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net.wars: Surveillance by design

Posted by admin 31 days ago General — Only 20 years ago the UK had barely a surveillance camera in sight. Wikipedia tells me that the change to today's 2 million-odd was precipitated by a 1994 Home Office report praising the results of a few trials. And off we went. That's not counting private cameras, estimated by the British Security Industry Association estimated that to outnumber public ones 70 to one. Coverage is, of course, une Read More
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net.wars: The edge of writing

Posted by admin 48 days ago General — The unexpected point made at Wednesday's The Future of Text is that at any given moment text, like anything else, has had an imaginary future that's a logical extension of its present and an unexpected future, which is what actually went on to happen when the new technology hit a particular social and cultural context. When Sumerian accountants first began keeping track of commodity sales using m Read More
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net.wars: Unified field

Posted by admin 48 days ago General — For as long as I can remember, the notion that the Internet might break apart along nation-state or commercial boundaries has been a threat. Usually called "Balkanizing the Internet", the "Splinternet", as Becky Hogge called it at the Cybersalon last week, has become a topic for discussion due to the Snowden revelations. To some people it doesn't sound so bad any more; to others it's still automa Read More
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net.wars: Schmidt happens

Posted by admin 48 days ago General — Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has been making headlines again with a pair of loopy statements one hopes he chose out of a desire to be provocative rather than out of ignorance. First, he predicts that we may be able to end censorship within ten years. Second, he suggests that, "The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everyone." Read More
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net.wars: The learning channel

Posted by admin 51 days ago General — On the eve of London's CryptoFestival, as everyone gears up to reconnect with their inner cypherpunk, it seems like a good moment to assess what we've learned over the last five months of revelations from the Snowden documents. Not what we've learned from the documents themselves; you can read all that over at the Guardian. I mean the lessons of it all. Read More
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net.wars: Running with scissors

Posted by admin 51 days ago General — What with one thing and another, net.wars failed to mark November 2, 2013 as the 25th anniversary of the Internet worm. Probably its author, Robert Tappan Morris, Jr, would have liked for the whole world to fail similarly. Instead, he got to be one of the first to discover what life is like in the Age of the Internet, when it's increasingly hard to lose your past mistakes in the mists of time. Es Read More
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net.wars: Copyright plays

Posted by admin 51 days ago General — Evil - or benign - file-sharers checking in on The Pirate Bay this week discovered the site had vanished. Hours later, it was back via a domain registration in the Ascension Islands; today it's woken up in Peru, apparently at rest for now. TorrentFreak reports, however, that the next phase will be different: The Pirate Bay will circumvent the domain name system entirely. The plan is for a standal Read More
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Threading with Android - part 1

Posted by admin 51 days ago General — Mobile phones have always been good at multi-tasking. Even the basic early models had to simultaneously listen for calls, monitor the signal strength, update their displays and so on. Traditionally all this was handled at a low level using such languages as C or C++. Java has had multi-threading, the term given to this miracle of doing many things at once, from the start. Android, of course, impl Read More
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