Sunday, August 20, 2006

Refugee network

Refugees are a lot like network packets. Little families of information get chopped up, stuck in tiny little containers, addressed, and sent off all over the world. Along the way they are diverted to numerous foreign ports, and travel along paths of varying quality. Some are lost along the way due to incorrect addressing, others simply die in transit when their TimeToLive = 0. Those that do reach their correct destination are sometimes dropped because they got corrupted in transit, while others are simply dropped when things get too hot at the local router and they can't handle anymore packets. It begs the question, are people just little packets of information? Whatever the similarities, I think we can all agree that no one cares about a container full of dead refugees.


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