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John Udell has a lovely post talkingabout an interview with Ian Forrester of the BBC who cites Tom Scott using a phrase from Michael Smethurst: “The simple joy of webscale identifiers.” The point is that if someone has invented an identifier for an object and you want to point to it, use the existing identifier. That enables a namespace conglomerating that keeps information all huddled and cozy, rather than drifting apart on ice floes.

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