Crowd Sourced Health information

Very similar to the site “Who is Sick?” which I’d covered previously, the site “Bed Bug Registry” contains crowd-sourced information on which hotels have bed bugs.  Question: How to maintain the integrity of this information, when competitors could very easily place false reports of others’ hotels having bed bugs?  In any case here’s the link:

Crowd Sourced Health information

Wikileaks domains that are still on line (2010/12/04 11:36 CST)

Wikileaks domains currently online.

Wikileaks is currently under a heavy DDOS attack from unknown entities.

If a link is not working because of a DDoS attack, just try the next one. A lot of the EU domains are currently affected (03:45 GMT)

Spain********* boom! another one bites the dust

British Virgin Islands
Canada********* boom! another one bites the dust. C’mon Canada — you’re better than this.
New Zealand
Sao Tome

Wikileaks Mass Mirror Project

Wikileaks domains that are still on line (2010/12/04 11:36 CST)

Who links to eee_eff?

Here are some links, also some tumblrs have started to link into eee_eff. And everyone is giving attribution, too. Thank You!

I am intrigued by how fast things spread on tumblr, and how quickly images get posted and reposted, with comments being added in many languages. Clearly an auto-translate feature would be good on tumblr.  Note that even sizenotes tumblr maintained my link to wikipedia article in English, although the blog is all in Japanese:

Who links to eee_eff?

Dis-Information regarding Pirate Bay

Methinks the Register has been given some bad information, or in the more interesting alternative, Google has regrown its spine and will fight this silliness:

Google strips Pirate Bay homepage from search results
by Kelly Fiveash

The Pirate Bay’s homepage and seven other pages relating to the BitTorrent tracker website have been removed from Google’s search engine, following a DMCA complaint.

Anyone attempting to locate via Google will be greeted with some results to access the website, but none that point directly at its homepage.

Interestingly, Microsoft’s Bing returns the correct result on its search engine, so it’s clearly not been slapped with a similar DMCA notice yet.

But, checking with the primary sources being covered, I note that when I search for piratebay on Google:


Do the folks who keep trying to repress information never learn? Are they really, really that stupid?

We will see another example of the “09 F9″ effect: when information is suppressed, a community will quickly form to fight that suppression.

Dis-Information regarding Pirate Bay

Freedom is here; accept no substitutes

Of course there needs to be the obligatory post about Amazon deleting the stuff from the kindle that they didn’t like.  The bigger questions, that Amazon has not answered, are:

Do you want to buy something that can be monitored & controlled by some central entity?

Why did Amazon build that feature into the Kindle in the first place?

Do you trust them when they say we won’t do it again?

Who else can use the features in the Kindle to monitor what you are reading?

Just don’t buy a Kindle. My strong recommendation:  Buy a netbook that has GNU/linux (for less than the $299 the Kindle sells for), and download what you want. When you tire of reading you can play some chess* or travel through the solar system (and this is all using free software…)

Oh, and by the way 1984 is in the public domain in Australia and Russia, so take a look at these sites:

Here are some free fonts to use when reading your downloaded books:

And here are some free software packages with which to read your .pdf’s:

And here are 100 of the top book downloads from Project Gutenberg:

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Shanzhai culture (revised)

Something with a high degree of moral connectivity as well as utility: Shanzhai culture. It’s also an example of the dematerialization of global culture: only informational flows are necessary to maintain it. The ACTA is nominally aimed at it. Interesting that it is in a “coopetition” relationship with the branded goods that it imitates, but there’s more depth to it than that. Shanzhai includes a certain element of parody, as well as selection; not all high value consumer goods are chosen for imitation. Knowledge of what is popular to imitate can provide good intelligence about consumer preferences. Recall that the big record companies, for example, pay certain companies to monitor file-sharing networks, so they can get real-time information about what is popular.

From wikipedia:

Shanzhai (simplified Chinese: 山寨; pinyin: shānzhài) refers to Chinese knockoff and pirated brands and goods, particularly electronics. Literally “mountain village” or “mountain stronghold,” the term refers to the mountain stockades of warlords or thieves, far away from official control. “Shanzhai” can also be stretched to refer to people who are lookalikes, low-quality or improved goods, as well as things done in parody.

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