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Could someone please notify Amy Webb that her rsync repo is totally open @




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What is your excuse to yourself to possess and use a smartphone?

Do you consider yourself unable to do things people ten years ago could do?
Do you consider yourself too important to not be contactable during your commute, your job, your meals, your sleep?
Do you consider yourself unable to stand a couple minutes without distraction through instant gratification?
Do you do "work" on it, and consider trading usage comfort, self-controlled platform, self-controlled storage and self-controlled software for less weight to carry in contrast to, eg., a laptop?

Do you think it's fine, because you only use it for $USECASE, and you think what you are using it for is okay even if the way most people use their smartphone is worse? Or because you use $MODEL with $SOFTWARE instead of what you think is worse?

Did you submit yourself to the system, because it's easy and comfortable and everyone else you know does it too anyway? I thought you were a cyberpunk. But only for a bit of after-work fun, probably. Or maybe you don't even want to associate with cyberpunk, you're just here because you watched some anime and have a little technical affinity. Maybe this is the wrong place for you. Or maybe it is the wrong place for me.

Why do you have a smartphone?

…or did you actually already think about this, but find yourself unable to stop? This is on purpose:
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If Gov logging and NSA spying wasn't a thing I would totally have an iPhone 7 256GB Jet Black with Apple's extended battery through AT&T.


I carry one so that it might spy on OP should we meet IRL, hoping that this shows OP how things like privacy and freedom are abstractions, weak concepts that do not correspond to anything in reality.


true. main difference is always-on and location-awareness (you carry it), maybe more sensors and less security (as in, you can't control it fully or install BSD on it).

you're still right. on the other hand, "other things are bad too" isn't an excuse for the phone.


you need a hug? just ask me instead of stalking~


I'm a medic so I must be contactable if there's an emergency.

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if you have any questions on how to use ricochet or want to chat, feel free to add me or ask them in this thread.


somehow i forgot to add my id lmao

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hi /cyb/
So I'm taking a network class and the prof wants to demonstrate how weak low end processors are by having us crack them. It's an adruino mblock bot. Our assignment is to start 'em up and hijack them. I vaguely know about bluesnarfing but I could def use some pointers here.




what do you mean by cracking the processor? Like CVE-2017-5689 on Intel's firmware blob?


isn't that something you learned how to do in class?

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Is there any scientific studies done on using nanotech in the bloodstream to alter brain chemistry. It is scary to imagine how a government or corporation can control thier citizens by making them feel a certain emotion under certain stimuli, such as anger when hearing a government opponent or not when seeing a company product. This could probably needs to be achieve with a botnet body modification such as eye contacts or even a prosthetic.
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>Actual "nanomachines" are nothing more than a dream at the moment as well.

I'd bet good money on nanotech research projects being replaced (in whole or in part) by genetic research projects. CRISPR/Cas9 is a prime example of how rapidly genetic manipulation is progressing. It's looking more and more like cells and viruses, properly programmed, can do just about anything that nanotech proponents have claimed that nanotech could do.


I don't really know or care too much about the research that goes on on the biochemical level, but the main issue with biochemistry and biotechnology in general is that the way it actually works is ridiculously complicated due enzymes acting as more or less "magical" catalysts.

The main issue with biotechnology I feel is that you can't make your own enzymes that do things you want them to. It's not something you can do, due to how complicated protein structures are and how important the very structure is to the functionality. You need to be able to actually design enzymes that work, before this has any "true" potential.

So basically right now all you can really viably do is make things produce proteins you have already sequenced and found somewhere. And no, this isn't really scaleable, so you can't really use enzyme catalysis on a large scale. And I don't think this is going anywhere either.

This means that any sort of biotechnology on the microscopic level is really limiting and easily as far away from being practical as the purely chemical/physical nanotech ideas.


Seems like something a super computer would be useful for.


A supercomputer should be able to simulate the way a certain protein sequence would fold in an aquatic environment for instance, even if it might take a while. Modeling molecular interactions is pretty harsh on the hardware. But I doubt that you can dictate a structure and expect to get a sequence, this seems like the sort of problem mathematicians would be struggling with even now.

And going from sequence to simulated structure turns this whole thing into a ridiculous trial and error exercise and you don't even know if the structures you're trying to create work.


why would you need nanotech for this? Everything from controlling the nutrition available to the air we breathe (e.g. removing lead pollutants from gas) can alter the general tendencies of the population like aggression.

Also, both nanotech and my thoughts above would be way more expensive than good ol' social conditioning, as many others in this thread have mentioned

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pic not related.I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this but I can't reasonably post this in anywhere else.I'm reopening a discussion I've seen to some extent already.This is about sharing resources relating to freeganism.This can include guides(informative/instructive) on dumpster diving, squatting, eco friendly transport, other eco friendly lifestyle implementation and all that for ethical or personal reasons.I'll start by sharing where I found an introduction to freeganism:


I heard freeganism being mentioned in the vonu podcast,
>Vonu is the condition or quality of, as well as the action of achieving, an invulnerability to coercion. Etymologically, it is an awkward contraction of the phrase, VOluntary Not vUlnerable (hence, “vonu”).

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So now they are asking for social media accounts at borders to check you up

And unlike phones you can't fuck the USB port up and be done with it

What this means is that having no such accounts can make you a target for random incarceration, they'll bother to investigate if you just some nobody later

Pretty soon even cops will ask for you twatter handle

Point is I'm trying to figure out a way to counter this

The best way IMO would be to use bots to simply repost content from other social networks to give the illusion of content.

Those retards at the border wont bother to check that much into the post and even then most people just reposts stuff they stole from somebody else, even delete the watermarks to hide their asses

So, are there any existing bots that could do this? or I have to code one from nothing?
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>What most of them have in common — 23 of the 25 — is that they are Muslim, like Shibly, whose parents are from Syria
Oosh. I was nervous for a moment there.
So, I guess that as long as there isn't an administration that claims that there is no correlation between things and terrorist acts, people of most beliefs and nations don't have to be afraid of these searches?
I'm sure the 2 out of 25 had weird-sounding name or something.
Inb4 first they came for the weird-sounding named…


This is also a way to enforce real-name policies in social media, even if you use one that doesn't require it. Except if you use something like twitter, doesn't it look full of life right after you start following a couple people? Plus most people use pseudonyms as usernames AFAIK.

>'m sure the 2 out of 25 had weird-sounding name or something.
>Maj. Motoko Kusanagi
Ma'm, you'll have to go through the metal detector.


Japanese is not the metal-detector-kind-of-weird



Norms dont care, they don't care about megacorps datamining them why would they care about govs doing it? besides if its for business theres even more pressure for them to just accept it


"Excuse me citizen why is both your phone and computer wiped clean?"

Thats the last thing you'll hear before the sound of a latex glove thats going up your arse

Why you think I'm doing this deception thing? for fun?


Thats in the past, now everybody is getting searched at random, or even without their knowledge



Its like reddit, people got their real name accounts and a bunch of sockpuppets with nick names instead

Its useless though since they don't use another VPN nor obfuscate their fingerprint so twitter knows its all the same person, and twitter is not only more than happy to collaborate with governments but it has so little control that their own employees are knows to sell information for money or favors or even help their friends by banning accounts that are calling them out on their bullcrap

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I saw this talk and it got me thinking:

Once we inevitably get brain implants, do you think people will accept filter bubbles in their brains? I would expect not, but then again most people seem fine with facebook and google's filter bubble, and when asked about it directly they don't see the issue. I don't understand this, but most people seem happy being shown only what some algorithm thinks they will "like".

So if we pull this to its logical conclusion, we're talking about filters in brain implants. Do you think that's where humanity as a whole will draw the line?
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>I doubt folks would get filter chips, so named and billed.

Yeah, I could definitely see them getting sold as either an upgrade to noise cancelling headphones, or some sort of user activateable safe space type deal.

I don't think we're at the point where this is going to be put in people's brains, both due to the cost of manufacturing, the cost of surgery, and liability, but some sort of externally mounted alternative could easily be on the market soon. Either AR or VR, the technology is pretty much there for either of those if some startup gets funded to actually produce it.

It's the same story as boiling frogs, I'd like to think most people would recoil at this concept now, but we have cochlear implants which could be applied to this, and other similar technology which has already reached acceptance that just needs a little push.


>Do you think that's where humanity as a whole will draw the line?
I'd like to have faith in people and say this is where the line would be drawn, for sure this time. However, the line should have been drawn long ago and I have little faith left given the current state of things.



I hate the guy but steve jobs was right about VR being better than AR because and I quote "nobody likes to see stuff in their crappy apartment, they want to escape reality"

There was a really good mexican scifi short that shows a woman in the near future wearing a brain chip that makes even the ugliest slum look like a cartoon paradise full of "cute" stuff floating around. The fun part is when she's getting hacked and suddenly she gets some other users config files so her world is completely transformed


AR would probably come into standard use in the military, police and the stock market.

The army would use AR so the soldier on the ground would be able to see the most statistically dangerous areas of a battlefield high light in red.

Police would use it to be able to scan your face and know your personal information and criminal record instantly.

AR would probably come to be used on the busy stock exchange floor with stock brokers being able to communicate with each other, negotiating and exchanging information easily and safely just by looking at each other.



>AR would probably come to be used on the busy stock exchange floor with stock brokers being able to communicate with each other, negotiating and exchanging information easily and safely just by looking at each other.

The stock floor is dead, its kept around mostly for show since the vast amount of trading today is done by desk jokeys with several 21:9 monitors around them and bots on HFT networks

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is it worth it to build a physical vpn from a rasp pi?

experiences? physical firewall / vpn thread?
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Assuming, of course, that the router in question isn't part of the CherryBlossom/CherryBomb CIA project that Wikileaks just published.


I do not know if rapi has enough interfaces for routing. But i use mikrotik for this purpose. Advice about openwrt sounds good too, but don't use dd-wrt it's obsolete.


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piVPN is very simple to setup.

As for a firewall, you're better off setting up PFsense or untangle on a better and more powerful device.


PFSense is a well made platform.

Been a long time user, I'd stand by it.


I personally think it's a fun project if you're bored, have a Raspberry Pi, and are looking for something to do. Obviously it won't perform as well as a commercial VPN or a dedicated box with Xeons and dual NICs and whatnot, but it's definitely worth looking into.

I recently started running the Bro IDS on a Raspberry Pi and it was a fun project to get up and running, I'm trying to implement LogStash and the Elastic Stack for doing all of my log management/graphing and such from the IDS logs.

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What do you guys think of Monero? I've been reading about it recently and I think it's great as a almost totally (because nothing is 100%) anonymous crypto coin. Thoughts on other currencies?
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Ethereum and ether are two different thing. Ethereum is a blockchain network that you can use to deploy 'smart contracts' which are just immutable bits of code that run over the decentralized network. Ether is a token required to use a contract to prevent DDOSing. Ether is not supposed to be used as a currency, it is basically like bandwidth, you can pay more to do more on the network. With smart contracts you can make your own tokens, which may or may not be currency. As of right now there isn't a unanimous token for being used as currency, so people that believe in ethereum are just using ether right now. It's a pretty interesting project, you should check it out.


Seems pretty interesting. I guess I can sort of see how it works, but im not sure why some one would use it. I feel like I dumbass but what are the implications of deploying smart contracts? And why would someone invest in your tokens? People obviously arent using as any sort of decentralized web host or whatever and there seems to be a lot of money involved some again im confused on its purpose.

As a dreamer, what can I dream of using it for?


I dig it. Right now the competition in anon coins is between Monero, Zcash, and Dash. Zcash is implemented in a super weird way where if the first start of it is done wrong the developers can game the system. They also had a pre mine and have a huge percent of coins that go to them. Dash also had a premine but don't have that weird key signing implementation that lets the first devs to game the system. Then there is Monero which is pretty undervalued imo and the team is pretty dedicated to anonymity\security.

The greatest thing about Monero is the fact that they are working on the i2pd fork called kovri which is written in c++



what could possibly make you glad you didn't invest in a currency that has seen a 4,000% price increase in the past 6 ish months?


Not Crypto but getting a new PC and giving an old rig to a friend to mine.

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