Transcript of my 28C3 keynote

Joshua Wise transcribed my 28C3 lecture, The Coming War on General Purpose Computation. He's released the text under Creative Commons Attribution. The text is on GitHub, in Markdown format, and Joshua says, "The format is both markdown and probably also machine-parseable, with some manual intervention." The Q&A hasn't been transcribed, but I'd welcome that if someone would like to take a crack at it!


  1. Cory released the speech under CC BY-NC-ND. Presumably the ND is so that nobody can put words in his mouth? On the other hand, Wikisource seems to define ND as “Non-derivative criteria limit or disallow modifications, translations, or derived works such as musical arrangements, dramatizations, fictionalizations, motion picture versions, sound recordings, art reproductions, abridgments, condensations, or annotations.” (see here) I don’t see why Cory would prohibit that. So I’m not clear on what ND actually means.

    1. I didn’t release it at all. The video was released by CCC (the person who makes the recording holds the copyright). The copyright in the text is CC-BY (it was never written down, I spoke from bullet-point notes).

      1. By “text”, do you mean the speech as actually rendered by you at that time (i.e. not your notes)? Could, then, Joshua (if he were to agree) also release the transcript under CC-BY despite the fact that the transcript was based off a CC-BY-NC-ND work (which requires all derivative works such as transcripts to be licensed also under CC-BY-NC-ND)?

        My ultimate goal here is to see if the transcript could loaded onto Wikisource.

        The reason I’m interested is that I also recently translated your Scroogled story into Latin, but the license has to be CC-BY-NC because that is the original license. Which means the translation could not be put up on Wikisource (which also means, sadly, I’d have to host the translation elsewhere).

        1. I think you’re overthinking this. Just treat the text as CC-BY. I’m unambiguously the author of said text, and I’m stelling you that that is the license you may use.

  2. I have also marked up the speech in Wikisource with various helpful wiki links in case a Congressman who is proud that they are not a nerd (or more likely, a staffer) reads the transcript.

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