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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: 1) by fustakrakich on Saturday December 16 2017, @05:40PM (3 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday December 16 2017, @05:40PM (#610744) Journal

    "We are not directly concerned with the legality of utilizing this protocol in China."

    Nice thought, but you still appear to be at the mercy of your ISP. Until we can ubiquitously connect without one, we're pretty much screwed.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @06:47PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @06:47PM (#610760)

    This is not correct. Constraint of speech and trade is contingent on the ability to differentiate the nature of the content. If you can't tell what it is where it came from, or where it is going, you can't filter it.

    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:20PM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:20PM (#610777) Journal

      you can't filter it.

      That's the goal. Make censorship impractical, if not impossible. I can run the filter at my end. You can run your filter at your end. Never the twain shall meet.

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    • (Score: 3, Informative) by Arik on Saturday December 16 2017, @09:17PM

      by Arik (4543) on Saturday December 16 2017, @09:17PM (#610794) Journal
      "This is not correct. Constraint of speech and trade is contingent on the ability to differentiate the nature of the content. If you can't tell what it is where it came from, or where it is going, you can't filter it. "

      The first step is you tag the special content to give it a boost. Then later on, once that's come to be expected and the most popular sites have all voluntarily complied, you can just start default denying anything you *don't* recognize.
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