On the control of the Internet.

Alexander Harrowell a.harrowell at gmail.com
Sun Jun 13 21:33:03 UTC 2010

I'll bet that is a political statement, against list rules. Larry is currently making up a really high percentage of list traffic and this is beginning to annoy.
"Larry Sheldon" <LarrySheldon at cox.net> wrote:

>On 6/13/2010 15:54, Joe Greco wrote:
>> If we want to be pedantic, Sony this year announced that it is shutting
>> down its production of floppy disks by next year.  Of course, the choice
>> of "floppy disk" is irrelevant, and I'm guessing you know it.  If your
>> devices are more comfortable with CD-ROM or USB MicroSD readers, then by
>> all means.
>I certainly hoped that that was the case, but not very long ago I read a
>current "Emergency Recovery Plan" that depended on 9-track 1600BPI round
>reel tapes in a shop that had not had a drive like that for ten years.
>> Long before NANOG, there was actually a time that some of us hauled
>> around things like USENET on magnetic media, because it was simply the
>> highest bandwidth yet cheapest method to haul large amounts of data
>> around the city, back when a Telebit Trailblazer was still vaguely able
>> to cope with a USENET feed - and for a little while thereafter.
>Wide Band Truck was a major component of plans long ago.
>And I wish I had a nickel for every round-real tape in Anvil case I
>escorted through airports.
>> If your network has been so thoroughly taken over that you cannot hope
>> to get a file from a computer that does have a floppy over to your DNS
>> server, you have Much Bigger Problems to begin with...
>And that is the issue I was trying to raise.
>> Our monitoring systems are definitely able to detect when connectivity 
>> goes away.  What happens if and when that happens is generally left up
>> to a human to decide.  The sorts of brokenness that one might potentially
>> discover if the government were to corrupt connectivity is much more
>> complex than simple on/off; I feel comfortable saying that the best plan
>> is to have diversity of resources and some in-depth knowledge, since that
>> also serves normal engineering needs well.
>I'll bet you think The Stimulus created jobs.
>Somebody should have said:
>A democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.
>Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well armed lamb contesting
>the vote.
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>Ex turpi causa non oritur actio
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