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Re: V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai: Inventor of e-mail honored by Smithsonian

2012-02-19 09:01:17

On 2/18/2012 9:22 PM, Pete Resnick wrote:
It appears he is just a self aggrandizing liar.

I missed the Time article.

I thought that perhaps he was just clueless, but the Time article makes clear
that he knows he's not telling the truth.  Here's one paragraph of the note I
sent to the Post's Ombudsman:

   "Then later, I think it was ’81 or ’82, the RFC protocol was changed to add
the “from:”, the “cc:”—those things."
His statement displays very specialized knowledge, but the claimed facts are
wrong.  (RFCs are technical documents, including many Internet standards.) To
point away from the proper "RFC" documents that would make his error clear,
he points to the wrong one.  (POP is a secondary transfer protocol.  The one
that is interesting in the 1982 timeframe was one I wrote -- RFC 822 -- but
it was merely a revision of one I co-authored in 1977 and THAT was merely
codifying practice going back to the early 70s.)


  Dave Crocker
  Brandenburg InternetWorking

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