Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Beware of Sync Platforms

KS Sreeram:

Any sync-platform that claims to perform automatic conflict resolution is broken. This is because conflict resolution is fundamentally a domain specific problem that cannot be magically solved by a generic platform.


In essence, the notion of a conflict depends on the meaning that we assign to the data. Dropbox knows nothing about the meaning. It only knows the shape of the data. And that’s not enough to resolve conflicts.

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