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15 Responses to “Cory's Berlin talk: "It's not a fax machine connected to a waffle iron"”

  1. LinkMan says:

    I’m pretty sure in Japan they have fax machines connected to waffle irons.

  2. SedanChair says:

    It’s not? What is it connect to be?

  3. Gulliver says:

    …and in the meantime you have 60 days to get your copper out of our dirt!
    That was worth the whole hour alone. If only…
    But there is a problem, and this is the question I would ask:

    Those service providers take a fraction of the profits they make selling us overpriced, inconsistent, buggy, traitorous bandwidth, and turn around to operate powerful lobbies that, though a bargain for the providers, can afford more lawyers, more lobbyists, more bribes and more full-time shills than net-neutrality advocates can possibly field. And as long as the wider public ignores that threat to free speech, free association and free thought, lawmakers will continue to listen to the money, because the money gets them re-elected, and professional politicians are not known for choosing principle over re-election. So the question is: how do we get the the man and woman on the street to care, and to understand what is at stake?

    I’d also like to offer a third perspective on the first gentleman’s question. Perhaps there are some technologies that it’s simply better to continue to make “dumb” without integrated computers to hack. However, on the flip side, if you can’t have bulletproof security, and you need reliable systems that at least fail well when they inevitably fail, redundancy and independent interlocking verification are two of the best tools I’ve found for giving security depth. This is coming from someone who spent the better part of the last decade designing and selling data analysis tools. I’m no longer in that industry – I’m back in school now – but I literally watched the IT world wake up to the realities of information security. They’re still learning, but most of the players now know they have something to learn, that a password, or even an air gap, is no sinecure.

  4. you can’t have freedom without the Internet?

    • RandyRandy says:

       Not if humanity continues its transition apace of information dissemination from oral -> print -> electronic.  The internet will eventually become the essential mode by which information is transmitted and shared.  If the independence of the internet is compromised by authorities looking to control, well then yes, there would be no freedom.  Can societies have freedom when authorities regulate speech, or print to in order assert control over  its population?  Inevitably the internet will become as vital as the two former methods of communication.  It’s restriction will be as destructive to freedom as when regimes strictly regulate speech or print. 

  5. stryx says:

    Excellent. A fine addition to  the Coming War on General Purpose Computing series.

    And I had to look up the Steve Levy Wired article

    So will the Freedom layer be an addition to the OSI model?

  6. niktemadur says:

    I’m up to minute 20 and want to pause and say:
    Cory, you are hitting it out of the ballpark!  Absolutely brilliant.
    “The urinary tract infection model of business”, XD!

    • niktemadur says:

      From funny to grim to passionate, well done.  Then this gem:
      “A long rambling statement followed by a question is technically a question but not a good one” – thank you for saying that.

  7. Cory Doctorow says:

    Daww, thanks everyone!

  8. Al Billings says:

     Hmm…when he spoke at Defcon last time, the room was packed. Are you, perhaps, comparing book tour crowds with convention crowds (aka Apples and Oranges)?

  9. Rob says:

    I’m pretty sure all of these ideas for a future involving open computing hinge on a well functioning democracy with officials willing to act for the good of the people at large. Personally I’m going to place my bets on there being a series of laws that I and others will continue to scoff at with relative impunity.

  10. Shannon Graham says:

    Hey Cory, sorry you didn’t get the laugh for “Stop anthromorphizing me”. That line deserved it!

  11. nachoproblem says:

    I believe “series of tubes” is the phrase you’re looking for.