James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Nov 2 11:21:33 UTC 2005
In a message Tue, 1 Nov 2005 14:46:28 -0500, "Joel S. Berson"
_Berson at ATT.NET_ (mailto:Berson at ATT.NET) transmits:
>Scientists are attaching wireless digital cameras to deer to record
>their activity. In the next-generation technology, similar to that
>for file-sharing servers, "The tiny computers on each animal will
>gather one another's video and pass it along to the base station in
>what might be called a deer-to-deer network."
>New York Times, November 1, 2005, New England Final, D1/4.
This is simply a play on words, specifically on a long-established term in
data communications "peer-to-peer network", meaning a network in which there
is no master station which tells each station when it can transmit, but rather
each station can transmit to any other station whenever it has traffic to
Judging from the quotation, the deer network is indeed "peer-to-peer", but
even if it were not, the play on words would still work.
- James A. Landau
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