[TUHS] core

Tim Bradshaw tfb at tfeb.org
Mon Jun 18 19:16:26 AEST 2018

On 17 Jun 2018, at 18:58, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
> One of two things was going to be true of the 'Internet' (that name didn't
> exist then, but it's a convenient tag): i) It was going to be a failure (in
> which case, it probably didn't matter what was done, or ii) it was going to be
> a success, in which case that 32-bit field was clearly going to be a crippling
> problem.

There's a third possibility: if implementation of the specification is too complicated it will fail, while if the implementation is simple enough it may succeed, in which case the specification which allowed the simple implementation will eventually become a problem.

I don't know whether IP falls into that category, but I think a lot of things do.

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