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Mountable Websites

The sites that can be mounted to your OS like they are disks.
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So, since every service is a network of objects with a meaningful tree-like substructure, and every site's UI implies an API (in fact, an API can be generated from UI), we can treat every website as a tree of interactive interfaces. In fact, some databases and API browsers have somewhat like file-managers, but they are reinventing a file system. So, why not to extend the operating systems with filesystems instead.

The mountable sites would be created by defining new kind of drivers, that transfer the features of their semantically high level objects (such as products, news items, contacts, etc.), to the records, that then get serialized as files in a system through (e.g., FUSE), allowing you to mount them as a filesystem, where files correspond to records of those remote sites, but carry all available actions with them.

This way, if you mount a messenger, you get a disk, with all the messages, which you can filter, delete, reply, and do all other defined operations for their types (e.g., accessible via command line or right-click drop-down). If you delete them from disk, they get automatically deleted from the serivce. If you copy them, they automatically get "scraped" into your disk, etc.

Mountable sites would make it possible to use any programming language to access the features available in the sites without programming an API.

Mindey, Jun 11 2019

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       #note# The neural networks of human brain may also have meaningful tree-like substructures of their semantically high level objects, implying, that this could be a way to think of mounting specialized parts of brains to OSes.
Mindey, Jun 15 2019
  

       Isn't this dropbox?
pertinax, Jun 15 2019
  

       Not at all. Based on the description of the idea, doing something like:   

       mount netflix.com   

       Should mount all the movies on the netflix, to your OS drive, as if it is extra hard disk with all the movies, comments, and whatever the netflix has, where, if you delete a movie you've created, it is deleted from the netflix itself...   

       mount youtube.com   

       Would do the same with the other service.   

       mount halfbakery.com   

       And you have a disk on your OS with all the Ideas, which again, you can actually respond to without opening halfbakery itself.   

       It's certainly not what dropbox does.
Mindey, Jun 15 2019
  

       So, are you proposing a protocol for mounting existing websites, or a new website which supports such a protocol?   

       If the former, then why would, say, netflix want to give you file- system-like access to all their resources? If the latter, then it still looks a lot like dropbox to me.
pertinax, Jun 15 2019
  

       > So, are you proposing a protocol for mounting existing websites, or a new website which supports such a protocol?   

       Actually, closer to the former, realized through system of drivers, that are written for whatever resources are on the web, actually making existing resources into mountable ones. By creating the new kind of drivers for existing websites, those websites would be made into mountable websites.   

       > If the former, then why would, say, netflix want to give you file- system-like access to all their resources?   

       They wouldn't. However, it is just an example of how it would work conceptually. For example, in the case of youtube, if the resource is created by yourself, you would be able to delete it.   

       The websites wouldn't have to do anything other than operate as usual. The drivers written for them would take care of providing whatever features that are allowed on the websites.
Mindey, Jun 15 2019
  

       I was a little worried from the title that this was going to be a pitch for interactive porn with dedicated VR suites.
Skewed, Jun 15 2019
  

       [Skewed], well one can certainly imagine a proper driver for that.
Mindey, Jun 15 2019
  
      
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