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Re: Phone networks struggle in Hurricane Katrina's wake

  • From: Richard A Steenbergen
  • Date: Tue Aug 30 21:45:29 2005

On Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 01:22:13AM +0000, Fergie (Paul Ferguson) wrote:
> I'll file that comment where it belongs -- in file 13.
> If a major catastrophe, albeit more human than network-related
> (although lots of network-related issues here, too), isn't on-topic,
> than I fail to see what is.

North American Network Operations perhaps?

Talking about the impact to networks is on-topic, talking about steps 
being taken to protect or restore networks is on-topic, talking about 
networking infrastructure as it relates to the public communications 
infrastructure is on-topic during an event like this.

Replying to idiotic slashdot articles asking really stupid questions is 
not on topic. Telling the entire NANOG reader base that you like your POTS 
line and will never switch to VoIP is not on topic. Technically speaking a 
human tragedy isn't even on topic.

Like I said, it might be different if there was some actual insight being 
provided here. If someone was talking about some specific data relating to 
the reliability of the infrastructure or otherwise something OPERATIONAL 
to talk about that would be one thing, but this is not operational, this 
is simply chatter. Chatter has its place, that is why people read Slashdot 
and watch the news, but replacing an operational mailing list with the 
slashdot commentary section and seeing what happens is not my or anyone 
else's idea of a good time.

Richard A Steenbergen <>
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