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May 04, 2011, 08:16:58 PM
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Quite interested/surprised by the number of replies to this post here.

Wish I knew more as to why exactly something like Namecoin is needed? Is this in case the governments start cracking down and "confiscating" our domains?

Is there a chance that we will never need to use it?
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May 04, 2011, 08:19:02 PM
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Yes, it is designed to evade governmental control over domain names.

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May 04, 2011, 08:22:42 PM
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So in a sense... this could be used the entire world over? For all domain names? Not just for bitcoin?

Or is it a bitcoin-centric model?
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May 04, 2011, 08:23:12 PM
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So in a sense... this could be used the entire world over? For all domain names? Not just for bitcoin?

Or is it a bitcoin-centric model?

Just hook up your resolv.conf and you're ready to access *.bit domains.

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May 04, 2011, 08:27:36 PM
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If you want to support wikileaks and other websites that may be deprived of their domain, you may use namecoin and .bit (only, for now?) domains.

I've put the first public DNS server that manage .bit domains : http://namecoin.bitcoin-contact.org/

NMC: N1KHAL5C1CRzy58NdJwp1tbLze3XrkFxx9 | NamecoinID: id/khal | Register .bit domain
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May 04, 2011, 08:36:26 PM
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So in a sense... this could be used the entire world over? For all domain names? Not just for bitcoin?

Or is it a bitcoin-centric model?

Just hook up your resolv.conf and you're ready to access *.bit domains.

The namecoin software should do this automatically. It will eventually, I assume?
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May 04, 2011, 08:37:20 PM
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The namecoin software should do this automatically. It will eventually, I assume?

Namecoin is just the mechanism for registrating domains.

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May 04, 2011, 09:14:09 PM
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The namecoin software should do this automatically. It will eventually, I assume?

Namecoin is just the mechanism for registrating domains.

I meant the namecoin client :S
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May 04, 2011, 09:17:50 PM
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I meant the namecoin client :S

I don't think it will ever handle DNS lookup. These are more appropriately handled by...DNS server.

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May 05, 2011, 04:59:01 PM
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There will be a separated program bundled with namecoin to manage DNS stuffs.

NMC: N1KHAL5C1CRzy58NdJwp1tbLze3XrkFxx9 | NamecoinID: id/khal | Register .bit domain
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May 05, 2011, 05:21:37 PM
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Is this in case the governments start cracking down and "confiscating" our domains?

This isn't hypothetical. This has arleady started to happen.

See example:

http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-government-seizes-bittorrent-search-engine-domain-and-more-101126/

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Is there a chance that we will never need to use it?

It might be a good deterrent for organisations like ICANN not to risk loosing control of the internet by being too authoritarian.

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May 05, 2011, 07:22:52 PM
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DHS is trying to get the mafiaafire addon shut down http://lockshot.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/homeland-security-request-to-take-down-mafiaafire-add-on/
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