Hunter, David dhunter at
Wed Jun 23 17:36:44 BST 1999

David Megginson [mailto:david at] writes:
> Actually, it was intended to be strictly relevant, although the Hulk,
> or Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde would have been better examples.  The
> question was how we determine serial identity -- if person P is
> Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hyde, then Dr. Jekyl again, are Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
> identical?  If so, then if IP address 111.222.333.444 is 
>, then 
>, then again, are and identical?

But my questions remain:  Is there ever a time when we need/want an
application to know or think that is the same as  My
understanding is that the DNS name is what we're after; the IP address is
just how we get there.  If we want our application to use then we
will; if happens to be "the same" as, however you define
"the same", does that matter to us at all?  We can still go on happily using in our application, and can be the same, and then change,
and we won't care.

But I have another question, to add to the previous one:  in the case of
namespaces (is that where this thread started?), in the example you cite, is
the second the same as the first  Wait, don't answer that,
I want to go over the implications in my head for a bit first...  I have a
feeling it's going to be application-specific, and also have some legal
ramifications.  (I define  I go out of business, but someone else
buys the name.  e.g. ad infinitum)

David Hunter
david.hunter at
MediaServ Information Architects

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