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“According to Brigadier-General Mohammad Hasan Nami, head of the armed forces’ geographical affairs organization, the web service will be called Basir, and is motivated to counter the “cultural aggression” of Google Earth/Maps against Islamic countries. Google Earth is also accused of “distorting history”; while he doesn’t specifically refer to it, the Brigadier-General is no doubt referring to Google’s naming policy, which has resulted in the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia to be labelled both Persian Gulf and Arabian Gulf. This has irritated the more literal-minded Iranians to no end, and resulted in both a protest from the Iranian foreign ministry and an online petition signed by 1,245,781 people last time I checked.”—Iran set to launch Google Earth rival | Ogle Earth
“Given that over 40 percent of the world’s tin and around 60 per cent of the world’s tantalum, also known as coltan, is used in electronics goods, it is highly likely that many consumer items such as mobile phones contain blood minerals from Congo. We believe that the public will be appalled to learn that they may be fuelling the horrors being perpetrated in the Congo and will be inspired to take action.”—Unwatchable | Is your phone rape free?
While data centres usually take up to two years to design and build, Colt’s boxes take four months from commissioning to on-site completion. The components will be sourced from around the UK and assembled at a factory in Tyne and Wear, where they will be tested before being loaded on to ships for transportation.
Colt is not supplying the computer servers or the fibre-optic cables, but the boxes it builds contain power points and cables, heating and ventilation, security systems, monitoring systems, lighting and flooring.
Data centres are power hungry in two ways – the servers themselves consume large amounts of electricity, and they need constant cooling to prevent overheating. Verne will offer customers free cooling by using the cold Icelandic air to regulate temperatures.
We were at the Chaos Computer Club early this year and we put a little plug into the wall where we put a small router inside. Our goal was really simple, to go into the Berlin congress centre with thousands of hackers and put the thing into the wall and see how long it would last without anybody noticing. We expected it would last a few hours but it was there for the entire conference. One could see it from hundreds of meters away but nobody did something about it, so we realized we were onto something. So we wanted to build a device that looks so much like part of the infrastructure that it would appear harmless.
The second thing was to couple it with a man-in the middle attack and to interrogate what we increasingly refer to as a browser-defined reality. Meaning that if it manifests in the browser it is somehow authentic. It is this idea of going to a major news site and as long as what one sees comes from this imaginary thing called a server and propagates in your browser, it is somehow trustworthy. We wanted to explore the limits of the impossibility of intervening in an otherwise top down distribution of news. We wanted to find an on-the-ground way for civilians to intervene upon this authority by manipulating the facts. It is really about allowing for a lateral interception of news sources, such as the BBC, the Guardian and CNN.
“For those who do not know, 747’s are big flying Unix hosts. At the time, the engine management system on this particular airline was Solaris based. The patching was well behind and they used telnet as SSH broke the menus and the budget did not extend to fixing this. The engineers could actually access the engine management system of a 747 in route. If issues are noted, they can re-tune the engine in air.”—FACT CHECK: SCADA Systems Are Online Now
“I think technology exercises a charity upon which we have not yet reflected. There is a real charity in the machine because it is there to help man. Of course it can be perverted. In that way we are not very free among our creations. But in itself it is good. It is the network of machines and techniques that encompasses the earth. It is the ensemble of all the networks: radio network, television network, oil network, hydraulic network, railroad network, telephone, telegraph and all of that. So that it is impossible to consider a machine as isolated from the rest. It is part of all the rest. So that there is only one machine in fact, encompassing the earth. And that has a meaning. That machine, stemming from the activity of man is between man and nature like a second nature, offering to us its mediation. We cannot go to nature now without going through the network, just as in the spiritual we have to go through the lamb. OK, end of quote? What say you?”—Glenn Gould (via Steve, Russell)