Re: [Uri-review] Initial inquiry into URI proposal (nym)

DataPacRat <datapacrat@gmail.com> Thu, 27 June 2013 20:32 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Uri-review] Initial inquiry into URI proposal (nym)
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On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM, David Booth <david@dbooth.org>; wrote:
> On 06/27/2013 02:43 PM, DataPacRat wrote:

>> What I'm trying to build with nym (one way or another, and with or
>> without other complications thrown in), is to have some sort of
>> structure that uses such indirect addressing: to take any given URI,
>> such as a webpage or mailto: address, and instead of referring
>> directly to whatever is pointed at by that URI, having the nym use
>> indirect addressing to be a reference to whatever that URI describes.
>
> That sounds very much like
> http://thing-described-by.org/
> (or the shorter version http://t-d-b.org/ ), except that
> http://thing-described-by.org/ also allows the URI to be dereferenceable
> without requiring clients to implement a new URI scheme or protocol.
>
> You might want to look at "Converting New URI Schemes or URN Sub-Schemes to
> HTTP" also:
> http://dbooth.org/2006/urn2http/

Thank you for making the suggestion; but it's an approach I already
thought of, and rejected, for a number of reasons, at least two of
them major.

For one, both of them involve establishing or using a particular
domain to use as a storer or redirector; which introduces a single
point of failure, which goes rather against much of the point of
having a distributed protocol/format/whatever.

The other is a classic bit: "There are fourteen separate sites which
store personal identity information in different ways: Let's make a
new one that puts them all together!" -> "There are fifteen separate
sites which store personal identity information in different ways...".



Thank you for your time,
--
DataPacRat
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