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I always wonder how Opera Unite (in 12.x) versions would have fared had it gained traction. The sender had absolute control over what files were shared and how long they could be without needing to rely on a 3rd party to host content or setting up a complex service on localhost. Opera did kill it off the Unite service even before they migrated to Webkit/Blink, but it is something I remember fondly.

That sounds amazing. I really hope we see this in another browser some day.

I wrote the original TCPSocket implementation for Firefox OS. As I was doing it I imagined an architecture like what you described. I know at least some prototype apps which worked in a similar way were developed.

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