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Okay, this is a theoretical question that I'd like to ask without
getting bogged down in politics. I'm using Napster and Gnutella as
convenient examples and not because I approve or disapprove of either.
It's distributed and therefore robust. You cannot shut down
gnutellanet by shutting down one, or ten, or a thousand servers.
However, you cannot do exhaustive searches on it. The content
you're looking for might be out there and yet not be guaranteed
to show up on a search. Another disadvantage is that the
searches make inefficient use of bandwidth.
It is exhaustive. For better or worse, you'll find every single
instance of Michael_Jackson_Thriller.mp3 that anybody on the
network is serving. However, the server/s that store the
content listings and corresponding locations of the content are
all under the control of one company, which means they are
vulnerable to legal action, censorship, company-wide technical
failure, corporate abuse, and attack by hackers.
So, what about combining the best of the two? Decentralization and
exhaustive searching? Is it a logical impossibility, or is it merely
something that hasn't been done yet?
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