Monthly Archives: May 2011

From FC, “Square Is Accidentally Disrupting The Entire Payments Industry”

Very interesting article – this little technology is going to be HUGE. Think PayPal was a game changer in online payments? My prediction? PayPal will be the MySpace of payment systems in 3 years.

Why should you get a paper receipt for a credit card–a digital–transaction? Why shouldn’t the accounting be sent to you electronically? And what about all the data that gets recorded in the transaction: What you buy and when you bought it? Wouldn’t both the vendor and the customer be interested in that data, if you could shape and present it in ways that were meaningful to each?

http://www.fastcompany.com/1754859/how-square-is-accidentally-disrupting-the-entire-payments-industry

“The Tunnel”, a movie crowd source funded to be released via BitTorrent in 5 days!

The Tunnel made headlines when it decided to fund itself by selling frames of the film for a buck a piece. Yours truly bought a few for him and the family – was one of the first 1000 people to do it – and even got my name on the movie poster! (sweet!) They launch the whole thing world wide via BitTorrent in just 5 days! I’ll be seeding!

They sent out a nice newsletter you can view here…

Thanks to BitTorrent.com, Vodo.net and utorrrent.com, The Tunnel will be promoted as part of the Artist Spotlight Program to over 100 million screens worldwide. Needless to say, for our humble little movie, that’s HUGE.

We’re very excited!

This is on top of our TV Premiere with Showtime Channel Australia, our DVD release around the world and via Transmission Films in Australia and New Zealand, and a special screening next week in Cannes at the Marché du Film due to demand. Momentum is building fast, and we have more exciting announcements to come!

The real history (which is quite interesting) about Anonymous

For a decent piece on the history (which is quite interesting) of Anonymous and some explanation about what it is, check out this article at the Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/may/11/anonymous-behind-the-mask TL;DR

This identity originated on imageboard 4chan.org, as a byproduct of a user interface policy called forced anonymity, also known for short as “forced anon”.

Forced anon made it impossible for users to type in their name when they published a forum post. Instead, “Anonymous” would invariably appear as the default author name for any post. As a result, and in particular for the uninitiated, discussions on 4chan would seem like an absurd soliloquy, with “Anonymous” posting a message and “Anonymous” and “Anonymous” responding.

… and let the coupon turf war begin!

From TechCrunch…

Groupon rival BuyWithMe has acquired a daily deal site, DealADayOnline, in the former’s home turf, Chicago, in order to expand its regional offering. With the acquisition of the group buying site, DealADayOnline (DADO), BuyWithMe will offer daily deals in 13 major cities across the United States.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/03/buywithme-buys-chicago-daily-deal-site-dealadayonline/

PS3 remained untouched for so long because of “OtherOS”

There is an interesting take at http://www.eurogamer.net about how a group of hackers has completely undone just about every security feature on the PS3 that keeps the system “closed”. The bottom line:

… the PS3 remained secure for as long as it did simply because hackers weren’t interested in opening up a system that was already open enough, with Linux implementations supported vigorously at launch by the platform holder.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-ps3-security-in-tatters