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Re: [Outages-discussion] Recent outage in Australia affecting Telstra
From: Jay Ashworth <jra () baylink com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:46:54 -0500 (EST)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gert Doering" <gert () greenie muc de>

One of Telstra's downstream customers, a smaller ISP called Dodo,
accidentally announced the global table to Telstra (or perhaps a very
large portion of it.) Enough of it to cause major disruption.

This is good. There is a chance that Telstra will learn from it, and
do proper customer-facing filters now.

OTOH, there also is a chance that Telstra lawyers will just sue the
customer, and not change anything...

Perhaps.  I am not familiar with Australian jurisprudence, but the US there
is the doctrine of Last Clear Chance[1]... and the work necessary on Telstra's
part to avoid this problem is a) well known, b) arguably considered best
practice for a company in their field, and c) not disproportionately 
onorous for them to have undertaken...

so even if they sue, it's not at all a clear cut case for them to "win".

-- jra 
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_clear_chance
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