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More Silicon Valley Censorship

June 12, 2019 04:47 UTC

This time it's Pinterest -- something I've never used nor cared about (I don't get the point...).

Tech Insider Blows Whistle (projectveritas.com)

It's just another example of yet another company editorializing while under the protection of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. In this case, searching for "Christian" is hobbled; Christian related phrases are blacklisted; the Planned Parenthood Undercover videos are marked "harmful"; and the list goes on.

Part of me wants to see the status be changed for these social media companies so that they're no longer protected under 230. The lawsuits would be glorious. However, I also agree with the mantra that Vox Day has been on recently.

Build     your     own     platform.

I did. I built my own crappy blog engine.

blog.sh

Tags: tech

Cali's SB 880 Dead

June 8, 2019 15:57 UTC

I lived in California for a decade. It was a love-hate relationship. I loved the outdoors and the 90% chance of excellent weather, but I never really got on with the people and their obsession with ignorance and self-imposed tyranny. To be fair to those in the sane parts of Cali, I mostly lived in Silicon Valley.

When I lived there, the gun laws were pretty draconian. Since I left five years ago, they've OF COURSE gotten even worse. SB 880 (and four other bills) was signed into law by Gov Moonbeam in Jul of 2016. This law effectively outlawed removable magazines from AR and AK style rifles (amongst other things) -- including the bullet bottom loophole. But gun people are a resourceful and innovative bunch.

This is a couple of years old now, but check out this old-is-new-again tech.

The MA Loader from Mean Arms

It's basically a stripper clip in a housing that quickly reloads the fixed magazine via the ejection port. Nice. 19th Century tech beats 21st Century tyranny.

The MA Loader in action.

Tags: rave, tech

SocialGalacitc WAS Here!

February 9, 2019 13:44 UTC

SocialGalactic 

Update: Vox Day decided to kill the project in its current Fediway based incarnation. He'll speak about this in the 11 Feb Devstream (Darkstream).

SocialGalactic is here. Vox Day had been hinting about this for months. I've been on it for about 24 hours and so far my experience has been quite good. It's still beta, so there are some bugs and it can be kind of clunky at times. The mobile experience works, but it's got a ways to go.

I left the legacy social media years ago. I found Minds and Gab, but I eventually left both of them (Gab just last week) as they were turning into echo chambers of the ridiculous, homes for trolls, and just too much Nazi bullshit for this white guy. I'm hopeful the same fate doesn't await #sogal. Vox Day has reiterated a few times that #sogal is NOT a free speech zone. The rules are simple... no shit posting, no trolling, be an adult. These rules are very subjective of course, so we'll see how it goes. I suspect his army of Ilk, DreadIlk, and VFM will help in the policing of things. We should see...

Tags: rave, tech

The No Platforming of gab

October 29, 2018 19:13 UTC

For those that don't know, gab is an alternative social media platform in the vein of Twitter. I guess you could call it a sort of micro-blogging platform (although I think that term is out of vogue nowadays). Their motto is "Speak Freely" and they really mean it. Unless you're posting stuff that is illegal (primarily according to US law I think -- e.g. child porn, etc.), there is no censorship by gab. This of course means there exists some extremely uncomfortable and controversial stuff there (for example: Jew hating, racism, all the flavors of NSFW content, etc.), but with the muting and blocking features afforded to every user, you can filter things to your liking fairly well. You can't do that in Twitter.

gab logo 

When it was revealed that Robert Bowers, the Tree of Life Synagogue shooter, posted an only after the fact ominous message to gab, the media and their techno-leftist enablers pounced. They smeared gab (yet again) as an alt-right/Nazi home base of sorts and placed responsibility for the shooter's actions on gab. Setting aside the fact that pretty much every shooter, murderer, bomber, rapist, etc. in the last 6-10 years had a Twitter or Facebook account, all of gab's integral service providers -- almost in unison -- decided to drop gab as a customer. Not only was it nearly in unison (they were hours apart), but the amount of notice afforded gab made it effectively impossible for them to NOT go offline for an extended amount of time. They're offline now. Completely no platformed. They were Info Wars'd.

It's appalling what has been done to gab. It's unfair, but more importantly it's down right scary. The techno-leftist in their ivory towers of Silicon Valley have WAY too much power and are no longer afraid to brazenly exercise it. This is only going to get worse.

Here are some of the better takes on the whole situation from some of the alt-media types. Have a listen. Oh... and just because I link to someone doesn't mean I agree with everything they have ever said or will say. Damn NPCs.

Styxhexenhammer666

Timcast

Sargon of Akkad

Dave Cullen


Finally... here's @a (Andrew Torba - CEO of gab) nicely demonstrating the hypocrisy that exists with Twitter. It's amazing.

Tags: rant, tech

Bruce Schneier on the Equifax Breach

November 18, 2017 14:47 UTC

Interesting comments from Bruce Schneier on the Equifax breach. He testified before the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (Committee on Energy and Commerce) of the US House of Representatives.

Witness statement document (pdf)

Tags: tech, security

Never too Old to Code

August 7, 2017 04:23 UTC

I find this incredibly inspirational.

Never too old to code: Meet Japan's 82-year-old app-maker

I hope that when I'm in my 60s, let alone my 80s, my mental capacity is still fully there and I'm able to continue the general geeking out that I do. I love to just mess around with coding things for good, useful reason, but also just cause I can (e.g. blog.sh). I hope it never ends for me.

Tags: tech, random

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