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Welcome!

Greetings, dear readers!

My name is Jared Dunn (née Donald Dunn), and I’m head of business development here at Pied Piper, or “biz-dev,” as we biz-devvers like to moniker ourselves.

I’m pleased as punch to announce the relaunch of our website. A special thanks to my old Vassarite buddy Raj, a fellow organizer of “Check(ers) Your Privilege!,” Vassar’s annual checkers tournament benefiting social justice causes. He gave generously of his time in putting this all together. Thanks, Rajer-Dodger!

As someone who has blogged in the past (for Hooli, several Firefly fanfic sites, and The Progressive Caucus’ Subcommittee on Reproductive Rights and Freedoms), I will continue that tradition here and lovingly blog each entry myself.

And while blogging, I always love to check the comments section to see how I’m doing. You might say I have a “HOW’S MY BLOGGING?” sticker on my mud-flap! Now, while some of the comments people have written on past blog posts of mine have been a bit discouraging—or needlessly scatological or strangely racist—I welcomed any and all forms of communication, except direct threats of violence, which I will continue to report. In that spirit, I would like to encourage you to comment below.

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    1. Are you asking are they real comments or are real people commenting because I can assure you that the answer to both are true. Your comment is real, and you, the real person who wrote it, is real too. Every comment on this page is a real comment and each one was wrote by a real person. The real question might be are they commenting for the purpose of learning and communication or just to make a more convincing and interesting page?

  1. You go guys! The existing compression algorithms take to much time to transfer junk to and from the cloud. Please post a link to your beta when available.

  2. This is pretty amusing. Silicon Valley series characters have an actual website about their solution which from nowhere looks fictitious.

    1. yes these are real comments. some are from the fans of the show and some are probably posted by the HBO people since it is their job to make this fake website as a prop for the show. y’know.
      Now we wait for season 4.

  3. Put the potatoes into a large pot, add the bay leaf, 2 tablespoons salt, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain them well and remove the bay leaf. Meanwhile, heat the cream and butter in a small saucepan. Put the potatoes through a ricer or food mill into a bowl. Add the hot cream and season with salt and pepper. Mix together with a spoon and add the chives.

  4. Gerky

    I remember you from High School man. It’s me Buzz Goldstein. I’m glad you found your calling man. You have come along way from your Poodle Puppet Show. I remember the last puppet show you did when the poodles had an organization in a Roman bathhouse classic man. Anyway I sent you a bro2bro request under buzzgold.

  5. https://youtu.be/ffg0f1KN6L4

    I was in the second year of elementary school when I first saw iPhone.

    I was surprised when I ran the compass app in iPhone.

    The reason is because there are two norths that compass is heading.

    So I searched at Wikipedia to find "north".

    Although Earth is a big magnet, the magnetic field doesn’t go straight ahead. So every place is different from all compass headings.

    The magnetic declination is the angle between true north and magnetic north.

    I have tried to measure the magnetic declination with the iPhone after I had developed the iTouchEarth app.

    Isn’t that amazing?

    Because we can observe the interior of Earth with iPhone.

    I expect the next surprise.

    I’d like to share the iTouchEarth, that measures the magnetic declination, like Open Source Project and measure the magnetic declination of Earth with you, although I am too young to submit my app to Apple.

    Please visit http://www.iTouchEarth.org and Facebook/iTouchEarth.org.

    Let’s measure the magnetic declination with my source code.
    It will be very useful for many students.

  6. I was in the second year of elementary school when I first saw iPhone.

    I was surprised when I ran the compass app in iPhone.

    The reason is because there are two norths that compass is heading.

    So I searched at Wikipedia to find "north".

    Although Earth is a big magnet, the magnetic field doesn’t go straight ahead. So every place is different from all compass headings.

    The magnetic declination is the angle between true north and magnetic north.

    I have tried to measure the magnetic declination with the iPhone after I had developed the iTouchEarth app.

    Isn’t that amazing?

    Because we can observe the interior of Earth with iPhone.

    I expect the next surprise.

    I’d like to share the iTouchEarth, that measures the magnetic declination, like Open Source Project and measure the magnetic declination of Earth with you, although I am too young to submit my app to Apple.

    Please visit http://www.iTouchEarth.org and Facebook/iTouchEarth.org.

    Let’s measure the magnetic declination with my source code.
    It will be very useful for many students.

  7. PiedPiper helped us compress the workload by literally zipping all the chairs and tables that take up a lot of space in our office in to a highly compressed bundle of furniture in a 3D compressed space. I recommend them to everyone! Thank you PiedPiper!

    Artificial Earthling Team

  8. Hey Jared, I am a programmer myself and i am absolutely thrilled by the show, The way you guys have shown big corporations and small startups with their absolute ridiculous ideas, is very close to reality.
    I am looking forward to the rest of the second season and wish you guys at pied piper all the best. Keep on rocking . . .

  9. I’m thrilled that PiedPiper can help veriticalize the multimedia cloud presence of our Enterprise! Where else can a tightly focused vision provide such integrated back-end capabilities while maintaining dualistic synergy across mobile, industrial and business paradigms? NO WHERE, what’s where! Keep bleeding that lean edge!

  10. Hello Jared, or should I say Gerky?.. It’s Clint Finchley, remember me? How could you ever forget? We grew up together dude! OMG, here you are now, a big shot on this geeky reality show. Wow, good for you, really. I always knew you would make it big, after seeing what you did with that puppet theater you had going in your garage. What was it called? Gerky’s Prancing Poodle Puppet Farm? That was sooo funny! Although I know you took it very seriously, you must admit now that it was funny. Ha.. Then one day you were gone, including your whole house! What happened dude? There were rumors about your family being spies from Liechtenstein. WTF?.. Well, no matter. It’s just good to see you are doing well. I liked your scrum idea BTW, good job dude.

Problem 1:

Single Points of Failure

Libraries are vulnerable to losing their collection because all of their books are contained at a single location. Say, for instance, that there was a fire, or a flood, or a vandal defaced John James Audubon’s masterpiece Birds of America by giving all the Warblers human genitalia. Even worse, if the vandal recruited bird haters from other neighborhoods and got ahold of all the copies of the book in existence, it could be lost crude doodles forever. It would be a tragedy on par with the destruction of the Library of Alexandria.

The Problem

Because Birds of America is centralized in one public location, it’s susceptible to permanent deletion. The same goes for content on the Internet — storing all your family photos on a single account in a cloud service? They could all be wiped away if someone hacked your account or corrupted the host servers.

The Solution

Our solution: In our decentralized library, we would duplicate and distribute multiple copies of Birds of America to your neighbors — if you need a copy, you would just go to your neighbor’s house. As our Pipernet town of mobile devices grows, so do the number of neighbors who might have a copy of your book. And the more potential copies there are available, the more secure the book is.

That’s what our new internet will allow you to do too: spread your personal files on devices across the world, so they’re completely safe from bad actors manipulating or deleting them.

Takeaways

All copies of your files in a well-known, hackable location = RISKY!

Files copied and distributed to multiple locations = SAFE!

Problem 2:

No Privacy

In order to check out books, you must have a library card — an ID that links back to your real world identity. That library card reveals all the books you’ve ever checked out, where you returned them, and whether they were returned on time.

The Problem

The tech titans collect data profiles on us too, and theirs are far more comprehensive. They amass thousands of personal data points by tracking our activities in both the online and physical worlds.

Users don’t own or control their own data, so it can be used against them. Take, for instance, Richard’s lawyer Pete Monahan, who had his probation revoked when the state retrieved his library records. Which was… probably a good idea. But for this metaphor’s purposes: bad that they can access that information!

On the web, our data profile is far more detailed, the laws around privacy even looser, and more freedoms are at stake. For example, what if Hooli sold your search data to an insurance company who then denied you coverage because you’ve HooliSearch-ed “kindest Palo Alto based Cardiologist” a few too many times?

The Solution

Replace library cards with anonymous identification cards which are impossible to connect to your real world identity. Instead of using a library card (linked to your name, address, etc.) to check out books, you would swipe a nondescript card (containing no personal details). Your activity would be tracked to keep the system stable, but your identity would not be siphoned and sold. I, for example, would no longer check out books as "Donald Dunn," but rather the nom de guerre "h3w0vbk37vpm."

That’s what our new internet will allow you to do too: use its apps and services without compromising your privacy.

Takeaways

Trading your identity and data for online services = RISKY!

Using services anonymously so nobody can target you = SAFE!

Problem 3:

Censorship and Manipulation

Because a town’s library is run by a small group of administrators, they could theoretically decide what books are available to its people. They could even decide to ban Birds of America, depriving young birders of Audubon’s elegant illustrations, pored over page by page under a government-issued blanket after lights out, giving you hope that even a slender-framed, shivering boy could grow to be as majestic as a Hooded Merganser.

The Problem

On the internet, multinational corporations can screen content, or even “adapt” their services to fit the local government’s requests. In both libraries and on the Web, we’re susceptible to data being censored or manipulated by intermediaries.

The Solution

A peer-to-peer lending system backed up by a fully public ledger, allowing you to send and receive books freely to anybody in the world without worrying about censorship or interference. Want to add Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, or your controversial essay on Audubon’s coloring techniques? No problem, even if the town surrounded you with pitchforks to ban them, these vital texts would be available to share neighbor to neighbor, impossible to delete.

That’s what our new internet will allow you to do too: exchange messages and files directly with their intended receiver, disperse ideas and information free from threats of censorship.

Takeaways

Pushing all transactions through a central authority = OPPRESSIVE!

Establishing a peer to peer exchange system based on an immutable public ledger = FREE!

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