Re: [Pso-discuss] Looking for a layman example on what PSO does.

"Steven M. Bellovin" <smb@research.att.com> Fri, 07 July 2000 18:28 UTC

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From: "Steven M. Bellovin" <smb@research.att.com>
To: chiari mario <chiari.hm@flashnet.it>
Cc: Steve Coya <scoya@ietf.org>, pso-discuss@pso.icann.org
Subject: Re: [Pso-discuss] Looking for a layman example on what PSO does.
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In message <3.0.5.32.20000707201347.007c4100@mbox2.flashnet.it>it>, chiari mario w
rites:
>Steve 
>
>thanks for your reply.
>It helps, though I am trying do write a less abstract statement. 
>
>Would you say that the following statement conveys a correct understanding
>of the matter of fact:  
>
>---- the Internet protocol contains numerous parameters, for example to
>identify the character set of a text, or a operating system. (A character
>set is a set of conventions to code a traditional alphabet, e.g. latin,
>cyrillic, japanese). The values of these parameters need to be assigned
>uniquely. ICANN/PSO is to make those unique assignments and to maintain a
>registry of the currently assigned values.
>
>(here I am cutting & pasting statements from IANA's web site)  
>
>mario
>
>ps do you have a two lines definition of what a port is? 

A "port" is analoguous to a room number in an office building.
The street address gets you to the building, but you go to a
particular room for particular services.

The problem is that ICANN and the PSO don't do that stuff -- IANA
does.  The PSO's main job is making sure that decisions by ICANN are
technically sound with respect to protocols on the Internet.

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