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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: 2, Disagree) by dusty monkey on Sunday July 05 2015, @10:04PM

    by dusty monkey (5492) on Sunday July 05 2015, @10:04PM (#205388)

    Put another way, if Reddit (very roughly) gets about 550 thousand comments per day and Aether is a humongous success at 1/20th the size of Reddit, and also only needs to store about 180 days of comments, that's about 5 million comments, or a whopping 5MB assuming 1KB per plain-text posted comment.

    With math like that, there is no problem that can't be solved. Problems seem to get exponentially easier the more you figure on them.

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  • (Score: 1) by joshuac on Monday July 06 2015, @05:10AM

    by joshuac (3623) on Monday July 06 2015, @05:10AM (#205490)

    How did you you already know about my mathematical solution for world hunger already? ;)

    Sorry about that math, obviously I hadn't done even a quick proofreading before posting and going out the door.
    I do still standby the obvious; Aether won't have a billion users nor every user commenting every day.