"If people like you in the cultures that you're part of decide that surveillance is cool and exciting, that's more talent to take the billions of dollars and vast intellectual challenges of figuring out how to eliminate the vestiges of privacy. If they decide it's uncool and sketchy, that's more talent that goes elsewhere and does something else."
"During the relatively quick passage of the amendments, the Australian government made the usual argument that metadata needs to be retained for long periods in order to fight terrorism and serious crime"
A side effect of International trade.
TPP is signed , data retention laws are passed and corporate streaming services are released in Aus . Snowden lets us see the behind the scene negotiations. 
“There are two boats going to sea. In which shall we sail? There is the little boat of [s/science/technology]. Every [s/century/decade] a new little boat of [s/science/technology] starts and is shipwrecked; and yet again another puts forth, gaily laughing at its predecessors. Then there is the great galleon of tradition, and on board it travel the great poets and dreamers of the past.”
"“Abject poverty had kept my drinking reasonably contained,” says Mike, “but with a full bank account I tend to drink until I get sick.” Instead, he’s indulging in music. Mad Mike immediately moved his mom’s sofa, love seat and ottoman out of the living room and replaced it with thousands of dollars worth of brand new, gorgeous musical equipment:"
Love the idea of this. Ditch the furniture for creative tools.
When my wife and I moved into our first home (an unfurnished rental), we felt it was larger than we really needed. So one bedroom became the living room, one bedroom stayed the bedroom, and the actual living room was emptied of all furniture.
What did we do with all that space? Plonked down a full-size ping-pong table and became bloody good at the game over the next year or so. Good times.
"A few weeks ago I was walking along the street in Cambridge, and in someone's trash I saw what appeared to be a Mac carrying case. I looked inside, and there was a Mac SE. I carried it home and plugged it in, and it booted. The happy Macintosh face, and then the finder. My God, it was so simple. It was just like ... Google." ~ Great Hackers, Paul Graham
such a great article, thanks for @teuobk writing this & @franze for re-posting this. It means I can have a crack at using the classic as a web client/proxy. I'm still up to the lets plug a modern keyboard and mouse stage but this is a great push forward to connecting to the network, the hard bit: MacPlus and TCP/IP.