Protest Internet Blacklist Legislation

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"The Internet blacklist legislation—known as PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers innovation on the Web. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!"


cyberpunk est mort, vive cyberpunk

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Cyberpunk got somehow stuck in mirror shades and virtual reality worlds, and then wandered off into the artistic fringe. The fact that the Internet has ‘High Streets’ now, mainstream thoroughfares, and has developed, let’s say, a virtual mall culture, does not mean that the punk ideology no longer has a home on the Net. The persistence of IRC, forums and torrent communities is proof of that. Using the most basic Internet modes of communication to maintain community, while innovating and manipulating its most advanced technologies is where the cyberpunk, so-called, spirit continues to express itself.

Between Anonymous and Wikileaks, I feel like we’re practically living in a cyberpunk story. We’re just the blissfully uninvolved citizens who don’t live in the seedy underbelly. Also, browsing pages on Tor and similar networks reminds me a lot of exploring the internet in the early ’90s. It’s messy, there are lots of abandoned, hastily put together pages. There are weird rants. I think the whole bitcoin thing is very cyberpunk-ish. A digital crypto-currency.

The problem with cyberpunk is that it’s no longer the future, it’s the present. Sometimes when I read the news I’ve got the idea we’re kind of living in a dystopian 90’s cyberpunk future… Cypherpunkish, more than Neuromancerish. Also, I know a guy who left the US in order to be able to keep gambling online, and a Google executive recently coordinated a peaceful revolution that toppled a 30-year-old dictatorship in Egypt, in 18 days. And there’s some debate as to whether or not Iran’s efforts to enrich uranium were stymied by a computer worm that destroyed its centrifuges or not, and the world’s biggest distributed computers are operated either by the Russian Mafia or by Google, depending on how you measure. I still see more Rainbows End than Neuromancer in today’s internet, but that’s hardly surprising; Vinge wrote it considerably later.

Cyberpunk (in written SF) died around the time “Vincent Omniaveritas” folded his zine Cheap Truth in 1986 (which you can find an archive of here: ) … by 1992, when Bantam Spectra published Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” it had descended into self-parody (hint: a heroic central character called Hiro Protagonist? Try saying that aloud).

These days cyberpunk seems to be more about transhumanism and posthumanism ala Charles Stross books “Accellerando” & “Singularity Sky”. “Accelerando” was written circa 1998-2003, and “Singularity Sky” — not its original title, but one dropped on it by the publisher in search of teh sexxy — in 1996-98. If you’re pointing to them as signs of where SF is at, I’ll just get my coat — because SF is dead.

Transhumanism/posthumanism was big in the 1990s — Vernor Vinge coughed up the hairball that is the singularity in the mid-1980s and Hans Moravec of CMU popularized it and spread the fertile soil for the early 1990s transhumanists, who also hybridized with libertarians and cypherpunks by way of the extropians mailing list circa 1990-95. But again, by the time you get to the late 1990s folks like Ray Kurzweil were bandwagoning on it, and these days that, too, is ancient history.

Human-Computer interaction as envisioned is at its peak. Dare you tell me that Second Life, World of Warcraft, or Eve Online are not quite akin to the metaverse that was envisioned in Snowcrash. Tell me that those robotic prosthetic limbs are not close to what you see in Gunnm (Battle Angel Alita in the US). All those eyes, ears, and even memory prosthetic devices ( seen in Ghost in the Shell and Johnny Mnemonic are not dreamt of anymore, they are very real and useful to many (although admittedly they did not reach such levels of advancement, but that’s a matter of time). Tell me those efforts to control and monitor everything including the internet “for the safety of everyone and his dog” are not dystopian in many ways, and get a look at how the third and fourth world are manipulating technology in ad-hoc, cheap, creative and dangerous ways to try and follow us in our first-world countries steps.

Augmented reality is an overlay onto what is truly there. Alternate reality or Virtual Reality is a simulation of an entirely new universe. And don’t forget collaboration over a distance. “telepresence”. It’s not just for games and fun. Given the advances in EEG and other brain scan techs, I believe direct neural interfaces aren’t that far away anymore. One step at a time, we’ll first have to get used to motion-based interfaces. Neural interfaces will probably be like moving a limb but not actually moving. With such interfaces, there is no reason anymore to restrict to planar screens. Everything can be 3D.

We are trying to find a new way to communicate but we are failing at it and becoming irrelevant.


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Check out Oxblood's essay on online privacy via!

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Includes a great pic of him looking seriously at the camera! But you'll have to go over there to see it. He looks really distinguished. We're all so proud!

The link of which I speak:
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Welcome to the Fold, Mon Frère!

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Defcon 2011 was a heapin', steamin' pile of success! The reek of BOVINE tickled our favorite sense (our sense of AWESOMENESS!!1) in the croweded halls of the Rio. Many bowed and cowered at the sheer presence of the almighty Cow as the cDc and NSF repped in true fashion. You could spot us in all corners of Sin City that weekend from Dildog and Smack having drinks at the iBar, Arrakis doing "bad, no good and VERY terrible things" in his hotel room, Delchi sound checking MC Frontalot at a SkyBox Party, Lizzy Borden slumped over a slot machine or myself, collecting my thoughts and reanalyzing my life in the Clark County jail.

The biggest moment of all would be when the MIGHTY BOVINE took over center stage in the middle of Rio to induct its three newest members. One part sacred induction ceremony, one part flash mob. Spectators couldn’t help but stare in awe, jaws gaping as we welcomed into the fold JCRAN (cDc), BlindAssassin (NSF) and Snowchyld (NSF). If you feel like driving your car into a median because you missed it, steer straight my friends, because here are some pixXx:

Pic01 Dildog dipping his fingers in the Holy Milk and marking JCRAN's forehead.

BlindAssassin swearing his allegiance to the Cow. Smack with Holy Milk raised in hand.

Snowchyld accepting his fate to be completely fucking awesome and now full-fledged NSF.

Pic04 Smack and me basking in the warm glow of the city. You cannot contain our power.

  Pic05 I saw what you did there.



Oxblood Interviewed on Radio Free Europe!

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Here's the transcript of Radio Free Europe's recent interview with Cultee Oxblood Ruffin. Interviewer Luke Allnutt and Oxblood run through "Anonymous's recent operations and the ethics and rules of engagement of hacktivism." It's a good read; get to it!


EFF action item, Defcon, nerdc0re

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Hey! I think this is an important "ACTION!" issue from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If you're a US citizen, please take a look at this: "Don't Let Congress Order Internet Companies to Spy on You: Oppose the Data Retention Bill."

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Going to Defcon? Check out this related post on our Bovine Dawn forum.

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NSFer Nick Binary is running sound on the upcoming MC Frontalot tour. Should be a great show; come on out!

New Novel From Weasel Boy!

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Our buddy and former Cultee Darren Mckeeman (Weasel Boy) has written a novel, entitled City of Apocrypha!

A group of roommates in San Francisco try to make sense of supernatural weirdness that happens near the end of the world as we know it.

"City of Apocrypha is one of my favorite novels of all time, a tale with as strong a sense of place as any I've read." - Poppy Z. Brite

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Lady Ada on Bloomberg TV!

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Spiffy video of the day: NSFer Lady Ada interviewed on Bloomberg TV. Enjoy!

SOURCE: Seattle and Toorcon

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Hey! Y'all should go out to the SOURCE Conference: Seattle which is happening NOW. If you're so inclined. Hang out with all the folks, and hear our buddy Rob Beck speak. He's smart and stuff.

Then on Friday, you can go to Toorcon. Woah, same town. An epicenter!

SOURCE: Seattle


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Everyone not nailed-down must go!



Don't hope that this is just an idle threat. Don't argue
with yourself that your church and/or your pastor do not teach
this. Don't listen to the scientists who insist so
confidently that this universe is millions or billions
of years old.

The likelihood of September, 1994 being the very end of this
world is so very great that the alarm must be taken
very seriously."

That's how Family Radio President and General Manager Harold Camping introduced his previous claim that the apocalypse was imminent. In 1994, Harold Camping was "far more than 99% certain" that the end was nigh and the faithful like him would be raptured.

Seventeen years later, after the failure of his last prediction, Harold Camping is still here, predicting the end of the world once again. "Beyond the shadow of a doubt, May 21 [2011] will be the date of the Rapture and the day of Judgment," Camping told NPR recently.

According to Camping acolyte Brian Haubert, who was interviewed by NPR:

On May 21, "...starting in the Pacific Rim around the
6 PM local time hour, in each time zone, there will be a
great earthquake, such as has never been in the
history of the earth."

At that time, 200 million true believers like himself and Harold Camping will be raptured to heaven. As for the rest of us:

"It's just the horror of horror stories," Haubert said,
"and on top of all that, there's no more salvation at
that point. And then the Bible says it will be 153 days later
that the entire universe and planet Earth will be destroyed forever."

CULT OF THE DEAD COW thoroughly debunked Camping's 1994 prediction:

…and according to Grandmaster Ratte', Pontifex Maximus of THE CULT OF THE DEAD COW, "We are far more than 99% certain that he's wrong. Again."

If Harold Camping truly believes that the Rapture will occur this Saturday, let him put his money where his Messiah is. Once Harold Camping is raptured, he will have no need for his home or his network of Family Radio stations. The CULT OF THE DEAD COW challenges Harold Camping and his attorney to contact cDc communications prior to May 21, 2011 in order to ensure an orderly transfer of property before the Rapture occurs. We will gladly accept transfer via quitclaim deed to help facilitate this process.

In the unlikely event that Camping's prediction comes true this time, the CULT OF THE DEAD COW pledges to use its newly-acquired radio network and assorted properties to aid in coordinating the counterattack against Hell's minions.

Oh, who are we kidding? We would probably just host a daily morning zoo show... the greatest morning zoo show the world has EVER known.

We're really serious, Harold! Are you?

Up up, said baby Judy! Up, up, up! Meanwhile, back in India...

PS: Happy 59th Birthday, Mr. T!

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