[ih] Funny how things work out

Joseph Touch touch at strayalpha.com
Mon Feb 1 13:11:56 PST 2021

> On Feb 1, 2021, at 10:30 AM, Jack Haverty via Internet-history <internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
> I'm wondering if, from the Users' perspective, the DNS mechanisms have
> simply become unusable and irrelevant.

FWIW, on this point, IMO, they remain useful as originally intended:

	a way to decouple addresses from names

This enables location-dependent resolution, fan-out to replicas, and provider portability. 

The other reason - human ‘rememberable’, is much less relevant given search engines, though it does remain THE critical way we know whether a site is being spoofed (i.e., two steps: 1) is the DNS name the one from the ad/email/etc, 2) is it signed).


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