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Building Galt’s Gulch

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Astonished. That was the overwhelming thought I was left with after listening to a 73 minute podcast between the brash, sexually liberated, libertarian American, ‘King of the Nerds’, Brian Sovryn and a mild mannered, boat loving, free thinking futurist and software engineer from Scotland named David Irvine. The latter has spent the last 8 years…

Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto identified

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News from Pimlico is that Satoshi Nakamoto has been identified by writer, libertarian and comedian Dominic Frisby, although suspiciously you must buy his book to find out who it is. The big news item was that Frisby reckons he has cracked the identity of the founding genius of Bitcoin, a mysterious figure who is currently…

The dwindling cost of transportation

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Compared to the arrangements it replaced, [shipping] containerisation has damn near abolished the cost of transporting stuff by sea, which means that the economic significance of mere geographical proximity has now been, if not abolished, at least radically diminished. Regional trading blocks like EUrope now look like relics from that bygone age when it would…

Project Meshnet

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A couple of clicks away from Ven Portman’s call to arms, posted yesterday, is Project Meshnet. When I suggested we needed to help each other learn about distributed computing, this is the kind of thing I had in mind. I like how this video is produced, and I like what it’s selling: One gripe though.…

An argument lost

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I found this 1913 article about Sir Charles Macara serendipitously when looking for the nearby article about the “suicide” of Emily Davison via Samizdata. It was on the same page of the original Times paper. We know that the “employers” lost the initial argument over National Insurance and organised themselves after the event to fight…

Time to go distributed

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This article on TechCrunch, describes the centralisation of computing and data into silos like Facebook, Twitter, GMail etc, and shows how these developments were enablers of PRISM. The article calls for a new Prometheus to bring us the technology to stop this happening, to render centralisation unnecessary. I emplore any computer programmer to please go…

Video: Hacking at Hierarchy

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Adriana’s talk offered less in the way of practical solutions than I might have liked and less perhaps than the write-up promised, but this did not diminish a fascinating talk by someone clearly absorbed in her topic. The following write up is based, in order of importance, on her notes which were quite thorough and…