15 February 2012
14 February 2012
Let's say some anonymous commentary is threatening to the powerful. Argh, think the Powerful, how do we find these people? We must bash them with sticks!
If you look closely you can see that one of the things powerful people fear is having the physical form dissolve into bits and bytes.
With anonymity you are separating the physical form (the person making, say, a comment on the web) from the physical form (the person's body).
Another example is the decentralised network. Where is the set of servers you can bash with a stick if the network is up to things you don't like?
It might seem trivial and obvious, but there it is.
Whenever there is a transition from the physical form to a more emphemeral, changeable form power protests it.
All power abhors things it can't bash with sticks.
13 February 2012
If, whenever you're grumpy, you're right, it's hard not to be grumpy.
Not being grumpy is a triumph of irrational optimism over being right.
11 February 2012
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