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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.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Candidate: That pre-writ lit.

Part 2 of our series for Canada’s federal candidates.

There are many arguments about the literature required by candidates in the pre-writ period (the time between being chosen as the candidate and the election call being official). If the Prime Minister decides to wait for the chosen date of October 19, you can expect the writ to be issued, at the latest, shortly after Labour Day, allowing at least 36 days for the election period. There will be new rules in play for this writ period.

Since the rules are lax in the pre-writ period, some people spend a lot (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Responsibility of Free Speech

In January, 2015, Marie Snyder, on her blog, A Puff of Absurdity, raised the question of how free should speech be. I share her concerns about the apparent limitlessness of our rights: our right to free speech is not matched to any inherent responsibilities, civic or moral, to behave in a mature manner, nor does […]

Things Are Good: A Video Designed to Spread

This video has been making the online rounds for the last couple of weeks and I figured I’d post it here. The video looks at why some ideas spread faster and further than others. It’s a neat take on memes (The Richard Dawkins kind).

somecanuckchick dot com: Why is the Globe and Mail the only Canadian news agency to implement SecureDrop?

Why is the Globe and Mail, as of March 4, 2015, the first—and the only—Canadian news agency to implement SecureDrop?

One would think that more Canadian news agencies would have implemented the open-source software platform for secure communication between journalists and sources (whistleblowers)… i.e. CBC, Montréal Gazette, Toronto Star, Vancouver Observer, etc., etc., etc.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hilldog16 on SnapChat?

I have a Snapchat account. I’ve not used it in years because it was making my cell phone too full. Imagine if Hillary Clinton had a Snapchat account too, for government business? Her’s would be used for an illegal purpose, like her personal email was. You may recall Sarah Palin got into trouble (without apparent consequence) for this sort of thing too.

“Just message me on SnapChat, I’m hilldog16” – http://t.co/SiSKK4WvOu

— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) March 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton exclusively used private email while secretary of state http://t.co/TMMZ2fpqIk pic.twitter.com/Mb3os4dB1b

— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) March 3, 2015

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Forces Member Vandalized Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide Wikipedia Page

The father of one of the four boys who gang-raped Rehtaeh Parsons edited her Wikipedia suicide page, wrote that her vicious attack was “consensual sex.”

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Bryce Covert weighs in on the IMF’s latest study showing a connection between stronger trade unions and greater income equality: While it can be hard to say for sure whether the decline in unionization is a direct cause of growing income inequality, they found that it is a “key contributor” to steep increases in income at the top, which holds true even after they controlled for other factors such as shifts in political power, labor market trends like the growing power of Wall Street and deindustrialization, and top marginal tax rates.

The authors (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Marx, Darwin and Machiavelli

What do these three men – three of the world’s greatest thinkers – have in common? Science? Economics? Politics? Their impact on culture and society? Their foresight or insight? Their importance to the development of modern thought? Their continued relevance today? The depth and breadth of their wisdom? The quality of their writing? Yes, they […]

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Electronic Spy Agency Steals From Criminal Hackers

A report just published by Glenn Greenwald reveals that the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s electronic spy agency, steals email content obtained by criminal hackers.

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Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Internet TV and Roku

I picked up a ROKU streaming stick this weekend at the local Staples store to get access to some internet TV. The box advertises 500+ channels, while the boxes for the upscale models 2 and 3 offer 450+ and 1,000+, respectively. However, the official webpage for Roku says you can get more than 1,800 channels in the US […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Facebook, Likes and Big Data

I suppose you could call it ironic. There was a story from a ‘friend’ on my Facebook news feed today called “Quitting the Like” all about escaping Facebook’s data collection processes by simply not “liking” items or comments you see. Right below this ostensibly anti-Facebook story were three related links produced by one of the […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Rights Without Responsibility

“Why do online spaces often feel so fractious?” asks Helen Lewis in a thought-provoking opinion piece in The Guardian last week. It’s something I’ve been pondering for many years. It’s not just the internet, or even social media, nor is it our increasingly uncivil and impolite society: it’s the technology that seems to be dividing […]

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Social Media, Public Opinion, and Jian Ghomeshi

I doubt anyone in North America is unaware of the furor surrounding CBC’s recent firing of radio show Q’s host, Jian Ghomeshi last week. In case you were on the moon when it happened, you can read some of the many stories on the Star and other news sites (just Google it…). It’s a complex story; about […]

The Misanthropic Bird: Girl Posts Selfie – Internet Retaliates

If you took any history 101 class, you may have heard of civil rights activist, and overall great guy, Martin Luther King, Jr.. And if you happened to be awake during your teacher’s lesson, you may have retained some of the brilliant and moving words Dr. King spoke, particularly his speech that included living “in a nation” that judges a person by the “content of their character”. And though these words were taken from a speech promoting civil rights and condemning racial segregation, being judged by the content of one’s character is apparently an ideal the internet has no coding (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: No Data Are Better Than Bad Data

The full name of an article I read today is, “The Fallacy of Online Surveys: No Data Are Better Than Bad Data.” It’s from 2010 and very good. You can find it on the Responsive Management website. It makes some key points about the invalidity of online surveys: For a study to be unbiased, every member […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Borg at #UofR on Privacy

MP for north shore Montreal, Charmaine Borg, made a presentation at the UofR this morning.

Great discussion on privacy at the @UofRegina for more information on privacy visit http://t.co/rocBN6vHSn #NDP

— Charmaine Borg (@mpcharmaineborg) September 12, 2014

Of the things she noted was that cell phones are tracking devices, and Canadians have no way to follow their information to know who has it.

Borg http://t.co/69Ay86L7fE / 25M daily Internet users in Canada. 1M bank phishing victims. #privacy #uofr @mpcharmaineborg

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September 12, 2014

Weir and Borg at #uofr https://t.co/SIJCKA3f8d

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) September (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: The Canadian Progressive Joins Global Net Neutrality Protest

Today, The Canadian Progressive joins millions of websites, digital rights organizations and Internet freedom fighters demanding stronger “net neutrality” protections.

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Dead Wild Roses: Feminist Casts Jundiced Eye toward Kia’s Dancing Hamsters

Let it be said up front that this cranky second waver bears no animus with regards to hamsters, electric vehicles, or dancing. Yet, once these elements are mixed into the toxic soup of everyone’s favourite capitalistic patriarchal construct – better known as ‘our society’ – hilarity is bound to ensue.

The advertisement in whole, before we begin.

http://youtu.be/ZYWHsOeDf3M

This commercial is about selling cars. (Duh!) But who is the target audience? (if you thought hamsters, please leave now there are places better suited for your attentions). Let’s break this down and take a (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

This and that to start your weekend.

- Robert Reich discusses how the increasing concentration of corporate wealth and power is undermining the U.S.’ democracy, while noting that there’s only one effective response: We entered a vicious cycle in which political power became more concentrated in monied interests that used the power to their advantage – getting tax cuts, expanding tax loopholes, benefiting from corporate welfare and free-trade agreements, slicing safety nets, enacting anti-union legislation, and reducing public investments.

These moves further concentrated economic gains at the top, while leaving out most of the rest of America.

No (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: An Online Tracking Device That’s Virtually Impossible to Block

A recent investigation by ProPublica uncovered a new kind of online tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, which follows visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.

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Alberta Diary: If you can’t trust Postmedia when it reports on oil and the environment, when can you trust it?

If you can’t trust your Postmedia website, who can you trust? I mean, other than Alberta Diary. Regardless, don’t blame these poor guys. They’re just trying to earn a living. Below: Economist Robyn Allen, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey.

Industry self-regulation doesn’t work and never will for a simple reason: He who pays the piper calls the tune.

Companies that tell fibs to their customers don’t like being regulated by their own tame “watchdogs” any more than they like being told what to do by the government. The difference is, in the case of in-house regulation, they’re big enough to kick (Read more…)

somecanuckchick dot com: Nyms win Google+ Nymwar

3 years ago, I deleted my Google+ account in protest of its real name only policy.

At the time, I stated that if Google+ were to reverse its real name only policy, I would re-consider the deletion of my Google+ account, as well as my Google profile…

Today, Google+ has announced what amounts to a reversal of its real name only policy.

I suppose this means the Nyms have won the Google+ Nymwar, eh?

Not sure I’m going to re-activate my Google+ account, etc. anytime soon…

After all, I’ve survived 3 years without Google+.

The Canadian Progressive: Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List

If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, the NSA may have scouped up your computer IP address and spied on you, says ProPublica.

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The Canadian Progressive: Secret TPP talks in Ottawa: Harper has “something to hide”

“Most Canadians would be surprised to learn that Canada is hosting the latest round of TPP negotiations this week in Ottawa,” says University of Ottawa Prof Michael Geist

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