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Old 06-08-2007, 12:05 PM   #31
Chris Li
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Re: How long to shodan?

Basia Halliop wrote: View Post
I wonder if it might not be the other way around, i.e., the black belt has a high value in most people's minds (and in the english language), so those deciding on ranking requirements decide to try to make sure the training and skill somewhat matches what people are asking for when they say 'black belt'.
Of course, that's the normal explanation (mostly true, I think) - but in the long run I think that this approach has turned out to be a mistake.



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