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From David Niklas <do...@mail.com>
Subject Re: Semi Off-topic: VFEMail destroyed
Date Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:50:20 GMT
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On Sat, 16 Feb 2019 02:31:01 -0700
Grant Taylor <gtaylor@tnetconsulting.net> wrote:
> On 2/15/19 7:57 PM, David Niklas wrote:
> > If I host my own mail it does not effect your mail if my computer and
> > backups are destroyed.
> > If I host my mail and yours and my computer and backups are destroyed
> > we are both affected.
> > Thus there is no single point of failure.  
> 
> I'm fairly certain that Gmail, your email, and my email were not
> effected by VFEmail's fiasco.  So where's the SPOF that you're alluding
> to?

My context was not that email servers were so unique to the internet
that there is only one in the world, rather that they were sufficiently
few that a failure of one, such as VFEmail, is a major problem for a lot
of people.
My email is affected, just not all gone. I still can't send or receive
emails from my accounts.
Your email is unaffected. But your email and a lot of others is on gmail
and if they suffered the same attack then that would show that gmail is a
SPOF, just like VFEmail.

I don't understand why this is confusing. I've listened to many talks on
distributed systems, such as freenet, and they always mention that they
want no SPOF and then go on to list servers, just like gmail and VFEmail
as a SPOF.

Sincerely,
David
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