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Subject: Hollywood Phone Numbers

Also known as the “Jenny Jenny” problem


This thought came out of the detailed conversation on Address Serialization and the Examples at the end of the language call.


Movies have long been careful to use non-exchanges, phone numbers that cannot be assigned, perhaps to avoid causing the sleepless romantic to call the hero/heroine late at night and tormenting the hapless possessor of the number. For a number of years after the rock song “Jenny” came out, the phone number 867-5309 was not assigned by phone companies.


In the same way specification can create a virtual DOS on the addresses chosen in the examples. Perhaps that is a reason to use a non-routable address for all examples.


No action required. It was just the thoughts rattling around in my head after the call.



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