• Nov, 2022
  • Nov 28, 2022
  • Twitter sees record number of new users signing up - YouTube 
  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 21, 2022

  • In legacy Big Tech (Facebook, Tesla), the vision means less and there's less premium from the founder, maybe

    Bill George said he thinks Zuckerburg might be tired. A year ago he changed the name of the company, which George thought might mean he was abandoning Facebook, and that Zuckerburg should hire a CEO and Zuckerburg could go be chair and chief creative officer in and focus on VR. He's spending $10b per year.

    "Someone has to restore [Facebook and Instagram], and if someone doesn't set some standards for the companies (both Musk and Zuckerburg), we're going to have forced regulations, which no one wants."

    The founders were seen as 'visionaries'. Not necessarily 'competent CEOs.'

  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 20, 2022

  • And a different story:

    Apple SUED for privacy violations; iOS collects invasive analytics even if you opt out. - YouTube   

  • Question: Wouldn't all Western countries leave the internet if it was created by another country?

    Map of countries that did internet blackouts to stop protesters et al from communicating

  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 18, 2022

  • Musk stated an ultimatum, commit to work hardcore long hours by Friday or quit. Hundreds quit.

    How many of these walkouts just were workers who didn't want to work harder?

  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 17, 2022

  • Control data collection on millions of users, and control information algo if they so chose.

  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 13, 2022
  • Signal Is Losing It's Way - YouTube 
  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 09, 2022
  • Dalle-2 search frequency

  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 08, 2022
  • Russian government asked tech department what the best replacement for Windows would be

    All 3 suggestions are Linux (because what else could it be, since there is nothing else?). Astra Linux, Alt OS, and Red OS.

    Russia didn't seem to even want to switch from Windows, but Microsoft has pulled out of Russia and stopped shipping to there, and stopped security updates and blocking access to Windows installation files.

    China has its own linux, called Kailin Linux.
  • Oct, 2022
  • Oct 24, 2022

  • Ethics in government decision-making. ... Public interest. ... "Incumbencies writing the laws." ... 2021 National Defense Authorization Act.

  • Oct, 2022
  • Oct 22, 2022

  • Is PayPal About to Go Bankrupt? – The Daily Sceptic 

  • Mosquito drone, drone nesting, warflying, packet perching, cloudstrike, net shelling.
  • Oct, 2022
  • Oct 17, 2022
  • US still holds many of the global patents used in solar panels (developed by Bell in the 1950s). Chinese government subsidized their tech manufacturers in order to out-compete US in price.
  • A semi factory costs $15 - 30b to construct.

    They must be build low (below surface) and kept dust-free.

  • High end semis: Taiwan, Korea, Japan, US. All are designed in US, Japan, etc.

    Mid-range (aerospace, automotive, thermostat control): Malaysia, Thailand.

    New restrictions mean China can't import these without a special dispensation. China can't anymore buy the tools to make the high-grade (so they never reach that level). Method: requiring export licenses to send semis to China. Biden is using the Foreign Direct Product Rule (first used under Trump versus Huawei. ... Chinese plans for technological self-sufficiency.

    Lower-range (watch, IOT, calculator): Chinese made.

    China might be melon-scooped out of the semi business, said Zeihan.

    Zeihan said "We're not at the end of Chinese technological rise." Counter-argument, please.

    UK has a new National Security and Investment Act, which it used against a company that sold to a Chinese company (which started selling all it's products to it's new owner), causing the UK to fear a tech transfer from UK to China. (Newport Wafer Fab sold to Wingtech.(
  • Oct, 2022
  • Oct 03, 2022
  • Is gaming the gateway to the Metaverse?
  • Sep, 2022
  • Sep 18, 2022
  • [ML News] Stable Diffusion Takes Over! (Open Source AI Art) - YouTube 
  • Sep, 2022
  • Sep 16, 2022
  • Uber Has Been Hacked - YouTube 

    Access to all sensitive info
  • Sep, 2022
  • Sep 07, 2022

  • Lots of 11, 12, 13 year olds.

    Others say the manufacturers made cars that are too easy to steal.
  • Sep, 2022
  • Sep 01, 2022
  • Nvidia, AMD stocks fall on U.S. orders to cease all sales of key AI chips to China - YouTube 
  • AI Generated Artwork Takes First Place in Art Contest - YouTube 
  • Aug, 2022
  • Aug 22, 2022
  • Tech Talk: Popular apps capable of collecting private information on iPhones | WION - YouTube 
  • NSO co-founder and CEO Shalev Hulio steps down; group facing legal action | WION - YouTube 
  • Aug, 2022
  • Aug 19, 2022
  • Tech Talk: The recent blocking of the VLC Media player | International News | WION - YouTube 
  • Aug, 2022
  • Aug 10, 2022

  • Aug, 2022
  • Aug 09, 2022

  • Jul, 2022
  • Jul 27, 2022
  • Rustdesk an 'opensource' (not really) Teamviewer / Anydesk alternative

    It has closed source parts in the software though, so some have already started to say it's not really.

  • Jul, 2022
  • Jul 15, 2022

  • Jun, 2022
  • Jun 25, 2022
  • Tesla banned from some places in China

    Upcoming CCP meeting and they're banned from the island for 2 months. When Xi visits some places, they're also banned. Government locations (like military) Teslas can't enter. Government workers (some?) aren't permitted to drive in Teslas.

    Reason: National Security
  • A Google engineer stated that Lamda (chatbot) was sentient

    It was in headlines all over. Google I think put him on suspension.

    It didn't seem from the chat that Lamda WAS sentient to me. He went along with the prompts of the engineer and said he was sentient and elaborated. Mental Outlaw pointed out that the engineer didn't challenge the chatbot on the question, and supposed that if the engineer had been like, "You're not sentient you're an AI" the chatbot would have gone along with that and agreed (not that a chatbot would definitely even know if it WAS sentient or not, and not that a chatbot can't be sentient just because it's also a bot).

    The question, though, is if AI is sentient, must we then treat it differently, ie as we would any sentient being? How can we know if an AI IS sentient?

  • Jun, 2022
  • Jun 23, 2022
  • Apple's Airtag technology backfires with incidents of murder and stalking being reported | WION - YouTube 
  • Jun, 2022
  • Jun 19, 2022

  • With a device that captures the data sent from a keyless fob to a car. If there's a pushbutton start, they can also start the vehicle.

    Owners are advised to keep their fobs in tin cans or special devices to prevent signals (which doesn't, however, protect while the owner is actually using the device).
  • Jun, 2022
  • Jun 18, 2022
  • Australian scientist researching soft coral bleaching

    If you try to protect everything, you run out of resources (money, people). So you need to know specifically which species you need to protect, and which species will be fine nomatter what we do.

    They blend the coral, then use a centrifuge to separate the animal cells from the proteins. Then they can see how much protein, algae, chlorophyll are in the coral.

  • Report: TikTok leak suggests users data not private | International News | English News | WION - YouTube 
  • Jun, 2022
  • Jun 08, 2022
  • UK bought order of drones from Chinese company DJI, first public purchase since US blacklisted the company for sales in the US in 2020 (US said the company posed a potential national security threat)

    15k distance range. 55min use. Temperatures -20 to plus 50.

  • May, 2022
  • May 31, 2022
  • This Is The Worst Microsoft Office Virus I've Ever Seen - YouTube 
  • May, 2022
  • May 24, 2022
  • Bye bye, DuckDuckGo

    'Overall' versus 'ultimately' in language hints.

    Currently, Brave is moving to the best search engine (?and browser?), but quantity is the solution in any marketplace.
  • May, 2022
  • May 12, 2022

  • May, 2022
  • May 11, 2022
  • Costa Rican government received a malware attack and declared a State of Emergency

    ... disrupting tax collection and exposing citizen data.

  • May, 2022
  • May 08, 2022

  • #371 RISC-V: How much is open source? Featuring the new ESP32-C3 - YouTube

    His guess is that RISC-V will be successful because it's seen as RISC-V against ARM (monopoly), just as ARM succeeded against INTEL/HP in IoT etc in the 90s. A non-closedSource chip is good for those who want to build their products on top of the chip level.

    The RISC-V foundation recently moved to Switzerland (to be more secure or something).

    WP, Seagate, Huawei and Microchip (Arduino manufacturer) all are customers of ARM and don't like their monopoly.


  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 28, 2022
  • DALL-E

    A side-effect of all the DALL-2 posts is you can see who on Twitter works at @OpenAI

  • Twitter employees are all a-twitter, talking about quitting

    Maybe illustrative of something maybe not expected. That it's not just the board of directors responsible for a malfunctioning (or just biased) organization, but, especially after years of use, the users and the workers. It might not be so easy to change and make it inclusive of those same people plus the people who had been excluded by them.

  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 27, 2022
  • Democrat Howard Dean left Twitter

    Jameela Jamil (actress and feminist) left.

    NYT colomnist Charles Blow left.
  • Dorsey tweet:

  • Musk making some statements in favor of free speech that seem sort of antagonistic to liberals (woke etc)

    Is this the best plan to keep an inclusive, pluralistic platform?

    #Musk #Twitter
  • Big follower number changes day after Musk bought Twitter

    Obama down 300k, Katy Perry down 200k. A Republican congresswoman and Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil went up 100k followers.

    They said this was caused by organic changes (left wingers leaving platform, right wingers joining).


  • Only use Snap?
  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 25, 2022
  • Musk bought Twitter

    I didn't create a new Twitter account. From his first tweet, I didn't feel pulled back for any reason or anything.

    Someone wrote: "I’m not worried about the “rich guy who owns #Tesla now owns @Twitter. But I am at least slightly concerned that the guy who owns @neuralink and founded @OpenAI now owns the information graph on 300+ million users."

    Perhaps this will shake up social media though, which has been stagnant and widely hated (while being enjoyed) for years and years. We haven't seen any new activity, types of social media, companies, stances toward users and rights, we've just seen new more potent attention-retaining algos like Snapchat and TikTocks viral video streams.

    He bought it for $44b (a value of $54.20 per share).

    Analyists have said there is no downside to his investment, since the Board has done basically nothing since the 2013 IPO, and unlimited upside.

    That he'll attract lots of talent to fix the problems, since everyone wants to work for Musk.

    He has said that he wants the most extreme right and extreme left to both be equally unhappy on the platform. That moderates might want to come back.

    People don't think Musk will want to be CEO. He has a lot of suits to chose from in his other companies, competent people who will just never become CEO where they are.

    Some are saying this will be bad for the Woke movement / people.

    Several social media personalities, celebs, athletes expressed they were happy because they'd been shadowbanned or wanted more free speech.

    Josh Brown, who left Twitter even though he had a million followers, commented saying big celebrities who've left (Kardashians) aren't coming back. There's no way to bring them back. The bigger your account get the more the experience isn't good. Who wants to open up the app in the morning and see 50 negative things said about them? Some people will stay, people who have very thick skins or basically invite controversy.

    Someone tweeted, and Bezos resplied to it, that China may have gained leverage over public discussion, since it can withhold something Tesla needs unless Musk does what it wants on Twitter.

    Some have said Don't fool yourself he did it because he sees sure financial gain. This seems unlikely to me. But also reasonable. Some have talked recently about what will happen when Republicans retake the US government. It might happen in 2 years, or in 6, but sometime it will happen. After Biden was elected and Trump was still in office, most BigTech social media, including Twitter, banned President Trump and other Republicans. What do you think will happen to those companies when a Republican is in office again? The actions taken against SM will be at least in name taken for 'freedom of speech.'

    Musk may expect this will happen in 2 years, given the unpopularity of Biden. Also, this year is midterms (in November), when all the House faces reelections for their 2-year terms, and lots of the senators. The uncertainty of a midterm year traditionally has a downward effect on markets.

    Stock went up 6%. Price per share now is $52.87.

    His first tweet after buying it, and a Bezos tweet a little later.

  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 20, 2022

  • You can import your Google Calendar info with like 3 clicks, reportedly. It's called 'easy switch.'

  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 18, 2022
  • Air Support in a Backpack: The Switchblade - YouTube 
  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 16, 2022

  • There's like 10 of them.
  • Why should I use Trisquel instead of one of the better-known distributions? | Trisquel GNU/Linux

    Triskel OS for Linux. It is 'GNU Linux' Richard Stalman style FOSS-only (everything). No proprietary drivers. No proprietary codex (multimedia things might not work). Really for the free software crowd, not for people who spent a ton on expensive graphics card etc and want the most powerful computer.

    32 bit is called trisquel_9.0.2_i686.iso because they stopped supporting 32 bit with Trisquel 10. Old versions are at us.archive.trisquel.info/iso/
  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 15, 2022
  • Pulling water from the air with hydropanels - YouTube 
  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 07, 2022

  • 200k cameras in Moscow can identify protesters. Also in Ukraine to identify people killed in the war to tell their families.

    There's no control over false positives.

  • Mar, 2022
  • Mar 14, 2022
  • Samsung hack released to public

    ... including Samsung source code, which includes the bootloader, so unlocked Samsungs might start really becoming a thing.

    Hack by Lapsus$, who also recently did a large NVIDIA hack.

  • Mar, 2022
  • Mar 11, 2022
  • Founder of DuckDuckGo is 'sickened by ... Ukraine' and is going to start censoring the search engine

    ... Mental Outlaw called this a 'dark day' for the company.

    He tweeted that DDG was going to start downranking disinformation about Russia.

    World, you have yet another new arbiter of truth.

    Neutrality or political in information? This is an information search engine.

    In 2019 the DDG twitter account bragged about how they, unlike the other search engines, had unbiased search results.

  • Mar, 2022
  • Mar 03, 2022
  • Russian vehicles don't seem to be using GPS

  • Ukraine using Turkish (NATO ally) drones against vehicles in Russian convoy

  • Mar, 2022
  • Mar 01, 2022
  • SimpleLogin

    This service allows you to create multiple email addresses, and they all can forward to your main email inbox. So you can sign up for a newsletter, and then when they start spamming you you can delete that email. They don't have your actual address.
  • Sengfor used by companies to monitor employees and provide company with a score for employees that they might quit
  • Google location accuracy 3 feet, Facebook 60-90 feet, Snapchat 15 feet

    Which are worse for privacy then Apple, according to a recent report, but Apple has a flaw too where iCloud backups compromise users (because passwords are also backed up there), and local backups is a suggested way to deal with this
  • Feb, 2022
  • Feb 28, 2022
  • Musk says his Starlink internet service up and running in Ukraine

    ... after the Ukraine govt contacted him and asked.

    It had been planned to happen in 2023.

    You need a dish and router to connect, though.

    It's been called by some commentators "a perfect situation for this."

    Not an individual level solution, but one that can be controlled by governments, apparently. Also one that Ukraine's government would be indebted for getting.

  • Some Western MSM is reporting that hackers (Anonymous) is going after Russia

    Not confirmed or anything.

    People also say it's likely Russian hackers will target the West.

  • Feb, 2022
  • Feb 21, 2022
  • iFixit

    A website that has kits for repairing various consumer devices.

  • Framework laptops

    Modular laptops, part of the effort by some non-mainstream companies to make laptops as good as the ones from 2010.

    The company recently announced they'll be opensourcing their firmware, specifically the code for the embedded controller (power, fans, voltage).

    It still doesn't have the ability to install your own BIOS. Many netizens are working on it.

    Two other companies doing something like this: System76 and Purism.

    Framework | The Framework Laptop is now in stock!  
  • Dec, 2021
  • Dec 18, 2021
  • "Phone numbers suck" - Techlore guy

    "They're hard to get compared to something like email. They're expensive. Most people only get one. And these issues just make them a very unique datapoint. A phone number is one of the most invasive data points used against us by companies."

    A new thing is eSIMs. A real phone number, not a virtual number like VOIP.

    No outbound calls though.

  • Dec, 2021
  • Dec 09, 2021
  • CryptoMines/Eternal coin crash from $700 to $4 in a few days

    The devs issued a manifesto:

    "... the main problem is that NFTs have no additional cost or wear and tear causing an over-population of these assets and thus reaching a point where some investors do not have the need to continue re-investing.

    "This same re-investment effect is necessary in order to continue with a healthy and collaborative environment of a P2E game as there must be movement of investment, reinvestment, and new revenue to maintain a sustainable ecosystem over time or directly more longevity, CryptoMines at its peak managed to make refill its reward pool with more than 1.2million Mints per day, after the fall, we started to see numbers hovering around 50k and even less mints per day, accumulating a debt due to lack of trust and re-investment in the game."

  • Dec, 2021
  • Dec 07, 2021
  • Elon discusses the difficulties involved in building the new, larger reusable rocket

  • Dec, 2021
  • Dec 06, 2021

  • Nov, 2021
  • Nov 15, 2021
  • Throwing things into space

    ... Throwing (yeeting) rockets at about mach1 using electric motors to spin the propelling launcher's 100m rotating arm at 450rpm (that rotation speed is around 2km per second, about the same as a SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage when it performs stage separation). The chamber is evacuated, so they cover the top of it with a thin membrane which the projectile just breaks when it shoots through it. It launches at around 10g apparently.

    The disk with ejection barrel pictured below is about the length of the statue of liberty. They built and did a launch I think, but I don't think their full-scale version is built (which I think might be the image below).

    The company is Spinlaunch.

    Rockets use a lot of fuel just to get from earth to space.

  • Nov, 2021
  • Nov 08, 2021
  • Israeli Blue Wolf

    WP reported this.

    It's facial recog system trained on a huge database of images acquired by Israeli army soldiers on smartphones, to target people for detension.
  • Palestinian activists hacked with Pegasus

    "It's a strong feeling to have your privacy violated," said one man. "Even the simplest of things. My wife couldn't sleep for three days after finding out, being extremely worried. Our privacy was violated as a family. Our children, their pictures. Our conversations with family and friends."

    Pegasus is sold to govts around the world by NSO (Israeli company), under license from Israel's MOD.

    Pegasus is supposed to be blocked from use on Israeli and Palestinian phones.

    NSO commented "We cannot confirm or deny the identity of our government customers. ... NSO Group does not operate the products itself. The company licenses approved government agencies to do so."

    Last month, 3 days after the investigation into suspected phone hacking began, Israel designated all 6 organizations as terror groups, accusing them of funneling money to the PLF and other things.

    Then the Israeli army gave itself the power to shut down offices, confiscate money, and make arrests.

    Last week, the US blacklisted NSO.

  • Nov, 2021
  • Nov 02, 2021
  • SKorea govt provided 170m facial images of national and international travelers without consent

    We're talking about the face photos they take during the immigration process.

    They gave it to a private sector company to develop an AI screening tool.

  • Data collected on 50m Moscow drivers for sale for $800

    From a hacker.

    Full names, dates of birth, phone numbers, vehicle ID numbers, licence plate numbers, and car brand model and registration date.

    It's confirmed legit.
  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 30, 2021
  • Lots of people are talking about autonomous warfare used in Nagorno-Karabakh war

    A war which lasted only a couple weeks (27 Sept – 10 Nov 2020) before Armenia, harassed by Azerbaijan's use of drones, surrendered. Azerbaijan then posted lots of high-res videos of their attacks and showed them in the town square.

    They autonomized their jets and when Armenia fired on them, they identified the Armenian forces and attacked them. Instead of firing weapons, the drones just flew into them.

    Loitering munition (drones) has no single effective countermeasure. Things that are used together to thwart them are radio jammers, EMP, laser defense, acoustic detection, net traps and kinetic power (bullets). This is all limited, however, by ambient stuff like traffic.

    Drones were also used in 2019 to attack SA's oil refineries that flew below radar. SA couldn't do anything and had to shut down half their production.

    They were also used against a Russian base during the Syrian 'civil' war in 2018, and no one claimed responsibility. Russia said the US did it, but it could have been anyone. They used plywood drones.

    People have drawn lines of comparison with hackers, who also attack from a safe location, anonymously, and without identifying themselves.

    Miniature drones, Autopilot and image recognition software open source and developed by sellers.

    Are we even going to be able to have any drones allowed to exist in the air?

  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 28, 2021
  • Musk reveals plans with Varda for first space factory

    $3.2b pricetag.

    Benefit: microgravity. For manufacturing 3d printed organs, special-purpose semiconductors.

    2023 plan: 3 months of Varda's spacecraft being up there, then a reentry capsule will return the finished product. 2024 two more factories to go up.

    Varda is also building it's own capsule to return up to 100kg from space. They're focusing of frequency of reentry because it shows how they can return value after sending raw materials to space.

    Varda hasn't said what it will produce up there (and might not yet know because they might not have a contract). Pharmaceuticals and fiberoptic were mentioned.

  • US gov says China did a hypersonic missile test into space

    They travel 5x the speed of sound and can't be tracked by radar.

    China responded saying US was basically lying.

    Russia and NKorea have said they've fired this type of weapon.

    US says it's working on the technology.
  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 17, 2021
  • Moscow uses facial recognition for payments on the metro

    Ostensibly they are using it to give passengers the option to pay that way. Their face is tied to their credit card in this optional system, and they can pay for their trips that way.

    15k people volunteered to test the system before it was made public this week.

    To do facepay, you have to stop in front of the camera for a second before entering the train gates.

    Moscow has over 200k facial recognition cameras.They were used earlier this year in the arrests of demonstrators at opposition protests.

  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 13, 2021
  • Pentagon's first chief software officer resigned last month saying China will dominate US in AI and bioengineering tech

    Nicholas Chaillan, age 37. He said he thought it was already a done deal and that the US would have no competitive chance in 15-20 years.

    He said many government departments in the US were run by people who weren't really experts in that field. He also criticized Google-like tech giants for not wanting to cooperate with the USgov over ethics issues.

    US SoD wants a $1.5b investment to develop AI faster.

  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 12, 2021
  • Nickel-based cathode has higher energy density for longrange vehicles, for Tesla

    Standard-range vehicles and stationary storage will move to iron-based battery cathodes, Musk thinks. He thinks the majority of batteries in the future will be iron-based, so there won't be any shortage. It's just a question of making the equipment to process the iron into a cell and then into a pack.

    Nickel isn't rare, but there's about 10-100x as much iron as nickel.

    (Cobalt-based for phones and laptops.)

    Lithium makes up about 2% or so of a battery cell, but lithium is also not rare (basically its a salt, and there's a little bit everywhere).

  • "If Nicolai Tesla applied at Tesla today, would we even give him an interview?"

    Musk said this was something he thought about sometimes, when considering hiring engineers, or just good people to work at his company. He said he wasn't sure they would.

    "Just three bullet points. Like evidence of exceptional ability. And if you say 'Wow' if you read those three bullet points, that should be the approach." He said this about looking for people.

  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 30, 2021
  • AI is second-biggest threat to civilization, said Elon Musk, arguably the world's biggest robot maker

    We should have a regulatory agency to oversee AI safety, he said, but there isn't anything like that right now and that type of thing takes governments years to do.

    He said he didn't really know what to do about it.

    (His biggest threat was population collapse.)

  • WIll general purpose blockchains that have greater utility eclipse finished products like bitcoin?

    This question was posed by an Indian-looking fellow at Codecon (who didn't give his name), to Elon Musk.

  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 28, 2021
  • Amazon introduces a spy device on wheels for people's homes

    ... called Astro. It's Alexa on wheels. It's designed to look small and cute.

    It can play movies, do video calls.

  • Turkey Technofest

    Main things: killer drones, fighter jets, EVs, guns, helicopters, biotech, AI.

    At the podium, the chief tech officer said they were holding the festival 'in order not to be condemned to a world constructed by brutal capitalist technology monopolies, we must fill our sails with our own wind of transformation, and the direction of our civilizational values." Turkey's shifting away from importing tech.

    The initiative should generate a lot of cash for Turkey. Last year, Turkey's defence tech got $2.3b. People suggested if Turkey continues along its current tech development path, it might become home to the largest aerospace festival, and maybe even a world leader in the sector.
  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 26, 2021
  • Cloning camels

    ... in desert Middle East continues to be popular. Cloning biofactories can't keep up with demand. People are making exact copies of their favorite camels.

    Camels are used for races and beauty pageants there.

    The first one was cloned in 2009.

  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 12, 2021
  • Protonmail logged IP of French activist upon order by Swiss authorities

    ... his alleged crime was truancy. He was a member of Youth for Climate Action in Paris, and they were using Protonmail to schedule and organize an event where they would skip school to go and protest, reported Mental Outlaw on YT. The youths were going to protest governments and corporations they believed were causing climate change.

    Have you ever skipped school?

    Protonmail does not have any userside/clientside encryption. Tor or mixnet would have put something between the user and Protonmail.

    Mental Outlaw pointed out that although Protonmail may not comply with a request from an outside state (France, US, whoever), they could just go through Switzerland.

    Protonmail updated it's privacy policy to more accurately reflect what they do.

  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 11, 2021
  • Reportedly, US drone strike killed an aid worker and children

    According to NYT.

    DailymailUK: 'The drone strike that the Pentagon claimed killed an ISIS-K suicide bomber in Kabul actually targeted an aid worker who had filled his car with water jugs, rather than explosives, according to a shocking new report.'

    According to the family, 10 were killed in that car, although the Pentagon says 3 civilians.

    Congresswoman Ilhan Omar  wrote of a recent drone strike (I don't know if it was the same strike):

    "This is the lastest in 20 years of innocent lives taken and children orphaned in Afghanistan and covert drone warfare around the world. Impunity for these attacks continues to create a neverending cycle of violence and retribution. Where should these victims go to seek justice?"

    ‘Imminent Threat’ or Aid Worker: Did a U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan Kill the Wrong Person? - The New York Times  
  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 03, 2021
  • US collected biometric records on 5m Afghanis

    ... and now those people are at risk due to this very thing, according to some like Margaret Hu, who calls it a lesson in the life-and-death consequences of data collection.

    The US left this data behind, along with iris scans and names.

    Consortium News commented that the US is going after Assange in part because (they allege) Assange endangered lives by revealing names of informants (when he was actually redacting them).

    The Taliban reportedly have control of US biometric devices – a lesson in life-and-death consequences of data privacy  
  • Aug, 2021
  • Aug 31, 2021
  • IUDs. Women are pulling them out themselves to not pay removal fee

    IUD insertion is free but removal can cost hundreds, so women are just removing them themselves and posting videos on social media.

  • Aug, 2021
  • Aug 23, 2021
  • Daniel Hale awarded Sam Adams for drone info

    Of 200 people killed in a 1-year period in 2012-2013 US special forces airstrikes (using drone) only 35 were the intended targets.

    The innocent civilians were routinely categorized as 'enemies killed in action.'

    Hale was a defense contractor in 2013 when his conscience caused him to release classified documents to the press. Hale was charged under the Espionage Act and received 45 months.

    In a hand-written letter to Judge Liam O’Grady Hale explained that the drone attacks and the war in Afghanistan had “little to do with preventing terror from coming into the United States and a lot more to do with protecting the profits of weapons manufacturers and so-called defense contractors.”

    Hale also cited a 1995 statement by former U.S. Navy Admiral Gene LaRocque: “We now kill people without ever seeing them. Now you push a button thousands of miles away … since it’s all done by remote control, there’s no remorse … and then we come home in triumph.”

    Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence  
  • Aug, 2021
  • Aug 19, 2021
  • China's sponge cities

    Instead of building barricades to water, they want to absorb and release the water when needed.

    How it's done usually is combining grey infrastructure like drainage and water treatment with green spaces.

    People also like to go to the green spaces to use them. Trees, elevated walkways, etc.

    They also use some bioswales, which are several KMs in length now. They're grooves water can seep into and go down into the earth rather than enter drainage systems.

    They also use permeable road surfaces. Polyurethane binders combined with gravel or stones let water through.

    These are all designed to deal with regular heavy rain, and aren't as useful for extreme weather events.

    The US and Russia have also done sponge city stuff, but not to the same level as China.

  • Aug, 2021
  • Aug 17, 2021
  • Indonesian 'rainwater communities'

    There isn't access to clean water in many places, and there are sometimes long droughts, and drinking rainwater isn't appealing due to cleanliness concerns, although people use it.

    Indonesians were (many still are, of course) buying their drinking water. Clean water sales long ago passed into the hands of private companies.The companies own the clean water springs.

    Many communities there now use electrolysis, passing a current through the water. It kills microbes and increases the PH value.

    Credit for this is attributed to a pastor of one of the communities, Romo Kirjito, who worked for years in his lab trying solutions to get everyone clean water for free (or close to free).

  • Aug, 2021
  • Aug 16, 2021
  • Daniel Hale, who leaked information on US drone warfare, sentenced to 45 months in prison for violating Espionage Act

    “I believe that it is wrong to kill, but it is especially wrong to kill the defenseless,” Hale told the court. He said he shared what “was necessary to dispel the lie that drone warfare keeps us safe, that our lives are worth more than theirs.”

    “Hale did not in any way contribute to the public debate about how we fight wars. All he did was endanger the people who are doing the fighting.” This was said by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg.

    “You are not being prosecuted for speaking out about the drone program killing innocent people. You could have been a whistleblower ... without taking any of these documents." This was said by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.

    The defense said it was a public service. WP reported: 'The documents included a report finding that reliance on deadly attacks was undermining intelligence gathering. During one five-month stretch of an operation in Afghanistan, the documents revealed, nearly 90 percent of the people killed were not the intended targets.'

    Intercept: Leaked military documents expose the inner workings of Obama’s drone wars  
  • Aug, 2021
  • Aug 13, 2021
  • Russia using cloud seeding to create rain

    ... it's a dry hot summer.

    Here's what the canisters look like. They're filled with silver iodide which provides a base for the formation of snow and rain inside clouds. Planes go on missions to seek out clouds and shoot them with the canisters.

  • Jul, 2021
  • Jul 31, 2021
  • Agroforestry

    ... such as 'alley cropping.' It means more effort and a reduced farming space (the trees take maybe 10%), but rows of fast-growing easy-to-manage poplars divide some German farms now.

    The trees 'sequester' co2 (and therefore mitigate climate change). Hens enjoy the forest floor, and eat the greenery there, which reduces co2 because most of the co2 associated with farming chickens comes from producing the feed (partially, because some of their feed is still bought). The hens trample fallen leaves and the soil regains nutrients. The roots of the tree also improve soil quality, and trees form a wind break so soil isn't blown away, and anchor moisture into the ground, and (with the shrubbery planted beside the strips of trees, like multiyear wildflower) provide a habitat for beneficial insects like hoverflies, dung beetles, and wild bees, and worms and fungi.

    So three things--chicken farming, producing feed for them, and having trees to convert co2 to oxygen (and glucose) are now done in one location, so less land needed and less transportation costs.

    However, a lot of the trees are eventually chopped down to 20cm once they are fully grown, and burnt as firewood, rereleasing 70% of their co2, which mitigates their mitigation of co2.

    The first year after planting trees on a farm field takes more work, because you have to tend the area around the tree shoots so they can live.

    There are some farming areas where the ground is not thick enough to really have large trees, though, and watery rice fields and hilly regions also aren't always idea for trees.

    Familiar facts: 25% of greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. Monoculture sucks nutrients out of soil. Farms take up a lot of land. Using lots of trees on farms was historically practiced everywhere but went out of fashion in the early 20th century, when it was seen as inefficient (tractors and machinery played a part).

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