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WINTER ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED - ANOTHER NEW DIGITAL OPTION AVAILABLE
14 January 2016, 1:40 am

The brand new Winter issue of 2600 is now out and available to all! In fact, it's probably within arm's reach right now if you're a subscriber. If you're not, don't despair. There are plenty of options. You can become a subscriber and never have to face this problem again. We can also be found in all kinds of bookstores around the world, from the shady to the mainstream. Or you can go digital. We have Kindle subscriptions available in the United States and the United Kingdom and Google Play subscriptions available in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Netherlands, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Australia. Our newest option that just started with this issue is the Nook subscription, available worldwide. There's still more, so many that we have a whole section of our website devoted to outlining them all. With each issue, there are more ways of finding us and less reasons not to. We hope you become a part of the fun if you haven't already.

 


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION AT THE ELEVENTH HOPE
13 January 2016, 11:41 am

With all of the commotion that took place with the release of tickets to The Eleventh HOPE on Monday (we've already sold close to half of our capacity), you may not have been aware that we also released a Call For Participation, which you can read here.

Good speakers are an essential part of the HOPE conferences, and each time we do this, the variety and creative ideas of our many presenters are what make HOPE truly shine. Unlike most other conferences, we open the door to all kinds of different ideas and approaches to the hacker world. A typical speaker lineup may consist of a college professor, a 13-year-old kid, an activist, and a spy - all in a row. (Of course, it's much more diverse than that.) What matters to us is that you have something to say, regardless of who you are, where you're from, and what your experience is. This is the place for new ideas and approaches. With over a hundred slots to fill, your words have a great chance at being included.

Full instructions on how to submit your ideas on both talks and workshops can be found on The Eleventh HOPE website, in addition to many other ways of getting involved. Whether as a speaker, workshop coordinator, volunteer, or attendee, we look forward to seeing you at The Eleventh HOPE in July!

The Eleventh HOPE will be held on July 22-24, 2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

 


TICKETS FOR THE ELEVENTH HOPE GO ON SALE MONDAY
10 January 2016, 11:01 am

The moment is at hand. Tickets for The Eleventh HOPE will officially go on sale Monday, January 11th, at 11:11 am Eastern Time. Simply click here at that time.

Do not panic - these tickets will not sell out in three seconds like the last couple of batches. But the possibility exists that they will sell out since more people attend every time and our space, though huge, is limited. If you're relatively sure that you'll be attending the conference, we strongly suggest buying your tickets as soon as possible.

The eleventh Hackers On Planet Earth conference will be held July 22-24, 2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Keep watching xi.hope.net for more info on the conference.

 


SECOND BATCH OF DISCOUNTED HOPE TICKETS SOLD OUT
6 December 2015, 9:56 am

It only took a few seconds once more but our second batch of tickets to The Eleventh HOPE have come and gone. We're sorry.

But all is not lost. The main batch of tickets will go on sale in early January. Check this space for updates.

The eleventh Hackers On Planet Earth conference will be held July 22-24, 2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

It's way too early for speaker information but we've had people like Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, Steve Wozniak, and Jello Biafra keynoting in the past and we always have over 100 speakers and presentations from the community that are remembered for many years afterward. We have no doubt this next conference will be even better.

Keep watching xi.hope.net for more info on the conference.

 


2600 HOLIDAY SPECIALS ONLINE
1 December 2015, 1:14 am

We've put together an assortment of holiday deals so you can get into the spirit of the season and buy people presents! We've got everything from multiple calendar sets to clothing deals to discounted subscriptions to a full set of back issues that's cheaper than we've ever offered it before. Some of these may sell out or overwhelm us so check them out while you have the chance at http://store.2600.com/collections/holiday-specials.

Another cool way to share the stuff on our store with friends and family is to take advantage of our new 2600 Gift Cards, available in a variety of values. It's the same as giving a present, only they get to choose exactly what they want. Our gift cards are transferable and never expire. You can find them at http://store.2600.com/collections/gift-cards.


THE ELEVENTH HOPE IS ON THE HORIZON - INITIAL TICKETS SOLD OUT IN 3 SECONDS
6 November 2015, 10:42 am

It's official - we're taking it to Eleven.

For the eleventh time since 1994, we will be hosting a Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York City. The dates are July 22-24, 2016 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Our last conference featured Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg as keynotes along with over 100 other awesome speakers. It'll be hard to top that, but we'll surely think of something.

We offered 100 tickets for sale on 11/11 at 11:11 ET and they sold out within three seconds according to reports. Don't feel bad if you didn't get one - we will be offering more next month. Stay tuned for more details on the conference and how you can participate.


AUTUMN ISSUE OF 2600 RELEASED
14 October 2015, 8:48 am

The Autumn issue of 2600 is now available! Those of you who subscribe probably already know this. Those who visit the magazine section of their local bookstore or newsstand may have also seen the brand new issue there. If you want to start getting the latest in hacker news delivered to your home and/or device, simply subscribe to our printed edition, subscribe to our Kindle version (for the U.K., click here), or subscribe to the Google Play version for digital versions in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Netherlands, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Australia. And there are still more methods of getting issues digitally that we've outlined here. We intend to expand even more in the digital world and in the physical one wherever there's space.

 


AN APOLOGY FROM TRUNK ARCHIVE
18 September 2015, 7:31 am

We have received the following apology from Melissa Kelly, the Chief Operating Offier at Trunk Archive, for their mistaken accusations against us. It reads as follows:

Dear 2600,
   As COO of Trunk Archive, I would like to offer my sincere apologies for
   “Ink Splotch-gate”
   Artist attribution and copyright protection are very important to us,
   so we truly regret this case of “mistaken identity”.
   Using a digital copyright infringement service is a relatively new
   thing for us and we have learnt a lot about what can go wrong through
   the comments made by 2600 and the community at large.
   Thanks for all the feedback and please feel free to reach out to me
   with any questions or thoughts on this matter.
   Once again.. very sorry for our error.
   Best regards
   Melissa

Receiving this from an actual person at Trunk Archive is an important step and we appreciate the sentiment. It's especially promising if they truly are listening to the community. We know there is a huge difference in opinion and an awful lot of changes that will be necessary (such as most of the business model of Trunk Archive and similar organizations), but if there's even a chance that our voices will be heard, we would be wise to take it.

If you have thoughts on this issue, please put them together in a concise and coherent manner and send them here.If we get some decent ones, we'll put them online in the near future. Please sign your submission with whatever name/handle you want the world to see. We thank everybody for their tremendous support throughout this whole incident and hope we can play a part in making some much needed changes.

 


INK SPLOTCH CONTROVERSY "CLOSED" BY TRUNK ARCHIVE
15 September 2015, 9:12 am

We were hoping for more. But on Monday afternoon, we received an email from lcs@lcs.global, which read as follows:

**********************************************

Subject: Case #373018082 , Ref #4440-1159-6664

Hello, I just wanted to take a moment to inform you that after further review this matter has been closed.

Regards,

Madison Streete

License Compliance Services

P. 1.855.387.8725

E. lcs@lcs.global

605 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 400

Seattle, WA 98104

**********************************************

Apart from the cool email address, there is little here to impress. The letter ends with a graphic of their slogan: "Creations Are Valuable." Oddly, there is no mention at all of Trunk Archive, the organization that LCS was acting on behalf of.

This impersonal resolution shouldn't really be a surprise. From the beginning, these people have acted with all of the human touch of a perl script. If there are any humans involved at all, they know how to stay well hidden. And by having so many possible entities involved (Trunk Archive, Picscout, Getty Images, LCS) who all use the exact same address, it becomes difficult to even know where specifically to direct one's ire. And that makes it particularly hard to fight back.

Our case was absurd and everyone knew it. Trunk Archive et al matched an image on one of our covers with one of their images and concluded that we were using their material. In actuality, they were the ones using the material of an artist in Finland and claiming it as their own. So we can all see why it would be very much in the interests of Trunk Archive to just pretend this whole incident never happened. But it did. And equally absurd and more harmful cases are launched by them every day. People without resources are coerced into paying them and the entire culture of art and creativity suffers.

This is not about blatant copyright infringement, which most can agree causes problems and should be dealt with. We're talking about the attempts to license everything under the sun, using high technology to match the tiniest of images, and crushing the very concept of fair use. Art has always been derivative and transformative - our cover at the center of all this is a great example of such a work (just not with any of Trunk Archive's material). But by making people look over their shoulders whenever they try to create something unique using elements of existing works, a chilling effect is created that will result in less works being created. This is also bad for the original artist, who is robbed of the opportunity to see how their creation can be adapted and transformed into something completely different. But in the end, we are all hurt by this kind of thing. Creations such as remixes of music, mashups, new arrangements and interpretations, parody, patchworks of images, logos and pictures captured on film, snippets of code - they can all be identified and monetized. That neat little app on your phone that can identify music? Imagine that going out and automatically charging a fee for anyone who has captured a bit of that music on something they created. Every corporate logo you capture in a picture would also have to be paid for. Imagine where this technology can take us in the next few years if this unbridled greed isn't reigned in.

This has nothing to do with art as most any artist will tell you. It's about control and intimidation, using the prospect of payoffs to lure in unsuspecting contributors. With that in mind, the LCS/Trunk Archive slogan of "Creations Are Valuable" makes sense in a much more opportunistic light. That's why we need to make sure this derivation of art never catches on. Our case may be over, but this is a fight that is only just beginning.


2016 HACKER CALENDAR IS OUT
9 September 2015, 11:13 pm

The just-printed 2016 Hacker Calendar is now out! This calendar follows in the tradition of our previous editions with 14 full color 12x12 glossy photographs of payphones all around the world. In addition, nearly every single day of the year is marked with some bit of history that is of interest to hackers everywhere. If you can find a blank date, odds are it won't stay that way for long. There are fewer of them in this edition than ever!

This full size wall calendar can be hung up immediately, as the last few months of 2015 are also included. And if you get it through our new online store (we take all major cards, Bitcoin, PayPal, and Google Wallet), we'll cut a third off the normal retail price. Pictures, dates, history - it's all here. All you need to supply is a wall.

See our new 2016 Hacker Calendar at our new online store.

 


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