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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Random Shots for Thursday, 30 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] — Saga of Cuckoo: Wall Around a Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
  2. Netflix — The Punisher
  3. Marvel Comics — Star Wars (1979-1986)
  4. Manowar —
    1. Louder Than Hall
    2. Warriors of the World
  5. KOB 4 TV [NBC affiliate for Albuquerque, New Mexico] —
    1. Man accused of money laundering, tax fraud arrested after not appearing in court by David Lynch
    2. Customers feel ripped off by conceal carry course offers by Kasia Gregorczyk
  6. Fox Feature Publications — Rocket Ship X
  7. Mastodon — Remission

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Random Shots for Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook

    The Demoncraps that spawned Keller, Richardson, the Clintons, etc., are equally guilty if not more so for fake news.

  2. The Albuquerque Journal: Re: Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ jab disrespects Code Talkers

    OK, I’m not exactly a fan of Donald Trump. I suspected him of being a BS artist back in 2007 / 2008 when he flirted with running for president, and again in 2015 when he threw his hat into the ring.

    Timing is everything, it seems.

    Here’s the YouTube clip of the event:

    https://youtu.be/jRSyKTzm5_U

    At 12:37, Trump refers to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas,” without actually naming Warren.

    At 15:18, Mr. McDonald says to Trump, “Mr. President, we know you’ll succeed. America is in good hands. You have all top Marine Corps generals as your assistants . . . .”

    So either McDonald was kissing up to Trump, or wasn’t actually offended by Trump’s reference to Warren.

    Did Mz. Kruger decided to make up for Mr. McDonald not being offended by being twice as offended as usual, to make up for McDonald’s lack of indignation?

    Copied to Facebook here and here

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Conservative Fighters [CF] — After Trump Finished His Speech, The Navajo Code Talker Veteran Had Just One Last Thing to Say to Him
  2. RightThingUSAKatie Couric Speaks Out On Canceling Clinton Interview: ‘It Was Over When She Called Him The N Word’
  3. Los Angeles TimesWhites are moving back to Inglewood. There goes our neighborhood. by Erin Aubry Kaplan
  4. Iron Maiden — Piece of Mind
  5. The Sportsman Channel —
    1. Guns & Gear
    2. Guns & Ammo TV
  6. Netflix — The Punisher
  7. WiredAnyone Can Hack MacOS High Sierra Just by Typing “Root” by Andy Greenberg
  8. KUPI 16.3 TV [Heroes & Icons (H&I) affiliate for Albuquerque, New Mexico] — Star Trek: The Next Generation
  9. The New York Times
    1. 13 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married by Eleanor Stanford
    2. How Well Do You Know Your Partner? Readers Offer Still More Pre-Marriage Questions by Jaclyn Peiser
  10. The Daily WireWarren: Calling Me Pocahontas Is A Racial Slur. Descendant Of Pocahontas: No, It’s Not by Amanda Prestigiacomo
  11. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] — Saga of Cuckoo: Wall Around a Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Random Shots for Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook

    When people get hit by traffic trying to cross Central to the Berry Runner stations in the middle of the road, I won’t be surprised if Tim “I acted in good faith, so *I* can skate on breaking the law” Keller cites those accidents as justification for subways and elevated trains.

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Three Rivers Press [Crown Publishers, Inc.] — Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
  2. abqreport.com by Dennis Domrzalski — Journal’s ART Piece Is Sickening Fluff
  3. KRQE 13 TV [CBS affiliate for Albuquerque, New Mexico] — City councilor proposes ordinances to help promote safety for ART buses by Marissa Lucero
  4. Errors of Enchantment from the Rio Grande Foundation [RGF] — Space Visionary or Scam Artist? by Dowd Muska
  5. Breitbart NewsObama Agency Head Sues Trump to Retain Control over Powerful Agency by Ken Klukowski
  6. NewsweekMarijuana Could Soon be Regulated Like Alcohol in All 50 States by Janice Williams
  7. Iron Maiden —
    1. The Number of the Beast
    2. Piece of Mind
  8. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] — Saga of Cuckoo: Wall Around a Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
  9. USA TodayAfricans are being sold at Libyan slave markets. Thanks, Hillary Clinton. by Glenn Harlan Reynolds
  10. Judas Priest – Breaking The Law
  11. What Etruscan sounded like and how we know
  12. Revealed: U.S. Air Force Is Planning to Build a Super A-10 Warthog
  13. Terminal Lance by Maximilian Uriarte — #463 “Repent”

Tim Keller’s Mayoral Theme Song?

Filed under: Listening, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:38 PM (20:38)

That song, of course, should be “Breaking The Law” by Judas Priest.

But hey, “he acted in good faith” so it doesn’t really matter, does it?


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Albuquerque JournalBoard finds Keller violated ethics code by Martin Salazar

Monday, 27 November 2017

Random Shots for Monday, 27 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Drugs aren’t OK per se — they’re neutral, just like guns.

    When was the last time a bit of heroin, pot, meth, coke, whatever, got off the table all by itself and forcibly inserted itself into a junkie’s innards? That doesn’t happen anymore than guns that fly around the room and pull their triggers all by themselves.

    I’ve been around junkies — you’re right, they’re disgusting people. Still, no one asked me to surrender liberty, property and bits of my paycheck to provide for their upkeep and supervision.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    “We need to seriously unfuck ourselves and invest time and treasure in getting our message out to a wider audience….”

    That was the alleged mission statement of the Johnson / Weld campaign. What they delivered was “What’s Aleppo?” and a treasonous VP candidate who displayed ZERO evidence of giving one single solitary fuck, flying or otherwise, about the message or the organization or the principles behind them while he sat there on MSNBC, Revolt TV and Yahoo! News with that shit-eating smirk on his face.

    Meanwhile, the 2012 Johnson campaign remains 1.5 million in debt, according to the FEC’s website.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    Neither — ketchup doesn’t belong on my fries.

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Key-Systems — Wow! All 882 domain extensions. The Big 2017 List [Infographic]
  2. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] — Saga of Cuckoo: Wall Around a Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
  3. PJ MediaTeachers Attend ‘LGGBDTTTIQQAAP’ Sensitivity Training (WTF?) by Megan Fox
  4. Iron Maiden —
    1. Iron Maiden
    2. Killers
    3. The Number of the Beast
  5. nmpolitics.net” — People in crisis, deadly force and the search for a better way by Carlos Andres López, Las Cruces Sun-News
  6. Three Rivers Press [Crown Publishers, Inc.] — Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Random Shots for Sunday, 26 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Iron Maiden — Iron Maiden
  2. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] —
    1. Saga of Cuckoo: Farthest Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
    2. Saga of Cuckoo: Wall Around a Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
  3. The New York TimesDiplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves by Gardiner Harris

About Those Self-Driving Cars . . . .

Filed under: Politics, Resistance, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:38 PM (20:38)

One question for those reading this —

How many of you remember this commercial from OnStar that aired a few years ago?

There’s plenty more where that came from —

YouTube search: onstar stolen vehicle slowdown

YouTube search: onstar stolen vehicle slowdown commercial

I’m sure that when your car gets stolen or jacked away from you, this sort of thing sounds fantastic.

With that in mind, there is a downside to giving law enforcement this sort of access.

What happens when they have a warrant out for you, for whatever reason (drugs, terrorism, securities, unpaid taxes or fines, bench warrant, use your imagination here)?

If your car has one of these tracking systems built into it, they can go to the dealer, show their paperwork to whoever is working at the service desk, and not only demand a location for your vehicle, but real-time tracking information about it, and have the dealer rep shut it down when they need it shut down.

If you happen to be driving down the road when they give that order and your vehicle “loses” power, it will be your problem, not theirs.

There are ways around this sort of thing — white-hat hackers to the rescue here:

How to disable Onstar without losing bluetooth and without setting error codes

  1. Remove Onstar Module from vehicle.
  2. Remove the 6 T10 screws from the bottom of the Onstar Module.
  3. Pull up on the main board to separate it from the antenna board.
  4. Remove the Male/Male connector that connects the main board to the antenna board.
  5. Drop the main board back in without the Male/Male connector and reinstall the screws.
  6. Reinstall the Onstar Module in the vehicle and enjoy!

No error codes and no Onstar connectivity.

So when self-driving cars and trucks are mass-produced and in use by the general population, what can we expect?

I won’t be surprised if Congress mandates that the manufacturers include a backdoor to the cars’ operating system for law enforcement use. That way when the cops have a warrant for you, they don’t need to swarm (“stack”, in SWAT element parlance) up at your front door and conduct a legalized home invasion[1], they can just hack your car to deliver you to the local station, and lock you inside upon arrival.

And of course, the how-to on that will never, ever get out to the criminal element.

Is there a solution to this?

Yes — insist that you have control over who has access to your vehicle’s operating system and connectivity, so that anyone wanting this level of remote control has to have your explicit, knowing sign-off beforehand.

Or disconnect your car’s autonomous mode, unless that becomes impractical or de facto illegal[2].

Are you going to have that level of control with outfits like OnStar?

And then there’s the issue of operating system vulnerabilities. What sorts of holes will be exploitable by third parties, officially-sanctioned or freelancers?

At least with a cell phone, you can block the signal when you want by putting the phone into a plastic bag, then wrapping the bag with aluminum foil (a Faraday cage). I’m not sure how that would work with a car.

In the mean time, I recommend getting friendly with your local hacker space, 2600 meetup[3], or Linux User Group [LUG].


NOTES

  1. Compare and contrast SWAT “dynamic entry” techniques versus home invasions conducted by the criminal element
  2. I refer to the self-driving cars in Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End
  3. As of September 2017: Meetup pages / sites, Meetup list
  4. Published in The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 950, 26 November 2017
  5. Approximate reading level – 12
  6. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / FetLife / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Random Shots for Saturday, 25 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook

    I take it no one has considered taking away the system’s power, reach, intrusiveness and expense over the private sector?

  2. Posted to Facebook

    I’ve been running Manjaro 17 XFCE since April. Before that, I was using Linux Mint 17.2.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    Shoot it (empty the magazine into it) before it opens from a distance of 10-15 m.

  4. Posted to Facebook

    I like vaginas (vaginae ?), too, but I have no intentions of dressing up like one.

    Nor do I have any intent to dress up in a penis costume.

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Albuquerque JournalPowell ends bid for land commissioner by Dan Boyd, Journal Capitol Bureau Chief
  2. The Daily CallerDefector Reveals How Orphaned North Koreans Survived The Great Famine by Ryan Pickrell
  3. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] — Saga of Cuckoo: Farthest Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
  4. Christopher Lee — Charlemagne: The Omens of Death
  5. The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE] — Number 949: 19 November 2017
  6. Iron Maiden — Iron Maiden

Friday, 24 November 2017

Random Shots for Friday, 24 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook

    https://youtu.be/1y3D-tevC-w

    I won’t be surprised if Congress mandates that the manufacturers include a backdoor to the cars’ operating system for law enforcement use. That way when the cops have a warrant for you, they don’t need to swarm up at your front door and conduct a legalized home invasion, they can just hack your car to deliver you to the local station, and lock you inside upon arrival.

    And of course, the how-to on that will never, ever get out to the criminal element.

    See also

    https://youtube.com/results?search_query=onstar+stolen+vehicle+slowdown

    https://youtube.com/results?search_query=onstar+stolen+vehicle+slowdown+commercial

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Netflix — Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  2. Kiss — Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
  3. Avatar Press — Disenchanted
  4. Lacuna Coil —
    1. Lacuna Coil
    2. Comalies
    3. Karmacode
  5. Marvel Comics —
    1. Star Wars (1979-1986)
    2. Star Wars (2015-Present)
  6. DC Comics — Action Comics, Vol.1
  7. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] — Saga of Cuckoo: Farthest Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
  8. Christopher Lee: “The Bloody Verdict of Verden” Music Video
  9. Iced Earth — Days of Purgatory

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Random Shots for Thursday, 23 November 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Liberty Society

    @CodyJassman — I asked Adam for the YouTube URL, and he said they’ll have put something together after the completion of the tour.

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. Del Rey Books [Ballantine] — Saga of Cuckoo: Farthest Star by Frederick Pohl and Jack Williamson
  2. Netflix —
    1. The Punisher
    2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  3. Acorn TV — The Science of Measurement

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