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Re: Level 3 statement concerning 2/23 events (nothing to see, movealong)

  • From: Pete Templin
  • Date: Wed Feb 25 10:23:33 2004

If an IP-based system lets you see the status of the 23 hospitals in San Antonio graphically, perhaps overlaid with near-real-time traffic conditions, I'd rather use it as primary and telephone as secondary.

Counting on it? No. Gaining usability from it? You betcha.

Brian Knoblauch wrote:

If you're counting on IP (a "best attempt" protocol) for critical
data, you've got a serious design flaw in your system...

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Pete
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 9:10
To: Colin Neeson
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Level 3 statement concerning 2/23 events (nothing to see, move

Are you sure no one died as a result? My hobby is volunteering as a firefighter and EMT. If Level3's network sits between a dispatch center or mobile data terminal and a key resource, it could be a factor (hospital status website, hazardous materials action guide, VoIP link that didn't reroute because the control plane was happy but the forwarding plane was sad, etc.).

And if the problem could happen to another network tomorrow but could be prevented or patched, wouldn't inquiring minds want to know? Your life might be more interesting when the fit hits the shan if you have the same vulnerability.

Colin Neeson wrote:

Because, in the the grand scale scheme of things, it's really not that

No one died because of it, the normal, everyday events of the world went
unaffected by a Level 3 outage...

Might be nice to know what happened, but my life will certainly not be
less interesting by not having that knowledge...

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