[bittorrent] The value of trust and acceptance
ses at unc.edu
Fri Mar 25 15:35:56 EST 2005
John Reuning wrote:
>One of the interesting things about BT that may or may not be a function
>of its design is the extent to which people have adopted it. There are
The protocol and model have too many critical flaws to teach us much
directly; it's the relatively large installed base that makes BT an
important and interesting system to study.
The installed base is important for two main reasons. Firstly, it's
important for us to understand the ergonomic, psychological, and
socioligical reasons that allow bittorrent to operate in spite of these
flaws, and use the information to augment other, better, architectures.
Secondly, a sucessor content-distribution system that can offer a
gateway in to these existing clients will find it a lot easier to
achieve criticial mass. Such a gateway can be built by creating
pseudo-trackers that induce desired behaviour from the client by
manipulating the weaknesses in the BT model for the client's benefit.
This approach meshes nicely with the perma-seed concept.
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