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Postby tcward » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:10 pm

A quote from the O'Reilly Network caught my eye:

Automatic network configuration is squarely under the jackboot of Metcalfe's law (utility being equal to the square of the number of devices). A protocol that claims to be a connecting force is, by definition, either universal or useless.

Although I knew immediately what the author was saying, I was intrigued by this phrase and did some searching:

A jackboot is a type of military boot. Jackboots are heavily associated with fascism, particularly Nazism.

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I think this image depicts the author's intent:

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Postby KatyBr » Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:27 pm

Don't forget the Sam Browne
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General Sir Samuel James Browne VC, GCB, KCSI (3 October 1824 - 14 March 1901) was a British Army cavalry officer in IndiaVC, GCB, KCSI (3 October 1824 - 14 March 1901) was a British Army cavalry officer in India and the Near East, best known today as the namesake of the Sam Browne belt.
He was born in Barrackpore, India, the son of a surgeon in the Bengal Medical Service. Browne joined the 46th Bengal Native Infantry as a subaltern, participating in action at Ramnuggar, Sadoolapore, Chillianwalla and Gujarat.

In 1849 he was made a lieutenant and tasked with raising a cavalry force, to be designated the 2nd Punjab Irregular Cavalry and later incorporated into the regular force. He would command this unit for the next five years. http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-uni ... browne.htm

I deliberately didn't pick the Nazi version. to keep controversy down, :)


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