40 acres and a mule, was Lightly used IP addresses

Andrew Kirch trelane at trelane.net
Sat Aug 14 22:28:41 UTC 2010

  40 Acres and a Mule were promised to every slave freed in the south by 
General Grant.  It was later rescinded.  600 acres was promised to 
non-landowning general militia soldiers after the Revolutionary war.  
You're only off by ~100 years.


On 8/14/2010 1:27 PM, Jimi Thompson wrote:
> It was 40 acres and a mule - FYI
> On 8/14/10 11:22 AM, "John R. Levine"<johnl at iecc.com>  wrote:
>>> Convincingly said here on an ISP mailing list. But what about the
>>> folks who were denied address assignments by ARIN policies over the
>>> last 15 years? Denied them based on the fiction that ISPs didn't own
>>> IP addresses, that they were merely holding the addresses in trust for
>>> the public they serve. ...
>> I dunno.  What was New York's responsibility in the 1790s to guys who
>> didn't join the army because they had to stay home and take care of their
>> widowed mother and six younger sisters?
>> I wouldn't for a moment claim that IPv4 space was a way that was uniformly
>> fair or wise or close to ideal.  But I don't think you're going to have
>> much luck imposing fairness and wisdom retroactively on people who've
>> already got the space.
>> R's,
>> John

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