Presenting the newest part of the overflow.space/Operating Space publishing infrastructure: a forum! Keep an eye on it for new content from me. It'll integrate with the blog in yet-to-be-determined ways. You could also join... it's in beta.
Project Cybersyn was a Chilean project from 1971–1973 during the presidency of Salvador Allende aimed at constructing a distributed decision support system to aid in the management of the national economy. The project consisted of four modules: an economic simulator, custom software to check factory performance, an operations room, and a national network of telex … Continue reading Computers and socialism
Note: I wanted to get this article finished and published before the protests, and before the vote. Oh well. Last Saturday across Europe there were demonstrations and protests against proposed new EU copyright legislation. The concerning legislation concerns 'online content-sharing service providers', which means sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and regular web hosting companies. Right … Continue reading Draft: Article 13
Ideas about non-linear ways of representing information [...] precede the invention of the computer. But it was computer technology that enabled a blossoming of competing hypertext projects, various network protocols and commercial software products.
This essay is about how the internet has accelerated aspects of software development. The net is a means for much faster, more widespread propagation of software and software updates than previously available. Before the net, when software was mainly distributed via physical media, updates could only be delivered via similar means: magnetic discs, CD-ROMs, printed … Continue reading Software updates – part I
I don't have a great reason for not having a Facebook account, for deleting mine, as I did, a couple of months ago. But I'm okay with that. I'm not particularly interested in convincing other people to follow my lead, at least not right now. But I do think Facebook is rather bad. Here's some … Continue reading After Facebook
How will the distributed network revolution impact online dating? Services like OKCupid, Tinder and Match.com operate on centralised, client-server models. Daters sign up to a service and give it some personal information: photos, biography text, age, sex, location, and preferences. The service stores the info, and gives the user an interface for checking out profiles … Continue reading Love in the age of decentralised personal computing
Here's an exciting player in the ascendant decentralised computing space: Holochain. It's a 'post-blockchain' platform for apps that communicate peer-to-peer, with secure user identities and cryptographically-validated shared data. This week, key Holo people and creative collective darVOZ are running a sprint-athon in London. This is where I met them (people in both groups) for the first … Continue reading Hacking on Holochain: first impressions
Here's the newest component of my little media empire, a chat room: chat.operatingspace.net It runs on Urbit, which is a fascinating, complex project which I'll sum up here as: a decentralised, programmable social network. This blog post is a tutorial for something I just learned how to do: set up nginx to give a nice … Continue reading Using nginx to give your Urbit page a nice URL
1. Why call Bitcoin a scam? One could appeal to a commonsense notion like the impossibility of making money out of nothing, which is what this system looks like it's doing. This is, of course, a very simplified picture. To argue in this way is to invite accusations of ignorance of important details. 2. Those … Continue reading Notes on the Bitcoin scam