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Why Stupid Networks Are Betterer
By Wes Phillips Posted: Mar 28, 2006
Fractals of Change argues that "stupid" networks (such as the Internet) are better than "smart" ones (networks configured to allow certain machines running specific software to operate in ways their designers have anticipated). Smart networks may be more efficient when accomplishing those goals, but they don't necessarily work better (or even at all) when you try to do stuff the designers haven't anticipated.
And yes, I think the parallels with the MPAA's and RIAA's attempt to "fix" fair use at 1970s levels is a dumb "smart" idea.