[e2e] a means to an end
touch at ISI.EDU
Wed Nov 12 11:21:03 PST 2008
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Craig Partridge wrote:
> So let me try restating what I took from chatting with Van (with the
> understanding that this is my take, not necessarily Van's).
> * Information is place free.
This doesn't make sense. Information exists at a place - perhaps, as in
the case of "majority of X", in more than one place, or in an area, but
regardless it always exists somewhere.
> * Actually accessing that information, in the worst case, requires
> a rendezvous point (if it is popular data, it doesn't -- someone
> near you will have a copy -- but information that is of only occasional
> interest requires more effort).
Accessing the information requires getting to the information;
rendezvous points are just places the information has either agreed to
move to, or places that agree to forward the request to the information.
They're otherwise uninteresting in this discussion - ultimately, the
information exits somewhere, and a request needs to meet up with it to
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