The problem with moving phones from copper to fiber: power

If you can’t contact your loved ones, or government agencies and relief organizations can’t coordinate, you can’t get anything done. […] A communications system is only useful if you can connect to every other endpoint on the network. If you have power but no one else does, you have a well powered and expensive paperweight (assuming you still have paper). To that point, if your phone has power but the switching station does not, or the cell towers in half the city are down, you still aren’t able to communicate with anyone else.

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

A secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” … “Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous theory, the government is secretly blacklisting people as suspected terrorists and giving them the impossible task of proving themselves innocent of a threat they haven’t carried out.

When underdogs break the rules

How David Beats Goliath: When underdogs break the rules This is a great article about how underdogs can win most of the time when they stray from the accepted rules of engagement. Applicable to just about anything.


I just learned about this project this morning. I like it! (I guess this was a good candidate for my first twitter tweet.)

This is the NYPD

More unnecessary force and an illegal arrest. Many officers in the NYPD continue to work out of control and above the law. Check out their use of pepper spray and especially how they deal with a bystander yelling during last week’s New School building occupation. If you were living under a rock last year, here is the video of a bicyclist being thrown from his bike that got mainstream media coverage: