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Re: Hey, SiteFinder is back, again...

  • From: Patrick W. Gilmore
  • Date: Mon Nov 05 11:40:15 2007

On Nov 5, 2007, at 7:40 AM, Joe Greco wrote:

Reinventing the DNS protocol in order to intercept odd stuff on the Web
seems to me to be overkill and bad policy. Could someone kindly explain
to me why the proxy configuration support in browsers could not be used
for this, to limit the scope of damage to the web browsing side of things?
I realize that the current implementations may not be quite ideal for
this, but wouldn't it be much less of a technical challenge to develop a
PAC or PAC-like framework to do this in an idealized fashion, and then
actually do so?

Because that would require user intervention. Even with a willing userbase, you will never get 100% adoption, and that will affect your revenues.

IOW: Because it won't make as much $$.

In general, I don't think "make more money" is a bad motivation. (Hell, it's one of my main motivations.) But it has to be tempered by the "greater good", or we end up with an unworkable system, and then everyone makes less money in the long run.

IMHO, of course.