[ppml] Comments on ARIN's reverse DNS mapping policy

Ted Mittelstaedt tedm at ipinc.net
Tue Sep 11 20:59:31 EDT 2007

>-----Original Message-----
>From: ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:ppml-bounces at arin.net]On Behalf Of
>Randy Bush
>Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:38 PM
>To: William Herrin
>Cc: Public Policy Mailing List
>Subject: Re: [ppml] Comments on ARIN's reverse DNS mapping policy
>>> aside from issues of whether the community has the right to descend into
>>> the delegation, how would we text the sub-delegations?  if they are on
>>> byte boundaries, we can probe for them.  but goddesses help us if they
>>> use rfc 2317.  and is it our prerogative to probe 256 sub-delegations of
>>> a /16?  64k of a /8?  and how many of a /32 in ipv6 space?
>> That's the easy part: kick off action only after receiving a
>> complaint. Where no one minds, it doesn't matter and the complaint
>> will tell us exactly where to look.
>problem is that, of a thousand users who get screwed, how many will know
>they they are screwed, let alone how to diagnose?

There was a big tide one day and on the beach a thousand starfish were
washed up, and lay dying in the hot sun.

A boy walked along the beach picking up starfish and throwing them
back into the water one by one.

A man told the boy: "Give up, there is no way you can save all these
starfish, what you are doing does not matter"

The boy answered:  "It matters to the starfish I threw back"

If even 1 of the thousand screwed users is clueful enough to
use the policy to fix their problem, the policy has done it's


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