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Category: Big Brother

First, they will come for your books, and then they will come for you.

Book burners.

Does this scare you? It sure as hell scares me.

Straight out of a dystopian nightmare!

Canon uses AI cameras that only let smiling workers inside offices.

Next they will use thought detection to only allow people thinking happy thoughts. Luckily for you, they will gladly supply you with drugs to make you think happy thoughts – and you will feel happy about that. Why am I not surprised that this story is based in China?

Imagine, if you will, if Trump and his supporters had these on 6 January 2021

A follow-up re Macs

If you are interested, I can direct you to some additional information relating to my earlier blog post about recent Macs and the Mac operating system.

This blog post by security researcher Jeffrey Paul further explains why Apple’s decisions about hardware design and operating system implementation are so problematic. If you are a Mac user and have any concerns at all about the privacy and security of your recent or future systems this is a must-read article.

To be fair, it can be argued that Apple’s approach can make it harder for someone who actually steals your computer to wipe it and treat it as their own. However, I feel that the way Apple restricts your ability to independently manage your machine while leaving it open to outside interference and monitoring far outweighs this limited benefit.

No new Macs for me

The arrogance of Apple/Tim Cook has gone too far. All their talk about the security of their devices and systems is just a whitewash over steps that would make Orwell blush.

This is a must-read piece if you are thinking of buying a new Mac or upgrading your operating system. https://sneak.berlin/20201112/your-computer-isnt-yours/

What to do? Steps include not updating to the new Big Sur operating system, not buying any Apple Silicon -based Macs, making sure you’re using Little Snitch or some other firewall software that will let you intercept Apple’s outbound traffic from your system, and taking a long, hard look at your relationship with Apple.

I’ve used Macs for many years, I have a significant investment in software for my Macs. I can continue to use my current Macs (or newer replacements, if necessary) – I’m comfortable with them and they meet my needs. But I will stick with the rules I outlined above. If I have to walk away from using Macs, I will. Currently the greatest personal inconvenience in using Linux involves support for my iPod (which is essential to me). Linux is not a solution for most art/design pros. Windows, of course, continues as a platform that will support my iPod, if I have to go that direction. There is a lot of Pro-level software that is available for both Mac and Windows. Moving to Windows from the Mac is easier than ever nowadays.

I used to dream about having the funds to buy a maxed-out Mac system, now I will dream of assembling my own custom high-performance computer running anything but Apple operating systems.

This is how it starts.

Trump admires authoritarian dictators a wants to be like them. The process is already underway.

You cannot afford to ignore this video

I must be doing something wrong here

Today this blog had a visitor from China.  That’s great, but clearly I have been slacking off if the Chinese government has not yet blocked access to this blog.

Words are important.

Many people will occasionally speak facetiously.

All too often, Donald Trump speaks fascistiously.

You can quote me on that.  I know, Merriam-Webster may not like my word, but I think it is better than the one they use, and mine works better above.

It seems to me that more often than not, when the White House has to walk back something Trump said and explain it away as a joke, whatever he said was quite the opposite of a joke.

The thought police will be coming for you.

They will want to know what you think about the occupation of Palestine.  Apparently some folks in Congress, lots of folks in Congress, want to make you a felon if you disapprove.  20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands in fines for not agreeing with AIPAC.

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

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