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"The intelligence coup of the century"

For decades, the #CIA read the encrypted communications of allies and adversaries exploiting backdoors in silicon chips.

washingtonpost.com/graphics/20

Free and open-source silicon will allow everybody to audit the full chip design, from netlists down to layout.

Keep up #Freedom with Free silicon!

#CryptoAG #Backdoor

me ignoring you on the fediverse 

“How to fight back against Google AMP” markosaric.com/google-amp/

Also worth mentioning the Firefox add-on Redirect AMP to HTML: addons.mozilla.org/en/android/

Anymore, "firmware" means software to allow a firm to completely own a device, not the user.

Here are some candy hearts written by the neural net GPT-2. It's one of the most powerful text-generating neural nets out there, but I don't think it really knows what is expected of a candy heart.
aiweirdness.com/post/190825122

fire, money, bad joke 

Just wrote the simplest possible integration test for a tool at work: print the version number.

The test found a bug.

Great comment on HN:

> As a thought experiment, what if companies are made to pay for commute time? How would that change the labour market? Would they hire local? Provide better transportation? Work with cities to reduce congestion? Encourage more remote work? Decide it's too expensive to hire workers and cut hours? Work towards more inclusive housing?

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

A weird contradiction in liberalism is how it both places responsibility on and takes responsibility away from the individual. On the one hand you alone are responsible for the condition of your life whether it be poverty or riches, and on the other you have absolutely no control over the way society is run and such things can only be changed by so called great men of history.
And the way that this destroys the dignity of those in poverty is horrifying.

@dredmorbius fuck this sucks. Media/technology 'literacy' is going to be so important in the future. Bullshit asymmetry (it's easier to bullshit, than to disprove) means that it feels like it's hard to fight this. The only way to win is to get people to thing more deeply about media, but I'm not sure that is feasible to do on a large scale?

Really reminds me of this script, that Sinclair media spread: youtube.com/watch?v=hWLjYJ4Bzv

I feel that media conglomerates are incompatible with democracy.

Hundreds of ‘pink slime’ local news outlets are distributing algorithmic stories and conservative talking points (2019)

[T]he Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School has discovered at least 450 websites ... distributing thousands of algorithmically generated articles ... at least 189 [websites]were set up as local news networks across ten states within the last twelve months by an organization called Metric Media.

cjr.org/tow_center_reports/hun

Easy to use, end-to-end encrypted, peer-to-peer, zero knowledge free/open everyday tools are a prerequisite for human rights and democracy in the digital network age.

We don’t have them.

They should be the norm.

We have a lot of work to do.

small-tech.org/about/#small-te

#SmallTech

That thread where @dredmorbius gives @feonixrift a run down of political philosophy references – oh wow. All I can say is that my interest in philosophy got started with Bertrand Russel’s History of Western Philosophy and Karl Popper’s Open Society and it’s Enemies. Still have a book or two by Hannah Arendt I want to read.

@strypey Like this. Don't let them in with immature trees, and rotate your grazing areas.

The whole human memory can be, and probably in a short time will be, made accessible to every individual.... It need not be concentrated in any one single place.... It can be reproduced exactly and fully, in Peru, China, Iceland, Central Africa, or wherever else seems to afford an insurance against danger and interruption.

-- H.G. Wells "World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia". Encyclopédie Française, August, 1937

sherlock.ischool.berkeley.edu/

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