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Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 27 January, 2014 - 02:27
With respect to the (important) story at Parallel #1: In his memoir _The Railway Man_, a British POW (of the Japanese) is relentlessly tortured because he made a crystal radio. The torture was not because he was listening to the radio but because the Camp Commandant "knew" that radios were two-way, ergo the Brit must be exfiltrating information via the radio -- which was not the case (and could not be). Parallel #2: My truck is full of burglar tools pretty much all the time by some definition of "burglar tools:" crowbar, folding ladder, battery-powered drill, glass cutter, putty knife, lock picks made from street sweeper bristles, gas-powered nail gun, Clorox, borescope, &c.). My computer is similarly well stocked with penetration tools, many of which have just been made illegal for me to take to another country.[*] Other parallels no doubt can be drawn, but all security tools are dual use. As such, any trend away from giving judicial consideration to mens rea only to concentrate exclusively on actus

Re: The Californian Reality (from: New Geography)

Nettime - 27 January, 2014 - 01:50
Polarization is the word "you" are looking for. Three books of recommended relevance: _Hollowing out the Middle_, Carr & Kefalas _Race Against the Machine_, Brynjolfsson & McAfee _Average Is Over_, Cowen In the meantime, everyone on this list is above world median income (USD 1,225 per annum) and almost everyone is in the world's 1% (USD 34,000 per annum). In that regard, see: _The Haves and the Have Nots_, Milanovic --dan

Re: Internet Governance # 7204

Nettime - 24 January, 2014 - 17:46
Most saluatory of study committees is that it allows selected hens to join with the foxes to gloss the unchangable and not least wear foxskins at Davos. Foxie Jamie Dimon gets a raise after a slap on the wrist by the hens working closely with the fox conservancy to ruse citizenry. The 9/11 Commission was composed of the usual mix of foxes pretending to be hens and foxes, all with security clearances appropriate for foxhood, and like all the other 9/11 investigations, classified the most hen-empowering information "to protect the hens." Obama promises to bring hens into the fox den to assure the foxes prevail under laws of foxes. All given security clearances of foxhood to protect the hens from information that would aid "threatening competing foxes." PCLOB was composed of one hen, James Demspey, two foxes, and two foxes pretending to be hens. All given securithy clearances of foxhood to protect the hens from threatening competing foxes. Podesta will set up a pride of foxes to assay how to fatten the hen

Internet Governance # 7204

Nettime - 24 January, 2014 - 11:57
In re: Microsoft to shield foreign users’ data: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e14ddf70-8390-11e3-aa65-00144feab7de.html#axzz2rIAiaJ5U Expert panel to investigate internet governance http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/52327396-8359-11e3-aa65-00144feab7de.html Both the announcement by Micro$soft that it will keep the data of non-americans out of (immediate) reach of the US authorities and the initiative launched at the Davos WEF to set up a hi-level independant commission to look at Internet governance after 'Snowden' are good news - and not that good news. Starting with the latter, having a committee of foxes and cockerels to discuss how to run the hen-house doesn't strike one at particularly helpful. But OK, it's still a lot better than nothing at all. The really worrying issue is that such committee is likely to look at all kinds of 'problems', advice all kinds of more or less cosmetic 'solutions', and will studiously refrain from poking at the elephant in the room: not the matter, but the purpose of the w

The Californian Reality (from: New Geography)

Nettime - 24 January, 2014 - 06:18
Hello, Two points here from Brian worth extending a bit further in this discussion because they seem to me critical if we are ever going to move beyond the social, governmental and corporate paradigms assembled by what he calls the "full-fledged transnational capitalist class.” And it is a class with all the apparatuses to insure a constantly ascendent self-interested position within the various forms of political turbulence an social unrest circling the globe. In the U.S. this class has mastered the art of what Marcuse called “repressive sublimation.” What this boils down to an internalising the kind of false consciousness thats says ‘we can’t enable REAL change because hope is just around the corner; a better day is coming. Vote for Obama’ Which is why a change is never gonna come, ain’t gonna happen until "certain realities are squarely faced, not just by fringe figures like ourselves but by much broader swathes of society." Amazingly, 50 years after the political movements of the 60s, in

Dear subscriber,you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance

Nettime - 24 January, 2014 - 04:27
Ominous Text Message Sent to Protesters in Kiev Sends Chills Around the Internet By HEATHER MURPHY "Protesters and journalists standing in the vicinity of fighting between the riot police and demonstrators in Kiev on Tuesday received an ominous text message on their phones: “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance...” thelede.blogs.nytimes. com /2014/01/22/ominous-text-message-sent-to-protesters-in-kiev-sends-chills-around-the-internet/

Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 24 January, 2014 - 02:56
Maybe we should look at the demand side for answers. This recruitment of gargoyles could be another attempt to create content surrogates. Looks similar to taping of video game walkthroughs, where hapless game consumers are compelled to record their 'experiences' and show them to the world. Whatever method can create apparently moving images, enlarging the body of search engines' finds, is justified. Perhaps there is nothing sinister here - the search engine industry is just trying to remain relevant by enabling fresh discoveries of useless bits, and the big data scam is a benign side effect. As long as the public keeps 'searching' the business will prosper. On 1/23/14 11:20 , Flick Harrison wrote:

Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 24 January, 2014 - 01:20
There are some updates and further reading at that link. The agents were Homeland Security. http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/01/20/amc-movie-theater-calls-fbi-to-arrest-a-google-glass-user/ Most disturbing is: Why is DHS getting involved in a minor piracy situation? I mean, the quality of google glass recording is no threat to anyone's business model at the moment, let alone national fucking security. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, I hate to sound like a crypto-fascist, but isn't it idiotic to walk into a movie theatre with Google Glass on your face? Telling everyone about it who works there? I mean, they are supposed to just believe that you have a camera pointed at the screen but you swear it's turned off, officer? Why not walk into a bank with a ski mask on, because it's so cold out? "I got my rights, coppers!!" I've heard plenty of stories of meek artists being physically assaulted by police, etc, for minor pseudo-offences, old ladies being tasered, children crushed to suffocation in prisons by over-zealo

Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 23 January, 2014 - 19:51
Right On! So now we know something for next time! (and then then'll indeed formally arrest us...) my 2bn Zimbucks, p+5D!

Re: The Californian Reality (from: New Geography)

Nettime - 23 January, 2014 - 19:32
Though there are ups and downs, the numbers published here do support your interpretation of a general downward trend. <...>

Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 23 January, 2014 - 17:49
Quoth William Waites: It's also disappointing to hear that being told he was not under arrest he didn't just ask for his stuff back and leave. But really police intimidation is designed exactly to ensure that you give them more power over you than they actually have. I don't blame him at all, I probably would have done the same thing, despite knowing it was wrong.

Demonstration at Home of Google Developer. Google BusBlocked in Berkeley.

Nettime - 23 January, 2014 - 14:51
On the issue of protesting Google in SF: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2014/01/21/18749504.php At 7am this morning, a group of people went to the home of Anthony Levandowski, a Google X developer. His house is a pompous, minimally decorated two story palace with stone lions guarding the door. After ringing his doorbell to alert him of the protest, a banner was held in front of his house that read "Google's Future Stops Here" and fliers about him were distributed around the neighborhood. The fliers detailed his work with the defense industry and his plans to develop luxury condos in Berkeley. The flier is attached below. At one point, his neighbor emerged from her house. She said she knew about his collaboration with the military but insisted he was a "nice person." We see no contradiction here. It is very likely that this person, who develops war robots for the military and builds surveillance infrastructure, is a pleasant neighbor. But so what? After previous actions against the Google buses, many

Re: The Californian Reality (from: New Geography)

Nettime - 23 January, 2014 - 13:39
Where is the evidence that the present situation is not stable? The caste systems - and we do live in one - have been known to endure for centuries (compared to them, egalitarian societies are ephemeral flashes.) The steep pyramid of ruling class/praetorian guard/token citizenry/rabble appears to be rather resilient. The talent percolates up, performs its duty, and then sinks down, like bubbles in the glass of cold Guinness. "Let's make a website" initiatives notwithstanding, there is nothing on the horizon of reality that can disturb the ale. It's hard to see anything short of serious genetic engineering that would make egalitarian societies persist, and genetic engineers are not paid to work on that. On 1/22/14 16:03 , Brian Holmes wrote:

Re: The Californian Reality (from: New Geography)

Nettime - 23 January, 2014 - 11:33
Here are some numbers compiled from the NTSB. http://www.aopa.org/About-AOPA/Statistical-Reference-Guide/General-Aviation-Safety-Record-Current-and-Historic.aspx -mtw

Re: The Californian Reality (from: New Geography)

Nettime - 23 January, 2014 - 06:03
Allan, always so interesting to dialogue with you, and with all the others respondents to this thread - I don't think any alternative will be possible until certain realities are squarely faced, not just by fringe figures like ourselves but by much broader swathes of society. The flight of capital from the national welfare and developmental states in the 1970s has led to the formation of full-fledged transnational capitalist class, which has been described very well by people like Leslie Sklair and especially William Robinson (of UC Santa Barbara, kudos to him). The so-called "offshore" operations of the TCC ultimately transformed the world economy and now, everywhere is offshore, ie, every country and region offers prime conditions for capital accumulation. The result is the formation of oligarchies. We don't live in democracies, we live under oligarchies who control tremendous human resources and technological power via finance and other knowledge-intensive means. The new oligarchies have

Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 22 January, 2014 - 20:42
Yes, I saw this disturbing news about the "Gadgeteer" and his run in with ICE (the DHS). Rather amusing though because I received two invites to join (/buy) the google glass explorer program yesterday as well. After reading the article, my desire to wear a device that could potentially incriminate myself ( http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/06/why-i-have-nothing-to-hide-is-the-wrong-way-to-think-about-surveillance/) decreased dramatically, so I will have to decline Google's offer. However, I fully support the use of these for Police and other members of the security apparatus, as long as they are unable to turn off the recording capability and everything was uploaded to a trusted third party in real time. Perhaps we could start a petition... -Allister Clisham +1.202.713.9886 Mobile +1.773.231.5162 SC On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 8:49 AM, William Waites <ww-hT98LgTTQNs< at >public.gmane.org> wrote: <...>

Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 22 January, 2014 - 19:49
We used to say, back when collaborating with Steve Mann in the late 1990s that it isn't a camera, it's a visual memory prosthetic. I think it's an accurate description. It's disappointing that the writer was intimidated into giving up all of his memories to the police in order to clear his name under a presumption of guilt. On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 01:07:38PM +0100, Felix Stalder wrote: <...>

Re: Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 22 January, 2014 - 19:12
What really caught my attention in this story is how bad UX (pardon my French) could be potentially turned into a very good alibi! "Glass gets really warm if it records for more than a few minutes and my glasses were not warm." Would be interesting to collect more marks like this from the world of wearables and ubiquitous.

Californian digestology [3x: sanborn, lauriault, hopkins]

Nettime - 22 January, 2014 - 18:48
Keith Sanborn <mrzero-VmQCmMdMyN0AvxtiuMwx3w< at >public.gmane.org> Re: <nettime> The Californian Reality (from: New Geography) "Tracey P. Lauriault" <tlauriau-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w< at >public.gmane.org> Re: nettime-l Digest, Vol 76, Issue 18 John Hopkins <jhopkins-LRlVL1xtBs0sV2N9l4h3zg< at >public.gmane.org> Re: <nettime> The Californian Reality (from: New Geography) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - From: Keith Sanborn <mrzero-VmQCmMdMyN0AvxtiuMwx3w< at >public.gmane.org> Subject: Re: <nettime> The Californian Reality (from: New Geography) Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:16:40 +0100 Well said. <...> - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - From: "Tracey P. Lauriault" <tlauriau-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w< at >public.gmane.org> Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:10:25 +0000 Subject: Re: nettime-l Digest, Vol 76, Issue 18 The California Ideology comes to mind here! http://www.hrc.wmin.ac.uk/theory-c

Harassing People for Watching a Movie in a Cinema

Nettime - 22 January, 2014 - 18:07
I remember, a couple of years ago, Sebastian Luetgert speaking about the real frontier of copyright wars being personal memory. That if you really want to enforce copyright, you have to force people to forget, to erase from memory, say, films immediately after watching them. At the time, it struck me as a bit overblown, until this. Felix PS: and just imagine, implants :) http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/01/20/amc-movie-theater-calls-fbi-to-arrest-a-google-glass-user/ I have been using Google Glass for about 2 months now, and about 2 weeks ago I got prescription lenses for the glasses. So in the past two weeks I was wearing Google Glass all the time. There were no stories to write about, until yesterday (1/18/2014). I went to AMC (Easton Mall, Columbus, OH) to watch a movie with my wife (non- Google Glass user). It is the theater we go to every week, so it has probably been the third time I’ve been there wearing Google Glass, and the AMC employees (guy tearing tickets at the entrance, girl at
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