Wishful thinking (thread)
So I've been thinking about my ideal version of a social network...
1. It should be built on encrypted chat systems. So all DMs should be E2E encrypted. Public messages should be signed (to prevent spoofing) but not encrypted. Importantly, it should be a federated system, like Mastodon or email. This is definitely possible since Signal (TextSecure, at the time) used to federate with WhisperPush by CyanogenMod.
Here's something I've been thinking about for a while.
If an ultra secure messaging system were to be subverted by the developer(s) compromising the app by adding a silent/invisible extra party to all conversations (i.e. all 1-on-1 chats become, in effect, group chats), would there be any way to know? That is, this silent/invisible extra party would get all messages and replies for anyone the developers wanted to spy on (if, for example, they were served with a warrant or any other reason).
This could be important. We all know that a crash is coming and that it will be a big one. All that's needed is a trigger or catalyst. Could this be it?
So, apparently, #Windows7 support ends today. I run Win7 in a virtual machine on my Linux OS in order to mostly use one program. I'm not "upgrading" to anything. I'm staying until I find an alternative to that one program, or Win7 stops working entirely.
This is my favourite thing about Australia.
And I was thinking about moving my domains' email hosting from Gsuite to Zoho. I already have my personal domain's email hosted on Zoho. But now it's time to #BoycottZOHO
Liverpool has successfully boycotted The Sun for 30 years. It may be time for Australia to follow suit for the Murdoch press. #BoycottNewscorp
The ABC at its finest. This story contains the hilarious line:
"What is certain is that our Five Eyes partners — the US, Canada, Britain and New Zealand — are not looking for an escalation of the crisis at this time."
The mayor of Kangaroo Island. Just incredible.
So I'm on my way to this thing.
For those interested, there is a protest on this Saturday in Sydney.
If you want to get mad, watch this video by Naomi Wolf. She's a US author who is taking the fires much more seriously than the Australian government(s).
TL;DR: A 20-year-old agreement exists between Australia, NZ and US for mutual assistance for fighting fires. However, the request from Australia has not been made.
So my main point is that this "formula" that Monbiot talks about, is heavily dependent on corrupting left-wing parties and movements from the inside (in addition to the other things). This DOES need to be called out. Where he says blaming Dems, Labs, etc for the losses isn't helpful, I think it can be. Those inside the parties that are collaborating with the right, need to be exposed, criticised and - yes - blamed.
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