Phishing and BGP Blackholing

Michael.Dillon at Michael.Dillon at
Thu Jan 4 14:14:43 UTC 2007

> (All right then, scroll down for content :-))

It is not necessary to quote an entire message
when you are only replying to one specific 
part of it.

> Minority? A mail client has been standard-ish for the last three to
> four years of upgrade iterations. There are a LOT of mobiles out
> there. Granted not many of them are used for e-mail, but that is a

One could say that "not many" is a reasonable
definition of a minority. So, yes, a MINORITY
of users have need for special message formatting.
Why should the other 999 million of us need
to change the way we do things?

> Anyway, I wouldn't write a letter with nothing worth reading on the
> first page. I don't write articles with nothing in the first
> paragraph. 

Nor do I, but there is a well-established tradition
in written English of the preamble. One could say that
a brief quote to set the the context of a statement
is perfectly good practice. Of course some people
take it to excess like the ones who wrote this declaration
a couple of hundred or so years ago:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in 
General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world 
for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of 
the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That 
these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent 
States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, 
and that all political connection between them and the State of Great 
Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and 
Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace 
contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and 
Things which Independent States may of right do.

--Michael Dillon

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