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Re: WikiLeaks Hosts Cryptome with Search

Nettime - 20 October, 2015 - 03:06
Good move, John, very much appreciated. Fun to look a few things up, as to say "ETSI" or "LAES" and "TR-45" shit of the late 90ies - great! Not forget more recent gems such as these There is always a faint odor of history in the air, when archives sync to an alchymic informational wedding LMAO Erich

WikiLeaks Hosts Cryptome with Search

Nettime - 19 October, 2015 - 22:42
WikiLeaks Hosts Cryptome with Search

Jody Ribtot: The Hostile Email Landscape

Nettime - 19 October, 2015 - 21:11
The Hostile Email Landscape October 17th 2015 Jody Ribtot Email perfectly embodies the spirit of the internet: independent mail hosts exchanging messages, no host more or less important than any other. Joining the network is as easy as installing Sendmail and slapping on an MX record. At least, that used to be the case. If you were to launch a new mail server right now, many networks would simply refuse to speak to you. The problem: reputation. Email today is dominated by a handful of major services. GMail boasted 425 million active users back in 2012. has at least 400 million users. It's become increasingly unusual for individuals or businesses to host their own mail, to the point that new servers are viewed with suspicion. Earlier this year I moved my personal email from Google Apps to a self-hosted server, with hopes of launching a paid mail service a la Fastmail on the same infrastructure. I've done this before, and this server was configured perfectly: not on any blacklists, reverse DNS

Re: Jody Ribtot: The Hostile Email Landscape

Nettime - 19 October, 2015 - 19:17
Quoth nettime's_landscaper: It is a sad state of affairs indeed. Bradley Kuhn recently wrote about very similar issues he had running his own mail server: It sucks in particular because email is already in a more precarious state than it should be with people relying more on surveillance-as- a-business services for communication (admittedly gmail is also in that category, but at least it's a distributed system enough that one doesn't have to accept its terms to communicate with people who use it.) I am finding that the proportion of my friends I can write to electronically is gradually diminishing as a result. I find it sad. Maybe some new service that is actually engineered to respect people (there are several reasonable looking candidates) will get popular enough that it will take the place email had. Maybe.

Re: McKenzie Wark: Birth of Thanaticism

Nettime - 18 October, 2015 - 14:07
..... it is (most likely) meant as a reference to "the others" that capital kills. You know, like trees dying from acid rain, bees from pesticidal showers and so on. At any rate, that's how others tended to use the term in the past (before this unreferenced plagiat). /m PS: Don't animate the forces of capital - that was surely one of the messages in that piece? - let them wallow in their deathness.

Techdirt > Glyn Moody > UN Special Rapporteur: No HumanRight to Patent Protection

Nettime - 18 October, 2015 - 01:15
<> 'There Is No Human Right to Patent Protection' -- UN Special Rapporteur by Glyn Moody Wed, Oct 14th 2015 9:32am from the fighting-talk dept Back in March, Tim Cushing wrote about a rather remarkable report from the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, in which she warned that copyright might run counter to human rights. As if that weren't enough, Shaheed is back with another bold attack, this time on patents. As the summary to her report puts it: There is no human right to patent protection. The right to protection of moral and material interests cannot be used to defend patent laws that inadequately respect the right to participate in cultural life, to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications, to scientific freedoms and the right to food and health and the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. Patents, wh

Re: McKenzie Wark: Birth of Thanaticism

Nettime - 18 October, 2015 - 00:42
Great piece. Agree with most of the content. Still I am not convinced of the term thanaticism - despite the nice assonance with Thatcherism. Forces of capital are all but aiming at death. They want to live. ???They live??? Capital is autonomously developing as a new form life. Money understand itself as living being. As every dominant living form, it eats and destroys subordinate species - what human species is becoming??? But it has no death drive. This does not mean that its infinite stupidity together with its immense algorithmic power could not annihilate it, altogether with its human vectors??? lorenzo <...>

Re: McKenzie Wark: Birth of Thanaticism

Nettime - 17 October, 2015 - 15:49
I awoke from a dream with the notion that it might make more sense to call it thanatism, after ..... Peter Linebaugh's "thanatocracy" in "The London Hanged" (1991) or Suzanne Brøgger's "Deliver Us From Love" (1976) or elsewhere: Morphogenetic dreaming? /m # distributed via <nettime>: no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a moderated mailing list for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: # archive: contact: nettime< at >

Re: 20 years Californian Ideology!

Nettime - 17 October, 2015 - 14:44
Perfect timing! I just gave a lecture on the Californian Ideology at University of York this week, as part of the module where I teach, 'Interactive Media and Society'. I will certainly forward this publication to my students. Other interesting historical coincidences, that I offered to my students as further food for thought: the 'Think Different' campaign by Apple was conceived around 1997, not long after the publication of Barbrook and Cameron essay. That campaign reinforced and popularised the idea that computers are not just tools but liberating machines (and that freedom was a commodity that Apple could sell). 1997 is also the year when Wired published 'The Long Boom' editorial (available at And that also replicated the mantra of the Californian Ideology in quite explicit terms: technologies will make the world a better place, if we let the Silicon Valley work by itself. I also proposed to the students to look at how the Burning Man festival

Re: McKenzie Wark: Birth of Thanaticism

Nettime - 17 October, 2015 - 14:30
blown away by this piece. i usually favor the term fossil capitalism, because similarly to mandel-jameson's late capitalism somehow hopes to consign it to a primitive past. in my mind (since 'inside out' a pop metaphor) two people fight for audience in the assembly of the self, the rational progressive who thinks that if we get done with neoliberalism we can recombine social production, market production, government production in a climate-neutral and fairer, empowering way (for instance, for all BP's nefariousness, there's major investment out of fossil and into solar), and the 1999-2011 insurrectionary black hoodie, who hates the state and the corporation in her/his bones and only returns fully human when congregating with similarly riot-prone, post-civilizational anonymous anarchists, steampunkers, genderbenders, guerrilla garderners, u catch the drift. btw are you reading POSTCAPITALISM by mason? like in klein, there's usually a subtle conflation between ov

McKenzie Wark: Birth of Thanaticism

Nettime - 17 October, 2015 - 09:36
< > Birth of Thanaticism McKenzie Wark -- April 3, 2014 I don't know why we still call it capitalism. It seems to be some sort of failure or blockage of the poetic function of critical thought. Even its adherents have no problem calling it capitalism any more. Its critics seem to be reduced to adding modifiers to it: postfordist, neoliberal, or the rather charmingly optimistic `late' capitalism. A bittersweet term, that one, as capitalism seems destined to outlive us all. I awoke from a dream with the notion that it might make more sense to call it thanatism, after Thanatos, son of Nyx (night) and Erebos(darkness), twin of Hypnos (sleep), as Homer and Hesiod seem more or less to agree. I tried thanatism out on twitter, where Jennifer Mills wrote: "yeah, I think we have something more enthusiastically suicidal. Thanaticism?" That seems like a handy word. Thanaticism: like a fanaticism, a glee

Re: McKenzie Wark: Birth of Thanaticism

Nettime - 17 October, 2015 - 06:59
Well, 20 years after the Californian Ideology, at least we have three good concpets: -thanaticism -the inhumanities -the antisocial sciences Like a good cyber-communist, I'm just gonna put 'em in my bag and use 'em. thanks, BH On 10/16/2015 11:36 PM, nettime's_trial_balloon wrote: <...>
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