BitTorrent (Was: Re: [Isms] ISMS charter broken- onus should be on WG to fix it)

Paul Hoffman <> Thu, 15 September 2005 02:44 UTC

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At 5:32 PM -0700 9/14/05, Michael Thomas wrote:
>Ned Freed wrote:
>>Such a third party would act as a repository for update information 
>>provided by
>>vendors. Applications would then "call home" to one of these repositories
>>rather than directly to the vendor. Various anonymyzing tricks could be
>>employed to minimize information leakage even if the third party was
>You mean we could invent Bitorrent? :)

BitTorrent (note the spelling) does a lot of very nice things, but 
not those. For those interested, the BitTorrent protocol is described 
at <>.

>		Mike, doesn't it strike others as odd
>		 that ietf is completely outside of the
>		 p2p bizness?

In this case, there is no advantage to the developer of the protocol 
to have it worked on in the IETF, nor even published as an RFC. It 
came out of one person's head, he was able to experiment with it live 
on the net, and he retains the ability to tweak the specs whenever he 
feels like it. It has worked remarkably well, given the variety of 
clients and servers available for the protocol, and the huge amount 
of traffic that is moved daily over it.

--Paul Hoffman, who shares a lot of legal music and OSs with BitTorrent

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