[ntp:questions] drift value very large and very unstable

Unruh unruh-spam at physics.ubc.ca
Wed Mar 12 16:23:45 UTC 2008

David Woolley <david at ex.djwhome.demon.co.uk.invalid> writes:

>Richard B. Gilbert wrote:

>> Anybody who runs a "packaged" configuration deserves whatever happens to 
>> him.  Windows comes configured to use time.windows.com.  AFAIK that's 

>Most people run packaged systems these days. When they go wrong, they 
>will not RTFM, or ask the packager.  They come here, instead.  It's part 
>of the modern, instant gratification, culture.

Any you blame them? Most of those FMs are impossible to find anything in.
Asking for help is an ancient human activity, far far older than manuals. 

>Note that packaging can still leave the choice of servers to the user, 
>but the user will normally just substitute the things that he 
>understands, like server names, and leave the rest untouched, even if it 
>is a one size fits all configuration that is poor for almost all users. 
>  Users will not analyze how the file works.

And they should analyse it why? You think everyone who uses the software
has the same fascination for it that you have? You have analysed how your
word processor stores the info? or read through its whole manual? People
have better things to do with their lives that read manuals, unless it
leads them into trouble.
 Most manuals are written on the "Beware of Tigers" principle (You remember
the lines from Hitchhikers Guide where Arthur discovers the the planning
document to destroy his house in a flooded basement down some broken stairs
in a locked filing cabinet behind a door labeled "Beware of Tigers". It
servers for bureaucrats to be able to point to it and say-- see it was all

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