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NYT made a visualization of the above (but they forgot to add Rekognition into the mix):

I like their title:
"It's time to panic about privacy"

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Great ~3 minute video which explains nicely why I focus so much on as it shows the dangers of .
Viewpoint_ ‘We’re living in an age of surveillance capitalism’ _ BBC Ideas


TFW you're banging your head against the wall as you can't figure out why MPDroid on your phone can't connect to your mpd daemon.

A program on your desktop device can.
Then you try your tablet ... and that works too.

And then you get the 💡 and install tshark (cli version of wireshark) and you notice no packet is arriving from your phone, but it is from your tablet.

And then you figure out AFWall+ has been blocking it all along 🤦‍♂️

And subsequently you also get your kodi client app to work :D

I'm not surprised and still disappointed at the lack of outrage on the persecution of Glenn (for 'cyber crimes') because of the great, and embarrassing for the Brazilian gov, journalism he (and his team) did:

It's sad to see how gullible and short sighted many people are and believe the persecution is justified because 'hacking is a crime'.

After this is the 2nd high-profile journalist under attack.
Are people really that eager for authoritarianism?

These are baseless accusations of "cybercrimes."

The charges are “an obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation for the revelations we reported about Minister Moro and the Bolsonaro government.” - Glenn Greenwald
.onion: nytimes3xbfgragh.onion/2020/01


"Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been denied access to evidence and even basic items like paper and pens by British prison officials, putting his US extradition case on the brink of judicial review"


So in essence, this was an archive of documentation files in html format, but created on a Windows machine, which doesn't conform to the URL standard where you need forward slashes, not back slashes, as directory separators.

In hind site, I probably should've tried automating creating the directory structure and moving files into them.
It was a LOT of work and I removed all languages except 'dut' and 'eng'

a bunch of filenames like this:

spread over multiple folders, but I only want the 'w45__XXX' part and the files need to stay in their respective folders.

find dvb/ -name '*.html' -exec rename -d 's/.*(w45__\S*)/$1/' '{}' \;

the -d parameter keeps the directory (names).

I manually created the directories (structure) and moved files into them though.

The part that worries/depresses me the most is this:
"the technology is becoming ubiquitous, and [we] can’t really do anything about it"

I hear that a LOT.
Logical consequence is that it'll get much worse as 'no one' (except some 'freaks' like me) is willing to do anything about it.

Recently saw an interview with 2 writers of a Dutch privacy book (Je hebt wél iets te verbergen/You DO have something to hide) and they show how bad it is.
Q: what can we do about it?
A: nothing really


State of of students in the USA:

twitter thread about it:

h/t @onepict

LOTS of statements that make me shiver.

"Students disagree on whether the campus-tracking systems are a breach of privacy, and some argue they have nothing to hide. But one feeling is almost universally shared...: that the technology is becoming ubiquitous, and that the people being monitored — their peers, and themselves — can’t really do anything about it."

Another amazing video by about the by the Australian government which other western countries would love to do as well:

On their own site:
but apparently you need to allow access to Facebook to make the video work :-/ but on my system both Privacy Badger and uMatrix are blocking it :)

VICE did a report on the current state of surveillance in China:
h/t @openoms

Black Mirror (and SkyNet) is referenced in a positive way ... 🙃
Also mentioned that the technology is used in a Berlin metro station and student in France are tracked whether they're paying attention.
And all the 'better marketing' slogans.

I was WAY too optimistic with my 5-10 years. And people are starting to consider this (facial recognition stuff) normal.

Awesome :'(

I do have an issue with labeling Brittany Kaiser as a whistleblower though (as well as Chris Wylie) as I find it hard to believe that someone (that intelligent) can be so naive. That it very much looks like she's trying to cash in on her new 'fame', with her new book f.e., doesn't help either.
Her contribution to the discussion was good though, except one part where she's talking about turning data (rights) into property rights, which you can then sell (yourself). So maybe she is just clueless.

Democracy Now! had a ~2.5 hour show (normal broadcast + 'web exclusive') on 2020-01-07 on the Netflix documentary about the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

For people reasonably familiar with the matter, ie most people here, the web exclusive part is the most interesting
Through that page you can also reach/view the normal broadcast part.

Fully expected and mentioned in the broadcast: CA is no more, but 100s have taken its place.

Outcome of the vote on init-system diversity in :debian: is a bit disappointing for me.
1) Systemd but we support exploring alternatives
2) Focus on systemd
3) Support portability, without blocking progress
8/last) Support for multiple init systems is Required

Details/analysis via:

5 February 2021 will be the end of the

aka START ( which is about reduction and inspection of long-range nuclear missiles. Unless it gets extended, but the prospects aren't good.
On 1 February 2019 the INF treaty about medium-range missiles was already abandoned.

h/t ()

The 2020 US presidential election will thus determine whether we'll get a new (global) (nuclear) arms race :-/

Another great video by which provides some historical context in the US vs conflict:

At the end of the video they reference the video I linked in my previous toot. And rightfully so.

Still only in Dutch. Someone in the comments suggested titles/subtitles in English. I hope they'll listen

You shouldn't know any of your passwords for the services you use. Passwords you can't remember are the most secured ones

In 1998, a programmer who had been working on Y2K fixes started to get anxious because he couldn't believe how pervasive the problem was. He switched from company to company trying to get away from it, but everywhere he went he became regarded as the Y2K expert and immediately became the team lead for that company's Y2K contingencies. He finally had a nervous breakdown, quit his job, and decided he wanted to be knocked unconscious when the Y2K actually came about.

A month before Y2K he was put into an artificial coma and cooled down to a near cryogenic easily sustained long term life support.

Unfortunately the life support notification system had a Y2K bug, and no one revived him for 8000 years.

Finally he was found and revived. He woke up, and saw himself surrounded by lots of glass, light, stainless steel, and tall beautiful people in white robes. He asked if he was in Heaven.

They replied, "No, this is Chicago. Actually but it's a lot like Heaven to someone like you."

"Someone like me?"

"You are from the 20th century. Many of the problems that existed in your lifetime have been solved for thousands of years. There is no hunger and no disease. There is no scarcity, or strife between races and creeds."

"What year is it now?"

"Yeah, about that - it's the year 9,998. You see, the year 10,000 is coming up, and we understand you know something called COBOL?"
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