[discuss] Real world Impact of multiple roots

Louis Pouzin (well) pouzin at well.com
Mon Jan 27 23:29:48 UTC 2014

Hi Brian,

.. and now we have FB, a never debugged Gmail, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter,
dozens of wikis, etc. etc.
Isn't ever more chaotic, and balkanized ?

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On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM, Brian E Carpenter <
brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 28/01/2014 05:38, Dr. Ben Fuller wrote:
> > All,
> >
> > Thanks for the replies. The answers seem to confirm my suspicion that an
> Internet with two or more roots will have major impacts to business and
> society.
> Way back in history, there was a time when many different email systems
> were in use, and there was no global DNS. At that time, some of us had
> to deal with the situation, since a balkanized email world was no use
> to us. The consequences were multiple, including at least
> 1. The need to pay for highly skilled staff and additional equipment
> to implement and operate multi-protocol mail gateways.
> 2. The need for end users to understand details of various email
> addressing schemes, and in some cases to compose ad hoc addresses
> (which in my case usually included !mcvax, !unido or !seismo
> as well as !cernvax, not to mention things like %bitnet). In this case
> it was the lack of a single root for a single namespace that actually
> forced the end user to understand routes. No pun intended.
> 3. Frequent long delays and delivery failures.
> So, if we had a balkanized DNS namespace, I'm sure we'd figure
> out ways round it, but I'd expect issues like the above to return,
> for all services, and enormous costs and lost business as a result.
>     Brian
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