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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: 2) by Arik on Saturday December 16 2017, @06:13PM

    by Arik (4543) on Saturday December 16 2017, @06:13PM (#610751) Journal
    Can't really disagree there. 1/158th? I got more like 7/102nd. That's only including what's boiled into the initial file and ignored by the browser, since it ignores the includes I don't know how large they would swell the total. But yeah, about 7/300th if you count the image files I *did* download. But I could turn those off if I was worried about the bandwidth at least.

    Which prompted me to look at it more closely. That really is a mess. The actual text begins and ends on line 106 of a 117 line file. That's 26,260 columns and 117 lines.

    One of the more monstrous piles I've seen passed off as a webpage, but then again I've really quit looking at them, it's just depressing.

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