RE: An Architecture for Nuclear Deterrance of Global Terrorism (fwd)

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Tue Sep 18 2001 - 04:17:38 MDT

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Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 01:29:00 -0700
From: Dan Kohn <>
To: 'Jeff Bone' <>,
Subject: RE: An Architecture for Nuclear Deterrance of Global Terrorism

Jeff, I took a quick look at this and I can confirm Gordon's view that
this is the worst idea ever. To understand (one of the many, many
reasons) why, read Sum of All Fears

You and I have never met, and I don't claim to understand you or your
politics. But I do know one major area of disagreement. You appear to
see mailing lists such as FoRK as an ephemeral communications medium
akin to instant messaging, where one says whatever one is thinking at
that moment. By contrast:

+ I expect that everything I ever write here could be brought up at some
point in my future, and I would like my ideas to at least be well
synthesized and clearly articulated, even if they later turn out to be

+ I am mindful of the great mailing list asymmetry of one writer/many
readers, so that spending an extra 10 minutes to articulate my thoughts
succinctly may save many hours of other people's time in being able to
read and understand them (not to mention avoiding endless threads of "I
was really saying this....")

+ I try to constrain myself to a message or two a day on the theory that
it is unlikely I will have anything original enough more often to be
worth bothering several hundred people over.

Now, I know this seems like a flame, and I apologize for that. I
understand from Rohit that you are a sharp guy, and I don't mean this
message in any way personally. Further, it's Rohit's list, and he's
chosen not to set any rules, so I certainly think you're within your
rights to post as many messages as you want. And clearly, I can just
add you to a personal kill list and never be bothered by your messages
again. But, I thought I would try to express my viewpoint first, as I
dislike in principle the step of cutting off communication.

Thanks for considering my point of view.

                - dan

Dan Kohn <>
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