[pypy-dev] impressions from CCC congress last week
hpk at trillke.net
Wed Jan 4 20:47:56 CET 2006
here are some impressions from the Chaos Communication
Congress in Berlin end last year (a few days ago). It
again was a rather wild session of some 3000 hackers from
various areas ... with higher broadband connectivity than
the whole of Africa (10 Gbit) i heart. Only 1Gbit was
actually used, though, including free VOIP-phoning to
all of germany.
This year i didn't attend so many talks also because they
regularly lasted 1 hour - usually too much - but hardly enough
for our current PyPy talks :) Carl and me had some 350
listeners. It was a rather concentrated and nice atmosphere -
despite our JIT preparation style. We had one guy from the
Dylan group (Andreas Bogk) who involved Carl and me in a
number of discussions where i wished that Samuele had
been there :) The other talk about "EU-funding, Open Source
and Agility" with Bea went very well and also brought some new
contacts, among them a press guy who wants to report about
PyPy on a suitable occassion. There apparently was some
article about PyPy in a Linux magazine in November or
December, btw, somebody told me.
The two PyPy talks were filmed and we can probably provide mpeg's
somewhere if there is interest. Also the 22C3 organisers
themselves want to provide films+sounds from many talks, i think.
What else? For example, "How to get a free parking license
for Europe including all areas nobody is usually allowed to
park on" - for purposes of "measuring networks". The successful
solution is actually quite pythonic and was presented in
a 5 minute lightning talk.
Or how to use google maps to discover military airbases
and nuclear power plants including number of trucks,
airplane types and position and whatnot. Or on how to
use Google to find lots of mp3's or other interesting
content left by people in their public_html directories ...
All easy stuff but with impressive results :)
As always, the "trifinite" group and friends presented new
ways to remote-control many of today's mobile phones,
including complete surveilance and calling/SMSing on the
owner's behalf etc. They had done that two years ago already
when they analyzed the situation within the British Parliament ...
but it seems the issues keep popping up. There are really
many "interesting" examples of what you can do with control
over mobile phones ... i find a funny one letting
everyone in a tube station ring up their neighbour ...
should feel a bit like being in the matrix.
Some guys from Austria demonstrated a hack surveilling
surveillance cameras and thus presenting the focus of police
activities: randomly scanning around at windows to
glimpse into rooms ...
Carl and Bea went to more talks than me so they might have some
funny ones to add. We also met Bert and Michael from Impara
who are doing Smalltalk/Squeak stuff and some PyPy
glue experiments. Christian was often around as well as
was Stephan Diel and Boris Feigin, earlier PyPy sprint
attenders. Nice chatting.
All in all, this chaos communication conference is quite a rush
and it is impossible to catch everything - so it's often a good
idea to hang around in the large cafeteria area with some music
and arts going on. Or to step outside into a snowy Berlin
to breath different air ...
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