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Re: [Fwd: Books for Children's Hospitals]

Poster: Thomas Hudson <hudson@cs.unc.edu>

My lords and ladies,

> Here's an easy, no-cost way to help a child at the holidays.
> Houghton Mifflin Publishing Corp. will donate 1 book to a Children's 
> Hospital for every 25 e-mails they receive acknowledging this message.
> Please take a minute to send an e-mail and forward this information 
> to other e-mail friends. Last year H-M received 23,000 emails; so far 
> this year they have only received 3,400.

Not only has this already been cried a good half-dozen times on the Merry
Rose, it's something you should NOT respond to.

"The Golden Rule of the network should be
  'Don't do anything yourself if everybody doing it would be ruinous.'"
    (citation lost)

The Houghton Mifflin scheme was announced by a department without
consulting with their networking people.  Last I'd heard their email
server was completely choked, even despite emergency upgrades.
They'd already received over 100k pieces of email, which, if you
stop and think about it, is an awful lot.

Tom (Giovan), who almost did his PhD in networking
Kappellenberg, Windmasters' Hill, Atlantia
// hudson@cs.unc.edu

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