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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

I have a feeling that some webpages will be changing significantly in the coming years at the Government of Canada.

“At 0.02% of its forested area, deforestation in Canada is among the world’s lowest” vs. “That means human activities disturbed 20,000 hectares of pristine forest every day [worldwide] for the past 13 years,” the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

I have a feeling that some webpages will be changing significantly in the coming years at the Government of Canada.

“At 0.02% of its forested area, deforestation in Canada is among the world’s lowest” vs. “That means human activities disturbed 20,000 hectares of pristine forest every day [worldwide] for the past 13 years,” the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Learn About Conservatives

Here’s a fun way to learn about the Conservative Party of Canada.

Reminds me of how I speak of Prime Minister Harper while on Twitter, I reference this guy instead:

I have been Prime Minister for 10 years. #elxn42 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/75NRMc6HcY

— Not Steve Harper (@pmoharper) August 4, 2015

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Learn About Conservatives

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, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots By Accident or On Purpose?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Documentary Underway

I was interviewed for the E-Day documentary film being wrapped up this Summer. What’d I say? You’ll have to wait until it’s been all put together. I can’t wait!

https://t.co/vXIDfiLnwi Inky Mark running in #elxn42 as an Independent http://t.co/ZCvw2lX8Kg #votersuppression https://t.co/YJ73Qu4IIL

— @EDayFilm (@edayfilm) June 4, 2015

Road trip video . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: ConCalls: Documentary Underway

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Inexpensive Computer Comes With Expensive Shipping Option Only

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: Are Gore, Suzuki, and Neil Young Hypocrites for Using Oil?

No. They are victims of circumstance, and despite their wealth and fame, they alone cannot change ‘the system’.

A voice from the Facebook-sphere intones: “I appreciate your commitment and respect what you are trying to achieve but bashing fossil fuels while you continue to use them adds no value to your cause.”

Not true. As . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Are Gore, Suzuki, and Neil Young Hypocrites for Using Oil?

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

This is why Edward Snowden risked life and liberty. http://t.co/FNhj7mIi8a https://t.co/c7f4hynSZm via @RecentApp pic.twitter.com/PED4veBpWw

— 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.

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: That’s So Meta #PRISM

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Borg at #UofR on Privacy

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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Take a Narrow Health Site Survey

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: People Are Not Pigeons

You needn’t go farther than the comment section of a UK rag to find the sort of people who are okay with torture devices beging designed into their buildings.

Is that where we are now in Britain? "How can we rid ourselves of the problem of homelessness?" – "Little spikes in the ground?" – "Genius!"— . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: People Are Not Pigeons

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #HeartBleed Bug is a Pun You Should Care About

Your passwords used on the Internet are likely known to bad people if you’ve recently logged into Yahoo, the CRA, or other popular websites. You should consider changing all of your passwords next week if you’ve used them on the Internet, in case they were exposed by an attack using the “heartbleed” bug. This flaw . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #HeartBleed Bug is a Pun You Should Care About

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Kickstarter hacked

I signed up for KickStarter and didn’t even end up using it. Because I was lazy/human, I used a password I’d used on some other websites when creating my account there.

Kickstart hacked, personal info obtained.

So now I’ve had to go to a bunch of other websites and change the password I used on . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Kickstarter hacked

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Blog Action Day 2013 – Human Rights #BAD13

On Friday I was invited to talk about blogging, on Regina’s community radio station CJTR. The show was Human Rights Radio by Jim and Gord, and we spent the hour going over what a blog is, why it’s useful to have one, and how it could be used to promote human rights. You can give . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Blog Action Day 2013 – Human Rights #BAD13

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Passwords Holding the Web Together

I noticed another person with a CIBC 2-factor authentication fob on their key chain last week. It displays a seemingly random number that actually only a special server knows, so if a password is stolen, so too must the fob containing the random number code that changes every minute. Without both the password, and the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Passwords Holding the Web Together

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Friday Night Hardware Hacking

Last night I fixed a Vista laptop (It wouldn’t finish booting into Windows normally because I’d installed another hard drive, and ran ClamAV which possibly changed a file it was depending on after I removed the other hard drive. I ran startup repair, and then the system restore option, and that fixed it, easily.) This . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Friday Night Hardware Hacking

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Does Government Have a Sense of Humour?

No.

I never realized the famous voice that said, “You’ve Got Mail” on AOL, was actually some guy from the NSA.

Do you ever feel like no one is listening to you? Just pick up a phone, & dial. The NSA is there no matter what number you call. You probably shouldn’t find that comforting, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Does Government Have a Sense of Humour?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Government Can Watch You Have Sex

Here’s how to let the NSA know when you’re having sex:

1.) Buy a Nike (or related) workout monitor, or keep your (smart) cell phone (or tablet) on your person or the soft surface where you are engaged in intercourse. 2.) Ensure the workout arm band or cell phone is turned on and uploading your . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Government Can Watch You Have Sex

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Prepared for Exposure

More details are out on PRISM, Tempora, and other illegal spying schemes by the NSA and friendly intelligence agencies, apparently even in Germany.

The NSA even has a special department for such cooperation, the Foreign Affairs Directorate, he says. He also exposes a noteworthy detail about how government decision-makers are protected by these programs. The . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Prepared for Exposure

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: T-Rex Doesn’t Taste Like Bacon

I couldn’t keep a straight face over this one. The T-Rex Burger is offensive, but the Baconator isn’t?

“She said the fast-food restaurant “strives to deliver a positive dining experience for our customers. Our goal is to provide options to our customers so they can make options that meet their needs.”

Reddit ruins the fun, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: T-Rex Doesn’t Taste Like Bacon

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Greenwald on CNBC

Strong congressional oversight means asking direct questions & getting straight answers. 1.usa.gov/1a0EIY3— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) June 11, 2013

Encrypt your shit:

Spooky reading after #Snowden: Julian #Assange's call to take up arms against the surveillance state | Cypherpunks cryptome.org/2012/12/assang…— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 11, 2013

The world is not sliding, but galloping into a new . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: Greenwald on CNBC

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: NSA Watching the Innocent

Technology and civil liberty experts knew PRISM was a very real possibility. I knew, and wrote about it last August. The National Security Agency (NSA) (star bad guy org. in the Will Smith movie Enemy of the State) has been collecting domestic Americans’ phone and Internet records since at least 2007. This activity is a . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: PRISM: NSA Watching the Innocent

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: High School Isn’t What It Used To Be

Imagine the embarrassment of being a teenager again, except now your source of torment is not limited to forced school interaction with ruthless bullies, but now occurs at home and around the WWW too.

Sexual attitudes need to quickly change, and treatment of bullies needs to radically evolve if we’re to save kids like Amanda . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: High School Isn’t What It Used To Be