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Report from HOPE X: Surveillance, Snowden, Stratfor and Surprises

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Well, this was ironic. We sent a correspondent to cover the Hackers on Planet Earth conference. Guess what happened to him? Well, read on…

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HOPE X, which took place in New York this past weekend, is one of the premiere events of the hacker calendar. The Cryptosphere correspondent Douglas Lucas was there, presenting on a panel, schmoozing over sushi, sneaking into the press room, and … but that would be telling!

Thursday

On my Thursday flight to the tenth Hackers on Planet Earth convention, half-asleep and writing my part for the Project PM panel, I wondered what this article—which I’m writing on the plane back—would report. Figured the weekend would be a thorny mix of “total surveillance NSA surveillance is a dire emergency wracking ruin on humanity RIGHT NOW” and passing out business cards.

The plane trip back, by the way, is enlivened by an email from an editor, asking why my latest article was doing so well on social media. Turned out WikiLeaks had tweeted the link. So, that was…

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Technological Imperialism: Nastaliq vs Google and Apple

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Our very first Op/Ed from author and poet Ali Eteraz on the casual censorship of Google and Apple vs language and identity

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We are very happy to inaugurate our Opinion column with this piece by Ali Eteraz on the casual censorship of Big Technology, and its effect on language and identity.

I’m a Bay Area based writer who has gotten fed up with the disregard that Google and Apple have shown to the languages of hundreds of millions of people, especially Persian, Punjabi, and Urdu. That is at least 200 million people, if not more.

Basically, Apple & Google both treat these languages as “Arabic.” Even though Urdu has twelve more letters than Arabic, Apple thinks that Urdu speakers can use the Arabic keyboard.

Imagine your foreign phone maker expecting you to write without a letter as ubiquitous as E.

That’s what Apple demands from Urdu and Punjabi speakers. As for Google, it’s imposing an Arabic Naskh Script on these languages, which have traditionally been written in a cursive cascading script called…

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So, this happened

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Andrew WK is a fan of The Cryptosphere. Well, of course he is. He has taste!

Originally posted on The Cryptosphere:

The drumroll at the end of the internet

The drumroll at the end of the internet

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Friday Movie and Cocktail Pairing: Topper and the Pink Lady

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I’ve been wanting to write up this pairing for some time.

Originally posted on drinkscoaster:

Look at poor Toppy. He needs help!

Look at poor Toppy. He needs help! Or at least another drink.

The breathtaking Cary Grant at his jealous, raging hottest. The stunning, seductive Constance Bennett. The hilarious (and too much forgotten) physical comedian Roland Young. Topper is a screwball comedy for the ages, but unlike most screwball comedies, the screwball in this case is also the straight man: Young, as the uptight banker Cosmo Topper (they should have expected some fireworks, with the name Cosmo!). His descent, or rather, evolution, from stick up his ass pillar of society to notorious and seductive society figure is engineered by two of his least-best friends: George and Marion Kerby, a high-living couple of swells whose hedonistic lifestyle eventually costs them their lives.

Not to worry. They get over it.

Once they get over it, they pick the straight laced Cosmo Topper to be their special pet project. In order for…

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Friday Movie and Cocktail Pairing: They Live and Bubblegum Vodka

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Another perfect pairing for your weekend! Enjoy!

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They Live! And you'd better believe Rowdy Roddy Piper is gonna do something about it!

They Live! And you’d better believe Rowdy Roddy Piper is gonna do something about it!

It came from Outer Space. It came from 1988. It came, yes, from Rowdy Roddy Piper.

And it was glorious!

It wasThey Live!!!

The plot is a fantastic, John Carpenterian twist on the “hidden overlords” theme which is universal to the human psyche. Or is that just me? Mullet-headed drifter Nada (see what he did there?) searches for a job. A job somewhere that has no ish with mullets and the Canadian Tuxedo he sports, presumably. Nada scores a construction gig and, elated, rummages around in trash and stumbles across a pair of bitchin’ Wayfarers.

Deus Ex Machina alert!

He puts them on, the better to complete his ensemble as The Ultimate 80′s Dude, and finds that, to his shock/horror, through their lenses the world we think of as normal is…

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