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US citizen & the machine of the state – Isis Agora Lovecruft major Tor developer flees to Europe

After being concerned about the state of the democracy and freedom in Poland let’s now worry about somebody else deeds. I read today a post by Isis Agora Lovecruft, one of the major Tor developers, that made me chilly.

Tor logo

Tor logo

Here are few excerpts about her feelings:

“In the case that they might have asked for a backdoor, I tried to distract myself from the overwhelming (I don’t think I’ve actually fully understood the word “overwhelming” before these events) stress.”

“ability to detain me and mess with my belongings for as long as they liked”, “I’ll admit I actually cried, not knowing when I’d hug my mom again”

“I didn’t talk to anyone who wasn’t already in regular contact with me, fearing I might endanger them — some thug might show up at their mom’s door or make some threats to their lawyers”

“Why is the FBI trying to make a developer of an open source encryption tool feel unwelcome in their country of origin?”

“As an aside: that any random FBI agent has the ability to learn someone’s personal cell phone number and use it — uninvited — is, in my opinion, extremely threatening and unacceptable”

Something must have gone wrong in US if I do read such things or look on the statistics of white vs black people killed by the Police. Any input and comments welcome, especially from the other side of the Big Pond.


Came across the story via http://thehackernews.com/2016/05/tor-fbi-lovecruft.html

Written by Pawel Debski

2016/05/18 at 21:21

Pislam w telewizji i radio

Telewizja kłamie – photo courtesy of strzelno3.bloog.pl

Po raz pierwszy od pewnego czasu oglądałem Wiadomości w telewizji i takiej ordynarnej propagandy, to już czasów komuny nie widziałem. Rano w radio zamiast Śniadania w Trójce jakiś dwu smętnych kaczystów recytuje niby-wywiad z kartki nt. Trybunału Konstytucyjnego. Poprostu skok na media. Białorusinizacja Polski. Jestem zdumiony, że prezes Kaczyński stawia się w jednej grupie z generałem Jaruzelskim i całą plejadą wcześniejszych kacyków. Jednak nie spodziewałem się, że sięgnie po metody przy pomocy których sam był pacyfikowany i przeciwko którym sam walczył.

Prezesie! Najwyższy czas na emeryturę!

Written by Pawel Debski

2016/05/14 at 20:38

Mam ten kod – super!

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2016/05/13 at 18:54

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Remix OS – a pretty interesting fork of Android runs on any PC

Remix OS screenshot

Remix OS screenshot

Jide forked Android and made it run on a PC – download for free and play. Here is more detailed description:

http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2016/01/06/the-excellent-remix-os-is-bringing-android-to-every-old-x86-pc-and-mac-for-free/

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/6/10726986/remix-os-android-desktop-ces-2016

(source of the screenshot: thenextweb.com)

 

Written by Pawel Debski

2016/05/06 at 21:19

AI plays better than human and potentially poses an existential threat to humans

#AI #AlphaGo #Google #Artificial #Intelligence plays #go better than human, not a faster brute force game, literally better game. Thanks to #deep #learning #DeepMind #FanHui and #LeeSeDol were impressed with the beauty and real intelligence of the AI:

“saw how the move connected with what came before”, with the other stones already played

http://www.wired.com/2016/03/sadness-beauty-watching-googles-ai-play-go/

AI is one way better than us, but not constrained by human experience or expectations. No morality, no God, no sense of good and evil – an existential threat to humans. Like knife, arrow, gunpowder, machine gun and finally nukes.

Good news to us, humans, no way out of the loop – thanks to God, ethics or whatever you call it.

Still remember New Years Eve? Back to work!

This year again we spent winter time off in Rabka Zdroj. When we came it was warm and no snow at all, but just on the day after the temperature dropped slightly below zero centigrades and it started to snow. Wow! Apparently Rabka expected us coming and got in touch with heavens. On the New Years Eve the temperature still dropped and we’ve got a beautiful sunshine. Just the right one for mountain walk.

Rabka Zdroj / snowtrack in Zaryte

Rabka Zdroj / snowtrack in Zaryte

Old church in Zaryte

Old church in Zaryte

View of Lubon the Great Mountain from Zaryte

View of Lubon the Great Mountain from Zaryte

And now unfortunately it is time to stop dreaming and get back to work.

Written by Pawel Debski

2015/01/07 at 19:28

New era of hacker attacks – gov cyberwarfare

As The Hacker News wrote recently Playstation network has recently been experiencing massive denial of services attacks (DDoS) more or less in the same time John Smedley, The President of Sony Online Entertainment, was traveling on the plane and

John Smedley's twitts about plane diverted for security reasons

John Smedley’s twitts about plane diverted for security reasons

bdzionk, his plane has allegedly a bomb on board.

According to The Hacker News two separate hacker groups, Lizard Squad and Famed God, claimed the responsibility for the DDoS attack.

We do not know yet what actually happened – were there real explosives on board or something else was up.

In the light of the previous publications, that it is possible to gain control of the plane flight system by hacking the plane’s network devices accessible to passengers it is theoritically possible that diverting the plane was actually part of the attack.

On the other hand we see recently a wave of cyberattacks where public can righfully suspect government involvment, such as infamous Dragonfly malware created to gain access to western energy infrastructure, backdoors discovered in Chinese equipment and similar hacks introduced by USA government to US-made network devices.

All this clearly shows a dramatic change in the IT world as we knew it: many years ago my friend from Germany, a bright IT student and a gamer full of passion, discovered a number of security holes in a banking application. For him it was just a challenging game and he did not steal any money. His mistake was that he described all the security holes in the application in a letter to the bank expecting superb job and a decent salary. Much to his surprise one day police knocked his door and he faced the court ruling of a conviction of “unauthorized computer entry”, mandatory social work and a probation period. Well, you learn from your own mistakes, and you make your career out of others’ mistakes.

Legal advisor in banking career, actually.

Nowadays hacking from brain challenge of college and university community members became a full scale military operations so perhaps some government agency was testing its e-war scenario by hacking the plane and bringing down the Playstation network? One must learn somehow, right?

Let’s watch the headlines and browse the invisible web to really know what happened and hope that our govs are using our hard-earned dosh paid in taxes to actually defend us instead of invading others.