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Re: Open Letter to D-Link about their NTP vandalism
On Fri, 7 Apr 2006, Kevin Day wrote:
I think the lesson here is that any service you make available to the public (NTP, DNS, IRC, SMTP, whatever) is going to be used in ways that do not match with your desires. If you're not willing to ACL/police the service, you're going to have to accept that people are going to use it in ways you'd rather they didn't.The repeated suggestions that the best response to this sort of situation is to 'deal with it' are saddening. Did he "deserve it" because of the short skirt he was wearing?
Companies behaving irresponsibly and releasing (selling!) code that abuses a shared public resource should not be the norm.
Lots of people crap in the commons. But saying it is inevitable, and actually mocking people who care, is inexcusable.
Someone's accountable here, and in this case it is simple to determine who. The behavior is clearly antisocial and should be addressed.
Member-waving about spare gigabit ports and what traffic levels are inconsequential really is beside the point.
PS: This puts D-Link on the same list I had Belkin and Netgear on.
Moral indignation is a technique to endow the idiot with dignity.
- Marshall McLuhan