Re: Napster, Gnutella: URN lookup services?

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Wed Jun 28 2000 - 20:38:12 PDT

On Wed, 28 Jun 2000, Meltsner, Kenneth wrote:

> It appears to be a universal fact: all schemes to assign unique identifiers
> to each work (even disregarding additional issues like multiple printings,
> with some corrections between print runs, that are often given a single
> ISBN) are doomed to failure if you require true, relational DB-quality
> uniqueness.

Right, humans screw up. And you have to account for that, but it would
be fairly easy if you also have the situation in digial content where
you also have a length, hash, originating user, etc. you have multiple
data elements that are absurdly difficult to collide all of even
intentionaly. And you certainly dont have the problem of people putting
speaches in the middle of Metallica songs :)

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
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