Re: [decentralization] Re: terminology
> I like the general usage of "peer" which implies equality, and byi wonder though if all network participants [ terminologically agnostic
> extension the idea that all peers in a network should have the same
] do have the same capabilities ? my impression is that a decentralized
architecture allows the proliferation of hetergeneous devices . but
through interoperability , transactions / cooperation , RMI they might
achieve a similar capability -- perhaps the composite , synergistic
capability of the network . the router example is a good case for this
> There are two different concepts that are important toa distinction is definitely in order , as "independent computing
> decentralization which I feel could get confused. The first is that
> of a machine, or independent computing entity. Machine does not even
> not cover is the issue of trust. "Peer" in the sense of "Peer-to-
> Peer" in something like Windows, for example, means that the "owner"
entities" will most likely be acting as agents to a human principal .
then again , the *capability* and behavior of the network device is
dependent upon human software engineering and user preferences . so
necessarily , a machine may have its own trust level .
consider as an example a public terminal , which hosts a giant number
of users . its network activities are inherently more suspect than a
terminal in a private network .
it seems that scoping is a significant factor in determining accurate
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> It's also very confusing to older programmers, becasue TCP/IP isLike naming a certain type of post-war American painting "Abstract
> already p2p... so who made up this term anyway?
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
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