[ntp:questions] bitsy.mit.edu retired?

Peter Laws plaws at ou.edu
Fri Aug 15 13:39:22 UTC 2008

Richard B. Gilbert wrote:

> Can you ping it?  It might not be running at all!

Sadly, the inability to ping (or traceroute) to a host is no longer a 
reliable indicator of whether or not the host is up or even if it exists. 
Tools like nmap will tell you, but who knows what 
paranoid-security-theater-homeland-security laws you'll run afoul of if you 
scan strangers?

Sad, really, and much less useful than it use to be.

Peter Laws / N5UWY
National Weather Center / Network Operations Center
University of Oklahoma Information Technology
plaws at ou.edu
Feedback? Contact my director, Craig Cochell, craigc at ou.edu. Thank you!

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