[TUHS] Happy birthday, Ken Thompson!

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Tue Feb 5 01:04:25 AEST 2019

On Mon, 4 Feb 2019, Steve Nickolas wrote:

> I think the term is "Embrace, Extend, Exterminate" <dalek.jpg>

I heard it as "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish"; witness their attempt to take 
over PPP (which eventually had to accommodate their "extensions"), and 
Usenet before that, which thankfully failed, because they wanted a central 
authority.  How the hell do you think that Usenet flourished?  It was an 
utter anarchy, that's why!  And the marketoid control-freaks hated it...

If you look carefully at PPP, you will see certain negotiations which ∆
simply don't belong at that level (DNS etc).  Cough MS/CHAP cough...

If you want to talk PPP to an NT server, well, you'd better be prepared to 
accommodate their "extensions".

And to those bods who think we're bashing M$, well, there might be a 
damned good reason for it (some of us here go back a *long* time, so you 
might have to brush up on your history, and grow out of your short pants).

-- Dave, who used to be known as "Fowler Ware" on aus.flame

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