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Facespook!

Social media giant becomes arm of US intel by Finian Cunningham Facebook, the world’s top social media platform, is reportedly seeking to hire hundreds of employees with US national security clearance licenses. Purportedly with the aim of weeding out “fake news” and “foreign meddling” in elections. If that plan, reported by Bloomberg, sounds sinister, that’s because it is. For what it means is that people who share the same worldview as US intelligence agencies, the agencies who formulate classified information, will have a direct bearing on what millions of consumers on Facebook are permitted to access. It’s as close to outright US government censorship on the internet as one can dare to imagine, and this on a nominally independent global […]

47 computer and laser years

I was a US Air Force computer operator in 1970, running state-of-the-art commercial computers at a time most people had never seen any computer and had no idea what they did or how. The picture on the right has mostly peripheral equipment with the RCA 301 computer being the big box in the center against the wall. In the systems that I operated, that box had 17K (17,000 characters) of core storage. By comparison, today you can buy an Arduino Micro with 32K (about double) of flash memory and A BUNCH MORE computing power for $19.80 … or about $1.80 in 1970 dollars. Yesterday I posted computers circa 1970 because at the same time I was an Air Force computer […]

introducing new communication systems

The following is a convoluted way to explain my realization today that two-way radio communications networks must be developed in an organized, methodical way. I became an “Office Automation Coordinator” when the term was first introduced within the Hewlett Packard Corporation. We sailed uncharted waters, figuring out how to integrate the new “microcomputers” into the office and manufacturing environment. Tasked with putting computers on the desks of every manager in our 2,000-person division, I focused on training their secretaries so I wouldn’t have 50 high-powered managers jerking me around all day long every working day for the rest of my career. I developed my own classes to teach them installing computers, peripherals, word processing, spreadsheets, and graphing software. I taught […]

your brain vs GPS

I grew up two doors down from The Woods. I was about 5 years older than “the family dog”, who really grew to be my dog because I spent time with her, shared mutual respect, and I often took her exploring The Woods. How does a little kid find his way into new spaces of the natural world, AND back again? I dunno, but I did it all the time. Into the woods, to the lake, across the valley, to my 2nd grade schoolhouse, to the toy & model store … and unerringly back home again. Heck, one day in my early teens I rode my Schwinn Varsity to visit my little sister at summer camp a half-day out and […]

use protection online

Stay Safe Online published the following good advice. Personal Information is Like Money. Value it. Protect It. Your devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also pack a lot of info about you and your friends and family, such as your contacts, photos, videos, location and health and financial data. Follow these tips to manage your privacy in an always-on world. Secure your devices: Use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep prying eyes out. Think before you app: Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts […]

polite people blind the all seeing eye

In Oliver Stone‘s respectful movie Snowden, among the many powerful revelations Edward shared with us is the constant and thorough surveillance we are under. In their Hong Kong meetings reporters’ cell phones went into a microwave oven as those are specifically designed to block microwave transmissions from getting out, which includes audio as well as video information via microwave transmitters built into our electronic tools. The rulers love to put stuff like this in plain sight where we never see it. Thus their all-seeing-eye on every dollar bill we carry, and use in our private, cash transactions. Funny guys. Many of us getting our world view from non-mainstream sources have known for years that Big Brother can turn on and […]

lunacy

noun lu·na·cy \ˈlü-nə-sē\ – plural: lunacies 1: insanity 1b : intermittent insanity once believed to be related to phases of the moon 2: wild foolishness : extravagant folly lunatic (adj.) “affected with periodic insanity dependent on the changes of the moon,” from Old French lunatique “insane,” or directly from Late Latin lunaticus “moon-struck,” from Latin luna “moon” (see luna). Compare Old English monseoc “lunatic,” literally “moon-sick;” Middle High German lune “humor, temper, mood, whim, fancy” (German Laune), from Latin luna. Without saying who is who, some people believe NASA landed men and equipment on the moon, returning them safely to Earth, while others do not. In October 1957, the Russians put a beach-ball sized satellite in orbit around the […]

become an amateur radio operator

Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm Darby Library meeting room July 13th – September 7th Handy in many situations, radio communications can be life saving when phones and Internet are down or out of reach Ham radios start where walkie-talkies leave off, with licensed radio operators communicating around the corner and around the world. ARRL License Manual costs $29.95 includes chapters on every aspect of the licensing exam and numerous practice tests Darby Thursday study sessions are FREE YOU can be an amateur radio operator No electronics background required Click this link for a .pdf poster advertising the class:Ham-radio-class-poster-7-2017 Below is a .jpg image of the class advertisement. TESTING SESSION JULY 17th For those ready to test for Technician, General or Amateur Extra […]

Tor – what for?

Wondoze Exploder is still the big dog in Internet browsing tools. Mozilla Firefox escapes some of its more onerous aspects, and is a strong second. Firefox adds a modicum of resistance to The Great Database accumulating everything there is to know about everybody they wish to control – roughly everybody. The best computer brains on the planet include many who are less than in love with Big Brother. They are freedom of thought’s friends. Somewhere much lower on that food chain are those who have sold their souls to The Man … the programming prostitutes. Fortunately, the A team is on our side. You do, of course, have to do your part. That brings me back to Internet browsing… and […]