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St. Petersburg (Russia) exitnode cluster | anchor node = laika.cryptostorm.net

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St. Petersburg (Russia) exitnode cluster | anchor node = laika.cryptostorm.net

Postby cryptostorm_team » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:08 pm

We are pleased to announce the general availability of our anchor node in cryptostorm's new Russia-West exitnode cluster: laika.cryptostorm.net

Little need be said of the need for Russians and those living in Russia to protect themselves from the depredations of thuggish central hegemony. A proud people and a proud land, today Russia suffers under the yoke of rampant kleptocracy. Secured data communications won't solve that tragic circumstance... but it goes a little way towards creating a space for diversity and compassion to retain a heartbeat of vitality.

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As to our choice of names for this anchor node, many excellent ideas were proposed by the community. In the end, it is Laika - the canine thrown from the planet by humans in a mad race to outdo each other in their ability to create technologies of death. Laika, trusting as she was strapped into a one-way ticket to death alone in the vacuum of empty space, not knowing that her future was bleak and brutal... no heroine's welcome home for her.

She died alone, miserable and desperate and unaware of why it all happened...

Originally, it was uncertain how long Laika had survived in space, with initial estimates ranging from twenty-four hours to one week and the possible speculation that she had lived for as many as ten days. The method of Laika's death was also unknown initially. One rumor suggested that the last of the food in her dispenser contained a poison which put her to sleep just before her life-support batteries ran down...another that her chamber was eventually filled with gas for painless euthanasia after a few days in orbit...or that she may have expired when her oxygen suppy depleted...or that she succumbed to extreme cold. In 1999, several Russian sources stated that Laika had died after four days in space when the cabin overheated. However, in October of 2002, during a gathering of the World Space Congress in Houston, Texas, it was revealed by Dr. Dimitri Malashenkov of the Institute for Biological Problems in Moscow, that after five to seven hours following the launch of Sputnik-2, no lifesigns were being received from Laika. By the fourth orbit, it was apparent that the little dog had passed away from overheating and stress...undoubtedly an exceedingly painful and distressful death. According to Gyorgi Grechko, a cosmonaut who previously worked as an engineer at the Korolev Design Bureau, it seems likely that when Sputnik-2 bounced off the atmosphere, it failed to separate from the booster rocket and thereby rendered the thermal control system inoperative.


Our technological tools are neither benign nor evil. They are mechanisms by which we are able to amplify our own attributes and assumptions, no more & no less. The same technological marvels that sent Laika to her horrible, lonely death had the power to help create a healthy future for everyone: a living planet. The decision to use it to cause harm is a decision... not an attribute of the tool itself.

We choose to enable vibrant community & society through the creation and distribution of technical tools that foster innovation, creativity, collaboration, compassion, and respect For us, honouring the tragic memory of Laika reminds us that we carry the responsibility for the consequences of our choices.

What future do we choose to create?

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Laika's HAF entries are:
    linux-balancer.cryptostorm.net
    linux-stpetersburg.cryptostorm.net
    linux-laika1.cryptostorm.net

    windows-balancer.cryptostorm.net
    windows-stpetersburg.cryptostorm.net
    windows-laika1.cryptostorm.net


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Re: St. Petersburg (Russia) exitnode cluster | anchor node = laika.cryptostorm.net

Postby DesuStrike » Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:23 am

New exit nodes become a somewhat double edged sword to me. I'm happy about every new node but since Turing it's also coupled with a sad and tragic story of individuals from the past. Nonetheless I welcome this new direction for naming exit nodes. While most of the cryptostorm community use this project for "normal" privacy needs or participating in sharing, there are probably many (too much...) that need a trustworthy VPN to not getting thrown in jail for doing what they feel is right and necessary. I like the idea that those community members can use exit nodes named after great individuals that either fought for their cause, were prosecuted for their ideals or simply were victims of the system they lived in. (I already said this about Turings node:) I can't think of a better way to salute and honor those great individuals. Even though I'm not religious I still catch myself imagining how they might smile from above knowing that their name now protects others who try to make a change or simply want to live free. And I also smirk at the pissed of faces of those who try in vain to catch those using these exit nodes.
They can't catch anyone because Turing and Laika are protecting them. :')
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