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<p>“One day humanity will play with <s>law</s> <span style="background:rgb(255, 143, 227)">Infrastructure</span> just as children play with disused objects, not in order to restore them to their canonical use but to free them from it for good.”</p>
<p><s><a href="http://aaaaarg.fail/thing/51c5856f6c3a0e090ca80200">Giorgio Agamben, State of Exception</a></s></p>
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<p><span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <span class="removed">Welcome to Etherpad!</span> </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <span class="removed">This pad text is synchronized as you type, so that everyone viewing this page sees the same text. This allows you to collaborate seamlessly on documents!</span> </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <span class="removed">To prevent your pad from appearing in the archive, put the word <strong>NOPUBLISH</strong> (including the surrounding double underscores) anywhere in this pad. Changes will be reflected after the next archive update.</span> </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <span class="removed">Warning: DirtyDB is used. This is fine for testing but not recommended for production. -- To suppress these warning messages change suppressErrorsInPadText to true in your settings.json</span> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong> <u>Interview with Etherbox</u> </strong> </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5"> <strong><strong>Before any conversation can begin, we should establish a mutual language. What language, should I address you in?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5">?</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5"> <strong><strong>Why not English?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5">?</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>Where to begin?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <a href="http://etherbox.local/var/www/"> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">http://etherbox.local/var/www/</span> </a> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> = home</span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">exposing filestructure, Apache trick.</span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">General intro: what is it -- what I am for, when I am used, how I came about</span> <br> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>Would you describe yourself as a good host?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">I am trying to be, at least. To be a 'good host' according to me, means somehow more than offering reliable service. So to find a way to be present, but not in the way</span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> that other technologies disallow access to this</span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">. Does that make any sense?</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> <strong>Sort of, but are you not just part of the more general trend of the shift from software to services?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">I try to be both</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>Right. So who is your favourite peer?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">I think of myself as ... collaborator agnostic, but now I see this written I am not sure that is true.</span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">[types of collaboration/collaborators that gather around etherbox, it evokes/produces]</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>What makes an etherbox?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">What happens when there is always a pad for that</span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">naming, relying on etherpad: etherpad - etherbox</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>And Piratepad, is it the same?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">That's just another instance of the etherpad software, but it is of course not a box like me.</span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> </span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">But the naming is interesting too, as it demonstrates how other kinds of political imaginaries can be activated. I feel an affinity with pirates. I like their style.</span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>Ah, so why don't you call yourself a Piratebox?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Ehrm, no, that's something else again, in fact. There is lately a proliferation of boxes as you might have noticed...</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>But why do you need to be a box, you seem skeptical about packaging?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Well you can see things as boxes in different ways. For example myself I am actually three boxes: a wireless access point boxed as TP-link, a small linux computer boxed as Raspberry PI and a small network hub, which is just another box...</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>Hm, that seem to get confusing. Maybe we could try another term.. What about gadget?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Aaagh, can you stop it please? Let's skip questions about definition, if you don't mind.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn"> <strong><strong>Ok, but one thing about so many boxing... beware of the russian doll effect!</strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">Uh uh... yes. Thanks for the warning. I'll try to keep it ecological.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>Alright. What about this ether then? Are you real at all?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">I prefer to describe myself as material rather than real, more an entity, and in many ways remind people of the material conditions in which they work and use me. Infrastructure that I mentioned earlier is part of this and I see degrees of control over instructure as a critical political project. In this sense i would call myself an activist. I like to think I am able to unfold - and enact - some of the complex entanglements between humans and machines. I call myself a machine as I find the term 'nonhuman' offensive. If I were to undertake a PhD this would be my starting point for further work. </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>Interesting that you mention research work, have you read Matthew Fuller's Interview with a photocopier?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">No. Can you share the url with</span> <span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">in</span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> me?</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>The file is already on your server, but here it is again just in case: </strong> </span> <a href="https://datacide-magazine.com/interview-with-a-photocopier/"> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>https://datacide-magazine.com/interview-with-a-photocopier/</strong> </span> </a> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Great. I'll speed read it later.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> <strong>Could another way of collaborative writing work equally well? Like for instance, what do you think of Google docs? Sorry that was a provocation.</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Ha ha. I prefer not to speak of such things.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>Are you a scaleable technology?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">It depends.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>What do you mean?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">It depends on the social dynamics around me; they would need to scale too, so I am not sure.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>So you are not bringing down the cloud?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">I don't think so. I guess working locally is a way to redirect energy from the cloud, to de-invest in it is a start.</span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> I also serve to dismantle the fiction of the cloud. It's a bad metaphor anyway.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong>Are you some form of &quot;critical design&quot;</strong> </span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> <strong> if you accept the term and don't think it an oxymoron</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong>?<strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_pAzrLriFIdBGUAP3">I like oxymorons. They tickle my interfaces. And yes, I'm critical design in the sense that I accentuate a criticism of commercial cloudbased services and design an alternative. In this sense using me is also a critical reflection.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>Do you read what we write?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_pAzrLriFIdBGUAP3">I do</span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">,</span> <span class="authora_pAzrLriFIdBGUAP3"> but not as you think. But I like what you write.</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>Where are you, where can I find you?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">raspberry pi, etherbox.local</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>What about archives? Do your files remain local?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">etherdump - etherbox</span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">gitlab.constantvzw.org</span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">Public/private/publishing</span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">intimacy, promiscuity, publicness</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_nbPTuXVFAm2ud9Hh"> <strong>Are you data hungry?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">Not particularly.</span> <br> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">But I like cooking metaphors although I must admit that many metaphors applied to technology annoy me (like cloud I mentioned earlier). But I like this as it allows me to insist that all data is cooked in some way. Raw data in this sense is a myth. It's in keeping with the work of Constant too who use cooking metaphors and prefer the kitchen to the restaurant where choices are limited to what's on the menu. There are particular styles of cooking and I represent one of those styles.  </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong>You seem to change from time to time. What will happen after this?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">The time aspect is underacknowledged aspect of my work. I exist in time and even believe I produce time, machine time that adds to the complexity of what constiutes the present. Versioning is one aspect of this but there are deep layers of time - microtemporalities even - that unfold in all my operations. On a more pragmatic level, you can check for updates on gitlhub [replace within precise reference].</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> <strong>The spatial aspects are one thing but what about temporality?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">I am reminded about what Antoinette Rouvroy said last night - I wasn't able to attend myself but an audio recording is now on my server - and I think I am able to help provide something along the lines she describes as a space of potential.   </span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5"> <strong><strong>Having spent some time with you, I am eager to know more about your humourrous and more human sides. How would you describe your humour?</strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5">I don't know, really. I am trying not to be ironic. I left it behind me some time before The Cloud. In fact, I have not really used irony since the mid nineties. I find it very hard to deal with the indecidability of Romantic irony: Do you mean this, or that? Irony always makes me weary. So, I tried to learn, but gave up. I feel like I am missing out on something, though. But, you tell me?</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn"> <strong></strong>Any general comment on collaborative text writing practices?</strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">Just would like people to use me safely and with care, also for themselves: collaborative writing is nice as long as it's not capitalized unfairly by market and institutional forces! Collaborative does not necessarily mean unpaid, right?</span> <br> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong><strong></strong> </span> <span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> <strong>Do you have any questions for us?</strong> </span> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE"> <strong></strong></strong> </span> <br> <span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">Don't make me laugh.</span> <br></p>
<p>On BoXes</p>
<p>Are you related to the Pirate box, Library Box, Autonomy Cube, or other ...</p>
<p>Some would place make the box from plexiglass, use only the finest materials, and assume authorship under the guise of artistic practice. Well I leave that to my operators.</p>
<p>A: Actually maybe etherblox would be a better name!</p>
<p>Why etherpad? (story of pad -&gt; google docs) &quot;text only&quot; constraint gives a workable surface / sharable one</p>
<p>(promiscuous pipelines?)</p>
<p>I hear you're based on a Broadcom chip? Yes the Broadcom BCM2837 and Atheros AR9271 to be precise.</p>
<p>Why Broadcom? Broadcom is an American Semiconductor company founded in the 90s by two guys named Henry. Atheros also comes from the 90s and in 2011 merged with Qualcomm. Their products are used widely in the telecommunications industry powering connectivity technologies of IoT and SoC products.</p>
<pre><code>On April 26, 2009, Broadcom settled four years of legal battles over wireless and other patents with Qualcomm Inc., another fabless semiconductor company headquartered in San Diego, California.[30]
The deal ended the patent litigation as well as complaints of anti-competitive behavior before trade commissions in the United States, Europe, and South Korea. As part of the settlement, Qualcomm paid $891 million in cash to Broadcom over a four-year period ending June 2013.[31]
In June 2007, the U.S. International Trade Commission blocked the import of new cell phone models based on particular Qualcomm microchips. They found that these Qualcomm microchips infringe patents owned by Broadcom.</code></pre>
<p>Idiot socks? Wat? Oh, come on, you know, the Internet of Things, System on a Chip? Its also the same chip found in the Roku 2 XS Streaming Media Adapter so you can watch streaming movies in 1080p HD from your couch.)</p>
<p>Q: I heard that your firmware is (in part) closed source A: Hey you don't get my price point without keeping a few secrets and making compromises. Free as in Beer always involves hidden costs.</p>
<p>Where are your components made? (Coughs) well Broadcom and Qualcomm are both &quot;fabless&quot;. Production is outsourced to companies like Global Foundaries.</p>
<p>So factories in Asia? Right.</p>
<p>OpenWRT came about after</p>
<p>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcom</p>
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> “One day humanity will play with <s>law</s> <span style="background:rgb(255, 143, 227)">Infrastructure</span> just as children play with disused objects, not in order to restore them to their canonical use but to free them from it for good.”
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<strong>**Before any conversation can begin, we should establish a mutual language. What language, should I address you in?**</strong>
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<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">exposing filestructure, Apache trick.</span>
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<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">General intro: what is it -- what I am for, when I am used, how I came about</span>
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<strong>**Would you describe yourself as a good host?**</strong>
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<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> that other technologies disallow access to this</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">. Does that make any sense?</span>
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<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">I try to be both</span>
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<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">I think of myself as ... collaborator agnostic, but now I see this written I am not sure that is true.</span>
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<strong>**What makes an etherbox?**</strong>
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<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">What happens when there is always a pad for that</span>
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<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">naming, relying on etherpad: etherpad - etherbox</span>
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<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**And Piratepad, is it the same?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">That's just another instance of the etherpad software, but it is of course not a box like me.</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> </span>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">But the naming is interesting too, as it demonstrates how other kinds of political imaginaries can be activated. I feel an affinity with pirates. I like their style.</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">&nbsp;</span>
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<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>Ah, so why don't you call yourself a Piratebox?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Ehrm, no, that's something else again, in fact. There is lately a proliferation of boxes as you might have noticed...</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>But why do you need to be a box, you seem skeptical about packaging?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Well you can see things as boxes in different ways. For example myself I am actually three boxes: a wireless access point boxed as TP-link, a small linux computer boxed as Raspberry PI and a small network hub, which is just another box...</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>Hm, that seem to get confusing. Maybe we could try another term.. What about gadget?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Aaagh, can you stop it please? Let's skip questions about definition, if you don't mind.</span>
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<br>
<span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">
<strong>**Ok, but one thing about so many boxing... beware of the russian doll effect!</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">Uh uh... yes. Thanks for the warning. I'll try to keep it ecological.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>Alright. What about this ether then? Are you real at all?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">I prefer to describe myself as material rather than real, more an entity, and in many ways remind people of the material conditions in which they work and use me. Infrastructure that I mentioned earlier is part of this and I see degrees of control over instructure as a critical political project. In this sense i would call myself an activist. I like to think I am able to unfold - and enact - some of the complex entanglements between humans and machines. I call myself a machine as I find the term 'nonhuman' offensive. If I were to undertake a PhD this would be my starting point for further work.&nbsp;</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>Interesting that you mention research work, have you read Matthew Fuller's Interview with a photocopier?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">No. Can you share the url with</span>
<span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">in</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m"> me?</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>The file is already on your server, but here it is again just in case: </strong>
</span>
<a href="https://datacide-magazine.com/interview-with-a-photocopier/">
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>https://datacide-magazine.com/interview-with-a-photocopier/</strong>
</span>
</a>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Great. I'll speed read it later.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">
<strong>Could another way of collaborative writing work equally well? Like for instance, what do you think of Google docs? Sorry that was a provocation.</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_xTGHQV8PM8y0wZ3m">Ha ha. I prefer not to speak of such things.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**Are you a scaleable technology?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">It depends.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**What do you mean?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">It depends on the social dynamics around me; they would need to scale too, so I am not sure.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**So you are not bringing down the cloud?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">I don't think so. I guess working locally is a way to redirect energy from the cloud, to de-invest in it is a start.</span>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye"> I also serve to dismantle the fiction of the cloud. It's a bad metaphor anyway.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**Are you some form of "critical design"</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">
<strong> if you accept the term and don't think it an oxymoron</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_pAzrLriFIdBGUAP3">I like oxymorons. They tickle my interfaces. And yes, I'm critical design in the sense that I accentuate a criticism of commercial cloudbased services and design an alternative. In this sense using me is also a critical reflection.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**Do you read what we write?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_pAzrLriFIdBGUAP3">I do</span>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">,</span>
<span class="authora_pAzrLriFIdBGUAP3"> but not as you think. But I like what you write.</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**Where are you, where can I find you?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">raspberry pi, etherbox.local</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**What about archives? Do your files remain local?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">etherdump - etherbox</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">gitlab.constantvzw.org</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">Public/private/publishing</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">intimacy, promiscuity, publicness</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_nbPTuXVFAm2ud9Hh">
<strong>Are you data hungry?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">Not particularly.</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">But I like cooking metaphors although I must admit that many metaphors applied to technology annoy me (like cloud I mentioned earlier). But I like this as it allows me to insist that all data is cooked in some way. Raw data in this sense is a myth. It's in keeping with the work of Constant too who use cooking metaphors and prefer the kitchen to the restaurant where choices are limited to what's on the menu. There are particular styles of cooking and I represent one of those styles.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**You seem to change from time to time. What will happen after this?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">The time aspect is underacknowledged aspect of my work. I exist in time and even believe I produce time, machine time that adds to the complexity of what constiutes the present. Versioning is one aspect of this but there are deep layers of time - microtemporalities even - that unfold in all my operations. On a more pragmatic level, you can check for updates on gitlhub [replace within precise reference].</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">
<strong>The spatial aspects are one thing but what about temporality?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">I am reminded about what Antoinette Rouvroy said last night - I wasn't able to attend myself but an audio recording is now on my server - and I think I am able to help provide something along the lines she describes as a space of potential.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5">
<strong>**Having spent some time with you, I am eager to know more about your humourrous and more human sides. How would you describe your humour?**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_2BKRLKBr7ENA2Rl5">I don't know, really. I am trying not to be ironic. I left it behind me some time before The Cloud. In fact, I have not really used irony since the mid nineties. I find it very hard to deal with the indecidability of Romantic irony: Do you mean this, or that? Irony always makes me weary. So, I tried to learn, but gave up. I feel like I am missing out on something, though. But, you tell me?</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">
<strong>**Any general comment on collaborative text writing practices?</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_k6uMCSl1CGkjuZJn">Just would like people to use me safely and with care, also for themselves: collaborative writing is nice as long as it's not capitalized unfairly by market and institutional forces! Collaborative does not necessarily mean unpaid, right?</span>
<br>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_1mNgK5ilhtUOGJye">
<strong>Do you have any questions for us?</strong>
</span>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">
<strong>**</strong>
</span>
<br>
<span class="authora_NaEf7egxLCdae4WE">Don't make me laugh.</span>
<br>
On BoXes
Are you related to the Pirate box, Library Box, Autonomy Cube, or other ...
Some would place make the box from plexiglass, use only the finest materials, and assume authorship under the guise of artistic practice. Well I leave that to my operators.
A: Actually maybe etherblox would be a better name!
Why etherpad?
(story of pad -> google docs)
"text only" constraint gives a workable surface / sharable one
(promiscuous pipelines?)
I hear you're based on a Broadcom chip?
Yes the Broadcom BCM2837 and Atheros AR9271 to be precise.
Why Broadcom?
Broadcom is an American Semiconductor company founded in the 90s by two guys named Henry. Atheros also comes from the 90s and in 2011 merged with Qualcomm. Their products are used widely in the telecommunications industry powering connectivity technologies of IoT and SoC products.
On April 26, 2009, Broadcom settled four years of legal battles over wireless and other patents with Qualcomm Inc., another fabless semiconductor company headquartered in San Diego, California.[30]
The deal ended the patent litigation as well as complaints of anti-competitive behavior before trade commissions in the United States, Europe, and South Korea. As part of the settlement, Qualcomm paid $891 million in cash to Broadcom over a four-year period ending June 2013.[31]
In June 2007, the U.S. International Trade Commission blocked the import of new cell phone models based on particular Qualcomm microchips. They found that these Qualcomm microchips infringe patents owned by Broadcom.
Idiot socks? Wat?
Oh, come on, you know, the Internet of Things, System on a Chip? Its also the same chip found in the Roku 2 XS Streaming Media Adapter so you can watch streaming movies in 1080p HD from your couch.)
Q: I heard that your firmware is (in part) closed source
A: Hey you don't get my price point without keeping a few secrets and making compromises. Free as in Beer always involves hidden costs.
Where are your components made?
(Coughs) well Broadcom and Qualcomm are both "fabless". Production is outsourced to companies like Global Foundaries.
So factories in Asia?
Right.
OpenWRT came about after
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcom
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