Re: Napster - the quiet revolution

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From: Tom Whore (
Date: Mon Feb 28 2000 - 15:06:50 PST

On Sun, 27 Feb 2000, Eugene Leitl wrote:

--]It seems however, that Napster suffers from a few design flaws:
--]centralism (there is a central database, right?); it seems to produce
--]cleartext traffic in certain patterns on a certain port (otherwise the
--]protocol wouldn't have been reverse engineered so quickly and it would
--]not be so easily detectable/blockable, as recently happening in
--]certain university networks striving to conserve bandwidth). Is this

Yea, in general that is pretty much the case. But

and this is the big point here.

Napster is doing what other didnt even dare dream. While the purity of the
code preists and the sanctity of the proper wanked on more white papers
napster went and did.

Same for shoutcast.

It is the vitory of Doing that has once more won out over the the
stagnation of the drawingboard bound.

Of course now that its out and revolutionizing the world, it might be a
good time to slap on some more secure methods, run it thru a Jeffersonian
decentralizer, and perhaps make a pit stop in the anonagurus camp for some
privacy tune ups.

Innovation does not wait for standards.

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