Re: What's the alternative to "snarling"?

Michael Thomas <mike@mtcc.com> Mon, 19 April 2021 18:05 UTC

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Subject: Re: What's the alternative to "snarling"?
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On 4/19/21 10:42 AM, Keith Moore wrote:
> On 4/19/21 1:30 PM, Randy Presuhn wrote:
>
>> Agree. But that requires careful listening to their ideas, as well
>> as a willingness to examine dogma.
> And the amount of careful listening required is often roughly the same 
> for a Bad Idea versus a promising idea.   Wrapping your head around 
> someone else's idea is hard work, especially when you have to 
> re-examine deeply held assumptions to do so.   Also the difference 
> between a really Bad Idea and a more promising idea might be subtle, 
> as in: if you make this slight change, it would be a much better 
> idea.   So you not only need to examine the presumably bad idea but 
> also some amount of variation around that idea.
>
The real issue if you ask me is whether a new and better idea overcomes 
the energy barrier to matter. With something old and established that 
barrier is extremely high. For Quic, for example, we've had 20+ years of 
an 8 packet startup handshake before that energy barrier was overcome to 
get to 5 packets, and who knows how many years it will be to get it back 
to 3 if ever even though it's perfectly possible to fix. ObMe: I haven't 
joined the Quic mailing list mainly because I'm not sure I want to 
endure yet another snarling match from entrenched powers that be. Maybe 
I will, but it's a fairly typical outcome in my experience that that is 
what will happen.

Mike