[e2e] Protocols breaking the end-to-end argument
David P. Reed
dpreed at reed.com
Mon Oct 26 07:23:35 PDT 2009
On 10/25/2009 10:04 PM, Richard Bennett wrote:
> 37 years of networking history boils down to this:
> 13. Angry old hippies go "Right on, FCC, your daddy's Internet is good
> enough for you!"
What a warped interpretation of history... it discredits itself, in my
opinion only, of course. If this were a forum for discussing policy
matters, I'd engage in debunking it. It is not such a forum, however.
This is a research forum, loosely associated with the IRTF, and
Bennett's comments (true or not) have not contributed to this forum.
With regard to historical analysis, Bennett (and his informants) are
welcome to write an article for ACMs Annals in the History of Computing,
where actual historians apply peer review to such claims and submissions.
The use of the phrase "rhetorical trick" is offensive to me personally.
Bennett persists in this claim, and John Day surprisingly (to me) joins
him in this warped idea that our paper was written as a move in a battle
(war) that some would claim was relevant to today. That it offends me
personally doesn't matter that much in the scheme of things - certainly
Bennett's strange historical analysis of "causation" wouldn't stand a
test against facts.
However, it is clear we must take Bennett seriously: Jon Peha (FCC Chief
Technologist), Robert Pepper (former FCC senior exec and Cisco senior
exec), Rob Atkinson (progressive political activist and friend of Blair
Levin), and several Congress members (including Darryl Issa) support the
organization that employs Bennett as a Senior Fellow where he makes this
set of claims (ITIF) *as part of his job*. That organization claims to
be a "non-partisan think tank" devoted to research and analysis. So I'd
suggest that this analysis be subjected to rigorous review - but NOT on
an IRTF list. Perhaps Bennett's claim (made in his online resume) that
he was "responsible" for major networking standards, "including ... WiFi
and UWB" will also be reviewed rigorously, again, not on this list, but
elsewhere, perhaps by the FCC. Many people on this list know some of
the people who are given credit for 802.11 in the community -- you're
welcome to ask them about Bennett.
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