[ppml] Directory Services - section 3.4.3

Jeff Williams jwkckid1 at ix.netcom.com
Tue Jun 14 16:36:29 EDT 2005

Michael and all,

  I agree with Michael here.  It seems logical and reasonable that
a more open definition of storage media is appropriate.  CD-R's
are "ok" however DVD-R's are more efficient.

Michael.Dillon at btradianz.com wrote:

> > >     >            - Via CDROM to users who complete the bulk data form.
> > This isn't vast overspecification. It's better described as a minimum
> > level of service delivery.
> When you put a statement like that in policy then you
> are implying that CD-ROM is the only acceptable media.
> What happens if the data won't fit on one CD-ROM. Will
> ARIN staff sit there swapping in CD-Rs, and then do
> it all over again to verify that they are all readable?
> If we simple say
> -Via recordable media to users who have signed the bulk data AUP
> Then we are not overspecifying the details. ARIN is still
> free to offer the data on a DVD-R with 5 copies of the data
> in different formats for $100 or on CD-R with your choice
> of a single data format for $2,000 dollars. The extra fee
> covers the time spent sitting and swapping disks. People can
> ask ARIN to buy a USB 2.0 or Firewire drive, load the 5 formats
> of the database and mail it to them. Or people can drive up
> to the ARIN offices with a PC containing a DLT drive and
> 100baseT network card to do a high-speed SMB transfer of the
> data onto tape.
> These are all details which are not specified in the policy
> and which are not possible if the policy mentions CDROM. That
> is why that phrase is OVERSPECIFICATION.
> > Staff
> > could probably figure out on their own if a CD-ROM made sense, but
> > there's no harm in saying "else...CD-ROM".
> Yes, there is harm in saying "else...CD-ROM". By doing that we
> usurp the ability of ARIN staff to use their own judgement.
> We are micromanaging. Do you like your boss to tell you in
> detail how to do your daily tasks? Policy is like instructions
> from the boss and good policy should not overspecify in the same
> way that good managers should not micromanage.
> --Michael Dillon

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