Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Epilogue...

TorrentSpy Won't Pay $111 Million Court Order, Lawyer Says | Threat Level from Wired.com

Nevis-based Valence Media, the owner of TorrentSpy, filed for bankruptcy protection in England last week "and has no appreciable assets," attorney Ira Rothken said. "This was a Hollywood publicity stunt."

Let me perform the Herculean task of extrapolating the blindingly obvious and go out on a limb and posit that in the future:

  • Torrent technology will be extended to the trackers themselves, causing the tracking lists to be themselves distributed across the network
  • Files will no longer be stored on any one user's machine but instead be cut into parity checked pieces and the parity recover pieces and scattered across the cloud
  • Every instance of a torrent program will function as one of a one to several chain of torrent proxies
  • Every packet headed for one IP will tell you nothing because the encrypted payload is wrapped sequentially ala anonymous remailer systems based on a chain that is chosen randomly through picking nodes out of advertisements and the chain changes randomly throughout the online term
  • This will eventually be how entire web sites are served up to people so that powerful interests can no longer through abuse of the corrupt system shut them down by fiat?

This is coming morons. I mean you MPAA and RIAA people. You're just not getting it. Your self-righteousness is only contributing to an inevitable and completely natural and organic response by society. The Feds have also played their part. The people are tired of abuses of power, and tired of having no recourse. They inevitably will find a recourse, and they will find one you can't stop without crossing a dangerous line to provoking them to open revolt.

STOP NOW. There's still time for us to get back to an accommodation with each other. There's still time to head off disaster and ease back on our itchy trigger fingers. There's still time for us to calm down and reach an equilibrium.

I figure the way things are going, we got maybe twenty or thirty years left. This is not the future I was sold growing up and now that I am grown up, can say with total confidence this is not the future I want. This is bullshit. We're up each others' backsides with self-righteousness and all its doing is making us all sick.

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