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737Re: [decentralization] Re: O'Reilly P2P Summit

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  • Clay Shirky
    Nov 26, 2000
      > It's also very confusing to older programmers, becasue TCP/IP is
      > already p2p... so who made up this term anyway?

      Like naming a certain type of post-war American painting "Abstract
      Expressionism" (instead of "The American School" or "American Action
      Painting" or any of the other proposed names), P2P is just the name
      that happened to stick as people wanted a way to describe what was
      already happening. Don't get too hung up on trying to interpret
      it literally.

      --
      Clay Shirky | Essays on the Internet:
      http://www.shirky.com/writings/what_is_p2p.html | What is P2P?
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