• I am not now, nor have I ever* been, Satoshi Nakamoto

    by  • April 27, 2013 • 2 Comments

    * although there was this one time A few people have noticed my biographical similarity with Satoshi Nakamoto – British person with American English tendencies and ties to Ireland. There are three reasons why I cannot be Satoshi Nakamoto. My coding skills are not up to it. I haven’t written C/C++ since the mid-1990s My […]

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    i hate energy policy

    by  • April 22, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Draft of an introduction to an energy policy doc. Could use some feedback – comments welcomed! ==== Nothing stands still. The continued addition of complexity to the basic systems of our society has run for hundreds of years, mainly on fossil fuels. The continued injection of energy into our societies has produced a boom in […]

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    Is decentralization possible? A note to a critic.

    by  • April 17, 2013 • 3 Comments

    Paul Hughes writes about the possibilities for radical decentralization in a high tech world. This comes up in a thread with some discussion of Hakim Bey. Let us proceed. ===== Let me answer those points at a practical level, and then at a more philosophical one. 1) As I note in the piece, Hakim Bey has […]

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    Bitcoin, the 1960s, and the great LSD conspiracy

    by  • April 16, 2013 • 4 Comments

      Three lightly edited excerpts from a conversation about bitcoin with some Californians. ===== I actually worked for the NSA. I did a genocide-resistant biometric ID project for them. http://guptaoption.com/cheapid/ (note that it is fully public and in the public domain – those are the only conditions I work for spookland under.) What we know, for sure, […]

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    The People’s Cloud #peoplescloud

    by  • April 7, 2013 • 1 Comment

    A quick summary. Data centers are inherently centralized, and bloody expensive. Once you have all that data in one place, doing large scale monitoring is very easy. Sutherland’s Wheel predicts that centralization and decentralization take turns as “progress.” We are turning forwards to decentralization again: bitcoin, bittorrent and so on. The People’s Cloud is the […]

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    Petascale Urban Computing

    by  • March 31, 2013 • 4 Comments

    Simple concept (!) I wanted to give a URL to. One thousand or more nodes in a mesh or other network Each node has: One terabyte or more of disk One gigabyte or more of ram On gigahertz or more of processor Nodes are scattered through a contiguous geography like a city Conceptually, Petascale Urban […]

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    Not Capitalism, not Communism

    by  • March 28, 2013 • 6 Comments

    I got an interesting write up on the unemployment / mechanization / income angle from my friend Nathan Koren (he does collaborative futures with Noah Raford at Futurescaper). Nathan’s basic argument is that Ford’s innovation of “make a car your workers can afford” has now been displaced with “race to the bottom” feedback loops in manufacturing, […]

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    Dynamic Tension

    by  • March 4, 2013 • 17 Comments

    Although I spend a lot of time feeling powerless, I have more undivided, informed, concentrated attention on the affairs of the world than almost anybody. Because I’m self-funded (i.e. usually broke) and self-directed, I get to set my own agendas. There are very few actors with this kind of freedom. It also means that I […]

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