[ih] what is and isn't the web, was Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol

Paul Vixie paul at redbarn.org
Mon Aug 22 09:38:37 PDT 2016

Miles Fidelman wrote:
> On 8/21/16 11:28 PM, Paul Vixie wrote:
>> ...
> Somehow "trustworthy" and "universities" - in the late 60s - don't seem
> together.  You know, there were these things called "students" floating
> around, many of whom were spending a lot of their time in the streets
> voicing distinctly anti-government and anti-military sentiments. ...

well, yes, and i also had anonymous access through various tips early 
on. so, i'll clarify.

large scale spam of the canter/siegel or style would have resulted in 
account closures before the internet was commercialized/privatized. 
likewise ddos, while technically always possible, was infeasible during 
the early days. an ITS sysadmin would have defended their right to allow 
anonymous access, and stallman would have defended his right to have no 
password on his account, but nobody would have, or successfully could 
have, defended the kind of abuse the internet saw starting ~1995.

P Vixie

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