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I just came across this “dat protocol”, which seems to be yet another iteration of things like and all the rest.

And one wonders: what problem exactly does that solve that hasn't been solved before?

Why wouldn't I just run a service such as or an old fashioned or an server or any of the dozens/hundreds of already existent and mature protocols? 🤔

@61 Because those are all centralized to some extent, even torrents rely on trackers. Meanwhile #IPFS absolutely does not rely on any single server.

@swedneck

So the difference is in what you call the machine that, err… *serves* the data?

Functionally, none of these strike me as fundamentally different than, say, a or exchange. 🤔

With the exception that I can actually get the last two to work reliably, but maybe that's just me.

@61 Well they are very different: If the webdav or FTP server goes down, you're fucked. Meanwhile with IPFS you can fetch data so long as at least one peer has it, and you can even fetch it if multiple peers only have parts of the data each.

@swedneck
I understand that, but just how many hosts exactly are likely to have a copy of your family holiday pictures or whatever it is that you care about but hardly anybody else does? And for anything that people do care about, we already have redundancy as a neatly separated layer.

Fair enough for the partial data scenario, but then we literally fall back on , or any other existing protocol (trackers not required, just convenient in common cases).

@swedneck
So to repeat the question, I am interested to know what *new* development does the DAT protocol (or IPFS for that matter) bring to the table and what problem do they solve that is not already solved in practice.

I am genuinely interested, but whereas I could immediately see how was uniquely useful when it came out, for example. I cannot get any enlightenment as regards these new projects.

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