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  • Published: Aug 23rd, 2014
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Daily links 08/23/2014

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  1. Dave Walker
    on Aug 23rd, 2014
    @ 19:27 pm

    Depends on how you look at the problem.

    Trust models are far simpler in client-server, but you add risk around discoverability.

    In peer-to-peer, there’s more intermediaries which need to be trusted, unless you either build in redundancy (consider the matter of quorum size and data repository count in erasure coding or k of n key splitting, similarly parity in RAID) such that no peer has sufficient data to be able to do anything useful with it, or implement some kind of node reputation model.

    A peer-to-peer network, or mesh network, especially where both are formed ad-hoc, is like a crowd of people; a peer-to-peer network which comes together over time, is like a “social network for machines”. Both can have rogue nodes which do things other than what they advertise, and the flipside of privacy for a machine, is whether it needs a hardware-persistent, unspoofable identity so that it can both keep track of the reputations of peers it might consider connecting to, and also be kept track of for its own reputation.

    The “noise” element in the article, doesn’t ring true for me – there’s enough researh around identifying systems based on bias and variance in physically-imperfect RNGs…

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