[nycbug-talk] ancient protocals

Isaac Levy ike
Wed Jun 16 16:56:30 EDT 2004

Forking the thread,
Re: [nycbug-talk] IRC SERVER

On Jun 16, 2004, at 4:38 PM, Bob Ippolito wrote:

>> I've heard cool things about silc, but I'm +1 for sticking to IRC- 
>> there's good reason it's been around so long...
> Yeah, the same reason people use POP3 and other retarded protocols.. 
> the specs are too stupid to get wrong so the client-server software 
> interaction generally works as expected.  No real good reason other 
> than that :)

Completely understandable, but I'd rather argue that SMTP is flawed 
analogous to IRC, (rather than POP3) due to the fact that the world 
still continues to use Email due to larger than a critical mass 
adopting it, regardless of it's flaws.

I'd also argue that for sanity's sake, some contexts make 
ancient/flawed protocols a good choice to use, especially when they 
aren't one's primary focus- (i.e. wanting to just use it and not get 
bogged down training people how to use it, or managing the 
software/infrastructure to maintain it).  If that makes sense.

I'm not opposed to change, the opposite in fact, but I'd rather focus 
on changing the things I can, and accept what is out of my personal 
scope (as I begrudgingly do when using email daily).

Again, this is tempered by a whopping IMHO- and am interested in any 
opposing viewpoint...


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