Not surprising that they originate from an RSA paper on public key cryptography. This site has way more than the early history, though, explaining how the set of notional actors has been expanded and adopted in other example narratives.
- Kickstarter for a modern interactive fiction game
Jason Scot, the producer of the wonderful documentary, “Get Lamp”, tweeted about this. Andrew “Zarf” Plotkin has started a pledge drive to support his full time effort to produce his next interactive fiction project. He has already sailed past his goal, did so in a mere 13 hours. I imagine pledges will continue to push his funding up for a few more days yet, especially with an endorsement from Scott.
- Microsoft upset by open Kinect drivers, then relents
Ryan Paul at Ars Technica was one of a few folks to note the Redmond giant’s reaction to Adafruit’s bounty program and winner. I really don’t understand their response given that it is going to add sales to folks who otherwise wouldn’t have bothered with the device. Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNet’s Open Source blog soon after had the story that Microsoft had relented on their threats.
- A working 8-bit computer in Minecraft
This is a different effort from the working ALU to which Cory linked before on BoingBoing, but definitely in that same vein. Not sure what architecture Lazcraft is building here as the video lacks any kind of narration, inluke theInternetFTW’s.
- Enigma cipher machine up for auction, Christie’s, via Hacker News
- IBM offers glimpse of extreme, miniature super computers of tomorrow, BBC
- How to make art online without getting ripped off, BoingBoing
- Obama administration to appoint web privacy czar, Ars Technica
- Apple partnering with Oracle to bring OpenJDK to OS X, Ars Technica