[discuss] Internet: the INTER-connection of local NET-works

Brian E Carpenter brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
Sun May 4 20:28:25 UTC 2014

On 05/05/2014 06:43, Bill Woodcock wrote:
>> These local networks maintain all the necessary resources and functions locally. 
>> The IP address is derived from the geographical position in the world coordinate system. We use 64-bit for global and 64-bit for local address. The routing (geo-routing) is based on the destination address of the packet relative to the position of the router. From the distance and the angle wc can easy make the decisions. 
> Yes.  I, for one, welcome our new 128-bit binary URLs and email addresses.  Let me see about getting a USB morse-code key, so I can enter them all without wearing out my keyboard.

A hexadecimal keyboard would be a reasonable compromise and less hard on
your wrist muscles.

But seriously, Andrew has explained in patient detail why this design
could never work. Personally I think it's worthwhile to quote from
Tim Berners-Lee's book:

"There's a freedom about the Internet: As long as we accept the
rules of sending packets around, we can send packets containing
anything to anywhere."

A network composed entirely of intranets might serve the purposes
of those who seek cultural isolation, but it would not be the Internet
and we wouldn't have a World-Wide Web. In fact, we wouldn't be able to
have this conversation, either. Phenomena like gmail and 1net would
never have arisen in such a network.


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