[e2e] Protocols breaking the end-to-end argument

David P. Reed dpreed at reed.com
Tue Oct 27 06:32:35 PDT 2009

Is it the "aging" part or the "hippie" part that makes a person suspect?

I could give you a list of labels that have been applied to me, in 
discussions of network technology, to conjure with as you like:

corporate-type, libertarian, communist, hippie, net-nutter, past-it, 
ivory-tower, propellerhead, mere engineer, non-economist, naive, 
fuzzy-minded, ...

I personally don't think such labels make a whit of difference.

In fact, I am a member of AAAS, AARP, ACLU, ACM, and that's only the 
first four A's on the list of memberships.  Does that make a difference?

It turns out that one of my ancestors (John Reed) arrived in Rhode 
Island in 1615, and another came to the US on Ellis Island.  One of my 
ancestors was at the battle of Lexington and Concord, and another was a 
Gibson Girl on 42nd street, having immigrated into the country.  My 
father can be seen in documentary footage shot on the USS Missouri 
during the Korean Conflict, and was in charge of designing many of the 
modern US Navy ships now in service.

Do those things make a difference?

I guess the fellow who is responsible for WiFi and UWB knows how to 
judge ideas by the person's lifestyle.

And by the way, I'm neither aging (I'm 57, and can beat most people in 
arm-wrestling, if nothing else), nor a classic "hippie" (my views in 
those days tended toward a very different direction  - a mixture of 
systems design, AI, and math, mixed with stopping the Vietnam War and 
creating a free market of ideas).

But so what if I were?

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