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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday July 05 2015, @08:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the i-wonder-if-they-run-rehash dept.

Stumbled upon this (disclaimer, I'm not affiliated and don't hold any special interest):

Aether is an app you install to your computer to connect to Aether network. This network is made of different boards (forums) where people post and discuss things. On the surface, it's fairly similar to Slashdot, Metafilter, Reddit, or any other community site on the Internet.

The different thing about Aether is that it doesn't have a server somewhere. The only thing the app does is that it finds and connects to other people using Aether. In other words, it's a distributed, peer-to-peer network.

This makes it impossible to censor, and renders its users anonymous. It's useful for people concerned about privacy, or pretty much anyone who doesn't want to be watched and catalogued for every word they write on the Internet (so, pretty much everybody).

It's also temporary. Whatever you post disappears after six months. It's designed to be an ephemeral space, and it's focused on now, rather than the past. Other people can still keep copies of what you wrote, but it won't last forever in the network itself. They also won't know who you are.

Community moderated, distributed and anonymous. Almost to good to be true, but... how do you know it is actually _gewg that's posting?

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by M. Baranczak on Sunday July 05 2015, @09:47PM

    by M. Baranczak (1673) on Sunday July 05 2015, @09:47PM (#205383)

    Let's see - if a billion subscribers all send a 1KB message each day (1 TB), six months worth of messages is about 182 TB.

    A fella wiser than myself said: "Scalability is easy. The hard part is convincing a million people to use your shitty site." Twitter has about 250 million users, you think this thing will get 4 times more users than Twitter?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @02:32AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 06 2015, @02:32AM (#205455)

    Clearly he picked a billion because of the easy math matching it to a TB. Of course if you want to screw up everyone else you can start posting large files (or a bunch of smaller files) and let their hard drives fill up with crap. It will be easy to poison this well.

    The reality is this type of system will turn into another way of sharing files with plausible deniability: I didn't download that. I don't have any control over what anyone else posts. I can only delete it from my computer once it arrives and I see what it is. That's why it's a deleted file on my hard drive.