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[ih] reinventing the wheel, was Internet History Lives on the Internet?

No, Bittorrent uses DHTs and accesses as many copies of a given file as users choose to share. It has to be running to serve files, however.


> On Feb 25, 2019, at 9:59 AM, Miles Fidelman <mfidelman at meetinghouse.net> wrote:
> On 2/24/19 9:53 PM, John Levine wrote:
>>> That's what I find intriguing about my Benevolent BotNet notion.  Rather
>>> than depending on finding an institution interested in, competent at,
>>> and willing to save history, and hoping that it has longevity, you rely
>>> on a network of volunteers to provide that survivable infrastructure by
>>> volunteering their excess computing resources.
>> Hi again.  Please look at Bittorrent and tell us how it is different
>> from what you're proposing.
>> Bittorrent has the advantage of already existing and being deployed
>> all over the world.  It's notorious for pirated music but it's also
>> widely used for sharing linux distributions and the like.
> Bit torrent is transient.  It's more like an ad-hoc multi-cast 
> streaming.  When nobody is downloading, there may be only one copy of 
> the file.
> Now gnutella, and some of the other P2P file sharing systems - that 
> replicate copies, or distribute files across a distributed hash table - 
> that's another story entirely.
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