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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: 3, Touché) by takyon on Saturday December 16 2017, @05:19PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday December 16 2017, @05:19PM (#610735) Journal

    Ajit Pai and crew killed net neutrality (which has only existed in codified form for a couple of years and was opposed by Pai + ISPs from the start) in order to kill a Tor clone nobody has ever heard of that was started in 2017. Riiiight.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:14PM (#610764)

    If you don't think these guys know that TCP/IPV6 is a dead man walking (and has been for years now) your out to lunch. They do competitor research just like everybody else. When TCP/IPv6 dies, it is going to be something like Orchid or TOR or Freenet, that kills it.

    There are a lot of people aware of that, judging by the amount of investment going around. It isn't "blockchain" that people are investing in. It is the next gen Internet model, which is an entropic inevitability.

    We are at a pivotal moment. Sometime soon, all of that stockholder value the monopolies have aggregated via buyouts and mergers of ridiculously unsuited companies, is going to go up in smoke. Everybody knows it, and everybody knows what is going to do it, including them. (but apparently not you) Which is why they'd rather commit treason against the Constitution of the United States, than let the market float.

    This might be it. It might not. But something is coming. You can bet your ass on it. And the hoodlum trinity of telecom aren't going to like it one bit.