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Pied Piper Pic: High Five!

The ever-exuberant Russ demands that he not be “left hanging”!

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  1. Is it just me…or is Russ some sort of cross between Mark Cuban and an even bigger douche?…

  2. You know i don’t blame Russ as an individual as much as I blame him and the pied piper group collectively for their own down fall. For every 2 steps forward Richard and the group take they in return take 5 steps back because they sabotage ANY small success they might have. Richard is not CEO quality (at least that’s the way the developers of this show portray him. He is a very smart compression software designer who is a total misfit at much anything else and its starting to get boring. Russ is nothing more than a some playboy who lucked up on a with a billion dollar internet radio program and who also knows jack ** about business. He needs to go bye bye in the WORST way! He single handed fire balled the all but successful multi million dollar deal Pied Piper was about to get with the porn industry. All this man is worried about is getting a third comma and doesn’t care how he does it. Why else would he try to merge Pied Piper with the company that stole their current compression software. He’s an A. He’s broken his $5 million dollar agreement with Pied Piper except paying them the few thousand initially early on.

    My recommendation? Kick Russ to the curb quickly!

  3. Hey guys,

    That condor video, it’s not 4k, it’s 1024 upscale to browser window size, no wonder you guys are having so much problem! Get your shit together please!

    Sincerely,

    Dan

  4. I like this blog idea and setting up a domain name to promote the show. The whole art imitating life…life imitating art thing. When are you guys going to do some speaking engagements on places like college campuses as your fictional selves to help promote the show and innovative technology? Maybe there’s an entertaining but informative way to do that? The more people who know about the show the better, Maybe then I can enjoy daily episodes rather weekly. Once a week is not enough. I love this show! Are you looking for good writers or PR people? Hit me up!

  5. Hi Everyone at Pied Piper, brilliant work, brilliant ideas and sharing your pain and stress helps us get through our transformational business development days, knowing its just not us!

    However, Russ scares me, alot!!!!

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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