Mechanic: Lemme tell you what you want. You wanna come and go like the wind. Invincible, invulnerable, invisible. Customer: And I want it Thursday at nine. ~ Running Scared, film, 1986 You want to be free. You want to have your property safe from thieves. You want your communications safe from spies. You want your family safe from outrage. You want to be left alone and not be bothered by bullies or hoodlums or busybodies. During the same period that the Internet was coming together there were two growing movements. One was open source software: better and thoroughly verified software that...
Crime and Punishment
“A hundred suspicions don't make a proof.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment The guard closed the door. There was an inch of raw sewage water on the floor, and about twenty men were detained in the holding cell. David Mayer and I had been arrested on charges of felony gambling promotion of a lottery. It was February 1991. Unhappily the standard of proof is no longer what it used to be. Although the state of Texas and Harris County would later sign an agreed injunction dropping the charges, our business would be destroyed by the publicity associated with the arrest. In that...
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