TheNewKing wrote

It's interesting right. What I find most interesting is that they are mostly young men. You see it with the alt-right, but also a lot of terrorist attacks are committed by young men. Even a lot of antifa is young men. They seem much more susceptible to radicalization for some reason. The alt-right especially seems to take advantage of this very well, the movement is huge.


TheNewKing wrote

If you think you have NOTHING TO HIDE, this may be worth watching. I think the surveillance state is very worrying and also complex. It's a combination of government agencies and corporations tracking you and trading/selling information around. It's not limited to just one country and it's especially worrying if you're an activist, but I think it concerns everyone.


TheNewKing wrote

Some people in that thread said it well. If you appear to work with the admins and appear nice and helpful, you can do a lot of things. Anarchists say fuck you to the admins and that is also what fucks them over.

Also this bit

Finally, the_donald is a small part of a large problem we face in this country—that a large part of the population feels unheard, and the last thing we're going to do is take their voice away.

Donald Duck is the president of the united states and the republicans have a majority in the house and congress...


TheNewKing wrote

Indeed. It shows a few troubling things. Increased reliance on centralised services allow for more (social) control. Black box algorithms determine what is shown at the top. Not just the content in an article can be coloured, but also the selection of articles shown can highlight certain issues while not highlighting others. This is easier on big centralised services that are controlled by a few, like Reddit, Facebook, Youtube and Google for example.

More big services are being owned by fewer companies. This has been happening for a long time not just in tech, but everywhere. A few multinationals hold the deeds of many things. A single company will hold majority shares on not just companies in their own branch, like cars, but will in addition will own news media, food and advertising companies. We can see this happening in the tech world too where Google (or Alphabet) does not just own its search engine and ad network, but also youtube, other advertising companies (DoubleClick) and energy (Google Energy). Large conglomerates are acquiring more and more and the aim is to make a profit, obviously.

A worrying grasp on the lives of a lot of people produced by capitalism. Decentralised services would likely not fall into this trap. Not just because there is no profit motive, but also because there is hardly any ownership.


TheNewKing wrote

I don't really watch TV, but I do watch TV shows. I usually torrent what I want to watch. I also watch some anime and a lot of movies.

Series I liked: Black Mirror, GoT, Vampire Diaries (stopped watched a few seasons in), Rick & Morty and a few more.

For anime I am only watching Fate/Apocrypha atm, but have watched about 200-300 shows before. Less interested at the moment, haven't watched anything in 1-2 years besides this Fate.

I watched It today, which was nice. A few notable movies I recently watched and liked are: Suburban Gothic, To Write Love on her Arms, Get Out, RAW, The East and many many more.


TheNewKing wrote

I never really needed god in any way. I don't think we are created, that there is a purpose or an afterlife. I am here because my parents had sex. I eat because I desire it, which keeps me alive. I see no logic or evidence for an afterlife or anything like that, so I have no reason to believe that.

Basically I try to survive until I die.


TheNewKing wrote

Anyone can run relays that's why it's difficult and expensive for a single entity to have enough consensus on the Tor network to conduct such attack.

This is a bit misleading. Anyone being able to run a relay is indeed a good thing, but it also enables bad actors to easily setup malicious nodes. The consensus you speak of is, as far as I can find, based on bandwidth. So setting up a high bandwidth node will make it easy to have enough consensus on the network. For agencies with big budgets it would be trivial to set up multiple nodes with high bandwidth. And because stable high bandwidth nodes are preferred, they see a lot of the traffic.

Good tip on running your own relay though, that would make it significantly difficult since you'd never rotate out your guard relay.

No they don't because of Tor's 3-hops (and in the case of normal onion services: 6-hops) design.

The page makes the argument that VPNs can mess with your traffic, which is definitely true for exit nodes. It is well documented that bad exit nodes have been caught and blocked by the network.


TheNewKing wrote (edited )

I use the Tor browser a lot these days for certain information. I just hope certain individuals or groups don't hold a lot of guards and exit nodes. I think some of the arguments on that page also apply to Tor.

When I send and receive information over the regular web, I do not use a VPN for most of the reasons listed in that page.


TheNewKing wrote

Reply to comment by josefStallman in Linux And Anarchy by Lenny

I do have good experience with Fedora too, I use Korora myself. Compared to Ubuntu it's harder to install proprietary drivers if you wish. PPAs and Fedora repos are about equally easy to use, so that is nice. GUI is fairly similar and has mostly the same applications.


TheNewKing wrote

Reply to comment by josefStallman in Linux And Anarchy by Lenny

It doesn't really promote any ancap stuff. I think it's informative for people who don't know much about FOSS yet and outlines the dangers of proprietary software.

Ubuntu is fine starting point really. It's very likely to work for inexperienced users. Downside is that it's not 100% FOSS. Why do you think Ubuntu is not a good recommendation?