Dead Man’s Switch, inspired by the locomotive hardware of the same name, is a piece of hardware which, if you ever fail to do the periodic reset it demands of you, will embark on a series of tasks you have decided upon in the event of your demise, such as sending out emails or posting to internet newsgroups the news of your passing, and password-encrypting sensitive files on your computer (to which you’ve presumably left the password with those you intend to see those files). The New York Times wrote about it in May, 2002, and Wired in June:
” The man in charge of archiving and maintaining electronic copies of Norway’s most important historical documents is dead and so is access to those archives.
So the director of the Norwegian cultural center is pleading for hackers to help him crack the center’s password-protected database. “
Anyone know if the Norwegians ever got their database decrypted? [Of course, the Dead Man’s Switch developer wouldn’t publicize it if it had…] Update: Yes
. [thanks Walker]
Related? Those Norwegians are just showing themselves to be world-class-threat hackers, aren’t they? Yahoo! News
Few Takers for CD Settlement Cash: “Who’d refuse free money? Lots of compact disc buyers, apparently, who are staying away in droves rather than receive up to $20 in compensation as part of a price-fixing settlement between 41 states and a handful of record companies.” Wired
“The exhibition ‘Illegal Art’ (and its accompanying CD and Web site) asserts that American copyright laws are overly restrictive and outdated…
It sounds like a plan for drawing hordes of screaming lawyers to your door: create compilation CD’s with sampled music from the likes of the Beatles, James Brown and Johnny Cash, not to mention the voice of Dan Rather; include as many songs as possible that have already sparked legal battles; do it all without getting permission from the copyright owners; and distribute the CD’s at a nationally touring art exhibition.
Oh yeah, and give the music away online for the millions of people around the globe who can’t make it to the show.” NY Times
“Hot on the scent of a suspected terrorist? Darpa— the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — hopes to give literal meaning to the phrase. It wants someone to develop a sniffing machine that can detect individuals by their body odor.” NY Times
This week markes the fiftieth anniversary of the stage debut of Beckett’s watershed play, reviled at its first appearance. The New York Times tells the tale. The text of the play is online [act 1] [act 2].
Well? Shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
They do not move.
Mafia is a parlour game that seems to be taking New York, at least certain literati circles, by storm, to judge by this New York Observer article, which finds it a reflection of the zeitgeist. Sounds like fun. Here are the rules in more detail. [via David Brake
Leuschke calls it quits, at least for now. I’ll miss ‘im…
William Gibson now has a weblog. [via kottke]