Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI
Stick’em with the pointy end
Virtual and not so Virtual Space
Be Still my Bleeding Heart …
The Never-ending Privacy Battle
The Many Sides of Bitcoin
Cyber Jihadists
Hacker Gangs
The New Old War
The Sacred Executioner
Scripting Aphrodites
Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI I recently purchased the Cirago USB Bluetooth/Wifi combo to use with my raspberry pi. All things considered, I am quite pleased. Being reasonably versed in google-fu, helped, of course. Since I want the freedom to do some mobile tinkering, I need to access the pi sans a lan. That, and my latest wild hair project […]
Stick’em with the pointy end Since I have been spending a great deal of my time playing in the field of 3D design and printing, I have only recently stumbled upon, and had time to read, “Privacy for Me and Not for Thee,” penned by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, a human rights activist whom I first encountered in the virtual world […]
Virtual and not so Virtual Space Not long ago, someone asked if I liked 3D printing better than virtual worlds. The short answer is, equally but differently.
Be Still my Bleeding Heart … “Secure web servers are the equivalent of heavy armored cars. The problem is, they are being used to transfer rolls of coins and checks written in crayon by people on park benches to merchants doing business in cardboard boxes from beneath highway bridges. Further, the roads are subject to random detours, anyone with a screwdriver […]
The Never-ending Privacy Battle This brings me back to the Hundredpercent American. To some extent he is a pet of mine. I have always rather liked him, because he has some promising qualities. For instance, he has enormous hospitality. I used to feel personally complimented by the amazing warm-hearted hospitality showered on me by Americans. […] When I realized […]
The Many Sides of Bitcoin Pariah, darling, or somewhere in between. Bitcoin has continued to linger in the daily media spotlight since the shuttering of darknet’s black-market drug bazaar, Silk Road, and the subsequent announcement of the arrest of its alleged owner, Ross William Ulbricht (aka DPR), on October 2, 2013. Media mavens have long cast bitcoin as a sort […]
Cyber Jihadists “We’re facing a very great threat of loosely-coupled, organizational networks that increasingly rely on IT infrastructure to coordinate their movements and recruit young disenfranchised, apathetic guys as suicidal pawns in a sophisticated, dispersed movement. (…)” (AHM, Usenet, September 21, 2001)
Hacker Gangs Meet Jim Script Kiddie (skiddie). He is the guy (usually in his early to mid teens) who comes into a hacker forum, asking inane questions like, “how can I be a hacker?” He also tends to over-indulge in “hacker speak” making him look pretty much like a moron to seasoned (and not so) computer netizens.
The New Old War In 1956, FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover initiated a program, code-named COINTELPRO (counter intelligence program) ushering in what would become the mainstay for how intelligence communities dealt with domesitic affairs. The sole directive of this program was “to expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” the activities of various dissidents and their leaders.
The Sacred Executioner In his book, “The Sacred Executioner,” Hyam Maccoby notes: “A figure in mythology that has received little attention is that of the Sacred Executioner. […] By taking the blame for the slaying, he is performing a great service to society, for not only does he perform the deed, but he takes upon himself the blame […]
Scripting Aphrodites On Wednesday, April 13, 2006, 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin was reported missing by her father. Investigators thought she may have been abducted by someone she met online. Oklahoma law enforcement suspected her abductor might be heading just across the border to Texas and requested Texas issue an Amber alert.
image Mini ‘how-to’ Bluetooth/Wifi combo for Raspberry PI
image Stick’em with the pointy end
image Virtual and not so Virtual Space
image Be Still my Bleeding Heart …
image The Never-ending Privacy Battle
image The Many Sides of Bitcoin
image Cyber Jihadists
image Hacker Gangs
image The New Old War
image The Sacred Executioner
image Scripting Aphrodites

Things That Go Bump on the Net

The Internet, by its very nature, provides a means for individuals from around the world to come together to share societal, political, religious, and other views. The court of public opinion is migrating (some might say, leveled) to online communication. In an increasingly mobile society, this is the new community, the new frontier.

The greatest challenge being the first rule of netiquette, “Remember the Human.”

This can be a difficult task when one feels provoked or otherwise injured. This is particularly so on the Internet. Where written communication is tenuous at best and misunderstood at worst. Where humanity is often stripped bare and vulgarity can be transmitted with the ease of a keystroke. Where the type of self-control we would generally exercise, were we face to face, seems to fly out the window in response to the slightest provocation. This seems especially so, when a cause (any cause) is involved.

While the debate has raged fast and furious in peer reviewed journals, courtrooms, universities, and the media, a little spoken of quintessential aspect is ever present. It is in fact, a very real, albeit dark, aspect of the Memory Debate. What I often refer to as the underbelly of the beast. The Memory War beast, that is. And those on all sides participate in this aspect. And so it was, and so it is, and so it shall be. The Internet has simply added a new medium in which to partake of an age old practice.

This is where things go bump on the net.

It is where the secrets are kept. Except perhaps in low e-whispers on the back channel and in private forums. It is an extension of real-world cliques, where gossip is the norm and those who are not in the club (a cult by any other name) are not only out, but dangerous and not to be trusted. Where prevarication runs rampant. Here, monsters and agents and spies are abundant, and loom larger than life. Here, there is no room for balance. There is no in between. And there is no life outside of the Internet. Anyone who thinks otherwise is most assuredly suspect. Above all, this is the place no one talks about. At least not publicly. It is, after all, considered bad form.

For survivors, it has the familiarity of a well-worn coat, where silence is golden, and powerlessness flourishes. Here, fear and hatred are lovers, distrust their bastard child, and the cause (any cause) is the ties that bind. At its most benign, it is toxic, and at the very least, it should come with a Surgeon General’s warning: “May cause one to loose their composure and engage in publicly embarrassing behavior.”

What is it that compels otherwise responsible and caring adults to act out destructive and hurtful behavior towards complete strangers? Are people living out some childhood fantasy where monsters and superheroes are real? Have we lost our minds and our humanity? Or have we simply become cynical in the face of the debate?

I cannot say that I know the answer. What I do know, is that I too, stand guilty of having partaken of this toxic elixir. I moved from being considerate of other travelers on this road we call life, to the point of being hurtful towards complete strangers. I regretfully engaged less than admirably, be it knee-jerking offensive and unnecessary remarks, taking gnarly verbal swipes, flaming, or otherwise inappropriate behavior. Somewhere along the way, I cast aside my integrity and stooped to the very behavior I found so appalling. I became the very thing that I so despised. And those who have fallen under the lash of my e-tongue will not likely forget. At least not any time soon. Words can and do hurt.

Thus, I am once more reminded of the first rule of netiquette. Perhaps it is time to return to the days of old and “Remember the Human.”