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Freedom is just another word for having nothing left to lose

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Funny, for all surveillance, Osama bin Laden is still free — and we’re not. Guess who’s winning the “war on terror?” – Cory Doctorow

Today is “Dark Future Day”. Its scaring me. Check the news: As you probably know, everybody within the European Union has every use of a telecomincation device (mobile, computer) safed and made accessible by the government. Not the content of your conversion, but date, time, length, sender, receiver. Also logged: Every station your mobile phone registered with. That’s scary allready, but no longer a news. New is:

Cory is right. Osama bin Laden wins the fight agains Freedom. And we voted those who help him into power. I wonder if he can stop laughing at us?

 

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May 20th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Aerial Intrusion Device

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Real Life

The following device is based on Yves “The Fusionman” Rossy’s Jetpack. For copyright reasons, I’m not showing you any photos, but link to them:
On the ground

Flying

  • From above
  • From above
  • Edge-on side view
  • From below
  • Video

There is a video on YouTube, too:
[youtube bEXxkWXncuo]

And Wikipedia has an entry, too.

Game Stats

For a Cyberpunk setting I would leave the requirment to launch the jetpack from an airplane or something similar. The reach should be short, but not as short as the prototype (6.5 minutes at 185 km/h). So lets put it at 220 km/h for 10 min, giving it a reach of 35 km. It has near to none radar signature, but does emit heat, so it might be detectable.

Statistics:

Top Speed 220 km/h Acc/Dec 110/20 km/h
Crew 1 Range 35 km
Pass 0 Cargo none
Maneuver +3 SDP 5
SP 0 Type Jetpack
Mass 20 kg Cost 20,000 EB

Special Equipment:

Nav System, stealth option, parachute

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May 20th, 2008 at 8:24 am

Leading To War

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I recommend watching this free documentary, Leading To War. Its a great reminder how we all were lied to to justify the war on the Iraq. The best free download since the NIN album.

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May 19th, 2008 at 8:18 am

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Free (Post-)Cyberpunk Book online

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Cover of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother NovelCory Doctorow has put his new book, “Little Brother” online. He’s so good I had to add him to my list of Cyberpunk writers (see sidebar).

It’s a

young adult novel about hacker kids who use technology to reclaim the Bill of Rights from the DHS after a terrorist attack on San Francisco.

Also to be found on the website:

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May 15th, 2008 at 8:05 am

Cyberpunk Search Engine

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You may have noticed that the search option for this site changed. I fist added Lijit-Search, which allows you to search not only my site, but also other sites I added. It was not received well, so I deleted it.

So now I changed to a Google Custom Search, which allows us (i.e., you too) to add more cyberpunk related websites to its database. It’s home page can be found here, with instructions if you want to use it on your website/blog.

Check it out, if you like – searching for “cyberleg” for example, does not feature this blog on the first place, but not at all. Instead you find the official errata on R. Talsorians Site first, then some of Christian Conkle’s stuff. Nothing else, esp. no non-cyberpunk related material. No shadowrun cyberleg here, promise!

I hope you like it.

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May 14th, 2008 at 8:21 am

Übersicht für die wichtigsten Aktionen im Netz [Cyberpunk 2020]

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This post is in German. If you can read German,

please choose the German version of this blog.

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May 13th, 2008 at 8:27 am

Rockerboys: The True Cyberpunk Spirit

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Rockerboys haven’t had much coverage on this blog so far. So you might not be surprised by the news that the Nine Inch Nails released their new album (“The Slip”) under the Creative Commons “attribution noncommercial share-alike” license. A note on the NIN site says:

“We encourage you to remix it, share it with your friends, post it on your blog, play it on your podcast, give it to strangers, etc.”

Thank you guys. That’s very clever, and makes me feel much better downloading the album.

Sure, I’m was never dumb enough to pay for DRM-Music. Microsoft just proved that you have to be brain-damaged to do so by removing support for the aptly named Playsforsure – now it won’t play as soon as you change to a new computer/mp3-player. They never supported Linux, anyway.

But Get Out Clause, a band I never heard of before, puts the NIN-guys to shame. Get Out Clause is from Manchester, UK. The UK has adoped a senseless but ambitious programme to videotape every second of the life of every single person living there. Yes senseless: They claim to do so to fight terrorism or crime, but just had to admit that it didn’t work. Guess whats the new plan: Right, more cameras. Anyway, GOC just performed in front of one of those cameras and then asked for the tape and then stitched the results together for their music video. That’s cyberpunk. Esp. the punk part! Rock on, guys!

[youtube 98u1HuqS7Nk]

Malte vom Spreeblick hat das ganze auf deutsch noch viel besser formuliert als ich das je könnte. Ich hoffe, dass er nicht böse ist, wenn ich seinen ganzen Post zitiere:

In England geschieht nichts unbeobachtet. Das ganze Land hat eine dermaßen hohe Überwachungskameradichte (die unter Sicherheitsaspekten nichts bringt und deshalb erhöht werden soll), dass – so erzählt man sich in Berlin – Wolfgang Schäuble nachts von Laterne zu Laterne fährt und Polaroidkameras installiert, wobei er “God save the Queen” singt und lauwarmes Bier trinkt. The Get out Clause, eine Band aus Manchester, die keinen Plattenvertrag hat, machte sich nun die vielen Kameras zunutze (nicht die Polaroids von Schäuble, die echten) und hat sich erst aufzeichnen lassen, dann die Aufnahmen unter Berufung auf den Freedom of Information Act zurück gefordert, bearbeitet und ein Video daraus produziert.

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May 11th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Mein Feed auf der Deutschen Cyberpunk Community cpc Seite

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das ist ein (vermutlich unabsichtliches, denn scal kennt mich RL ja gar nicht) Geburtstagsgeschenk, über dass ich mich wirklich sehr freue. Ich hab (als ich es heute merkte), dann auch gleich mal hingesetzt und ein paar mehr cpc-Seiten in meine Blogroll aufgenommen, es lohnt also die Deutschen Links (im Sidebar) mal wieder genauer anzusehen. Vor allem der T3chnomancer hat’s mir angetan. Und cpc zu lesen ist ohnehin für alle Pflichtprogramm.

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May 8th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Wann kommt das neue deutsche Cyberpunk 2020?

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Das neue Cyberpunk 2020 RegelwerkBei den Blutschwertern wird heftig gerätselt, wobei der eine oder andere Diskutant offenbar über Insiderwissen verfügt.

Games-In selbst wirbt schon ganz massiv auf der Website und kündigt an, dass Werk sei im Druck. Preis oder Vorbestellmöglichkeit habe ich aber nicht entdecken können. Das ist seltsam, den bei Druckbeginn sollten die Kalkulationsgrundlagen so langsam mal feststehen.

Auf der Cyberpunk 2020 Seite von Games In ist zudem ein missglücktes Karussell (oder soll es eine Revolvertrommel sein? HÄßLICH! Und auch noch Flash – bäh.) mit kostenlosen Downloads zu finden. Dabei handelt es sich allerdings nur um Charakterbögen / Datenfestungsbögen / ACPA-Bögen usw. – der Charakterbogen (versteckt als Charakter HC) ist aber ganz ansehnlich geworden.

Das Drucken des GRW kann zugegebenermaßen dauern. Aber im Mai das neue Buch – wäre super. Warum darf ich nicht vorbestellen? Bei wissenschaftlichen Fachbüchern geht das oft schon, bevor der Autor überhaupt ein Manuskript abgegeben hat!

Naja, wenn nur endlich erscheint… Rabenaas hats dann bestimmt wieder vor mir besprochen, aber selbst dass kann meiner Freude dann keinen Abbruch mehr tun.

Cyberpunk is dead? Haha. Danke Games-In.

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May 7th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

If the RIAA kicked our doors in right now…

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…and rounded us all up, what would we call ourselves?

asks Chris Minotaur. A really great article on what happend to cyberpunk – i.e. is it dead allready? And yes, I choose “I want my brain haxxorred right now!”

Actually the article is so good that Bruce Sterling (Islands in the Net, Schismatrix) blogged about it. I guess you better start reading. The text is not only really clever, but also a fantastic read.

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May 6th, 2008 at 2:01 pm