Are you seriously suggesting that decentralized lookups are only for static
Think of a CPU sharing app that sends out a message saying "I need a node that
already has foo applet installed". Popular Power might do this, for example.
Decentralized service discovery is a practical need.
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> But Lucas, there's no point in _not_ locking into a centralized
> directory, if that's helpful. Decentralization is better as a tool
> than a goal, and as Napster has showed us, sometimes being
> 'decentralized enough' is better than being completely decentralized,
> if your goal is making things easy for users rather than ideological
> This isn't either/or -- pick your metaphor. In a democracy, voting is
> decentralized but the presidency is not; in an ant colony, work is
> decentralized but reproduction is not; in a body, nerve cells are
> decentralized but brain calls are not, and on and on.
> The lesson of decentralization is not that it is always and everywhere
> good but that some decentralization is better than pure centralization
> in many ways, and how much decentralization to have varies by
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