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Comment: A Likely Story.... (Score 2) 254

by mcnster (#47831929) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

After reading the spec, it seems to me that this is a collapse of the HTTP (web) protocol down to the network/transport level. In effect, the internet would become one large heirarchical namespace where clients ("consumers") query the heirarchy of data by uri through Interest Packets and then some server somewhere sends back a Data Packet matching the specified interest. Alot like 20th Century TV, sounds like.

Also there is a provision for packet signature using public-key RSA which makes me think that it would be easy to instruct internet routers to deny passage for all packets not coming from or going to officially sanctioned sources/destinations should the need arise.... makes my paranoid little brain somewhat nervous....

This seems like a fun project to implement over TCP/IP, rather than to replace it. Afterall, there's no shortage of fibre (bandwidth) we could lay, so it makes little sense to abandon the "any peer to any peer" model of the current internet for one that might be better organized just to conserve bandwidth.

The more intelligence we put into the routers and network/transport protocols, the more the internet could start to resemble the old-style telephone company (or cable TV), where the devices on the edges of the network (meaning us) have very little.... creative legroom. This is something that I think we want to avoid.

Comment: Politicians have it wrong.... (Score 4, Interesting) 544

by mcnster (#42279233) Attached to: Is Technology Eroding Employment?
Instead of facilitating full employment with calls of "jobs, jobs, jobs!", the goal should be 100% total UNemployment using technology (specifically self-repairing robots or "cybermation"). A very low percentage of humans (say, 1% of the world population) can act as overseers on rotating teams of volunteers who do the remaining creative and design work that AI-guided machines cannot. The rest of the population can take the day off to pursue their own interests....

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354