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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

Plex Artwork Not Updating?

July 9, 2017 01:57 UTC

I'm not sure how or why, but the artwork (posters, backgrounds, etc.) for many of my TV Shows in Plex was not showing up. It's been like this for a month or more, but it was only a few shows and I couldn't be bothered to figure it. Over the last week however, it became a problem that was quickly growing in scope. Today, at least half of my TV Shows had no art. Still functional, but quiet annoying.

I enabled debug logging and noticed some permission errors related to the Metadata cache. Hmmm... I don't know why that would be, but I wanted it fixed and couldn't bother with the why. Since I do not have a very large collection of goodies, I decided to stop the Plex server and just whack the TV Show related metadata.

That seemed to do the trick!

It's simple enough.

  1. Locate where Plex stores its application data. This is usually under your AppDataLocal directory (%USERPROFILE%/AppData/Local/Plex Media Server), but you may have moved it. If so, it can be found under SettingsGeneralThe path where local application data is stored.
  2. Shutdown Plex.
  3. Open windows explorer and navigate to Plex's app data store.
  4. Within this folder, continue to navigate to MetadataTV Shows.
  5. Select everything in this folder and delete it. It could be tens of thousands of files depending.
  6. Start up the Plex server and open Plex (just right click on the Plex icon in the taskbar and select Open Plex...).
  7. Finally, select Refresh All Metadata under the ... options for your TV Shows library.

That's it.

Tags: tech

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