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Re: Why is IRC still around?
From: stephane nasdrovisky <stephane.nasdrovisky () paradigmo com>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2004 16:45:51 +0100
Micheal Espinola Jr wrote:
Are or were ? smtp supports tls for example (I dropped irc because I
have very little knowledge about it).
Is SMTP bad? Yes.
Why? Because they are simple and basic protocol implementations
smtp supports both plaintext (login/password) and tls/certificate
authentications. Configuration is not a technology issue but a sysadmin
Not that they aren't efficient and easy, but
they certainly have their shortcomings in terms of security and AAA.
smtp is backward compatible with fossile like technology (sendmail comes
to mind as it have a 'good' bugs record) but also 21th century
technology aware (s/mime, tls).
Much could be said against protocols such as rpc, ftp, telnet, iiop,
http, ... but some/most of them are also supporting some somewhat new
technology (encryption, authentication, ...) some of them do not add
much value when used over the internet (rpc comes to mind) these are
more lan protocols.
Microsoft don't try to be backward compatible: w2k is not backward
compatible with nt or dos, even xp sp2 is not backward compatible with
We need to move forward with technology. Or would you rather be like
Microsoft - and attempt to be backward compatible for all-time - and
continue to use products that have fundamental flaws in them?
Full-Disclosure - We believe in it.
Re: Why is IRC still around? Eric Paynter (Nov 20)
RE: Why is IRC still around? Darren Wolfe (Nov 20)
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