Thursday, March 6, 2008

Can't Stop the Signal

The RIAA has a bad habit of fucking over everyone they can get their dick near.  Suing single mothers and anyone else for copying and sharing music.  You've heard the stories.  But somebody's fighting the RIAA .

Monday, November 12, 2007

It's cold outside

I'm not the only punk who's given up on physicality: Ariane B identifies herself as a denizen of the metaverse.
In other news, I'm still electroblind. The implants just aren't ready for use. Well, it was useful while it lasted. That's what it's like living on the edge: you ride the wave as it comes, and get off before you bail.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Slamming it Home

I've been keeping a low profile lately, for undisclosed reasons.  I took care of them.

My magnet broke out of its protective casing last week, and my finger swole up.  I had to remove it, and I'm crippled without it..  When I put it in I never realized how much I was going to rely on it.  I need to work on a better covering.

I started working on a Bluetooth headset that mounts through a hole.  My design right now goes through like an industrial.  I think it might work.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Flying through, I'll drop you a couple of quick thoughts.

Cybershock by Winn Schwartau almost gets it.  Winn's a hacker, he knows hackers.  He knows it's not about swiping money by the cent or jacking the Pentagon homepage.  It's about solving problems, fighting against a machine to prove you're better than the designer.  So some hackers start causing trouble.  And some of it's just for fun.  But hacking isn't about causing trouble for people.  That just happens.

While I'm here, I'll drop a few practical tips on physical hacking.  You want to get somewhere that looks hard to get to, but you want to get there quickly, without getting caught, and without getting killed.  I can't help you with the getting killed, you're just going to need a lot of physical skill.  All good hacking takes place at night.  Get used to it.  

College campuses have a lot of opportunities, especially for students.  Security isn't always tight, and students often have access to buildings 24.  You should get a lot of foot traffic, so you can have a big audience if you find a good location.  And schools have issues that students care about, in case you want to make a statement.

Hotels often have few people wandering around, and nobody will ask you what you're doing there.  Rent a room, and the building is yours.  Check into a five-story or taller hotel, and take the stairs.  At the top floor you'll probably find roof access.  If you're lucky, and I've been lucky before, some merking maintenance man forgot to close the padlock.  The roof is mostly invisible, so get your supplies up there quick and do your work up there.  If you can make a big 3d model, just stand it on the roof and get out of there.  Or you could drop a banner down the side of the building.  I'm sure you're creative.

When I have more time and more tricks, I'll throw them at you.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Life Hacking

Jumping in and getting your hands dirty. Editing .ini's, operating from the command line, this is where it starts. Before long you're nosing around in someone else's system, finding their security holes and alerting them. Or just leaving your mark and letting them figure out how you did it. I call it diving, but most call it hacking. Or they used to.

Before the net was around, hackers had to hack something. So they hacked buildings. It's ancient history by now, but apparently it started at MIT. The twinkies wanted to know their world, so they crawled the tunnels, climbed the roofs, and saw. And they called it hacking. They left their marks, most often on top of the great dome. They showed the world that they knew the campus, and they were smarter than the security, and they were ingenious. Most of their hacks could also be called installation art. In unusual places.

Maybe you've realized that the physical world is an ugly place, an impersonal place, a corporate place. In cyberspace, your voice is determined by the number of people who hear you, through word of mouth. Anyone can go anywhere in an instant, to find their favorite content. In the physical world, the people with the most money get to shout the loudest, because they can pay for bigger ads, bigger buildings, stronger radio signals. Hacking is even more important in the physical world, because it may be the only voice you have.

You need an idea. It needs to get people's attention, and it needs to be clever. The peds who see it need to know that you put a lot of effort into it, so they'll pay more attention to it. Anyone can ignore spray paint on concrete in an alley. When you put it somewhere hard to get to, say thirty feet in the air, they know you must care about it. Or when your hack is clever, they have to think about it. Peds don't think enough anyway, so give them something to think about. And don't use spray paint unless you've got a damn good reason. Just like in cyberspace, 3d gets a lot more attention than 2d. If you've got a message, don't just shout it out, that's too easy to forget. You've got make them think about so it stays in their mind. You've got a voice now, but people can ignore you in real space just like they can ignore you in cyberspace, if they don't care about what you're saying.

Later maybe I'll give you some practical tips on the getting the message out, instead of just telling you what to say. If you can't figure out what to say on your own, just shut up.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Are You Generic?

[M]ass production might be the most efficient way to make things in the physical world, but it makes them all the same.  Face it, punks, sameness is lameness.  Why would you want to be just like everyone else?  Why would you want your stuff to be just like everyone else's stuff?  Since it gets made that way cause it's cheaper, the obvious solution is. . . mod it.  What's to stop you from drawing on your iPod with a marker?  Or scratching your name into the finish on your laptop?  But you don't have to stop there.

PC modders upgrade their hardware, but they also add visuals like glowing case fans.  Some even reduild their cases into functional art.  There's a good community of casemodders here. 

Going a step farther you get into physical hacking, but I'll write about that later.  I'm jacking out now.  I've got to get back to the physical world.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

If you wanna stay free, stay small-time. You can get away with anything as long as no one notices you, so the trick to not getting caught is to not get noticed. If you copy a track onto a com's player, nobody cares. If you host thousands of tracks from your server and charge pats to download them, you're going to get busted.

If nobody notices you, it doesn't matter how many laws you break. Once people start noticing you, you've got to work harder to keep the laws. Once you get famous, you have to hire a lawyer to tell you how not to break the law. If you had just stayed small, you could have been free.