[OpenID] why is xri so obtuse?

Greg Hewgill greg at hewgill.com
Mon Jan 1 22:19:52 UTC 2007

On Mon, Jan 01, 2007, Drummond Reed wrote:
> Victor, thanks for responding. I opened my email this morning and was
> dismayed to find this thread reinforcing how badly XRI and i-names are
> misunderstood by many involved with OpenID.

I totally agree that I'm misunderstanding the ideas behind i-names.
This is particularly understandable as I'm coming from the OpenID side
of things. I got involved in OpenID because it is free, open,
decentralised, anybody can participate with no barrier to entry, etc.

XRI is not free, not open, centralised, and has a financial barrier to
entry, as evidenced by the following:

On Mon, Jan 01, 2007, Victor Grey wrote:
> Sorry Dmitry -- we have to pay our upstream provider to register an i-
> name for you, so we have no way to create a temporary i-name. If you
> want an i-name of your own, you'll have to pay the $20.

As long as such financially motivated companies are trying to collect
$20 from *every* individual who wants to establish an i-name, it's just
not going to fly. Apparently, I can't even just pay once and set up a
site that offers free i-names. I can do this today with OpenID, all I
need is a domain name and some software.

I look forward to catching up on this thread when I return from
holiday in a few days.

Greg Hewgill
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