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Mar. 21st, 2007

I haven't ruled out the geopriv working group (WG), but I'm also looking into the pcn WG,
which is more inline with my interests in end2end research, congestion avoidance, etc.
Based on what I've read so far, Internet emergency 911 service seems to be a huge can of
worms. The projects aren't very well funded, and there is bickering among WG participants.
It sort of makes me wonder if as it stands, it won't get traction, and will require a
large telecom provider (or perhaps a consortium) to provide the service in exchange for
some kind of exemption from competition. The geopriv WG has been around for a while,
and some prototypes have been created, whereas pcn is fairly new, with perhaps more
opportunity to shape its direction.

Speaking of end2end research, I had a dream about my graduate advisor on Monday night.
There were some strange aspects to the dream, such as having to walk across a green pond
(or maybe it was just puddles) to get to a meeting with his research group. But when I
got there it was only him (at least at first) with my research results. The document was
much larger than what I actually wrote to satisfy the degree requirements, and this one
got two letter grades (like 6.033, but unlike in grad school, which wasn't graded). One
of the altos from chorus was in the dream also, possibly because over lunch recently she
asked me why I didn't want to go back to school for a PhD.

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gconnor
Mar. 21st, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
I mostly enjoyed the work on the IETF working group I was part of. I think what made it eventually crap out was the lack of strong leadership at the chair (co-chair) positions.

I am not sure if this is common, but it's not unheard of for working groups to be "subject to denial of service attacks". If you're on the fence, you may wish to consider who the chair is/are, whether you trust them to open a can of Smackdown™ when needed, and just ask them for a description of management style... or if a conversation is out, browse that person's other contributions on another list or something.

Good luck!
gregbo
Mar. 22nd, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I know one of the geopriv chairs (mostly by reputation). She doesn't seem to be very active on the mailing list, at least recently. Geopriv doesn't seem to be suffering from a DoS attack as much as there are people from various organizations who have different opinions about what the service ought to be able to do. I also know one of the pcn chairs (mostly by reputation). There seems to be far less angst in this WG. Plus, it fits my background better. The first few emails I read included one from a longtime IETF member (who I know, but not really well, and haven't corresponded with him in years) who described something that I knew about from past involvement. I think I'll be able to come up to speed and make a stronger contribution to pcn than geopriv.
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