Pirate Bay's .bit DNS

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somename
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Pirate Bay's .bit DNS

Post by somename » Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:33 pm

> The Pirate Party’s DNS has added benefits though, as it supports additional Top Level Domains including .geek or .pirate, and the Namecoin based .bit. In addition, it operates from Norway with minimal logging to guarantee users’ privacy.

https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-party-o ... de-150907/

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Re: Pirate Bay's .bit DNS

Post by biolizard89 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:05 pm

somename wrote:> The Pirate Party’s DNS has added benefits though, as it supports additional Top Level Domains including .geek or .pirate, and the Namecoin based .bit. In addition, it operates from Norway with minimal logging to guarantee users’ privacy.

https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-party-o ... de-150907/
This is not newsworthy. As far as I can tell they're just running yet another OpenNIC server. I'm not sure why TorrentFreak thought this was interesting -- maybe because it has the word Pirate in it?

In any event, this server (and all other OpenNIC servers) are not serving .bit. .bit is decentralized. OpenNIC is serving a centralized TLD which is (one hopes) periodically mirrored from .bit. It is no better than other centralized TLD's. OpenNIC may arguably have better centralized policies than ICANN, but that is solely because they're smaller and therefore exposed to less political and commercial pressure. If OpenNIC ever becomes as big as ICANN, I expect them to have near-identical problems.
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Re: Pirate Bay's .bit DNS

Post by somename » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:58 am

biolizard89 wrote: This is not newsworthy. As far as I can tell they're just running yet another OpenNIC server. I'm not sure why TorrentFreak thought this was interesting -- maybe because it has the word Pirate in it?
I understand your arguments/points and they're valid.

But we should look at this not only from a technical perspective. For example:

* Every mention of .bit helps. People google it, they learn about Namecoin. Few months later they will come back and learn more.
* As they learn about Namecoin, they may use .bit for a home system. If (as you mentioned) OpenNIC stops resolving .bit, that wouldn't necessarily be bad because users happy with it would continue using it (by running a full node, for example).
* As they learn about .bit, they may get interested in Namecoin id's and other features because it adds to user's privacy and frees them from having to register at every site (especially those semi-legal sites).

I think the article is not significant, but (for example) if you search Google News for ".bit" mentions, this is one of 3 mentions in 2015 which are followed by a CoinDesk article from 2013, and then some smaller news from 2013, 2014 and 2015. In August 2015 Google Trend Index was at a record low (5) and in September is 6. Small stuff, but to me that's encouraging.

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