Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Editorial Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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RE: URLs not really universal
by qortra on Wed 17th Feb 2010 16:49 UTC in reply to "URLs not really universal"
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I disagree. Nothing is broken with regard to DNS and useability. The address notation is the result of compromise to innovation in order to be both unambiguous and internationally useful.

Firstly, DNS isn't a search engine - it isn't even like a search engine. It is a mapping engine, and when it is working properly, it will always be a 1:1 mapping with an unambiguous name and an IP address. Search engines make no such claim. When a search engine is working properly, the top result is essentially the winner of a big popularity contest.

Secondly, nobody has to type in "http://www.facebook.com/", and they haven't for a while (if ever). In a "Web" Browser, the "Web" protocol prefix (HTTP://) can be assumed. Also, the trailing slash can be omitted. Finally, the "www." is taken care of by DNS redirects (if it even has to be). So now we're left with "facebook.com", which is both pretty easy to remember and unambiguous in a web context. If you don't think it's necessary, than it's probably because you live in the US and aren't aware that different countries have their own top level domains and their own trademarks. Anyway, the top level domain is simple enough to work into the marketing.

Thirdly, as another commenter pointed out, you're wrong anyway with regard to Firefox which does indeed open "facebook.com" when "facebook is entered in the address bar. But frankly, I think it shouldn't. I always prefer disambiguation wherever possible, and "facebook" is technically ambiguous.

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