GOSIP


scott@mitre-gateway.arpa
Mon, 16 Mar 87 07:53:49 EST


        I just read the mail from Mike Corrigan giving the definitive(?)
interpretation of GOSIP.

        I am reminded of when the government had a requirement that
all computers acquired after a certain grace period have an ASCII processing
mode (exacting when this was I can't remember). This hit alot of computer
users hard since they were locked into machines produced by a well known
manufacturer that used EBCDIC. This well known manufacturer, seeing his market
being yanked away from him, provided machines that had an ASCII mode. No one
ever used this mode but it was there in case the bean counters asked.

        Now I'm not saying that GOSIP is heading down the same road,
but if it is this is a good way for software houses to pick up a quick
buck for software that may never be used and therefore not that
good.



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