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100-Year Domain Renewals? 376

Ryosen writes "I received an email this morning from Network Solutions. Seems they are offering their current customers the ability to renew their domain names for 100 years. Is this is a realistic investment considering most companies don't last 100 years? Given that the Internet is a recent phenomenom, is it realistic to expect it to be the same in 100 years? Will Verisign be around that long? Does this make sense?"
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100-Year Domain Renewals?

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  • (Score:3, Insightful)

    by mercan01 ( 458876 ) <> on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:11AM (#8643562) Journal
    I can't imagine this is a worthwhile investment for the myriad of reasons the submitter. Stick with the 10 year renewl option.
    • (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      For large companies, I suppose the management problems of renewing domain names (even once every 10 years) outweighs the cost.

      Case 1:
      There is a special department to handle this matter. All right, now there's no such need.

      Case 2:
      There's no special department to deal with domain name renewal. Once every few years, when everybody has forgotten the matter and suddenly somebody realises the domain is going to expire tomorrow. So now the problem would cease to exist within your lifetime (that's good enough, is
      • (Score:5, Funny)

        by KamuSan ( 680564 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:09AM (#8643805) Journal
        Imagine the problems they will have after 100 years. Do you think anyone will remember to renew the domainname 99 years from now?
    • (Score:3, Interesting)

      by cshark ( 673578 )
      I could see 30 year registration. That would make sense. But 100 years? Who says domain names will even exist 100 years from now?
      • (Score:5, Funny)

        by AKnightCowboy ( 608632 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:33AM (#8643933)
        Who says domain names will even exist 100 years from now?

        Good point. DNS will likely be replaced by a huge globally distributed Active Directory implementation by then.

        • (Score:3, Funny)

          by eryk ( 6051 )
          that makes me think about "+1 Scary" modifier.
        • Help me out -- what is an active directory implementation?
        • (Score:5, Interesting)

          by Loconut1389 ( 455297 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @11:35AM (#8645099)
          This is something I've pondered often. I think the DNS model will only persist as long as the impression that a website must be a .com does. This is fading, but I remember a long time ago when people thought there was a mistake if there was no www. on the front or it wasn't a .com.. Granted, the tech public knew better, but the average joe had no idea. (im talking back when = 6), eventually it will just make more sense to have sort of a distant cousin to a search engine type DNS system. Or maybe websites will be more or less a sentence (company slogan) or word pair (company name)? Who knows, but I agree, machine naming is going to change drasticly someday.

          Heck, what if there was enough IP space such that the ASCII codes for the letters in your site name somehow made up the actual IP. That would eliminate the need for a DNS system altogether, but would waste a lot of IP space as we think about it in our current paradigm of fixed ip lengths with groupings etc etc. Perhaps future systems will not need fixed length, perhaps not. Who knows.
    • (Score:5, Insightful)

      by pr0c ( 604875 ) * on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:55AM (#8643739)
      With deflation they are going to make a killing off of selling 100 year renewels to fools. Well that and the likleyhood of prices dropping.

      10 dollars paid 100 years in advance.. think about it people.
      • I'll give you half off the already incredibly low low price of $9.99/yr when you renew for a million years! That's right, only $4.99 per year for a million-year renewal*! Think of the convenience! No more tiresome renewal reminders -- for a million years!

        * All sales final. Domain names not transferrable.
    • I'll be dead in 100 years so what good will it do me. I'm not seeing a plus to being dead and owning a domain.
      • Re:Dead (Score:5, Insightful)

        by AKnightCowboy ( 608632 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:36AM (#8643955)
        I'll be dead in 100 years so what good will it do me. I'm not seeing a plus to being dead and owning a domain.

        This is obviously aimed at companies. I'm sure IBM, GM, Ford, Microsoft, etc. have no intentions of going anywhere and $1000-$3000 for 100 years of domain registration comes out of petty cash for them.

      • Re:Dead (Score:5, Insightful)

        by tiled_rainbows ( 686195 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:46AM (#8644006) Homepage Journal
        Yeah, but it's like buying a house with a hundred-year lease. You might only plan to live in it for twenty years, but when you come to sell it, the depreciation in value from a hundred-year lease to an eighty-year lease is far less than that from a thirty-year lease to a ten-year lease. So, if you're buying a resaleable domain name, say or or whatever, then yeah, I'd say a hundred-year contract would be worth it. It's the closest you can get to owning a particular domain outright, forever.

        Having said that, I can't imagine that people will access web sites in fifty years (if there's even anything that still exists that's remotely analagous to a website by then) by typing text into an address bar. I don't know what they'll be doing instead, but I get the feeling that owning a cool domain name will be about as valuable as having the rights to a particularly catchy morse code callsign would be now.
        • Re:Dead (Score:3, Funny)

          by corbettw ( 214229 )
          Having said that, I can't imagine that people will access web sites in fifty years (if there's even anything that still exists that's remotely analagous to a website by then) by typing text into an address bar.

          Well, in all likelihood, they'll be too busy trying to survive day by day, while keeping on the run from the zombie horde that wants to eat their flesh.

          Man, this documentary [] really freaked me out.
        • Re:Dead (Score:4, Funny)

          by Throtex ( 708974 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @11:37AM (#8645109)
          Having said that, I can't imagine that people will access web sites in fifty years (if there's even anything that still exists that's remotely analagous to a website by then) by typing text into an address bar. I don't know what they'll be doing instead, but I get the feeling that owning a cool domain name will be about as valuable as having the rights to a particularly catchy morse code callsign would be now.

          You should print this comment out, put it in a shoebox somewhere (or a time capsule!) and open it up in 50 years. You'll probably have a good laugh. I'm not sure exactly what part of this will be funny in fifty years, but more than likely it'll somehow be funny. ;)

    • (Score:4, Insightful)

      by wfeick ( 591200 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @01:07PM (#8646223)

      Why on earth would anyone lock in a single service provider for 100 years? Would you sign a 100 year cell phone plan? I sure wouldn't, because it removes any incentive for the company to do a good job.

      It also removes any opportunity for you to vote with your dollars if you don't like the behavior of the company. I used to have my domain registered with Network Solutions, but when their parent company, Verisign, started hijacking NXDOMAIN responses and sending people to their advertising instead, I moved my domain to GoDaddy as a protest.

      I don't want my dollars going to a company that seems to want to use their ICANN granted monopoly over the root database to "innovate" themselves as much profit as the can, at the expense of everyone else on the internet.

      Besides, the discounted 100 year price from Network Solutions is the same as GoDaddy's everyday price, so it's not even a bargain. I've also found GoDaddy's support to be much easier to get to, and much more responsive and knowledgable than Network Solutions. I'm definitely very happy I made the move.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Maybe they are better informed than us /.'ers and everything is going to change in the near future rendering your 100 year domain useless.

    Synical, me? Naaaa.
  • by iapetus ( 24050 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:13AM (#8643567) Homepage
    Nice to be paid up front for a service you may well not end up providing.

    For the users, it's pretty much equivalent to being able to buy your domain name for all time, with no risk of it somehow falling to a domain squatter because you failed to renew. If you've got the money to throw at that sort of peace of mind, then why not?
    • Snapnames (Score:4, Insightful)

      by beakerMeep ( 716990 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:20AM (#8643601)
      Another interesting thing to consider -- as a recent snap names customer, (for a domain I feel I have the right to but don't own and dont want to pay ICANN $1000 to arbitrate) this would really negate the value of snapnames. In fact if the ower of the domain I want were to purchase 100 years I would certainly want my money back from snapnames.
    • by morcheeba ( 260908 ) *
      Even if you get the 100-year renewel, Verisign could still give it away []. They've got a history of not properly authenticating transfer requests, so you're not really buying any piece of mind.
  • One Winner (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RobertTaylor ( 444958 ) <roberttaylor1234 ... m minus caffeine> on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:13AM (#8643568) Homepage Journal
    100 year registration is plain silly. Ten year ones currently are popular but really only to those who have very valuable names or dont want the hassle of re-registering names every year.

    The idea of allowing a user to specify a date for renewals is best, for example April 1st could become the date all the domains for a company are renewed, rather than scattered dates throughout the year.

    My Auction: Pan Tilt Moveable Ethernet Webcam, UK! []
    • Re:One Winner (Score:5, Insightful)

      by mumblestheclown ( 569987 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:37AM (#8643666)
      100 year registration is plain silly.

      Really? Tell me, who exactly is working at IBM, Apple, Ford, Xerox, Boeing, etc who is the single person responsible for making sure that the domain gets re-registered say 10 years from today? Such a person might lose his job and/or be easily lost in the system by that time. Constructing an internal system to keep track of this costs well more than $1000, and in fact it costs probably a minimum of $200 of people-time to do such renewals even in a medium-large sized company.

      Frankly, for all the stupid and evil things that NetSol does, this is a brilliant marketing move and more power to them. Not only does it get them desperately needed up-front cash, but they get paid above the odds and lessen the chance of some embarassing squatter incident involving a medium-large company in the near future.

      • Re:One Winner (Score:5, Insightful)

        by oniony ( 228405 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:16AM (#8643840)
        I imagine it might be the same guy who is responsible for renewing other memberships, subscriptions, patents, etc. You don't seriously think domain names are the only product or service that fall under the subscription model, do you?
      • Re:One Winner (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Epistax ( 544591 )
        I think the idea of creating a product based on poor customer service is not acceptable. Any reasonable system would allow a ten year contract to go over by at least a month for renewal. Not allowing any sort of grace period is simply rude and irresponsible. It's like a bank auctioning off your possessions after one missed monthly payment. Sure, they can make more money that, but it isn't right.

        Now one thing I am a strong proponent of is fair use and ownership. For exmaple you can take over microsoft
      • Re:One Winner (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Guanix ( 16477 )
        Remember that you can renew domain names before they expire. Therefore you wouldn't have to remember to renew it in exactly 10 years; you only need to remember this at least once in every 10-year period.
      • Every large company has an asset management department. Their job is to make sure that stuff like this dosn't fall under the cracks. There isn't one single person who is charged with making sure that the domain name is renewed, there is a friggin department charged with making sure that company assets are appropriately inventoried and maintained. Any large company should list their asset management group or their purchasing department as the billing contacts for domain names.
      • by Tokerat ( 150341 )

        Frankly, for all the stupid and evil things that NetSol does, this is a brilliant marketing move and more power to them.
        Yea, hopefully all the companies that can afford it re-register their names for 100 years and then Network Solutions goes under in 10 years from lack of revenue since most of the Internet is locked in until 2104, heh.
  • by terraformer ( 617565 ) <> on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:14AM (#8643569) Journal
    ...for Network Solutions' bottom line. ;-) But in all seriously, this is the kind of short sighted, pump up stock crap I would expect from the MBA set. Take in a huge amount of money up front at a severe discount and then lose the regular income over the long haul. The only way this would work for netsol is if they invested most every dime of it in long term investments and were really conservative with it. The reality is, there will be a peny or two higher dividend this quarter.
    • by bitmason ( 191759 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:20AM (#8643598) Homepage
      I would be very surprised if Network Solutions can report this as lump-sum revenue in the quarter received. Like any subscription, I would assume that it has to be spread out over the length of the registration. If so, they're actually potentially giving up some nearer-term revenue for this (because there's a discount involved)--even though they're getting cash in hand.
    • by raehl ( 609729 ) <raehl311@yah o o .com> on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:50AM (#8643716) Homepage
      You have to keep in mind that even at a paltry 6% return rate, the value of money doubles every 12 years - or about 8 times by the time 100 years rolls around. That's why these company's love these long-term domain renewal options - even if they charge you one half of what you'd pay over 100 years, they'll still, in the long haul, get 4 times as many real dollars out of you.

      In business, it's always better to get money sooner over later. 100 years early isn't a "trick", it's almost theft.
      • they'll still, in the long haul, get 4 times as many real dollars out of you.

        I think you forgot about inflation. All you need is one or two decades with double digit inflation like we had in the 70's and you'll be lucky if the "real dollars" break even.
        • by mdfst13 ( 664665 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @11:49AM (#8645225)
          No, you're missing the point. High inflation *strengthens* the argument, as it is better to get $10 now than *after* double digit inflation. After a period with 100% inflation, the same nominal $10 would be the equivalent of $5 real (using now as the baseline). It would have to inflate to $20 nominal to match the current $10 real.

          What NetSol is saying is that they think that inflation in domain name prices will be lower than inflation in general (note that domain name prices have been *falling* rather than rising; remember when the same $1000 would have gotten a domain for *1* year, not 100?). As a result, they are better off getting paid now, even at a discount from their typical rates.

          Note: remember that we are talking about the advantages to the *seller* here. Buyers would probably be better off with short term renewals, as they can expect domain name prices to fall relative to other products as name serving, etc. becomes more efficient. All they gain are the transactional savings of not renewing as often.

          Not to mention the problem of NetSol going out of business in the meantime and leaving these 100 year domain owners stranded.
      • You have to keep in mind that even at a paltry 6% return rate, the value of money doubles every 12 years - or about 8 times by the time 100 years rolls around.

        Well, yes, but from the perspective of the consumer, think about inflation. If it costs, whatever, say $1000 to buy a domain for 100 years, you have to also account for the cost it would have cost to pay for the domain each year for 100 years, which, no doubt, will increase. Over 100 years of inflation, a domain that starts out costing $20/yr or w
    • but in the long run, it may hurt them. To take an example from computer history, IBM gave it a run in the late 80s of having their customers buy their servers outright instead of leasing them as they had done for decades before. short term, it infused a LOT of cash into IBMs coffers in a relatively short time.

      long term -- well, at some point, the last IBM leaser bought his machine, and suddenly (and the accountants simply did not predict this would ever happen) the sales bottomed out and flatlined. pret
  • Lamers (Score:3, Insightful)

    by optisonic ( 202402 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:15AM (#8643574)
    It looks to me like they are out of decent ideas to generate revenue and also want to give the impression that this service somehow is going to be around for that time period.

    Face it, the current system will not last through leaps and bounds of technology that are coming. We are still in the stone age compared to what is ahead.

    It would be better to take that money and buy ten years and invest the rest so it is actually doing something useful for you.

  • well why not? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gbjbaanb ( 229885 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:15AM (#8643578)
    the thing is, if you're a company like MS or IBM, spending $1000 on a domain is worth the tme it would otherwise take to get it renewed every 10 years. You don't know the paperwork, the invoicing, the bills, the accounts, the 'why do we need this domain' questions... buy it once for $1k, forget about it.

    and, as far as Network Solutions is concerned, they get the full money, even if the client does go bust! Its win-win all round.
  • Renewal costs (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bitmason ( 191759 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:16AM (#8643581) Homepage
    The submitter makes valid points. On the other hand, for a large company, we're really talking about very little money here and the internal administrative costs of dealing with a renewal are probably fairly significant. So , for a Ford or GM or whatever, it may well make sense to pay the few thousand dollars for their various primary domains and then not have to worry about it.
  • Probably Not. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Jexx Dragon ( 733193 )
    I really don't think that would be useful. Not only will you be dead in 100 years, but the company issueing these names may not be. But, I guess its up to you, at least you wouldnt have to worry about someone trying to steal it.
  • it's a tradeoff... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by psycho_tinman ( 313601 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:16AM (#8643583) Journal

    For some people, heck for most, money can buy you conveniences.. This is just an additional service offered by them for a nice round number of years. They're just promising to take care of the hassle of domain renewal. At the end of the day, 10 year or 100 year renewal makes little difference. The person/organization which is organized won't need ANY renewal services, while others may opt for this service.

    Some people pay money to buy tax software, while others hire an accountant and yet others do their taxes by themselves. It's the degree of customization and service which differs. Isn't that all there is to it ?

    I'm not sure if the internet as we know it will exist in a 100 years, but then, people were arguing that snail mail would be extinct and there would be paperless offices throughout the planet. That hasn't happened yet. Let those who want this service spend some additional cash and buy themselves peace of mind, if they have the cash to spare and wish to do so.. Simple.

  • If network solutions dies, where do those ownerships go? That's a critical question, and one that this article is really asking. Suppose Microsoft steps in and buys the outstanding interest in Network Solutions... the results could be really disastrous. On the other hand, the government could step in and regulate ownership of domain names, and then it would be like getting a business license or something like that. One last thing - it's spelled PHENOMENON.
    • by Tomahawk ( 1343 ) * on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:39AM (#8643677) Homepage
      One last thing - it's spelled PHENOMENON.

      Do doo d' do do!

      Do you really need Sandra Bullok and a few pink muppets to get the effect.
    • They would just be treated like any other debt or obligation for any other company.
      If purchased the new company would be obligated to provide service as detailed in the agreement when you pay the contract.
      If network solutions went belly up and no one purchased it and its info, then you are probably in trouble like everyone else.
      If the government decided to take over all control then depending on which government you might get a prorated money back or nothing at all.
    • I asked my registrar ( a similar question, and found out at least for them how it works. Apparently when you pay for your domain, they forward the registration fee to icann or whoever, so your domain is registered with them for however long. From there, you can transfer your domain to any registration service, usually free of charge.

      I asked the rep then what is to stop me from registering my domain at the cheapest place possible for an extended time, (10 yrs etc) and then transferring it to
  • by lingqi ( 577227 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:17AM (#8643587) Journal
    Just before the Nationalists fled mainland china to Taiwan, they pre-charged everyone something like 50-years worth of taxes.

    Let's just say that for everybody that paid, it wasn't a very good investment.

    (That said, it's not that people had a choice in the matter or anything)
  • by alpha1125 ( 54938 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:17AM (#8643588)
    You have [] which is alot cheaper. Others maybe cheaper...

    With godaddy, you can subscribe for a few years, I know at least 6 years in advance. I can't remember if it's more.

    With the money you tie up, you can invest, use the investment earnings to pay for more years or hosting. Or even better yet, free beer for your friends. :)

    I'm not affiliated with godaddy, they're just my domain name registrar.

    • I was going to say the same thing but found your post - you deserve mod points. I use godaddy too. Thery are a division of dotster - which I really don't like - but their godaddy division seems to be run better. You get lots of little perks that you have to pay extra for elsewhere.

      I will add this - it would be foolish to do this for another reason - what if you are bought out? What if your company name changes? Mine has changed from Gadzooks to adzooks to adzoox.

  • of course, if it's cheaper than the renewals for say, 4-5 years then why not grab it and see how long it lasts.

  • by FS1 ( 636716 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:19AM (#8643596)
    I thought about registering, but found it is already registered to network solutions. Oh well should have seen that coming.
  • your one of those small scam campanies who change their name every year?
  • by Noryungi ( 70322 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:20AM (#8643599) Homepage Journal
    In other news today, I just found this in my inbox:
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    • Even better than Vi@gr@!
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    • Act now and protect your domain name for 100 years!

    Or, in the immortal words of P.T. Barnum: " A sucker is born every minute ".
  • Was there anything in your e-mail about bridges for sale, or maybe ocean-front property in Arizona?
  • While the company is not one most geeks would trust I do admire this move.
    Other registrars are complaining about the control and lack of innovation by ICANN yet Verisign is finding ways to intruduce new products.

    If nobody buys this service then it is a failed experiment but I suspect they will do a slow but steady business selling these virtually unlimited domains. I know many companies that went out and registered their domains with the longest expiration possible at the time. If a 100 year registration
  • Family Names (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sandypants ( 73882 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:23AM (#8643621)
    For those of us with Family names as domain names, holding that domain name for 100 years.. while debatably evil.. does become a viable use. It can be passed on from generation to generation. A legacy kinda thing.
    • Re:Family Names (Score:4, Insightful)

      by DjReagan ( 143826 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:06AM (#8643793)
      Do you really think that in 100 years domain names will exist in any way vaguely recognisable as what they are today? Sure, you could pass it on as a legacy, but your grandkids are going to wrinkle their noses and say "What is this .com thing stuck on the end?"
    • Re:Family Names (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Sandman1971 ( 516283 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:23AM (#8643873) Homepage Journal
      Assuming domain names still exist in 100 years. Assuming Verisign is still in business;

      I registered my last name as a domain. Assuming it gets passed down to my (i don't have yet) children. How are they going to renew the domain? I'll be long gone 100 years from now. My address, email address, etc... will no longer be valid. How will they get the renewal notice? According to Verisign, the domain belongs to me. If I tranfer the domain, I lose the remaining years on my 100 year contract. Since I can't transfer the domain, how will me heirs prove the domain belongs to them?
  • just $9.99 a year. This is a savings of over 70% compared to paying annually

    This does not even come near the truth. If one dollar that you're paying now is used in a hundred years, you would actually have $131 when taking interest into account (assuming 5% each year).

    What a loss!

    • In other words, the $1000 now would be worth some $131500 in 100 years assuming 5 per cent annual interest rate, so effectively one is paying $1315 per year for the registration.
    • You're assuming that registration stays at a flat rate. What do you know you can buy today for the same price 100 years ago? Or even 10? You're also talking about $131 in one hundred years from now. That $131 will most likely carry close to the same weight as $1 does today. Compare what $100 buys you today and what it bought you in 1904.
  • by damgx ( 132688 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:24AM (#8643628)
    In 1759 Arthur Guinness, rather speculatively, took over a deserted brewery at Dublin's St James's Gate, moreover he leased it for 9,000 years at a rent of 45 per annum - obviously intending on staying awhile.

    Source: []

    I guess he made a great deal don't you?
  • by Asprin ( 545477 ) <(gsarnold) (at) (> on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:25AM (#8643632) Homepage Journal

    VeriSign is selling the functional equivalent of a lifetime registration.

    You know, like US copyright law.

    Sure, it's not for every domain, but $1000 for 100 years of not having to rely on the kindness of others [] (who may even hate you []) because the boneheads in your internet services division let your company's registration lapse is dirt cheap. It probably won't sell like hotcakes, but jalapeno poppers isn't out of the question. Speaking corporately, it's a lot cheaper than lawyers and bribes you'd need to fund to win your lost domain back. ;)
  • by dave420 ( 699308 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:25AM (#8643633)
    Keeping a domain for 100 years is a great idea. All it does is add to the value of the domain.

    If you buy a domain for cheap, build up a decent web site (profitable would help), your 100-year lease on your domain becomes one hell of an asset.

    Take the property market in the UK, for example. In London, most properties are "lease-holds", which means even though they're owned by private entities, when the lease-hold runs out (about 100 years), the property is given back to the Queen (so people can't just buy up all the expensive real-estate, and keep it). Most people use a long lease-hold as a selling point to buying their house. It guarantees you the house for as long as the lease-hold. It's the same with domains. You can't just look at the obvious financial aspects, but see how it pans out over time. A guarantee is sometimes worth more than the product itself. isn't very useful if it's only yours for 2 minutes. A 100-year lease, however, would be worth billions.

  • by slycer9 ( 264565 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:25AM (#8643636) Journal
    And thus Cain rose up and slew Abel for their father had given Abel his birthright, the domain name of Abraham.Com, and witheld FTP rights from Cain.

    And God said unto Cain, 'Why aren't thou using the latest kernel as they brother?'..............
  • Beyond the fact that whether the company will be around in 100 yesrs, do you think the internet will be around in a hundred years? It's very possible that what we see now is nothing but an evolutionary process that will give way to bigger and better things. Forget the company... Will .com mean anything in a hundred years, period??? 100 years is a lot of time for changes and revolutions to happen.
    • Having just read a book by Richard Gott that discusses this sort of question, let's do a little math.

      There is a 95% likelyhood that we are seeing the middle 95% of the Internet's lifetime. That means we have seen anything from the first 2.5% of the Internet's life span up to the first 97.5% of the Internet's lifespan. If we say (to make the numbers work out evenly) that the Internet was invented 25 years ago, then if we are present at the beginning of the Internet's life span, we can be 95% confident that
  • The overhead of offering the option to Verisign is very nearly nil.

    If some of their customers want to renew for 100 years at a stretch, it makes perfect sense to permit them to thrust the money into Verisign's pockets.

    And for a company with a valuable domain name it's a lot safer to pay a relatively small amount of money up front and have zero risk of the domain expiring. Remember, Microsoft has accidentally let vital domain names lapse before now !

    I loathe VeriSign as a company, but this is just plain c
  • Company Life? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tomahawk ( 1343 ) * on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:35AM (#8643663) Homepage
    I don't think the problem is whether or not my company will last 100 years (or, for that matter, whether I will last for 100 years). I would ask whether Network Solutions would last for 100 years.

    The max term of a domain name lease is 10 years. Network solutions provide this 100 year lease by automatically adding an extra year to your lease on a yearly basis. If Network Solutions suddenly disappear, then your lease it left at 10 years, and you loose the other 90 years that you paid for.

  • by Atreide ( 16473 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:37AM (#8643668)
    in one century I do not think my corporate maintenance procedures created today will be available / archived
    in one century I do not expect to be working any more, so procedures & knowlegde will be lost
    in one century I do not expect to be able to find my Verising login/password neither my bill to renew my corporate domain name for another century

    when you do not regularly work with nor do you maintain something it disapears from your thoughs.
    In one century many corporations (if they live that long) will just forget to renew.
    What happens if they do not renew in 100 years ? Do they disapear from the internet ? What can Verisign tell us ? Noone at verisign will be there in one century. There is really no engagment from a corp that will probably not be there in one century.
    Besides, would you dare give your provider the responsability of calling you in one century to remind you you must pay ?
    I would not dare that.

    That total nonsense.

    moreover, who can say if domain names will not be free in 30 years ? Therefore you would have paid 70 years more, will Verisign give you change ?

    If that's serious news, it's probably more some kind of advertisement from Verisign than a real product. It means "we are confident we will be there in 100 years, you can trust us to register for any length of time".
    Sorry mister VS I do not trust you.
  • Remember a couple of weeks ago when the Washington Post lost its email connection because they forgot to renew the domain $9.99 * 100 = $999. That's a bit of money, but a whole lot less than it cost the WP to have no email for a day.

    Here [] is an article on the event.

  • If enough people sign up for this... and the company continued to care at all about their customers... then if, at some time, the current model becomes obsolete, the company may offer some kind of resolution... such as carrying over the current registration to the new system... or if the company is taken over by a major corporation, and the product discontinued, there may be some reimbursement.

    If enough people do it, then they will fear making them angry by just cutting it all off.
  • by Daath ( 225404 )
    As foretold by Nostradamus!

    (Mad props to Futurama!)
  • Physical lease (Score:5, Informative)

    by gruntled ( 107194 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @08:43AM (#8643694)
    In the United States, long-term structural businesses leases -- typically for an office or shop in any structure from a one-story to a skyscraper -- top out at 99 years, oftentimes because of state law. For instance, Alabama limits leases to a maximum of 99 years. So the 100 year domain name extension is in line with that rule-of-thumb.
  • Well the real problem of having a domain name for a hundred years can be a loss to a community. Lets say a really good shopping name like [] was purchased for a hundred years. This is quite possible because the company has been around for 50 years that it is pretty solid. But what happens if it goes out of business? Because the Domain is not costing the family of the old business anything why not keep it because it is a good domain name. So say an other company comes up and can really use that
  • Ladies and gentlemen this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk, but Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about that. That does not make sense. Why would a Wookiee, an eight foot tall Wookiee want to live on Endor with a bunch of two foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense!
  • I see some registars allow you to register for 10 years. It's just as conceiveable that those registers won't be around in 10 years either. So 100 years seems okay with me.
  • >Is this is a realistic investment considering most companies don't last 100 years?

    families last a century. and while a company can easily change names, this is a whole lot harder for a family.
  • by jbarr ( 2233 )
    ...of responsibility being removed from people's lives. Really, how tough is it to renew a domain? If you can't manage a simple task like regularly renewing your domain, you deserve to have it snagged away from you. It's all a matter of priorities. If you don't view your domain as something valuable then you deserve the consequenses of being irresponsible with managing it.

  • Why not? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by joeszilagyi ( 635484 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:12AM (#8643816)
    All the companies offer you long-term registrations at a slight discount. Register for one year, it's $15. Register for five instead, and it's $12 a year. Small discount, convenience for everyone, but most people won't take the registrar up on it since most people for a personal domain won't drop $60 in such a fashion outright. This is why with most services like this--including hosting, cell phones, insurances, etc., that "Joe Normal" pays by the month while "The Business" will pay quarterly or annually. It's less of a hassle for the business and a tax write-off anyway.

    So why not offer 20, 50, or 100 years at $12/year? I'm sure MANY businesses will leap at this, since it's the equivalent of guaranteed online trademark protection for your single most valuable asset, your domain name and online identity.

  • I've read the comments, -- what happens if someone claims your domain and you lose?

    tough deal....

    have you paid for the next 98 years registration for the sumbitch that took the name away from you?

  • by stm2 ( 141831 ) <> on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:24AM (#8643879) Homepage Journal
    I think MS will buy this service. Some years ago the forgot to pay a domain affected to hotmail and produce an outage. It was "fixed" by a linux user who paid the domain. Isn't it ironic?
    (btw, he was compesated by Ms and he resold his check at ebay).
  • by OlivierB ( 709839 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:32AM (#8643923)
    .. answer this

    I've seen a few comments targeted against MBA's in a few weeks and the one I saw today just was too much BS.
    The argument that this is a stupid "gain money quickly move" doens't stand.

    Well some people obviously have neve heard of NPV, or Net present Value of money.
    Net present value gives you the value today of a series of cash flows to happen in the future.

    The formula is as follows:

    NPV = SUM(Cash Flow *(1+i)^-n) | Where n ranges from 1 to 99 in our case.

    i is the opportunity rate. In a company money typically has a greater return value than the money market. IE you would expect money invested in a company to be more profitable than on the money market.
    This means that if the money market rate is 5% than you would expect a higher internal return to compensate your risk (risk premium principle). Thus the internal rate of return of a company would be market rate+risk premium.
    So the IRR could be 10% in a company.

    Let's just imagine these guys at NetSol are a bunch of losers and will only offer the market return rate, or will simply put the money in government bonds at 4% (constant over 100 years for simplicity skaes).
    Let's say also that the cost of a web name renewal will be $10 per year for the next 100 years (it's more likely to be more as the inflation cathces in, but heck let's keep it simple).

    Even with these very pessimistic variables, the NPV of these cash flows is $306!!! Tha's a $700 profit for the Netsol guys.

    So please, don't say they are making a stupid move doing this as you have no idea what you are talking about. This is a very profitable operation.
    It is very likely to be a success as people will think " hey 100 years * 10 dollars = $1000. So I am not getting ditched and it is peace of mind. Let's take it"

    BTW, if the NPV is $1000, than the discount rate is only 0.12%. Impossible.
  • This is antisocial (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Schlemphfer ( 556732 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:38AM (#8643963) Homepage
    Just last week I took out a ten year registration on my website. And it was great to be able to do that, since every year I always had the fear in the back of my mind that I'd forget about renewing it, and lose the domain.

    So when I read about the 100 year domain thing, I thought, "that would be pretty great." Just pay a relatively small amount of money up front, and you're set for life.

    But then I realized that there's a pretty big anti-social aspect to allowing 100 year domains. It may not be totally fair that the dotcom domain name ownership thing was a first-come, first take lottery. But we're stuck with it, and, fortunately, nobody owns a name forever -- they have to reregister each year or two or ten. If you can't make a go of, then it won't be long until it goes back into the pool of unclaimed domains for somebody else to take. Well, that's sort of true anyway. I know at least one company [] has arrangements with a registrar where expired names fall directly into their hands.

    But anyway, my point is that there ought to be some mechanism where the scarcest property in cyberspace, dotcom names, falls back into the hands of the public if they are not being put to full use. And it's not in the public interest to allow 100-year domain names. All sorts of people will register all sorts of useful domain names, fail at making them profitable, and give up on the domain name. However, like neglected inner city property, the domain name will stay in their possession for a friggin century, and deprive the Internet community of using it for any value.

  • by nutznboltz ( 473437 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @09:55AM (#8644077) Homepage Journal
    Take good care of this DNS Zone, it's been in the family for generations.
  • by sirshannon ( 616247 ) on Tuesday March 23, 2004 @10:24AM (#8644309) Homepage Journal
    You would think that buying a domain name for a century would score you a better price break than that. For the 100 year registration, NSI charges $9.99 a year while and other companies charge $7.99 a year for single-year registrations.

    In addition to that, GoDaddy includes several services for free (domain forwarding, email forwarding) that NSI charges extra for.

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