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  •  What are we going to do if they put this plan (2+ / 0-)
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    into motion?

    I hope there are people planning for next moves. Even if they don't want to talk about it here, want to focus on stopping this, etc.

    There is no way for a citizen of a Republic to abdicate his responsibilities. ---Edward R. Murrow

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Wed May 21, 2014 at 05:15:47 PM PDT

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    •  Ad-hoc Mesh Networks (3+ / 0-)

      I've been to hackathons that teach you how to flash routers and set these up.  Basically, instead of the centralized model we have now, all the routers that can see each other talk to each other directly and computers can send files to each other daisy-chain style.  

      Mesh networks are attractive because they cannot be shut down unless you physically go to each one and yank the power plug from the wall.  Also, they're more difficult for people to spy on (with certain caveats) because you don't have traffic passing through trunk lines where a lazy spy cough government agency cough sits and watches everything go by.

      They're also called dark-nets, and there have been reports of their wide use already.  Now that the required hardware is cheap and more energy-efficient, and that solar panels have become much more affordable and able to power said routers, it's increasingly possible to do an end-run around the telcoms entirely.

      Latency is one issue, but I'll cede to network specialists to address that one.

      •  I like this idea, and had no idea that that was (0+ / 0-)

        what a dark-net was. Apart from any political considerations, how awesomely efficient! in the way that only decentralized stuff is. Efficiency in a decentralized system has to do with resilience, the same way that efficiency in a centralized system has to do with speed and reliable replication. I'd be happy to switch over to decentralized "nets" though still angry over damage to our pretty decent functioning capital-N Net caused by really lame politics.

        Thank you much for explaining it to me.

        There is no way for a citizen of a Republic to abdicate his responsibilities. ---Edward R. Murrow

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu May 22, 2014 at 12:33:38 PM PDT

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