Something that should put a smile on everybody's face today

Mel Beckman mel at
Wed Apr 28 17:43:44 UTC 2021


No, I explained very clearly that my comments about DoD address space were not related to any single party — in fact, government malfeasance with citizen data has gone on equally with every administration since J. Edgar Hoover ran the FBI. THAT is clearly an operational issue, since operators have to decide if they’re going to let this bizarre IP space enter their networks.

But your comments do drip — with venom and bile — so this conversation is over.


On Apr 28, 2021, at 10:28 AM, Michael Thomas <mike at> wrote:

On 4/28/21 10:19 AM, Mel Beckman wrote:

Sorry, but Cloudfare wasn’t sued because they’re a service provider. This dispute is no different than if they had gotten into an argument over a copier toner scammer. And your snide remark about my comments, claiming they are political, is uncalled for.  I fastidiously avoid making political comments, and take pains to explain my operational concerns if there might be any doubt (as I did with the Parler cancellations).

I never said the copyright troll issue isn’t important. It just doesn’t belong on NANOG. It hinges entirely on philosophical issues with the PTO.

Snort. Your gubbermint conspiracy theories about the DoD address space dripped of politics.

They were sued because they are a service provider with money and they are fighting back asking for the community to help out. As William said, that seems pretty on-topic to me. This community is in a good position to provide that help which would be of benefit to NANOG in general. Again, on-topic for network operators.

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