Anonymous vs. NATO: Get your popcorn ready

Anonymous has responded to a recent NATO report which suggested that the "hacktivist" collective would be "infiltrated" and "persecuted" if its illegal actions continued, CNET reports. Among other measures, the NATO document, issued earliler this week, speculated about whether the organization's Article 5 on mutual defence could be invoked in response to a cyber attack. The groups responded with a warning

Our message is simple: Do not lie to the people and you won't have to worry about your lies being exposed. Do not make corrupt deals and you won't have to worry about your corruption being laid bare. Do not break the rules and you won't have to worry about getting in trouble for it.

Do not attempt to repair your two faces by concealing one of them. Instead, try having only one face - an honest, open and democratic one.

You know you do not fear us because we are a threat to society. You fear us because we are a threat to the established hierarchy. Anonymous has proven over the last several years that a hierarchy is not necessary in order to achieve great progress - perhaps what you truly fear in us, is the realization of your own irrelevance in an age which has outgrown its reliance on you. Your true terror is not in a collective of activists, but in the fact that you and everything you stand for have, by the changing tides and the advancement of technology, are now surplus to requirements.

Finally, do not make the mistake of challenging Anonymous. Do not make the mistake of believing you can behead a headless snake. If you slice off one head of Hydra, ten more heads will grow in its place. If you cut down one Anon, ten more will join us purely out of anger at your trampling of dissent.

Your only chance of defeating the movement which binds all of us is to accept it. This is no longer your world. It is our world - the people's world.

We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us...

PBS recently suffered an attack from the mysterious entity calling itself LulzSec -- which has also taken on Sony -- after airing a documentary critical of WikiLeaks. NATO should also probably be on the lookout for lulz in the coming days. 



One iceberg, coming right up

This strikes me as one of those flying car, meal-in-a-pill-type ideas that people in the future will write snarky blog posts about, but it's fun to think about. Why not bring icebergs to people who need fresh water rather than letting them melt into the ocean. Fast Company writes

It might sound outlandish, but Mougin has been trying to tap the icecaps for decades. In the 1970s, Mougin was enlisted by prince Mohammad al-Faisal, a nephew of the Saudi king, along with other engineers and a polar explorer, in a venture called "Iceberg Transport International." Faisal planned on wrapping a 100-million-ton iceberg in sailcloth and plastic and tugging it from the North Pole to the Red Sea, though the cost was estimated at an exorbitant $100 million. For a swank conference on "iceberg utilization," he even managed to ship, via helicopter, plane, and truck, a two-ton "mini-berg" from Alaska to Iowa, where the giant block of ice was chipped apart to chill delegates' drinks. According to a Time report from October of 1977, Faisal predicted that he'd have an iceberg in Arabia "within three years."

Obviously, that didn't quite work. But Mougin has created a new company to make the dream a reality. Here's how it works:

Once you've found the proper Titanic-buster, have your tugboat (yes, a tugboat--more on that later) deploy a floating geotextile belt--made rigid by a series of poles--around the target, effectively lassoing the iceberg. 

Which brings us to step two: Deploy a geotextile "skirt" to snag the bulk of the beast and to keep as much as possible from melting away. The skirt, which deploys down to 20 feet below the surface of the ice, creates a cushion of cold water around the iceberg, which helps slow melting. And below the surface, icebergs are smoothed by ocean currents, making it unlikely the skirt will tear as it protects its cargo.

And now the third and final step (theoretically): Tow that iceberg across the ocean before it melts away.

Sounds easy enough!

Hat tip: Marginal Revolution