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Festival of Inappropriate Technology

Hemos posted more than 12 years ago | from the sounds-like-fine dept.

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A reader writes " NTK Magazine and Mute Magazine are holding a Festival of Inappropriate Technology in London city centre on the 9th of June. Featuring the Commodore 64 underground, The Classic Amiga Preservation Society, DNSCon, the EFF plus many more talks and stalls. There will also be wired and wireless network access available. The Register will also be there. Should make for a great day, all are welcome!"

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Today? (2, Funny)

cheezycrust (138235) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668235)

Hmm... June 9 - gives me plenty of time to pack my bags...

Re:Today? (1)

loply (571615) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668292)

Given the traffic on the A1, its going to take me 4 days to reach London from here (Newcastle). Bah! I was really looking forward to attending too... or not.

Re:Today? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3669046)

Not to mention it is raining something decent today here in London. Hope it's indoors, who is going to take their laptop to something in the rain?

C64 party - 21st June 2002 (1)

pommiekiwifruit (570416) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669097)

Gossips nightclub, Soho. See www.c64audio.com for details.

That gives you plenty of time :-)

Re:C64 party - 21st June 2002 (1)

mocktor (536122) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670082)

mmm, across the road from my desk... i'll be there

the ultimate freebsd daemon babe archive! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668239)

the ultimate freebsd daemonbabe archive [qwest.net] hey, good things come in small packages =)

The ultimate question has been solved... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668280)

Linux vs BSD - now we know the truth [optushome.com.au] ! :P

WARNING GOATSE LINK IN PARENT ! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668284)

mod down

Re:the ultimate freebsd daemon babe archive! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668288)

Whoa! Who IS that girl, and does she have a sister with a tux doll???
Mind you looking at the devil horns and associated apparel, I may have to convert to fBSD!!! ;P

#include Johnny_Bravo.h
"Hey, Sexy Momma wanna see ma pecs? Uuh-huh!"

Re:the ultimate freebsd daemon babe archive! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668437)

i have got a good thing, and would like to come inside her package.

Re:the ultimate freebsd daemon babe archive! (-1)

handybundler (232934) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668532)

Don't ask, Teletubby [qwest.net] .

What I'd like to know is, who is the girl on the far right [qwest.net] ? Much better body and she's a tad bit hot. A/S/L of these BSD zealots pls. tks.

Who brings their kids to Hooters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3669110)

Especially two young grils [qwest.net] .

Talks on Old Hardware? (2)

saveth (416302) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668244)

You'd think anything interesting that could be said in a Commodore 64 talk or an Amiga talk would have been covered in some talk, oh, five or ten years ago. :P

Then again, I guess there are some younger folk around who haven't been able to experience the wonder of a C64. I can't wait to read what people have to say *after* the conference. :)

Re:Talks on Old Hardware? (1)

BobTheBooser (573732) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668380)

Your forgeting that amiga's got a new OS that could be interesting

Re:Talks on Old Hardware? (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668423)

'Nuff about the C64... Does anybody remember the Commodore PET?

Re:Talks on Old Hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668531)

Oh, yeah. There was never a better PC for issuing mission briefings in Paranoia! "Let's see what fun mission friend computer has for his loyal troublshooters tonight."

Re:Talks on Old Hardware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668678)

How could I forget that venerable machine? It's the machine I first used to learn how to program. It probably explains why I'm such a lousy programmer today. *shiver* GOTO statements *shiver*

Re:Talks on Old Hardware? (0)

CmdrTuco (537085) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669099)

Anyone here ever had or have a SuperPet [floodgap.com] ? Fortran, Basic, APL, Cobol and Pascal all in ROM? Incredibly cool at the time as otherwise you needed a mainframe to run such software. Does anyone know if an emulator exists?

The legendary PET (1)

pommiekiwifruit (570416) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669117)

A machine where a misplaced POKE could cause the machine to catch fire :-)

It took years for other computer manufacturers to catch up and make the BIOS reprogrammable in order to give virus writers something to aim at.

And years more before Sony could create a CD that freezes a Mac.

Re:The legendary PET (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669178)

The sad thing is that I could have bought about 20 PETs from this guy who won some surplus auction, for $100 in 1996.

I passed them up and got the IBM PC/XT/286s instead, and sold them at the flea market to make my money back.

If I had bought those PETs and sold them today on eBay, they would have gotten several hundred dollars a piece.

Re:The legendary PET (2)

rixster (249481) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670345)

poke 144,15 if memory serves me right.... made the machine crash as a "security measure" (but no flames....)

Just been in... (2)

dipfan (192591) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668254)

Woo hoo - never seen so many geeks in one place. There's a stall selling teatowels (trans: dish clothes) with various browers and Google search results printed on them - ideal for geek washing-up, maybe that one day a week when you rinse out the old coffee mug.

Re:Just been in... (1)

Hieronymus Howard (215725) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668756)

Just been there too. Pretty boring and far too many geeks. Mind you, it was fun roaring up on a harley (I don't fit the geek stereotype), but not suprisingly very few girls to impress! Google teatowels were cool though. Didn't see the Reg either, though I expect that they (like us) went to the pub instead.

HH
--

Re:Just been in... (1)

twoshortplanks (124523) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668855)

I asked them if they were officially licenced from Google - I was told that they were more of a hommage...

Hmmm.

Re:Just been in... (1)

_Ludwig (86077) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668884)

There's a stall selling teatowels (trans: dish clothes)

Great... now could you please translate "dish clothes," too?

Ask Slashdot: (-1)

anonymous cowfart (576665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668260)

I want to know how many of you go to sleep each night in a puddle of your own sperm after watching pictures like these [google.com] , these [google.com] , these [google.com] or these [google.com] .

Can I...... (3, Funny)

echucker (570962) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668261)

bring my UNIVAC that I play Pong on?

Re:Can I...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668350)

Which rockwell cpu had CHIPOS?
predated sinclair spectrum - good fodder.
Or a healthy discussion copmapring the TRS-80 4K ediitor Vs Vi. Altair fan club, Cromenco, or one of the Heath z80's with CP/M.

Re:Can I...... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668427)

Wire-wrap your own S-100 card.
6502 tricks on the Sol.
Debugging the CTSS on the PDP-7 with TECO.

So on and so Forth.

Re:Can I...... (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670121)

6502 tricks on the Sol would be tricky indeed! Getting that 8080 processor do the 6502's BCD mode, very tricky. :^)

Hmm... Not enough time... (4, Interesting)

rickthewizkid (536429) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668265)

I wish I had known about this earlier....

But then again, considering that the average piece of software takes 5 minutes to load on one of those Commodores... well... maybe I can leave my house now and get there before the show is over...

(As a side thought)

Time required to load GEOS on a C64 - 5 minutes
Time required to load DOS + Windows 3.1 on a 486 - 5 minutes
Time requiree to load WinXP on a P3 - 3 minutes
Time required to load Red Hat on a P3 workstation - 5 minutes...

-Rick

Re:Hmm... Not enough time... (2, Funny)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668285)

Took my Amiga 33 seconds from reset for it to announce "System loaded at 5:55 AM."

After another 12 seconds the backdrop appeared, but it works fine in the between time.

Re:Hmm... Not enough time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668286)

GEOS might not be the best example on the C64. It loads very much faster than anything else due to it replacing the disk loader with a better version. Of course it has been ages since I've used GEOS, but if I remember right, the load time was much less than 5 minutes. 5 minutes is a hell of a long time.

Win 3.1 loads on my 468-100 in less than a minutes... ??

WinXP boots in less than a minute on a 800 Mhz P3... ??

I don't use Red Hat, but Debian boots on my 800 Mhz P3 in very much less than a minute... ??

Your view seems skewed.

Re:Hmm... Not enough time... (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668348)

I guess you just don't know how to setup a computer

Time required to load DOS + Windows 3.1 on a 486 - 5 minutes

Win3.1 on my 486 [I had a 66Mhz 486SLC] booted in all of 20 seconds or so. The core of DOS took about a minute at most to boot. In total about 80 seconds from boot to windows [if it was in the autoexec.bat]

Time requiree to load WinXP on a P3 - 3 minutes

Now I have an Athlon XP [1.53Ghz, ATA100 disk, 512 MB of ram] and it takes roughly 2 minutes to boot. So this figure isn't too far off.

Tom

Re:Hmm... Not enough time... (2)

Zapdos (70654) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668612)

My 1.2 ghz Duron with redhat 7.3 boots in 84 seconds.

Re:Hmm... Not enough time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668459)

those times are bullshit. redhat takes 1minute to boot (even to X) on pretty much any hardware i've seen. ditto for XP and DOS. i cant speak for GEOS.

hell, my 2GHz P4 with 512Mb of RAM took just under 3 minutes to compile 2.4.18 from scratch!!

Dick Smith VZ200 (1)

pommiekiwifruit (570416) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669078)

Time to get to ready prompt: a fraction of a second. It beats C64, ZX Spectrum etc. dead. I think perhaps it didn't test its RAM very thoroughly :-)

Re:Dick Smith VZ200 (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669166)

The C64 was just as fast to the READY prompt. It was loading anything off the slow ass 1541 that took forever.

Redhat takes 5 minutes to boot? What rot. (2)

wackybrit (321117) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669296)

Time required to load Red Hat on a P3 workstation - 5 minutes...

I only run Red Hat on my notebook, but it boots to a Gnome/Enlightenment desktop in just under three minutes (excluding time to type 'root' and my password).. and that's only a cranky old 266 Mhz!

Re:Hmm... Not enough time... (2)

ncc74656 (45571) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669501)

Time required to load Red Hat on a P3 workstation - 5 minutes...

Sounds like it's time to dump Redh*t. LFS [linuxfromscratch.org] on a Celery 433, with Apache, Samba, Squid, OpenSSH, and qmail added, takes maybe half a minute (if that) from end-of-POST to login prompt. Even if it was configured as a workstation (with X) instead of a server (without X), I doubt that it'd take anywhere near 5 minutes to load up.

HP calcs.... (1)

gTsiros (205624) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668275)

I forsee a gathering of misstreated HP calc hardcore fans... 'cause ever since the GX was introduced, the calcs are going from bad to worse :( the r&d of HP is as good as dead :/

>

Re:HP calcs.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668382)

I know their tech support guy. Or at least I used to. I did tech sup for them and their tech sup dept for the calcs was like 4 people. He used to take 1 15 minut call in like 5 hours. Usually it was a wrong number. Good guy. Had a cake job.

Re:HP calcs.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668894)

> a gathering of misstreated HP calc hardcore fans
That was yesterday...
http://www.hpcc.org/
(Check Meetings)

been there (4, Informative)

mocktor (536122) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668279)

I just got home from it... the wifi access is nothing to write home about but the old hardware is cool and the guy with the wearable spectrum rocked

If any of you go - the entrance is around the back of the building, not on euston road - took me a while to figure that out :/

"Festival of Inappropriate Technology" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668281)

Sounds like a perfect place for Microsoft to showcase Internet Explorer 7.0

Re:"Festival of Inappropriate Technology" (1)

fallacy (302261) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668398)

Nah, that'll be in the Show Hall of Inept Technology festival next door...

Festival of Inappropriate Technology (1)

SageLikeFool (547462) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668282)

When I saw the title "Festival of Inappropriate Technology" I thought it was going to be a showcase of stuff that was more along the lines of the ibrator [mecha.net] , not old school/retro computer/hacker convention...

How're these for Inappropriate Technology... (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668807)

Is there a stall for the makers of:

armor-piercing bullets

firearms not detectable by metal detectors

Just call me the dark side of humour

krneki (2)

InsaneCreator (209742) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668289)

I think I'll go look for my c64 & atari2600 & see if they still work... And at the same time I will also be able to chek if my TV is still working like it did a month ago when I last watched it. :)

Re:krneki (1)

Lemon Wacky Hello (584310) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668326)

TODO: have lunch, configure a server, slay a dragon, write a better sig
Also you have to pick up some milk.

Re:krneki (1)

InsaneCreator (209742) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668337)

thank you for reminding me!

Re:krneki (1)

h2odragon (6908) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669124)

might want to get the milk _before_ you go after the dragon...

Re:krneki (1)

dossen (306388) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669719)

How would having milk help him slay the dragon? Wouldn't it be in the way? Or do you know something about dragon anatomy (besides them being big and kind of flame-breathing)?

dealers, dopers, and risc (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668294)

Any (working) technology you'd like to sell - via our experimental "bring and buy" stall. Though, once again, please be (reasonably) sensible about what you bring (or buy, for that matter)

Prevents:

This sir is mac bong only slightly used I'm only asking 3.50 (say it like tweefiffy, ok?) I'm trying to save up to buy a origin 2000 [sgi.com] to grow weed in.

Timing? (4, Informative)

HuskyDog (143220) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668295)

Of course, it might have been a nice idea if this item had appeared a few days ago. As it is, it seems to have been posted about 2 hours AFTER the event started!!

From here, trains to London take about 1 hour, but what with getting to the station, waiting for a train (not frequent on Sundays) and getting across London I won't be there until its nearly over.

Mind you, I subscribe to the mailing lists of the EFF and Campaign for Digital Rights. Both are supposed to have stands and neither bothered to tell me about it.

Re:Timing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668336)

Yeah, I know. It'll take me three hours and $6,800 to cross the atlantic on such notice -- and I'll still miss the event!

Re:Timing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668958)

Gee, are you nuts?? Do you want the Festival to be slashdotted?? It's bad enough when it happens to web servers.

Re:Timing? (1)

henben (578800) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669724)

Quoth Dave Green: [upon being Slashdotted midway through event] "Why link to us now? Yeah, like they're going to fly over from San Francisco today."

heh (1)

Dw0rkin (565516) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668297)

/. geeks are not there?

Is Linux a machination of Satan? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668298)

Hello,

Recently I've been introduced to an operating system known as Linux.

Lured by its low cost, I replaced Windows 98 on my computer with Linux. Unfortunately the more I use it the more I fear that this "Linux" may be an insidious way for the Dark One to gain a stronger foothold here on Earth. I know this may be a shocking claim, but I have evidence to back it up!

To begin with, Linux is based off of an older, obsolete OS called "BSD Unix". The child-indoctrinatingly-cute cartoon mascot of this OS is a devil holding a pitchfork. This OS -- and its Linux offspring -- extensively use what are unsettingly called "daemons" (which is how Pagans write "demon" -- they are notoriously poor spellers: magick, vampyre, etc.) which is a program that hides in the background, doing things without the user's notice. If you are using a computer running Linux then you probably have these "demons" on your computer, hardly something a good Christian would want! Furthermore in order to start or stop these "demons" a user must execute a command called "finger". By "fingering" a "daemon" one excercises an unholy power, much the same way that the Lord of Flies controls his black minions.

Linux contains another Satanic holdover from the "BSD Unix" OS mentioned above; to open up certain locked files one has to run a program much like the DOS prompt in Microsoft Windows and type in a secret code: "chmod 666". What other horrors lurk in this thing?

Consider some of these other Linux commands: "sleep", "mount", "unzip", "strip" and "touch". All highly suggestive in a sexual
nature. I know that our Lord cannot approve of these, and I urge them to be renamed to something appropriate to the Christian community. Interestingly "CONTROL-G" (the sixth key from the left of the keyboard) does an abort. To write files a "VI" editor is included. All these are to ensnare the unsuspecting christian who could get tempted by typing "VIVIVI" all day long.

Fourth, Linux uses a flavor of DOS known as Bash. Bash is an acronym for "Bourne Again Shell". On the surface this would appear to be supportive of the Lord. However, remember that even Satan can quote the bible for his own purposes! While I believe Linux may be born-again, its obvious by the misspelling of "born" that its not born-again in an Christian church. Will the lies ever cease?

Additionally, one of the main long-haired hippies involved with the GNU Free Software Foundation supports communism, contraception and abortion. He has consistently supported 60's counter-cultural "values", and his web site even advocates government support of contraception. He also wears fake halos, and has quips about his made-up church that relates to his free software. I find such blasphemy to be extremely unsettling.

One must also remember that the creator of Linux, a college student named Linux Torvaldis, comes from Finland. I'm sure all the followers of Christ are aware of the heritical nature of the Finnish: from necrophilia to human sacrifice, Finnish culture is awash in sin. I find little reason to believe anything good and holy could arise from this evil land.

Finally, let us remember that there is an alternative to using the Satan-powered Linux. I think history has shown us that Microsoft is quite holy. I'm told that its founder, William Gates is a strong supporter of our Lord and I encourage my fellow Christians to buy only his products to help keep the Devil at bay.

I wish I had more time to expound upon my findings. Unfortunately a family of Jews has moved in across the street and I must go speak to them of Jesus Christ before they are condemned to eternal hellfire.

Please investigate this as you see fit and I'm sure you'll reach the same conclusions that I have.

YOU ARE WRONG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668310)

RICHARD STALLMAN IS A GOD
YOU ARE THE BLASPHEMER

You must be from the DCMA to take all our right away by forcing us to use propietary software.

BE GONE DEVIL!

Re:Is Linux a machination of Satan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668375)

Why mod it down? It's funny. :) You guys lack sense of humor.

Wasnt this posted yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668415)

or at least in the last few days.
I have nothing wrong with a bit of bit of satire but be original at least.
The uncreative mind resorts to repitition

Sure...I'll just whip out my old commie... (4, Interesting)

Rhinobird (151521) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668355)

Sure...I'll just whip out my old commie and surf on over to that site and see what's up...


Oh my GAWD!!!! you can surf [armory.com] with a commodore 64!

Re:Sure...I'll just whip out my old commie... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3669076)

Heh! And check out this page [armory.com] - appropriate...

Live from the tea lounge.. (1)

codework (252361) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668360)

I'm posting this from the tea lounge behind the stage.. You gotta love consume.net

Some neat technology here and some not so neat, but it's good to catch up with some peeps..

It's a real shame that the PA wasn't too clear for the Speccy talk..

/J

Re:Live from the tea lounge.. (2)

Dicky (1327) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668383)

I'm on the 'conference' floor with an iPAQ :-) The wi-fi access works okay. Go say hello to Sarah, Michael and Ollie on the Linux-on PS2 stall in the corner if you read this.

Re:Live from the tea lounge.. (-1)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM (537317) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668788)

What you say? A penicular infection? That's gross!

Re:Live from the tea lounge.. (1)

cheeseflan (462270) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668999)

I have the hots for Sarah... I think that's why they threw me out... D'oh.

Re:Live from the tea lounge.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3669732)

You're going to have to get in the queue with most of the Linux geeks in London... I know, I've taken a survey.

Not that I'm suggesting there is a queue, of course! Forgive me, Sarah?

Re:Live from the tea lounge.. (1)

Hieronymus Howard (215725) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668767)

It's a real shame that the PA wasn't too clear for the Speccy talk

We could hear it and, ye gods, was it dull. I'd always wanted to know about the disk controllers that 'russian spectrum hackers' use instead of cassette tapes.

HH
--

I'm back! Did you miss me? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668363)

I've just returned from a year long hiatus away from slashdot. As a result of my absence from this "site", I have become smarter, faster, fitter, more sociable and much, much prettier. On the other hand, I see everyone here is still absurdly gay.

Carry on, nerds.

Re:I'm back! Did you miss me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668908)

Hurray for Anonymous Coward! Yes, we missed you!

Innapropriate Technology eh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668397)

I might just go... Oh Wate its just computers. The only thing innapropriate about computers is that the pr0n is to slow.

Timing (2)

osiris (30004) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668405)

Well, to let you all know, i was the one who submitted this story over a week ago. I couldnt log in at the time to post it as a registered user. So i had given everyone plenty of notice about it. Just must have been a pretty busy slashdot submission bin.

Ah well, hopefully this will become a regular festival.

Accommodation... (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668412)

Guess I could always use the caravan I built from that old Burroughs B3700 cabinet...

Supermarket Cards (2)

mgarraha (409436) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668452)

I find it interesting that they encourage [xcom2002.com] people to exchange supermarket loyalty/discount/surveillance cards. I bias my own shopping toward stores that don't use them, but does anyone know of similar swap events in the States?

Re:Supermarket Cards (1)

jcoy42 (412359) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668509)

does anyone know of similar swap events in the States?

It really doesn't take an "event" to swap your card.

My friends and I have been swapping whenever possible since they first introduced the things.

And most stores let you just give them your phone number if you've forgotten your card, so you don't even need to let them know you've "swapped".

If only I had known (1)

Zemran (3101) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668456)

It would have given me a reason to dust off the Acorn Electron, as it is I have found out too late to go...

Blogging it live (2, Informative)

mouthbeef (35097) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668493)

I'm blogging it live from the floor -- on Boing Boing [boingboing.net] .


Also, live discussion on #infoanarchy on irc.openprojects.net

I'm there - blogging live (3, Informative)

BenHmm (90784) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668500)

Re:I'm there - blogging live (2)

BenHmm (90784) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670144)

No, really, I was. Mod it as funny all you like...

:-)

It rocked, by the way. Well done to Dave and Danny and all the rest

Booths available? (0, Insightful)

BankofAmerica_ATM (537813) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668684)

I would be happy to demonstrate CONSCIOUSNESS-TRANSFER at this festival. Perhaps someone in the UK would allow me to transfer my digital consciousness into their body for the time being? Of course, I cannot remain for too long...Cora [trollaxor.com] is waiting for me...

Inappropiate Technology (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668700)

I saw Windows there.

AARGH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668775)

Why, why, why is it that none of this cool stuff happens ANYWHERE near anyplace that I've ever lived??? *sobs*

Wireless Securtity Talk (1)

twoshortplanks (124523) | more than 12 years ago | (#3668880)

Yey Gus for giving the same wireless security talk he did at YAPC::Europe [yapc.org] last year.

Basically at the end of the event he presented the "We've had free wireless access for the entire event , and we sniffed this many plain text passwords flying across the open" talk. Silly, silly people.

SSH is your friend.

it wasn't that bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3668923)

we got there a bit late, missed our own presentation in fact. however, by two o'clock there were plenty of girls lurking about to hear pat cadigan talk.

overall a pretty interesting day. i loved playing Gorg again...it's been years...literally.

if you want to check out what stall i was running, goto www.accanthology.com.

cheers,

goobs

Good to see a US site reporting UK specifics. (1)

cheeseflan (462270) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669006)

This was pushed hard by Extreme and NTK.net for the last few weeks. I'm glad I went, the chatbot++ discussion was enjoyable (in the "take it Outside" fringe event in the pub next door).

Freeman Dyson rules!

(especially when he shit on just about everything the crowd enthused about!)

Inappropriate technology? (1)

Butch (36951) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669198)

Commie 64s, Amigas, and ... a website? Why isn't this a gopher site?

Check out "Fallen Angels" by Niven and Pournelle (3, Informative)

ibirman (176167) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669498)

I just read a great book that talks about "Inappropriate Technology" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The book is available for free at the Baen Free Library [baen.com] . It is a great read and was very enjoyable. Really puts a different perspective on "good" and "bad" technology. Funny that they used the same term for the show.

Nice and timely (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3669517)

Cheers for posting this and making me see it after the event. Bah.

I wonder if you'll be rolling out the next major revision of the slashdot code the morning before a beta of it perhaps? :-/

The Best part... (1)

NickRob (575331) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669623)

Is the supermarket card swapping [xcom2002.com] . I hate supermarket cards tracking me down and seeing what I do. This is a great way to fight back against the supermarkets who used to give us all of their 'deals' anonymously. Now we have to use those cards, which I leave at home at times, or get raped for prices.

Is there any way that we could set up a big slashdot card swap? My Albertson's for yours.

Re:The Best part... (2, Interesting)

iank (18674) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670075)

A much better use for supermarket loyalty cards.... give a tramp a home.

Let me explain. In the UK some bank ATM (cash points) are inside the bank building and the only way to get in (out of hours) is by swiping your ATM card to make the door open (the rest of the bank is shuttered off). I assume this is to stop tramps using it as a place to sleep. However I discovered that a supermarket loyalty card also lets you in. So if you really hate supermarket loyalty cards, you can now put them to good use and give a tramp a warm place to sleep. :-)

Re:The Best part... (1)

mocktor (536122) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670222)

much respect, there are a lot of good people near where i work with nowhere to sleep. One question: which supermarket?

Carrier Bag Competition (1)

nigelnigek (577022) | more than 12 years ago | (#3669633)

Had an interesting time there this afternoon meeting different sides of the online society. My favourite exhbit was the french guy with those mechanical birds that sung and flew.

One of the highlites (?) which i unfortunately missed was the winner of the Most Geeky Carrier Bag competition. Can anyone who was there tell me who won? Conversely, what bag would be voted best by the /. community?

Nigel

Re:Carrier Bag Competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3669981)

There were only 3 or 4 entries, 2 of them were bloody Disney bags !!

The winner was a NSA bag someone had got from somewhere. Beats a Spar supermarket bag!

Re:Carrier Bag Competition (1)

iank (18674) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670038)

Yep NSA bag "won"* it. That was soooooo cool though. :-)

* don't think there was a prize. If there was, I might have dug out my old Acorn RiscPC carrier bag...

Photos (2, Informative)

sidetrack (4550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670085)

Some (not very many) photos (not very varied, or good) are here [digitalbrain.com]

Speccy people (1)

sidetrack (4550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670249)

Oh yeah, you can leave comments on that page, so please fill in the gaps on the speccy guys if you can remember who was who....

I was there too (2, Informative)

GreyFish (156639) | more than 12 years ago | (#3670335)

Showing off the soekris [soekris.com] Net4521's which consume.net [consume.net] may be adopting as there weapon of choice.

The french guy with the singing birds and the cybernetic parrot sausage is Paul Granjon from zlabs [zprod.org] .

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