[e2e] About the primitives and their value

Joe Touch touch at ISI.EDU
Thu Aug 10 13:47:41 PDT 2006

David P. Reed wrote:
> Joe Touch wrote:
>> If we saw a paradigm that didn't relocate the problem (e.g., as
>> publish/subscribe does), sure. I haven't seen one yet. From an
>> information theoretic view, I'm not sure it's possible, either, but I'd
>> be glad to see suggestions.
> May I suggest that information theory is not the relevant way to think
> of this?  Information theory is good for lots of things, but it doesn't
> capture intentionality at all.
> Most *applied* information theory results talk loosely about "sending"
> and "receiving", but in fact the notion of sending and receiving are
> arbitrary elements to which information theory's tools are applied.

Let's just say we differ in our opinions on the impact of info theory
(and entropy) to this area.


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