Re: Concerns about Singapore

Donald Eastlake <> Thu, 07 April 2016 19:45 UTC

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Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 15:44:59 -0400
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Subject: Re: Concerns about Singapore
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On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 3:12 PM, Leif Johansson <> wrote:
> On 2016-04-07 20:30, Dhruv Dhody wrote:
>> +1
>> I am happy to see that LGBT inclusiveness taken seriously by the IETF.
>> But looking at the law on the books in black and white, would be doing a
>> disservice to a large region of the world (with a large number of
>> Internet users).
> I don't parse that actually.
> How is reading the law of Singapore "doing disservice to a large region
> of the world?"

I think the idea is that a literal interpretation of archaic laws in
many places would give you a wrong impression.

Let me give a small example. I assume most of the attendees at this
meeting flew into Argentina and brought with them at least one laptop
with a vale over $300 USD. It seems there is an Argentine law
requiring you to file a customs declaration on entry and imposing a
50% duty on the value of what you bring in over $300 USD. This seems
somewhat onerous since almost everyone at this meeting has a laptop
worth more than $300. But from my observations as EZE, the Argentina
authorities do not care if you have filled out this form and thousands
of people stream through a day completely ignoring it. The authorities
will take it from you if you filled it out but don't seem to even look
at it very closely... So it seems to be no problem for IETF meeting

 Donald E. Eastlake 3rd   +1-508-333-2270 (cell)
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>         Cheers Leif