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James
Boston, Mass. area
husband, father, son, grandson, Quality Assurance engineer, youth soccer coach, Pirate Party activist, and two time candidate for Treasurer of Massachusetts
Interests: many and varied
Recent Activity
From a post I wrote on the Massachusetts Pirate Party website. I only got to meet Aaron Swartz once. It was a great conversation and I feel lucky to have had that brief time to talk with him. When I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Everything's JOK
And an equally basic essential to peace is a decent standard of living for all individual men and women and children in all Nations. Freedom from fear is eternally linked with freedom from want. - FDR Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Everything's JOK
Iain (M.) Banks announced yesterday that he has terminal bladder cancer and has less than a year to live. In less than a day 3800 people (including me) signed his guest book/condolence page. Had he announced three days ago during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Everything's JOK
Posted this at masspirates.org on 2/27/2013. Yesterday the Supreme Court killed our 4th Amendment right to privacy on-line. In a 5-4 vote, they ruled that the ACLU and other plaintiffs did not have standing to bring their case challenging the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at Everything's JOK
I caught the tail end of the Enemies of the State talk from this year's Chaos Communications Congress 29C3 Panel. US Department of Justice ethics advisor Jesselyn Radack, as well as Thomas Drake and William Binney, who had significant positions... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at Everything's JOK
The Boston CryptoParty was a success with over 50 people participating in it. We recorded most of the talks, but haven't processed them all. The following are done: Truecrypt/LUKS, OTR, Secure VoIP/SIP w/ Jitsi, Bitcoin & data liberation Counter surveillance... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Everything's JOK
The Albert Einstein Institution has released an iPad app to accompany the How to Start a Revolution film about nonviolent revolution and Gene Sharp they released last year. Not having an iPad, I cannot get it, but it looks interesting.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Yves Smith has a post about how Sandy continues to disrupt NYC and how fragile complex systems are. Now this wouldn't be a surprise to folks reading The Oil Drum, but should be a wake up call to everyone else... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Naked Capitalism is rapidly becoming my favorite blog on economics & finance issues. Yves Smith (pseudonym) and her fellow bloggers always bring insights and clarity to the post-2008 financial crisis world. Even though I read it almost daily, I missed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Naked Capitalism brought my attention to this video on what drones can do and what they might do in the future. It makes for rather concerning viewing. Personally, I have no doubt that within the next ten years, drones will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Everything's JOK
By now some of you have heard about or read the recent Washington Post story by Greg Miller about the Obama administrations efforts to make permanent its powers to kill anyone on the planet in the name of the war... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Everything's JOK
While I didn't catch enough of the Dem/Rep. VP debate to assess either candidate's performance, a friend drew my attention to this dressing down by the (female) prime minister of Australia for the (male) leader of the opposition's attempt to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2012 at Everything's JOK
I finally moved the whenimaginationfails.org and bywillalone.org domains over to this blog. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Many months ago I ran a game with my son to test Fistful of TOWs 3. The game was of a Soviet T80 tank regiment assault on two companies of West German Leopard 1A4s. My son played the Soviets and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Rick Falkvinge points to this new short film about privacy and increasing government surveillance: I think some of the tech is still awhile away, but that doesn't mean it won't be there in my or certainly my kids' lifetimes. Already... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Everything's JOK
I first came across PSY's Gangnam Style video on 8/30 via Naked Capitalism, of all places, when they linked to Open City's commentary on it: Viral vid ‘Gangnam Style’ critiques Korea’s extreme inequality. I confess that I read the article... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Everything's JOK
I tend to borrow and remix from the thoughts of TechDirt founder Mike Masnick, Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge, science fiction writer Cory Doctorow and cartoonist and Question Copyright founder Nina Paley when thinking about how copyright and patent laws... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Everything's JOK
It has been in the news of late that the North Pole ice cap has shrunk to the smallest size ever recorded. The previous minimum was in 2007. Climate change denialists maintain that it is just normal variation and if... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Everything's JOK
I am working with others to hold a CryptoParty on Sunday, Oct. 21 from noon-6pm. It will be held at The Sprouts, 339R Summer St., Somerville near Davis Square and the Davis Square MBTA stop. We are planning to hold... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Everything's JOK
I didn't intend to have my next post focus on arbitrage and rentiers, but as I prepared to deal with several items I have put off in favor of sleeping the last few days, I just couldn't resist. Last night,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Everything's JOK
A while ago I put together a spreadsheet of the tax rates that people at different income classes paid and kept meaning to post it once I looked at similar data from the 1950s or 1960s, when the actual tax... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Tis International Speak Like a Scurvy Pirate Day this day! Arrrrrgh! Here be a few links to help you celebrate: http://postlikeapirate.com/ http://www.fissio.com/pirate.pl http://www.speakpirate.com/ http://talklikeapirate.com/howto.html http://talklikeapirate.com/translator.html Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Yasssu has an interesting interview with Eben Moglen about a variety of topics including government surveillance, privacy, and sharing: The topic that drew my attention to the video was his contention that Facebook would only last for about ten years... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at Everything's JOK
"Among other things which they remembered in their distress was, very naturally, the following verse which the old men said had long ago been uttered: “A Dorian war shall come and with it death.” [Book 2, Chapter 54, Section 2]... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at Everything's JOK
Posting from the Massachusetts Pirate Party web site. The Senate will have a final vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S 3414) soon. They just passed the cloture vote for it. This bill is the Senate version of CISPA,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Everything's JOK