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Bad ideas run amok

2006-11-08 00:41:32.445637+00 by meuon 2 comments

PNRP (Peer Name Resolution Protocol) is one of those ideas that sounds simple and innocuous enough. It even sounds like it has 'secure names', obviously a buzzword compliant marketing term to sell value added services of 'secure names' outside the DNS/Domain hierarchy. Two things make it sound like an idea that only sounds good after a case of liquor and some good drugs.. You know: that point when concepts like 'Light bulbs are dark-suckers, not light emitters' are really really deep thoughts.

Multiple entities can publish the same peer-name

PNRP does not use a routing table, but rather a cache of PNRP entries. New cache entries are acquired as a side effect of ongoing traffic. The cache maintenance algorithm ensures that each node maintains adequate knowledge of the "cloud". It is designed to ensure that the time to resolve a request varies as the logarithm of the size of the cloud.

As I start imagining scenarios for stupidity, spoofing and malice, my head explodes.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-08 02:46:34.549772+00 by: Mars Saxman

Sure, but stupidity, spoofing, and malice are endemic to the network. We already have plenty of that with the centralized domain registration system. At least a distributed system can't be hijacked for corporate/ political reasons (see Network Solutions).

#Comment Re: made: 2006-11-09 13:10:43.435637+00 by: meuon [edit history]

and now, M$- Can make them 'real domains' for a nominal fee: 2006-10-31, M$ is ICANN Accredited