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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

Roland6 Silver badge

Re: Hilarious!

But, what many fail to understand is that the man has 9 RFCs and 2 drafts to his name, and knows the protocol in question pretty much inside out.

However, you do assume that the said person actually understands just what exactly has been specified...

Back in the late 1980's I had cause to investigate the potential for using IEEE802.4 over a couple of new media types, operating at speeds other than 1, 5 & 10Mbps.

What was surprising was the sheer number of interdependent magic numbers contained in the specification, which naturally worked (well sort of depending upon your point of view) with the physical media types and speeds contained in the specification, but would fail when used with different media types and speeds. Naturally, the standard didn't contain the rationale behind these magic numbers and conversations with committee members seemed to indicate they also didn't know how or why these numbers were arrived at - but they were in the final standard and so they would have been agreed upon...

Conversations with colleagues building protocol test systems confirmed my experiences, with 802.4 and it's authors, weren't unique...

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