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Benedict Lau ⛔
buffer overrun►ocols and collective governance of digital infrastructures ↵ co-organizer ↵ ◄ring
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Benedict Lau ⛔ retweeted
Jason Hickel 11h
Wow. Barcelona has declared a climate emergency that gets straight to the point: "The current economic model is based on endless growth, consumption & a permanent race for profit. This economic system threatens the ecological balance of our planet & has multiplied inequalities."
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Alex Martin💡🌌 Jan 14
Replying to @SidewalkSciGuy
EXPLODE YOU FOOL
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 15
Replying to @andrestaltz
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Aral Balkan 🕷 (@aral@mastodon.ar.al) Jan 14
In the past, I’ve called out for having Google as a sponsor: So this year, they added Facebook also: FOSDEM is about open source, not freedom. Why is this a problem? Read this:
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Carl ✶ will be at shm⬡⬡con Jan 14
OK, confirmed it is deeper in the stack than GBoard. AnySoftKey and Swiftkey (thanks ) have the same results. However, turning on Incognito Keyboard in blocks it (thanks !) And thank you for helping test.
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Feross 🧙🏼‍♂️✨ Jan 13
"We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing ...
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 14
Replying to @tchoi8 @dcwalk_ @sfpc
This looks great! I won't be able to make this again because I am in Europe these couple months. Hope you have a great event!
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 14
I saw the tweet and thought of this deck I put together back in 2018 maybe related but not exactly what is looking for 🤔
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 14
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
None of that tech replaces a value aligned community willing to create the social processes to make a sustainable community network though!
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 14
If a whole street of neighbours commit to take collective action, we don't even need the latest gen of anything. can flash repurposed MR16s in bulk that we can buy at $6 per device, forming Layer 3 mesh networks that partitions household devices properly.
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 14
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
Most common relationship with ISP is "pay and complain" and strategy to WiFi spectrum is "buy louder radios" 😅 investing time and energy to build collaborative alternatives is uncommon, and would require a culture shift
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 14
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
In cities, people generally have expectations of zero distruption internet, bandwidth as private property (more money buys more and it's mine! Even when I'm not using it), and devices are built expecting a trusted Layer 2 environment.
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 14
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
The community would have a fair ToS they have developed for themselves, ways of sharing cost and perhaps taking turn as support volunteers, maybe even community workshops to share skills. So you'd end up with a community network model anyways, if this is to be sustainable :)
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 13
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
In the end, this depends on the nature of the community. If it's high trust, all the neighbours are like family in terms of privacy expectations and responsibility to one another, all these may not be problems at all.
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 13
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
If you're sharing your ISP connection, you'd also have to trust people not to get you into trouble by torrenting copyrighted content without VPN or accessing illegal content. Of course there are ways around all the above problems, but they take some collective effort.
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 13
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
When that happens, who is the community tech support? You cannot run downstairs to tell your brother to unplug his new device that seems to disrupt the network, or trust everyone not to Chromecast to your TV. These inconveniences + losing ISP support will deter ppl from this.
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 13
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
It's also possible for one device to take down the entire network, or example with a colliding MAC address or running a second DHCP server (Rogue DHCP Server section)
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 13
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
These devices probably extend a Layer 2 network, meaning it's one big home network and now every device in the neighborhood is announcing to everyone, so your Apple TV and Chrome Cast are now communal, and every device is visible to everyone.
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Benedict Lau ⛔ Jan 13
Replying to @Connoropolous @dasanc_
I think ISPs can discontinue service but not anything more threatening. I don't think sharing or even reselling a residential plan is against the law, just ToS. However, there are other issues with building a community mesh this way.
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Joanna Rutkowska Jan 12
's 36C3 talk in which he denounces decentralization. Yet, he forgets(?) an important threat vector: the Signal vendor itself... (~he). But once we include AVAILABILITY in the threat model, this simply cannot be ignored, IMHO. Good talk anyway.
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