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Is there anything wrong with my analogy on Peer to Peer and Client/Server networks?

My friend says my essay is stupid so far:Peer to Peer networks:A peer to peer is a bit like a hypothetical communist utopia, in that all people using the network are on the same level and as a result all have the same powers, in the same way that all people are supposed to be equal under communism. The reality is that it is in fact a fusion of both anarchy and communism, or anarchic communism (anarchocommunism). The reason anarchy is mentioned is because there are usually no rules in a Peer to Peer network, so anyone can do anything at any time. A major problem with Peer to Peer networks is because of the anarchy that they invoke. As a result of having little to no centralized controls so a computer could be slowed down if everyone is trying to access files on that computer. So if someone is using the computer than they will not be able to work effectively if their computer is popular. If a person wants to access files then the computer with the files they want needs to be turn on, unlike in a client/server network in which only the server needs to be on as it stores all of the files.As Rosa Luxemburg, an influential German communist, once said, "Freedom is always freedom of the dissenter". So with this in mind, the greater freedom for individual users Peer to Peer network bring, comes with its risks. A Peer to Peer network allows anyone to any files, assuming the computer with the files they want to access is turned on, unless the individual user places restrictions. Secondly, all users will have administrative rights on their work computer, unless someone has manually gone around to all of the computers and set each individual user to a basic account.Client/server network:This sort of network is much more common than Peer to Peer and is a representation of the actuality of most communist societies, in that there are a small number of people, or in the case of a network computers; that rule over everything else. So you have a server room with all the servers and in there will be group of people that control everything in the network. They can quite easily restrict someone from doing something, just like how a leader of a communist society can suddenly demand the imprisonment of any common man or woman in their country if they are disobedient. In a client/server network those who control the network can restrict what people using the network can see (on the Internet) and what they can do, just like those who rule a typical communist nation do.

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3 Responses so far.

  1. noncapillary says:

    No. There is such a thing as taking a metaphor too far and this is doing it. Peer-to-peer still has rules and restrictions in place – the absence of dedicated servers does not alter that. Consider shared folders and printers on a home Windows network for example – you can selectively choose which folders or printers to share without giving anyone on the network complete control over the entire machine.

  2. cardiopericarditis says:

    errrrm essays a bit naff…. communist v’s governements / head of states / monarchs etc = what is the difference. they rule we dont, end of. as for your client server rules and restrictions, you can easily apply rules to any network scenario, numbers of connected peers, up/download speeds, what they connect to and which files can be accessed.

  3. brachiosaurus says:

    No, your analogies are not correct as P2P networks still use protocols, which do control the flow of data and is therefore not anarchy. All computer systems work within predefined parameters and if they get outside of those parameter things quickly break. P2P doesn’t allow anyone access to any file in the network, for instance if I remove a file from the shared folder in Bittorrent other users won’t even see it anymore. Your client/server analogy is flawed as well. Yes an administrator has control over the network in this model, but he/she does in P2P as well. Just because there is no server to control doesn’t mean the data can’t be controlled.You really can’t associate human society/philosophy to computers. Your analogies point to a `Guns kill people` philosophy, which will debatable from a philosophical standpoint, will get you laughed at in a logical debate (being that a gun fundamentally is just a configuration of metal). If this is an essay for a philosophy class then you might be able to slip it by assuming the instructor A) doesn’t know anything about technology (its possible he/she does) and/or B) doesn’t ask a more technical instructor to decipher what you’re talking about. I wouldn’t get past a CIS professor and a PolySci teacher will be too stoned/drunk to care.If you want a good analogy you should for client/server vs P2P you should try open market/barter (P2P) vs supermarket (c/s). In the open market you can be both customer and vendor at the same time. You trade what you have for what you want. You decide whether to make the trade or not. The supermarket (or any shop for that matter) model, you go to one place. It has what you want, you get it, pay for it (not important in analogy) and leave.