the year is 2018 and a combination of william gibson novels and the movie Hackers have more or less come to pass
anti-capitalist loteks developed a genre of music that sounds like a broken radio in a rotting deadmall and honestly it's pretty cool
we have turned the internet into one of the largest repositories of human knowledge and expression in history but we have also paywalled the shit out of it. people have been killed attempting to liberate this data while other artifacts have been barred from distribution entirely because our legal systems can't decide who should profit from the works of the dead
@garbados And spoiler alert, it's way less cool than it sound.
Also neopets still exist
@garbados what *are* "loteks"?
@hirojin term bitten from the gibson movie "johnny mnemonic" referring to technologists that primarily use scrap and junk to facilitate technical infrastructure. in this case i suppose i mean the muzak itself as being scrap.
@garbados what is "the muzak"?
@hirojin like elevator music or music developed specifically for ads. kinda soulless tunes.
@hirojin vaporwave also uses a lot of jazz that definitely isn't soulless so it's not an entirely fair characterization of the genre
and then it became a generic term for elevator music, bc that was one of the places background music stuck around
(muzak sold lots of products to factories etc, interleaving up/downbeat music to Improve Productiveness of workers listening, ppl found that out, got angry about being subconsciously controlled, got it kicked out of lots of places, now listen to their own music)
@garbados is this real bc im honestly not surprised
@garbados jesus fucking christ
@garbados tfw the machines you use to vote for your fucking government are less secure than an android phone from 6 years ago
@kity democracy is rigged in so many ways it's comical
@garbados honestly it's comparable to a flip phone from the early 2000s
@garbados because telecom companies care more about getting hacked than the US government
@kity and even they're pretty meh about it tbh
what i love most is the marketers who spin breaches of their own data to increase sales
@garbados tor-based piracy/porn/illicit goods markets basically I think?
@theoutrider like, tor specifically? when i see it in marketing i just have no idea what mediums they mean
@garbados fairly sure it's all but synonymous with tor in most mainstream reporting
either that or IRC
@theoutrider irc is the darkweb lmao
@garbados Any place on the internet that search engines don't index. So TOR, but also unlisted Facebook groups, certain types of forums, JSTOR, university databases....
@Canageek yeah alright, that fits my reflexive understanding of the term
Another term for "clearnet" is the WWW, because that's really what most people connect to: HTTP over TCP port 80 (serving HTML); HTTPS is served over port 443.
In contrast, onion sites are served with TOR over TCP ports 443, 9001, 9030 (also as HTML).
Even a hidden service is accessed using HTTP (is this what you mean with "TOR over TCP")?
My understanding of Tor is that it just tunnels a connection byte stream making sure only the exit node can decrypt a whole thing, without disclosing other details like TCP connection metadata.
If used within a browser, the byte stream contains a HTTP request.
Anything not routed through cloudflare or linked off facebook. :p
@garbados it can mean just typically inaccessible or private servers but colloquially it refers to TOR or the onion network which allows access to some less than legal content (at various levels of gray morality)
More info on this?
@joamo oct 1 referendum in catalonia http://www.eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=54133
@garbados also there was the whole deCSS thing
@garbados Illegal Prime Numbers etc
@theoutrider i learned about this as of this morning actually lol
@devurandom aaron swartz
@garbados thought he committed suicide...
@devurandom tomato tomahto imo. he had been hounded, haunted, and intimidated by prosecutors for years at that point
@devurandom but then my take on suicide is that even if you kill yourself it can still be someone or something else that murdered you
@garbados I completely agree with this take. People generally don’t just take their life for no reason. It’s often the result of years of abuse that had been eating away at them.
There is always the vast repository of mostly useless knowledge that is free...and cat pictures...
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