On Oct 24, 2010, at 3:22 PM, Romain Dalmaso wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 9:38 PM, Daxter wrote:
>> From my understanding, there is a fundamental flaw in p2p technologies like 
>> Freenet for those that want to deploy in highly-censored countries. That is, 
>> it's too obvious. The censor doesn't have to know what's being transmitted, 
>> only that /something/ is that's outside of their control. All they have to 
>> do is disallow the ports on which the technology runs. Torrenters can at 
>> least get around this by changing the port they're using; Freenet has no 
>> such option.
> Every node chooses random ports for opennet and darknet during the
> installation. You can change them if you want.

I hadn't understood that. Thank you for explaining. How would someone change 
those ports?

>> From my understanding of internet communication protocols, the use of udp is 
>> too obvious; it stands out like a sore thumb. Why not tunnel the connection 
>> over tcp? Wouldn't that prevent potential censors from differentiating it 
>> from the rest of transmitted data? As well, wouldn't it solve the closed 
>> ports issue?
> No, it's not that easy. You clearly don't know what you're talking about.

No, I don't I had already said so in my post, but thank you for stating the 
obvious. I'm not here because I know everything and I want to bestow divine 
wisdom; I'm here because I want to learn. Would you care to explain what I 
don't understand, or at least point me towards topical resources?

In particular I'm asking: why not tunnel connections in a manner similar to VPN?

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