[OpenID] why is xri so obtuse?

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Tue Jan 2 00:53:24 UTC 2007

Kaliya * wrote:
 > Yes I have heard from my anarchist geek friends about
 > how in theory it would be possible to do addressing in
 > ways without a central root.

Could someone provide me with some links to past
discussions of the problem of addressing without a
single root.

One always has to wind up implementing some large part
of Zooko's triangle, even with a centralized system -
for example bookmarks and instant messaging buddies are
identified using local, rather than global names, and
obvious in principle Zooko's triangle works fine without
centralized name allocation, if the global and unique
names are gibberish in a namespace large enough to avoid
collisions.  However ditching the center altogether has
quite a lot of consequences.

As with basing identity on public private key pairs, it
is hard to do right.

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