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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Russia enacts 'draconian' law for bloggers" on: August 01, 2014, 11:36:44 PM
From the BBC:
Russia enacts 'draconian' law for bloggers and online media

If you get over 3,000 visits per day in Russia:

  • you will have to register (you cannot remain anonymous)
  • you must "conform to the regulations that govern the country's larger media outlets" (not sure what exactly they are)

On the radio here they were saying that you will also be held responsible for comments made on your site (not sure what consequences involved) - I dont see this mentioned in the BBC article, but maybe that's covered by the "regulations that govern the country's larger media outlets".

^ This last bit ties in with Ren's recent post about the trial of Ross Ulbricht (the "Dread Pirate Roberts"):

tl;dr - This fight is about the transfer of intent, e.g. I post something potentially illegal on your site, then you get charged for it. Good discussion there though, and worth a listen.


You got my comment on the matter exactly right!

This will allow the FSB to post kiddie porn links on someone's blog then arrest them "for the children".

And again, this is why people should support Ross.



Communist Party or no Communist Party - Russia is Russia. It's "business as usual."

And that "business" never changes. No matter which 'legal' framework it operates under. undecided
 (see attachment in previous post)
(Being of Russian descent, I can say that. tongue)

Good point. To follow up a bit on that...

Russia is a fundamentally different civilisation than that of Western Europe. It's descended in part out of the Byzantine empire.

From one top historian:

https://archive.org/details/TragedyAndHope_501

Quote
Part Three — The Russian Empire to 1917

Chapter 7 — Creation of the Russian Civilization

In the nineteenth century most historians regarded Russia as part of Europe but it is
now becoming increasingly clear that Russia is another civilization quite separate from
Western Civilization. Both of these civilizations are descended from Classical
Civilization, but the connection with this predecessor was made so differently that two
quite different traditions came into existence. Russian traditions were derived from
Byzantium directly; Western traditions were derived from the more moderate Classical
Civilization indirectly, having passed through the Dark Ages when there was no state or
government in the West.


Russian civilization was created from three sources originally: (1) the Slav people, (2)
Viking invaders from the north, and (3) the Byzantine tradition from the south.

And...

Quote
In time the ruling class of Russia became acquainted with Byzantine culture. They
were dazzled by it
, and sought to import it into their wilderness domains in the north. In
this way they imposed on the Slav peoples many of the accessories of the Byzantine
Empire, such as Orthodox Christianity, the Byzantine alphabet, the Byzantine calendar,
the used of domed ecclesiastical architecture, the name Czar (Caesar) for their ruler, and
innumerable other traits. Most important of all, they imported the Byzantine totalitarian
autocracy, under which all aspects of life, including political, economic, intellectual, and
religious, were regarded as departments of government, under the control of an autocratic
ruler.
These beliefs were part of the Greek tradition, and were based ultimately on Greek
inability to distinguish between state and society. Since society includes all human
activities, the Greeks had assumed that the state must include all human activities. In the
days of Classical Greece this all-inclusive entity was called the polis, a term which meant
both society and state; in the later Roman period this all-inclusive entity was called the
imperium. The only difference was that the polis was sometimes (as in Pericles's Athens
about 450 B.C.) democratic, while the imperium was always a military autocracy. Both
were totalitarian, so that religion and economic life were regarded as spheres of
governmental activity. This totalitarian autocratic tradition was carried on to the
Byzantine Empire and passed from it to the Russian state in the north and to the later
Ottoman Empire in the south.
In the north this Byzantine tradition combined with the
experience of the Northmen to intensify the two-class structure of Slav society. In the
new Slav (or Orthodox) Civilization this fusion, fitting together the Byzantine tradition
and the Viking tradition, created Russia. From Byzantium came autocracy and the idea of
the state as an absolute power and as a totalitarian power, as well as such important
applications of these principles as the idea that the state should control thought and
religion, that the Church should be a branch of the government, that law is an enactment
of the state, and that the ruler is semi-divine.
From the Vikings came the idea that the
state is a foreign importation, based on militarism and supported by booty and tribute,
that economic innovations are the function of the government, that power rather than law
is the basis of social life, and that society, with its people and its property, is the private
property of a foreign ruler.

The book is a stunning read. It lays out all the history "behind the scenes" that you never learned in school.

The mode of thinking and approach to issues of society and the state are radically different.

So, what "makes sense" in one mode of thought, doesn't in another.

"Draconian" just means "traditional". tongue Grin

Or... Putin is just a romantic at heart. tongue Cool

2  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / "Crawl" release date delayed - awesome blog post! on: August 01, 2014, 06:36:13 AM
This is a laugh & a half:

http://www.powerhoof.com/release/

They did up a GIF to explain the situation:



 Thmbsup
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I bought a pineapple today... on: July 31, 2014, 10:20:39 PM
I hope you paid for it in Dogecoin!

























And have a song too! Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq4wTY2v9Nk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq4wTY2v9Nk</a>

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: To Hell with Net Neutrality: Sprint to charge extra for Facebook access on: July 31, 2014, 10:13:16 AM
It strikes me more as what they see as a way to put a partial "unlimited" data plan in place.

Strikes me as a New Speak small step in changing how service terms are to be understood. They're acting like it's an increase in the "Data Plan" implying more bandwidth/traffic/access as we know and understand things now. When it really is a incremental step towards the cable TV provider-esq Social Network and Entertainment Channel Package.

...And all the horrors we've long feared and suspected will manifest true.

^ Yeah... That.

I have one too... and am about to give it up.  I don't use anywhere near 2GB... and the family plan gets us all 10GB to share for a lot less than holding on to my unlimited I never use.

Dunno. Boiling frogs?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 31, 2014, 10:09:55 AM

XKCD is a lot of fun! smiley

There are a lot of conspiracy facts out there, and conspiracy history, and conspiracy theories. The facts and history are often denied by people who simply refuse to accept reality. Which isn't very interesting - they're just foolish. (e.g. Gulf of Tonkin, The USS Maine, etc.)

But the theories are a lot of fun! There are some very good theories with mountains of evidence, but no smoking gun. Those are the most interesting, e.g. JFK.

Then there are theories with a bit of evidence, and a lot of speculation. These are even more fun! cheesy

In "The Conspiracy", they quickly mention a bunch of facts, history, and theories across the spectrum,

 

Definitely some very good writing there.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 30, 2014, 08:22:01 PM
The Conspiracy

Clever little faux(???) documentary that transitions rather nicely from the usual "found footage" to a pretty decent thriller. I found it really entertaining throughout - and even thought-provoking at times - despite how little is "new" in this picture.

...

Good flick! Recommended. Thmbsup

+1

I just saw this the other day. I get a lot of recommendations from here, but came across this one through Mark Dice.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says on: July 29, 2014, 12:37:21 AM
And as a result, the future limits of this technology will be increasingly determined by politics rather than genuine "technical" roadblocks.

Sadly, that is likely to happen.

I think most big companies, and government in general, would be very happy if the personal and open computing platform - as we have heretofore known it -  just went away. Far too much power in the hands of the masses. And far too many opportunities for innovation - which then leads to competition against established mainline firms from 'untrusted' and 'upstart' competitors.

It will likely go the same way as the automobile with incremental regulation a drop at a time. It will resemble one of those "pen dot" drawings where the artist merely makes dots on the paper. Each dot is nothing more than a dot until you zoom out far enough to see the entire picture.

Any for those of us that scream and kick and fuss about each dot, we'll be ridiculed because "it's only a dot" and we're "conspiracy theorists"... until the picture is made full and people finally wake up and realise that they are looking at their own prison funeral.

Death by a thousand pin pricks.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says on: July 29, 2014, 12:30:39 AM
Right now I have 13 processes taking up more than 100 MB of RAM. This is just crazy.

That would be nice...
 (see attachment in previous post)

Hahaha!

It's called 'closing tabs'. Try it sometime! Grin

I used to be really bad at that, but finally managed to discipline myself to start closing tabs and windows. 15 Chrome windows open with 10, 20, 50 tabs open? Nuts. But, but... I might NEED to open one of those again! And... I found myself searching through countless windows & tabs to actually find something when it would have been faster to just open a new tab and navigate back to the page. I still have 30 tabs open right now, but I'm a heck of a lot better than I used to be.

Chrome will suck up every bit of memory that it can. It's just a greedy memory hog.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 28, 2014, 12:04:59 PM
This could be in the humour thread...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYnLkF4PJlQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYnLkF4PJlQ</a>

Yeah... Something like that. Wink

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 28, 2014, 08:27:53 AM
...have a look at the colour scheme at the top... very clever metaphor...
What - you mean the way the colour scheme shifts from one side of the page to the other through the 7 colours of the rainbow against a black background? As in "SPECTRUM" of electromagnetic radiation? How is that clever? Maybe I am missing something. The screws have been coming loose for years...

The US military often refers to "full spectrum domination". DARPA lists their work "across the full spectrum". Everything from, well, as they have it:
 
Quote
AEO - Technology, Adaptability & Transfer
BTO - Biology, Technology & Complexity
DSO - Discovery, Modeling, Design & Assembly
I2O - Information, Innovation & Cyber
MTO - Electronics, Photonics & MEMS
STO - Networks, Cost Leverage & Adaptability
TTO - Weapons, Platforms & Space

It's a full spectrum for dominance.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 28, 2014, 03:48:29 AM
A keynote speach by Patrick Byrne - CEO of Overstock.com. Cued up:

#Bitcoin2014 - Keynote Address, "500 Years of Liberalism" by Dr. Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com

http://youtu.be/l--zHVO3Cik?t=14m50s - Intro
http://youtu.be/l--zHVO3Cik?t=16m - Direct to keynote.

Interesting as he goes over the background, history and philosophy behind Bitcoin.

He also goes over why he was the subject of 6 federal investigations. (Yep - He tried to expose criminality on Wall St., etc.)
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 27, 2014, 11:05:05 PM
Oooo! Rick Falkvinge!

Rick gets into some history of information and properties of information going back to the times when monks transcribed books and acted as the gatekeepers of information/culture, Martin Luther, etc.

Jan. 13, 1535 - Punishment for using a printing press in France is DEATH!  ohmy

The origins of copyright! (1557)

Red flag act of 1865?!? Pushed by who?

Information war! (cued at 10:30)

15:55 - "...information wars..." Wink

Ice boxes? Largest industry? Huh?!?

Snail mail. Hmmm...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xoXZbtOwyg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xoXZbtOwyg</a>

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does google have to be *everywhere*? on: July 27, 2014, 10:16:33 PM
Updating software to cripple it is below low. It's kind of hard to believe. Is that right? Am I reading wrong?

Nope. You're just being shown (the hard way) what that "terms of this service are subject to change without notice" clause is all about. ohmy

I'm not sure that a locally running application is a service.

But, once again, this only fuels my hatred and loathing major psychotic f**king hatred of SaaS, web services, "online blah blah", and the entire mentality behind all of that. *)

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does google have to be *everywhere*? on: July 27, 2014, 10:13:24 PM
But to actively cripple something that people paid for?  And release a less robust version?

Wait a second... Is this a push to cripple the app? I also bought QuickOffice, but rarely use it. I simply bought it for that one rare occasion in the future when I'll "need it right bloody now!"

Updating software to cripple it is below low. It's kind of hard to believe. Is that right? Am I reading wrong?

Nope, you're not reading wrong.  And yes, they crippled it.  Look at the review page for the google version of QuickOffice.  QuickOffice Pro HD isn't available anymore.  And I was in that same boat... I rarely used it, but when I needed it, it was good.  Not anymore.

Ooops. My mistake. I just checked... I did have the trial of QuickOffice before, but went with Documents To Go and Polaris Office instead. I forget why I didn't buy QuickOffice. Still, doesn't make what they did any less douchey.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 27, 2014, 10:07:12 PM
If 'war' does come to the cyber frontier, you'll know. And in no uncertain terms.

*cough* NSA *cough* DHS *cough* DARPA (have a look at the colour scheme at the top... very clever metaphor) *cough* DEPS *cough* BCND *cough* TechDirt *cough* TorrentFreak *cough* EFF *cough* Falkvinge *cough* The Pirate Party *cough* Chris Paget & RFID *cough*  Wink

Man... That's totally the beginning to Sweet Leaf! Cool

Agree. Tom Jennings's Fidonet  Kiss had something very similar to that back (somewhat ironically) in 1984.

Some things are just ahead of their time. It happens.

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 27, 2014, 09:52:29 PM
The post about MaidSafe is very heartening news to me.

It is very good news! smiley

However, I am skeptical, not so much about MaidSafe per se (which appears to be a slam-dunk that has been operationally tested/proven, in prototype mode, at least), but about the Establishment's potential for aborting/euthanising MaidSafe through "necessary" legislation under (say) the "Prevention of Terrorism Act", or something, simply because it offers some potential threats to the Establishment on several fronts, including:

Which is what 40hz has been saying for a long time.

Sic semper tyrannis.

I suppose that's the end game in that scenario.


  • Crypto-currency: The coupling of MaidSafe with crypto-currencies (including mastercoin and bitcoin, and the MaidSafe proprietary Perpetual Coin + safecoin).

  • Disruptive technology - Commercial: The original Web/Internet as probably envisaged by Vint Cerf, would be a very different creature to what we seem to have today, which has become a fiercely capitalist profit/money-making scheme for those corporations that have been on the leading edge of using the Internet as a mass-marketing demographic data collection and vending system. Google's huge market dominance in this area could be a major victim of this disruptive technology, as it could sever the value-chain that provides their lifeblood and which drives their business model. As we are aware, there would seem to be a strong working relationship and interdependency between US Government/NSA/Google.

  • Disruptive technology - State: The US and allied governments have apparently already invested many billions of dollars on developing internet surveillance systems (revelations re NSA/SS, SnowdenGate refer), all in the name of "National Security". MaidSafe could seem to have the potential to defeat a greater part of that.

The potential for disruption is far reaching. Heck, it could take the state back 100 years in terms of its ability to spy on people. smiley

The rise & fall of Big Data?

When you think about it, these are some pretty wild times we live in!
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: July 27, 2014, 09:24:31 PM
@40hz - More ammo for you to chuck it at me! Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM8AF2sKPT4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM8AF2sKPT4</a>

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Open Source, P2P Decentralised Market Released on: July 27, 2014, 08:38:22 PM
Here's a fun video for BitXBay:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aprQoB4FOsw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aprQoB4FOsw</a>

It also gives a bit of flavour for what it's about. Sweet!
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moore's Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says on: July 27, 2014, 08:29:04 PM
I remember, perhaps 15 years ago, my older brother telling me that someday we'd reach a point where the CPU's hz wouldn't matter anymore because it would eventually be so high that any further increase wouldn't give us any practical improvement. He guessed that advances in RAM (both amount of RAM and speed of RAM) would be the next deciding factor in PC speeds for the consumer.

It seems we've pretty much met his first prediction. IMO RAM is approaching that point as well. What I mean by that is it seems it won't be long until we can have so much RAM in our systems that we won't do ourselves any good to put more in them. At least for desktop machines. Mobile devices still could use more.

I wonder about that. Developers seem to love soaking up more and more resources as they become available. Take Chrome or Firefox for example... 1 GB for 1 process? Really? I only wish I were kidding... Just for example, I checked right now... not doing anything special and not trying to use memory - just as things are...

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1.7 GB!?!

Right now I have 13 processes taking up more than 100 MB of RAM. This is just crazy.

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does google have to be *everywhere*? on: July 27, 2014, 08:14:41 PM
But to actively cripple something that people paid for?  And release a less robust version?

Wait a second... Is this a push to cripple the app? I also bought QuickOffice, but rarely use it. I simply bought it for that one rare occasion in the future when I'll "need it right bloody now!"

Updating software to cripple it is below low. It's kind of hard to believe. Is that right? Am I reading wrong?
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 27, 2014, 08:09:34 PM

For a badass example of Maidsafe:
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You can see file storage, file sharing, and real time chat there. :O Yeah... bad. ass.

Less "bad ass" to my eyes than it is more the ever predictable kiddie bad-boy behavior you tend to see with this sort of thing. Oh well...let the food court and coffee shop 'revolutionaries' have their fun I suppose.


Aaaannd... cue the pessimism! 40hz is back~! Grin

Given it's not in widespread use yet, so any victory cries are premature...

But if it does go mainstream, it will again revolutionise how modern communications work. Decentralised communications? That's a big deal.


Crypto-anarchy is winning, and will win.

Um...not to be a downer, but I think that's a little premature. Crypto-anarchy (as a movement) has yet to fight it's first real battle, let alone see hope for a lasting victory. Right now, it's little more than a minor annoyance to the powers that be, and not much more than an RPG for most of those who style themselves crypto-anarchists.

But not to fear. It will start getting seriously interesting soon enough. tellme

Ok, yes - it is premature. But it's getting there.

Bittorrent revolutionised file sharing.

Bitcoin is revolutionising currency (and finance and contracts in general).

Maidsafe could revolutionise file storage, file sharing, and modern communications.

Formatted for Perl with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. #!/bin/perl -sp0777i<X+d*lMLa^*lN%0]dsXx++lMlN/dsM0<j]dsj
  2. $/=unpack('H*',$_);$_=`echo 16dio\U$k"SK$/SM$n\EsN0p[lN*1
  3. lK[d2%Sa2/d0$^Ixp"|dc`;s/\W//g;$_=pack('H*',/((..)*)$/)

This is an information war.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 27, 2014, 11:07:48 AM
Does anyone see the insanity here yet?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kidney stones and Beer! on: July 27, 2014, 11:05:06 AM
"On the other hand, people who reported drinking beer and wine frequently had a 41 percent and 33 percent lower risk of developing stones respectively than people who did not consume the alcoholic beverages."

Shit, in that case I'll never get one. beerchug

Make that one more!  beerchug

Hic!

In this lifetime or the next! tongue

Actually, I think I've probably had enough to drink for a few lifetimes already... Cool
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: July 27, 2014, 11:00:16 AM
^ I find Disney movies are almost as good as fart jokes. The older ones are better. New ones? Fart jokes are still better. I like fart jokes, but I don't take them seriously.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What about Condaleezza Rice and Dropbox? on: July 27, 2014, 10:57:03 AM
So, you are either going to live your life afraid of the Boogey Man everywhere you turn. Or you are just going to live your life and only worry about confirmed Boogey Man sightings. And the Boogey man's name isn't Condaleezza Rice. The last big confirmed Boogey Man sighting, the name was Ed Snowden.

She's got a point there folks ... Not to mention that keeping people spooked, off-balance, and afraid of each other is all part of "the game".

I addressed that above.

There is no need to live in fear.

CR and other whores will work to undermine any remaining freedoms people have.

The point is to understand the revolving door for what it is - a way for government whores to whore themselves out to industry corporatists that use those whores to create legislation to destroy competition and also destroy any remaining freedoms that you have.

F*** fear. We have weapons against them. Cryptography is one of the best things going for us.

Cryptography puts us in a position of power. It strips the ruling class of their informational power that they have used for so long to enslave people.

Here's a thread that talks about Maidsafe, which is a further undermining of the elite power over information:

http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=38549.0

We are winning. There is no need for fear - only for awareness.
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