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Title: the great failure of the hacker halfway house


1
the great failure of the hacker halfway house
  • seth hardy
  • notacon 3
  • april 8, 2006

2
building communities in self-destructive
environments
  • seth hardy
  • notacon 3
  • april 8, 2006

3
what this talk is not
how the hacker halfway house failed
4
what this talk is not
shmoocon is teh sukc hahaha lol
5
what this talk is not
dont be such an immature shitbag
but seriously, please dont be such an immature
shitbag thanks
6
what this talk is not
if you focus your energy like a LASER, you can do
anything!
7
what this talk is
  • observations on communities
  • a discussion about new methods for solving these
    problems
  • helping others avoid mistakes already made
  • asking the simple question
  • why do some people shit where they eat?

8
irc.2600.net
lets start at the bottom of the barrel irc.
9
2600net a timeline
  • years ago network completely unmaintained
  • more than a years downtime due to massive ddos
    attacks
  • ted stole our passwords!
  • today a (mostly) functional irc network

10
2600net historical problems
  • lack of involvement
  • admins hated the users
  • overwhelming bureaucracy
  • full consensus needed to make minor changes
  • decentralized command structure
  • admins were played against eachother
  • freedom of speech issues
  • ccna is the proper nomenclature

11
ptolomea.2600.net / ptolomea.aculei.net
  • one of the main leaf servers for 2600net
  • hosted on a SDSL line at the hhh
  • hit by distributed synfloods
  • ...20Mbits of synflooding
  • ...which caused 50 packet loss at our ISP
  • why would someone do this?

12
ptolomea.2600.net / ptolomea.aculei.net
  • one of the main leaf servers for 2600net
  • hosted on a SDSL line at the hhh
  • hit by distributed synfloods
  • ...20Mbits of synflooding
  • ...which caused 50 packet loss at our ISP
  • why would someone do this?

haha i can fuck up ur shit lol
(paraphrased)
13
what to do?
  • clear organizational structure
  • large ddos attacks will always break things
  • make the network more resistant, not
    attack-proof
  • this is the job of a politician
  • its how you respond to problems that matters

14
hackerhalfwayhouse
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hackerhalfwayhouse
  • the short, short history
  • some people moved in to a loft in brooklyn
  • they did some stuff with computers
  • they threw a bunch of parties
  • people fucked shit up
  • the 2600 afterparties stopped

16
respect issues
  • unlike many other hacker spaces, people lived
    in the hhh...
  • would you ash your cigarette on someones living
    room floor?
  • ...in front of them?
  • ...and then get offended when they ask you wtf
    youre thinking?

17
more respect issues
  • theft
  • multiple laptops stolen
  • usually property of guests
  • vandalism
  • sharpies on walls is ok, right? youll repaint
    them eventually.
  • stickers peel off so theyre ok, right?
  • how about a can of latex wall paint on someones
    brand new car?
  • brooklyn now has indigenous metal-eating
    chipmunks. no, really.

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respect and the community
  • monthly nyc parties
  • these are our friends!
  • issues, issues, more issues
  • 5hope con party
  • many hundreds of strangers came through over the
    course of the night
  • zero problems. none. nothing.

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the solution
  • close the doors, end the parties
  • fairly split on this solution
  • nobody liked this way out
  • where is the line between keeping an eye on
    guests and policing them?
  • there really is no simple answer here.

20
aculei.net
  • started six years ago
  • shell account box on home adsl connection, added
    a user here, a user there...
  • shells, email, web hosting, dns, irc, network
    backup, etc.
  • now has almost 70 users, hosted in a colo in
    boston

21
as always, there are problems
  • denial of service attacks
  • target for hack attempts due to being high
    profile
  • abuse of resources
  • hardware failure, limited resources

22
but what are the differences?
  • denial of service attacks
  • people look out for their own
  • hack attempts
  • no bureaucracy to delay security process
  • misuse of resources
  • nobody wants to lose their access
  • hardware failure, resource limitation
  • people would donate what they could!

23
different kind of community
  • invite-only instead of we need more people,
    lets invite the world
  • self-policing because people use it as their
    primary network services
  • more personal, trust is easier
  • strong involvement by the person in charge
  • time and financial commitment

24
observations
  • not all communities can be invite-only
  • where is the acceptable compromise?
  • not all communities can be financed by an angel
  • usually not needed, though
  • people often contribute only when its
    fashionable
  • nobody wants to do the shit work
  • one person pulling out can cause a cascading
    failure

25
observations
  • respect breeds respect
  • ...usually
  • lack of action causes people to push the line
  • successful projects are hard work
  • nothing comes overnight
  • you need to do the dirty jobs before you can
    celebrate your success

26
the real question
  • is it worth it to you?

27
questions?