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[REBOL] Re: The dark side of P2P column ...

From: john:schuhr at: 14-May-2001 16:15

Sorry if this seems like I'm bashing a "respected" columnist but: Ignore Jim Seymour. A) He's not very technical (compared to some of the ppl who post to this mailing list) B) He's a negativist. Of course there are issues with P2P, but he's using a random buzzword generator to write his articles. For example: since lots more traffic would be banging around on the Net among our newly 'serverized' P2P-ready PCs. Well, duh.. that's the point. But surprise! It's now *gasp* distributed among the network connections. Yes, the individual user's bandwidth will increase but we are in the 21st century for sobbing-out-loud. He doesn't really expect ppl to be using 56K dialup for the next 10 years. As for security.. good grief. Talk about paranoid and an overall doom-cryer. Yeah, if you host anything on your machine(s) at home, ppl will *gasp* connect to your box and do their thing. Some ppl play nice, others don't. That's when you use a neat little concept called a SANDBOX. Just wrap your hosted service in a secure process and *pling*, there isn't so much to worry about anymore. Are there security issues? Yes. Should we all just give up and jump off a cliff? Don't ask J. Seymour for advice. --John Schuhr