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A quote from an Ex-Googler

I really like this paragraph, because almost everyone wants to imitate google. Why? well, the answer to that questions seems to be what everyone is missing!

Google’s solutions were built for scale that basically doesn’t exist outside of a maybe a handful of companies with a trillion dollar valuation. It’s foolish to assume that their solutions are better. They’re just more scalable. But they are actually very feature-poor. There’s a tradeoff there. We should not be imitating what Google did without thinking about why they did it. Sometimes the “whys” will apply to us, sometimes they won’t

The quote comes from Cloud Field Day 4, from Ben Sigelman of LightStep.
Thanks to Tom over at networkingnerd.net for the entire post!

What I was thinking a while back..

This is cool, a p2p program based on real life trust.
Alliance is a program that everyone has seen before, but with a twist. Instead of searching everybody and their uncle’s stash of bits, you only search a much smaller circle of people whom you already trust. This makes it virtually impossible for the RIAA/MPAA/<insert other bad guys here> to catch you in the act (if you were doing something illegal with the technology in the first place).
I can think of small networks where people all trust each other, and if new material was to be entered into these small networks, only 1 person need download it from the vast internet, and put it on the closed small network.
The only real issue, is whether or not you trust Alliance to carry your bits in the first place, but im sure some very clever people will use packet sniffers to make sure of no foulplay.
Im curious what the “establishment” will make of this.

Filesharing: Filesharing as a technology.

Filesharing, as I define it, is a way for people to share files with one and another.
Filesharing programs, are programs that enable people to do so.
The programming instructions which perform the transfer of bits from one computer to another is a technology.
Slicing, as I define it, is a way for people to slice something, ie. a loaf of bread.
A knife, is a tool that enable people to slice bread.
The creation of a knife, and the resulting product, namely a knife, is a technology.
Generally speaking, we condemn the slicing of people. We put people in jail, or otherwise punish them for using the the ‘knife’,
as a tool for slicing people.
Why is it, that when you compare these things to each other, the MPAA/RIAA and other lobyists are pushing a ban of a technology,
such as a filesharing program? Why is it, that they have succeeded in convincing a large part of society, that by definition, filesharing is bad?
I dont dispute that put against each other, the technology that is the knife, is being used primarily as a tool for slicing bread, whereas filesharing
is used primarily as a tool to distribute copyrighted material. But thats just the thing. Are we, as a society willing to ban technology because what it
can be used for? and where does a technology cross the line from being a convenient tool, to being a menace, and ripe for banning?
I dont have the answers (yet), but I dont think banning technology will do any good at all. Doing something about the usage of a technology would
be a better solution. But alas, do You have faith in the already-mentioned entities in doing the right thing? … I dont.

Quote to ponder about!

“we think a life without internet may be worse than one without money.” — Gizmodo