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Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. Arthur Schopenhauer


I have a few gripes with Signal — the biggest of them all is it’s centralized, and in the US no less. This alone makes it not that different from WhatsApp — we’re simply moving from one silo to another. What’s to say that Signal will uphold its values, continue operating and evade censorship and potential compromise? To top it off, they’re becoming a fairly high value target off late. And if that isn’t convincing enough, Signal’s massive outage lasting nearly a day should be enough evidence against centralization. Further, Signal is known to use AWS as their cloud provider — what if another Parler happens and the rug is pulled from under Signal’s feet? We can do better than Signal

Earlier this week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple would soon start blocking users from side loading iPhone and iPad applications to their M1 Macs. Now, Apple has officially flipped the server-side switch to implement this change.

This means that it is no longer possible to use an app such as iMazing to side load unsupported applications from your iPhone or iPad to your M1 Mac. Apple begins blocking M1 Mac users from side loading iPhone and iPad applications

http://solarleaks.net

We are putting data found during our recent adventure for sale.

  • Microsoft Windows (partial) source code and various Microsoft repositories - price: 600,000 USD - data: msft.tgz.enc (2.6G) - link

  • Cisco multiple products source code + internal bugtracker dump - price: 500,000 USD - data: csco.tgz.enc (1.7G) - link

  • SolarWinds products source code (all including Orion) + customer portal dump - price: 250,000 USD - data: swi.tgz.enc (612M) - link

  • FireEye private redteam tools, source code, binaries and documentation - price: 50,000 USD - data: feye.tgz.enc (39M) - link

Interesting.

gpg: Signature made Tue Jan 12 16:02:51 2021 GMT  
gpg: using RSA key 24516C2E1CC7890832771178E2C73BC53B9118A0

A paper published today in the journal Scientific Reports by controversial Stanford-affiliated researcher Michal Kosinski claims to show that facial recognition algorithms can expose people’s political views from their social media profiles. Using a dataset of over 1 million Facebook and dating sites profiles from users across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., Kosinski and coauthors say they trained an algorithm to correctly classify political orientation in 72% of “liberal-conservative” face pairs. Study claims there are links between facial features and political orientation

That’s enough politics for me, remember to use Tor, use Signal/Telegram, use non-USA services, use your brain. There are always alternatives, do your research. We’re heading straight into the dark ages, head first.

There are two alternatives to Twitter and their ilk:

  • The federated approach, where many Twitter like sites can interconnect and exchange messages. One current example of this is Mastodon, other is GNU social (status.net/identi.ca).

  • The indie approach, where everyone basically hosts their own profile and there are no Twitter like sites at all, one instead uses readers that are completely separate from ones hosted profile, just like it was in the blogosphere days. One example of this is indieweb.org.

I tend to favor the indie approach as the federated one seems to in practice often end up with interoperability issues and mono-cultures, at least historically, plus there are still central providers whereas in the indie world everyone is a provider themselves.

Speech without a platform isn’t speech at all. Also, if you are tolerant with exceptions, you are intolerant, period. Which applies to free speech too: if you can say what you want EXCEPT that the Earth moves around the Sun, congratulations, you have no free speech.

And you are Galileo Galilei.

Does nobody notice when they’re writing software with features designed around user “engagement” and “retention” that they’re doing a disservice to their users? If not outright building addictions?

I think we are quickly approaching a point in time when culture will start to swing the other way, and the internet will become this thing that people don’t take seriously, much like it was in the 90s. That, and some combination of that and censorship.

And the tech monopolies absolutely will not survive the level of influence they have now, even if they think they are playing it safe by supporting a particular political faction that happens to be popular at the moment. I think things are going to change fairly rapidly in this direction because it turns out being connected constantly is actually pretty awful in most of the ways that count.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. - Anatole France

Implemented the so.cl part of my website because I am trying to follow the Indieweb principles more.

The greatest incentive for “social media” is to create outrage and agreement or disagreement, and it’s on a descending scale from there. “Quality content” is pretty far down the list, and of course the format makes quality content even harder.