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Re: [nznog] Web Servers: Dual-homing or DNAT/Port Forwarding?
From: Larry Sheldon <LarrySheldon () cox net>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:42:16 -0600
On 12/11/2013 9:21 AM, Tim Franklin wrote:
Just because something is public doesnÂ¹t mean you have to accept
ALL traffic, it just means you have to anticipate any potential
problems based on Larry knowing your address rather than imagining
him standing at the front gate of your gated community. ;) (letÂ¹s
torture that analogy!)
There's still a gated community? I thought that particular piece of
routing joy was long gone...
Sorry, I'll get my coat. Tim.
I'm not sure that was an analogy--it was exploring the exact meanings of
In any case, I submit that an address behind a gate is not a "public
But my point is, my address is in fact public, not behind any
gates--displayed once on the post that supports the mail box, again
inside the mailbox door for the mail person, and on a sign on the house
next to the door.
Which public display grants to no one any right of access to the
interior of my house (indeed to no part of the property save the path
from the street to the front door).
Similarly, my IP address could be publicly visible but that does not
grant any right of access to the equipment it attaches to.
(I might leave my front door wide open--that STILL does not grant any
RIGHT of access. It does depend on archaic notions of honest and regard
for rights to keep people out.)
Requiescas in pace o email Two identifying characteristics
of System Administrators:
Ex turpi causa non oritur actio Infallibility, and the ability to
learn from their mistakes.
(Adapted from Stephen Pinker)