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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 16, 2014, 06:36:09 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTy5YCzLVzY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTy5YCzLVzY</a>
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 14, 2014, 03:37:05 AM
This is a fantastic article:

http://falkvinge.net/2014...r-the-nsa-than-to-fix-it/

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The NSA has an entire budget devoted to doing just this: “$1.6 billion a year on data processing and exploitation, more than a thousand times the annual budget of the OpenSSL project” reports The Verge. Their prime directive is to find bugs, keep them quiet, and exploit them for their own gain (sorry, “national security”). OpenSSL’s volunteers, on the other hand, need jobs to feed their families. As much as they might want to, they don’t have the time to devote the effort needed to make sure their code is rock-solid. And apparently, neither do its users. It took a Google employee two years to discover Heartbleed, despite the fact that they’re a multi-billion dollar corporation that depends on the integrity of things like OpenSSL. Evidently, though, it’s still not cost-effective to have dedicated teams keeping an eye on the code.

But then he goes full commie and it goes to pot. But still... a good read.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 14, 2014, 12:04:31 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/s...ed-cisco-juniper/7589759/

Reports coming in from unconfirmed sources that the NSA has been utilizing Heartbleed for years.

Of course, I have to say I totally saw this coming. This is the kind of massive security breach that would explain their uncanny ability to get into any system anywhere at any time. A simple exercise in spreading disinformation to seed people's trust in the affected library and cover up the flaw would allow them to preserve it for so many years unnoticed.

Which means that all those people concealing their activities using SSH, Tor, and proxies? Yeah. The NSA was way ahead of them.


What this shows is that the NSA is a blackhat, criminal organization.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 13, 2014, 11:04:16 PM
Probably the best way to stop them would be to download the Firefox source code and for the cookies and local storage parts, edit the code so that it always returns an empty string, then recompile it.

They can actually link different accounts across different devices. They're that good. If Big Data doesn't scare you, you're not paying attention - it's terrifying.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Recipe Sharing Thread on: April 13, 2014, 09:20:42 AM
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Also... the malt extract will seriously help destroy/mitigate any hangover you have.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: McAfee Interview on: April 12, 2014, 01:02:55 PM
Another interview with John McAfee

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qB7yzrpu0I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qB7yzrpu0I</a>

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Payment Services - opinions and ratings? on: April 03, 2014, 07:49:15 AM
*cough* Bitcoin *cough*

You can do payments yourself without any third party. Or if you want to save some time/effort...

https://bitpay.com/

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Charge $1, get $1.

8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Very Cool A* (Astar) Project on: March 21, 2014, 03:02:23 AM
For path finding, this is a very neat project:

http://www.codeproject.co...rithm-implementation-in-C

It shows progress as you go, so helps to understand the A* algo.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Judge posesses a bomb-proof bullshit detector - and ain't afraid to use it! on: March 21, 2014, 12:38:13 AM
My question is why are the agents and DOJ officials never prosecuted for their crimes?

Oh... that's right... silly me...  undecided "Justice" is only from the mouths of those criminals, and is most properly spelled "JUST US."
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 21, 2014, 12:29:02 AM
Y'know one of those things that I really can't stand when watching a show... Stupid f*ck scenes. I hate them. I can't stand idiotic sex onscreen for no reason. If I want to see that, I'll get some porn.

Ren, you're utterly hopeless. I don't think this planet is big enough to hold a second brush as broad as the one you paint with.

But we wouldn't have you be any other way. Grin Thmbsup

And I still don't think the presentations made at TED are part of some vast AREA-51 level conspiracy like you seem to think they are. Peace! Cool

Ahem...Why don't we take a quick trip down the "conspiracy" rabbit hole with respect to some TED sponsors?

https://www.google.com/#q...nts+children+nigeria+2009

http://www.independent.co...l-experiment-1663402.html

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From the crowd that had gathered at the Kano Infectious Diseases Hospital, 200 sick children were picked. Half were given doses of the experimental Pfizer drug called Trovan and the others were treated with a proven antibiotic from a rival company.

Eleven of the children died and many more, it is alleged, later suffered serious side-effects ranging from organ failure to brain damage. But with meningitis, cholera and measles still raging and crowds still queueing at the fence of the camp, the Pfizer team packed up after two weeks and left.

An 11% mortality rate...

TED is in bed with criminal organizations. Period. There is no debate there.

Well, unless murdering kids in Nigeria is perfectly ok with you... Then I suppose that there's some wiggle room. Wink

If anyone wants to connect a couple dots... I'll leave you with this. (FAIR WARNING - THAT LINK IS EXTREMELY DISTURBING. Really. It's enough to make you sick or bring you to tears. It is, however, unfortunately factual.)

Here's a bucket of sand if anyone wants to bury their head.

Ahem... about the company you keep? TED? Just maybe perhaps?

The companies that sponsor TED are guilty of doing the exact opposite of what is pushed in TED talks. They don't save lives - they take them. Quod erat demonstrandum.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / UN + US + ICANN + WSIS + NITA + ITU = CENSORSHIP on: March 21, 2014, 12:04:28 AM
Another slide in the downward spiral descent into tyranny...

http://www.un.org/apps/ne...&Cr=internet&Cr1=

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18 March 2014 – United Nations officials have welcomed the recent announcement the United States plans to transition key oversight of domain names and other aspects of the Internet’s architecture to the global community, as a major step towards the multilateral Internet governance that the UN has been advocating for many years.

For the past 15 years, the US Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA), has been the watchdog of sales and assignments of web domains such as “.com” or “.org”. With this announced intention to relinquish stewardship, the United States is in line with the decisions taken at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, which agreed on a “multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance.”

“The Secretary-General takes note of this important development,” said spokesman Stéphane Dujarric. “He encourages Governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the private sector and the Internet technical community to engage in furthering the process to ensure a single, open, free, secure and trustworthy Internet.”

The US announcement to change oversight arrangements of these critical Internet mechanisms, was also welcomed by the Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

“I would like to reiterate what I have said many times: the Internet is a global public good and therefore all nations and peoples should have an equal say in its running and development,” he declared in a news release, stressing that “this development will lead to improved and productive cooperation between the telecommunications and Internet communities.”

Regarding the transition plan for these responsibilities, Dr. Touré called on all stakeholders to develop one that respects the principles established by the two-part WSIS in 2003 and 2005. “This means, inclusive of all nations and stakeholders, from developing and developed countries alike, and conducted in a transparent, open, constructive manner with a view to ensuring a more equitable and accessible Internet for all,” he explained.


I now have a song running through my head...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt0qhMEg-Xk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt0qhMEg-Xk</a>

But there is a solution:

http://namecoin.info/

https://wiki.namecoin.info/index.php?title=Welcome

https://dot-bit.org/

http://meowbit.com/

http://meowbit.com/proof-...oof-in-an-icann-takedown/

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So, I’ve been working with Derrick on MeowBit, and I know in theory that a dot-bit mirror would keep you accessible if some alphabet-soup 3-letter government agency stole your .com, .net, etc. domain name. But I wanted to try it for real.

(Emphasis mine.)

 

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 20, 2014, 11:42:43 AM
But for me, and others I suspect, the problem here is that you explicitly attack this particular video, with no real reason, with no backing for your 'dripping with agenda' claim. And that's how you lauch into the topic.
Meh.

I'm about to start screaming.



If they don't, then why does it cost $6K-8.5K to attend?  Where does that money go?  That's a *lot* of money to think that they only "facilitate public forums on random topics".

Bingo! Follow the money!


I still can't help thinking anything that helps tear down info silos and helps make technology and deeper thinking more accessible to a general audience can't be a bad thing.

Hard core porn wonderful, but it isn't sex education. How is the question framed? TED frames technology inside of an agenda. I have a problem with that.


Not that these guardians are doing anything that interesting or significant on their own to offer TED's audience an alternative. (I've called out a few of the more hipster types and asked why they weren't doing something to replace it. Most of replies were worthy of a 15-year old in both the choice of language and debate tactics employed.)

Knowing what the problem is and having $50 million are different things.


There may be very little in life where I agree with Renegade, but TED is one.

See! I'm not a 100% raving mad lunatic! Grin


@Wraith - I guess I'm a little colorblind in the "non" profit end of the spectrum. Grin  I have been ever since TV Ministries, hospitals, well-heeled universities and colleges have all had that legal distinction conferred on them. Like so many other charming things of the past (i.e. 'public' broadcasting) I don't really think the designation 'non-profit' means much beyond tax treatment these days. Especially now that political action groups can also be non-profit "educational" organizations.

I'm with you there. I will never donate to any charities anymore. Done. There's way too much abuse, and I don't have the time to vet them. It's sad, but that's how it is.


But I think we're getting a little away from the earlier point made by Renegade who was saying the TED talks are something the world would be better off without.

Because it doesn't matter how damn fresh the orange juice is... if it's laced with GHB, you can expect to get raped.


To clarify my position, what I'm saying is: regardless of the organization behind the talks, or the possible motivation of its sponsors (motivations which I suspect are both numerous and varied) this does not take away from the fact that there is considerable value in continuing to have such a venue. And that a deal of good (intentional or otherwise) comes out of it.


They could do all the techy cool stuff without the sappy agenda nonsense. It's like pissing in a perfectly good beer. What kind of asshole does that?


It's just that though it's obvious to *you* and to *others* that they aren't fully altruistic and philanthropic, they present themselves as that wayAnd that's one of the few things that I totally and utterly despise.


Yep. That's another one of those reasons to take TED with a cow-lick of salt...


I'm happy to skip all that nonsense and just enjoy the actual show.
 smiley

Y'know one of those things that I really can't stand when watching a show... Stupid f*ck scenes. I hate them. I can't stand idiotic sex onscreen for no reason. If I want to see that, I'll get some porn.

Ketchup is great on a hotdog. It's kind of crappy for spaghetti or ice cream.

TED poisons decent content with sick agendas. THAT is why I loathe TED.
 
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 17, 2014, 08:20:14 AM
It's much more fun being the abattoir in the middle of the town square.

Hm-m-m.

A bit of selft-flattery there? 
While I don't disagree with some of your points, you seem inclined to throw the baby out with the bath. 
Not overly fond of TED, nor many of the sponsors, but that does not invalidate all the content.


Not self flattery at all. I'm merely acknowledging that I have no bedside manner.

And I was pretty explicit about there being some excellent material presented at TED.

I'm not throwing the baby out with the bath water... I'm asking if there's some sort of toxic weaponry destined for some sinister use in the stroller/diaper bag.

@Ren - with all due respect, I think many - if not most of us here - are perfectly capable of seeing things and connecting the dots.

No argument there.

It's just that some of us are a little more discriminating and careful when it comes to inferring causation or correlation.


I guess I'm just far more suspicious than most. Wink

If a person stares at a field of dots long enough they can eventually see anything they want to see.

I could go on forever with examples. I simply don't have the time. Sorry. I wish I did.

But "seeing something" doesn't automatically make it true.

Sure. There are "illusions". Now please point out to me how forcibly sterilizing women (or supporting organizations that do that) is an illusion. Wink

Again, the examples are endless. I've pointed out many in the Basement.

And just because someone doesn't see things the way somebody else does (or chooses to reserve judgement for the present) doesn't mean they're stupid, craven, negligent, or wilfully blind.

I never accused anyone here of being stupid, craven, negligent, or willfully blind.

But I sure as Hell am accusing some "foundations" of being craven and outright evil. Wink

I gave your previous two posts a slow reread. And after careful re-consideration, I still don't think I have. Guess we'll need to agree to disagree on this point.  smiley

Sure. I still think you're wrong though. I've not pushed much of an agenda unless you call condemning evil an agenda. So, in that aspect - you're perfectly correct.

You already know what I think, and it seems to me like you're coloring what I have above there with that.

I only meant to come out on the attack, and didn't attempt to offer any "solutions/agendas".

Then again, we could both be off-base there and considering different issues to lead us into a lovely red herring. Wouldn't be the first time.

Speaking of herrings...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jCoSbslOsU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jCoSbslOsU</a>

Silliness aside...

I'm still not sure what part of what I had above there was "an agenda"... If you could be a bit more explicit about what I wrote, then I might understand a bit better.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 17, 2014, 01:59:22 AM
Sad to see some people would rather see absolutely nothing good get accomplished - unless it were done in accordance with their standards of political correctness and doctrinal purity. 

Now what was it these people were saying about "agendas"? Wink

That's a complete misrepresentation of what I wrote.

I watched the entire video. And it looks cool, but the agenda there makes me question what's going on. Some people are just pawns...

It's certain a nifty bit of science. No disagreement there. I really liked that portion of the video.

BUT... Anything in a TED context is suspect given the company that they keep. Follow the money and often all these "save the world" things end up as scripts written by Rob Zombie (though often much worse).

e.g. The good, lovely, humanitarian USAID is guilty of forced sterilizations of women in Thailand, India, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, and wherever else. Look it up.

Now, let's have a look at some of the TED sponsors (left sidebar).

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TED Talks Partners
Allianz
American Express
Delta
Fidelity Investments
Gucci
Intel
InterContinental
Kohl's
Lynda.com
Prudential
Rolex
Samsung
Siemens
Skype
Sony
State Street
Steelcase
TOMS
American Express Project
HP Color Project
Johnnie Walker Ideas Project
Pfizer Health Project
Shell Urbanization Project
TOMS Giving Project

Here are a few connections to USAID from a few quick searches:

American Express - http://www.usaid.gov/who-...ation/tjada-doyen-mckenna
Delta Airlines - http://www.usaid.gov/asia...ldlife-protection-program
Intel - http://www.usaid.gov/news...ding-expand-collaboration
Pfizer - http://blog.usaid.gov/201...african-aids-researchers/
Siemens - https://www.google.com/#q=site:usaid.gov+siemens (Most are PDFs, and PDFs are annoying)
Shell - https://www.google.com/#q=site:usaid.gov+shell+oil (More PDFs)

You can find many, many more. There's a massive web of foundations out there posing as one thing and doing another. TED is just one of many.

So, we have corporate sponsors helping fund CRIMINALLY INSANE organizations, such as USAID, and also funding TED. Hmm...

If I'm promoting an agenda here, it's an agenda against outright violent criminality posing as humanitarian nonsense.

I myself strongly believe there's value to be *extracted* from almost anything.

Absolutely! There is a lot of good stuff in some TED talks. The thing is you've got to pick the razor blades out of the apples first. Swallowing without knowing what you're ingesting is a really bad idea, and especially so with TED.

TED is sexy.

TED is cool.

TED is fun.

TED is all those things wrapped up in a potpourri filled box with a fancy bow on top.

But there's something insidious in there as well...

Now excuse me while I Write Things Down JUUUUSST as the presenter told me to!!

1. Get weekly dose of Renny's politically incorrect opinion.
2. Perform this week's thirty seven second worship of Renny.
3. Apply Renny's ideas to Something Serious and Important.
4. Do Dishes. It's the Small things that count.

 Grin Cool cheesy

Sure. Feel free to mock me. I don't mind. It won't change anything. I'd only encourage you to start connecting some of the dots. They are there if you want to look.



I'm not sure whether I should apologize for not candy-coating everything. Hmmm.... Nah! It's much more fun being the abattoir in the middle of the town square. tongue Grin 
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 16, 2014, 11:30:28 AM
Although Hitler's "Final Solution" for the six-million Jews created such an outcry in contemporary times, didn't anyone notice Stalin was responsible for the fifty-million slain of his own countrymen?  Strange.

Hitler was an amateur compared to Stalin, Mao, or the earlier Jewish communists that murdered 5~10 million Ukranians in the early 1930's. But f*ck history and f*ck truth. Only the Zionist political agenda matters. Pfft.

Shut up. Watch TED. Worship at the altar of progressive liberal socialist science. That is your god. Anything else is heresy.

TED makes me sick most of the time.

I can put up with almost anything TED does so long as presentations like this one hit the widest possible audience.

And it's dripping with agenda...

Any time someone comes out saying "think of all the poor/starving/children/women/whatf*ckingever", I want to puke. The vast majority of the time it's an agenda and when you start following things back, it's the exact opposite of what it looks like. "I am Ukrainian" was a good example of a psyop. F*ck that.

I watched the entire video. And it looks cool, but the agenda there makes me question what's going on. Some people are just pawns...

My distrust of TED has only grown deeper.

If TED disappeared, the world would be a much better place.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [INTERVIEW] John McAfee's New Cognizant App Puts an End to Spying on: March 16, 2014, 11:12:34 AM
I was considering a smartphone lately, I think you've just helped me make my decision (against).
Will be interesting to hear reports from users.

I do a lot of work in the mobile space at both the API and marketing level. I can tell you... it's worse than anything you hear in the news. I can't post details as I'm under NDA.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / [INTERVIEW] John McAfee's New Cognizant App Puts an End to Spying on: March 16, 2014, 04:02:38 AM
I'm totally going to drive some people foaming at the mouth, raving, cursing insane here... Hehehehe~! Grin

So, here's an interview with John McAfee about his new Cognizant app...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMLoLgtaOq0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMLoLgtaOq0</a>

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Story of Merlin: The 1978 Electronic Game on: March 06, 2014, 09:56:14 AM
I played with them in the store, but never got one.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any Internet browser that for sure will browse? on: March 05, 2014, 09:17:26 AM
I think you're hosed. The number of engines out there isn't very large. I have to switch browsers for some sites. Yeah, it's a PITA, but... Thank MS for destroying the browser market. Now we have vultures there, and not much more.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: March 02, 2014, 07:45:44 AM
Just watched Cypher (2002):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284978/

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An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

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Fun movie. Cyber spy... no more info. Wink I don't want to spoil anything. Worth a watch for fun. It gets better as it goes along, making it very worthwhile.

And Lucy Liu is just plain hot! cheesy C'mon... worth watching just for her~! tongue
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: INTERVIEW: Ladar Levison of LAVABIT Talks to Luke Rudowski on: March 01, 2014, 09:15:27 AM
Another more recent interview with Ladar.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spW0q-g2BxU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spW0q-g2BxU</a>

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 01, 2014, 08:41:40 AM


23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: February 27, 2014, 09:09:15 AM
Let's suppose that someone was to say to me either:
(a) "Obama appears to be the greatest and most ethical President of our times", or
(b) "Obama appears to be the greatest liar and most deceiving President of our times".

"A" totally needs to be in the Silly Humor thread. tongue

But just about any president's name would suffice... tongue Wink
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 27, 2014, 09:06:21 AM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vg6FuMIPTw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vg6FuMIPTw</a>
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 27, 2014, 09:04:48 AM
I for one consider the Ted talks is just like the Internet : there are a lot of good things there if you know how to filter out the stuff you either don't need or don't care about.

I learned about a lot of interesting things from Ted talks, so i cannot say it's a bad thing, you just need to learn to filter through all the information (this is something you have to do with most information sources anyways).

Also, sometimes you can see things from a different perspective (different from what you're used to anyways) and that is never a bad idea, you pretty soon realize things are usually not black or white but lots of shades of gray (more than 50 :p )

Sure. There are a few decent things in TED Talks. But it's like rooting through a manure pile to find a penny.

Sorry - I'm just not into collectivist propaganda pushing us into a socialist/fascist totalitarian surveillance state. That's what TED Talks is.

I don't mind listening to different perspectives, and I do watch TED Talks, but they're vastly weighted with ideas that are utterly unacceptable. Or at least the implications are unacceptable.

Lots on there about Big Data... yeah... how's that working out? We're better off without it. Nah... TED Talks is just to find out who your enemy is...
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