The future of tech, and people

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Re: The future of tech, and people

Unread post by Vrede too » Tue May 09, 2017 4:39 pm

rstrong wrote:Turns out an At Home DNA Test is not a good baby shower gift.
Maybe not in Canada.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:02 pm

So many liberals, so little time. :P

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Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:11 am

So many liberals, so little time. :P

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Unread post by bannination » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:34 pm

Any programs like that including voting booths should be completely open to audit with full source code provided, or they shouldn't be used at all.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:13 pm

bannination wrote:
Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:34 pm
Any programs like that including voting booths should be completely open to audit with full source code provided, or they shouldn't be used at all.
I hope that government/s or SCOTUS eventually agree with you.
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Unread post by rstrong » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:48 am

(Woken up by alarm. Gets ready for the day.)
(Logs into work over the VPN tunnel, starts programming.)
(Gosh, it's quiet. No support calls.)
(And no-one else is logged in.)
(Checks security cameras; parking lot is empty.)
(Is today a holiday? Apparently today is a holiday.)
(What the hell is the holiday? Checks Wikipedia.)
("Civic holiday." Also known as "Terry Fox day" here in Manitoba.)
(Going back to bed.)

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Unread post by rstrong » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:56 am

Nothing good goes into a microwave at 2:00am.

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Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:38 am

Recalls our ongoing discussions about the ethics of Anonymous' hacking:

They Planted Porn in ISIS Propaganda, Just for Starters, Then Sowed Chaos and Confusion in the 'Caliphate'
A small group of Iraqi hackers figured they could do a better job fighting ISIS online than most governments—and they did. And do. With a vengeance.


Bit of a clickbait headline, "Just for Starters" is key. The porn was an early action and much less subtle than what they're doing now.
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Unread post by rstrong » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:56 pm

It makes sense that the target market for fidget spinners lost interest in them so quickly.

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Unread post by rstrong » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:42 pm

I'll bet the guy who invented the snooze button never invented anything else.

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Unread post by rstrong » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:21 pm

With the rise of self-driving vehicles, eventually there will be a country song about how someone's truck left him.

Obligatory XKCD:

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Unread post by Vrede too » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:37 pm

:thumbup: :thumbup:
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Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:27 pm

rstrong wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:21 pm
With the rise of self-driving vehicles, eventually there will be a country song about how someone's truck left him.

Obligatory XKCD:

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It's a tragedy, but this is kinda funny:

Unregulated self-walking human strikes a fully compliant and vastly more intelligent self-driving Uber vehicle
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Re: The future of tech, and people

Unread post by rstrong » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:04 pm

*air horn sound*
*second air horn sound*
Me: "This isn't deodorant."

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Unread post by Vrede too » Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:42 am

rstrong wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:04 pm
*air horn sound*
*second air horn sound*
Me: "This isn't deodorant."
My fellow football fans were not impressed when I sprayed them all with deodorant after our team scored.
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Unread post by Vrede too » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:11 am

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Report: By 2020, More Than 30% of World’s Electricity Consumption Will Be Spent Explaining Bitcoin


Scientists have released a new study claiming that if current trends continue, nearly a third of the world’s power will be used to explain how Bitcoin works by 2020. According to experts, the amount of energy required to download tweets, articles, and instant messages which describe what “the blockchain” is and how “decentralized” currencies are “the future” will soon eclipse the total amount of power used by the country of Denmark. The authors note that the average Uber driver now spends three minutes per ride explaining how the coin is “totally anonymous” and encouraging riders to install Coinbase or a similar app.

Furthermore, they warn that “alt-coins” like Ethereum and Filecoin are even more inscrutable, and explanations of them promise to waste even more time and energy in the future.

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Twitter’s Plan to Fight the Trolls: Mute Everyone

This week, social media company Twitter announced a bold new move to combat the notorious trolls that frequent the website: mute every user. “Our users may have a strong reaction to this new policy which prevents them from creating any posts, responding to any posts, uploading any pictures, or following anyone from the moment they sign up; but we are confident that after some time with the new system our users will see that it is a vast improvement over the old Twitter, and they will enjoy the much less toxic atmosphere,” said Twitter CEO @jack. Typically outspoken free speech advocates on Twitter did not appear to have any comment as of the time of this writing.

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NSA Stock Rating Up 1000% After Rename to National Blockchain Agency

In a surprising turn, the NSA has announced a name change to include the word “blockchain,” which has sent the usually secretive spy agency’s stock soaring. An NSA spokesperson, wishing to remain anonymous, also stated that as a part of this rebranding the agency will now store all information it has collected about every American on the blockchain. “Since the storage is on the blockchain, it will be totally anonymous.”

NSA Surveillance Blocked After FISA Judge Goes Missing Inside Own Courtroom

After a six-year battle, EFF has obtained an internal memo revealing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been unable to approve FISA warrants for close to a year because no one can find FISA Judge Thomas Russell, who has been lost deep within the court’s labyrinthine structure.

Federal Circuit Issues Injunction Prohibiting Use of English Language

In a landmark decision, the Federal Circuit has ruled that the English language is subject to copyright. “The selection and arrangement of the letters found in English words include significant creative elements,” the court wrote. “Take the word ‘The,’ for example. Developers of English could have used ‘Teh’ or ‘Erd’ or ‘Gah.’” The suit was brought by the Harry Fox Agency on behalf of the heirs of 5th Century Anglo-Frisians. District Judge William Haskell Alsup, who taught himself English to better understand the case, had ruled that the language was not subject to copyright. Today the Federal Circuit overruled his decision, awarded $12 trillion in damages, and issued a permanent injunction barring the use of English.

FBI Director Wray Demands Cryptographers Develop Better Euphemisms

As part of the agency’s ongoing mission to make all communications available to organized crime, FBI Director Christopher Wray has urged the security community to develop an effective euphemism for backdoors. The FBI has tried terms ranging from “responsible encryption” to “central management,” but cryptographers insist these labels simply don’t work. “An inoffensive euphemism for backdooring encryption is achievable,” Director Wray stated. “The community just isn’t working hard enough.”

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EFF Warns of Security Risks in ‘Internet of Non-Things’

While vulnerabilities in the so-called “Internet of Things” have received a great deal of media attention, the EFF warns that Internet-connected ideas, emotions, and unrealized eventualities in alternate timelines remain vulnerable to attack. Whatever you do, do not think about the Internet.

National Basketball Association Sues National Blockchain Agency

The NBA has filed a trademark infringement suit against the National Blockchain Agency (previously known as the NSA). Sources within the NBA say the move was precipitated by the organization’s plans to rename itself the National Blockchain Association.

EFF Director of Cybersecurity Eva Galperin Announces That Her Mission Has Been Accomplished

The Internet is now safe from all threats.
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Re: The future of tech, and people

Unread post by O Really » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:29 am

Funny, except for...

"EFF to Relaunch as Electronic Fear Foundation"

Relaunch? I thought that was already their name.

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Re: The future of tech, and people

Unread post by Vrede too » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:08 am

So many liberals, so little time. :P

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Unread post by rstrong » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:38 pm

Sir Francis Bacon - philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, author and father of scientific method - died on this date in 1626.

It's commemorated as Bacon's best before date.

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Re: The future of tech, and people

Unread post by rstrong » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:48 am

If you've never played Tetris, you're probably useless at loading a dishwasher.

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