Throw away the Internet and start over?

Gavin Thomas Nicol gtn at
Tue Apr 22 12:17:02 PDT 2003

On Tuesday 22 April 2003 10:43 am, Jeff Bone wrote:
> Okay, look --- the primary intent of RESTmail is not in fact to fight
> spam.  (In fact it was entirely pedantic;  much work needed to make it
> viable.)  There are lots of other reasons that one might want to go
> from a "push it all, store-and-forward, routed" mechanism to "sender
> pushes the headers, receiver pulls the body" mechanism --- and still
> other reasons why having the underlying protocol be HTTP and each
> message have a URI would be a good thing.

This is really a larger trend that is emerging the Internet, where global 
mechanisms are being slowly replaced by interoperating/cooperating local 
mechanisms (i.e. passing control back). In the long run, it's the only 
sensible way to scale.

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