Then again, is this any surprise in a country like Nigeria? That country has a long, long way to go to claw its way from the absolute worst in terms of corruption.
It is sad that only negative/stereotypical stories from Nigeria seem to make it to the front page of HN.
As you see on the comment in the thread, Nigerians are against this behavior. I had 2 domains taken from me too ironically one was takeaway.com.ng.
I believe that there a procedures for this to be sorted out ICANN I believe is the arbiter of these types of issues. I would encourage the victim to follow such process. Perhaps someone here can suggest how such cases can/have been dealt with.
I'd like to stress again that this is a rogue incident and not normal like a few of the stereotypical comments below will want to make you believe.
I believe there is a rogue employee there. Did not have the energy to pursue it.
What I'm saying is that it is not an official policy. Lack of governance and follow up like the guy who is the subject of this thread.
.ly matches the ly suffix in English for example. So, thus you have adf.ly ... adfly.
.nr is $500 USD a year.
I've dealt with them before. You really, really don't want to.
.sm for San Marino is GBP 225 per year with Gandi
.cc domains are cheap though, so had to think of our own domain for a good example of a stable nice domain.
Going back to bicycles, Brooks of England only use leather from Italy as they discovered that modern veterinary practices were focusing so heavily on meat production for the animals that the animals were producing a thinner and more brittle leather that didn't age well and had more imperfections.
Brooks saddles require a thick leather, single piece with virtually no defects. So they had to find a source of leather where the primary use of the animal was the hide and food and other products were secondary.
Fascinating stuff. Beyond particular breeds of livestock, it's about their environment, the country laws relating to veterinary practises and handling, etc.
It's not that it was too long - it's more that it was just illegible.
Off the top of my head I can think of .rw, which costs €220/yr (~$300) to foreign purchasers from one of the few registrars that provide it.
I think the seizure adds to the price. Imagine ycombinator.com or even reddit.com sold to the highest bidder? Millions in damages.
NIRA is an org in a developing nation full of violence. The idea of conducting a business transaction with them over the internet from another country and expecting everything to be on the up and up is such privileged nonsense I've broken my personal embargo on using that word.
Chicago has a lot of violence. I would not go a day say America is a dangerous nation.
It fits the stereotype you crave for. Congratulations.
Of course, this is just an average. There are parts that are fairly civilized, no worse than any asian country, but there are also parts that are out of control.