Re: [Uri-review] ws: and wss: schemes

Didn't Vernor Vinge sketch something like this out as part of the
multi-solar-system-spanning network in the Zones of Thought Sci Fi
series?  His future programmers needed mind-altering substances (well
beyond caffeine, of course) to change any small part of the system and
they still caused chaos with every change.

Your addressing example provides additional concreteness and realism
to the scenario :)


On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 6:01 AM, Daniel R. Tobias<> wrote:
> I wonder if the "HTTP Uber Alles" crowd, if they were active 20 years
> ago, would be insisting that everything, including that newfangled
> HTTP protocol, be expressed in the form of a Gopher address, or
> perhaps FTP or Telnet, or maybe an e-mail address with the standard,
> adopted by the owner of the address, that the subject line contain
> the actual protocol intended to be used?
> I also wonder if, should their side win all its battles, 1000 years
> from now all URIs in use will be at least 1000 characters long, of
> which at least 800 of these characters will be fossilized deadwood of
> obsolete protocols that are preserved as magic incantations to begin
> a URI.  So they'll be something like:
> ...[snip]... /actualsite.actualgalaxy/path-in-site
> where "", under "http", is the magic indicator of
> the InterPlanetaryProtocol that became dominant in 2067, and was
> followed by the actual address being reached by that protocol,
> starting with its home planet, but then "" within
> "earth" became the magic string to indicate that you are actually
> using the InterGalacticProtocol which became dominant in 2152, and
> similarly the "" signifies the Tachyon Protocol
> that caught on around 2272.
> User agent identifiers for the browsers people use with their 31st
> century protocols are similarly long and convoluted, beginning with
> "Mozilla/5.0" and containing references to MSIE, Gecko, and various
> other browser names and codenames that were trendy at some point or
> other over the millennium.
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