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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:39:10 pm »
So a break-in happened a few houses down from my girlfriend's parents house, and the police were going around asking the neighbors if they saw anything.  They got to my gf's parents, and knocked on the door.  Gf's mom opens the door and greets the officer, and while they are talking, the family dog manages to escape.  The dog (Buster) got out onto the porch and was growling at the cop, and the cop decided to go right up to Buster and try to grab him.  Buster nipped the cop on the ankle and backed off.  Cop swears, takes a step back, pulls out his pistol, and in what is clearly an act of revenge and absolutely not self-defense, shoots Buster three times, killing him.

Cop goes to hospital, plays it up like the wound (which I was told barely broke the skin) was a huge thing.  The family, hysterical and wrecked (major animal lovers), file a formal complaint with the police department.  The police department, I'm guessing to strengthen their case in case they get sued, FINE the family a bunch of money for "out of control animal" AND charge them for the hospital bill despite the wound not requiring stitches or anything more than a fucking band-aid.

Buster, the 9 year old Australian Shepard, was a friendly family dog.  Great with kids, loved people, and was protective of his property from strangers.  He was absolutely NOT any sort of menace.  There wasn't a mean bone in his body.

And people wonder why I hate the police as much as I do.

Apple Talk / The trix petty bullshit thread.
« on: January 25, 2018, 05:50:06 pm »
DISCLAIMER:  This thread is stupid.  Skip it.  I created it for me, to vent.  It's an entire thread of me bitching about stupid petty crap that shouldn't bother me but does.  You've been warned!

So yeah, there's a ton of large painful shit in my life that bothers me.  So what to do?  I know!  I'll focus on petty bullshit instead!!!

Here's a bunch of stupid small petty bullshit that bothers the fuck out of me.

1.  Every fucking day driving to work I encounter the same shit.  Self-important assholes that want to turn right at an upcoming intersection but first switch to the less populated left lane and slams the gas to pass a few cars first, only to cut over to the right lane at the LAST POSSIBLE FUCKING MOMENT and make six people slam on their goddamn breaks so Mr Asshole can get a few cars ahead.  GOD DAMN I FUCKING HATE THESE ASSHOLES.  I wish I had a rocket launcher attached to my vehicle.

2. Every fucking day driving home from work there are an INSANE number of assholes in the opposite direction that blind me with their motherfucking brights on.  FUCK YOU.  I AM HAPPY YOU WILL ALL DIE SOMEDAY.

3.  People who cut me off as I start speaking, because they assume they know what I'm about to say but they are fucking WRONG AND WONT LET ME GET THE SENTENCE OUT ANYWAY BECAUSE THEY ARE SO FUCKING SURE.  This one especially at work.


5.  STUPID PETTY WORK FUCKING DRAMA.  Stop talking about everyone behind their back.  10 times a day I encounter a small group of 3-4 people standing around on a break talking shit about someone, usually shit they KNOW NOTHING ABOUT but are guessing because their life is BORING AS FUCK.

6.  If I want to turn right at a red light and can't because some ass is sitting in the right lane going straight and NOBODY IS IN THE LEFT LANE that asshole should die violently.

7.  Everyone who drives a pickup truck is a stupid asshole.  People who drive a pickup truck so fucking huge it takes up TWO GODDAMN SPACES in the parking lot is TWICE THE ASSHOLE.

8.  Yes, I am good with computers.  No, that doesn't mean I want to give up hours of my free time removing viruses from your shitty fucking laptop for free because you download and run random stupid bullshit constantly.  We're friends?  Cool, then be a pal and learn how your own shit works!  Or pay me for my time, effort, and skills.  I HATED working for GeekSquad.  If I tell you it'll cost you $50 and an Excedrin to get me to de-virus your shitty Windows laptop that is NOT A FUCKING JOKE, that's the cost of the headache you're giving me.  I am, however, happy to stick Linux on your craptop and only charge $5 each time you need me to fix something.  Why?  Because with Linux anything you fuck up I can fix in five minutes with a couple of console commands.

9.  If I'm having a bad fucking day and I mention to you something like "Yeah man I'm not feeling it today so I'm going to wear my headphones and just do my work and go home"  that's me telling you I'm not feeling social and don't want to chat.  That is NOT an invitation to spend the next hour asking me questions and trying to be sympathetic.  I appreciate that you know how I feel, that you get like that too sometimes, that you think I am nice and that you want to help.  I appreciate that you've had similar issues in your life and want to tell me all about them and give advice.  You are, however, not helping.  Leaving me the fuck alone so I can vibe to my tunes, THAT is helping.

10.  I don't like to talk about what I do outside of work.  This doesn't mean there's some big fucking mystery and I spend what little free time I have doing something crazy secret like assassinations or something.  Actually it means I'm boring as hell and I come home and read the internet or a book and occasionally fuck my girlfriend.  If I had any interests in common whatsoever with any of my coworkers I would talk to said coworker about said interests.  I don't, so I don't.  If I tell you the answer to your questions would bore you, I'm speaking from experience.  Take my word for it.  You don't want me to describe how I spent most of last night reading linux man pages to get the PC I use as a router to do what I want it to because you wouldn't fucking understand anything I said anyway.*

*  The caveat to that last one, is people who insist I do so anyway.  It's actually kind of fun to give them exactly what they want, and waaaay too much of it.  20 minutes into the in-depth detailed account of the Drama of the SSH Protocol when they are desperately trying to escape or change the subject and I start following them around to finish my six hour story of how I cleverly solved my network issues with a custom bash script that calls another bash script remotely etc etc etc and they start to really learn the lesson.  I will consider it the ultimate victory when I get someone to quit their job because they pushed and pushed me into talking about the shit I do that I KNEW they would find insanely boring, so I gave them SO MUCH of what they asked for that they just couldn't take it anymore.


You know, somehow, despite everything above, I still seem to be pretty well liked at work and I cannot for the life of me fathom why.  I wish they hated me and left me the fuck alone but apparently the more I try to avoid talking to them the more they want me to like them.  They are all just like my goddamn cat, who is purring in my lap right now because I tried to ignore the little fucker.

I'm genuinely sorry if you ignored my disclaimer, read all the above anyway and were not entertained by it.  This shit (and more) is building up every day and I need to shit it out somewhere or explode.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:54:42 am »
I can't wrap my head around why some folks think going to this insane effort to disable large portions of the built-in spyware and crap, which is unlikely to actually work, is better than simply avoiding this shitshow of an operating system?

I mean if your job specifically requires Windows 10 that's one thing, but if you have a choice, and dislike the crap enough to go to all that trouble, there's a really really easy way to avoid it altogether.

Apple Talk / Re: It's me! Ask Me Anything!
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:51:20 pm »
Welcome back!!

I for one quite enjoyed the marijuana discussions, before they became about personal attacks and bruised egos.  Don't get me wrong, I disagree with your point of view on the subject to the maximum extent possible, but I am not here for an echo chamber and your point of view was interesting and enlightening and helped me quite a bit in understanding people I know in my life that share your opinions on the matter.

I always liked your stuff and wanted your return.

That said...  NO PUNS!?  What the hell, man.  GTFO!

Hey guys.

I'm here because Rog left a pretty intense message on my personal Facebook, and I think the whole thing's pretty dumb but wanted to address it.

OK, I just want to say that while I am utterly uninterested in this drama from pretty much every angle, and while I am most definitely opposed to the Loveshaders and have a lot of respect for Roger, I very much like Placid Dingo's stuff and want him to continue to do his thing.

This may be a touchy thread to put this in but I think it may need to be said... some of us DO want Placid Dingo here.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:14:54 pm »
My fear is that Donald Trump is in charge of the United States.  Beyond that, almost everywhere dangerous, often exceptionally stupid and short-sighted assholes are in charge. The potential power in the hands of these dangerous assholes seems to be increasing exponentially.

Those in charge are ever the wrong sort to be in charge.

What gets my goat is we have an entire field of study dedicated to solving complex problems, full of highly trained extremely intelligent people with a high level of talent at solving complex problems.  We call them engineers.  But instead of giving them the power to solve the complex problems of government and managing people, we task them to build nukes and $600 robotic auto-cleaning cat litter boxes.  We give the role of governing our big nations to idiots with skill-sets that include reading speeches from a teleprompter and out-yelling the other guy, etc, and normally have very little problem-solving abilities or even the ability to use rational thinking.

Then again, given enough time and free reign, and these idiots will solve all of our problems, permanently.

But now I'm off topic.

Windows 10 is AIDS.  Don't do AIDS.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:13:33 pm »
Also it's worth mentioning that having this shit sent to Microsoft is more problematic than just Microsoft having your shit.  A lot of credit card numbers, personal identity-theft-level info, and other vulnerable information is going to be constantly sent to Microsoft servers from Windows 10 users.  You really think nobody can breach Microsoft's servers?  No Microsoft employee or contractor feels like getting dirty?  Or just the malware that takes advantage of all that locally stored information.

Windows 10 is a massive shit-show, from every angle.  Avoid like the plague.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:06:44 pm »
The only message you're sending is that you are looking for products that appeal to privacy-minded, somewhat conscientious consumers, and are likely willing to pay a premium for such products. Even taking a stand is a marketing opportunity, these days. The entire human condition is synthesized and mass-produced and other things that make me sound like a Tool song. Not that you aren't genuinely concerned -- it's just that your genuine concern has already been accounted and adjusted for.

Quite the opposite, I choose free alternatives and pay nothing at all.  Or I simply get along without.  The difference with Windows 10, since I've never been a Windows user, is that my concerns have caused me to both ban any device running it from my network, and to strongly encourage to everyone I can to avoid it.

I'm not trying to make Microsoft suddenly become a moral corporation lol, I'm just warning everyone I know away from dangerous, insidious, prevalent threats like Windows 10 and Facebook.

Your "it's all done anyway whats the diff" attitude is exactly why it steadily gets worse.  And what I predicted as the likely mainstream response a few posts ago.  All I can do is try.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 08:53:49 pm »
Also you make it sound like anonymity on the internet is impossible but it's really not.  It takes some knowledge and research but the guys that get busted are usually busted via their own carelessness.  Like the guy that ran Silk Road, taunted the FBI for a long time, and got busted because it turned out he accessed his admin account from the same public library computer every time.  Which is just stupid.

VPN, Tor, Tails (though I prefer the Whonix way), MAC spoofing, etc, are not that hard to learn for anyone who needs that level of secret on the internet.  And yes, anyone who trusts a randomly assigned exit node on Tor is asking to get caught, it's been a well known trap for years and years.

Of course, all that is not 100% either, nothing is.  Which is why personally I prefer the KYFMS method as much more foolproof, but in the end it's all about how much effort an entity is willing to put into breaking the methods used for anonymity, and how well you researched the topic and don't take shortcuts.  Degree and context.

There are other methods too that doesn't require as much of the technical jazz, since many human beings are quite good at pretending to be other human beings, or even made up human beings.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 08:36:48 pm »
I love fearmongering about dystopian techno-police states. Not that any of this is wrong, of course. Just that while Windows does give Microsoft (and anyone with a warrant... or who might get a warrant... or who technically has the legal authority to send a letter) access to everything you do online, it isn't like choosing not to use Windows hides what you do anyway. You generate thousands of individual data points in automated systems practically just by waking up in the morning. If you're going to be paranoid about Windows (and you probably should be), you owe it to yourself to go all the way and assume that not only are hundreds of separate systems monitoring everything you do, but those systems are all interconnected and the resulting data is being sifted by algorithms capable of deducing basically everything.

So nevermind knowing what kind of panties you like to sniff on your personal time. That cat is out of the bag, and there's no stuffing it back in there. It doesn't matter whether you hide from Facebook. It doesn't even matter if you completely eschew connecting to the internet entirely. Just think about all the systems that are trained on you and the quest for "anonymity" is quickly exposed as preposterous.

- If you have a phone, they know where you are. If you don't have a phone, they still know where you are thanks to your car, CCTV cameras, where you bought whatever the last thing you bought, or by extrapolating from the position and movements of people known to associate with you.

- If you go on the internet, they know what you're looking at thanks to the series of addresses that resolve to you specifically. If you use a VPN, they still know what you're doing thanks to a whole host of fingerprints specific to your computer that don't require any special exploit to read. You could go real crazy and use a virtual machine connected to TOR over a VPN, in which case you may discourage casual investigation but since over half of TOR exit nodes are operated by state agencies, you're still boned if anyone really cares to look.

- You could completely sever your ties to anything that runs on electricity and never go anywhere without your Faraday cage on wheels, but that's just a lot of wasted effort since your present and probable future whereabouts, and anything you say to anyone while you're there can be deduced with a simple analysis of your existing past data points plus monitoring your associates. Even if you had never even so much as glanced in the direction of an electronic screen or gotten registered with the state, it would be a walk in the park to deduce that you exist, what your favorite color is, and who you would vote for if you dared.

And that's all without a single human being bothering to notice your file. I'm not saying the State is omnipresent or omniscient, of course. In reality, most of the systems that would enable such pervasive awareness really are isolated, but the ones that aren't are enough to peel away most of the layers of "protection" people think they have, even technically savvy people. It all boils down to plain old math, not even very complicated math. It just depends on you generating consistent numbers -- which you can't help, because as a human being, you're habit-driven and ritualistic to the point of psychosis, even if (and sometimes specifically because) you try not to be.

Like anything else, it's a matter of degree and context.  I'm not assuming my actions give me anywhere near 100% anonymity, nor that they protect me from every entity seeking to establish a profile.  I do think that staying away from products and services from business that have highly objectionable practices is always a good idea.  I don't think anything I've suggested here will give me the privacy I desire, only that it sends the right messages.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:28:10 pm »
In further news:

A lawsuit over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade just cost Microsoft $10,000

Microsoft backs off sneaky Windows 10 upgrade tricks with simple new pop-up

Oh and did I mention they've implemented some of their spyware bullshit into Windows 7 and 8 now, using the Updates?  Yup.   Not all of it, since the Win7 and Win8 EULA isn't quite as horrifying as Win10, but as much as they could get away with.

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law

Oh and don't forget the "Anti-cheat":

More at 11.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:07:16 pm »
More on topic, Windows 10 comes with the following new "features":

Keylogger.  Everything you type into your keyboard is recorded.  Everything.  Emails, passwords, credit card numbers, diary, that dirty novel you secretly work on, all of it.  Imagine if someone was able to get past the security of windows (which happens constantly) and access this keylogger.  Or intercept the sending of its contents to Microsoft.  Or even if not, do you trust random Microsoft employees with EVERYTHING you ever type into a keyboard?

Voice Recognition.  AKA: Recording everything you say.  Microsoft specifically reserves the right to send recordings of things you say to their servers.

Data Collection.  More of the same really.  Your contacts (from all services you use), Calendar events, speech patterns, handwriting patterns (incl. your signature), web history, etc etc etc.

Use Info.  If you open a file it records the name of file, metadata about the file, what program(s) you used to open the file, how long you spent using it, etc.

Forced Updates.  No option to turn them off in the Home version at all.  In fact, Windows uses YOUR BANDWIDTH to upload updates to other Windows users.  Sort of like the BitTorrent network but without the ability to limit the usage.  Try to play an online game with THAT shit going on.  Oh and did I mention you don't get to disagree or have any say whatsoever in what changes these updates make?  Or the fact that since you get a lot of it from other Windows users rather than directly from Microsoft, it opens the possibility to "poison the water" and incorporate malware into the update?  I mean, hopefully the update program would use something like CRC to check the integrity but with Microsoft it's a bad idea to give them the benefit of the doubt in such matters.

Advertisements in the Start Menu.  Yup, really.

WIFI sharing.  Anyone visiting your house with a Windows 10 device and a skype or outlook (or even Facebook if the option is on) account, shares your Wifi password with Microsoft.  Possibly even with their contacts, though I'm a bit fuzzy on this detail.

Full access to your computer by Microsoft at any time.  Yup, really.

There's more but yeah, this is pretty much full-on dont-give-a-fuck maximum surveillance-mode OS.  Friends don't let friends get anywhere near Windows 10.

Also everybody should stay the hell away from Facebook and Reddit and Google.

Or, come up with a usage strategy and strictly adhere to it.  The high-effort way to deal with it is to simply carefully think your way through every click, every typed character, and every anything at all you do anywhere on your computer at all times with absolutely no fuckups or weak moments or drunk browsing ever.  The much easier way is to take precautions from the start.  Like using an amnesiac OS (Faust suggested Tails, which is both amnesiac and a great suggestion), or living off of a LiveCD or other setup where the OS is running from read-only media, etc.

That doesn't solve the internet side of the problem though, to solve that I recommend a VPN and Tor and even THEN staying careful with what you're doing.  Some might call these measures extreme but measures this far are only necessary because the insidious prevalence of data mining has become so extreme.

Wearing body armor and riot gear seems extreme when you look outside your window and see a suburb, but definitely not so when machine gun bullets are flying at you.  Make no mistake, my friends, on the issue of privacy we are most definitely under fire and the rate of fire is quite high.

Edited to add:

I almost forgot the most nifty part about the new features of Windows 10.  If you turn them off, they have a "mysterious" tendency to turn themselves back on after awhile.  Seriously.  They really do that.

(and by "mysterious" I mean that Microsoft freely admits that happens and they designed it that way)

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:31:55 pm »
Imagine the day when you discover your kid was moved into a special "motivational" class away from other students because his or her browsing habits or trends or whatever-the-fuck triggered an algorithm that deemed the kid more likely to question what they are taught.  And of course you wouldn't want such questioning to influence the kids who properly sit there and just accept it all.

This kind of thing is VERY VERY CLOSE to reality already.  The fact that there wasn't a huge uproar over PRISM and other blatant privacy bullshit and now Windows 10, it's already pretty damned accepted and allowed.  My instincts tell me the majority may whine and bitch a little and then install it anyway because they can't play the new whatever-game without it or because the bosses at work don't care and told them to.  At which point it becomes old news, and eventually, the new normal, as we focus on worse and worse violations that keep coming.

I'm starting to think the majority will take fucking anything and give only lip service to resisting.  Obviously there's always some outliers that fight or refuse to use anything this bad, but those outliers get viewed as extremists much the way Stallman is/was and the mainstream just bitches about it and then moves on.

I for one will not allow any device running Microsoft software to so much as connect to my network.  I've even taken a nearly-Stallman approach to my own computers, and run everything on almost entirely free software.  Though I don't take it quite to his level, and use a few binary blobs for drivers and am comfortable playing certain proprietary video games.  I don't think my efforts accomplish all that much more than simply make me feel a little better about myself, but I do hope that I set enough of an example to keep at least a few people away from the worst of the offending stuff.

Though Facebook has claimed complete victory, in that I am literally the only person I know IRL that does not use it.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:15:02 pm »
The scariest part of this technological profiling isn't even the adverts, it's where it leads.  Assuming we aren't there already.

I'm talking about kids getting removed from school because their technological profile deemed them antisocial and at a high risk of causing an incident or trying to subvert authority.  I'm talking about getting pulled over for having a tail light out but the cop's computer advises a thorough search of the vehicle because this person's technological profile shows them to favor legalized marijuana or some such bullshit.  I'm talking about police at my door because I got bored one night and looked up "how to escape from prison".

When I was a freshman in highschool I was pulled out of class and suspended from school because the study hall babysitter caught me doodling fictional weapons into an art notebook.  I don't mean guns and explosives, I mean pencil drawings of made-up bladed weapons (like a quad-bladed spin-sword) and blunt weapons and spiked stuff.  I had also drawn various made up monsters and super heroes but it was the weapons that got all the attention.   And this was several human beings seeing this and deciding it was threatening enough to warrant suspension.

Combining this with the overall trend of eroding our freedoms in all other areas as well, and the future looks like it could get quite scary.  Unless, of course, lots and lots of people resist this kind of bullshit en masse with more than just some whining and then moving on.

Techmology and Scientism / Windows 10
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:37:01 am »
I mean, most of the people here facebook, so you may or may not even care anymore, but:



That last link is the most important to carefully look over.  Microsoft is not trying at all to hide the extreme privacy violations inherent in their new Operating System.

If this trend bothers you, you can always try a free alternative like OpenSUSE or Linux Mint or even Zorin OS.

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