In one of my favorite movies of all time, Amadeus, there is a scene in which a conversation takes place between Mozart and the Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph II, just after the first performance of the opera The Marriage of Figaro. During exchange, the Emperor “explained” to Mozart, in a condescending way, that while the opera was excellent, it had “too many notes.” He went on to suggest “Just cut a few and it will be perfect.” Nonplussed, Mozart calmly replied “Which few did you have in mind your majesty?” A pregnant pause ensues, and the Emperor is only saved by a distraction which allows the change of subject.
This “change request” – while it appeared on the surface trivial to the Emperor – turned out to be quite a challenge, as it required the complete knowledge of the score (state/intent) and required composition skills (design/action). So, what does this have to do with networking?
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