2016-02-10T19:48:07Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicNo surprises there. If all of your devices are networked together, it would seem to be common sense that you're opening up multiple points of vulnerability in your network. But hey, maybe people will be fine with it - after all, we hardly care about PRISM, the surveillance state, and mass data collection.
Internet of Things to be used as spy tool by governments: US intel chief
James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, told lawmakers Tuesday that governments across the globe are likely to employ the Internet of Things as a spy tool, which will add to global instability already being caused by infectious disease, hunger, climate change, and artificial intelligence.
Clapper addressed two different committees on Tuesday—the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee—and for the first time suggested that the Internet of Things could be weaponized by governments. He did not name any countries or agencies in regard to the IoT, but a recent Harvard study suggested US authorities could harvest the IoT for spying purposes.
#PRISM #IoT #Surveillance
2016-02-10T19:17:39Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicIt's true! BackerKit is hiring: https://angel.co/backerkit/jobs
BackerKit is crowdfunding fulfillment software built for the new creator economy. We empower creators to focus on making their successfully crowdfunded projects a reality, and help them efficiently deliver on their crowdfunding promises to their biggest fans on time.
We currently have openings in #SF for the following positions:
- Senior Developer - Full Time - $100K - $150K
- Office Manager - Full Time - $45K - $60K
BackerKit is a great place to work - we've spent the last few years developing a killer platform designed around making the entire data collection and fulfillment part of crowdfunding easier. We're a team of friendly, intelligent, and creative people, and we work hard together to provide a great platform as well as a great service.
2016-02-09T22:30:11Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicThis looks emotional, heavy, and dazzling all at once.
"That Dragon, Cancer is not an easy game to experience. It’s a eulogy, an autobiography, a cry into the dark. It’s one family’s endeavour to make sense of a looming tragedy, to press pause on a life that is—was— running out of time. Joel, the tow-headed child at the heart of the whole endeavour, died in March last year. He would have turned seven on the game’s January 12 launch."
2016-02-09T22:00:13Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public"For a moment, he refreshed his memory. He thought back to his earlier years, and remembered a simpler time - a grosser, lazier, less sexually-active era. A time to avoid phone calls, forget homework, and sleep in on sunny days. He could eat an entire pizza without thinking about it.
It was only then that he had realized nothing had actually changed all that much."
2016-02-03T19:12:59Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public
LibrePlanet 2016!I've paid for my airline tickets - now I just play the waiting game...I am beyond excited, this marks my first year of doing this.
I will be arriving in Boston on the 18th, and leaving on the 21st. I haven't figured out where I'll be staying yet - if there are any #Hubzilla, #Diaspora, #MediaGoblin or #Pump people that are in attendance and would like to throw down on a room or at least congregate together throughout the event, please let me know! :)
Christopher Allan Webber shared this.
2016-02-03T06:59:36Z via deadsuperhero.com To: Public
Meeting Free Software Federated Folk in Meatspace
Meeting people in person for the first time is always kind of awkward - especially if you've never seen them before, and you also happen to really respect their work. You can find yourself walking down a long road with growing anticipation of things getting real. You've never been to this Mexican restaurant before, you've never met this person, who knows what could happen?
I got to meet Chris Webber from @MediaGoblin while I was visiting San Francisco. I usually feel sort of antsy when I meet people in person for the first time., but really that all evaporated as soon as we shook hands and said hello.
Chris has a great personality. It was wonderful talking about our different points of view on federation, and the schools of thought that have come up surrounding different implementations. We talked for three hours about Free Software, desktop environments, project philosophies, federation concepts, and our grand hopes and dreams for things we wanted to see succeed. He even told me a good Richard Stallman story!
There's actually a lot of really interesting things going on in the Free Software space as of recently. Of note, GNU GUIX is under a lot of promising development, and could provide a better way forward for deploying packaged web applications, and rolling them forward or back from upgrades. To some effect, such an effort could make non-PHP open source web applications easier to package, install, and use with relatively little setup required on the user's part.
Chris invited me to an SF Free Software Users meetup called Beowulf Cluster. We all crowded into a pie shop and many different kinds of conversations came up about what we did for a living and what we were interested in. Some guys talked about QA, others discussed semantics of their favorite tools and projects.
I got to meet Asheesh Laroia from the Sandstorm team. Sandstorm is extremely interesting to me, because it is a Free stack that effectively allows you to host and launch apps like a containerized Heroku - you can also host all of it on your own hardware independently. It feels a bit like Google apps, but with a much wider selection, and everything is sandboxed. The concept of an easy turn-key service for hosting a #Diaspora pod is extremely appealing to me.
We talked a bit about packaging Diaspora for that platform - at some point, someone from their community had tried to package it. Some questions remain about how Diaspora's components work in terms of in-bound and out-bound connections, and Sandstorm is a sandboxed environment for apps that can share data with each other from inside of a host. I hope to answer their outstanding questions sometime soon to get a better idea of what would need to happen.
All in all, these moments were the highlights of my trip this time. I was super glad to have met Chris and see a real Free Software hacker in the flesh.
Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠) shared this.
2016-02-03T05:46:22Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicSolid read - this deconstructs several components of how a manufactured smear campaign can be leveraged by establishment candidates.
The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism
The concoction of the “Bernie Bro” narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic — and a journalistic disgrace. It’s intended to imply two equally false claims:
(1) a refusal to march enthusiastically behind the Wall Street-enriched, multiple-war-advocating, despot-embracing Hillary Clinton is explainable not by ideology or political conviction, but largely if not exclusively by sexism: demonstrated by the fact that men, not women, support Sanders (his supporters are “bros”); and (
2) Sanders supporters are uniquely abusive and misogynistic in their online behavior. Needless to say, a crucial tactical prong of this innuendo is that any attempt to refute it is itself proof of insensitivity to sexism if not sexism itself (as the accusatory reactions to this article will instantly illustrate).
2016-01-25T23:01:22Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicFucking monsters.
Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death
The purported details of Darren Rainey’s last hour are difficult to read.
'I can’t take it no more, I’m sorry. I won’t do it again,' he screamed over and over, according to a grievance complaint from a fellow inmate, as Rainey was allegedly locked in a shower with the scalding water turned on full blast.
A 50-year-old mentally ill inmate at the Dade Correctional Institution, Rainey was pulled into the locked shower by prison guards as punishment after defecating in his cell and refusing to clean it up, said the fellow inmate, who worked as an orderly. He was left there unattended for more than an hour as the narrow chamber filled with steam and water.
When guards finally checked on prisoner 060954, he was on his back and dead. His skin was so burned that it had shriveled from his body, a condition referred to as slippage, according to a medical document involving the death.
2016-01-18T17:00:12Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicToday, I take to the skies. San Francisco, here I come!
2016-01-18T01:47:05Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicThis is very welcome news - #Krita is an amazing app, and works very well with drawing tablets. It's my go-to drawing app on #Mac and #Linux, and the newer releases have begun to support animation. Obviously, this could have big implications for artists that use #FreeSoftware platforms and applications.
First Krita 3.0 Pre-Alpha!
More than a year in the making… We proudly present the first pre-alpha version of Krita 3.0 you can actually try to run! So what is Krita 3.0 pre-alpha? It’s the Qt5 port, with animation, instant preview, a handful of new features and portable packages for everyone! When we feel everything is nice and stable we’ll release Krita 3.1, and we’ll keep on releasing new versions as and when we finish Kickstarter stretch goals. So keep in mind: Krita 3.0 is experimental.
2016-01-15T18:34:20Z via deadsuperhero.com To: PublicThis is actually extremely welcome news. It'd be really nice to see #Ubuntu adopt more standard components rather than invent its own solutions for everything.
How You Can Help Test the New Ubuntu Software Center
Last November we shared the news that developers plan to drop the current Ubuntu Software Center from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and replace it with GNOME Software, an upstream alternative. But anyone taking the Xenial Xerus for a pre-emptive spin since that news broke could be forgiven for thinking Canonical had changed their mind!
Not only is the “old” app store still installed by default, but its upstream replacement isn’t even available to install from the Xenial archive.
That changes today, as migration to and testing of GNOME Software and its package-kit backend begins.