Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Not to go all activist on you or anything…

January 9, 2006

Actually, sod it, I’ll talk about that when I know more. But I’m keeping my AOL ad ranting. Sorry about the edits, guys.

(UK centric rant ahead), I’m sick of seeing that ‘SOME PEOPLE SAY THE INTERNET IS A BAD THING :O’ AOL ‘advert’ on the TV (What is it advertising, anyway? That AOL is safe because it doesn’t let you get at the whole big bad internet? Or that AOLers are really inteligent and we should stop using it as a negative stereotype? What?) And, the ‘George Orwell was RIGHT’ line annoys the hell out of me because uh, THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THE INTERNET IN 1984! Surveilence != Internet. CCTV, phone tapping, PEOPLE all do that as well as the internet. 1984 is an overused example as it is (even if it is brilliant) so it would be nice if it could at least be used somewhere that’s appropriate. Hell, considering aside from the identity theft bit, it’s talking about people having complete freedom to do what they want (and of course this boils down to porn and selling babies on ebay, apparently.) surely citing a novel that centers around oppression and the surpression of the individual voice is not reeeeaaaaally that good a plan. “A Bad Thing™ is happening! QUICK, BREAK OUT THE 1984 REFERENCES! AS ALL BAD TECHNOLOGICAL THINGS ARE LIKE 1984!” Raaagh, shut up! Or at least stop using contradictory arguments and scare tactics.

Unless of course it’s saying Orwell was right because a powerful media will use scare tactics like the nasty things in the advert to surpress the public’s openings for free speach and discussion, but I think that’s probably giving them a bit too much credit (because I doubt the general public would pick up on something like that.) I mean, the ad did have a bit of a 2-minute hate feel about it.

I don’t know, it’s still annoying, and while it is a good discussion starter, I’m sure the gazzilion older, technophobic people who are still intimiated by this worldwide information exchange thing you’re reading this on will just get even more paranoid. Not that everything IS sweetness and light but it’s PEOPLE that do the horrible shit, not computers. Computers are just boxes and incapable of being malicious. I’m sick of hearing about the big bad Internet when really it’s just more imoral dicks finding new ways of screwing people over instead of frauding banks or hitting people with pipes. People were doing nasty shit long before the internet.

In summary people are doing silly things, yay for freedom of speech, I should be getting more sleep, and I’m going to shut up about them now.

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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.