Look at the devices you have available to you and ask yourself which basic technological advancements they are built upon. Every year we get a better piece of plastic, metal and glass from China to carry around. The software that runs on this ever-improving piece of plastic is certainly better than last year's software. Something is getting better, but it is hardly revolutionary. Technological progress comes in two categories: incremental improvements and the advent of new technological primitives.
The progress that our civilization experiences now is entirely within the first category. The technological primitives your life experience relies upon are are the integrated circuit and the laser. These came about in 1958 and 1959. AJAX and web2.0 turned the web into a much more pleasant version of the green screen terminals of the 60s, and it is certainly nice having that sit in my pocket. The increase of connectivity is certainly a thing, but there is not much a shift in quality of life from people in the late 60s until now. We just have nicer software.
Contrast this from the skyrocketting of Western civilization from 1860 to 1960. In 1860 the quality and expectancy of life of men differed very little from the previous hundred years. No new hygenic technologies had appeared in the past century. There wasn't running water, or lightbulbs.
A long-lived man born in 1860 was witness to antibiotics, the automobile, radio, television, the airplane, the first satellite in orbit, the computer, the nuclear reactor, and the atom bomb.
When I look down at my Android device I just do not feel that sense of awe.
The West carried all this innovation to the world. It was a unique part of our spirit as Europeans to always seek a new frontier. The true power of the West in previous generations was that we were never satisfied with what was before us. We were better because our wanderlust and desire knew no bounds. When there was no frontier of land left, we found new ones in technology.
What I see now is that spirit caged and sedated by a single malevolent force: government.
If you have a serious staph infection in a US hospital, you might have a limb amputated. You might get extreme infusions of antibiotics until your organs fail. In Georgia (the ex-bloc Republic of Georgia, not the US state) they will custom engineer a bacteriophage specifically to eat that strain of staph. It is the best treatment available for a condition which, every year, continually becomes more problematic in US hospitals. Our prolific strains of MRSA are on the cusp of becoming vethicillin resistant, and then we are fucked. The FDA requires each new engineered bacteriophage to be put through clinical trials. You cannot get a bacteriophage treatment catered only to you in the USA. It is illegal. The best option is unavailable to us because it is against the rules.
Want to launch drones in the air, and have them speak TCAS so they won't collide with planes? Too bad, the FAA says you just can't do that. There is no licensing process. There is no way to get approval for you. Stop thinking outside the box, Western man.
Need to power a satellite with Strontium-90, so to balance out your launch costs on a 15 year timeframe of operations? HA. Good luck getting permission from the NRC to for that, buddy. Ain't happening.
I see so many engineers now working tirelessly to get the best solution for a problem and finding out that it is against the US code. That's even before ludicrious systems of civil liability (like patents) in which attorneys gleeful in their subhumanity lord over people actually trying to contribute something useful to humanity.
Me personally? I am awaiting sentencing on two five year felonies for incrementing a digit at the end of a URL on a public webserver. I am going to prison for arithmetic. Fuck this country.
Most disturbingly, even our visionaries have stopped looking forward. I see all the cyberpunk authors writing these "nowpunk" novels about people doing things on blogs. While quite enjoyable reads, I find them a sad reminder that everyone has forgotten how great our future was supposed to be. We are a people that looked at the fragile illusion of success in front of us and said, "yeah, that is good enough I suppose."
We've come to a point in our civilization where innovation is truly despised, and largely banned. You remember the conversation at the end of Brave New World where Mustapha Mond is telling Bernard, who is being exiled, that he too was almost exiled once for some scientific research and had to make a conscious choice to not innovate in a way that could be disruptive to general society? We are there. We've been there for 50 years. Wake up and rebel, you goddamned sniveling morons. We were supposed to be a better people than this.
Confronting all this, I am tearful in the manner of Moneta weeping at her father's frozen state.
Innovation, sleep on. Me thoughtless, I canst not see thy shackles wrought of US code. Tyranny forbids me to fan thy dying flames. Innovation, sleep on, while at your feet, I weep.
So I've repeatedly avoided making statements regarding my family, but my mother keeps commenting about me to the media. I suppose I should discuss quickly the nature and character of her comments.
My parents are perfect examples of how secular liberalism destroys families and will rot out the foundations of our very civilization.
A few years ago, I expressed a number of radical political opinions. I do not like the velocity of this country, and I committed myself to bettering it. My parents, being dyed-in-the-wool liberals, strongly disagreed with much of my politics which are rooted in the Protestant ethic and classic Western literature. I decided to spread rebellion by taking that whole "lulz" meme primetime, and I think I did a relatively good job of it especially considering the total lack of capital I had to accomplish the task. There's a lot of history there that's outside the scope of this post.
Like anyone who achieves success influencing our culture in a way the powerful disapprove of, I received some negative attention from our friendly neighborhood Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation branches. They didn't know where I was living at the time, so they visited my parents.
Now here's the remarkable thing: my mother talked to them, extensively. She did everything she could to assist the feds in their investigation. When they get around to kicking my door in years later, they cited facts that they got from my parents in their search warrant.
This is the sad reality of Marxist thought. Marx said we should be a religionless, cultureless worker class where collectivism erodes family ties. My parents hold their politics so highly, that they think I should go to jail for expressing ideas they despise. My mother holds the state above the life and well being of her own son.
They were ashamed that their son could be a target of a federal investigation and disowned me. Which was simply symbolic since I lived far away and it wasn't like they had ever shelled out money for my rent. Still, it was sad to see their sense of propriety and love of liberal politics overcome their sense of love for me.
I just got my pre-sentencing report. This document determines how much time I will spend in prison. It, largely, contains chunks of text where my own mother's praise of her own parenting is encapsulated by her shit talking me. She continues, to this very day, to assist the federal government in attacking me. It further astounds me that the federal government uses her word as an authority, given that we haven't seen each other for about 8 years now. This woman has not been a witness to any of my life past the point where I got the Perl camel book, so basically the last half of it.
I do not have any animosity towards my parents. I had quite a good childhood. I look at my mother's actions today and I pity her, a brainwashed drone of a state gone mad. Who would treat their own children like this? I'll tell you who: almost everyone. Collectivist thought has injured countless families. The only strong families I meet today are through a few religions that still have a backbone, usually the LDS. I wish I could have grown up with a family as strong as those I meet in my faith.
I love my parents, and I hope they come to salvation through the ordinance of baptism. I haven't had much contact with them for the past 8 years (who in their right mind would associate with people that aid the seditious criminals of the federal government with their persecutions?) but I wish them the best. A sentiment that unfortunately, they do not return.
What I do know is that if feds ever came to my door asking for information about my children, I'd tell them to eat shit.
I have, potentially, as little as 11 days outside of a prison cell. You don't walk into a federal court as a criminal defendant unprepared to go to prison. People ask me if I am enjoying these final days. I'll level with you: when you are on bail, you do not enjoy a single day. They tell you where you can live. They tell you where you can travel. They make you constantly piss in a cup. They separate you from your loved ones, and they generally make it impossible to make a decent living. This time is miserable, and I look forward to my prison cell. Still, I am endlessly thankful for the work I am able to do to set this world right in this short time on the outside.
Do not think that this sentiment is a resignation from my struggle. I am as steadfastly opposed to the federal government as I was a decade ago. I learned at a young age what should be plain as day to anyone with a brain and a newspaper. I am glad that through the Dorner tragedy, the issue of Waco is coming back into public consciousness. Federal agents claimed that they "mistakenly" started a fire at the Brand Davidian church by launching teargas grenades. Waco was my personal point of enlightenment. I was a young child, 7 or 8 at the time, but relatively astute. I knew when I saw those flames rising that our government was comprised of thugs and murderers.
Dorner exposes the Waco lie. Teargas grenades spew massive ten foot billows of solvent out as they ignite. These are devices meant to light things on fire. The only reason they even contain teargas is so cops can wink and nod and claim "we were only using teargas" and give everyone some idea that they were intending a nonlethal consequence. Even keystone San Bernadino and LA county cops know that these things are for lighting buildings on fire. What makes those cops keystone is that they were not able to lie consistently about teargas grenades. The FBI and ATF at Waco kept the party line-- they were launching teargas. The fire was accidental. The county cops were dumb enough to call them "burners" on unencrypted radio, and scream "burn the motherfucker down" on live television. The illusion has been dispelled. Beyond this, the only difference between the murder of Dorner and the Waco massacre is that the seventysome men, women and children at Waco didn't even have the illusion that they could possibly be guilty of a crime.
Cops kill us. They kill our children. They destroy our families and lives. They ruin our businesses. They get away with outright murder, to say nothing of libel, perjury and evidence manufacturing. They are a graver threat to our civil liberties than any Al Qaeda extremist. They are terrorists.
David Koresh was not a drug manufacturer, which is the lie that the ATF used to get the funds necessary to start the Waco siege. David Koresh was not a child molestor, which is what they started saying when they lit his home on fire, to try to dissuade public support for those being murdered (the "for the children" libels always come out when all the other lies fail to capture the public's belief). Those at Waco made a grave mistake: they began printing their own currency, and people around the area began to accept it parallel to dollars. Their fates were sealed, their deaths assured the minute you could buy a loaf of bread with Branch Davidian bills.
Bitcoin was wisely drafted by a group of cypherpunks under a pseudonym. If they'd slapped their real names on it, they'd be dead or in prison right now. I lost my first fortune when the federal government destroyed e-Gold, an early alternative Internet currency.
So what is to be done?
In my early adolescence I lived in the Shenendoah valley. It was a magical time, where I pillaged teenaged girls and drank my fill of everclear from runs over the border to West Virginia gas stations and snorted piles of Oxycontin that seemed as large as the mountains we drove across. My primary girl was being threatened one day on IM by a girl from our school. The underlying reason was obvious: Zoe, my girlfriend, was gorgeous and possessed of a blazing, insane sort of mountain girl intelligence. I swear, she was half bear and half cat, like the lyric of "Rocky Top". The bullying girl was fat and stupid, and had poor skin likely borne of a burdgeoning methamphetamine habit. I remember chuckling and demanding the keyboard. I did what I did best on the Internet: whip people into a blind, frothing rage. The quick and mean-tempered wit that I'm known for today didn't remotely compare to teenaged me. My tongue has gone dull over the years.
The girl showed up half an hour later at the doorstep with a bat in her hand, belligerent and seeking violence. She felt empowered with a weapon in her hands. I waited for the bat to end its first arc, and I wrested it from her grip.
We saw the confidence melt from her face. The sight was so comical, we couldn't help but burst into laughter despite her initial intent to bash our faces in with a bat. She welled up with tears and ran away. There was no need for any retaliatory violence, as laughter is the sharpest sword of the righteous.
Our current crop of "law" enforcement thugs are no different than the methed out Appalachian trailer trash that tried to beat my girlfriend with a bat. They only feel powerful because 200 of them can show up to burn a single man to death without a trial. They cannot engage in dialogue. They do not know diplomacy. They only know libel, imprisonment and murder. Their advantage is in their numbers, like any mob. If you made them resolve disputes the way our heros of early America did, "in jungere duellum", they would display their underlying cowardice. They know they do not have God on their side. Their tools are that of gangsters, and they will continue using them as long as they have badges, cars, numbers and toys of militarism.
We must, as citizens, rend their toys of militarism from them and return these tools to the people. We must force law enforcement thugs to find employment in the private sector. They must integrate with our society, learn to value our God-given liberty and become decent, productive citizens. We must train communities to be self-reliant in protection so they do not need an external authority to rule them. Right now the sociopaths at the DHS are sitting on a stockpile of enough ammunition to put a bullet in every citizen's head a hundred times over. This is unacceptable. This is genocide in the making.
Let us pray for the souls of the wicked, be they LAPD, ATF, DHS or FBI. Let us work towards a world of peace and decency instead of thuggery and violence. I will gladly go to prison in defense of our liberties, if you will only ensure my work is continued when I am gone. It will take everyone acting in unison to fix this rotten nation and restore the authority of our divinely inspired Constitution.
Every breath I take is a breath towards a prison cell, but also, I pray, towards a revolution. Heavenly Father, I ask that you bless this country, and all of its people. Even the feds. Amen.
Several people asked if I'd go see "The Hobbit" with them. I declined in a rather cruel fashion, and they wondered what exactly what is up my ass on this subject. Let me make this clear: what the beast has done to Tolkien's work is a wickedness unto which no punishment could possibly set right.
When I was a kid The Lord of the Rings was one of my formative influences. It is a distinctly European work with the echoes of Nordic wisdom pervading throughout. I got the same feeling reading it as I did when I first read the Eddas. I knew this work was something magical, and I treated it with the reverence it deserved.
The most rapturous part of my reading of the books as a child was at the end of the trilogy. In Tolkien's version, the hobbits of the fellowship return to the Shire only to see it taken over by a snide old wizard controlling a horde of half-orcs. The hobbits do the only sensible thing that one would do when finding ones hometown infested by section 8 housing full of parasitic thugs, rapists and murderers: start a pogrom. At this point in the story, the hobbits are level 99 badasses with legendary equipment and these mongrel half-orcs are level 5 newbie fodder. The battle scenes are obviously not on the same tier as the rest of the books, but imagining the return of spirit to a broken people filled my heart with more joy than anything I ever knew.
This part of the story gives the entire book meaning. The most important end to the struggle is the setting right of their own community. It is the best part of the story and I can't shake the feeling that its removal was an act of censorship. The visualization of a violent pogrom in the Shire was a little too much for Hollywood to release.
"The scouring of the shire isn't relevant to the central story, and the hero's journey doesn't need to contain all the elements of the traditional tale," a disbeliever in my critique may say.
Let me give you another example: The Tortoise and the Hare. I'm sure you were read it as a child. It always seemed to me to be an idiotic story to encourage people to slave away endlessly for a statistically impossible hope that they are somehow getting ahead.
When I finally read the real story, I knew hundreds of millions of children were being robbed.
Europe rose to power with children being read the Brothers Grimm classic, "The Hare and the Hedgehog." It is sort of like the story with the tortoise in that the hedgehog challenges the hare to a race. However, instead of simply working hard, the hedgehog outwits the hare. The hare dies in the race, and then the hedgehog goes and loots his house for gold and liquor. Also somewhere along the way the hedgehog keeps his wife in line. I'm not making this up.
Slowly, all the things we give children to teach them about the world have been abridged. Promethian flame is being replaced with politically corrected filth. Even the works where the fire is subtle like Tolkien are in the process of being whitewashed. The youth of my generation were raised with bright Fischer Price colors and rounded corners surrounding costumed animals that never said anything that could upset anyone. I look around at my peers and know that they are truly useless. It is no wonder that other nations are outpacing mine in innovation.
The West is being dumbed down into absolute idiocy. As in Huxley's Brave New World, this is a carefully engineered scheme that starts with our children. They want us to forget every echo of the blood that beats within our veins, until we can be systematically conquered and killed.
Nothing will make me forget the way that Keats' unfinished epic tastes as it rolls off my tongue into the ears of loved ones.
Nothing will make me forget the tears I have shed over Handel's arias.
Nothing will make me forget the glory of Bernini's greatest sculpture mocking the disfigurement of a rotten whore.
Nothing will make me forget the most precious thing that I hold within me: the soul of old Europe.
Throw me in a prison. Tell me that I'm inferior to the Big Mac guzzling, top 100 listening, network TV watching pieces of waste you dare to call citizens. Tell me how I do wrong by embracing the values of my forefathers instead of the garbage you shoved down my throat at public schools.
Nothing will make me forget that I am better than you people.
And finally, nothing will make me forget that the end of the Lord of the Rings, the snide, wizardly manipulators and mongrel half-orcs get sent packing from the good old Shire. I know that's how my story is going to end too.
I'm federally indicted. Because I told my attorney, the fabulous Tor Ekeland, that I would no longer make comments on the circumstances of the case, I will only quote something I've already said in this Youtube video:
"It was June of 2010-- there was a public AT&T webserver ... No password, no firewall. It was leaking the customer records of iPad 3G users. I ensured the delivery of a sample of this data to a journalist because I feel if a big company puts you at risk, you deserve to know about it."
TechCrunch Disrupt is coming up. For a conference of people enthused about disruptive technology, my case should strike fear into their hearts. AT&T has admitted that the webserver in question was a public one. USC 1030, the statute of "unauthorized access" that I am indicted under, hinges upon the term "unauthorized".
Unauthorized is completely undefined in the law. In fact, the only sense that it seems to exist in my case is that AT&T defined what they made publicly available after the fact as unauthorized. This means that any time you click a link or visit a web form, if at any time after you do so the web operator decides they just don't like you, you're a criminal. They then can have the FBI kick in your door and throw you in solitary (as happened to me). They can also sue you-- USC 1030 is a civil as well as criminal statute.
You're all technically criminals under the law if I decide that I didn't want you reading this.
Of course, I doubt I'd find a US Attorney to indict you. This is the underlying problem in America-- there are different sets of laws for different sets of people. A well-deserved funeral dirge is being composed for the old world, but they want to get rid of everyone that dare scribe a note of it. I've scribed too many notes, and it appears my time is up.
I'm not Kim Dotcom. Nobody paid me for what I'm indicted for. I don't have a mansion and hundreds of thousands of dollars to blow on PR, development of a new business and legal expenses. When the FBI kicked in my door, I lived at the top of a run-down house with no furniture or air conditioning in the same town I was born in-- Fayetteville, Arkansas. It had broken windows and was sweltering in the Southern heat. I am now living off of charity, because my bail conditions make it impossible to be successful in my field:
I am not allowed to touch computers unless I submit them to the federal government for the installation of monitoring software. Of course, I am a old Linuxbeard deliverability guy and they only have monitoring software for Microsoft Windows. Oh well.
My employment has to be "pre-approved" by the federal court, which generally means they intimidate until an offer is rescinded.
I was never very money-motivated. I do what I do because I enjoy making great art, not because it makes money. I'm perhaps the world's most notorious Internet troll, and yet my technology is perhaps far less disruptive than much of yours. I now know that if I had been a thief I'd likely never have been charged, and if I had I'd have been able to pay for a good defense.
I am a poor country boy from Arkansas. I was born into nothing, and I had hoped to die one day with just enough to get an Airstream trailer and a Holstein cow that sat in a distant corner of my dreams. After a solid decade of federal stalking and harassment, followed by solitary confinement and beatings I have now given up hope on that.
I'd only like one thing, if you could kindly oblige. Perhaps as an exchange for the public service I provided, or at least for the laughter and joy many garnered when all the world's media from NPR to Chinese television talked about Goatse for a week. A final humble request before the anti-Constitutional terrorists we ironically call law enforcement shove me into a prison cell like they so gleefully desire.
I'd like that Crunchie statue, and a ticket to TechCrunch Disrupt.
Henceforwards yours in humble and faithful servitude, Andrew Escher Auernheimer ex-Analyst for Goatse Security (I looked at gaping holes all day, every day) @rabite
“We sit here threatened by tyrants both great and petty. They are plotting and scheming, a great beast of biblical proportions that would devour the world if gone unopposed.
Faced with the dissolution of everything we hold dear, we must become conspirators in a grand scheme: the ascent of man to perfection through the advancement of knowledge.
Our task is an ancient one, first accurately described in the poetic eddas of the pre-christianized norse. The norse had a god named loki, the greatest engineer of myth. Loki was the sole innovator of the norse gods. Mjolnir, the lightning-generating hammer of thor, was forged by loki. The flying ships of the norse gods-- designed by loki who subsequently outsourced their production to dwarves. In the first and greatest act of bio-hacking, loki birthed an eight-legged horse for odin, leader of the norse gods.
Then Odin's son, baldr, decided he was due the greatest hall, and greatest ships by no achievements and sole virtue of birth alone. Baldr was forcing the production of man without right and without due compensation. Loki was the sole opposition which gave baldr a thorough humbling.
The engineer is the first advocate of man. Bringer of light, to guide us to safety. Bringer of baptismal, promethean flame, to forge new ways of life. Agent of the Logos, to elevate reason above animal instinct.
The wicked of the world have built vast hegemonies through death, subjugation and theft. I say to you tonight, do not despair of this, because acts of cruelty cannot find collisions in hash algorithms. These men of paper backed lead projectiles will be supplanted as easily and quietly as instagram replaced kodak.
So let us say a dinner prayer for us to fulfill our duties on earth---
Let us pray for the catalytic vapor phase deposition of carbon to output thousands of miles of nanotube.
Let us pray for Thorium-232 to capture neutrons.
Let us pray for 10 terabit ethernet.
Let us sing the hymn of the body internetworked.
Because this is the way the old world ends:
with the soft tap of our keyboards
Because this is the way the old world ends
with the silent shuffling of registers in an FPGA
Because this is the way the old world ends
not with a bang
but a whimper”
I've got great friends that relay me wonderful stories of their belligerent assertion of their rights in various stages of the transportation process. I admire their fortitude at being held in rooms for hours on end. They present very real testimony to me that something very wrong is happening in this nation that we should all be fighting very hard to reverse. Rather than get detained in belligerence, however, I find it much more satisfying to undermine the morale of the footsoldiers of tyranny. The best way to do this is the way that Christ taught: with love and truth.
I just walked through security at SFO. As usual, I opted out of the cancer-causing DNA-unraveling body scanners. It was exceptionally busy, and the made the usual spectacle of yelling "opt-out" and asking me if I was really sure that I didn't want to risk cancer for their convienence.
Guy in gloves walks up to me, and I began my pitch. I think it was most impactful this time because I just got ordained and was inspired by the power of the holy spirit (as well as in my Sunday best).
"I want you to know, I'm a Mormon, and I am obligated to treat you with love and respect." "Well, thanks for that. Hold out your arms." I hold out my arms and let him get to work. "As I must treat you like my brother I want to let you know that I opted out just to tell you something-- I need you to go home and Google 3 words." "Oh yeah? What are those?" He moves to my torso. "Boston TSA cancer." "What?" "There's a statistically impossible cluster of cancer cases in TSA employees at the Boston airport. It won't be the first either. If you Google those words, you'll even find the TSA official response where the TSA is claiming that the cause isn't the body scanners. If it isn't the scanners, it must be something else, but they aren't letting the Boston TSA employees know. You work for a government agency that is letting its employees get cancer and won't tell them why." "Are you serious?" His voice is waivering. He's forgotten to give directions. I widen my stance so he can grope at my legs. "Dead serious. You see, I am opting out mostly so I can tell you this. I'm an engineer, and I do radiation safety as part of my profession. I could maybe even go through that scanner safely once or twice a year. If you could see in a different spectrum, this room would light up so bright you'd be blinded every time those machines go off. You get exposed thousands of times a day.You are not safe." "Its no more radiation than you get in a single plane flight...." He mutters the mantra of safety that his handlers have taught him as he puts my swab in his explosives detection machine. "Radiation isn't just how much, it is how fast. You know what would happen if you took a few days ambient radiation and exposed me to it in a fraction of a second? I'd be vaporized, that is what." He is pale now. "When you go home. Google 'Boston TSA cancer' and talk it over with your wife, your kids. I'm a priest at $WARD of $CHURCH if you'd like to discuss it with me more when I get back in a couple weeks. No job is worth a very real risk to your health. I've had good friends get cancer." The explosives detection machine beeps. "You're good to go. Grab your stuff." "Remember, Boston TSA cancer." "Boston TSA cancer," he repeats it back to me. I see him pull out his iPhone as I walk away.
That, my friends, is an elevator pitch for liberty.
Cory Doctorow gave a great speech at #28c3 called "The coming war upon general purpose computation" about all the various ways that the establishment is going to fear computers and continually attempt to abridge our freedoms. It is both well-spoken and rousing and I recommend you take a few minutes out of your day to watch it. Doctorow made some very salient arguments for the coming dangers to cognitive and computational freedom from other industries outside entertainment spanning everything from RF to agriculture. Everything he says about the coming establishment threats to your freedom is spot-on.
There's one statement he makes that leads him to a much rosier view than reality, and one which I think distorts the view of the future battlefield. If you take Doctorow's speech at face value you will believe that the battlefield is a bureaucratic one. It isn't. It is going to be a development race, and most of the people that should be running for their lives don't even realize that the starting gun has been fired.
Doctorow makes the statement that we don't know how to make a computer that will run only approved programs. This, sadly, is not even remotely true. These computers have been developed in quasi-secrecy, at great taxpayer expense.
Ever taken a look at the XTS series? The operating system, STOP, has the security subsystem in ring 0 and the kernel in a lower priv'd ring. This was far before the NX bit, which having an external security subsystem be in charge of these days could be catastrophic for programmers' freedom.... Most programs run on STOP systems were compiled for other platforms, but STOP offered a semblance of binary compatibility by having foreign binaries sandboxed in highly restrictive virtual machines. As you can imagine, this pretty much eliminated the malloc funny business. This all funded by the NSA's TPEP/TCB.
And this was the fucking nineties! This was etymology of the term "trusted computing", sourced of the military and intelligence complexes. Microsoft just used the term to conjure the proper images within heads of those in the know.
These subversions of computing have been designed, implemented, and mass-produced for the government, perfected over the course of 3 decades and ready for real commercial deployment. Every commercial OS vendor has an application signing process in place, there just needs to be a couple generations of new hardware with the stuff packaged in.
The technology to turn computers into objects of oppression already exist. So why aren't they implemented yet? The reasons are social. Imagine if you told every developer on earth that they had to use hilariously bad new APIs and syscalls that crippled performance, abstracted them away from their ability to write completely in languages they were familiar with and added precious weeks or months until shipment date. There'd be a universal revolt! No developer on earth would write anything for that platform.
If I were an oppressive state machine, I'd drop this bomb in 6 steps:
Start getting people used to devices that they think of first as things less than a computer and more of another sort of device first. Perhaps consumers could be coaxed to think of their computers as devices of more limited scope, like phones. Have people shed local storage for that in some wispy aether on the Internet. Make these devices exceptionally hip and well-advertised to encourage their widespread adoption.
Get developers producing software that's dependent upon an oligopoly of digital distribution points for sales. Make them beg for keys to the distribution channels, and begin subject them to approval processes to sell applications.
Progressively raise the cost of general purpose machines until number of people buying them (engineers, developers) is small enough to keep to a 'potential subversives' list. "Why do you need one of those fancy computers, son? The $TABLET lets you keep in touch with grandma via Facebook just fine!"
Implement subverting technology on the "general-purpose" machines but only make them spy on their users for now, executable blacklists to be activated on a timer at a future cut-off date.
Wait a little bit for the shoddily made modern computer parts with their planned obsolescence to fail. I know people with hard drives from the eighties that still spin. Do you think modern components actually need to be as unreliable as they are? After this nobody can buy non-free hardware.
Flip the damn switch! Now everybody is stuck on approved distribution mechanisms.
This dystopian vision is true in the epistemological sense, and the most probable future scenario. Somebody with an unfathomable amount of wealth has already begun to execute this process. If you think this isn't going to happen you are naive. Let me tell you this: Stallman, despite eating his own filthy toe jam in public is right about everything he's ever said. As jesuitx once said, Stallman is a modern-day Ezekiel (another filthy slob that couldn't keep a decent living arrangement), and everything he's ever said has turned out to be prophetically, nightmarishly true. If you are dependent upon an external party for your NIC or your CPU or your GPU, your very liberty and life are going to be threatened. Any piece of computing architecture that cannot be commonly replaced with a free (as in freedom) version will be used by imperialists furthering their own hegemonies. The community needs to make free hardware versions of these things within the next ten years, because it will be far more difficult to bootstrap these things when we are locked out of the modern computing landscape.
Those who trade liberty for the slickest UI/UX will have neither.
Praise the Lord, I'm going primetime! WFMU/WXHD will be playing my Christian spoken word art next Wednesday, the 7th from 7-8pm. That's 6 days from now!
There are working shoutcast/flash/asx/realmedia streams of varying bitrates at wfmu.org. Tell your friends and moms!
If you use that abomination in the eyes of the Lord known as "Twitter" you can tweet at me during the show: @rabite.
If you missed my show on the 20th, you can listen to the sermon on birth control here. I appreciate the dozens of you who tuned into the last show despite it being at absurd hours. I hope to have a lot more of you tuning in now that I am not at some sort of crackhead hour. There were a fair number of complaints from the station regulars about the last show, but I guess that's what happens when you tell the truth of the Lord to liberal ears!
In other news, thanks to the donations of tickets from a wonderful woman who works with the Met, I got to see Handel's Rodelinda Saturday night. I am a huge opera fan. Baroque opera is a breath of fresh air in a world where culture has decayed into degenerate garbage that I can't believe anyone at all can even stomach. I have been to so many operas I cannot remember them all, and many at the Met. Rodelina was by far the best opera I have ever attended. Much has been written about the Renee Fleming's performance (who is my second favorite soprano after Bartoli), but she was far outshined by the countertenor Andreas Scholl playing Bertarido. He stole the show, and is the single best countertenor I have ever heard live. His performance of "Dove sei, Amato bene?" made me weep.
It was not only a spectactular performance, but it was highly relevant in my life. Rodelinda is the story of the undying love of two people who have been torn apart by tyranny. I currently am kept from the one I love due to my current situation, and dove sei is a mournful aria about Bertarido's inability to see his love, Rodelinda, due to the tyrant which keeps them apart. It hit home. I miss my true love, and I know her discomfort with the situation is equal to mine. Ours is certainly a timeless, fairy-tale love of two from different and opposing worlds that echoes great literature and moments of history. It fits with my movie-esque life story for sure.
The met is bringing this performance of Rodelinda to theatres nationwide (and in Canada!) December 3rd. If you don't have plans on December 3rd, please for the love of all that is holy find a theatre near you that is playing it from the PDF on the Met website. Even my sleepy birthplace of Fayetteville, AR (pop: ~73,000) has a theatre carrying it so the vast majority of you will be able to watch it. Go see it, seriously.
There are working shoutcast/flash/asx/realmedia streams of varying bitrates. Tell your friends and moms!
If you use that abomination in the eyes of the Lord known as "Twitter" you can tweet at me during the show: @rabite.
This is sort of a training demo thing. I'll be getting a weeknight primetime-ish slot within a very short period. But I'm still going to have a lot of fun with this Sunday morning slot, which will allow me to bring the gospel of my Lord, Jesus Christ, to the many radio listeners in the New York City area. There are probably a lot of people out there listening at such an hour who need to receive the gospel.
Topics of discussion will include the urgent need to destroy the evils of birth control and abortion, how totally awesome the death penalty is, how sodomy undoubtedly sends someone straight to burning in hell, how an international cabal of Mammonites runs the financial system/defames christ/rapes children, and how, with all due respect to other creeds, Christ is the only one that can actually get you to paradise. Being a non-profit, listener-supported radio station, WFMU has an extremely liberal listener base spanning multiple continents and timezones and I'm sure they very urgently need this gospel. I can't wait to engage some of them in debate!
I will also be showcasing tunes from the Christian Identity movement and a small baptist church from Kansas.
I am currently being federally indicted for real, honest-to-god whistleblowing. A corporation exposed data to the public and I informed the public exactly how they were put at risk. Did I stick people's data up on a wiki? No. Did I invade anyone's personal privacy? No. I just did my best to inform people what risks they were exposed to so they could make personal decisions on how they could mitigate that risk.
Assange and his cabal of goons are sitting here dancing gleefully on a man's grave, making jokes about if he had AIDS or not. They claim to be whistleblowers, but they're really just attention whores. As a result, Assange awaits trial in a mansion with all the legal assistance he wants while I await it in an SRO and don't have the resources necessary to mount a legal defense.
Due to the limitations on my computer use (I can only touch one computermachine in the world) I need an audio production assistant. Responsibilities will include hitting a record button and basic audio editing. You will help prepare broadcasts to be heard by millions of listeners. I will let you co-host, if you so desire.
This is in Jersey City, maybe once a week for an hour or two max. Adobe Audition, Amiga, Logic, Ableton Live or previous radio experience a plus.
Well now! It seems from the comments on my last post (largely consisting of "where are you" and "where did you go" it seems that most of you do not follow the news. Which I can understand because the news is generally garbage. In case you were unaware, I got federally indicted. I was actually sending out posts from the joint (I did 40 days, quite biblical, and was released on February 28th and am now awaiting trial), but unfortunately the person I trusted to update my LJ turned out to be horribly untrustworthy in a whole array of ways. They flaked and never updated this so ya'll never saw what I was saying or my predicament. I've backdated the two major emails I wrote from Federal prison so they won't flood ur f-lists:
Up until a couple days ago my bail conditions prohibited me using the internet for basically anything, but now I can solicit donations for my legal defense fund going on at http://freeweev.info/. Please spread the word about it. It turns out defending yourself from the federal government takes a six figure sum of cash and they already stole everything I had. I am available for hire for copywriting/unix sysad/c perl and bash/deliverability/viral marketing consulting/welding/whatever if you know of anyone hiring in the NYC/North Jersey area or anything I can work remotely. I am going to trial. Wish me luck, and please send cash. I am facing a decade in prison if I don't get funds for a good legal defense.
I guess I should talk about life out on bail for a sec. I am broke as fuck but having a good time. There are a few pieces of ONTD fodder that have happened since I got out in February:
I met Karen Gillian (Amy from Doctor Who) on the rooftop bar at The Standard hotel in the packing district of Manhattan. We were the only people really dancing in the discoteque and when I see her up top on the roof she says in a heavy Scottish accent "always great to meet a fellow rocker". We get to talking and I tell her about my pending federal computer crime indictment. We end up in a long conversation about astrophysics and how the double-slit experiment is proof of a divine creator and she drags me to Hogs and Heifers and buys me shots of tequila. Thanks, Karen. I needed the sauce. I had never seen an episode of the new Doctor Who series but I have since seen Demon's Run and Let's Kill Hitler. It is some of the best television ever. Why did nobody tell me it was so great (besides this_is_not_art's hubby)?
Wyatt Cenac from the Daily Show and I were on the same radio show. I shook hands with him! I think he is the best Daily Show correspondent currently on the show. Rob Riggle however is still the funniest of all time.
Something about DSK. I was deliberately misquoted on the issue. They said I said "I dont want to say they trapped him, but it seems like there is more to the story". Among many other things presented by the journalist, this is not true. I said that "he didn't rape anyone" and it was "blatantly obvious Sarkozy set him up". Which turned out to be more or less the case, but the press at the time was trying to crucify Strauss-Khan. I thought the article in question was generally funny so I liked it but it just goes to show that media people always write what they want to write regardless of the truth. I was honored for the chance to defend Dominique when everyone else was slandering him. He could be one of the 144,000 blessed Jews written of in Revelations. I hope he becomes the President of France.
It is 9/11 and I live in the NYC area now, so it is kind of a big deal. I pray for all the Americans murdered during that historic tragedy and their families. Death would be too kind of an ending for those who were truly responsible for that great crime. I hope one day those involved are fully brought to justice.
For the time being, because I am heaven sent I am drived to a dive of low lives and low rent. I am in a sorta crappy condition objectively but my spirits are high and there is just so much to relay about my life as of late as of late that I don't even know how. I may not post anything else after this but just know that I love ya'll.
Oh, and if anyone has like, a spare smartphone plz hook it up.
gettin on the cross
lol thanks to some germanic hottie. i like how she perfectly captured the asymmetry of my nose. the beard is a little poofier than mine though.
i think its signed "die gedanken sind frei" whatever that means
<3iez, thank you
All this talk of sidereal in the mainstream media. I have been into the Jyotish forever. Ptolemy was spot-on but he missed precession. Anyways, this is something my birth chart said a while ago and it lols me:
Effect of Sun in your birth chart
You will be hard working and sincere and make wealth through own efforts. You will have capacity for organizing big events and things. You will do well in publicity too. You will earn good name and fame and will engage in charitable work. You will be religious and honest. On the negative side you will be too stubborn and rude in speech. You will not have a calming look on your face. Your facial expression will make your speech appear even more hurting. However the basic trend of your speech will be intelligent, bright and meaningful. You may face a risk to your life and limbs during your 25th year.
It even knows the year of my peril. Just gotta make it through. Keep on truckin!
Recently, Gawker.com got seriously hacked by some group calling themselves Gnosis. I saw no small number of media sources implying they deserved it for covering the AT&T information disclosure by Goatse Security. I feel there's a gigantic difference between these two events that needs to be discussed.
This event really stuck with me. Afterwards, I considered Gawker one of the media sources with utmost integrity. When the NYT makes a mistake on the frontpage the correction is in tiny print on page C30. Gawker held itself accountable to a level which few sources do, and I have to respect that. When they do wrong, they apologize.
What Goatse Security did was thought out to multiple degrees: * The data we gathered was not disclosed publicly (only to Ryan Tate), we wanted to LIMIT the public's exposure to risk, not add to it. I believe we were successful at pursuing that goal. * When a reporter (I forget whom) asked me if AT&T customers should replace their SIM cards, I answered negatively, as I did not feel that AT&T needed to have a bunch of paranoid customers demanding a new SIM. I felt, however, it was appropriate for some iPad owners (military, government and corporate leadership) to be able to be made aware of the issue that their iPad could be geolocated or have traffic intercepted. I thought that it was fair that the public know that if they did not check their email associated with the iPad ICC-ID, they could not be coaxed into clicking a malicious PDF link that could have allowed an attacker to takeover their iPad. Issues like this are important for people to be able to mitigate. * I don't know. I said some inappropriate things about AT&T and the iPad, but that was only after AT&T called us malicious (which I did not feel was fair to us). I was defensive and ran my mouth a little too freely in response. I regret that. The comments these kids made in their readme file were straightforwardly mean from the very beginning.
Were some comments at Gawker ill advised and perhaps invited attack? Yes. I have made a lot of ill advised statements myself in the past, and cannot possibly throw a stone at them for that. The fact remains, Gawker is a cool bunch of people and one of the few journalist outlets which truly make a good effort to be fair and still get the bleeding edge of stories. They are a valuable resource to society, and I give them props for that.
The public disclosure of Gawker user emails and passwords is wrong. I feel really bad for them. The people who did this crossed a line into maliciousness that makes me sad. It is terrible, and I feel that they should come forward and apologize.
In this jpeg I make some statements regarding furries and Martin Luther which very firmly establish that the search of my home was based on objections to my speech. Calls for furry exterminations within. I am officially a martyr for the first amendment. Please sing Tool's "Eulogy" a cappella in my honor.
I like how I get quoted about defending Western virtues in the document that's being used to persecute me. I think that means I get to be a senator someday.
Many of DynCorp's employees are ex-Green Berets and veterans of other elite units, and the company was commissioned by the US government to provide training for the Afghani police. According to most reports, over 95 percent of its $2 billion annual revenue comes from US taxpayers.
And in Kunduz province, according to the leaked cable, that money was flowing to drug dealers and pimps. Pimps of children, to be more precise. (The exact type of drug was never specified.)
Since this is Afghanistan, you probably already knew this wasn't a kegger. Instead, this DynCorp soiree was a bacha bazi ("boy-play") party. Bacha bazi is a pre-Islamic Afghan tradition that was banned by the Taliban. Bacha boys are eight- to 15-years-old. They put on make-up, tie bells to their feet and slip into scanty women's clothing, and then, to the whine of a harmonium and wailing vocals, they dance seductively to smoky roomfuls of leering older men.
After the show is over, their services are auctioned off to the highest bidder, who will sometimes purchase a boy outright. And by services, we mean anal sex.
Notice how much better and more moral things were under the Taliban. Everywhere American Imperialism goes, it fosters rot and social decay.
Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that the Vatican felt "offended" that Ireland failed to respect Holy See "sovereignty" by asking high-ranking churchmen to answer questions from an Irish government commission probing decades of sex abuse of minors by clergy.
The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See also condemned the leaks and said in a statement that the Vatican and America cooperate in promoting universal values.
At least he's being somewhat honest there... but I don't particularly find kidfucking a value I find universal.
Degenerates. Someone unload a stream of lead on these motherfuckers already.
And if you speak about the evil that the government does The Patriot Act'll track you to the type of your blood They try to frame you, and say you was tryna sell drugs And throw a federal indictment on niggaz to show you love
STRAIGHT OUT OF AN IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE SONG! THIS SHIT ACTUALLY ALL HAPPENED TO ME.
Give me revolution, or give me death! I long for solutions, I won't die like the rest! This world of delusions I will protest!
Who wants to bow to a lifeless, cold Jesus That all of the preachers have painted their way? They hold their revivals, yet worship their idols Serve God in title but to mammon they slave. But the Jesus that I know stood up to rival And calls His disciples to come do the same.
Originally, I was outraged by your prosecutorial efforts against me and my associates, and extremely shaken up due to the unjust search of my home, in multiple violations of the Fourth amendment. I believe that the emotional stress caused by my multiple-day solitary confinement without cause, and the accumulated effect of previous harassment by the government lead me to treat you less respectfully than I should have. However, recently I was at the law library, my usual resource for ethical guidance, and I started reading Thomas Paine. There, I experienced a revelation as to how to best proceed in dealing with your actions.
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” - Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government
I’m writing to help clarify the situation in which we continue to find ourselves. It appears, despite the obvious facts surrounding the events, that you are continuing to attempt my legal prosecution. While information security experts worldwide (many of whom your department hire as expert witnesses), law analysis groups, consumer affairs groups and lay citizens continue to support me, you still investigate me for some alleged obscure criminal act. While I generally support your mission, Lee, I think you’re being lead astray by a desire for professional distinction.
I am sure that you are probably under great pressure to produce something, as evidenced by your use of quasi-legal means such as your questionable search warrant, the ensuing negative publicity for your office and name, and the growing number of people asking why you are doing this. These influences upon your judgments are of no matter; ultimately, you will be held accountable to the people for your actions. I’m sure that the strain is beginning to take a toll on your personal and professional relationships, and as I am, and always have been, a supporter of the United States’ government, I’d like to offer some friendly advice before irreparable damages from your errors spread to other aspects of the Department of Justice.
Here are the options available to you, and my advice for each:
1. Continue holding Grand Jury sessions and force an indictment. I can in no way advise this as it will harm your professional reputation and force the Department of Justice to engage in the manufacture of evidence. Social responsibility has always been at the core of everything we do at Goatse Security, and this will be extraordinarily obvious at a trial. Goatse has done large amounts of documented work in project areas such as combating safe havens for pedophiles worldwide, protecting US infrastructure, and keeping US citizens safe from Russian and Chinese organized crime. The DoJ has also pursued these projects, quite well at times, but we should work together for a common goal instead of fighting for territory, and wasting our fiscal and legal resources. At Goatse, we do not have a large advertising budget like the DoJ and FBI; our publicity comes from citizen recognition of national stewardship and skillful work. I hope that you don’t see this as competition to your own great work in the area, but allow me to communicate that I believe that we could both do better
2. Stop this investigation. Given the vulnerable position the DoJ is in as a result of your actions, you may be required to resign. I am very sorry for this prospect, but there are many great opportunities available for you in the private sector, and just because you will not be employed by the people at large does not mean that you will not be able to help make the country a better, safer and healthier place for us all to enjoy. We at Goatse give back, with daily volunteer work, which we are able to accomplish in our free time due to the gains we make by working in the private sector. We find this the most healthful and heartiest form of patriotism, as it not only allows total agency and freedom of choice, so that citizens can give in the ways they are most capable, but also minimizes bureaucratic costs we all bear as brothers and sisters in this great nation.
3. Publicly accept assistance from Goatse Security. While the smear campaign your agency has launched against Goatse and myself personally may make this difficult, I’m sure that fully disclosing the rationale behind it would secure the public’s forgiveness and understanding for you and the DoJ. Lest it go unsaid, a friendly hand extended in partnership would earn Goatse’s respect and forgiveness as well. As always, we are more then happy to work with you hand in hand for a stronger country. If you are unable to do this for political reasons, we understand but we would not want you to dishonor your family or the legal education they’ve helped you attain by making choices which are wrong. AT&T needs to be held accountable for their insecure infrastructure as a public utility and we must defend the rights of consumers over the rights of shareholders.
I pray for you, Lee. I pray for you to see wisdom in your actions, and pray for you to be guided towards righteousness. I advise you to discuss this matter with your family, your friends, victims of crimes you have prosecuted and your teachers, for they are the people who would have been harmed had AT&T been allowed to silently bury their negligent endangerment of United States infrastructure.
To whomever was trollin ZDnet: Sorry for poppin your troll and getting your article pulled. It would have been a great headline and could have definitely gone viral. Don't attach my name to your shit. I do not want to dilute my brand with false claims, association with 4chan or notions of criminal activity. I would have given you some tips on spinning if you'd have talked to me about it.
Seriously, I did not feel good about this, but I sorta had no other option. Talk to me before you drop my name to reporters on a story in the future. =[
If you just want to see the section that mentions us (not recommended, because the whole presentation is very good!), skip to video 2/4, at 14:26. It bleeds into the 3rd video. He outlines all our XPS-related work. Samy is one of those researchers I hold in super high regard, and it is an honor that he mentions us. OMG.
Somebody actually hacked into our emails, so that made our red flags go up. We’re in a new age and that’s a sign: Wake up motherfucker. You have to be more careful with your shit. That’s all there is to it. I know what’s up now.
Squid is an extremely amazing piece of caching proxy software. I know some of you people like Varnish, but you seem to be accepting extremely irritating constraints on practical maintenance in return for 1.5% of extra performance at best. Personally, if you are so frustrated with Squid that you have to kowtow to Norwegian aspies you have done something wrong in your process of configuring Squid. On anything 10gigE or less I consistently see bandwidth at peak far before Squid runs out of CPU.
Part of the reason people bounce back and forth between various caching solutions is that there is no easy documentation of how to do what most of the dissatisfied people wish to do with Squid: not give all of your money to Akamai. So if you have a shitton of UGC and have acquired some cheap unlimited dedi to offload the majority of your UGC bandwidth usage to, this is for you. An idiot can even do this, and you will be able to afford your bandwidth bills even as your website goes into the Alexa top 1000 range. If you control one of the websites I love, please make sure they keep running in the event of my temporary or extended absence.
"The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex."
People on the chats ask me what I'm going to do when all my legal troubles are over.
I'm not a planner. I never think ahead. People think I come up with shit through hard and long thought and it is all premeditated. I don't really have motives or goals. The answer is, who the fuck knows? There's a passage from the Tao Te Ching that indicates my underlying philosophy:
Act without doing; work without effort. Think of the small as large and the few as many. Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.
I do what I can right now, with whatever is in front of me. Fluidity is key. I take advantages of all opportunities. I don't try to create them, I just let them flow to me. My eyes are my guide. Seeing is believing.
I learned this being a trader. Every time I try to speculate, I get fucked real fuckin' bad. I learned I'm really not too smart, and the key to being a prophet is to talk about what is happening right in front of you. A sucker thinks prophecy is predicting the future. Nothing ever came out of the mouth of Jesus, Mohammed, Moses or anybody else important other than criticism of shit that was happening in their time and vague statements which were completely obvious. Even if your predictions become correct, they usually aren't correct on the timeline you think they'll be. The Adam Smith adage rings true, "the market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."
I think the Warren Buffet one is better though, "Beware of nerds, bearing charts."
03:53 <&weevil_> you know what worries me 03:53 <&weevil_> that christ is going to rise again 03:53 <&weevil_> and hes going to see all the furries masturbating in their parents basements 03:53 <&weevil_> to drawn pictures 03:53 <&weevil_> and hes going to be like 03:53 <&weevil_> "i went on the cross... for this?" 03:53 <&weevil_> and hes going to be utterly disgusted and resentful for sacrificing for us 03:54 <&t12> agree 03:54 <&t12> all degenerate losers cursed to basements for eterernity 03:54 <&t12> thats why hell is underground 03:54 <&t12> closeest place to moms basement god could come up with