Friday, March 27, 2009

MINIMALIST / SHRINKAGE MOVEMENT IN COMPUTING, No. 3 of 8 ... FREE Pirate SOFTWARE to Go Along with Your Cheap Laptop?

This series of articles is based on the philosophy of the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as expressed in his motto "Less is more." This is not just an expediency to get through an economic depression, it is a way out of the current Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Sooner or later, all of us, from President Obama on down, are going to have to consider this. Computers are a good place to start.

Anonymity for Users of Pirate Bay:
Anonymity soon will be possible for users of the site Pirate Bay, which has all kinds of software and other interesting content for free, for your cheap mini-laptop. The workaround is called IPREDator and should be available before April 1 (no fooling).

This is a way to get around recent legal initiatives of Sweden's (where they are located) government. Sweden is supposed to start implementing the European Union's IPRED directive on April 1, so IPREDator is Pirate's Bay's preemptive strike.

IPREDator from Pirate Bay is a VPN to cloak users. It will allow users to be identified under a different IP address than their own. Since the service won't store traffic data, the cloaking will make it difficult for Swedish courts and others to ID so-called pirates.

What this means is that now even free software has a slight cost, as IPREDator will cost 5 euros (about $6.77) per month.

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