Good Top-Down Systems WAS Re: property Rights]

Raymond G. Van De Walker (
Fri, 4 Jun 1999 21:52:47 PDT

>PS- What are some good "top-down" phenomena? That is, what are some
>that work well in a "top-down" way?

Traceable standards of measure for manufacturing and communication.

The DNS tree.

Many IP routing systems treat the net as a big tree- the packets go up to the
root, then down to the addressed branch.

Postal services. (maybe)

Hub & Spoke aircraft routing.

Ethernet port-numbering assignments (_not_ "IP" numbers, but the guaranteed-unique 48 bit number that hides in every ethernet adapter)

Maybe even the net's numbers-assignment authority.

The web-standards group (I forget the name- the one that controls HTML)

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