Happy US Independence day! Independence day to me, as an observer, stands for freedom. Freedom and a set of ideals. I recently came across an old project of mine called daemonium.com. It was to be a start-up ISP, but it wasn't meant to be. However I'd like to strike parallels to back then and now. Here is a screenshot from the wayback machine (archive.org).
Feel free to browse in the archive (without pictures) by following this link. Big on the front page of daemonium.com was the four statements: Cooperation, Innovation, Privacy, Trust. Daemonium's concept was very simple really. It was to be a DSL ISP but had a twist. It would use wifi to give people access to their neighbours and route around bad links. If you look a few articles down from this article you'll find how I think a neighbourhood should look like. This concept is very similar, but different in the way that I'd not use wireless today but rather optical links such as improved upon RONJA. Daemonium's vision to grow into a campus was perhaps wrong but the rest is right on. Privacy is big in that project. I saw the dangers that we face today, only Google was not so popular back then, it was Yahoo and doubleclick instead. Also I foresaw that government would try to mass surveil people, hence the wifi links with IPSEC that were to give privacy from snoops.
I could go deeper into this but I'd just like to leave the archive to you and make up your own mind. And I'd like to point out that the biggest change is a societal one, not that this is big technology. People have to take their freedom into their own hands and route around dangers that lurk in society, such as mass surveilance by secret services, police and people in position of power. I don't see it happening, I see empty handed people, victims of a digital divide. Perhaps my observance is wrong, and I hope we can get back to freedom the way it is meant to be. As for me, I'll keep dreaming.0 comments
Germany has a lack of engineers? Or are the good engineers not being heard? We should put engineering principles on the table to create an Internet that is safe from spying even if spying is outlawed. We cannot afford to be mass surveilled by a higher class of people. Internet should be fair for everyone. I don't blame the NSA as much as I blame BND. For them to say "OK we'll stop" is not good enough. We must re-engineer the entire fabric of the Internet in Germany, to secure everyones privacy.0 comments
Out my Office window there is a spectacular cloud. Only it has jet trails going in on one end and coming out another. What happened in the cloud?
What I said to myself was "oh that's weird!"... after 5 minutes or so the jet on the right did not come out of the cloud, and the wind wiped the jet trails. Suspicous!0 comments
These were growing on my parents trees. Nice eh?0 comments
I'm putting this up now so that I don't forget later...
Happy Canada Day! Even though I'm absent from Canada I thought I'd say peace! Eh!?0 comments
When I speak to people about how the Internet should be like I liken it to a spider web.
The spider doesn't create one link but several, as means of redundancy and stability. So when humans build an Internet usually in its first phases it looks like this:
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-----(BR)----In this ASCII drawing you have a trunk and end-users (drawn as "o"). There is a (BR) (bad router) that the government spies sit at and listen to everyone. We have to admit it's like this because it is. We are being spied upon and are making it very easy. But it doesn't have to be like that. We can make changes...we can work out a spider web between neighbouring houses (end-users). It would look like this:
As you can see everyone has 2 or more gateways that they use. This is what's called a "mesh" (and the purple links are its links). The model is just a small neighbourhood but it should be linked with an entire city like this. The light blue is gateways to the Internet. The Internet past these gateways should look like 1 house in this picture as well. The trick is to send packets in any random direction and the packet will seek its destination any random way. This requires new routing protocols that make this possible. It requires investments by neighbours to create the links, and government approval. It makes spying on the communications of any single person very difficult and that is its intent. Just we gotta realise this some day and do it.0 comments
I took this picture of an UFO outside my window. It's possibly a weather balloon judging how it rose into the air. But the shape is somewhat odd.
You can click on the jpg to make it bigger I think. I scaled it 50%.0 comments
We should encrypt our private conversations, how do we do that? I believe quantum encrypted laser links to polar orbiting satellites in low earth orbit are a good thing. These then communicate to higher geostationary satellites and vice versa. Whenever the geostationary satellites talk back to the polar satellites they wait until the beam is at tangent with the curvature of the earth so that the beam would never hit earth. The transmission payload would be only AES or similar crypto keys which are then used symmetrically without assymetric key exchange. I think this is worthwhile for states such as Germany and german embassies world wide. A VPN to your embassy would be cool too if you're abroad somewhere in order to make use of this crypto. This is all a response to the TAT-14 spying.0 comments
I got this new book called "Absolute OpenBSD: UNIX for the practical paranoid" by Michael W. Lucas.0 comments
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