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About flamsmark

I do privacy at Mozilla. Years of security have left me incurably paranoid. Tech, policy, security, privacy, & anonymity are good. Open is better. GPG: 80AF07D3

Hacktivism & Mistakes

I know that much ink has already been spilled over Aaron Swartz‘s indictment. If you haven’t read any of it, this New York Times article is a good start. Kevin Driscoll, posting on the Students for Free Culture blog notes … Continue reading

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The Punk Test

Predicting the results of important technology, copyright and patent cases is almost impossible. Experts who are intimately familiar with the subject matter and precedents are only slightly better than a coin toss at guessing outcomes. Even cases which seem simple … Continue reading

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Bitcoin: More Covert than it Looks

There’s been a lot of discussion in the past few weeks about how anonymous Bitcoin actually is. If you’re new to Bitcoin, you can check my short introduction to the cryptocurrency over at Ars Technica. Bitcoin is often incorrectly touted … Continue reading

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On the CR-48, a Sonnet

Most curious: an online computer, Missing the keys that I use all the time. Though it takes only seconds to book her, For lost functionality, all of us pine. All of my data is saved in the cloud, No docs … Continue reading

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Overheard Confabulation

Nate will make a great soldier, possibly the best we’ve ever seen. Four-star general Nathan Plough’s 2032 stand against the Pan-Asian Alliance’s death-drones will give the president just enough time to escape before Washington DC is wiped off the map. … Continue reading

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How can you tell the difference between a police officer and a vampire? Neither can come into a home without being invited. But, if they ask to come in, one resident says yes, and the other says no then a … Continue reading

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BitTorrent is ThoughtCrime

[caption id="attachment_440" align="alignright" width="320" caption="CC by blogpocket on flickr"]I Love P2P[/caption] Use of BitTorrent is stigmatised, and poses potential administrative cost and liability risk for anyone who uses it. Since BitTorrent is the most effective ways to distribute large files -especially by individuallys, and small businesses who can’t afford much infrastructure – this limits technical options that many people have. Academic analysis of copyright infringement and the surrounding ecosystem may even require such direct data analysis.

This taboo ties the hands of many, even when the protocol is used for legitimate purposes. If an academic wants to conduct investigations which have strong fair use defences, these costs and risks may result in personal or institutional aversion to such research. This has the effect of chilling discussion and investigation of P2P technology, and the related public policy issue of copyright infringement.

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All Ends Cold and Wild

A fairytale by the Oneiroi, translated. They have travelled far and wide, the lonely man of many faces and his faithful follower. They’ve heard the hints of the dark dog begotten of time’s storm; won the battle at the falls … Continue reading

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Do Not Track means Do Not Track

I’ve been giving some thought to proposed “Do Not Track” legislation. The proposals, currently being considered by the FTC and the legislature, seek to protect user privacy by empowering us to tell online services not to track us in a … Continue reading

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The BBC just released two previously cut scenes of the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, which feature some of the best one-liners from the whole season, such as: Every time the TARDIS materialises in´╗┐ a new location, within the first … Continue reading

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