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Hackers for Charity & the strategic importance of third world equatorial presence for hackers - Andrew Auernheimer
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Hackers for Charity & the strategic importance of third world equatorial presence for hackers
So hacker-philanthropist Pilgrim spent a week in Uganda evaluating the charitable efficacy of Johnny Long's Hackers for Charity. The evaluation is hugely positive, and HFC is an excellent target for those of you who believe humanitarian efforts in Africa are a good philanthropic effort.

I personally could not care less about humanitarian efforts in Africa, but I still think the hacking community should heavily support Johnny's charity work. The reason for this is of strategic importance for hackers. Equatorial nations are going to skyrocket in importance with some upcoming developments in materials science. It is of the upmost importance to the community that it maintains a presence in equatorial Africa that is well-liked by the local populace, particularly in the nations of Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia.

Even if APM (atomically precise manufacturing) does not appear in our lifetimes (it almost certainly will) vapor phase deposition processes are improving to the point where soon we will be able to make carbon nanotubes of an arbitrary length. When this happens it is only a matter of time before someone uses them to connect objects in space to the Earth. This is called a space elevator. Space elevators have to be placed perfectly at the equator, or the wobble introduced from the centripetal force of the Earth's rotation will destroy whatever is at the upper end of the cable.

There are 14 countries along the equator. Some of these nations are architecturally bad choices. For example, the Maldives are coral islands and would eventually break under the stress of the pull of an elevator. Some of these nations are bad candidates for subversion. Brazil, as the Earth's 7th largest economy, is too big to sufficiently influence in our favor. It will build its own space elevator, and eventually become a global superpower as a result. Gabon has already been brought under the influence of a group of venture capitalists (given which group it is, probably for the same purpose I am thinking of here) with far more resources and political power than we will be able to muster. After examining the political and economic realities of equatorial nations, the only ones that seem reasonable for us to build influence in are the three I named above.

I have for years been speaking of the need for a hacker state. Hackers are the most persecuted people on the planet. The United Kingdom is now upping sentences for computer crime to life. Many hackers have been forced into suicide or murdered by state authorities. As the global population of hackers is really quite small, realistic estimates are that we are talking a casualty rate of 0.1%, and between two and three percent of us have been wrongfully imprisoned. If hackers were an ethnic group, the UN would be declaring a humanitarian crisis. Hackers are a nation unto themselves, and the world powers are unwilling to respect our liberties. It is time for an organized exodus to new territories.

In my private speeches on this issue I have repeatedly highlighted the importance of an equatorial location. The reason is that with the advent of APM, physical structures become merely an echo of data structures. Certain things are possible on the equator that are not possible elsewhere. Not just space elevators, but OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion). When APM is a reality, constructing these things will be a dirt-cheap software engineering problem. The hacking community must begin placing communities in equatorial nations immediately.

Johnny Long's presence in Uganda is buying our community a lot of goodwill among the Ugandan people. His compound is located by Jinja, on the shore of Lake Victoria, meaning you can swim south from his house to get to the equator. This is an ideal strategic location for hackers to develop a presence. The other place we really need to be is in coastal Somalia, between Jamaame and Kismaayo. HFC is a charity that urgently needs a lot of assistance. Those hackers that hold jobs at major technology and financial firms should encourage their corporate entities to cut much larger checks.
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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC) (link)

Not only the equator

The poles of the planet could also work for a space elevator.
weev From: weev Date: November 2nd, 2014 12:20 am (UTC) (link)

RE: Not only the equator

You can't build a space elevator anywhere other than the equator. The elevator is held up by centrifugal force from the rotation of the Earth. It is only at the equator that that centrifugal force is upwards. At the poles, the centrifugal force is entirely horizontal.
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2014 01:10 am (UTC) (link)

why strategic?

Why would there be demand for more than one or two space elevators and why would they lead to geopolitical power? It's just a cheap way to get stuff up into space. It's analagous to currently having one of the few rare earth metals mines or one of the few large titanium forges used for making warplane chassis. Profitable but not too big a deal.
weev From: weev Date: November 3rd, 2014 07:28 pm (UTC) (link)

RE: why strategic?

the majority of warfare in the future will not occur on the surface of the earth, but in space. as the majority of battles are in space, the military budgets of all world powers will bid up the cost of space elevator time. there will be several elevators, and there will be no end to the demand for their use, particular because corpseless space warfare between automatons has very little backlash from public opinions. drones right now make corpses and almost nobody cares. people will care even less when space drones are killing space drones.

I just looked at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's numbers on military spending, and then looked at various self-reporting mechanisms on fuel spending by the corresponding national authorities such as DoD. generally 0.3 to 0.4 percent of all military spending is fuel, let's say 3/4 of that is transit. so in the future about 0.1% of all military spending will involve space elevators. however, elevator transit is actually a rarer commodity than fossil fuels and their various alternatives. market demand will bid these things up to a multiple of that. also, space drone combat will not involve the costly human resources expenditures of previous war campaigns (we actually spend more on perpetual entitlements for former soldiers than we do on actual warfare) so spending will increase on hardware and transit even more.

likely number for total military spending involving space elevators will probably be around 0.7% of all military budgets. maybe as high as 1.2%. even assuming military expenditures still involve entitlements and the ratio of spending on hardware and transit stays the same, a conservative estimate of military spending on space elevator time is around 20 billion dollars a year in today's dollars, even before space commerce and industry enters the picture.

that's a big fucking pile of money.

beyond this, there are specific tactical advantages to entering space at a specific location relative to earth. if country x can only put up space drones from brazil and country Y can do it from brazil *and* africa, country Y wins war for space dominance.

Edited at 2014-11-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 3rd, 2014 11:38 pm (UTC) (link)

this is a good one

Can you tell me why the hacker community should step up to support a 100% faith-based charity that, to date, has done little else than support the residence in Uganda of a burnt-out hacker and his family?
It's actually quite funny to see you, of all people, support a 100% faith-based charity :)
weev From: weev Date: November 4th, 2014 03:35 am (UTC) (link)

RE: this is a good one

The aid work that Johnny is doing is saving lives amongst the local populace. Now an independent member of the hacking community has travelled to Uganda and directly witnessed the benefit Johnny's work there does. Disputing the humanitarian acts that Johnny is engaged in is a sign of your intellectual dishonesty.

I live in Lebanon right now. Absolutely no members of the local populace practice my religion. However, I'm not going to deny the contributions that they make. I am not Shia but I am thankful to Hezbollah for making sure I am safe from ISIS and the Zionist scum occupying Palestine. I am not Sunni, but I can be recognize the work of Sunnis that made Internet available in my home right now. I do not care if Johnny is running a faith-based charity. That doesn't change the fact that he is doing charity right now.

Personally, I do not really care about the lives of people living in Africa. However, I have outlined in the above post why it is strategically useful to have a presence in Uganda that the local populace is friendly to. For many years now I have been advocating coastal equatorial Somalia as a target for our operations. For those same years I have been suggesting that we simply move in with guns and kill everyone in sight. Few in the community are willing to kill to garner our sanctuary. My preference of slaughter is outweighed by community consensus. Everyone feels it is best that we pursue the aid method and garner goodwill from local populaces of states we are attempting to integrate into. Obviously there is disagreement there, but I feel that equatorial Africa is a very good target and have felt this way far before I knew what Johnny was doing. We do not yet have anyone in Somalia. Somalia is superior only from the approach that if we build a state there, we can use OTEC in the ocean for cheap power. However, Somalia is so lawless and violent that we would need to kill a lot of people to garner a presence there. As it stands, Uganda is a good compromise, and I support what is being done there.

Edited at 2014-11-04 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 4th, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC) (link)


If I have to sign up for a somewhat permanent email service to setup a site that will definitely cause "disruption", what email service(s) would you suggest, security/free speech wise?

sorry for the bother.
weev From: weev Date: November 4th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC) (link)

RE: unrelated

buy a domain in bitcoin, a vps in bitcoin, use tor and someone else's wifi the whole time, set up your own MTA on your own domain, have it keep everything in ramdisk and not log
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 5th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Just an FYI. My understanding of space elevators is that they do not have to be anchored (in fact anchoring them would lead to nasty potential problems). The best candidate would be out in international waters. This would also allow anyone constructing the space elevator an enormous amount of potential legal freedom compared to anchoring it on land. You should read the Millennial Project by Marshal Savage. He's an early proponent of seasteading and how it relates to Space Colonization.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 23rd, 2015 11:57 pm (UTC) (link)


A skyhook does not require an equatorial location.

By the way, your conjecture about creating strategic advantage for hackers decades hence as a result of actions taken by this charity today, is silly. No-one can predict the future in detail more than a few years out, so a prediction concerning events 10-20 years from now, based on the goodwill supposedly earned from some savages today, assuming they even know what a hacker is, is almost certainly going to be wrong.
weev From: weev Date: October 24th, 2015 01:36 am (UTC) (link)

RE: Skyhook

1) a space elevator is different than a skyhook.
2) hackers should have established presences all over the planet. How are you going to have places to conduct military assaults from?

go whine elsewhere
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