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[Unbound-users] Can't resolve m.facebook.com

David Conrad
Mon Feb 13 17:32:16 CET 2012


On Feb 13, 2012, at 2:04 AM, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 12, 2012 at 11:39:50AM -0700,
> Ed - 0x1b, Inc. <unbound at 0x1b.com> wrote 
> a message of 6 lines which said:
> 
>> Postel's Law: "be conservative in what you do, be liberal in what you
>> accept from others"
> 
> A very bad engineering idea. It is responsible for the vast amount of
> brokenness in today's Internet. And, worse, for the amount of
> workaround code which makes so many Internet programs brittle and full
> of bugs.

+1

Postel had it right when the Internet was a research project.  However, as a global telecommunications infrastructure, this philosophy is proving quite problematic.

Unfortunately, pragmatically speaking, software writers (if they wish their software to be used) tend to have to bend to the bogosities and obscenities inflicted upon them by the "big guys" resulting in code getting ever more complicated. So it goes.

Regards,
-drc