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Re: [OT] NTK now, 2001-09-14 (excerpt)

  • From: David Coder
  • Date: Fri Sep 14 14:41:43 2001

jd, i miss you.  ;)


On Fri, 14 Sep 2001, J.D. Falk wrote:

:Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 10:48:32 -0700
:From: J.D. Falk <[email protected]>
:To: [email protected]
:Subject: [OT] NTK now, 2001-09-14 (excerpt)
:In these terrible times, it's good to watch the tech
:community put its problems aside, and supply what we were
:all so desperately short of: plenty of wild unsolicited
:opinions. After those first few hours of awful shocked
:silence - what a relief to be interrupted by the CEO of
:CoffeeCup Software, producers of an innocuous Windows HTML
:editor, e-mailing his 1.2 million customer base to "call for
:[the responsible] country's complete destruction and
:annihilation". And at the end of that fateful day, noted
:hacker Eric S. Raymond rained his thoughts like fresh water,
:revealing that those who "disarmed all the non-terrorists on
:those airplanes ... bear some moral responsibility". Thanks
:too to BYTE's Jerry Pournelle, who slowly toughened his
:demands from an early request that /usr/bin/laden be handed
:over "bound and chained", to Thursday's demand that Nablus,
:Gaza, Baghdad *and* Damascus be razed to the ground; to the
:Evening Standard infowar expert who warned that "inflamed
:young men" could escalate the conflict by releasing "cyber
:viruses, crashing our computers ... from council houses in
:Bradford"; and kindly John Keegan in the Telegraph, who
:wrote that ISPs should ban encryption among their users, and
:those who refused must be "destroyed with cruise
:missiles". And on through the lonely nights, as net.folk on
:chat traded credulous rumours and confused geopolitics, and
:Nostradamus buffs mulled seriously over a quatrain that,
:sadly, was probably invented by a skeptic to show how *any*
:random phrase could end up a doomladen prophecy. But be
:assured that the crisis is not yet over. Please help:
:opinions are still desperately needed - and bloggers,
:columnists and sleep-deprived newsreaders are running short
:of ideas. So: do you have some minority you'd like to
:haphazardly blame? Some half-arsed genocidal theory you'd
:like to insist become global policy? Some simplistic
:demonisation of a country's recent history that needs to be
:waved in the faces of everyone you know? Mail it to our
:hotline on [email protected], and we'll pass it on to those
:who must fill the useless silence which would otherwise be
:wasted on slow, methodical grief.
:- "many e-mails thanking me for removing the word 'annihilation'"
:- Why the Bombings Mean That We Must Support My Politics
:- "There may be other places."
:- also, if their contention ratio goes above twenty, nuke 'em
:- no hidden meaning in using Bradford as an example
:- search for "abstract"
:----- End forwarded message -----
:	And, for the record, I agree that political stuff should be
:	moved off of NANOG -- though I greatly appreciate the efforts
:	of Sean Donelan and others to keep us all informed on how the
:	disaster affects the Internet.
:J.D. Falk                                   all good dreams return in time
:<[email protected]>