1. A few thoughts on what it means to cut a country off.

    11 February 2011

    The hot topic these days is the January 25th revolution in Egypt: the people rose up and demanded that their president (who is known for, among other things, having bloggers raided, torture, censorship, and general repression of the people of an entire country) step down and do whatever it is that retired dictators do (which is usually not what the people wish he or she would do). For the record, the United States was well aware that this was happening, and in fact aided the government of Egypt to the tune of 1.5 billion US dollars a year because …

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  2. Mirrored at the request of Telecomix: Final post from Sandmonkey!

    03 February 2011

    A well-known blogger in Egypt who went by the handle of Sandmonkey who'd come under the scrutiny of the old Egyptian government was raided and taken into custody, and his blog was taken offline. Telecomix has asked that his final blog post be mirrored across the Net. I've mirrored the text from here verbatim.



    Thursday, 3 Feb 2011
    Egypt, right now!

    I don't know how to start writing this. I have been battling fatigue for not sleeping properly for the past 10 days, moving from one's friend house to another friend's house, almost never spending a night in my home …

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  3. Snowpocalypse now?

    26 January 2011

    This is an hour's worth of accumulation, mind you. It started snowing when Lyssa and I were on our way home and hasn't stopped yet. While stopped at a light, we saw a bolt or two of lightning streak across the sky, and our return home was hearlded by thunder.

    Yes, DC is known for occasional thundersnow storms.

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  4. It would seem that the universe has other ideas.

    21 January 2011

    A couple of days ago I finally got around to posting about what's kept me offline and not particularly feeling up to doing anything, in a nutshell being inundated with everything going wrong in the world (as if this is different from any other year; with life comes suck and fail. It happens.) Then, during my daily newscrawl in which I keep an eye on happenings in the world and look for things that might be sneaking up behind me (the work of a sysadmin is never done), I noticed some things popping up with synchronistic regularity. A couple of …

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  5. Is DC trying to become more like Great Britain?

    21 January 2011

    Chances are if you've been on the Net in the past couple of years you've heard about the neigh-omnipresent surveillance network Great Britain has built. It's been said that there are over four million securicams watching the street, alleys, storefronts, street corners, front stoops; to put it another way, that's about one camera for every fourteen people, though some estimates are higher than that. That's a scary number if you think about it a little. Did you know, however, that my hometown of Washington, DC is building its own panopticon network?

    In hindsight it shouldn't be that surprising. From time …

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  6. Tron: Legacy

    18 January 2011

    A couple of nights ago I went to see Tron: Legacy again with Jason, and we spent much of the evening afterward discussing it, as we are wont to do. I haven't been keeping up with reviews of it, to be honest, I just know what a couple of people said about it. Largely, their opinions were that the movie was visually stunning (it was), the effects were top notch (they were), but the plot was somewhat lacking and relied a little bit too much on references to the original movie. If nothing else, the soundtrack is awesome and I …

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  7. DC ice storm snarls area.

    18 January 2011

    I had a feeling that we'd be in for a bad one today - yesterday afternoon felt and smelled like snow and the air was crisp and cold. Last night I wasn't sure at first if it was raining or snowing. By the time I went to bed there was no question about which it was, though I must confess a little shock this morning when I discovered that the snow/sleet/rain last night had turned into a quarter inch thick rime of ice coating everything outside, from the bannister and front steps of my apartment building to the parking …

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  8. Guide to safety for Tunisians - please distribute!

    16 January 2011

    Note: mirrored from here. Reformatted only slightly for readibility. Originally by Barrett Brown.

    As I've noted here over the past two weeks, factions of Anonymous, including quite a few Tunisians, have been supporting the Tunisian people in their current revolution against the corrupt and undemocratic government that had ruled over them for years. Our efforts have now switched from DDoS attacks and takeovers of non-essential government websites to the more nuanced and difficult work of providing various forms of educational and moral support to Tunisians during the coming period of tumult. The following document, which will be updated further soon …

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