From: John McCormac (jmcc at domain hackwatch.com)
Date: Thu 19 Sep 2002 - 02:17:02 IST
"John P. Looney" wrote:
> Anyone remember off-hand that health company that registered 300-odd
> generic names, vaugely related to the health industry ? Everything from
> aorta.ie to x-ray.ie it seems.
Medical Pages (Ireland) Ltd. It registered most of the domains in early
October 2001. This was when the Generic Rule was in force. The obvious
indication is that IEDR changed the generic rule so that it would not
lose this large customer registering circa 320 medically related domain
names. The interesting thing was that the SOA serial numbers of the
domains indicated that they had been set up prior to IEDR's decision.
Most of the domains do not have operational websites and it is very
clear that this was a cyberwarehousing operation aided by IEDR's
convenient change of the rules. Approximately e18000 worth of business
was at stake for IEDR.
Just dragging this barely back on topic. Whatever system IEDR is using
now to update domain names and stats is now far more unreliable than the
*nix based system that was in operation. In harsh terms, the .ie zone
could easily be run on a small (PII or less) box running MySQL and PHP.
The new system is very poorly designed. Their new db seems to be sorted
on the billing contact. Therefore if anyone wants to modify a domain (eg
take it back from Eircom or IOL control etc) the domain record has to be
deleted and a new one created. It is a very fscked up design.
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