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Fog Computing

Fog Computing

(Originally submitted to Phrack.org)

About the mid-twentieth century, one of the greatest inventions in history made its appearance, and political and corporate leaders around the world were thrilled. Television was literally a god-send to that particular class of thieves and bastards in that it would allow them to boost the productivity of their drones to unparalleled heights. It was wonderful; a quasi-hypnotic, ubiquitous device that allowed them to not only cultivate [read: socially engineer] the minds and values of their host populations, but also to encourage consumption, instill a largely self-sacrificing work ethic, and pacify them all at the same time. It was the best of times, it was the best of times. It was the beginning of the eighties, and greed was in the air!

Of course, nothing lasts forever. Progress always comes along and disrupts that delicate balance, this time in the form of the personal computer, NCSA, ARPA, our fine and friendly nerds in the San Francisco Bay Area, and of course, Al Gore. A new age was born: the information age.

A wealth of information exploded before us; hacking, phreaking, anarchy, political discourse, instant communication around the world for zero nominal cost (a truly terrible sin), environmentally friendly technology, legal advice, filesharing and free software. The veil had been lifted off the eyes of Generations X and Y. We knew we were getting screwed, we knew how to stop getting screwed, we communicated with each other, and we started thinking for ourselves.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the beginning of the double-oughts, and greed was in the air!

Of course, nothing lasts forever. Idiocy always comes along and disrupts that delicate balance, this time in the form of iPods, Myspace, Google, our fine and friendly marketroids on Madison Avenue, and of course, 9/11. A new age was born: the age of the cloud.

They descended on the unprepared masses like a fog. A deluge of video games, porn, lulz, and countless other forms of stupid, meaningless crap came out, distracting them left and right, and with the advent of smartphone connected iJunk like facebook and Myspace, the internet was no longer the ledgerdemain of the cerebrally endowed and socially awkward, it was /the place to be/. If she wasn't one of the cool kids, posting pictures of the latest glamorous thing she had done all over her online photo albums to the chagrin of her jealous friends, she was nobody. All the world's a smartphone, and all the men and women merely reality stars!

Marketeers were having a field day. Everyone was plugged in.. well, everyone who mattered. Everyone who had disposable income. The last piece of the puzzle was the transformation of the internet from a horizontally integrated network into a vertically integrated top-down hub, where "content providers" provide, and "consumers" consume. Besides, who had time to create content when there was already so much out there to consume that if one lived his entire life on the web, he *might* be able to see everything! Besides, you've got just enough time on this break to spend your paycheck buying virtual hammers to finish your virtual general store so you can get to the next level and finally get a virtual wife and maybe lose your virtuinity.

Even the way we went about interfacing has changed. Pods and pads are now the devices of choice, optimized for foggers. Who needs a keyboard, a mouse, or, heaven forbid, a Wacom tablet?! If u cnt say whut u ned 2 say w < 11 btns ur prolly a terrist LULZ. You're here to /consume/, not to /create/! Besides, have you ever tried to type on a full size keyboard whilst lying on the sofa?

And of course, if you want to get in on the big game, you have to pay to play. Google, the default eth0 for almost every browser out there, isn't a cheap date. Only the big boys have enough money to be heard, and if you want to be the next Youtube star or grow a champion pot farm, you're gonna look at some ads, and if you decide to click on those ads, and you'd better, you're going to go round and round in the cloud. You'll watch a "sponsored" music video on Youtube starring a talentless putz from one of those Disney shows, then maybe buy an iPad off Amazon, then play some Zynga games on facebook, before realizing you're a loser because you don't have the latest and greatest Verizon Droid phone.

You're stuck in a fog.

You won't be able to get out because typing in a URL is kind of a weird thing to do. There's no "app" for it on your desktop, and typing requires too much effort in the ADHD laden world of tap and drag and rofl. Everything that's accessible to you now is approved by a legal department, sanitized, Disneyfied. Real choices no longer exist. You might get to grow a pot farm on facebook, but you'll find no actual information on how to cultivate marijuana IRL. The marketplace has been Carlinized down to a few meaningless choices, like facebook or Myspace, Google or Yahoo!, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, Obama or Romney. Unapproved behavior, unapproved thoughts, unapproved content, are no longer accessible. They didn't pay the licensing fee, and they're not part of the big virtual club.

All of your information, everything you do, is now online. "They" control that information, "they" have access to it, and "they" can profit from it, all because you 'Like' them.

Eventually, systems will be "hard-wired" to be incapable of running unauthorized binaries, displaying unauthorized content, accessing "untrusted" websites, or facilitating unauthorized communications or activities. x86 will finally be laid to rest (albeit decades late; it should've been killed off by the 68k series) and replaced with a new, "feature-laden", "industry standard", "cloud optimized" proprietary architecture that will conveniently be a well guarded trade secret, costing thousands of dollars in licensing fees and iron-clad NDAs just to gain access to a stripped down basic development environment, and running on a shiny new "web" operating system, probably based on Linux, but resembling nothing of the sort. Actual Linux will be comptraband. Everything will require a "license", stored on a fogserver, and if you don't behave yourself, they'll simply deactivate your account.

And that's not to mention that it's largely based on deliberately inefficient "human readable" bloated markup languages, meaning that every 10% increase in "features" requires a 300% increase in processing and memory capacity, but hey, you need a new computer anyway, and the advertisers on this page have great financing!

-The Evil Warlord

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My family will really enjoy the way you've put things.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

I work in advertising

and I know exactly what you're talking about. We're working on content curration stuff now where basically you're just taking content from bloggers and giving them "exposure" on a clients site. Basically convincing them to give you their content to populate their site where they charge for ads but the blogger just gets "exposure". Sad thing, the bloggers love the "exposure" more than getting paid for it. HuffPo is a great example.

Being in this business for 10 years, I've slowly realized everything you wrote about and I'd say commenting on the Daily Paul is the extent of "social media" I indulge in. Feels great to contribute thoughts that matter and have intelligent conversations with people.

Luckily I have to say that this is all still very young and already on the decline. Kids are actually concerned with privacy and they're jumping from one service to the other as they become more and more disposable.

All in all, I see positive changes coming—not for the ad industry, but for society as technology becomes a great tool for cooperation and coming together with ideas and solutions to our shared problems around the world. The internet is a physical representation of the closest thing to global consciousness helping us to become just that—globally conscious.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

All Technology can be Good or Evil

Henry Ford - The assembly line has dramatically decreased the number of quality tradesmen, the fields they operate in and the goods they produce. BUT is has dramatically increased the availability of so much value to the lower class.

The automobile, in large part destroyed the community. You were less dependent on those who Lived near by, and building strong relationships with those Living near you became less important. BUT hey, you were less dependent on those who Lived near by.

The TV came along. And crappy people made crappy television shows with crappy values that aided crappy people in Living crappy Lives. BUT the arts became widely accessible, I get to see incredible talent and dedication, and it's cheap. I get to learn from Ron Paul, observe Bill Gates, and listen to Charlie Rose.

The reality is, it takes two to tango. The buyer is equally responsible for the crap as the producer. Don't buy it, and it will cease to exist. Your vote is equal to the value you've produced (minus what they steal).

What we really needed is an honest currency and less theft taxes included.

some of us are NOT dazzled. crazytruckerdude.

some of us remember working with and on "motherboards" we would insert "cards" to change or refine the function. to me. a "computer" is nothing more than a configurable relay assembly.
yeah, it is pretty cool the new displays, and much easier to navigate.
I am indeed being forced to learn bluetooth.
yes, many are indeed dazzled. probably including you. communications fascinate you? a friend of mine bounces radio signals off of the mountains around here. he does broadcast engineering work, among other things. if you REALLY want to know how all this came about. you need to watch "century of the self" it was a BBC production that has been banned. I will probably spell it wrong, but you need to know who Edward Bernays was....
and yes, I do still consider you to be a troll.
only the best at the DP!



Enjoyable. Keep writing in this method. There be an economy for a novel woth a preamble such as this.


Much respect

It's the free market at work....

It's not that it's all controlled. The people who make the devices and facebook games don't know if they will stick when they make them. All they can do is hope. I can tell you're old school if you think using a keyboard is somehow superior enough to rant about it. It's up to the users. The reason people type in acronyms or shortened words is because of that new school technology called texting. It's a cultural change due to fault of the technology. It's an adaptation to it's limitations. K? Most grow out of it as they age or if they mature. Some do and some don't, but how many 30+ year olds still type that way? But either way I don't see the future as doom and gloom for the internet because it's those same L33t young'ins that understand the internet the most. They are the reason SOPA and the NDAA legislation didn't pass. They are the ones commenting on this web site. And where would we be without google to search for those Ron Paul articles? Or facebook (created by a baby by your standards) where we educate our family members on the finer points of the Federal Reserve? Or create Arab springs? It's not all bad. Really it's not. See? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IytNBm8WA1c


....and I don't throw that word around lightly.

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

Nice read EW-way out of my league on the techs,

but I got the gist - good luck with phrack.org.

"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

Fog Computing

From Wired:

Pentagon-funded researchers have come up with a new plan for busting leakers: Spot them by how they search, and then entice the secret-spillers with decoy documents that will give them away.

Computer scientists call it it “Fog Computing” — a play on today’s cloud computing craze. And in a recent paper for Darpa, the Pentagon’s premiere research arm, researchers say they’ve built “a prototype for automatically generating and distributing believable misinformation … and then tracking access and attempted misuse of it. We call this ‘disinformation technology.’”


allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Joη's picture

well, at least they're admitting lying in this case


"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

What the hell was the purpose of this rant?

Are you trying to say you dislike change, or consumers, or money, or people in general?

As your doctor, I recommend you step away from the Internet for a few weeks.

I liked it. It's cleverly

I liked it. It's cleverly written describing what's already happened to the web and a warning of what to expect in the future. The web is being corporatized and sanitized for the masses. It's becoming like.... TV. The web has become the latest version of Rome's circuses. Once Cispa is passed, the deed will be complete.

And to think I almost didn't read it because of who wrote it. (Sorry Warlord. It's really good.)

Apparently it is his

Apparently it is his disorganized thoughts in reaction to the uncredited Wired.com story. A link would've helped. Fortunately, another person has taken the initiative.

My article was written and

My article was written and published before the one on Wired.

Denise B's picture

Wow - Is this the same

Evil Warlord who posts all the exceedingly irritating and obnoxious comments all over this site?....or are you his good twin brother? I am impressed....thank you for the post...it is a good read with alot of good points to ponder... :)

That depends on who happens

That depends on who happens to be writing for Evil Warlord on any particular day. We have considered outsourcing the character to India to save on labor costs.

Wow, Mr. Warlord!

That was really an outstanding piece of writing. Worth a second read.

It feels good to be able to give you a thumbs up for a change. ;)

Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading that TEW!

FYI: There are a couple typo's on the draft you posted

well done!

But it makes me long for the good ol' days of when you used gopher and Veronica, IRC and Usenet were the social media of the day, the www was shiny and new, and yahoo was a simple list of links.

haha yeah I'm still on

haha yeah I'm still on usenet, but IRC is a little too new to me. I prefer MOO and MUD.

or before that

Did you ever sysop your own bbs?

Yeah I used to run an anarchy

Yeah I used to run an anarchy BBS off an Amiga 500. Even wrote the software it ran on.

good somebody i can talk to

Ever hear razor1911 actually stood for 01/09/11? Been dying to ask somebody from that scene.

I ran an 818 1 node. Spent a lot of time drawing Ansi and Ascii art.

Hadn't heard about that, but

Hadn't heard about that, but I know they got busted for piracy. I sort of dropped out of the scene in the late nineties when I saw the writing on the wall.

cant remember all of them

Ran different boards with wildcat wiiv oblivion2 visionx and a few other types of software. Cant imagine developing my own software! My best accomplishment was getting a fossil driver to work.

yeah - i think late nineties was pretty much the last time anyone logged in. College and the Internet kind of had it in for the bbs. By 2000 everyone had their own homepage instead. No more doorgames or fidonet.. good times though.

..... scratches head

..... scratches head

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Pre-web stuff, basically.

Pre-web stuff, basically. Command line interfaces... When it used to take a bit of an imagination to connect and communicate. Much of that older stuff is still available in one form or another, but simplification and invisibility is the key to widespread adoption. It's funny to me. The hundreds of millions of people now connecting with each other through Facebook are experiencing the same addiction/withdrawal symptoms of the old IRC and BBS users. At it's core, the Internet is the human need to connect with likeminded people... if you want to get sappy about it, to love and be loved.

good read

I am reminded of what the internet was like in 99. It was really a beautiful thing.

E.W. did you really write that!?

Daaaaaaamn! That was really good! You pretty much nailed it. Thanks for sharing something very worthwhile to read. LIKE!