[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 226, Issue 38

Scott Quinn saquinn624 at aol.com
Thu Sep 30 20:50:03 CDT 2021

On 9/30/21 16:19, rescue-request at sunhelp.org wrote:
> I'm sure I've shared this thought here before, but when I got my first
> job doing programming 25 years ago, my workstation had a public IP
> address.  I could*publish*  to the*world*  just by copying files into
> ~/public_html/.
> Ten years later, Apache httpd had gotten to the point where I could use
> DNS wildcard records to publish to brand new webhosts just by creating
> directories in a network share from my Macintosh workstation.  Drop
> files in there, and they're accessible to the world.  How could the next
> decades bring about anything*other*  than a massively interconnected,
> decentralized, and censorship-resistant world?
> Yet, somehow we got here, instead.

You've got the legitimate concern part - that many people probably won't 
run a secure server if it is at home, and we've seen where that goes 
over and over. Then you have the commercially created part - the 
companies that realized if you keep IP addresses artificially scarce you 
can start charging a pretty penny for them (rather than "stupidly" 
handing them out to anyone who writes SRA), and do other creative 
MBA-type revenue invention strategies. You can get around them, but 
they're not usually "drop your content in a folder" type easy fixes.

Of course then you had Microsoft's (in)famous "Share with everyone" 
folder on OneDrive... doesn't that sort of count?

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