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Re: [ga] Letter from ICANN to New.net

On Fri, Jul 27, 2001 at 02:33:49PM -0700, William S. Lovell wrote:
> being expressed. What is being said by Mr. Crispin, and the positions
> being taken by this "protocol community," are based upon business
> interests, not technology.

Nope.  They are based on technology.


> > Right.  Medicine doesn't exist for the benefit of doctors.  But if
> > doctors tell us something is a bad idea, we generally listen.  If we
> > got practically universal agreement among doctors that a procedure was a
> > bad idea, we should almost certainly dump it.
> Again, the analogy doesn't hold.  There is no "practically universal
> agreement."

Yes, among knowledgable protocol designers, there is.  You apparently
don't hang out with such people. 

> > The problem is protocol engineering really is a species of "rocket
> > science"* -- it takes a long time to really understand the issues.  And,
> > despitewhat you hear, most of the participants on these lists really
> > aren't rocket scientists of the proper variety.
> So IETF presumes to speak for these non-rocket scientists?

Don't be silly.  The IETF speaks about protocol matters.  It is not 
speaking *for* you or anyone else.

> Not for
> me.  The problem with a group such as the IETF (to whom several
> years ago I had begun to look to for expert guidance, but then gave
> that up quite rapidly when I saw what it had done and was doing)
> is that it becomes an in-grown cabal of "right thinkers," for whom
> "right" more often has a business than a technological origin.

That simply illustrates your own lack of knowledge, I'm afraid.

>  My
> profession lies in determining what technology will work, and what
> will not, and when are things being done for technological reasons
> and when are they not.  I have learned not to depend on the IETF
> for anything.

I look forward to the cessation of your use of email, then, since the design 
of the email protocols came straight out of the IETF...

Kent Crispin                               "Be good, and you will be
kent@songbird.com                           lonesome." -- Mark Twain
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