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Techmology and Scientism / Metadata collection finally foiled?
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:15:40 am »
http://www.wired.com/2014/09/new-encrypted-chat-program-thwarts-nsa-eliminating-metadata/

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With metadata suddenly in the spotlight, Brooks decided earlier this year to dust off his Ricochet program and tweak it to make it more elegant—he knew he’d still have a problem, however, getting anyone to adopt it. He wasn’t a known name in the security world and there was no reason anyone should trust him or his program.

Enter Invisible.im, a group formed by Australian security journalist Patrick Gray. Last July, Gray announced that he was working with HD Moore, developer of the Metasploit Framework tool used by security researchers to pen-test systems, and with another respected security professional who goes by his hacker handle The Grugq, to craft a secure, open-source encrypted chat program cobbled together from parts of existing anonymity and messaging systems—such as Prosody, Pidgin and Tor. They wanted a system that was highly secure, user friendly and metadata-free. Gray says his primary motivation was to protect the anonymity of sources who contact journalists.

“At the moment, when sources contact a journalist, they’re going to leave a metadata trail, whether it’s a phone call record or instant message or email record [regardless of whether or not the content of their communication is encrypted],” he says. “And that data is currently accessible to authorities without a warrant.”

When Brooks wrote to say he’d already designed a chat program that eliminated metadata, Gray and his group took a look at the code and quickly dropped their plan to develop their own tool, in favor of working with Brooks to develop his.

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From the Wikipedia entry on wu wei:

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In the Tao te Ching, Laozi explains that beings (or phenomena) that are wholly in harmony with the Tao behave in a completely natural, uncontrived way. The goal of spiritual practice for the human being is, according to Laozi, the attainment of this purely natural way of behaving, as when the planets revolve around the sun. The planets effortlessly do this revolving without any sort of control, force, or attempt to revolve themselves, instead engaging in effortless and spontaneous movement.

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Several chapters of the most important Taoist text, the Tao Te Ching, attributed to Laozi, allude to "diminishing doing" or "diminishing will" as the key aspect of the sage's success. Taoist philosophy recognizes that the Universe already works harmoniously according to its own ways; as a person exerts their will against or upon the world they disrupt the harmony that already exists. This is not to say that a person should not exert agency and will. Rather, it is how one acts in relation to the natural processes already extant. The how, the Tao of intention and motivation, that is key.

Related translation from the Tao Tę Ching by Priya Hemenway, Chapter II:

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The Sage is occupied with the unspoken
and acts without effort.
Teaching without verbosity,
producing without possessing,
creating without regard to result,
claiming nothing,
the Sage has nothing to lose.

Isn't swilling beer, watching TV, buying useless crap at the mall, and so on, isn't that the most natural way to live in a consumer society? It's effortless, you just punch the clock, buy stuff and simply ignore moral issues that make you uncomfortable. Struggling for any sense of justice, engaging with difficult issues, hell, even doing vigorous exercise routines would seem to be a contrived, forced way of living.

Disrupting the status quo seems to be the least wu wei thing you can do. Going with the flow helps bankers solidify their power, it helps us mindlessly dump tons of garbage into the ocean, it helps police to get away with murder.... The more I think about it, the more the idea seems designed to keep plebeians from meddling in the affairs of the ruling class.

edit: typo

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Principia Discussion / An amusing bit against the number 5
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:58:27 pm »
http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/rock-solid-argument-against-number-five

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I do not like the number five. I believe Five drives around in a red Mustang wearing mirrored sunglasses. Five lounges at lights with one arm out the window, slapping the side of the car to the beat of Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With the Devil.” I’d like to wipe that look off Five’s face. When running, Five bounds with an uneven gait, like a hare with a bum ankle. Five is prime, which I find obnoxious: why should a number refuse to divide by anything other than itself and one? Who does it think it is?

The whole article appears to be a plug for a book about personifying numbers, but it's an inspired (dare I say, Discordian) plug.

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Techmology and Scientism / The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale
« on: April 25, 2014, 12:19:31 am »
Browser based questionnaire that calculates it for you, but doesn't allow for multiple incidences of a category: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_82.htm

Wikipedia page with essentially the same questionnaire that you have to calculate yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holmes_and_Rahe_stress_scale


It takes events in your life and estimates the combined amount of stress it causes and whether that level of stress is a supposed health risk.

I'm curious whether the result lines up with your own gauge of the stress you're under, do you find this questionnaire to be relevant (since it was designed in the late 60's), what could be added or changed to make it more accurate, or whatever ideas this stirs up for you.

I came up with 785 which seems somewhat too high but roughly accurate.

What do you think? Are there better ways to quantify or evaluate your stress levels (without fancy equipment)?

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: Roger
« on: April 19, 2014, 07:31:08 pm »
Hope you're doing ok.

You're missed.  :sad:

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Techmology and Scientism / Apple's "goto fail" SSL major security failure
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:08:25 pm »
Here's a good run-down from ars technica:

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The flaw, according to researchers, causes most iOS and Mac applications to skip a crucial verification check that's supposed to happen when many transport layer security (TLS) and secure sockets layer (SSL) connections are being negotiated. Specifically, affected apps fail to check that the ephemeral public key presented by servers offering Diffie Hellman-supported encryption is actually signed by the site's private key. Attackers with the ability to monitor the connection between the end-user and the server can exploit this failure to completely decrypt and manipulate the traffic by presenting the app with a counterfeit key.

An attacker "can basically set up a connection and pretend to be Google.com," Matt Green, a Johns Hopkins University professor specializing in encryption, told Ars. The attacker "can basically say: 'Hey I'm Google, here's my signature. And since nobody is actually going to check the signature, [the attacker] just puts nonsense in there."

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/02/extremely-critical-crypto-flaw-in-ios-may-also-affect-fully-patched-macs/


I like the commentary Kristin Paget (a former Apple security engineer) left on her blog, which was republished in Forbes:

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“Did you seriously just use one of your platforms to drop an SSL 0day on your other platform?” she writes, using the phrase “zero-day,” an industry term for a previously unknown security flaw. “As I sit here on my mac I’m vulnerable to this and there’s nothing I can do, because you couldn’t release a patch for both platforms at the same time? You do know there’s a bunch of live, working exploits for this out in the wild right now, right?”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/02/24/former-apple-security-engineer-to-apple-fix-your-sh-t/


I can't tell if this is a backdoor left for spooks, a disgruntled Apple engineer, or some kind of internal corporate clusterfuck.

Maybe some mix of the three?

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Aneristic Illusions / Death by Drug War < Kid on Pot
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:12:45 am »

Even do i just read now rather than posting, i will say some things because im outraged...

I know that its harder to discern the extremes and consequences of the drug war in a 1st World country that imports drugs rather than manufactures, and has an expensive infrastructure (AKA Police-State) so that the violence is only exersiced from State to citizens... because also, money laundering from Cartels actually benefits your county's elite - how many banks would not have died if it wasnt for the liquid assets the Cartels provided for you?

But people (specifically you RWHN), if you would pull your head out of your 'Murrican egocentrical perspective butt, you could perhaps consider the effects of prohibition ON OTHER COUNTRIES.

USA's drug black market funds Mexican and South American Cartels... the USA also forces their stupid prohibition agenda upon the Mexican government, and what is the result?

BETWEEN 60,000 TO 100,000 DEATHS IN 6 YEARS

So fuck off.

Sincerely,

-Joh'Nyx

I brought this up earlier, but it was waved aside by RWHN.

Mexican kids aren't on the list to be protected when he says "the children".

I think i posted that from visceral outrage, and also a morbid curiosity on how he can rationalize an answer to that... also, offering up a larger context so that what is happening might become clearer, just in case anyone is sitting on the fence... prohibition isnt just about ruining individual marginal lives, but compromising the well-being of entire countries which might not be directly apparent.

It's worth it to RWHN.

The lives of people killed, locked up, and disenfranchised by prohibition don't matter as much as whether or not a small percentage of kids start smoking pot.

It's a perverse kind of myopia.

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Discordian Recipes / HOLY FUCKING SRIRACHA ICE CREAM SANDWICHES!
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:16:55 am »
Thai basil vanilla ice cream rolled in toasted coconut between two peanut butter/chocolate/Sriracha cookies.

I won't have time to make these for a while, but how could this possibly not be the most glorious thing you've put into your face (don't answer that)?

I haven't been this excited about food since I splattered hot bacon grease all over my arm.


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http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/335221/we-need-your-help-jack-fowler

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As many of you know, National Review is not a non-profit — we are just not profitable. A lawsuit is not something we can fund with money we don’t have. Of course, we’ll do whatever we have to do to find ourselves victorious in court and Professor Mann thoroughly defeated, as he so richly deserves to be. Meanwhile, we have to hire attorneys, which ain’t cheap.

 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:

Wait, there's more.

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Dr. Mann complains about two statements: 1)that as "the man behind the fraudulent climate-change 'hockey-stick' graph," he is "the very ringmaster of the three-ring circus" on climate change; and 2) that he "could be said to be the Jerry Sandusky of climate science, except that instead of molesting children, he has molested and tortured data in the service of politicized science that could have dire economic consequences for the nation and planet." Neither of these statements is actionable. Moreover, if Dr. Mann decides to pursue this matter, he and his research would be subjected to a very extensive discovery of materials that he has fought so hard to protect in other proceedings. Such materials would be required for National Review to defend itself.

(and from the same document:)

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Here, "even the most careless reader must have perceived" that Mr. Steyn's use of the term "fraudulent" did not accuse Dr. Mann of fraud in the criminal sense, but rather was used to call out his conclusions on climate science as intellectually suspect.

 :asshat:

On one hand they say through discovery in a legal proceeding they will be proven factually correct, and on the other, uh, they didn't really mean it and stuff.

I'm not sure Dr. Mann's claims of "emotional distress" were very helpful to his lawsuit but I'm busting out the popcorn for this.


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Despite what you see in movies and television, Romneyism is not interested in unwholesome activities like human sacrifice or child molesting. We are a very progressive, open and accepting religion, and all of our beliefs are based on these pillars.

Romney the Promethean

The bedrock of our Church is that Lord Romney saw in humanity the capacity for greatness. A greatness that rivaled the divine in our capacity for thought, compassion, and growth. Where Romney saw greatness, Yahweh saw a threat from his creation.

In defiance of his own creator, the arch-angel Lucifer went to Eve, the first mother, and gave her a gift, the one thing that Yahweh had forbidden her, self-awareness. His first act of rebellion complete, Lucifer renounced Yahweh, created a refuge for souls willing to defy conformity, and became Romney. Since that seminal moment, Romney has waged war against a totalitarian host in Heaven to free our minds and souls from orthodoxy and the chains that Christianity would place on us.

Knowledge is the Key to Salvation with Romney

Romney gave Eve the gift of knowledge and self-awareness, which she in turn gave to Adam. Without Romney, there is no understanding of the material or spiritual world. Romneyists dedicate themselves to learning and understanding. This is manifest in the amazing intellectual accomplishments of our members, a disproportionate number of which are members of MENSA. Knowledge frees you from the spiritual shackles of Christian orthodoxy and mediocrity.

Material and Spiritual Happiness Can Co-Exist

You do not need to deny yourself material pleasures to achieve an ascendant spiritual life. Romneyists believe there is nothing inherently wrong with the pursuit of money, power, or pleasure. It is only when the pursuit is coupled with hypocrisy, bigotry, or at the expense of the free pursuit of knowledge and self-awareness, that these things become bad. We accept with open arms homosexuals, but reject sexual hypocrites like Mr. Spitzer or Mr. Falwell. So often we find Christians condemning us for actions they take in secret.

Romney gives us the world

This tenant is often misinterpreted as a contract to sell your soul to the devil. The truth is Romney would never pay for your soul, He will only accept it given freely and willingly. But give your soul to Him, and the restraints imposed by Christian dogma fall away and you are able to pursue your true nature and desires, unfettered by the violence loving “morality” of the bible.

These three Pillars of Faith guide us, and enable each of us, as individuals, to thrive. Ironically, these Pillars have helped us form a more loving and accepting church than any Christian sect. We don’t blow up or try to kill doctors. We don’t try to pass laws to enforce “god’s morality.” We don’t burn or ban books to present the dissemination of knowledge and learning. We just help people live happier lives, both through material gain and spiritual awareness.

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Goddess of all curses,
source of all strife,
giver of all mace:

We thank you for the gift of strife:

for the death

that sustains strife,

for the poison of this earth

that nurtures strife,

for the hatred of family and friends
without which there would be no strife.



We thank you for the mystery of destruction:

for the horror
that we turn a blind eye,
for the atrocity

to which we've become deaf,

for the certainties
to which we cling filling the universe with suffering,
for the expanse of space

that draws us within the definitions of our selves.

We thank you for setting us in alienation:

for orphans

who we blame on their character rather than circumstance,
for enemies
who hate us by choice,

for bosses at work,
who heap upon us our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers

who hate us for our sexual orientation,

for people from other lands
who we hate for their appearance,

for children

whom we're not paid enough to support,
for the unborn,

who can't yet feel pain.



We despise you for this night:
for death

and one more day to kill,

for hegemony
and one more night to work for self-interest and war,

for neighbors
and one more person to fear
and by whom be feared,

for your mace
and one more experience of your absence,

for your lies:
to be with us,

to be our Goddess,

and to give damnation.

For these, and all curses,
we give you thanks, eternal, hating Goddess,

through vitriol and judgment we blight. Amen.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: Kai
« on: September 30, 2012, 11:36:29 am »
Your immediate attention is needed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUqQt8mD99c

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