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#21 CatsAndBats

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 07:35 AM

1) Your phone / glowing rectangle of choice is the Achilles heel of personal privacy.  The best way to clean it is to drill a 3/4 inch hole through the center of the thing and make it part of an attractive mobile, or a wind catcher for an outdoor chime.  I threw my last one into a lake over 10 years ago and refuse to get another ... Orwell had a lot right, but even he never believed we'd purchase and carry our telescreens around with us all damn day.

 

2) Firefox may be better than Chrome on its face, but most of FF's income is generated by google - follow the money and ask where your data is going?

 

3) Grow outlandish facial hair then shave it all off to the delight of friends and coworkers - same goes for top-hair, if you still have some.  Buy several pairs of glasses from zenni optical (they're so cheap it's almost free) and swap around as much as possible to confuse the incessant image-capture devices that are ubiquitous in modern society.  Alternatively, if you can't beat 'em join 'em - walk around with your phone in front of your face, effectively blocking the outside world as well as prying eyes.

 

As an aside, I developed an anti-facial recognition mask and went to market last year, but the response has been tepid at best - any suggestions on my prototype?  -

 

 

 

4)  If you're using microsoft or mac OS, you may as well give it up.  Linux is clunky at times, but no one's bothering to write malicious code for the 14 of us who use it ... it's a thought.

 

5)  Make a point of completely dropping out of any gray-area websites you frequent for months at a time, throwing off sub-contracted federal investigators who rarely play the game long-term  :) 

 

 

 

It's been a while, fellow topiates.  I won't bore you with the deets, as they're boring, but it looks like I may have some down-time coming at me, and I hope to pop in some after we, as a nation, celebrate the subjugation and annihilation of the original inhabitants of this great land of theirs.

 

Great thread, C&B,

 

:)

 

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https://mycotopia.ne...l/#entry1410483


Edited by CatsAndBats, 28 June 2019 - 08:28 AM.


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 08:27 AM

Good to see you back Soliver!


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 10:37 AM

I think Soliver is one of these federal subcontractors sitting around on the internet keeping tabs on the grey-area websites... I say this because he popped in just as we were discussing his absence....

 

its awfully phishy behavior if you ask me... Phishy for sure!


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#24 Alder Logs

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 09:30 PM

Mind yer top knot.


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#25 ethnobotanist420

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Posted 29 June 2019 - 09:52 PM

Hello anxiety lol

Very good reminder to be safe out there.

I’ll be back to read every inch of this thread. It’s excellent from what I have read so far. Awesome information, thank you so much.

To the alphabet agencies.... pls go away. That is all lol
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Posted 01 July 2019 - 02:19 AM

Just wanted to add that NordVPN was having a 75% off sale. I got 3 years for 107 bucks. That broke down to 2.99 a months. If the site sale expires “jayztwocents” (a youtuber that does gaming pc builds etc) has a coupon code for the same discount.
I personally didn’t do a ton of research on these guys but two friends, that know a bit more than me, swear by them.

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:36 AM

I think Soliver is one of these federal subcontractors sitting around on the internet keeping tabs on the grey-area websites... I say this because he popped in just as we were discussing his absence....

 

its awfully phishy behavior if you ask me... Phishy for sure!

 

Huh.  That IS a fishy kwinky-dink, eh? 

 

Alternatively, it could be that someone, somewhere buried in a 'topia thread, is perpetually pining for 'ol Soliver?  (ta ha ha) ...

 

If I had to spend my days keeping track of a group of misfits, I'd be even weirder than I already am.  I like to believe the alphabets have enough on their hands with RCs, actual drugs, white supremacy, gun maniacs, religious zealots, Alder Logs ... you know.  The REAL threats to freedom we must fight every day. 

 

:)

 

soliver


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#28 Alder Logs

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:53 AM

Sollie thinks there is a constitutional guarantee to indulge in cannibalism.


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Posted 02 July 2019 - 12:15 PM

Sollie thinks there is a constitutional guarantee to indulge in cannibalism.

 

 

Wait.... That's not a thing???!!?!?!


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Posted 02 July 2019 - 12:40 PM

Sollie thinks there is a constitutional guarantee to indulge in cannibalism.

Holy shit if it isn't I won't be joining Sol for dinner anymore!



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Posted 07 July 2019 - 08:52 AM

 

Sollie thinks there is a constitutional guarantee to indulge in cannibalism.

 

 

Wait.... That's not a thing???!!?!?!

 

 

Yes, it's protected under the First Amendment.

 

Just be sure to declare your feast to be a Holy day in honor of some god or other and you're all set. And if your entree tries to run for it I suppose that would technically make it a moveable feast, kind of like Easter (well, it'd be more like the Eucharist but if the crackers and wine were the real thing).

 

Idaho is an exception, being the only State with a law proscribing cannibalism (and by extension, our religious freedom!):

 

 

TITLE 18

CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
CHAPTER 50
MAYHEM
18-5003.  Cannibalism defined — Punishment. (1) Any person who willfully ingests the flesh or blood of a human being is guilty of cannibalism.
(2)  It shall be an affirmative defense to a violation of the provisions of this section that the action was taken under extreme life-threatening conditions as the only apparent means of survival.
(3)  Cannibalism is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not exceeding fourteen (14) years.
History:
[18-5003, added 1990, ch. 210, sec. 2, p. 468.]

 

 

 

Anyway, I'm a little curious about why Idaho felt the need to pass such a law. It's also one of the few States where our favorite spores are illegal so I guess Idaho is just into spoiling everyone's fun; their motto should probably be the Buzz Kill State.


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Posted 07 July 2019 - 10:20 AM

Electrical potato is going to be the very next phase!



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:57 PM

Great alternative to Proton Mail is Tutanota Mail for privacy and if you use Tor you can set it up anonymously and keep your identity covered.

Open source all the way!


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 09:41 AM

Managing your privacy: Linux

 

Moving away from Windows is one of the, if not thee, single biggest moves you can make to enhance your digital privacy. For the uninitiated, Windows collects literally everything you do on your PC and sends it back to Microsoft in almost real time, whereas almost any Linux distro collects nothing unless you choose to opt in.

If we were to make a list for digital privacy, moving away from Windows would almost unanimously top the list. The reason it rarely makes the top is because it's slightly more involved than, say, downloading a new web browser. BUT! Just because it's slightly more involved doesn't mean it's difficult or time consuming.

Linux has come a long way over the last few years. Installation is easier than ever, functionality is closer to Windows than any time before, and thanks to the built in software stores, installing anything you need couldn't be simpler. Even with all of the improvements happening year over year, the perception is that Linux is still hard to get up and running for anyone without above average technical chops and cumbersome to use as a daily driver.

This couldn't be further from the truth. Below are both text and video instructions for three distros I believe are the most user friendly (in rank order). And by user friendly, I mean you could install these on your parents computer and they could figure it out with little to no assistance. None of these distros rely on the command line in any way and are 100% usable without it.

Note: I created these videos and uploaded them to PeerTube using the Libre.Video instance. I've never used PT before and wanted to test it out in hopes of a solid alternative to YouTube. If there are any issues viewing the videos, please let me know so I can find somewhere else to upload them. All three videos are real time with no speed ups or cuts. The installation speed can vary.

I want to preface this by making sure you back up any and all data you want to keep. Installing Linux will erase your hard drive and everything on it.

Prep

You'll need:

  1. USB Drive (at least 4GB, 8GB to be safe)

  2. .iso of chosen distro (Click the names of the distros below to go directly to their download pages)

  3. Etcher application to write .iso to USB drive. I would post instructions but a single picture pretty much sums up how to use it.

The video is 8:43 long (1:13 of clicking buttons and 7:30 of watching it install) and shows the entire process from start to finish. Below is the text version detailing the steps

Step 1: Select your language

Step 2: Optional: Turn on your location. DO NOT DO THIS.

Step 3: Select your keyboard layout

Step 4: Choose your time zone

Step 5: Select your hard drive you want to install Solus on. Unless you know exactly what you're doing, let it automatically partition it for you

Step 6: Select "Use LVM in the new installation" and "Encrypt the new installation". Type in the password you want to use when you first turn your computer on. DO NOT FORGET THIS PASSWORD. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR COMPUTER IF YOU DO.

This step enhances both your security and privacy by encrypting your hard drive. What this means is that if someone were to steal your computer, take out the hard drive, and try to pull your data off it it, they'd be out of luck since they don't have the password to decrypt everything. Are there ways around it? Yes, but the kind of people who would be able to bypass something like that would mean decrypting your hard drive is probably the least of your immediate worries.

Step 7: Type the name you want your computer to be named. Make sure you name it something generic, such as 'computer' or 'laptop' or ''desktop'.

Step 8: Type in a username, a regular name, and a password you want to use to log into your profile. This should be different than the password you created to use when your computer boots up. Again, use a generic username name, such as 'user' or 'person' and do not use your real name. Use a made up name or something like John or Jane Doe.

Step 9: Review the summary and click Next.

The video is 10:03 long (1:24 of clicking buttons and 8:39 watching it install) and shows the entire process from start to finish. Below is the text version detailing the steps

Step 1: Choose your language

Step 2: Choose your keyboard layout

Step 3: Select to install updates during installation to save time afterwards. Unless you know what you're doing, make sure you check "Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional formats". ** Step 4:** Select " Encrypt the new elementary installation for security" and "Use LVM with the new elementary installation"

Step 5: Choose a password you want to use when your computer boots up. DO NOT FORGET THIS PASSWORD. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR COMPUTER IF YOU DO.

This step enhances both your security and privacy by encrypting your hard drive. What this means is that if someone were to steal your computer, take out the hard drive, and try to pull your data off it it, they'd be out of luck since they don't have the password to decrypt everything. Are there ways around it? Yes, but the kind of people who would be able to bypass something like that would mean decrypting your hard drive is probably the least of your immediate worries.

Step 6: Click 'continue' when the box pops up with the changes to the hard drive.

Step 7: Select your timezone

Step 8: Type in a name, computer name, username, and a password you want to use to log into your profile. This password should be different than the password you created to use when your computer boots up. Again, use a generic computer name ('laptop', 'desktop', 'computer') and username ('user', 'person', 'human') and do not use your real name. Use a made up name or something like John or Jane Doe.

The video is 11:50 long (1:17 of clicking buttons and 10:33 watching it install) and shows the entire process from start to finish. Below is the text version detailing the steps

Step 1: Select your language

Step 2: Select your keyboard layout

Step 3: Unless you know what you're doing, check "Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware, Flash, MP3, and other media"

Step 4: Select " Encrypt the new elementary installation for security" and "Use LVM with the new elementary installation"

Step 5: Choose a password you want to use when your computer boots up. DO NOT FORGET THIS PASSWORD. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR COMPUTER IF YOU DO.

This step enhances both your security and privacy by encrypting your hard drive. What this means is that if someone were to steal your computer, take out the hard drive, and try to pull your data off it it, they'd be out of luck since they don't have the password to decrypt everything. Are there ways around it? Yes, but the kind of people who would be able to bypass something like that would mean decrypting your hard drive is probably the least of your immediate worries.

Step 6: Click 'continue' when the box pops up with the changes to the hard drive.

Step 7: Select your timezone

Step 8: Type in a name, computer name, username, and a password you want to use to log into your profile. This password should be different than the password you created to use when your computer boots up. Again, use a generic computer name ('laptop', 'desktop', 'computer') and username ('user', 'person', 'human') and do not use your real name. Use a made up name or something like John or Jane Doe.


Edited by roc, 05 September 2019 - 09:57 AM.

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Posted 05 September 2019 - 09:59 AM

I've been using Ubuntu now for a couple of months on my media PC which runs the "television" in the living room. Switching from windoze to Linux was easier than performing a routine windoze "upgrade".  Don't be intimidated by the process. I have had way fewer issues and hiccups than when I was trying to run windoze - upgrades are small and easy to install.

 

I'm now preparing to swap over my work computer. 


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 10:53 AM

Thanks for that roc, been using mint for a few months now, it serves my needs well (which are pretty basic anyways), but as you mentioned I was a little intimidated at first to the installation process but soon realized that it was unwarranted and found it rather easy. I now carry a live version on a flash drive with me for use on other computers. I like it the more I use it, and wish I would've made the switch a long time ago!


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 12:08 PM

Friends don't let friends use windoze.


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:39 PM

Throw away your cell phone.

 

Seriously.

 

That shit is toxic.


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Posted 05 September 2019 - 08:50 PM

Its nice to see someone else who feels the same about privacy issues. I downloaded signal the other day, then deleted it not long after. I realized nobody else would take the time to install and learn something new.  All my friends don't really seem to care about privacy issues, they just look at me like this  :tinfoil:


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Posted 07 September 2019 - 10:47 AM

Its nice to see someone else who feels the same about privacy issues. I downloaded signal the other day, then deleted it not long after. I realized nobody else would take the time to install and learn something new.  All my friends don't really seem to care about privacy issues, they just look at me like this  :tinfoil:

I have some other hobbies that developers only communicate with users via signal.

On average 95 percent of everybody else will not go to the small effort to use it which is sad.


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