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   Re: [xml-dev] Can A Web Site Be Reliably Defended Against DoS Attacks?

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) scripsit:

> Out of the blue... what are the defenses against DoS attacks? 
> Are they reliable or proximate?

The DDoS attack, which is the serious kind, was summed up by Jonathan
Swift as long ago as 1724 thus (emphasis added):

	It is true, indeed, that, within the memory of man, the
	parliaments of England have sometimes assumed the power of
	binding this kingdom [Ireland] by laws enacted there; wherein
	they were at first openly opposed (as far as truth, reason, and
	justice are capable of opposing) by the famous Mr. Molyneux,
	an English gentleman born here, as well as by several of the
	greatest patriots and best whigs in England; but the love and
	torrent of power prevailed.

	Indeed the arguments on both sides were invincible. For, in
	reason, all government without the consent of the governed, is
	the very definition of slavery: but, in fact, *eleven men well
	armed will certainly subdue one single man in his shirt*. But
	I have done; for those who have used power to cramp liberty,
	have gone so far as to resent even the liberty of complaining:
	although a man upon the rack was never known to be refused the
	liberty of roaring as loud as he thought fit.

Historical note:  it was on this precedent that the American colonies founded
their claim not to be governed by the English Parliament; they gave evidence of
their refusal by dumping taxable tea into Boston Harbor.

If you understand,                      John Cowan
   things are just as they are;         http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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