I wanted to reach out for some feedback. Seeking folks who would want to
facilitate or participate in a men's group.
I've previously participated in small groups like this and found them
beneficial for various reasons. I would like to see if folks have had
similar or different experiences.
The way I'm thinking about this would culminate in something like a regular
meeting for men in the sudo room community to discuss relevant issues
including those of identity, oppression, privilege, patriarchy, gender,
sexuality, stereotypes, safe space, and mutual support.
This may not be the best or even a viable path to approach these topics,
but I wanted to throw it out there to see if there is any interest.
On 2013-10-13 22:49, sudo-discuss-request(a)lists.sudoroom.org wrote:
> Lastly, shot-spotters shouldn't be controversial, even among those of us
> who support the personal rights interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. A
> gunshot on a city street means one of two things: a criminal has just
> shot a victim, or a criminal's would-be victim has just shot their
> attacker in self-defense. Either of those things merits getting the
> police and paramedics on the scene, pronto.
Shotspotters are microphones. They can capture other sounds and it is
not clear how many other sounds and how long those sounds are retained.
Their use would be less controversial if they were an oracle that just
spit out 4 .40 caliber rounds were fired at the intersection of Grand
and Broadway at 23:12:32 (15 seconds ago) instead of capturing any audio
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.
sent from eddan.com
new blog post > Troy our librarian visited RPS Collective.
we chatted about potentially selling our electronics kits + other stuff at
RPS Collective retail space.
- There's a potential for us to sell stuff at their next art show, which
will be a full retail show in the whole space. Lots of potential for
exposure since they are the first storefront at First Friday
Plus they have collaborated with us before!
[image: SudoRoom Librarian Troy visits
SudoRoom Librarian Troy visits SudoRoom
Troy, the SudoRoom librarian, visits our neighbors The Rock Paper Scissors
Collective <http://www.rpscollective.com/>down the street. The RPS
Collective was one of the worker’s collectives that helped start the
Oakland Art Murmur. Here he checks out the zine library and is already
coming up with ideas for different community projects.
A recent SudoRoom collaboration involved SudoRoom donating Linux computers
to RPS Collective in exchange for a beautiful sign painting. It’s pretty
cool seeing the different volunteer-run collectives creating and helping
each other out!
[image: RPS Collective interns draw temporary tattoos on people for the
Oakland Art Murmur]<https://sudoroom.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Photo-Nov-01-8-06-59-PM1.jpg>
RPS Collective interns draw temporary tattoos on people for the Oakland Art
[image: Terrarium Project at RPS Collective - so many happy
Terrarium Project at RPS Collective – so many happy people
My broken ankle is healing. When the time comes I will soon shed my walking
boot, and in return for all that SudoRoom has given to me I would like to
organize the first:
*Russian bathhouse SudoRoom Bonding Experience*
Praveen has discovered a suitable Russian bathhouse in San Francisco.
Is anyone interested? I think a safe environment in which we can all be
*naked* and talk about important things like powerpoint slides, arduinos,
cooperatives, DAC, and feminist porn amid half-naked 50 year old russian
men pouring steaming water on themselves grunting is
FYI: I know a lot of the people running the hacker schools and who have
graduated from them. I think most of these schools are legit, but I'm
wondering if that is because it is due to the location (SF Bay Area) and
the very high talent pool here.
None of these bootcamps claims to replace a university education, they are
offering a very different thing.
I'm spooked by people who would advocate replacing an education with
vocational bootcamps. I don't see these bootcamps competing with computer
science departments at universities.
I can see a lot of potential abuse occurring as well:
- 1997 New Yorker article on the University of Phoneix, a for-profit
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:22:50 -0800
From: Pete Forsyth <peteforsyth(a)gmail.com>
To: GtwoG PublicOhOne <g2g-public01(a)att.net>
Cc: Sudo room <sudo-discuss(a)lists.sudoroom.org>
Subject: Re: [sudo-discuss] "learn to code" events subject to full-WTF
scale crackdown...any ideas?
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I think Sudo Room has a stake in the existence of effective hacker-training
programs, regardless of whether they are offered *by* Sudo Room. So, thanks
Hol for posting the link.
I agree with GtwoG that there is some possibility for abuse; but neither
the article nor the agency's web site offer a concise presentation of what
it means to "be in compliance". Is the agency throwing up regulations that
will deter good work? It's hard to tell!
I posted this to a couple email lists in the Wikipedia space, so check out
these discussions too if interested:
I got a quote from State Farm for insurance that should meet the
requirements from the landlords. I wanted to pass it along and show it to
folks. If we buy this, we can change the lease to be held by Sudo Room as
an entity rather than myself and Eddan.
I plan to pay for this tomorrow, unless we have a clear alternative or any
really strong reason not to. Cost is $73.67 / month right now.
Additionally and however, State Farm needs us to give at least some
coverage for Personal Property along with the General Liability insurance
we need. You'll see the quote lists $5,000 right now. We toggled the
variables to cover $10,000 for personal property plus $5,000 in computer
property, which raised the quote to $87.92 / mo, which isn't that much of a
difference given tripling the coverage ($14.75). Hence it seems the bulk of
this quote is the General Liability costs.
Given the $1,000 deductible, it's unclear to me the best way to assess and
then state an insured value for stuff at sudo room. I'd like to see this
play out in a parallel thread. What do you think?
For the time being, I think we can stick with the $5,000 and change it
later when we have more data / insight.
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From: Kelly Wright <kelly.wright.ujnp(a)statefarm.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM
Subject: STATE FARM: GENERAL LIABILITY QUOTE AND RENTERS INSURANCE BROCHURE
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Cc: Thomas Kleinsmith <thomas.kleinsmith.u0t1(a)statefarm.com>, Marquetta J
So nice to speak with you today and learning more about the Sudo Room and
what you all do!
Please find attached the quote that we discussed and a brochure on our
We look forward to hearing back from you.
Kelly S. Wright, Agent
3645 Grand Ave.,Ste. 105
Oakland, CA 94610
(P)510.488.3505 (F) 510.628.0388
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I would typically love to participate, but will be attending a prior engagement listed on the sudo room calendar: the 1 year anniversary of VolxKuche (VoKuSF), a free dinner with entertainment, "peoples kitchen" project. https://sudoroom.org/calendar
Perhaps we can gather again next month?
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From: "ahnon" <ahnon(a)ahnon.org>
To: "cclabs" <counterculturelabs(a)googlegroups.com>, <sudo-discuss(a)lists.sudoroom.org>
Subject: [sudo-discuss] TONIGHT: Counter Culture Labs vs Sudo Room: No Competition!
Date: Fri, Feb 28, 2014 14:04
Tonight Friday February 28 7:00 PM Telegraph Beer Garden (which also has kombucha and coffee) 2318 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
Biohackers and hackers getting along splendidly and making things peacefully whilst sipping kombucha. Let's put an end to February with circuits and enzymes!
Open to all - stop in and say hello, bend our ears with your latest idea, or just drink coffe and circuit hack a furby!