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Re: Points of Failure (was Re: National infrastructure asset)

  • From: Bob Bownes
  • Date: Mon Sep 24 14:43:18 2001

"Grant A. Kirkwood" wrote:
> Sean Donelan wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, 24 Sep 2001, Alex Bligh wrote:

> The national air traffic system makes a poor analogy to the Internet in
> this case, IMHO. If O'Hare got nuked tomorrow, we'd have some serious
> disruption in passenger traffic. If PAIX fell into the ocean, OTOH,
> traffic would simply route around it. Isn't that how we try to engineer
> the Internet?
> So in other words, yes, everything is important, and yes, nothing is
> particularly important.

But there was a point in time when taking out a certain parking garage
in Va could have caused us a very great deal of difficulty. But I'd say
we are past that, for the most part.