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Old 12-07-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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Accessing Sci-hub: Solution


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Originally Posted by John Perry Barlow
The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it
For those not familiar with it, sci-hub is the Pirate Bay of scientific papers. Some need this resource. In the spirit of the above quote, I want to mention my route around the problem. I was currently experiencing dns issues, my dns servers did't like IP addressing, and I also got SSL cert issues.
I once grokked a unix system from 1974, before dns and in the days of 300/300 baud (=bits per second) modems. /etc/hosts was 200k, and held the entire internet!
Today, in /etc/host.conf we have
Code:
order hosts, bind
multi on
Line 1 means: first check /etc/hosts; THEN use dns. So I added this line to /etc/hosts
Code:
80.82.77.83		scihub
which sets up an alias for 80.82.77.83. Then type 'http://scihub' into firefox or chrome; they will check /etc/hosts first, before dns

Just for completeness, I tried it in Tor browser, and firefox with a (paywalled) doi from nature magazine. The .onion scihub site gave me page 1 only; firefox gave me the full thing. It seems like a solution available to linux (but not windows) users until something else goes wrong.

EDIT: Apparently they're being refused dns outgoing services, or have that partiucular IP blocked. I'm sure it won't take them long to route sround that . Also, just in passing I note 672 views but nop replies; is that a record?

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