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[rpd] Questions for Alain...

Mike Burns mike at
Tue Jun 5 14:11:10 UTC 2018

“There’s nothing wrong with being a broker” – Owen


Thanks for that, Owen. 😉

More to the point, there is nothing wrong with a broker authoring policy.

I agree that it’s better to be open about being a broker when authoring policy.


However this thread began entirely as an ad hominem.


+1 to the previous poster who said it’s past time for Africa to get in sync with the rest of the world regarding the IPv4 market.



From: Owen DeLong [mailto:owen at] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2018 9:14 AM
To: Chevalier du Borg <virtual.borg at>
Cc: AfriNIC RPD MList. <rpd at>
Subject: Re: [rpd] Questions for Alain...


There’s nothing wrong with being a broker. However, the SL-BIS proposal is one which brokers stand to profit from. 


Your analogy of the doctor doesn’t apply because the doctor isn’t profiting from it when you stop smoking. Indeed, you’re improved health might actually cost him money. 


This would be more like having the doctor encourage your smoking and then discovering that he also owned a tobacco company. 


Not only is it bad medical advice, but turns out the doctor stands to profit from it if the community takes his bad advice. 




On Jun 5, 2018, at 04:19, Chevalier du Borg <virtual.borg at <mailto:virtual.borg at> > wrote:


Dear M. Alson



Is there a logic arguement in here somewhere? 

Ad-hominem is not logic



After all, yourself have defended broker on this list saying there nothing wrong with it. 



The doctor advise to STOP smoking is still good advice for you, even if doctor hisself is a big smoker.


Le mar. 5 juin 2018 à 14:31, Andrew Alston <Andrew.Alston at <mailto:Andrew.Alston at> > a écrit :


You have actively supported and fought for the new soft landing policy – to artificially restrict space to entities that need it.  


Now, I’d like to ask – as an author of the soft-landing-bis policy which you have STILL not withdrawn… aren’t you just a LITTLE bit conflicted in trying to create an artificial shortage and make it hard for people to get space – while starting and founding an IP broker in Africa?


Maybe now we understand the *true* motivations behind the soft landing bis policy….




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