Archive | October, 2015

What is the Devils rope for the internet?

14 Oct

I was watching David Birch talk about The Internet of everyone elses things, truth be told, someone was watching the new Irish budget on TV, i had to find something else to occupy myself, and this was it.

Now, it would appear there is an issue with forgeries in all sorts of products all over the world. In architecture its called duplitecture, but if you are selling to consumers in department stores, it can be tricky

The problem facing consumers in stores is…

How do i know this product is real?

One of problem facing manufacturers is…

How do we keep our reputation and ensure the customer can know its our product?


Is Del boy selling whiskey in Korea?


It would appear in Korea there is a problem with knock off scotch whiskey, the solution they came up with was to put RFIDs in the bottle cap.



As a customer, you can scan the RFID with your phone in the store, you can verify the bottle with the manufacturer, the manufacturer can confirm that the bottle you are holding is from them, then PARTY TIME!

PLUS, when you open the bottle, the RFID is broken, so it cannot be copied.

Good no?


Well connecting things is easy, just ask people at Nokia, no better ask people who love connecting stuff in IKEA.

IKEA sold a chair, it was hacked into a kids bike


Making doors is easy, making the locks? Not quite.

IKEA hacking has a big hacker following, get the app


Back to the story, David pointed out, walls have ears and so does everything else.

To ensure security against hackers, you must have a:

  1. Product
  2. Properties
  3. Provenance, it has a history, it didnt just pop into the world

Some other useful ideas for RFIDs, (besides your cat) are to stop illegal logging, you can hammer a RFID nail into a tree and track every log out of a forest to the Mill, stopping illegal overnight, sounds good to me?

If you can verify the entire history of a bottle of whiskey to a log of wood, you can be sure of what you are getting is the real thing, good for whiskey drinkers and good for the Amazon.

A few weeks ago, i listened to a podcast about Devils rope

Many types of Devils ropes, but which one?


Back in the 1800s, the U.S. government wanted farmers to move west, because farmers, unlike cattlemen, would establish communities and build permanent settlements. In 1862, President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, offering 160 acres of free land to anyone who settled and farmed it for five years.

The land in the middle of America was useless for farming, as there was buffalo and cows that would come and eat all your crops, it was impossible to farm this land, only by securing the land would the land prove useful.

The thorny Osage orange was good, but it took five years to grow


Along came a farmer from Hampshire called Joseph Giddon with the solution. Glidden’s design took off, and by 1876, his company was producing nearly three million pounds of barbed wire annually.

Cattle men weren’t happy, this wire stopped them crossing vast areas of land, barbed wire fences were in direct contradiction to “the law of the open range” and also could injure or maim cattle.

The cattlemen ended up resenting the farmers as they put up more and more fences. And that’s what lead to the fence-cutting wars.

Everyone knows its hard to be angry when your singing a song…

The farmer and the cattle man should be…?


Now the bad news, before white people lived in the west, there were an estimated 65 million buffalo roaming the plains. By the end of the century, there were fewer than a thousand.

This had a huge knock on effect for native Americans, who ended up calling Barbed wire “Devils rope”

Devils rope had other uses too


Barbed wire’s history has mostly been about control, possession and separation but there is one instance where barbed wire was used not to separate us, but to connect us, longhorn out, Bell in.

With the invention of the telephone, some of the earliest adopters of the technology were farmers, they already had fences, the network, they lived remote, they needed to talk to one another

For about 25 dollars, farmers could buy a kit to rig themselves into their network. In 1907 there were 18,000 independent telephone cooperative serving nearly a million and half people

First there was the thing, and one thing led to another…


Introducing the Internet of everyone elses things

Six killer apps…nothing to do with your iPhone.

13 Oct

Cash moves everything around me…


I listen to tons of pod casts, i’m the only one i know who does, and some times I have the strangest ideas and thoughts.

And I can firmly point the finger of blame to the random podcasts i listen to going to sleep or waking up, today was one of those days and I was cycling on a country road. I was thinking about the “Six killer apps of prosperity

Through a podcast a few years ago, i was introduced to an economic historian called Niall Ferguson, i checked out one of his videos recently in relation to Six killer apps the western world had over Africa and Asia.

Niall like to connect the dots…


Introducing, “The Great Divergence, apparently there is about 95,000 billion dollars of wealth in the world today. We know that most of that wealth was made after the year 1800. And we know that most of it is currently owned by people we might call Westerners: Europeans, North Americans, Australasians, nineteen percent of the world’s population today, Westerners own two-thirds of its wealth.

Apparently the west didn’t get rich because of empires, lots of empires existed before, and they weren’t able to generated the wealth has since 1800

So what happened?

Introducing… Ibrahim Muteferrika


Ibrahim Muteferrika, an Ottoman official, the man who introduced printing, very belatedly, to the Ottoman Empire — who said in a book published in 1731

Why do Christian nations which were so weak in the past compared with Muslim nations begin to dominate so many lands in modern times and even defeat the once victorious Ottoman armies?

Unlike Rasselas, Muteferrika had an answer to that question, which was correct.

He said it was “because they have laws and rules invented by reason.” It’s not geography.

The big six

Killer apps

He takes some great examples, like Germany, divide it up, one side will end up making a Trabant, the other will make a Mercedes

From the East


We took all the Germans, we divided them roughly in two, and we gave the ones in the East communism, and you see the result. Within an incredibly short period of time, people living in the German Democratic Republic produced Trabants, the Trabbi, one of the world’s worst ever cars, while people in the West produced the Mercedes Benz.

If you still don’t believe me, we conducted the experiment also in the Korean Peninsula. And we decided we’d take Koreans in roughly the same geographical place with, notice, the same basic traditional culture, and we divided them in two, and we gave the Northerners communism.

From the West


And the result is an even bigger divergence in a very short space of time than happened in Germany. Not a big divergence in terms of uniform design for border guards admittedly, but in almost every other respect, it’s a huge divergence.

Which leads me to think that neither geography nor national character, popular explanations for this kind of thing, are really significant.

How the west prospered

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