Peer-to-peer networking analogy

By MavisA ·
Hello everyone:

I'm trying to find a good analogy to explain how peer-to-peer networking works to someone who is not familiar with it. Right now I'm thinking of using ants and how they collect and store food which is pretty weak. Anyone has a better analogy? I'd like to hear it. Thanks a bunch!!

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what aspect are you trying to teach or illustrate?

by ShoePhone In reply to Peer-to-peer networking a ...

Are you talking about workgroup vs domain networking? Or are you talking about P2P file sharing networks?

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Peer-to-peer networking analogy

by MavisA In reply to what aspect are you tryin ...

yes, i'm talking about P2P file sharing

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How about

by Nimmo In reply to Peer-to-peer networking a ...

A class project - everyone does their bit and at the end everyone has a copy of the full project.

You have the beginning, I have the middle, and someone else has the end.

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by MavisA In reply to How about

I guess that could work...nice thnx

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Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers On A Train" ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Peer-to-peer networking a ...

Psychotic mother's boy Bruno Anthony meets famous tennis professional Guy Haines on a train. Guy wants to move into a career in politics and has been dating a senator's daughter (Ann Morton) while awaiting a divorce from his wife. Bruno wants to kill his father but knows he will be caught because he has a motive. Bruno dreams up a crazy scheme in which he and Guy exchange murders.

Translate this into Peer-to-Peer. You each have something that you legally purchased and in each case, neither of you is directly responsible for the other taking a copy of it.

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by MavisA In reply to Alfred Hitchcock's "Stran ...

umm really have a wild imagination.

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Not really - it's all down to SONY really ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to wow :D

Y'see, SONY are the main driving force behind the inclusion of DRM within their own stocks of commercial CDs. Yet many years ago, SONY was also the driving force (and the Copyright holder for the design) behind the Compact Cassette Recorder.

Back in the 70s, SONY was proud to have the patent for the Compact Cassette, and subsequently the patent for the first RECORDABLE Compact Cassette machine.

In the 80s, SONY was the forerunner and patent holder for the Compact Disc. They initially felt it would help promote sales of the Compact Cassette market, because car owners would record their shiny new, crystal-clear CDs onto Cassettes to play in the car. That way SONY got the best of both markets.

However, with the advent of the new powerful home computers in the 90s (the ones equipped with CD-ROMs) there came upon the face of SONY, a dark shadow. Users could digitize their CDs WITHOUT using (or promoting further SONY sales) Compact Cassettes, by burning perfect digital copies of one CD onto another CD without any more money heading into the SONY coffers.

THAT, and no other reason, is what brought about the furore that we all recognise as Digital Rights Management. However, it is very difficult for anyone to be prosecuted for using P2P networks because of the historical relationship between the consumer and SONY - who originally promoted the copying of copyrighted music for financial gain.

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I explain it as....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Peer-to-peer networking a ...

Walkie Talkies.... everyone on the same channel within a certain distance can communicate with you and you with them.

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try gossips over the fence where four houses join talking

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Peer-to-peer networking a ...

and file sharing is like recipe sharing where each has their own store and loans it out to others to use and return. For permanent file sharing analogy, they have photocopies people can take.

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