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Ten years later, Paypal is already using personal URLs for money transfer

LID turned 10 years a little while ago. Back in the days, the revolutionary idea was: everyone could have one (or several) user-specific URLs they could print that URL on their business card and all sorts of interesting services could be attached to that URL, such as: single-sign-on into any website standardized transfer of personal…

Reading the Holacracy Book

Just about everybody is unhappy with how large organizations function, or rather, dys-function. One of my first big-company experiences were the seemingly endless, back-to-back meetings at BMW. I remember coming home one one day to the townhouse I shared with several other people, complaining that I had just gotten a degree called "Diplom Ingenieur" (Master…

Let’s create the Internet of Our Own Things #IndieIoT

Bruce Sterling penned a marvelous, impassioned essay titled "The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things" a few months ago. ($3.99 at Amazon). He pulls no punches, right from the beginning: The first thing to understand about the “Internet of Things” is that it’s not about Things on the Internet. It’s a code term that…

The Perfect Surveillance Architecture

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"] Credit: Mike Licht on Flickr[/caption] If you set out to design the perfect surveillance architecture, what would you come up with? Assume there are no "legacy" issues, and you get to design the entire system for the benefit of the entity that gets to do the surveillance (government, or private sector,…

We Want Root

When you buy an iPhone, do you actually get to own it? Apple is doing its darnedest to make changes impossibe that you might want to do but that they don't approve of, even after you paid a lot of money for the device. Does not sound like ownership to me. It wasn't always that…