ERTP: some initial comments
Tue, 22 Jun 1999 13:23:33 -0700
ERTP looks like a good step towards the Agoric Papers
world (or the one I described in "Objects per Democritus").
Some initial comments:
* I'd love to see an example that transfers erights
which are the rights to use a particular service
provide by an object (i.e. to invoke one or more of its
methods a particular number of times), rather than just
changing a generic numerical balance. The money example isn't
representative of how ERTP will usually be used.
* Some of the comments seem to treat "trust" in a party as all or
nothing. However, we are only trusting the Issuer with certain particular
security properties for a particular set of rights. Such narrowly
scoped and decentralized trust is critical for real world,
cross-organizational distributed systems.
* What is the rationale for hiding the distinctions
between exclusive vs. non-, fungible vs. non-,
and unlinkable vs. non-? Where will the programmer
be able set and query these properties?
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