Now that HOPE has wrapped, here's video recording of the panel that the_gibson, Tek, R¥, c0debabe, and I gave at HOPE 2020 this year, entitled Saving Hacking From Zaibatsus: A Memoir.
Wednesday... 29 July 2020... 1300 hours Eastern... the Fediverse takes Manhattan.
UPDATE: 20191230 - Uploaded a copy to my Peertube account.
From time to time I carp about how generally lousy our bandwidth is out here. Verizon (our CLEC in the Bay Area) has all but given up on maintaining their infrastructure out here, aside from the bare minimum to keep the copper from turning to verdigris. They gave up on deploying fiber some years ago (local mirror) some years ago, and from the poking around I've done on their side of the fence, their general stance in the Bay Area appears to be "Get everyone on celllar so we can ignore the rest of the network." Which sucks and does nobody but Verizon's shareholders any good in the long run.
Anyway, after yet another afternoon wasted on the phone with tech support because our speed fell to pre-dialup speeds for reasons unknown, I decided to take the bull by the horns and put some old skills to work. Out came the fox and hound and my old lineman's test set, and I set about figuring out which lines in the fist-sized morass of ancient wiring outside, if any, were actually hooked up. The way a fox and hound works is, you clip or plug a tone generator (the fox) into the line you want to trace, and you use a matching inductive probe (the hound) to listen for the sound. Telephony cables are almost never insulated so you don't need to touch the copper directly, the faint EM field around the wire is sufficient.
I was able to trace the line successfully, but in so doing I found out why our bandwidth was so terrible. Thankfully, after demonstrating the problem to the contractor that Verizon sent out, we were able to work together to not only rip out the dead cabling outside, but mostly resolve the interference.
A couple of days ago I gave a talk online to some members of the Zero State about my exocortex. It's a pretty informal talk done as a Hangout where I talk about some of the day to day stuff and where the project came from. I didn't have any notes and it was completely unscripted.
The Internet Society has re-uploaded the video from my HOPE XI talk. Here it is:
Feel free to get a chuckle out of how nervous I am, but I hope you enjoy my talk, too.
UPDATE: 20191230 - Uploaded a copy of the video to my Peertube account.
In June of 2014 the Global Existential Risks and Radical Futures conference was held in Piedmont, California, which I was invited to present at. After a delay of a couple of months videos of the presentations have been uploaded to YouTube. Among them is the presentation I gave; the audio's a little quiet due to the accoustics of the building and the Q&A has been cut off at the end but it does have the entire talk (local mirror). The presentation's slides aren't in frame but I uploaded them here shortly therafter.