Re: tcp/ip filtering

Kevin M Bealer (
Fri, 17 May 1996 20:25:58 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 17 May 1996, Michael Riepe wrote:

> From: Coolio <>
> > On the subject of implementing a server based tcp/ip packet filtering
> > system...
> Sorry to interrupt your conversation, but this has to stop NOW. Linux
> is an operating system, not a configurable "network indecency filter".
> I can hardly believe that someone calls an automatic censorship module
> a "bonus" or a "neat demonstration". That's sick.
> --
> Michael "Tired" Riepe <>
> "Beware the storm that gathers here!" (The Prophet's Song)

Let them have their fun... it will make their teachers happy, it will make
the students happy (or the 90% that can get thru the censor), and it will
not really hurt anyone.

Censorship of this type is what the 'jargon' file calls an 'AI-complete'
problem -- it appears to be easily done, but the actual implementation
pre-requires solving the "general AI problem".

In other words, the design requires creation of a human-level-intelligence
algorithm (presumably one without libido :)

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