1. We are Telecomix.

    17 June 2011

    I am boosting the signal for Peter Fein.  It is a recording of his presentation at the <a href="http://sheffdocfest.com/">Sheffield Doc/Fest</a> last week, and was originally posted <a href="http://blog.wearpants.org/we-are-telecomix/">here</a> under the title <u>We are Telecomix</u> (preserved above).    I think he's pretty much nailed it.
    





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  2. Dope Stars Inc: Ultrawired

    16 June 2011

    Last week word about the album Ultrawired from a band called Dope Stars Inc. exploded onto Twitter. DSI, as they are called (because 140 characters enforces a certain amount of textual economy) are based in Italy and have a decidedly retro sound and image as bands go these days. They are heavily inspired by the sound and appearance of some of the synthpop, industrial, and techno acts of the early to mid 1990's as well as some influential metal bands of the 1980's (they specifically cite Guns 'n' Roses and Motley Crue as some sources of their inspiration). If you …

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  3. Attention people of Syria:

    04 June 2011

    Reprinted from here in case intercom.gs gets filtered.

    The following phone numbers can be used for free dialup access to the Net:

    00492317299993 User=telecomix Pass=telecomix
    004953160941030 User=telecomix Pass=telecomix
    0031205350535 User=XS4all Pass=XS4all
    00431962962 User=selfnet Pass=selfnet
    0034912910230 no password
    0016033715050 no password
    004721405060 no password

    Dial up access for Syria:

    +46850009990
    +492317299993
    +4953160941030

    user:telecomix password:telecomix

    @speak2tweet works in Syria. Call +16504194196, +390662207294 or +442033184514 to hear tweets or leave a tweet.

    http://74.125.93.104/ seems to work for accessing the Google search page. Other features might use different servers …

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  4. GPS tracking device smartassery at its finest.

    03 June 2011

    The battle over whether or not law enforcement agencies can legally use a GPS tracking device to monitor your activities is still raging in the US court system. Right now animal rights and environmental activists are being surveilled with these devices; it's only a matter of time before cypherpunks who have come in from the cold, lawyers, and privacy and anonymity advocates come under the watchful eye of Big Brother for exercising their First Amendment Rights. To complicate matters, lower courts scattered around the United States all have different opinions on the practice, so a few are hoping that the …

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  5. DC cracks down on silent dancing.

    03 June 2011

    If you've never heard of a flashmob before, it's when word gets out somehow for everyone who finds out about it to gather at a particular place and time, count down from five, and then do something weird. There have been flashmobs where everyone opened an umbrella for precisely 23 seconds, made chicken noises, turned their shirts inside out, had a pillow fight, and even briefly created a supercomputer. About five years ago, there was even a silent disco held in the stations of London's subway system and 1,000 people gathered for a flash rave in Union Square in …

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  6. Project Byzantium presentation at NOVALUG.

    31 May 2011

    Earlier this month (I know, I know, I plead working on the weekends) Ben Mendis and I presented at NOVALUG on Project Byzantium. We had a pretty good turnout that Saturday, especially seeing as how the location was changed at the last minute but the NOVALUG website hadn't been updated. Ben and I had worked on the presentation all week using Google Docs and I think we did a pretty good job of putting together a framework to speak from that didn't put people to sleep. I also think we did a pretty good job for a) not rehearsing together …

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  7. My obligatory "Cyberpunk is passe'" post.

    30 May 2011

    In the past couple of weeks it's become something of a fad to post about the genre of cyberpunk becoming somewhat passe'. We now live in the twenty-first century, where much of the fiction that my generation grew up reading was ostensibly set. We don't have flying cars or jetpacks. We don't really have food pills, either, but the nutrient and protein shakes that you can buy in the cold case of just about every convenience store these days (or the frankly awful tasting energy drinks that are popular with the younger set) aren't that far off. We do have …

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  8. Internet censorship, net.warfare, and the balkanization of the Net.

    24 May 2011

    It seems like every time we turn around, somebody else is trying to enact another scheme to make the Internet a little less open, a little less useful, and more of a surveillance tool for people who can't quite make out what the writing on the wall seems to say.

    The latest, and possibly most frightening salvo in the as-yet undeclared War On the Internet is something called the PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act). In a real sense, it's COICA v2.0 in that it still allows the US …

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