im just thinking about how little clue i have how the fuck windows operating systems at like any level lmao. how the fuck do processes work in windows. how do files even work? what the fuck is the registry really? how does gui work??? is there even a window manager program or is that in the kernel? do i even want to think about drivers
Imagine if the government made it a crime to write a letter the police couldn't understand, or to draw your curtains, just in case a constable wanted to look in. An electronic message protected from prying eyes by end-to-end encryption is no different, what the home secretary wants is unprecedented and it is thoroughly authoritarian.
aaron swartz remembrance day, sui ment., US justice system, pol, maia, boosts ok
it's aaron swartz remembrance day today and i feel like i should use this to talk about something i think about a lot and that i think should be more widely talked about.
aaron's death was murder. it's as simple as that. the way the us justice system deals with hackers and other "national security threats" (and just the US justice system in general) is explicitly to break people. it's psychological torture intended to either make you bend to their will, off yourself or just become a psychological wreck that is no longer a risk to the system. i don't think it's really possible to understand this until you're subjected to it yourself, and unfortunately i'm subject to a small degree of the same pressure.
the main weapon the US justice system uses to break people is uncertainty, you don't know what's going to happen to you, you don't know when it's going to happen to you and you might just not hear anything for a year. but during that entire time you're aware of the fact that the US may be watching you at all times, they can use all tools at their disposal and anything you say or do can and probably will be used against you in your case. i'm still not entirely sure how good it is for me to talk about this stuff, i'd talk about it a lot more often if i knew (or not at all). they also break you with the conscious misunderstanding of facts, of what you've done, the fact that they do not care about the publics opinion, they make it very clear that they can do with you whatever they want. this all on top of the usual pressure such as like the prospect of the actual sentence itself, the money this kind of case requires, the constant fear of losing even more, not knowing when and if ever you can freely speak and travel again, not knowing when your last free day for the next two decades will be and the painful realization that there is absolutely no guarantee that there isn't just another sealed indictment waiting for you around the corner.
it's hard not to break under this pressure. i fully understand the decision of everyone who broke under this, rest in peace aaron, rest in peace kevin, rest in peace everyone i forgot about. i will try my best not to break, purely out of spite, out of anger in the name of everyone who broke before and because i have the small advantage of not actually being in the US. but let me tell you, if i do break, please don't hold it against me, understand that this is not something any human should ever have to go through, no matter what they may or may not have done.
this is not a call for sympathy, this is a call for anger.
From ‘guix environment’ to ‘guix shell’ — 2021 — Blog — GNU Guix - https://guix.gnu.org/en/blog/2021/from-guix-environment-to-guix-shell/
Well, looks like it is time for the FSF to do the main thing it is charity money is used for, suing companies that cross them.
"You and I, dear reader, have built up an incredible amount of institutional knowledge about how to deal with broken computers. We’ve effectively had to reverse engineer half the software we’ve encountered to figure out just where to prod it to make it do the thing you asked."
Software developers have stopped caring about reliability
Apple is trying to redefine what it means to violate your privacy. We must not let it.
Uber asked contractor to allow video surveillance in employee homes, bedrooms
Facebook is doing research in AI & #endtoend encrypted messages, to analyze & target ads on them.
How an AI can determine you are trying to buy designer shoes, but your private discussion about health or politics won't leak?
We have no clue either.
I made the SCP Conversion Project https://scp.karagory.com/ and that's about it.
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