Editorial on Ellison, McNealy, and national ID card

Clay Shirky clay@shirky.com
Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:41:19 -0400 (EDT)

> >> Any ideas on howbig this DNA GUID might be (in bits)
> >
> >Very good question, don't know the answer.

I now think the answer is 2**34 < GUID < 2**40, which is to say,
enough to hold 10 billion GUIDs comfortably. (2**34 is 17 billion, a
bit of a squeak, while 2**40 is a trillion and change.) This would be
5 bytes, in other words.

> I don't know the answer either, but, in the world of legal XML standards,
> we've just defined a DNA element as:

Interesting. Who's the "we" in that sentence? NM, or the US?