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IPFS - InterPlanetary File System




I was surprised to find nothing in the Security Now archives when I searched for IPFS. I hope @Steve examines this sometime soon.

The Verge: Brave browser takes step toward enabling a decentralized web.




Interplanetary file systems belong in Nerd Humor or Hypothetical Situations. Intraplanetary file systems, on the other hand (maybe Epiplanetary File Systems), already exist as undersea/over land cables and RF transmissions. We're using it to communicate now, in a way.

I guess the most interplanetary of file systems is actually the one read from and to by the DSN, the Deep Space Network, with its three main clusters of radio antennas at Goldstone, Madrid, and Canberra. To view what every antenna is doing in realtime, go here. The transmission rate can be VERY SLOW, especially when receiving communication from the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft... but I guess those two are part of an Interstellar File System now... 😉 So are Pioneer I and II, but those are dead and will never be able to be recovered by SpinRite.




DTN might be a good alternative. A (fairly) recent progress: http://ipnsig.org/2020/12/17/connecting-clouds-with-dtn/




I second the need for a 'Gibson Deep Dive' episode or two on the futures of networking & computing.

Lately I've been seeing many future network&compute ideas, theories, and in progress. And they fly high over my head.

I'm most interested in Colin Cantrell's work. But because it's borne from the crypto world, i'm skeptical yet hopeful.