Re: A connection-based Internet?

Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu Thu, 19 December 1996 23:00 UTC

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To: Greg Minshall <minshall@ipsilon.com>
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Subject: Re: A connection-based Internet?
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Thu, 19 Dec 1996 09:58:29 PST." <199612191758.JAA04528@red.ipsilon.com>
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On Thu, 19 Dec 1996 09:58:29 PST, Greg Minshall said:
> The problem with the latter is that there are many things that have been 
> "proven" over the years, but don't, in fact, work (or, in the math space, 
> 'theorems' that have been 'proved' but aren't, in fact, true).

Or even worse, are *truly* provably true within a given domain.  See
Euclid's parallel postulate and non-Euclidean geometry for an example.

Just because something was demonstrably true 10 years ago doesn't mean that
it will still be true once the next generation of <insert favorite
combo of hard/soft/live ware here> comes along, and the nature of things
changes.
-- 
				Valdis Kletnieks
				Computer Systems Engineer
				Virginia Tech