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December 31 2013

Four short links: 31 December 2013

  1. Toyota Manufacturing Principles (Joseph Cohen) — Jidoka: Automation with a Human Touch. The idea of jidoka is that humans should work with machines to produce the best possible outcome, leveraging the execution ability of a machine and the judgement of a human. We at O’R Radar have been saying for years that there’s gold in the collaboration between people and machines, about augmenting people and not simply replacing them.
  2. Twisterthe fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform leveraging from the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols. Interesting to see BT and BC reused as platforms for app development, though if eventual consistency and threading Heisenbugs gave you headaches then just wait for the world of Bitcoin-meets-BitTorrent….
  3. Free Uncopyrighted NDA and Employment Contracts — CC0′d legalware.
  4. Transcript of Glenn Greenwald’s Speech to CCC — the relationship of privacy to security, and the transparency of governmental positions on that relationship, remain unaddressed. NSA’s actions are being used to establish local governmental control of the Internet, which will destroy the multistakeholder model that has kept net architecture and policy largely separate from the whims of elected officials. The fallout of Snowden’s revelations will shape 2014. Happy New Year.

June 06 2013

Four short links: 6 June 2013

  1. ShareFest — peer-to-peer file sharing in the browser. Source on GitHub. (via Andy Baio)
  2. Media for Thinking the Unthinkable (Bret Victor) — “Right now, today, we can’t see the thing, at all, that’s going to be the most important 100 years from now.” We cannot see the thing. At all. But whatever that thing is — people will have to think it. And we can, right now, today, prepare powerful ways of thinking for these people. We can build the tools that make it possible to think that thing. (via Matt Jones)
  3. McKinsey Report on Disruptive Technologies (McKinsey) — the list: Mobile Internet; Automation of knowledge work; Internet of Things; Cloud technology; Advanced Robotics; Autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles; Next-generation genomics; Energy storage; 3D Printing; Advanced Materials; Advanced Oil and Gas exploration and recovery; Renewable energy.
  4. The Only Public Transcript of the Bradley Manning Trial Will be Produced on a Crowd-Funded Typewriter[t]he fact that a volunteer stenographer is providing the only comprehensive source of information about such a monumental event is pretty absurd.

May 28 2013

Die Regeln der Filesharer

Filesharing findet, so könnte man denken, in einer Art rechtsfreiem Raum statt; statt analoger Knappheit herrscht digitaler Überfluss. Der Budapester Ökonom und Berkman-Fellow Bodó Balázs kommt in einem bemerkenswerten Aufsatz zu einem anderen Ergebnis. Balázs hat geschlossene, nur für Mitglieder zugängliche Filesharing-Communities untersucht und ist dabei auf ein komplexes Regelwerk gestoßen, mit dem die Mitglieder den gemeinsamen Bestand an Inhalten pflegen, bestimmte Werke knapp halten, andere aber nicht.

Ironie der Geschichte: Dass es solche geschlossenen Plattformen überhaupt gibt – Balázs nennt zum Beispiel ein Peer-to-Peer-Netzwerk für Arthouse-Kino, ein nationalistisches Filesharing-Netzwerk in Ungarn und eine Plattform der ungarischen Minderheit in Rumänien –, ist selbst schon ein Ergebnis der Durchsetzungsstrategien der Rechteinhaber. Nach dem Vorgehen gegen Napster & Co. gab es für die Filesharing-Plattformen zwei Möglichkeiten: Die Flucht nach vorne à la Piratebay oder der Gang in den digitalen Untergrund.

Der Aufsatz in Slides: Bodó Balázs: Voluntary IP regimes in piratical file-sharing communities

Doch während die Nutzer der offenen Plattformen kommen und gehen – downloaden und wieder verschwinden – haben sich um die geschlossenen Peer-to-Peer-Plattformen dauerhafte Communities gebildet, deren Regeln nach Balázs einer Art informellem Schatten-Urheberrecht gleichen. So hat das erwähnte ungarische Filesharing-Netzwerk eine Schutzfrist von sechs Monaten eingeführt, vor deren Ablauf Werke nicht getauscht werden dürfen („um die nationalistischen Künstler zu schützen”). Bei anderen Plattformen steuern die Regeln für die „share ratio” (das Verhältnis von Up- und Downloads eines Nutzers), welche Inhalte leicht erhältlich sind und halten Trittbrettfahrer draußen.

Als Ergebnis solcher und anderer Mechanismen haben die Filesharing-Communities eine neue, künstliche Knappheit eingeführt, die dem Überleben der Plattform und der Erhaltung der gemeinsamen Ressourcen dient. Aber auch informelle Kooperationen mit Urhebern und Rechteinhabern gibt es, wenn etwa bestimmte Werke wieder schnell von der Plattform genommen werden sollen oder die Betreiber zum legalen Kauf der Inhalte auffordern. Obwohl die Plattformen in der Illegalität operieren, haben beide Seiten ein Interesse an Kooperation.

Balázs zieht drei Schlüsse aus seiner Untersuchung:

1.) Es kommt nicht darauf an, was legal ist, sondern was in den Augen der Nutzer ethisch legitimiert ist. So weine kaum jemand Kim Schmitz’ Megaupload eine Träne nach, während sich Sony ein PR-Desaster einhandelte, als das Unternehmen die Preise für Whitney-Houston-Songs kurz nach ihrem Tod ganz legal erhöhte. Blinde Rechtsdurchsetzung würde demnach nur zu neuen Feindseligkeiten führen.

2.) Filesharer bilden Gemeinschaften – nicht nur von Konsumenten, sondern von Konsumenten und Produzenten. Die Trennung von „Fan” und „Urheber“ in der klassischen Kulturindustrie funktioniert nicht mehr, entsprechend auch keine „Wir gegen die“-Haltung im Urheberrecht.

3.) Wer diese geschlossenen Filesharing-Communities trocken legen will, würde nicht nur den gemeinsamen Ressourcenpool, sondern auch ihre Regeln und Kontrollmechanismen zerstören. Dabei könnten gerade diese eine Allianz mit Rechteinhabern ermöglichen, haben sie sich doch nach Balázs’ Ansicht als effiziente Form der „Rechts”-Durchsetzung – wenn auch bislang nur in der Illegalität – erwiesen:

Paradoxical as this may sound, the aforementioned piratical communities may be the enforcement allies that rights-holders have been seeking all this time. In any case, it is apparent that they both have at least one interest in common: a sustainable cultural ecosystem.

Man muss die Schlüsse von Balázs nicht teilen. Aber zukunftsweisender als die hundertste Forderungsrunde zu Warnhinweisen und Netzsperren (diese Woche: Schweiz) sind sie allemal.

April 22 2013

Four short links: 22 April 2013

  1. Meshlabopen source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes.
  2. HTML5 Video on iOS (Steve Souders) — While it’s true that Mobile Safari on iOS doesn’t buffer any video data as a result of the PRELOAD attribute, it does make other video requests that aren’t counted as “buffered” video. The number and size of the requests and responses depends on the video. For larger videos the total amount of data for these behind-the-scenes requests can be significant.
  3. Space Monkey (Kickstarter) — distributed encrypted peer-to-peer cloud service using custom hardware. Not open source, which would make me nervous that I was buying a botnet client with storage capability. (via BERG London)
  4. Matasano Crypto ChallengesCounting is not a hard problem. But cryptography is. There are just a few things you can screw up to get the size of a buffer wrong. There are tens, probably hundreds, of obscure little things you can do to take a cryptosystem that should be secure even against an adversary with more CPU cores than there are atoms in the solar system, and make it solveable with a Perl script and 15 seconds. Don’t take our word for it: do the challenges and you’ll see. People “know” this already, but they don’t really know it in their gut, and we think the reason for that is that very few people actually know how to implement the best-known attacks. So, mail us, and we’ll give you a tour of them.

February 22 2013

Four short links: 22 February 2013

  1. Indiepocalypse: Harlem Shake Edition (Andy Baio) — After four weeks topping the Billboard Hot 100, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” was replaced this week by Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” the song that inspired the Internet meme.
  2. SplinterNetan Android app designed to create an unblockable Twitter like network that uses no cellular or Internet communications. All messages are transmitted over Bluetooth between users, creating a true peer-to-peer messaging system. All messages are anonymous to prevent retaliation by government authorities. (via Ushahidi)
  3. Disposable Satellites (Forbes) — tiny, near-disposable satellites for use in getting battlefield surveillance quickly [...] launched from a jet into orbit, and within a few minutes [...] provide soldiers on the ground with a zoomed-in, birds-eye view of the battlefield. Those image would be transmitted to current communications devices, and the company is working to develop a way to transmit them to smartphones, as well.
  4. Native iOS to HTML5 Porting Tool (Intel) — essentially a source-to-source translator that can handle a number of conversions from Objective-C into JavaScript/HTML5 including the translation of APIs calls. A number of open source projects are used as foundation for the conversion including a modified version of Clang front-end, LayerD framework and jQuery Mobile for widgets rendering in the translated source code. A porting aid, not a complete translator but a lot of the dog work is done. Requires one convert to Microsoft tools, however. (via Kevin Marks)

December 04 2012

Four short links: 4 December 2012

  1. James Burke at dConstruct — transcription of his talk. EPIC. I love this man and could listen to him all day long. (via Keith Bolland)
  2. Mechanism Design on Trust Networks (CiteSeerX) — academic paper behind the Ripple Bitcoin-esque open source peer-payment digital currency.
  3. What If Money Was No Object (YouTube) — about finding your way to stuff that matters, and worth it just for the last lines. (via Rowan Simpson)
  4. photobooth-js (GitHub) — BSD-licensed html5 widget that allows users to take their avatar pictures on your site.

November 27 2012

Retroshare: Störerhaftung erreicht das „Darknet”

Auch wer Daten über den Dienst „Retroshare” nur durchleitet, kann für Urheberrechtsverletzungen haften, so die Ansicht des Landgerichts Hamburg in einer einstweiligen

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November 26 2012

Wochenrückblick: Retroshare, Tolkien-Erben, Datenschutzverordnung

Ein Nutzer des „Retroshare”-Diensts haftet nach einem Urteil als Störer für Urheberrechtsverletzungen von Dritten, die Tolkien-Erben klagen gegen Warner Bros., Faceboo

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November 07 2012

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Gar Alperovitz, Seattle - Oct 3, 2012 - YouTube

Veröffentlicht am 04.10.2012 von ToddBoyle

Gar Alperovitz, Seattle Town Hall - Oct 3, 2012 immediately after the public screening of the presidential debate between Romney and Obama.

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// oAnth: a speech which has the quality to become iconic!

- democratization of ownership

- coops

- financing sector

- crisis and creativity

September 14 2012

Four short links: 14 September 2012

  1. Post Lingo — automatically transcribe incoming emails from foreign tongues. (via Brian McConnell)
  2. All Briefs Should Now Be in Comic Book Form — does wonders for mass audience acceptance of the arguments. (via Andy Lester)
  3. Magic Carpet Can Detect and Predict Falls (BBC) — Beneath the carpet is a mesh of optical fibres that detect and plot movement as pressure bends them, changing the light detected at the carpet’s edges. These deflected light patterns help electronics “learn” walking patterns and detect if they are deteriorating, for instance in the elderly. Neat use for fibre optics! (via Sara Winge)
  4. Travelling the Silk Road (PDF) — A measurement analysis of a large anonymous online marketplace [...] A relatively small “core” of about 60 sellers has been present throughout our measurement interval, while the majority of sellers leaves (or goes “underground”) within a couple of weeks of their first appearance. We evaluate the total revenue made by all sellers to approximately USD 1.9 million per month; this corresponds to about USD 143,000 per month in commissions perceived by the Silk Road operators. (via Robert O’Brien)

August 29 2012

Le tableau de l'Ecce Homo va-t-il retrouver son apparence d'origine?

ECCE HOMO - "C'est possible." L'équipe de restaurateurs professionnels qui analyse actuellement la peinture du Christ, massacrée par une octogénaire à Borja en Espagne, s'est dite confiante. Selon les experts dépêchés sur place, il est possible de redonner à cette peinture murale son aspect d'origine. Mais les fans et la ville seront-ils d'accord?

Depuis le 21 août dernier, les images de cette peinture du Christ datant du 19e siècle font le tour du monde. Une octogénaire a en effet voulu restaurer l'œuvre sans autorisation et anéanti le travail original de l'artiste. L'Ecce Homo d'Elias Garcia Martinez est désormais connu comme la pire restauration artistique de l'histoire.

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Lire aussi:
» La pire restauration de l'histoire?
» L'artiste qui a massacré le Christ de Borja s'explique: "tout le monde me voyait"
» Le Christ de Borja massacré devient... objet de culte !

La restauration serait possible

Depuis la découverte de l'œuvre, deux spécialistes de l'entreprise de restauration Albarium évaluent les dommages. Après avoir enquêté auprès de l'octogénaire qui a retouché l'Ecce Homo pour savoir quels produits ont été utilisés, les restaurateurs ont expliqué être "confiants" et "contents". Selon eux, il serait possible de sauver la peinture d'origine.

Cette semaine, de nouvelles analyses seront faites et les restaurateurs rendront leur rapport.

Une pétition pour sauver la version de l'octogénaire

Mais les fans accepteront-ils de voir disparaître la pire restauration du monde? Depuis deux semaines, les images de l'Ecce Homo font le tour du monde et l'histoire de cette œuvre, inconnue jusqu'alors, a passionné les foules.

Les adorateurs de la toile se mobilisent d'ailleurs pour conserver la version ratée du tableau. Une pétition - recueillant désormais plus de 21.000 signataires - demande au maire de Borja de ne plus y toucher. Pour eux, il est important de conserver cette œuvre qui constitue "une critique subtile des théories créationnistes de l'Église et une interrogation sur l'émergence de nouvelles idoles".

Un filon touristique

Le maire pourrait lui aussi avoir intérêt à conserver l'œuvre telle qu'elle est aujourd'hui. En effet, la mairie de Borja a décidé de déposer la marque "Ecce Homo". Pourquoi? Officiellement, la mairie ne veut pas que le nom soit "mal" utilisé. Mais en déposant ce nom, la municipalité s'assure surtout des retombées économiques.

L'histoire de cette peinture aura fait découvrir cette commune de Saragosse dans le monde entier. Depuis les premiers articles sur le sujet, le 21 août dernier, la ville n'a jamais été aussi visitée. Des milliers de touristes se rendent dans l'église et font la queue pour être photographié à côté de ce nouvel objet de "culte".

Ces curieux pourraient aussi être intéressés par des produits dérivés... D'ailleurs certains entrepreneurs ont devancé la commune: des tshirts existent déjà et une pâtisserie madrilène fait même des crêpes Ecce Homo...

ecce homo crepe

Quel que soit le verdict des restaurateurs, la décision de conserver ou non la peinture reviendra à l'église de Borja.

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August 25 2012

Mal fresco! Botched Ecce Homo restoration woman has 'anxiety attack'

Cecilia Giménez, 81, reportedly ill after media frenzy and talk of legal action over her well-intentioned restoration disaster of the Ecce Homo fresco

An 81-year-old who garnered worldwide media attention after she tried – and spectacularly failed – to restore a painting in her local church may face legal charges.

Cecilia Giménez, the well-intentioned amateur restorer from the Spanish city of Borja, is reportedly in bed after an anxiety attack, with neighbours and relatives suggesting she feels overwhelmed because of the media frenzy over the unintentional damage she caused to the mural.

The damage to the painting in the church of la Misericordia de Borja is reportedly being investigated by experts, with the artist's descendants apparently unhappy that an individual decided to take the restoration job into her own hands. They fear her handiwork may be irreversible.

Giménez told Spanish television that the priest knew about her attempts at restoration to the Ecce Homo painting by Elías García Martínez and that she had done nothing in secret. "The priest knew it and everyone who came into the church could see I was painting," she said.

Although no one seems sure when she embarked on the restoration project, news of the incident first appeared on the blog of the Centre for Borja Studies a fortnight ago.

The centre posted some before-and-after pictures, along with a plaintive message confirming that someone had recently been up to no good with a brush.

"As incredible as it may seem, this is all that remains of the work of an artist whose descendants still live in our city," it said. "We do not know whether this unspeakable deed can de remedied, but there can be no doubt whatsoever that someone should take the necessary action to ensure that such behaviour is not repeated. Whatever the motives were, it must be roundly condemned."

Professional restorers plan to examine the painting to gauge whether restoration is possible.

According to the local paper El Heraldo de Aragón, the city council is reportedly considering legal action against Giménez. Her actions meant the 19th-century painting, which was already in a poor condition, had been "completely destroyed", one councillor, Juan María de Ojeda, said.

Ojeda nonetheless criticised media attention as "disproportionate".

Giménez's efforts have been variously been dubbed "the worst restoration in history", "a botched job", and "a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic".


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August 24 2012

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Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin # facebook

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// oAnth: Learn more about the Borja grassroots restauration mouvement (BGRM) - incl. its astonishingly well adapted concept of arts (Herbert Marcuse) in times of austerity cuts, and further ambitions beyond, e.g. concerning the so called "Da Vinci Project", here.
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Great art needs a few restoration disasters | Jonathan Jones

Thanks to an inadvertent iconoclast, a second-rate fresco is now a 'masterpiece'. Turn her loose on artists that deserve attention

It's all over the internet, it's trending, tweeting, the funniest art joke of all time. You must know it by now. "Masterpiece of Jesus is destroyed after old lady's attempt to restore damage is a less-than-divine intervention", Worst painting restoration work in history", "Elderly woman destroys 19th century fresco with DIY restoration".

A woman said to be in her 80s in Borjanos in Spain took it upon herself to "restore" a fresco in the Sanctuary of Mercy church there. The original painting is an Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia Martinez and dates from the 19th century. But this triptych of photographs shows how totally it has been ruined. It's hilarious to see how the would-be restorer's efforts resulted in a complete reinvention of the painting as a crude image with a face like a neanderthal man's self-portrait. Oh dear. This pious art lover could have a career in slapstick if she wants, for her comic destruction of a work of art bears comparison with Rowan Atkinson giving Whistler's Mother a badly drawn cartoon face in the film Bean.

How did it happen? What was the well-meaning vandal thinking? Reports differ on the meaning of the middle picture in the before-and-after triptych: was this the result of water damage or the self-appointed artist's early effort to prepare the picture for restoration? Picturing how it happened is even funnier than seeing the contrasting versions themselves. Did she, like the Marx Brothers trimming a moustache in Monkey Business, try to fix one bit and then had to do another bit and then another until the whole thing was gone? Was it like Father Ted in the episode of the much-loved clerical comedy where he attempts to mend a car's bodywork with a hammer?

There is only one problem with this story. It doesn't really matter. Martinez is not a great artist and his painting Ecce Homo is not a "masterpiece". It is a minor painting in the dregs of an academic tradition. When it was painted, a boy called Pablo in another Spanish town was learning to paint in this same exhausted 19th-century style. Soon he would shake off the influence of his father the provincial artist Don Jose Ruiz y Picasso and start to reinvent art.

Google Martinez and you will find many, many references that have appeared in the last 24 hours to the botched restoration – and not much else. A previously obscure artist has become famous overnight because of the amateur restorer's exploit. A forgotten painting is now known around the world as a "masterpiece", because it was wrecked.

Perhaps this offers a new strategy for those who seek to popularise the Old Masters. What if even older, but far greater, paintings were to get the Mr Bean treatment?

After Rowan Atkinson gave a show-stopping Mr Bean performance as a keyboard player upstaging a Simon Rattle-conducted performance of Chariots of Fire in the Olympic opening ceremony, the composer Michael Nyman took exception to orchestral music being mocked in this way. Where did his sense of humour go? Surely he can see that classical music should use this strategy to popularise itself. We need Mr Bean disrupting performances of Monteverdi and Mahler. That will get the kids into the concert halls.

Similarly, the well-meaning restorer of this obscure Spanish painting should be turned loose on a couple of works that actually matter. Many true masterpieces are starved of the global attention this second-rate Ecce Homo has now got. She could be sent to Italy to see what she can do with the frescoes in the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara. Revered by art historians, these paintings of the months of the year have never quite made it into popular culture. There are 12 paintings, one for every month, so one could be sacrificed for the good of the whole. A hideously repainted face on one of the lesser months might make their creator the 15th-century genius Francesco del Cossa as famous as the 19th century mediocrity Elias Garcia Martinez has now become.


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Amateur art restorer admits to damaging Ecce Homo mural - video

Cecilia Gimenez, an amateur art restorer, damaged a 19th-century painting belonging to a Spanish church, during her attempts to fix it





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July 15 2012

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New Economy Movement | via Diaspora*

Julien Guigner
  • The Rise of the New Economy Movement - link
  • From consumption to production, here comes the collaborative economy - link
#economy #p2p #coops #sharing #collcons #ouishare

June 28 2012

Four short links: 28 June 2012

  1. Bogan Ipsum -- the Australian version of Loren Ipsum. (via Seb Chan)
  2. Microsoft BASIC for 6502 -- reverse-engineering magic, this person has RE'd the assembly language for various versions of the BASIC interpreter that shipped on microcomputers in the 80s. This page talks about the changes in each version, the easter eggs, and the hacks. This, kids, is how real programmers do it :)
  3. The Sudden Rise of Peer-to-Peer Commerce (Casey Research) -- Today, business are sprouting up around the world based on the idea of connecting individuals directly to each other to trade products and services. While the idea is very much in its infancy still, like the music business at the dawn of Napster, we're beginning to grasp the potential. Something we are tracking at O'Reilly as well.
  4. The Sensor/itive Side of Android (Luke Wroblewski) -- lots of details about sensors in Android, from a Google I/O talk. Sampling rates change between devices. The data has variance and static because it comes from cost-effective components for mobile phones not robust and industry-grade sensors.

June 08 2012

Visualization of the Week: Global BitTorrent usage

This week's visualization comes from BitTorrent, the San Francisco-based company responsible for the peer-to-peer BitTorrent protocol.

BitTorrent's visualization is a time-lapsed movie with some 60 million global clients logging in over a 24-hour period. Each frame represents six minutes of real time. "Each time a pixel lights up," writes BitTorrent's Kara Murphy, "it's a client (either BitTorrent or µTorrent) in that square of the world checking in with our servers."

The video (embedded below) was inspired by NASA's Earth at Night, where electric lights at nighttime highlight the highly populated and developed regions of the world.

The data for the visualization comes from GeoIP lookups from the company's access logs.

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April 18 2012

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