, and only one a piece. The result? Well, someone discovered that the .nu domain of Nuie (South Pacific) means "now" in Swedish, so all the companies registered a hundred million domains there instead. Really smart.

Worst part is that it's some American lawyer who manages it, not the polynesians, who gets all the money...

Re:Hmm.,. dunno what that would do.. (2)

soupboy (43956) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890305)

Bush is not domain sitting, domain sitting is when you buy up a bunch of domains with the intent to sell them to the people who would accually want those domains.. like buying ibm.com
anyhow, if your refering to the guy who the story says wants 300,000 (?? didn't go back and reread figure could be wrong..) then I appologize and ignore me..

Domain name registration. (2)

Jason Pollock (45537) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890307)

Canada does this. They have very strict
rules on who gets what type of domain name,
and how many you can have. An organization
can only have ONE domain name, and it either
has to relate to their company name, or
a registered trademark. So now, for example,
you can have either coke.ca or coca-cola.ca,
but not both. You wouldn't believe the hoops
I had to jump through to get pollock.ca!

Jason

Re:quick society question... (1)

m3000 (46427) | more than 15 years ago | (#1890309)

Instead of having a Bushsucks.com site, why isn't there a competitorrules.com site? That would probally be where you would find more intelligent reasons for voting for your favorite canidate. Or maybe not : )
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