For many years I was hiring namecheap.com to do nothing whatsoeveri for me wrt various domain names I hold (and don't want). Then they decided to "upgrade" their website, because this is somehow how bullshit leech services work, it's not enough to get money for nothing, you gotta also break the process flow of the unfortunate victims.
Needless to say I didn't stand for it, and so a decade+ parasite relationship ended on January 27th 2014 over "website upgrades". Don't let anyone ever tell you that upgrading won't have an effect on your bottom line. It will. It does like it did here.
Also needless to say, the new registrar, Internetbs.net decided to change its payment processing. Because bait and switch is now a legitimate approach to business, I make an account because you support Bitcoin payments, then you discontinue processing Bitcoin "for legal reasons" and that's it, I'm going to move to fucking wires now. Apparently that's how things work in these idiots' heads, I'm not married to Bitcoin and will consider a shoeshine like Internetbs. Oh no, on the contrary - I'm married to Internetbs. They're that important, I care that deeply about a set of fucking leeches that have no reason to exist in the first place.
So I moved again, November 11th 2016. First I tried gandi.net, because all the kids seem to like them for some reason. That yielded
Me: Your prices are ridiculous ? 17.28 to renew .biz vs 10.83 everywhere else ? 15 for .eu ? I'm getting that for 5.96 currently. .com .net 15 each ? Is this some kind of a joke that's funny in your culture ?
Dante Customer support: Hello
Dante Customer support: The current pricing reflects our cost of registration and services
Me: so basically you're a joke registrar that can't price competiively ?
Dante Customer support: There is nothing I can do regarding our pricing. I would advise going with the lower cost competitor if you're unsatisfied with our costs. Keep in mind that lower cost come with a lower service level usually
Me: nice knowing ya.
Services! Fucking imagine this, the title deed company is offering me free cookies that I could have bought for a quarter myself at the fast food joint next door, admitting quia absurdum that I'd actually want either to obtain such cookies or to pay such cookie producers anything. In their broken heads this apparently works, I'll pay $2`500 for a bill worth $1`200 because an unemployable dicklet told me the former comes with "a higher level of services". This is America, you understand, and it doesn't belong on the map.
I'm currently using namesilo.com, but as someone aptly observed "give it a year or two". Obviously.
So how about we actually drain the dns swamp ? Set up a Republican dns server, let people register domains - any domains, including whitehouse.org and random.arbitrary - for a Bitcent or whatever and that's that. Can use the current dns format for feeding data so people can just drop-in replace their current dns servers with ours. Can have an automated admin interface direct to the server so you can update anything at any time with a signed pgpgram and that's the end of the story.
No, you don't need "dnssec", nor does it work. No you don't need all the bullshit they make up about how great their "dns server infrastructure" is, a single machine will suffice for a long time ; and once it doesn't replicating the whole current dns set-up costs a few thousand not a few million. Yes it's "oh so important" as they keep bleating, but only because it's pointlessly and irresponsibly a single point of failure.
Republican dns. Today. Who's doing it ?———
- Please see the linked discussion of Torrens title and understand what's going on. The US has a fundamentally broken way of doing things. All things. AML/KYC is stupid, spending hours for no reason at the airport is stupid, feeding a bunch of leeches in order to real estate is stupid.
However, just because the USians are fundamentally broken in the fucking head doesn't mean anyone else is supposed, or may, implement the end products of their stupidity. Let's make America forgotten again, shall we ? [↩]