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Comment: Re:Emails? Most people are on centralized webmails (Score 1) 128

by unionmike (#41570817) Attached to: Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

* If you stop your client/server, your data must be distributed 3rd party nodes, that are owned by onknown people, so you don't get 100% guarantee your data is available if you close your client. * You won't be able to use this social network if you only have a browser, or if everything except HTTP traffic is blocked. * Add the usual about network effects, about how noone will switch because all their friends are already on facebook, etc. Also, NAT and piercing NATs is still an issue, especially if you are running something like this on your mobile.

If the servers are set us as bittorrent nodes, or something similar, with redundancy built in, that should address the issues you raise.

Comment: Open source electronic textbook (Score 1) 880

by unionmike (#8161920) Attached to: Ripoff 101: Gouging Students for Textbooks
What we need is for some universities to start an open source electronic textbook project. Differernt experts could contribute different portions of the text, depending upon their area of expertise. There might be several different versions of a chapter to choose from, with the instructor choosing whichever ones he/she thinks most appropriate.

Any given program will expand to fill available memory.