Comments for Jeff Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com Artisanal Technological Distractions Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:59:10 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 Comment on Magical Objects: The Future of Craft by SXSW Interactive 2015 Wrap-Up | Jeff Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com/2013/09/30/magical-objects-the-future-of-craft/#comment-18748 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:59:10 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=963#comment-18748 […] on digging through his book in the next few weeks.  It sounds exactly like a subject I’ve posted about here before, and something that feels like it’s moving from Bruce Sterling design fiction to real world […]

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Comment on Machines That Tell Stories: SXSW 2015 by SXSW Interactive 2015 Wrap-Up | Jeff Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com/2015/03/18/machines-that-tell-stories-sxsw-2015/#comment-18747 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 21:58:55 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=1352#comment-18747 […] thing Saturday morning was my session with Jon Lebkowsky: Machines That Tell Stories.  We had a great turnout, and there are notes from the discussion at the link. Looking over the […]

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Comment on Life in the Weavrs Web by Machines That Tell Stories: SXSW 2015 | Jeff Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com/2012/04/30/life-in-the-weavrs-web/#comment-18653 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:52:06 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=60#comment-18653 […] Weavrs as storytellers […]

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Comment on Games That Play Themselves by Derek K http://www.jeffkramer.com/2015/02/19/games-that-play-themselves/#comment-17843 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:12:00 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=1330#comment-17843 I still get weekly emails about my Weavr. I should go check on him….

Also, Progress Quest did this a while back. But the idea of actual integration would be interesting. “Huh. Kurtza is sick today. I wonder how Kurt is feeling….”

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Comment on Life in the Weavrs Web by Games That Play Themselves | Jeff Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com/2012/04/30/life-in-the-weavrs-web/#comment-17838 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:42:20 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=60#comment-17838 […] if Dreeps decides to shutter their app, or not release an upgrade for the new phone I get?  The Weavrs I created for myself back in 2012 are gone, victims to this onward march of technology and unportability of complex […]

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Comment on Platform Persistence, Virtual Death and Pocket Worlds by Games That Play Themselves | Jeff Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com/2012/10/26/platform-persistence-virtual-death-and-pocket-worlds/#comment-17837 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:36:21 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=98#comment-17837 […] is a lot like Godville, a game I talked about in a post about Pocket Worlds back in 2012.  They’re games that (appear) to be running and progressing even when you’re not […]

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Comment on Data Day Texas 2015 Recap by Happy New Year | Irma Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com/2015/01/12/data-day-texas-2015-recap/#comment-16505 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:04:59 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=1312#comment-16505 […] And finally a high note, this weekend I attended Data Day Texas. The conference was a nice way to kickstart the year. The female to male ratio was great. I also won an Arduino Esplora at P.Taylor Goetz‘ talk “Beyond the Tweeting Toaster”! There were so many interesting talks that it felt like it could’ve been a two day conference. We were even given some space to setup a PyLadies table and talk to some wonderful women. Overall a good conference with unexpected bonuses! For a more comprehensive write-up on it checkout Jeff’s recap! […]

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Comment on Dust Bunnies goes Open Source by This Week in Titanium Mobile Development: 4 Feb 2013 | TiDev http://www.jeffkramer.com/2013/01/29/dust-bunnies-goes-open-source/#comment-15893 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:57:01 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=272#comment-15893 […] Dust Bunnies for iOS goes Open Source (and art is CC licensed) […]

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Comment on SXSW 2014: The One About Privacy by Jeff Kramer http://www.jeffkramer.com/2014/03/21/sxsw-2014-the-one-about-privacy/#comment-11585 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:51:37 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=1105#comment-11585 Eric and Jared were talking about transparency, and trying to poke holes in the argument that people like Julian Assange make that people in power don’t get away with large scale bad things when the documents finally get out, so we should have systems where everything the government does is open for public review. Any large scale action where there are multiple actors involved creates a paper trail, so if you expose that paper trail continuously to public scrutiny, you may still have bad actors, but society will be able to hold them to account.

Eric and Jared said something like this: “So in the book we imagined a country called Wikistan, one of those liberal northern european countries, where their law was that everything the government did had to be released for public inspection first. But what happens if the country needs to negotiate a treaty, it has no bargaining position because it has to release all communications first. What happens if another country decides to attack it, it’ll have to release all its defensive and attack plans before hand, and it’ll have to release that it’s going to make an attack before it happens.”

Their argument is an obvious straw man on the concept of transparency and how most people would like it implemented, probably even Assange himself. The issue we’re dealing with is a problem of default government secrecy, and secrecy as the default position to cover the government’s butt from embarrassment. That’s how you end up with 8 year lawsuits on the No-Fly program that covered up a simple government mistake. You could get rid of that just by having a set delay on everything, or a longer delay after planned actions (like treaty negotiations) take place. Some things, like lists of suspected terrorists or lists of foreign operatives or research and development don’t need to be public, but that’s maybe what, 1% of what the government classifies? It may be written better in the book, but if that’s their argument, it isn’t much of an argument at all.

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Comment on SXSW 2014: The One About Privacy by Lindsey http://www.jeffkramer.com/2014/03/21/sxsw-2014-the-one-about-privacy/#comment-11584 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 04:54:28 +0000 http://www.jeffkramer.com/?p=1105#comment-11584 “One notable excerpt considering the Wikileaks presentation the next day were Eric Schmidt’s arguments against transparency, which boil down to ‘Imagine what would happen if everything was transparent and open, nations wouldn’t be able to defend themselves from aggressors because they’d have to publish their attack plans before hand,’ which is just, well. Ugh.”

I think I know your thoughts here but I am not entirely clear from this response–to me this argument seems very specious, slippery slope alarmism more or less. Could you clarify a little more?

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