Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 6th Dec 2010 00:24 UTC
Legal I'm (was?) a Twitter user. This past week I found it utterly weird that none of the words #wikileaks, #cablegate, #cables, #Assange were actually "trending". I even tweeted about this 5 days ago. Today, my fears of secret censorship seem to be coming true. It appears that Twitter is censoring all these words, so they don't appear in the (much-used) Twitter "trends" list. Update 1: A Twitter staffer replied to the blog post saying that their trending algorithm doesn't always result to the most popular terms. Update 2: More investigation about what might be going on.
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RE[2]: Hanky?
by Valhalla on Tue 7th Dec 2010 09:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Hanky?"
Valhalla
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2006-01-24


Looking into it, but it turns out that it's not so easy to write a peer-to-peer network that doesn't rely on a central server (which would be expensive to maintain and able to be taken down by one government mandate - or like at one data center I know, one backhoe coming down in the right spot).

I believe Emule (a peer 2 peer client) uses a decentralized network called kademlia which requires you to bootstrap of one ip connected to the network in order to enter it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kademlia

I don't know how efficient it is, but according to the wiki, Emule has around 3-4 million users.

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RE[3]: Hanky?
by Almafeta on Tue 7th Dec 2010 14:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Hanky?"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

I don't know how efficient it is, but according to the wiki, Emule has around 3-4 million users.


Alas, Emule is useless as a social network.

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RE[4]: Hanky?
by Valhalla on Tue 7th Dec 2010 14:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Hanky?"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

Alas, Emule is useless as a social network.

I'm not following, you said that 'it turns out that it's not so easy to write a peer-to-peer network that doesn't rely on a central server', of which kamdelia is an example. The current user base is likely not indicitative of the capacity of this decentralized network but rather that it's not bigger due to competition from Bittorrent (and Rapidshare based upon what the RIAA/MPAA are shouting about these days). Emule is a peer 2 peer client for file transmission, but the kademlia decentralized network could obviously transmit any type of data between it's peers.

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