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Re: bohe and delta experimentation...

From: Poul-Henning Kamp <phk@phk.freebsd.dk>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:08:48 +0000
To: Willy Tarreau <w@1wt.eu>
cc: Phillip Hallam-Baker <hallam@gmail.com>, James M Snell <jasnell@gmail.com>, "ietf-http-wg@w3.org" <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <37791.1358539728@critter.freebsd.dk>
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In message <20130118195534.GB6838@1wt.eu>, Willy Tarreau writes:
>On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 02:40:41PM -0500, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
>> Why do HTTP request messages have dates in them anyhow?
>> Dates that are content metadata are useful but putting the time in a
>> synchronous protocol has always seemed rather silly to me. The only use I
>> can see is to find out if the requester can config their machine to have
>> the right TOD on the clock.

And that can be a very significant piece of information if you are
a bank or stock exchange, but HTTP requests are a totally inane way
to find out and we should not propagate that mistake.

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