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

Sam Altman (of YCombinator “fame”) is planning on enriching himself by exploiting individuals in some of the poorer nations first (Chile, Kenya, Indonesia, Sudan). Worldcoin it is!

We collect the following data through the Orb after the user gives us their consent:

  • Images of users’ body, face, and eyes, including users’ irises (visible, near infrared and far infrared spectrum)

  • Three-dimensional mapping of users’ body and face


Since he helped found EFF 31 years ago, John Gilmore has provided leadership and guidance on many of the most important digital rights issues we advocate for today. But in recent years, we have not seen eye-to-eye on how to best communicate and work together, and we have been unable to agree on a way forward with Gilmore in a governance role. That is why the EFF Board of Directors has recently made the difficult decision to vote to remove Gilmore from the Board. EFF Board of Directors Votes to Remove John Gilmore from the Board

Kevin Beaumont (someone with a phone, Twitter access and maybe even a website) reaching new levels of idiocy with his comment “a brand is people, human beings”. Some people lack basic self-awareness and are born assholes.

Password managers should not be a paid service.

Our military grade blockchain powered IRC channel is a true innovation in the world of chat.

I was just reading an issue on GitHub repo and it was the thing that pushed me to the Brave browser side.

If “somebody” (ciampolo) has enough time to create a new GitHub account just to argue in bad faith with Brave developers, accusing them of things that are not real except in his mind and wasting everybody’s time, Brave must be good.

And it kinda is. Brendan Eich and Yan Zhu are really good people.

😩 I have a hard time feeling sorry for the traditional press, they spent decades killing their own reputation and are now paying the price. They could have had websites so reputable, so popular, that they would have been the news hub. Instead they turned the internet into the bad actor, kept publishing political agendas and sensationalist headlines and hoped we would suck it up as we did when they were king of the hill.

Welcome to modern serfdom, implemented by apps. Your boss is an app, your job is classified as an ‘independent contractor’, you own nothing. You can never get off the treadmill of wage slavery.

Repeat after me: Signal is a honeypot.

The original machine had a base plate of prefabulated amulite, surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing in such a way that the two main spurving bearings were in a direct line with the panametric fan. The latter consisted simply of six hydrocoptic marzlevanes, so fitted to the ambifacient lunar waneshaft that side fumbling was effectively prevented. The main winding was of the normal lotus-o-deltoid type placed in panendermic semi-boloid slots in the stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a nonreversible tremmie pipe to the differential girdlespring on the “up” end of the grammeters.

The Turboencarbulator sounds like the usual SV gibberish. “AND IT RUNS ON THE BLOCKCHAIN!

You’re always going to be dependent on someone in the mainstream economic world if you want to have a web presence in North America. Even if you run your own servers, you’re at the mercy of your hosting provider, your ISP, your DNS registrar, and even browser level things like Google Safe Browsing. Any of these can be major points of failure.

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

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


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 (

  • 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

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.