Words Myte Bite

Funny can be whatever you want it to be. The Words and Musings of Paul O'Malley. Sort of a Blog!

11 March
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Distributed Social Networking

Thoughts around this stuff have been circulating recently.

The chief technical difficulty seems to be in (A) getting on without having a command and control gateway (B) turning off your machine leaving town and finding your way back onto the network again.

Some thoughts on “learning” some reliable nodes without flattening them, i.e. weighting them so that they don’t get ddosed  as they hand on network information.

There are several fine points that need to be balanced so that no node gets taken out because it is up 24/7.


The challenges and this is just a partial list include.

Finding the network the first time.

Finding the network if you disconnect.

Hosting your own information.

Caching your friends.

Having an acceptable authorisation system so that you can with a great degree of certainty be sure that if the message or screen you see says it was written by a user called “VUser1″, and you happen to know them in real life, you can be certain that person is the account (unless they gave their password to their brother).

Having a network caching system that allows you find the people important to you, and them you.

All this with the real knowledge that people can only keep about 200 others in their heads as people they know.

The lack of a central C&C suite or site makes it almost impossible to take something like this down, it is like a network within a set of networks.

It seems to me that we have encryption, p2p, directory services.

It was a good Thursday!

06 December
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Snow falls again

I was over in Rathfarnham meeting a pal in a pub (yes, just in case you had to ask I had tea). As I left my house the roads were mostly clear and 1°C. However there were a few flurries of snow.

On the way back the roads apart from the motorway were mostly white again. Didn’t notice it being too slippy, however yet again I did get to meet someone going to fast on the N4 and I merging from the M50 south on a piece of road that was very white.

It never ceases to amaze me that people miss the 60kph notice on the N4 east before the M50 interchange, and so it is more observed in the breach then in the following of the rule. I would love to see a few speed cameras placed on that part of the road.

It would be great if the rules of the road were on a sign for those in the right hand lane: Yield Right Of Way. (We drive on the left, remember. ;-) )

Anyway I have ranted enough. Time to read KSR’s Green Mars.

05 December
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Open Street Map – or how I learned to stop worrying and love the map

The ability to find your way about from place to place is a useful thing.Usually we rely on local knowledge unless we are out of our immediate local environoment, then we rely on signs, signposts and other items. By these means we tend to extend our local environment.

However there comes a time when you travel so much more than your local area that you have travel far. Then you rely on maps.

openstreetmap.org provides a great community driven map. Driven by a community who know how to find information that is elusive. How to find the name of a street that has no street signs on it, and for copyright reasons you can’t just copy some map you bought in the local retailers. All these and other information gaps can be filled in. What kind of granularity do you want, insert it into the map using its conventions, which are many but well thought though.

Then you get to see things like this: http://osm.org/ A cafe near my home.

What else could be mapped: http://osm.org Oh look a postbox! If it has a physical representation it could end up mapped.

Given my history I was very interested in the licence changes in this project.

I had them looked at by someone I know after the event when I changed mine they seemed kind of happy enough with the changes.

There is a change proposed for the licences for OSM and I think the change is good.
These links are for the the stats of people who are signed up to the new version of the licence, in Ireland, and Great Britain
as it is you could track progress over time, it is nice to see that most people see it as freeing up the map.

Happy mapping.

05 December
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If economically we (by that I mean Ireland) are in the gutter, I guess I better look at the stars!

Nice segway here, I bought a book yesterday by an economist.

23 things they don’t tell you about capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang.

Written in an easy to read style. May I be so bold as to suggest, you might read a review of the book, or watch the guy himself on ted.com if that media outlet is to your liking,

You might even find the book entertaining in its repost to some of the suggestions out there about how the market works, or doesn’t.

05 December
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chdk canon

First, I am not a camera geek, I have one for fun.

Niall Walsh pointed this out to me Monday last.


It gives the user almost as many functions as you would find on a DSLR on a compact.

This is a great utility, it adds all sorts of functionality to the camera, it does this by providing a firmware update, it doesn’t update the firmware it just pretends to.

It increases your canon’s ability a lot. I enjoyed messing around with it for the last few days.

Lots of scripts for it.

The motion detection one is the one I tried, works well, but the mother nature was not so kind I did not have lightening when I worked out how to use it.

Now to try and find one for my Nikon D70.

Two comments I got from people:

1) hardly surprising when you can load FLOSS firmware on lots of devices.

2) been around for a long time for all sorts of cameras