"A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul." —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
It's a beautiful day..........
The kids are beside themselves, snow day snow day snow day..............New York hit with 26.9 inches --- yowser. It's spectacular though, I am viewing the magnificence of the whiteout and blogging, ah heaven.
I decided to home school the kids today in Hacktivism. Great piece in today's Wall Street Journal. Taking down
[...] find Freegate, a software program that thwarts the Chinese government's vast system to limit what its citizens see. Freegate -- by connecting computers inside of China to servers in the U.S. -- enables Zivn and others to keep reading and writing to Wikipedia and countless other Web sites.
Behind Freegate is a North Carolina-based Chinese hacker named Bill Xia. He calls it his red pill, a reference to the drug in the "Matrix" movies that vaulted unconscious captives of a totalitarian regime into the real world. Mr. Xia likes to refer to the villainous Agent Smith from the Matrix films, noting that the digital bad guy in sunglasses "guards the Matrix like China's Public Security Bureau guards the Internet."
[....]China also has gotten some U.S. Internet companies to limit the search results they provide or the discussions they host on their Chinese services. A tiny firm Mr. Xia set up to provide and maintain Freegate had to lobby computer-security companies such as Symantec Corp., of Cupertino, Calif., not to treat it as a virus.
In response to China's crackdown, and to restrictions in many Middle Eastern countries as well, a small army has been mustered to defeat them. "Hacktivists," they call themselves.
In other words, Google you can go to hell. The ingenuity of capitalistic mind. I love it. I first reported on this trend and Bill Xia back in January here but Atlas readers already knew that.