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BitTorrent Chat Demystified 71

An anonymous reader writes "Can you really do group chat with no central server? BitTorrent's Patrick Williams has developed a new app that leverages a distributed architecture to eliminate the need for any servers — even to host a buddy list. He says magnet links are the key."
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BitTorrent Chat Demystified

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  • ICQ (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Bodero (136806) on Thursday June 30, 2011 @06:24PM (#36629106)

    Can you really do group chat with no central server?

    ICQ proved that it was possible over a decade ago. Simultaneously, they proved that it was not a good idea (as I remember friends saying, "Who are you talking to? I don't see him! Re-invite!").

  • Magnet links? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by SkOink (212592) on Thursday June 30, 2011 @08:53PM (#36629950) Homepage

    I must be a bit confused about how exactly a magnet link works. In order for me to access the magnet stream for a file I wanted to download, I would need a magnet link pointing to somebody who was serving the file, right?

    What happens when the person who the magnet link references turns off their computer? If the magnet link needs to "check in" and update itself on a regular basis to prevent against this, what makes it functionally different than hosting a .torrent?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 30, 2011 @10:58PM (#36630500)

    Okay, it's not the same thing at all (just like most of the other things people are suggesting were first/earlier), but it is decentralized chat with radios, since 1992.

    Look it up, even if you're not a ham, it's pretty cool stuff.

    73 de AB9UL

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