@ At 01:46 PM 04/26/97 -0500, Karl Denninger wrote:
@ >I'd like you to point out the major corporations and public
@ >will do this. I'd also like you to immediately return that nice root
@ >that NSI has paid for in part or whole, if you really believe this.
@ NSI has never paid for anything. NSI has doled out money collected by it
@ from NSF and from domain name owners. NSF (i.e. the US taxpayers) and the
@ COM, NET etc. domain name owners have paid for whatever it is you think NSI
@ has paid for.
This is not quite true.
Paul Vixie has stated on the NANOG list that NSI
pays for his equipment.
I have no doubt the check was from NSI. I am talking about where the money
actually came from, and the answer is either (1) NSF (i.e. the US
taxpayers) or (2) the domain name owners paying their $100 or $50 fees.
Paul is part of the Internet
Software Consortium (ISC) <http://www.ispc.org>
an IRS approved 501(c) company that accepts
donations so that Paul can write software that
supports the domain name system.
Their web site says they have a $700,000/year budget.
According to the IRS, you can get full-disclosure
on all of this.
So what? Nobody doubts that the check Paul Vixie received was written by
NSI -- if that's what he says, I believe him. No amount of full disclosure
under 501(c)(3) is necessary to learn whose name was on the check.
What I am talking about is the source of the money. NSI got it from you
and me when we paid our $100 and our $50, or when they collected it from
NSF (and thus from you and me).