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The Rise and Fall of Silk Road

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by SixofNine, May 25, 2015.

  1. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

  2. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Wow! I have just finished Part 1 (with lots of interruptions). I thought it was going to be about the old trade route and wondered why Wired would write about such a topic. This is mesmerizing, but duty calls me into the kitchen. I can't wait to read Part 2. Thanks for posting it, Brian.
     
  3. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Finished part 2! This would make a good movie. It's actually a psychological study of what can happen to some people who live under a false identity or identities.
     
  4. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    I'm sure that it will become a movie. One of the amoral lessons that I drew from this story is that if the guy had known enough about security he wouldn't have been caught. :)
     
  5. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Yes, that's true. He was an amateur. Without spoiling the story for any other readers here, I found the ending that affected more than one person from both sides very interesting, to say the least! The central character could have gone far in the normal world of work, but he didn't like doing the humdrum stuff along the way that the rest of us just deal with. He wanted to go to the top ASAP--the curse of instant gratification. The other main player in this story actually felt more comfortable in his make-believe world than he did in his real life.

    I was reading not long ago about the hidden children of World War II. I am comparing two varieties of apples here, rather than outright apples and oranges. These were Jewish children who were being hidden for the duration of the war. They went through a "depersonalization" process, where they had to forget their own names, origins, and religion and take on new identities. They all had problems after the war ended, some worse than others. A couple of them actually developed psycho tendencies.
     
  6. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Ulbricht sentenced in Silk Road case

    Even now, he doesn't show real remorse for the site.

    No, Ulbricht is a self-centered sociopath who thought he was above the law and would never get caught.
     
  7. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I agree. He is creepy!
     
  8. dsl987

    dsl987 Member

    Great read - thanks for sharing.

    Another good read if you can find it, is The Cuckoo's Egg. Great story about tracking hackers in the early days of dial up connections.
     
  9. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Excellent book by Clifford Stoll, a physicist by training. He did something on PBS (I forget if it was one special or a multi-parter) based on the book.
     
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  10. dsl987

    dsl987 Member

    LOL i'm confused, which is not hard now that i'm over 50... but how did we jump from Cliff Stoll to Cercei's walk of shame?
    :unsure-52:
     
  11. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Beats me, must have snuck in from my clipboard. It's hard to keep a good story down. :D
     
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  13. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

  14. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    You always have those niche reads, Brian.
     

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