Rockefeller Receives Bertholf Award | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
This .sucks. 

Well this is enormously unfair. You might even say Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat out of West Virginia, is fighting requests to add a “.sucks” domain to the Internet.

Recently, a host of sometimes weird generic top-level domains, or gTLDs, expanded the Web beyond the familiar set of URL suffixes. As soon as a few were rolled out, the Daily Dot itself rushed to buy property in the brand-new “.photos,” “.guitars,” and “.sexy” territories.

It may seem natural, then, to add .sucks, and three companies — Donuts Inc., Momentous Corp., and Top Level Spectrum — have applied for the gTLD, Rockefeller complained in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. “I view it as little more than a predatory shakedown scheme,” he wrote, arguing that businesses and individuals could be forced “to pay ongoing fees to prevent seeing the phrase ‘sucks’ appended to their names on the Internet.”

Rockefeller then issued a rhetorical threat in order to make his point.

“[W]ill your organization allow a third party to purchase and operate ‘’?” he asked. Interesting hypothetical, but ICANN will only suck if they don’t approve the .sucks domain in the first place, so it’s really a moot point. And while Rockefeller may feel the word “sucks” has “little or no socially redeeming value,” proponents insist it will “foster debate and benefit consumers.”

Besides, for every defamatory web page the domain produces, there’s going to be a great porn site. Unless those folks are applying for “.blows” instead.  

Photo by SenRockefeller/Flickr  (CC BY 2.0)

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
Layer 8
A female Lebanese news anchor was told to shut up—here's what she did instead
Rima Karaki is a Lebanese TV host who isn't afraid of a fight. Things got heated Monday when Karaki was interviewing Hani Al-Seba'i about the phenomenon of Christians joining Islamic groups like ISIS. Al-Seba’i is a Sunni scholar who fled to London after he was sentenced in an Egyptian court to 15 years in prison for being a part of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. The United Nations considers the group to be an affiliate of al Qaeda.
Pornhub is planting a tree for every 100 videos you watch
Whenever there’s a national holiday, like Valentine’s Day or the Jewish harvest celebration Sukkot, it’s a safe bet that porn streaming giant Pornhub will be on hand with a vaguely holiday-themed promotional campaign, like unlimited free mobile access or clips of busty young Semitic women doing unspeakable things with a lulav and etrog.
The Latest From Daily Dot Video

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!