Archive for October, 2005

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October 27, 2005

Here, have a fragment of a fictional magzine entry. Probably full of typos, but I was in one of those moods. The guy being interviewed is someone close to Adrian, deceased at the opening of the story.

AN INTERVIEW WITH A KNIGHT OF ATLANTIS.

Madaline Coiner, Space issue 73

Considering his elusive nature, avoiding the regular press for vanity articles and self publicity and refusing photos, most people are surprised by the way Tim Cargadge, more commonly known as ‘Gyger’ appears in the flesh. Neither unattractive or shy, the man has a presence that lights up any room he steps into, enough to make us wonder why he confines so much of his interactions with the world to the electronic. Patron of the underground network Atlantis, leader of the organization known as the White Crown Court, most famous for ending the mircoswarm ‘Nanoplaugue’ that cost the continent countless lives, Space Magazine are privilaged enough to have been granted his first wide-press interview this year.

S- So, Mr Cargadge, what has the man who saved the world been doing with himself lately?

G- I don’t know, you’ll have to ask him when he appears. But really, I didn’t save the world. My friends and I just dealt with a few critical errors. The world isn’t saved yet. But to answer your question, most of my time is spent working with the rest of the Whitecrown, or otherwise helping the community around the Atlantis network. Oh, Gyger is probably easier for you to type than Mr Cargadge, you don’t need to bother with the formalities for my sake.

S- Alright. I think most of our readers would agree that you’re very modest about the Nanoplague incident.

G- Maybe. But it’s not a problem I solved by myself, and it’s not something I think I should profit from. We didn’t do it for the money or for the fame or notority. We did it because it needed to be done. That ideology is pretty much missing in most celebrities so I guess it might be surprising none of us are really capitalizing on the exposure in a way most people notice. If one beautiful day I can look at the world and there’s nothing I need to do, then I think I can really kick back and say ‘Gyger, you did a good job.’ But that’s for later.

S- What projects have you been working in since? Or is that confidential?

G- No, there’s nothing secret. If there’s one good thing that can be seen from coming the Nanoplague, it’s that it made the public reassess the power the hacker community have in their hands, and not just in the negative sense in the way that Beacon’s betrayal of its users brought on the hardline paranoia we live in today. Nobody knows what made the microswarms malfunction, even now five years down the line. But we do know that it was the hacking community that put a stop to it, making us masters of our own technology. It’s this that I’m working on. A lot of hackers are ostracized for the activities of crackers, frauds and other people who abuse the tools we made for their own personal material gain or the satisfaction of material gain. The authorities try to deal with these people but the only way they manage it is through blanket obligations, with innocent people prosecuted for nothing more than data exploration and personal, intellectual growth. Outsiders can’t fix a community, they can only try to hammer it into the shape they want. The only thing that can heal its wounds is the community itself. And that is what the Whitecrown is doing.

S- So you’ve turned vigilante?

G- If you want to call it that. But we’re not dealing out violence in exchange for misdemeanors. People need to learn, and we’re teaching them. Problems are being dealt with before they arise, directing them into more useful outlets. There’s a lot of talent out there that goes to waste. We do have links to the authorities, there is a trust relationship between us and the police. Even though they do understand that we hold ethics in higher regard than the letter of the law, data and resources are shared and for the most part we’re being trusted to deal with out own affairs. That’s a big step forward, that trust. When crackers run against the corporate owned Net, they’re open to excessively brutal countermeasures. The corporations have taken the law into their own hands and their money doesn’t just talk, it commands. When people manage to slip through, the police still get involved but the random, sweeping bigotry against computer pioneers is finally starting to give, and more of us can sleep safe at night.

Some more another time. I just felt like bashing this out.

Some wider reading

October 27, 2005

Just started looking at this, but you might find it of interest.

The E-publishing version of ‘The Hacker Crackdown’

Enjoy.

(Found through a Boingboing article on one of the author’s other books.)

Stumble Stumble

October 25, 2005

Chapter two is moving slowly, I think because I’m worried I’m being too pretentious with all this flashback stuff… Trying to get subtle, fractured dreamy images of specific life events is hard as you have to get the right line between ‘What the hell is going on’ and ‘Slap in the face obvious.’

Still the next one is a little more direct as it’s dialogue driven rather than sensation so I should be able write it more easily. It will be nice for there to be characters other than Adrian back in it again soon. Yes.

Need to find some more names though, that’s always annoying…

Ah well, crash and sleep soon, I think.

By the way, Lady Grey tea is wonderful. It’s one of my favorites now. Liquid Zen of the cleansing balancing kind, instead of the comforting like normal tea or india spice chai. (Wittards English Rose, Whoever makes it’s Green Energy, and any kind of pepermint tea (Especially the Tazo one) Also fall into this category for me.)

I’ve been heating up the mug before I make tea and everything, when I’m too lazy to make a pot. This is how we make propper tea.

(Green Dragon’s Sechuan chicken noodles are also a thing of lovely. And have very nice pacaging. But my cupboard is worrying full of instant noodles again now, so I need to use more of them.)

Laters.

Systems Announcement

October 24, 2005

We appologise for the lack of updates. It appears Author-subject K.Coope was temporarily disconnected from her motivation and memory of this blog. Hopefully this problem has been rectified and normal service will resume shortly.

In the meantime, please direct your browers to a more interesting vista here.


The (non-existant) Interferance Sysadmin.