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Geek Trivia: The quibble of the week for Jan. 13, 2009

This week's quibble comes from the Jan. 6, 2009 edition of Geek Trivia, "Master of your (top-level) domain." TechRepublic member amacintosh felt The Trivia Geek grossly mischaracterized the backstory behind the .tv domain holders.

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This week's quibble comes from the Jan. 6, 2009 edition of Geek Trivia, "Master of your (top-level) domain." TechRepublic member amacintosh felt I had grossly mischaracterized the backstory behind the .tv domain-holders:

"'However, most of the various video and television Web sites found under the .tv top-level domain are not based on the island of Tuvalu.' To be fair to Tuvalu, they sold the rights to .tv to DotTV in 2000 for $50 million. Apparently, most of the money made in that transaction has been used to pave roads: [see here and here]."

Fair points, dear reader. I was merely trying to convey a disconnect between domain name intent and usage, not any duplicity on the part of the domain holders. Thanks for the quibble, and keep them coming!

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