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Scripturient: Transcendance

It’s not surprising that AI replaced the biological form in the popular Frankenstein monster trope. In fact the smart-evil-machine scenario has been done so often this past decade or so that I’m more surprised any film writer or director c… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Transcendance

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Pacemakers and Piracy: The Unintended Consequences of the DMCA for Medical Implants — Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) April 25, 2016 “Today there are well over 3 million pacemakers and over 1.7 million ICD’s in use.” What should you do to close potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities in your wireless implantable design? For one, make device security an […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Being a Cyborg Can Leave a Lot to Think About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Most Dangerous Writing App

I tried this silly online app, and won on my first try. I chose the easiest 5 minute difficulty though. I’m certain I won’t be able to use this dangerous writing app effectively. I should have a screenshot of it, just in case, I fail. It’s been nearly one minute, and I’ve not been interrupted, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Most Dangerous Writing App

Bill Longstaff: Technology bargain betrayed—where have all the rewards gone?

Early in the Industrial Revolution, many workers were concerned about being replaced by machines. The most well known group were the Luddites, British weavers who smashed mechanical looms that threatened to replace them with low-wage labourers, leav… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Technology bargain betrayed—where have all the rewards gone?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sanders Backs Up Clinton, Gets Back Stabbed By DNC

One of the notable moments of the Democratic Debate on CNN weeks ago was when Bernie Sanders bluntly said he was sick and tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Clinton infamously used personal email for government business, which is illegal. Sanders took the high road and refused to pillory her. The Democratic Party is […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Sanders Backs Up Clinton, Gets Back Stabbed By DNC

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: $5 Raspbery Pi Computer

With computers this cheap, the hardest part is finding applications that are programmed well enough to work on under-powered hardware. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: $5 Raspbery Pi Computer

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Apple’s Welcoming Ceremony Challenged By Robot

I’m cool with a robot waiting in line for a little tech innovation.

Get used to it, cyborg haters.

— Kashmir Hill (@kashhill) September 25, 2015

It makes more sense than a human wasting their time.

“Since the iPhone’s official release in 2007, waiting outside for a new iPhone has become something of a tradition: a stupid, meaningless tradition, yes, but a tradition nonetheless. Every September we get to shake our heads at the people who are huddled up on the sidewalk, sleeping in tents, relieving themselves on our streets, creating a general Pigpen-like cloud of stench in (Read more…)

Scripturient: Server upgrade coming

Sometime in the next two weeks, I will be amalgamating servers for the several sites I manage and conflating them onto one, new and (I hope) faster and more efficient server. There may be some downtime while the files and databases migrate, like virtual birds, to their new home. I hope that the digital gods […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Real Life First Person Shooter (Chatroulette version)

This is great improv acting and a great concept for a video.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

It’s There are companies like Lockheed Martin making autonomous killing robots, and there are companies like Google making self-driving cars (which kill people by accident or poor design). At least cars don’t tend to kill on purpose, and the Google self-driving car hasn’t had a deadly accident (or one it caused, of any kind). So, what’s worse? Intentionally creating machines that can destroy humans, or accidentally doing it? Let’s aim at neither.

@dylangallagher People should be worried. I say this as a Computer Science trained person, and a cyborg.

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) July 27, 2015

Many people have seen (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Inexpensive Computer Comes With Expensive Shipping Option Only

When I read about the $9 computer on Crash Bang Labs’ Facebook page, I was ready to help kick start that CHIP. But I got to the payment screen when the shipping amount came up. How much could it cost I’d thought to ship a computer smaller than a couple of AA batteries? I braced myself for an exorbitant $5. If I was American, I’d have that somewhat greedy option. No, the over-popular CHIP computer (shipping next year) comes to Canada and most of the world for $20US (19% more than CAD right now)! It’s literally twice as expensive to (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: NSA Wants To Apple-fy All Computers

Do you want a computer that will only install US Government authorized applications? That’s what the NSA wants for you, so they’ll have a front-door to every device.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “Anti-Petroleum” RCMP Explodes Gasoline In Their Cars’ Engines

RCMP called ‘anti-petroleum’ critics (aka anyone concerned about climate change) a potential security threat #cdnpoli

— Keith Stewart (@climatekeith) February 18, 2015

The RCMP have displayed Climate Change Denial symptoms. This is bad for Canada, because if the police tasked with interfering in climate change related activism do not understand the science that drives the determined actions of peaceful activists, then they’re more likely to act against protesters without a measure of human sympathy.

@climatekeith @JohnKleinRegina Like these "dangerous" people:)

— margaret resin (@margaretresin) February 18, 2015

Remember that RCMP bombed an oil installation just (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Shhh – Not In Front of the TV, George.

Be careful what you say in front of your smart TV.  According to Samsung, you never know who might be listening to your every word.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

When the feature is active, such TV sets “listen” to what is said and may share what they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.

Privacy campaigners said the technology smacked of the telescreens, in George Orwell’s 1984, which spied on citizens. Now there’s a comforting thought.  You live under the rule of a guy like Steve (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: How’s That City On The Hill?

From Barrett Brown, a wrongfully jailed journalist… in the USA. He’s imagining speaking to the founding fathers about the country’s progress:

Benjamin Franklin: “It was among my fondest dreams that my beloved Philadelphia would someday grow into one of the world’s great centers of high culture, and become a by-word for the gentlemanly arts. Tell me, has this come to pass?”

Me: “Uh …”

America… the failed experiment in liberty?

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The WOW Factor

After two years away from the game, I was recently convinced by a friend to return to World of Warcraft again and play in the fantasy universe of WOW. At 10 years old, WOW remains the biggest, most-subscribed, most popular MMORPG, with around 10 million subscribers. By technology’s rapid-aging standards, WOW is a grandfather game; maybe […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: May was never contacted about #elxnfraud complaint in #RoboCon

“If the Commissioner of Canada Elections is prepared to ignore the findings of two judges, I think that will speak very poorly of the powers of investigations we have in this country to explore electoral fraud.”

Côté has not yet responded to May’s complaint.

It’s absolutely unacceptable that Elections Canada failed to contact the leader of a national political party after they made a formal complaint in 2011 alleging election fraud took place on a wide scale.

Green party's Elizabeth May wants new investigation of 2011 election robocalls.

— Glen McGregor (@glen_mcgregor) November 27, 2014

Meanwhile (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: That’s So Meta #PRISM

This is why Edward Snowden risked life and liberty. via @RecentApp

— Declan McCullagh (@declanm) November 9, 2014

Critics of Snowden tried to claim that no one would ever be hurt by metadata collection willy-nilly. We can hopefully all put that canard to bed.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Banished: Sandbox Gaming at Its Best

Banished is a medieval-style city building game, along the lines of SimCity, but with several significant differences. While not as slick or comprehensive as SimCity, it still provides a compelling, addictive gameplay.* It’s slow and cerebral, true, not your basic action-filled RPG or FPS, but it’s one of those games that demand ‘just another fifteen […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Experimenting with email Encryption

This may be useful at some point in the future, to verify a message came from the real me.


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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Testing a Homeplug-Powerline Network

I’ve had some wireless issues for quite some time now. There are dead spots in the house – a central wall has metal ducts and a gas fireplace, which are beside the laundry room with its metal-enclosed washer and dryer. About 5-6m of metal interfere with the wireless signal. The modem is attached to the […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: USB Broken

It’ll be hard to justify using USB now. It basically must be assumed to be malicious/infected. It was so nice to have a standard port too!

I guess USB condoms are going to become a lot more common.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Take a Narrow Health Site Survey

This sort of survey isn’t going to make the best website possible for our country.

I found the survey easy to take, but the results will be skewed toward the menu options listed, instead of answering the question ask which was “where would I look for X”, which is “Google”. Making sure existing links continue to work forever, would be the best way to ensure material is locatable by the public.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Pondering Responsive web design

I’ve been building websites since the early 1990s, and have had my own websites continually since 1995. For a few years, I did website design and analysis for commercial clients – mostly small local businesses. I even taught web design at a local adult learning centre for a couple of years. Way back when the Net was […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Trial Begins for Sona in #RoboCon #elxnfraud

An important trial in Canadian history is underway in Guelph, Ontario. Michael Sona, the only person accused by prosecutors of carrying out the illegall robocalls in Guelph to redirect people to the “Old Quebec St. Mall”, faces jail and fines. However, he could not have carried out this crime by himself, calling into question the accuracy of the investigation by Al Mathews.

Mathews is accompanied by Chris Crawford, a former CPC staffer and former Guelph campaign worker.— Robocalls trial (@robocallstrial) June 02, 2014

From #robocalls trial via @stphnmaher: "Agreed statement of facts: No record of (Read more…)