A SpunOut.ie interview with the late Aaron Swartz who co-founded of Reddit.com, RSS 1.0, Jottit.com and the Progressive Change Commitee. aaronsw.com (intro music Ben Harper)
This young man was so far ahead of his time! The two books he mentions he read just out of high school. Incredible! I worked in large corporate entities for 23 years and know from first hand experience that "Moral Mazes" hits the nail on the head.
USA based AT&T has been noticed having a rather unusual clause in its website password rules.
While most websites make some requirements on password length or a minimum combination of letters and numbers, as the AT&T one also does... they also have a ban on "obscene language" in a users password.
Originally noticed by Twitter's Network & Infrastructure Security Engineer,
The website had moved from Sweden to Greenland but the Pirates were not welcome in Greenland and have now moved to Iceland. The website thepiratebay.is is now up and running.
ISNIC.is handles domain registration of Icelandic (.is) domains. Chapter III, Article 9 of the ISNIC domain rules reads as follows:
"An applicant designates the domain's registrant in the registration process in accordance with ISNIC's rules.
Adam Smith critique of Revolutions: “The man of system, on the contrary, is apt to be very wise in his own conceit; and is often so enamored with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests, or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it. He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board. He does not consider that the pieces upon the chess-board have no other principle of motion besides that which the hand impresses upon them; but that, in the great chess-board of human society, every single piece has a principle of motion of its own, altogether different from that which the legislature might choose to impress upon it. If those two principles coincide and act in the same direction, the game of human society will go on easily and harmoniously, and is very likely to be happy and successful. If they are opposite or different, the game will go on miserably, and the society must be at all times in the highest degree of disorder.”
“The exceptionally clumsy leadership from the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsy’s repeated attempted power grabs. The opposition’s rejection of the political transition but inability to offer any compelling alternative. The frustration of revolutionaries and the emergence of violent, anarchic trends on the streets. Intense social and political polarization that neither side seems capable of restraining. The economic crisis and security vacuum keeping everyone on edge” (The Egyptian Treadmill by Marc Lynch)
YouTube: Black Bloc Egypt
The New York Times column “A Black Bloc Emerges in Egypt” notes a formation of an unknown group of protesters, with yet a familiar tactic, against the current government administration, that of Mohammed Morsi’s.
Even If Your Voice Shakes notes “the black bloc made its first mass-appearance in Tahrir Square, and, shortly after, firebombed the Shura Council (Egyptian Parliament), tore down a section of the protest-barrier walls leading from Tahrir Square, and, with others, engaged in fighting against security forces.”
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