[ih] Fwd: History of "accounts"

John Levine johnl at iecc.com
Tue Feb 11 20:57:44 PST 2014

>I don't think the absence of a bean-counting-bit impeded the growth of 
>the internet, or the remuneration of those who built the infrastructure 
>to enable it. In fact, I'd say that *at the level of IP and TCP*, the 
>ideology of the shared-information sorts actually enabled a network 
>that could be billed at connection- and application-levels.

That certainly seems right to me.  Trying to account a packet at a
time would have been a huge distraction from getting useful work done.

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