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posted by mrpg on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:09PM   Printer-friendly
from the #! dept.

Lifehacker has an Interview with Brian Fox, the author of the Bash shell.

Brian Fox is a titan of open source software. As the first employee of Richard Stallman’s Free Software Foundation, he wrote several core GNU components, including the GNU Bash shell. Now he’s a board member of the National Association of Voting Officials and co-founder of Orchid Labs, which delivers uncensored and private internet access to users like those behind China’s firewall. We talked to him about his career and how he works.

[...] I first recall being interested in technology at the age of 6. My father, a physicist at Bolt, Beranek and Newman, had a teletype machine in the basement of the house we were living in. It connected to BBN via a modem. The baud rate was probably around 110bps—quite low. I used to hold down the CTRL key while pressing “G”, which would cause the bell to ring.

[...] I joined with my other 4 co-founders in 2017 to create the Orchid Protocol for a truly decentralized, surveillance-free internet.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:36PM (6 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:36PM (#610723)

    From the site:

    rather than traffic being routed through central authorities—your ISP or your VPN—it’s instead routed randomly through a network of bandwidth contributors who sign up to share their surplus bandwidth and activate their Internet-connected device as a “node.”

  • (Score: 2) by requerdanos on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:50PM (2 children)

    by requerdanos (5997) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:50PM (#610730) Journal

    So, like TOR?

    Sort of like the rich man's TOR, where the oppressed pay the less oppressed to be less oppressed themselves in one way, and more in another. Quoting https://orchidprotocol.com/ [orchidprotocol.com]:

    Orchid users can exchange bandwidth in peer-to-peer transactions using Orchid tokens on the Ethereum blockchain.... Users that want to access an uncensored Internet (bandwidth consumers) pay the bandwidth contributors in Orchid tokens through a peer-to-peer exchange.

    If you don't have an awesome powerful system to mine cryptocurrency, but you do have a good net connection, you will apparently be able to just run this instead and watch the coins/tokens add up. Hey, I'm in, my net connection is great and goes probably 75% unused.

    I do wonder the value of an "Orchid Token" expressed in any other unit.

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by Justin Case on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:56PM

      by Justin Case (4239) on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:56PM (#610732) Journal

      I do wonder the value of an "Orchid Token" expressed in any other unit.

      Ten Orchids can be exchanged for one tulip [wikipedia.org]?

    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @06:52PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @06:52PM (#610761)

      I have not read the protocol but from what I have read of ETH, it allows you to create virtual currencies pegged to bitcoin, so presumably it's value is sky high!

      No really Etheirium isn't a big dirivitive engine, TRUST ME!

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday December 16 2017, @05:16PM (2 children)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday December 16 2017, @05:16PM (#610733) Journal

    I was going to ask about that before the discussion got derailed.

    Maybe they should make one orchid = 1/1,000,000 BTC.

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