April 22, 2018
An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of April, 2018.
April 14, 2018 (comments)
The United States Congress continues the war against its own users. Hackernews can't decide if the politicians involved are liars or just idiots. A handful of Hackernews can't tell the difference between trade associations and individual companies. Most Hackernews seem to believe that bribery is fine when it's in small doses: say, a couple million here or there. Most don't believe that lobbying is bribery, since these miniscule amounts seem too sweet a deal to be true.
April 15, 2018 (comments)
Some Internets are still building a scale model of a pile of dogshit. After proclaiming a barely-functional Windows knockoff "one of the most important software projects in history," Hackernews settles in to bicker about which Windows releases were less terrible than others.
April 15, 2018 (comments)
An Internet satirizes college-student pseudomysticism mixed with terminal Dunning-Kruger exhibitions so well that the result is almost indistinguishable from the ramblings of a pompous nutcase. The document comes complete with meaningless charts and a "References" section half-full of Wikipedia links. Hackernews, renowned experts on pompous douchebaggery, spend several hours congratulating each other on paying money to nap while someone grunts at them over loudspeakers. Readers are cautioned that while paying attention exclusively to yourself comes naturally, shutting the fuck up for a while was a harrowing experience, not for the weak. The satirist arrives in the comment section to continue the jest, but takes it too far with lines like "very painful meditation" and claiming to have spent damn near two months on this shit. Nobody could be that ridiculous.
April 16, 2018 (comments)
Some Canadian bureaucrats accidentally dumped everyone's purse on the table, and are lashing out at a teenage data hoarder. Hackernews debates whether the government fucked up because Canadians elected too many old people or if it's because Canadians elected too many stupid people. Several dozen shitty analogies are invented as the rest of Hackernews attempts to convince each other that manually typing in URLs should be punishable by death, because that's simpler to implement than proper access controls.
April 17, 2018 (comments)
Hackernews revisits Mozilla's efforts to cripple non-Google ad agencies. Comments complaining about the draconian measures taken by webshits to punish anyone who uses surveillance countermeasures are fielded by corporate representatives assuring everyone that such antisocial assholes deserve what they get. Hackernews then spends twelve hours whining about Reddit's user interface: all Hackernews are livid about how terrible it is, but not angry enough to find something else to do. One Hackernews snakes my joke from the last time this thing was discussed. I see you, fucker.
April 18, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits enumerate all the ways a surveillance company sells its reconnaissance. Hackernews can't decide whether this obvious betrayal is a problem; after all, Facebook documented the API, and they are rich, which are the only two things upon which Hackernews is capable of basing an ethical evaluation.
April 19, 2018 (comments)
Apple signs up for free labor. Hackernews is over the moon, since about 70% of them seem to have worked on this particular software for a living. Several are puzzled and disappointed that Apple only released the core component and not any of the parts that make it useful. Others keep showing up to brag about running "petabyte-scale clusters" on other people's computers ("all kinds of aws instances"). Dozens of comments enumerate all the amazing things you can do with this software, all of which involves recreating existing software. The project in question is distributed fault-tolerant key-value store #8,605, which uses SQLite to actually store the data.
April 20, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits loot Yahoo!'s corpse. Hackernews is happy that someone had enough money to keep their photo archive from falling off the internet. All of the comments are people asking the CEO for tech support and the CEO promising they'll get it.
April 21, 2018 (comments)
A newspaper accidentally put their interns on a byline, leading to the bizarre circumstance of a journalism grad student with a resume someone might notice. Hackernews' takeaway: programmers in the advertising industry should get more prizes. One of you linked this website in a comment on this story mere minutes ago. Please remember that this is a violation of the Prime Directive. Criticism of this policy may be directed to ombudsman at n-gate.com.
April 20, 2018
There is a total of five students sent out by the Association of Linux friends for internship from April 2018 till present. Each student is required to spend two months in their various places of internship. All the institutions in which the students were sent are in the Limbe, sub division. In the Ministry of Water and Energy, Limbe we have Thompson Ndive and Tafor Joshua .
Computer World. Here in Computer world we also have two students on industrial placement. They are Mbiada Daniel, Lifongo Kinge. These students too have been here for three weeks.
Office and Communication House. Only one student was sent here for internship by name Verla Beltine.
From my inquiry from their supervisors, it shows the students are really putting up the name of Linux Friends as they show eagerness to learn new things as well as contribute to the various tasks carried out by the various departments they have been placed under.
Asking the students about the difficulties they have faced, they said they have not really faced much difficulties and the little they have encountered was nothing they could not solve.
One of the supervisors advised that students to sent more to documentation centers or institutions which are computer intensive so the students could have much work to do and therefore enhance their knowledge. And another head advised, the students be sent out of the Association with the notion of been job creators and not job seekers.
Also, one of ex students of the Association by name Ngo Denise who now works for the establishment in which she carried out her internship was one of the places I stopped to visit. She was really happy to see a representative from Linux Friends and extended appreciation to the staff and the administration as a whole. Some pictures was taken with her.
Today 20th April 2018, the advance class students had a meeting with the administration during this meeting the students presented individually what they have learn from this class, the aimed of the presentation was to fine out if the students could already be preparing to go for internship in big companies like network companies, webdesign companies, hardware companies etc. The students were also ask if they like to speciallized and the answer was yes. The specifications were as follows,
- SHIPU FEBIAN : Programming with python and php
2. EPHANGEH HENSHAW : Database administration
3. VEGEMTEH SHANDRINE : Networking
4.Fongwe LUCIEN : Hardware Maintenance
5. Mbengwi Ferdinand
IKO JAVIS : Solar installation
These students also made a presentation on Django and Internet radio on their various domains of specialization.
Wednesday the 11th of April, I was still in some schools in Limbe II. I started at Governments School Mokundange were I was given a warm reception. After presenting the package the Association of Linux Friends have to offer I could see the excitement on most faces of the class six pupils, even though some complained of distance.
I continued to Favour Bilingual Nursery and Primary School. Here also I met the class six pupils very few in number but also were enthusiastic about gaining computer knowledge.
From Favour Bilingual my next stop was at Government School Wovia. In this institution I met the same response as the other primary schools i visited earlier, excitement.
Next was Prime Bilingual Nursery and Primary School Isokolo, Government School Botaland, Harry Clara Nursery and Primary School Krata respectively. In all these schools the message of the aim of the Association which is youth empowerment was well received.
On the 11th of April 2018 I visited schools in the Limbe II Sub division. On Tuesday, my first stop was at UNIC Nursery and Primary school Batoke. In this school I talked to the teachers and the headmistress about the programs offered at the Association of Linux Friends. They were very happy about the amount required for students to pay as it is very affordable compared to the other youth empowerment centers.
From UNICS, I moved to Providence Bilingual Nursery and Primary school Batoke. Here I was very welcomed by the headmaster and the staff as they ushered me into the class six hall. The pupils were very excited at the thought of taking part in a computer holiday classes and the teachers as well promised to be there too, during the holidays.
My next stop was at Government School Batoke and Catholic School Batoke respectively. In these institutions, I was granted audience to the class six halls as well to sensitize both the pupils and the teachers about the programs offered in the Association.
Next was Government High School Batoke. I met the Vice Principal who asked the Secretary to take me to the form five and upper sixth classes. Due to the few number of students I met at that time since it was almost closing time I pleaded to be given another day in which I can do a presentation and have more student population which was granted. I was asked to report to the school again on the 26th of April 2018.
Wednesday the 11th of April, I was still in some schools in Limbe II. I started at Governments School Mokundange were I was given a warm reception. After presenting the package the Association of Linux Friends have to offer I could see the excitement on most faces of the class six pupils, even though some complained of distance.
April 19, 2018
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April 15, 2018
An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the second week of April, 2018.
April 08, 2018 (comments)
Credit card companies stop pretending to look at receipts. Hackerneuropeans crawl out of the woodwork to bemoan the backwards nature of the largest economy the world has ever known. Hackernews from around the globe chime in with vague memories and pointless recollections of their experiences at various bars. Later, Hackernews tries to reverse engineer the credit card industry, but stops short of reinventing it entirely, because Apple already did that and Hackernews ain't about to step to that.
April 09, 2018 (comments)
Some nerds slap a new name on existing technology, add some irrelevant garbage, and shove it out the door. Hackernews explodes into a frenzy of speculation about whether anyone will ever notice, whether anyone will ever care, under which circumstances anyone might notice or care, and finally whether this is worth noticing or caring about at all. It is not.
April 10, 2018 (comments)
Sam Altman takes a break from deleting Twitter meltdowns to tell people how he gets so much nothing done. The secret? Sleeping a lot, in expensive beds. Hackernews is grateful for the advice, since they're all very important people upon whose shoulders rests the fate of untold millions of 99-cent phone programs and GTD-based web apps. A gigantic web forum thread develops wherein Hackernews trades tips for dealing with the burden of being smarter than everyone else. Then they seek each other's advice about how to eat. Despite the flurry of worshipful admiration, Sam Altman does not deign to participate. Maybe you'll get noticed next time, Hackernews.
April 11, 2018 (comments)
Some doctors create some medicine. You can't have any. Hackernews trades thinkpieces on why companies want to make money, then tries to explain to each other how the medical billing industry works. After bitching about Obama (again) for a few dozen pages, Hackernews decides it's cheaper to just die, but there are apparently ethical problems with this approach, none of which are deemed relevant to the discussion. The only important answers everyone agrees are necessary: whose fault is this, and how can we blame the government for it anyway?
April 12, 2018 (comments)
April 13, 2018 (comments)
Google loses a court case, but doesn't care enough to keep trying. Hackernews is concerned that government regulations might make their jobs slightly harder, and argues this is justification to get rid of the jury system, government oversight of human rights, government involvement in technology of any sort, and even the faintest possibility of Google being held accountable for anything, by anyone. Each of these positions is articulated, rebutted, and lost in a quagmire of hypothetical corner cases invented by cloistered techbros under assumed names.
April 14, 2018 (comments)
A magazine is worried about climate change. The shit in the headline is just a jumping-off point to suck in nerds. Hackernews shows up to ask more unanswerable questions... and even more easily-answerable questions, such as "does LIDAR penetrate dust."
April 13, 2018
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April 08, 2018
An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the first week of April, 2018.
April 01, 2018 (comments)
A massive content-delivery network enhances its surveillance capabilities while promising not to surveil its users. Hackernews spends two days pinging the servers, because they don't know how to run real performance tests. An argument breaks out over whether HTTPS is the correct transport for DNS. The argument is moot, because there are not any programmers left alive who can develop software that uses any other protocol. A handful of Hackernews gather for a rudimentary course on how IP addresses work, then the rest of the comments are pedantic bickering about the precise wording of the vague and unenforceable privacy policies from a faceless internet corporation.
April 02, 2018 (comments)
Apple negotiates a discount on future Intel products. Hackernews thinks Apple should make everything themselves, because Apple does everything better than everyone else. The ensuing ode to Apple contains shit-talking of any alternatives, whining about keyboard shortcuts, declaring that the dearth of software in the App Store is for your own good, reinventing package management from first principles, and linux tech support. That's one comment thread. Comment thread two is pearl-clutching about whether Adobe and Autodesk will bother to support Apple computers that don't run Intel processors, which launches a catfight about CPU benchmarks. The remaining comment threads are all remixes of the first two, except for the breathtaking quote "There are no good or bad ideas".
April 03, 2018 (comments)
A nutjob sails off the deep end. Hackernews finally notices that crazy people with guns can have a detrimental effect on worker productivity, but cautions one another not to believe anything they see, hear, or read until the event is safely in the distant past. Most of the comment threads are Hackernews linking to tweets, followed by twenty other Hackernews disbelieving the tweet or disparaging the information source. After the action slows down, the typical webshit gun debate unfolds.
April 04, 2018 (comments)
A small band of Googles strongly believes that the corporation should limit itself to psychological warfare. Hackernews takes turns praising themselves for focusing on ponzi schemes and adtech, because nobody gets hurt by those. Another comment thread takes turns chanting that other engineers need enforceable ethical codes, but software engineers should be masters of their fates, because they are special. After a while the whole post degrades into trench warfare over whether and how the defense industry is responsible for Silicon Valley.
April 05, 2018 (comments)
A school offers a remedial statistics class. Hackernews is pissed that schools keep offering classes that people ask for instead of classes that Hackernews asks for. One Hackernews is clearly a Slashdot refugee, as this particular Hackernews dismisses the course based on its choice of package manager and text editor.
April 06, 2018 (comments)
A newspaper points out that Silicon Valley surveillance corporations are not the only corporations who spy on users. Hackernews upvotes the living shit out of this story, desperate to spread the word that they're not the only ones selling humanity down the river. A few Hackernews aren't so sure that "logging DNS queries" is on the same level as "storing literally every scrap of information that can be acquired or inferred about all of humanity," but the rest of Mountain View arrives to assure them that the ISPs are way worse because the users pay them. Many Hackernews tell stories about all the terrible things that both ISPs and Silicon Valley corporations do to users, usually implemented by Hackernews.
April 07, 2018 (comments)
Google's shitty email service collides with Netflix's shitty account management practices. Hackernews draws battle lines over whose fault this is. The entire comment chain consists of uninteresting bickering over technical minutiae, rendered all the more meaningless because nobody involved gives enough of a shit to change anything at all. What's left is a prime example of a nerd pissing match of no consequence whatsoever.
April 04, 2018
April 01, 2018
An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the last week of March, 2018.
March 22, 2018 (comments)
A negligible amount of spam goes offline. Hackernews, in general, is angry whenever anything a government does affects anything a website does, but in this case they're extra angry because now it's harder to find full-stack genital UX designers on the internet. Now Hackernews is forced to sit online and argue about whether any government action has ever benefited any human being.
March 23, 2018 (comments)
Y Combinator is excited that one of their cultists has money now. Hackernews is too. Nothing of value emerges from the original post or the ensuing discussion.
March 24, 2018 (comments)
An Internet uses some programs. We are not allowed to make money with the programs. Hackernews is desperate for someone to teach them how to use computers. A few Hackernews feel that just running programs is dumb, and things are better if webshit gets involved.
March 25, 2018 (comments)
An Internet reports on secret military training for going to sleep: stop being awake. Hackernews recounts all of their experiences with going to sleep. One Hackernews mentions a medical condition that interferes with sleeping, and is immediately instructed to demand a device that records every single breath, preventing the horrible dystopia in which someone does something without telling a computer about it. I didn't think anything could be less interesting to read than the Dropbox circlejerk, but nearly two hundred comments comprised of nerds recounting all the ways they fail at fundamental biological imperatives sure raised the bar.
March 26, 2018 (comments)
An Internet postulates that when shit breaks you can find out who broke it and ask them what they did instead of reconstructing the failure state from first principles or just erasing the whole world and starting a new one. The Hackernews discussion that appears in response consists entirely of Hackernews telling campfire stories of dumb shit their colleagues did, then listing the six thousand weird-ass diagnostic commands they read about on the Arch Linux forums.
March 27, 2018 (comments)
Mozilla launches some software to ensure that Facebook, who does not pay Mozilla, can collect less data about Firefox users. There is no "Google Container Extension." Hackernews compiles a litany of ideas about ways in which browsers could protect user data, but discards them all because it breaks the websites they all work on for a living. A few Hackernews deride the effort as pointless because it is not flawless. The rest of the comments are bitching about Obama, which, bizarrely, seems to be developing into the standard Hackernews procedure when faced with any Facebook-related story.
March 28, 2018 (comments)
Some rich asshole fucks off. Hackernews pontificates on the nature of leadership, the qualities that make a leader, whether a human owes anything to humanity (or is it the other way around?), the nature of commerce, and the pretty pictures on the blogspam. Half the comments complain that the blog crashed under load.
March 29, 2018 (comments)
Some bureaucrats bureaucratize. Hackernews believes this will lead to a fundamental restructuring of the global telecommunications grid, despite satellite communications services already existing. The real source of Hackernews' relentless optimism about this trivial government filing report is the involvement of Elon Musk. The satellite communications industry is jam-packed with products that are not new, perform extremely poorly, and are ruinously expensive -- meaning the creator of Tesla is born to the task.
March 30, 2018 (comments)
A magazine tells everyone to go back to RSS. There is no RSS subscription information for the magazine itself; although it supports RSS, this feature is not even advertised in the article about RSS. Hackernews lists every RSS feed they've ever seen, as well as every RSS reader they've ever used. Everyone continues not using jsonfeed, except for the seven people who use it on N-Gate. Hi, weirdos!
March 31, 2018 (comments)
A clumsy turbonerd investigates a noisy toilet. Hackernews recounts every loud sound they have ever heard, then tries to fix hearing problems with dietary supplements, Youtube videos, steroids, and humming. Once that gets boring, they start arguing about glossy computer screens. One Hackernews wants pictures of the loud toilet.
March 31, 2018
After the Facebook scandal it’s time to base the digital economy on public v private ownership of data
The data-mining scandal offers a unique chance to reclaim our private information and use it in a way that will benefit us all
The continuing collapse of public trust in Facebook is welcome news to those of us who have been warning about the perils of “data extractivism” for years.
It’s reassuring to have final, definitive proof that beneath Facebook’s highfalutin rhetoric of “building a global community that works for all of us” lies a cynical, aggressive project – of building a global data vacuum cleaner that sucks from all of us. Like others in this industry, Facebook makes money by drilling deep into our data selves – pokes and likes is simply how our data comes to the surface – much like energy firms drill deep into the oil wells: profits first, social and individual consequences later.
We must find a way to make firms like Facebook pay for accessing our data – conceptualised as something we own in commonContinue reading...
March 30, 2018
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An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the third week of March, 2018.
March 15, 2018 (comments)
Some webshits are angry that someone wants them to do extra work. Hackernews is furious at the idea that anyone but a Silicon Valley millionaire dares to have opinions about computers. Hundreds of comments appear in a thread about the dangers of software automation, but only when that automation affects Youtube. Dozens more Hackernews weep openly about how easily they could become the next Google if it weren't for these pesky laws getting in their way.
March 16, 2018 (comments)
It turns out that fascist dictatorships can be inconvient for non-dictators. Hackernews erupts into pointless bickering about the implementation details of systemic oppression. Chinese operatives arrive to reassure everyone that everything is fine, and anyone who doesn't like this week's upgrades to Chinese law is clearly a racist, because America is a hundred times worse, and there are no Chinese people in America.
March 17, 2018 (comments)
A newspaper notices that some people fix broken things. Hackernews complains that the customers don't buy expensive enough shit and have opinions about things. Other Hackernews think that buying expensive shit is a bad idea, but everyone agrees that nobody except Hackernews should have opinions. The rest of the comments are Hackernews arguing about whether economics drives culture or culture drives economics, whether the two are unrelated, and how Hackernews would construct either from first principles.
March 18, 2018 (comments)
A Reddit doesn't like a website. Hackernews doesn't like it either. Google does not notice.
March 19, 2018 (comments)
Uber A/B tests vehicular manslaughter. Hackernews argues about the exact speed they think would have allowed the victim to live with horrific injuries instead of actually dying, then decide they would have killed that stranger too and the press is just overreacting because the car was being driven by a computer. Soon enough, says Hackernews, a robotic jitney cab will be able to slaughter people at random and nobody will notice or demand accountability. Until that day comes, Hackernews decides to argue about exactly how much safer we'd all be if nobody ever did anything without a computer's permission ever again.
March 20, 2018 (comments)
An internet posts a tiny subset of Facebook's domain names. Hackernews produces an avalanche of software designed to prevent your computer from communicating with Facebook, and then argues about the technical minutiae involved with the task. Once that's done, they take up the question of whether working for an ad agency built around monetizing the secrets of a third of the world's population constitutes any possible ethical hazards. The usual chorus strikes up to sing about how Hackernews would stop using Facebook if they could, but it's just not possible for human life to proceed without it.
March 21, 2018 (comments)
Facebook, in response to the news that someone misused Facebook users' data, decides to fix the problem by introducing additional paperwork. Hackernews isn't really convinced anyone did anything wrong to start with, and is sufficiently bored by the topic that they decide to rant about Obama instead. Another set of Hackernews huddle up to try inventing a system that would allow webshits to swim around in people's personal information in a manner less likely to attract media attention. The usual chorus strikes up about how nobody is forced to use Facebook and all the idiots who log in deserve whatever they get.
March 21, 2018
March 20, 2018
Bianco Vincenzo, Sebastiano “Nello” Musumeci, Crocetta Rosario, Epifani Ettore Guglielmo, Ercolano Giuseppe, Meloni Giorgia e Stancanelli Raffaele hanno avuto l’onore di essere ricevuti da Ciancio Mario per scambiarsi con Lui profonde riflessioni sul destino della città, della Sicilia e del Paese.
Nel loro complesso, si può dire, tutti costoro costituivano una classe dirigente. Con diverse affinità e competenze, ma ognuno tutto sommato indispensabile al buon funzionamento del Sistema. “La forza della mafia sta fuori della mafia”, dice don Ciotti. “La mafia sta ai vertici della Nazione”, dice Giuseppe Fava. Queste due frasi, insieme, spiegano tutto.
Né il potere mafioso né il rapimento delle fabbriche hanno avuto alcun peso nella recente campagna elettorale: tutti i principali partiti hanno assolutamente ignorato questi temi, che sono quelli hanno realmente trasformato l’Italia. Emigrazione dei giovani, invecchiamento generale, crisi morale vengono tutti di là, e si alimentano a vicenda.
L’affaire Ciancio, apparentemente locale ma in realtà generale, è simbolo di questo male della Nazione, complicemente rimosso da cittadini e istituzioni. Ci sono voluti quarant’anni, qui, per giungere a questo processo, e molto coraggio di nuovi giudici e di giornalisti vecchi.
In meno di un anno, a Catania, tre delle più importanti realtà anti-mafiose hanno subito attentati e intimidazioni. Dalle minacce a MeridioNews all’attentato contro I Briganti a Librino, passando per le minacce di morte ai Siciliani. Il clima è questo. Per noi dura ormai da trent’anni, e non ci ha mai rallentato, né ha intimorito i nostri amici in ogni parte d’Italia.
Ma c’è stata, a Catania, una vera e propria pulizia etnica culturale: decine di giovani giornalisti, cresciuti una generazione dopo l’altra nelle redazioni dei Siciliani, sono stati cacciati dalla città, o silenziati. E questo è tutto. Noi continueremo, naturalmente, per il bene comune. Ai giovani che vorranno seguirci lasciamo una cosa sola: “Il coraggio di lottare”.
L'articolo Mario Ciancio, inizia il processo all’editore e con lui alla città di Catania proviene da Il Fatto Quotidiano.
March 18, 2018
The team arrived Campo at 4:00pm in the evening we meet the project manager Mr. Eno who help direct to Hotel Elad where we spend the night. The next day which was Wednesday a Land Crusher carried us, on the way we came across obstacles, two trees which have fallen down across the road so we had to cut it before driving across.
The land crusher drop us on the bridge from there we walk one hour, twenty minutes with materials we carried.
We arrived the camp in the forest 2:00pm. The installation started by 2:30pm before 4:00pm in the evening, the team have already succeeded in installing the Solar Panel, the battery, an inverter, circuit breakers, and two 12v bulbs in one house. On the terms of the Project the installation was to be carried on three houses in the Camp but since the Commander of the camp who is in charge of tracking the habituated Gorillas was very welcoming this made us to extend the installation to the fourth house, so totally the installation was carried out on four houses.
Technical concept of the installation.
March 16, 2018
Internet et wifi. Lorsque le wifi est apparu au début des années 2000, permettant de connecter sans fil un ordinateur à internet, de nombreux hackers ont commencé à bricoler matériels et logiciels pour augmenter les portées d’émission-réception. Au départ, on voulait avoir Internet au fond du jardin ou dans la pièce la plus reculée, et puis c’est entre voisins qu’on a voulu partager une connexion. A une certaine époque, la connexion à Internet était un bien si précieux, si désirable en tout lieux, que la seule façon de la propager était de fournir ce service gratuitement et de le partager aussi loin que la portée du matériel le permettait.
En quelques mois, la culture d’un réseau wifi omniprésent, autogéré, gratuit, décentralisé, basé sur les logiciels libres, s’est diffusée dans le monde entier. Toutes les villes du monde ont eu, avant la popularisation des accès ADSL, des clubs, associations ou collectifs édifiant bénévolement du wifi gratuit, en réseau étoilé pour la plupart, en réseau maillé pour les plus savants, avec divers succès. Les montages d’antenne les plus habiles se faisaient avec des boites de Ricoré, et même avec des écumoires à friture asiatique, toujours utilisées aujourd’hui comme antennes wifi directionnelles dans de nombreux pays. On est rapidement passé à des portées en centaines de mètres, puis en kilomètres et même en dizaines de kilomètres. Aujourd’hui, des matériels industriels sont fabriqués et disponibles dans le monde entier, malgré des législations nationales variées en terme de puissance d’émission.
En France, de nombreuses associations de « Wifi-gratuit » sont nées vers 2001: toutes les grandes villes, mais aussi des petites villes comme Montauban, Mazamet, ou des villages comme Les Orres ont eu leur réseau sans fil autogéré. Ces collectifs ont perduré pendant quelques mois ou quelques années, jusqu’à ce que les opérateurs fournissent de l’internet filaire sur l’ensemble du territoire. Aujourd’hui, en France, n’existent plus qu’une poignée de ces associations, certains continuant l’aventure « pour le fun » et pour l’autoformation aux protocoles de réseau et à leurs évolutions, d’autres les utilisant pour quelques cabanes de bergers, maisons isolées et refuges de montagne. La situation est tout à fait différente dans d’autres pays.
En Allemagne, le réseau autogéré gratuit Freifunk grandit régulièrement. Né en 2002 à Berlin, il rassemble aujourd’hui 436 communautés géographiques dans toute l’Allemagne avec près de 47 000 points d’accès. Dans des dizaines de pays, des plus riches aux plus pauvres, des collectifs associatifs animent des réseaux auto-gérés, certains alliant également le wifi avec des technologies GSM ou 3G, comme autour d’Oaxaca au Mexique par exemple, sous l’impulsion du réseau Rhizomatica.org
Ce n’est pas un simple ensemble de routeurs connectés à Internet et distribuant du wifi autour de leur antenne. En effet, ces routeurs sont interconnectés dans une topologie en réseau maillé, Mesh en anglais, qui permet à chaque routeur de transmettre de l’information lui arrivant de n’importe où, vers une autre destination, un autre routeur, en direction du « client » final. Cette topologie mesh reproduit le fonctionnement d’internet, dans lequel l’information circule au gré des accès, sans route prédéfinie au départ. Cette topologie adaptée à de simple routeurs et point d’accès wifi est la vraie contribution des hackers à un réseau citoyen et résilient.
Même topologie en Catalogne, dans les zones montagneuses des Pyrénées, et dans les zones vallonnées d’Osona, les opérateurs nationaux n’ayant pas équipé toutes les zones rurales. Une poignée de villages se sont groupés à partir de 2004, pour commencer un réseau citoyen gratuit: Guifi.net. Le réseau s’est étendu peu à peu à toute la Catalogne, y compris dans les grandes villes. Aujourd’hui, Guifi.net se diffuse tranquillement sur la péninsule Ibérique, et possède même des connexions vers d’autres pays, vers l’Amérique du Sud par exemple. A l’heure où j’écris cet article, 34.630 noeuds d’interconnexion sont actifs, sur les 58000 installés.
Ces noeuds sont matérialisés par de petits routeurs que l’on trouve pour une trentaine d’euros, voire moins, consommant très peu d’électricité, entre 3W et 10W ou plus selon la puissance, certains étant alimentés par du petit photovoltaïque. Une petite antenne sur le toit de la maison ou de l’immeuble, le routeur dans le grenier ou l’escalier, et le tour est joué. Une fois le matériel branché, la mise en place se fait par une simple page web, à la portée de tous. Le réseau s’adapte sans difficulté à l’arrivée de nouveaux nœuds, ou à l’extinction d’autres nœuds.
La partie logicielle, très expérimentale au début, s’est progressivement étoffée, comme pour tout logiciel libre, avec l’implication de plusieurs dizaines de développeurs, qui se groupent aujourd’hui sur une distribution GNU-Linux spécifique pour concevoir ce modèle de réseau Internet en mesh, autonome et résilient. Le projet s’appelle Cloudy. Il met tous les noeuds en communication, sans serveur centralisé. En plus des protocoles de communication traditionnels, la communauté Guifi a mis en place sur ce réseau des serveurs de courriel, de téléphonie par IP, de stockage de données, de messagerie instantanée, de webRadios et webTV, de vidéoconférence, ainsi que des serveurs Web, créant un véritable Internet autonome, autogéré, résilient, accessoirement connecté au vrai Internet. Et c’est ici qu’on en comprend toute la portée politique et technologique dans les difficiles années qui viennent.
Internet, le vrai, est un réseau qui perd progressivement sa résilience. Internet est soumis à d’intenses forces économiques et technologiques, qui dépendent des plus grands pouvoirs de la planète. La fragilité d’Internet s’accroit, non seulement du point de vue technique à cause d’une croissance de la consommation énorme, mais aussi du point de vue politique. Les attaques de Trump sur la neutralité du Net font rêver de nombreux pays. Certains états peu démocratiques, comme la Chine, déploient des murs digitaux qui empêchent la libre circulation des idées et du savoir. De nombreuses forces économiques, politiques, militaires ou religieuses voudraient mettre un terme à l’anarcho-technologie que déploie Internet depuis sa fondation, qui donne un accès identique à tout humain connecté, que l’on soit un GAFAM ou un simple paysan dans un Café-Internet au Bangladesh. A l’heure où des États ont coupé la totalité des communications Internet pendant quelques heures voire quelques jours, comme pendant les printemps arabes par exemple, la disponibilité des réseaux se révèle également comme un paramètre géo-politique essentiel, une nécessité pour l’existence et la mise en place de démocraties réelles.
Il faut rajouter, à ce contexte, les effets du bouleversement climatique, de la crise des ressources et de leurs conséquences. Nul ne sait ce que peut donner un crash économique mondial sur la disponibilité des réseaux et des télécommunications. Nul ne sait ce que peuvent donner des déplacements massifs de population en terme de liberté de circulation de l’information. Tous nos systèmes techniques, toutes nos infrastructures, tous nos flux réels et virtuels sont devenus dépendants d’Internet. Si Internet devait s’écrouler, quelle qu’en soit la raison ou la durée -et l’histoire montrant qu’on est passé plusieurs fois à quelques doigts d’un effondrement global- des réseaux autogérés comme Guifi ou Freifunk continueraient à permettre les communications locales et régionales, à fournir des services de communication essentiels en cas de crise: la vie active d’un noeud ne dépend que de l’alimentation électrique d’un routeur ou du mini-ordinateur ne consommant que quelques watts.
Il faut dire un mot de la pollution générée par un réseau d’antennes wifi sur les toits. Elle est d’une centaine de fois inférieure à la puissance émise par les réseaux de téléphonie 3G/4G, qui sont pourtant dans les mêmes gammes de fréquence et qui sont omniprésents. Pour donner une idée, le 1 watt d’un matériel wifi actuel autorisé en France en extérieur, (norme PIRE 1W) permet d’avoir une connectivité suffisante à 20km en flux directionnel. La puissance diminuant avec le carré de la distance, on arrive rapidement à des dangerosités infiniment inférieures à celle d’un smartphone en fonctionnement à votre main ou votre oreille.La résilience que nous devons mettre en place pour aborder les années qui viennent passera par une Transition Numérique sur plusieurs points, et tout d’abord, sur la mise en place d’infrastructures à l’image de Guifi, de Freifunk ou des réseaux de Rhizomatica: une structure décentralisée, partant du citoyen, gérée par le citoyen, améliorée par le citoyen, à bas coût, à basse consommation énergétique, résiliente par la structure en réseau maillé, résiliente face à toute censure technologique, politique ou économique. Pour ce faire, il n’est pas besoin de réinventer la roue, de bouleverser le monde, mais simplement de copier le savoir-vivre de nos voisins. De tels réseaux pourraient être mis en place progressivement, avec une simple motivation citoyenne, en toute légalité, sans aucune formalité. Rattrapons notre retard.
March 15, 2018
An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the second week of March, 2018.
March 08, 2018 (comments)
March 09, 2018 (comments)
The United States Government disapproves of a startup, "Uber for Kessler Effects," which is funded in part by the United States Government. Hackernews spends six years arguing whether or not the United States Government should have a say in whether a company registered in the United States, located in the United States, and funded by the United States Government is allowed to skulk off and pay some discount space agency for a ride.
March 10, 2018 (comments)
A glowing man is concerned about an oversized communion wafer. At least, that's what it looks like, based on the thumbnail of this Youtube video, which I am not going to watch. After fawning over the glowing man, Hackernews trades amazement at the trick with the communion wafer and derision for the people who didn't already know the trick with the communion wafer.
March 11, 2018 (comments)
An idiot builds a really bad keyboard. Hackernews reminisces about other bad keyboards they've seen and fantasizes about bad keyboards still to come. When that winds down, the topic switches to the scads of dumb garbage they've all squirreled away in their text editor configurations. At least one Hackernews in this discussion has more commits to a "dotfiles" repository than all other programming work combined.
March 12, 2018 (comments)
A webshit-flavored XMPP Memorial Society member is mad about a more popular chat service. Hackernews is nakedly contemptuous of the drooling idiots who are unwilling to pay money for the privilege of spamming animated GIFs at other people on the internet. The rest of the comments are people suggesting other half-baked webshit chat trash, sucking it up and writing a check to the Slack people, or spiteful crimes against humanity from people desperate to be the next Slack-style check-cashing organization.
March 13, 2018 (comments)
A famous actor, rock star, comedian, author, and political analyst has died. Hackernews climbs over each other in their eagerness to be the winner of the Most Affected By This Famous Person ribbon. Other Hackernews unpack some edibles to consider just like, what is even a person, man?
March 14, 2018 (comments)
The Securities and Exchange Commission lowers the boom on some charlatans. Hackernews nitpicks the announcement, trying to ascertain exactly how much "lying to investors" needs to take place before they're next against the wall -- is it an absolute amount? How many thousands of words of bullshit will bring the feds? Is it a relative amount? Is your business being entirely bullshit-based grounds for an exemption? If other, richer bullshit artists get away with it, might it be worth trying anyway? Hackernews feverishly scrabbles at the walls of their Habitrail, desperately seeking a return to a world where lying to everyone you meet while blowing through hundreds of millions of dollars of other people's money is praised as entrepreneurship, rather than prosecuted in court.
Wildcard Certificate + ACME v2 live and kicking
Wildcard certificates allow you to secure all subdomains of a domain with a single certificate ... Wildcard certificates are only available via ACMEv2. In order to use ACMEv2 for wildcard or non-wildcard certificates you’ll need a client that has been updated ... we have not set an end-of-life date for our ACMEv1 API yet.
- check out all the clients you can use : https://letsencrypt.org/docs/client-options/
March 14, 2018
March 13, 2018
Chiapas: Primer Encuentro Internacional, Político, Artístico, Deportivo y Cultural de Mujeres que Luchan (Fotoreportaje).
Imágenes del Primer Encuentro Internacional, Político, Artístico, Deportivo y Cultural de Mujeres que Luchan tomadas por diferentes colectivas y colectivos.
March 11, 2018
There’s no understanding the future of technology without understanding the future of its funders. And they have changed dramatically over the last three decades. First it was the military. Then the venture capitalists. Today, another chapter begins: massive funds, with billions to spend and often linked to governments, are technology’s new masters.
The undisputed leader is Japan’s SoftBank, which counts Uber, WeWork, Alibaba and Nvidia among its investments. Its companies make awe-inspiring robot dogs (Boston Dynamics) and offer dog walking as a service (Wag) for real canines. SoftBank’s model is simple: build stable, cash-generating businesses, such as mobile network operators; use them as collateral to borrow more funds – an investor presentation from last year put SoftBank’s “interest-bearing debt” at $125bn – and buy promising tech companies.Continue reading...
March 10, 2018
OMG, the Internet Archive has been mining geocities to extract GIFs
... we extracted over 4,500,000 animated GIFs (1,600,000 unique images) and then used the filenames and directory path text to build a best-effort “full text” search engine. Each GIF also links back to the original GeoCities page on which it was embedded (and some of these pages are even more awesome than the GIFs).
March 09, 2018
March 08, 2018
An annotated digest of the top "Hacker" "News" posts for the first week of March, 2018.
March 01, 2018 (comments)
An Internet wakes up to being a little worm on a big fucken hook. Sixteen thousand Amazons crawl out of the woodwork to recommend actions the author describes already having taken, and the rest of the comments opine that Amazon couldn't be doing anything wrong, because Amazon is rich.
March 02, 2018 (comments)
Hot on the heels of yesterday's story, a Hackernews tries again, but with a product Hackernews actually uses: Google shit. This time, Hackernews decides that Amazon has a serious problem with deceiving their customers, but Hackernews has the answer: eBay. Comments describing physically traveling to a specially-constructed building to acquire goods are all met with an embarrassed silence. On the upside, there are dozens of hilarious stories about Hackernews coming variously a cropper after buying random garbage from a webshit flea market. Later, Amazons and Googles form regiments to decide once and for all why Amazon doesn't sell Chromecast devices.
March 03, 2018 (comments)
Germany decides it's in charge of any website with German-language content (kommt zu mir, Arschgeigen). Hackernews takes a break to discuss where the best place is to send money, then argues about whether the website in question is being a dick by generously applying the German court's decision with gusto and initiative. Some Hackernews don't believe the block is even real, because it is imperfect. The rest of the comments are people incorrecting each other about copyright law and bickering about whether copyright violation and theft are the same thing.
March 04, 2018 (comments)
European courts continue making pronouncements irrelevant to citizens of the civilized world. Hackernews experiences cognitive dissonance while trying to process the idea that a rich company might be held accountable to some kind of external force, such as "laws" or "basic human decency." Most of the comments involve Hackernews trying to craft just the right bizarre analogy, except the ones attacking the form of other comments while ignoring the content. Broad consensus recurs in several comment chains: it's no use adhering to ethical standards or legal requirements if someone else might not.
March 05, 2018 (comments)
A webshit posts an abridged accounting of one of the myriad pieces of evidence that nobody in charge of any web-related technology has ever been worth a shit. Hackernews debates whether this obviously ridiculous behavior is justified by the fact that someone used it, then switches to finger-pointing and shifting blame away from their preferred garbage. A few fantastical romps into the Forest of Mightabeen allow Hackernews to take solace in the fact that even at the height of the shitstorm, there were tiny, ignored voices, shouting directions to a saner future that humanity never knew. When the dust settles, they all return to their Atom.js windows to update their employer's website to tell visitors with the wrong user agent string to fuck themselves.
March 06, 2018 (comments)
Bitcoin Idiots, LLC wants more real money. Hackernews is universally relieved, because they are tired of maintaining the ludicrously overcomplicated software they've written to manage their own Beanie Babies collections.
March 07, 2018 (comments)
Europe can't even produce electricity correctly, which is fucking up their clocks, because they can't make those right either. Hackernews takes turns lecturing each other about how the American power system works (summary: it works). One Hackernews explains this is a good warning not to make important things depend on convenient things provided by third-parties without obligation. Because this warning was posted on a venture capital website used almost exclusively by people whose entire businesses depend on Amazon Web Services, my computer's irony co-processor exploded and I had to finish this article at my local public library.