Re: Who Really Controls Internet?

Those are just TLD name servers, nothing more. The Internet would

> still work if those were to just disappear but it would be less useful > or easy to use than it is now. > Every server gets an IP address. That's what you really use to > connect. DNS is just there to translate human readable to machine > readable.

What you *really* use are binary digits represented as electronic signal levels on various types of wires and radio transmissions, but we don't make users modulate those manually, either.

And what about all the load balancing and fault tolerance that come from allowing a host name to resolve to multiple addresses and changing the mappings on the fly?

Names are more than just a way to make things user-friendly, they're an important piece of the Internet architecture. I don't think there's ever been a network of more than a few dozen machines that didn't depend on a naming scheme to enhance the capabilities.

Consider this: how useful would the phone be if you could only call people whose phone numbers you already knew, i.e. there were no phone books or directory assistance?

Barry Margolin, Arlington, MA

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