Dear Kopimists and the People who Love Them.
For the featured Filo delicacy for Friday Filosophy, we will have potato burekas.
I propose we talk about the difference between source code, object code, and executable code in regards to 1st Amendment protection. In other words, when is code speech and when is it a speech-act subject to less legal protection?
Below is an excerpt from an essay by Lee Tien, a brilliant EFF attorney for more than a decade, on Software as Speech (2000). These two paragraphs are in the section: Viruses and other "dangerous" software.
Of course, as always, we can talk about whatever else. Such as conscience and the unconscionable, perhaps.
Lee Tien, Publishing Software as a Speech Act, Vol. 15 Berkeley Tech. Law Journal (2000)
> Let’s return to the virus hypothetical.192 The main concern lies in the fact that the software may be “diverted” toward unlawful purposes, regardless of the speaker’s intent. This concern is, however, not unique to software. It also applies to other types of information usable for mischief or harassment, whether highly technical like information about nuclear weapons, or utterly mundane like a person’s name, address or telephone number.
> Even if the virus author merely posts the source code and fails to release it in active form, the issue remains whether the posting was done with an intent to communicate. If the author claims that she intended it to communicate, we would need to examine the context to decide the plausibility of that claim. There will often be a plausible claim. There is no question that people study viruses and other dangerous software in order to prevent or relieve harm.193 One way to control a virus is to publish its source code so that systems operators can disable or protect against it. Communicating a virus’ source code as part of such an effort qualifies as a speech act because the publisher intends to communicate how the virus works in a conventional way. In fact, one could imagine entire journals or Internet sites devoted to viruses and other dangerous software.194 When such publications aim to alert the world to these dangers, their intent is clearly communicative.
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we've been having discussions around membership and access. as part of that
discussion, i volunteered to consolidate some of the various ideas for
benefits that we can tie to membership.
check out the suggestions, add your own, keep a discussion going:
I've been following this project for a while, their goal is to produce a
small ARM board with everything you need to program it built in for only $5
-- the idea being that at that price, you can stick them everywhere and not
have to worry about the cost. They are now close to being finished, and are
trying to raise enough money to get some prototypes out into the hands of
hackers looking to play with them. You can see details on the project here:
> *open:* entirely open source hardware and software
> *powerful: *ARM Cortex-M4 with DSP extensions, 50MHz, 32KB code flash,
> 8KB RAM, 32KB data flash
> *easy to use:* programmable via USB; USB 2.0 full speed device and host
> in hardware
> *massive connectivity: *10 PWM outputs, 12 analog inputs, 29 GPIOs, 6
> serial interfaces, 14 touch sense inputs
> *low power:* can run directly from a coin cell battery for months
> *extensible: *add LiPo battery charger, 2.4GHz radio, extra flash memory,
> all without additional boards
> *small:* only 50mm*19mm / 1.97in*0.75in
> *cheap:* $5 to build at home
They need to sell 50 in order to get bulk pricing on stuff, for $60 (which
includes shipping) you get:
> 5 boards + all the parts needed for them
> 2 RF communications boards (NRF24L01+)
> 2 LiPo battery charger ICs
> 2 180mAh LiPo batteries
> 2 1MB SPI flash ICs
> 3 different power regulators (so you can run from a variety of power
> 2 microUSB jacks (the boards themselves will plug into a USB port
> directly, the optional jack allows you to instead use a USB cable)
I've already ordered a kit, I'm thus spamming you all in the hopes that
others will as well and I can get my boards (I have an unhealthy addiction
to small inexpensive microcontroller boards)
link to order here --> https://github.com/mchck/mchck/wiki/Prototypes
Note that this is not a finished product yet -- you'll either need a bit of
experience with ARM and microcontroller dev, or be willing to wait to use
the boards until they finish all the software and iron out any issues that
Dear Sudo Folks :
My name is David Brazil -- I work with the Bay Area Public School -- & I am psyched to announce that the School will be putting on SUMMER SCHOOL 2013 from August 26 through September 1 at the 2141 Broadway space. (Save the dates!)
SUMMER SCHOOL is the second installment of a project that began in 2012 -- it's a week-long extravaganza of events, talks, performances, and free food. Each day is convened around "Studying" a certain subject or theme -- to wit :
mon.: studying food.
tue. : studying bodies.
wed. : studying language.
thu. studying crisis.
fri. studying race.
sat. studying information.
sun. studying studying (a daylong session on education).
We're particularly excited to make SUMMER SCHOOL an occasion for Public School / Sudo Room crossover, & we had the idea to invite folks from Sudo to propose short talks or presentations for the day on 'information' (considered very broadly). We envision the program running from 12noon to 6pm, and breaking down into three 2-hour segments, loosely organized around topics. Subjects could include anything from classes on math, science & computing to the politics of cryptography, projects for an alternative internet, -- really, anything you'd like a lot of people to hear about !
The Public School is so glad to be neighbors with Sudo Room & we really want the SUMMER SCHOOL to be an occasion for us all to work together on an exciting project. If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please write me direct at dzbrazil(a)yahoo.com.
Lastly, we will be having weekly planning meetings at 2141, every Thursday at 6pm, from now until August 26 -- so if you are interested in helping plan and organize the school, please come by !
Hope this finds everyone very well --
Love -- David
this coming weekend (aug 3-4) will be the weekend of *total
reorganization*at sudo room.
we will be:
- taking every thing out of sudo room
- determining what should go and what should stay
- putting everything back in to sudo room in an arranged way
so please show up bright and early on saturday (i'll be here at 9:30) and
we'll see how far we get on saturday before we see about sunday!
please feel free to get started this week by taking things out of the space
if they are yours and you are no longer using them, determining what you
want to remain in the space, cleaning, and pinging the list about specific
Details are at https://www.noisebridge.net/party
You can register yourself on the wiki page, or post your thoughts to the
Setup will begin on Friday evening, which conflicts with no scheduled
classes. The event on Saturday will conflict with no scheduled classes.
Additional Sunday morning cleanup is encouraged for all interested.
What Else Do We Need?
*Help with the following on Saturday, 8/10*
- Help with setup and teardown (volunteer above)
- Help with space security or band roadies
- Connect with Diamond Dave, Vegan Hackers SF on food prep.
- Join with FoodNotBombs this Thursday (8/1) at Station 40 from 3 - 6pm.
(Check-in with Norman first).
- Someone to run Vinyl Cutter custom stickers on donation
- Second LiveStream station and Google+ Hangouts for recording the event
*General Things You Can Do*
- Event promotion! Contact your friends and enemies. Link to this page.
Paste around the Facebook
- Add your own table (at no cost) to promote your interests throughout
- Volunteer for space security, general cleanup, setup and teardown on
Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday.