[e2e] HTTP Compliance w/ e2e principles?

Stephen Hemminger shemminger at osdl.org
Thu Mar 23 09:59:46 PST 2006

On Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:57:20 +0000
Jon Crowcroft <Jon.Crowcroft at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> I believe I have found a flaw in all the implementations of HTTP GET - its clear that leaving the 
> content behind at the server means that most HTTP protocol implementaitons are actrually implementing an
> HTTP copy. This has legal as well as technical consequences (especialy in countries where fair re-use is not
> permitted, suchas the UK) - I believe that we must now implement HTTP GET properly - It turns out that on one of my
> research projects I have got 56K pounds which I can use for equipment, and I propose to implement what I call
> Hype Text Transport Physically GET - I will hire a removal man, and whenever I type a URL at _my_ browser
> implementaiton, this will give him a dispatch order - he will forthwith go to the lat-long site associated with the
> server, identify the machine with the disks and so forth, and bring it to me.
> This also has the added bonus that It saves powr (in fact i wont need disks on my client side at all), and that if
> one wants to implement a distributed +update+ protocol for the web, concurrency control is enforced by strict
> locks.
> I've been talking to the royal mail about implementing HTTP POST correctly too, but they don't take me seriously.
> I'm guessing they see this as potential competition with amazon or netflix or something...
> j.

Hey mate, April Fools is next week

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