--On tirsdag, april 01, 2003 12:31:06 -0800 Randy Bush <randy(_at_)psg(_dot_)com>
During this discussion I've seen references to the "69/8 debacle".
Can anybody explain what the debacle is/was? Is this a magic phrase
for real insiders? Is is something that happened only on a local
net? If not, why don't you explain to the rest of the world? What
IS the argument hinted to with mentioning the "69/8 debacle".
idiot isps who configured route filters but did not bother to maintain
them. darwin at work. the subject is uninteresting, as the study
of stupidity is an exceedingly target-rich environment.
for those of us who are endlessly fascinated by watching evolution in
action - what was the previous usage of 69/8 that led to those filters
(parenthesis: similar things have reportedly happened to people using .info
for email - there turns out to be a number of MTAs in the world who have
hardcoded all the non-2-letter TLDs, assuming "there will be no more", and
routinely toss mail from/to the newer ones. They, too, deserve the pain
they get; unfortunately they, like the route filterers, don't get all the
pain they cause.)