[thelist] Why an IP address, not a domain name?

Simon Willison simon at incutio.com
Thu Apr 4 05:46:01 CST 2002

Michael Galvin wrote:

>I have a prospective client (it's in the tender stages) who has a large
>online catalog that needs to be searched.  I've checked their current system
>and found that it uses frames to hide the fact that you're being redirected
>from their domain to an IP address.  I did a reverse lookup on it, and all I
>got was the same IP address, but with the relevant Whois details.
>Surely there must be a domain name 'associated' with this IP address - I'd
>basically like to find out if the user is in fact being sent ex-site, or is
>it just lazy programming?
There doesn't have to be a domain name associated with an IP address -
sounds like that address just doesn't have a domain name pointing at it.

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