[jdev] P2P v's CS

Trejkaz Xaoza trejkaz at xaoza.net
Thu Mar 4 19:14:53 CST 2004

> Call me cynical, but I always assumed that Microsofts motivations for
> closing down the MSN chatrooms was to move more people to MSN Messenger. 
> A larger userbase allows them to compete better with AOL because MSN has
> two things that AOL can't legally put into their software - P2P voice and
> video chat.

These days, however, AIM has voice and video chat.

> > Not only to protect kids

This must be some new meaning of the word "protect" that I wasn't previously
aware of. ;-)

> > but at least in one case i know of IRC administrators forbidding crypted
> > communication on their (very big) server.

Now _that_ is evil.

But then, who is to say what is encrypted?  When I was young I knew several
ciphers which sounded like English.  They're just discriminating against
people with more efficient ciphers.

And anyway, on IRC all you need for security is to open a DCC and run something
like blowfish over the DCC.  Since DCC is P2P, you get the efficiency back as
a bonus.  I always hated IRC's architecture for the way it could make a simple game
of Acro turn into a "get on the server closest to the bot" contest.


'Every sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic' - Arthur C Clarke
'Every sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology' - Tom Graves

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