Re: [decentralization] Decentralization and exhastive searches:mutually exclusive?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 12:18:23 MDT

I use an application called WebFerret to search a whole bunch of different
search engines, more than dogpile or google do. Its resident on my machine, so I
don't have to wait for the search engine page to load, and it returns a list of
all the pages, their descriptions, etc. in a 'file manager' format, free of ads
and other useless graphics. I think this is the way things are going, where a
user can add any number of search engines to the list that they want their
search app to reference.

Lucas Gonze wrote:
> [Non-member submission]
> > 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?
> Decentralization and exhaustive searching, to my mind, is a logical
> impossibility. This is because there is no master controller. A master
> controller in a distributed network has a bird's eye view of the whole
> system. In a decentralized network, all nodes have a worm's eye view.
> No node can see beyond the nodes it is directly connected to.
> There may be temporary aberrations where a maker of software (or
> protocols) tries to control what users do with the software. I believe
> this is a waste of time.

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