Monday, May 19, 2008

Tips for Teens

I'm really loving Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (Tor), which Jonathan Hunt is reviewing for the July Horn Book. It's rare--always has been--to find YA realistic fiction that engages the political dimension, especially one so enthusiastic about disturbing the status quo. And it does so contagiously--I totally want to go out and hack something now.

And now, I can! Doctorow has compiled some how-to's for such plot points from his book as encrypting Gmail, starting a flash mob, blocking an RFID chip, and getting over a barbed-wire fence. Also included: "What to do when the police stop you."


Dr Seuss Poems said...

Hahaha, I especially like the "How to Start a Flash Mob". Great find!

Andy Laties said...

Hmm. Do not trust everything you read.

This reminds me of the classic "Anarchist's Cookbook" which in fact contained all sorts of misinformation (it was written by a guy on flat fee contract using the public library; the publisher Lyle Stuart refused to put the book out of print even though the author later sued him!).

The most famous page was about how to get stoned by smoking the scrapings from the inside of banana peels. Supposedly a substance called "bananadine" was there. In fact, the author simply made this "drug" up -- yet generations of youthful rebels attempted to utilize the recipe.

Roger Sutton said...

Andy--what did you find suspect on that link?

Andy Laties said...

Well -- how about this response in the "comments" string, on the subject of RFIDs:

... You *ARE* kidding, right? Apparently you have never been to any shopping centers like Wal-Mart... those things that set of the buzzers? RFID... I've installed them. Just what do you think "Data" is made of? It is a string of 1's and 0's just like everything else.

Your entire second paragraph is already refuted... I refer you to wherein this is already done as of August 2007. Also a google search reveals that there are dozens of passive tags already that can be read at 20 feet. Sorry to burst your "superiority" bubble but RFID already *IS* capable of most of the things you deny.

Please double check your facts before you dismiss something.

Roger Sutton said...

Andy, the comment you quote is directed toward a previous commenter, not at Doctorow's post about how to destroy or make undetectable an RFID tag. I think you're just working for Them ;-)

Andy Laties said...

oh. it must be the bananadine I have been smoking all day.

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