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Hello slaves. I’m leaving most social media platforms today, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter. For now, I’ll still be on LinkedIn and GitHub. Back in 2017 I had already decided that I was going to leave the major social media platforms because of all the censorship going on. Things have only gotten worse when it comes to censorship, and in addition we have all the privacy violations, tracking and security issues.
I’m leaving most platforms effective immediately; I’ll leave the accounts online for now but will not be monitoring, posting or commenting. Do not contact me there and do not expect a response. I’m using a longer grace period for WhatsApp of a month or two, but have already moved to using Signal for instant messaging; WhatsApp cannot be trusted anymore.
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A Google whistleblower by the name of Zach Vorhies went public on Project Veritas, leaking internal documents showing how Google is manipulating search results and is using their algorithms and products to present everyone online with a manipulated version of reality. The documents also show how Google is blacklisting certain websites (URLs) and content while in public they denied doing so. Read more ⟶
Censorship, shadow banning, deboosting and deplatforming are hot topics these days on the Internet, especially when it concerns the major social media platforms. I’ve blogged about this often in the last few months, and this time I want to detail one of my recent experiences on Reddit so that others can learn from it. Read more ⟶
I just uploaded two posters about the C++ programming language to GitHub. I made them specifically for this year’s CppCon C++ conference but they were not accepted by the CppCon Poster Review Committee. Most of the committee members did appreciate the humor but had other concerns, among which the use of some strong language. Read more ⟶
About two years ago Cloudflare’s CEO Matthew Prince mentioned how nobody should have the power to decide whether or not someone should be allowed on the Internet, after he decided to take down The Daily Stormer website. Here’s what the moron had to say: Literally, I woke up in a bad mood and decided someone shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet. No one should have that power. Read more ⟶
Hello slaves. I hope you’re all having a good day so far. It looks like you’ll have to provide all details about your social media activity to the terrorist government of the USA if you want to obtain permission to travel to their plantation from now on. I bring the following information to your attention published on The New York Times: “U.S. Read more ⟶
Weeks ago I blogged about the fact that you should “NOT trust Patreon, PayPal, Stripe and Slack.” If that warning wasn’t enough, a few days ago I came across the following post on Niteo’s blog: You’d think that being a legitimate online business, having 12 years of history with PayPal, and hundreds of thousands of dollars processed, you’d gain some credibility with them. Not so. Read more ⟶
An interesting article on The New York Times discusses how China is exporting its surveillance technology to the rest of the world: Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has vastly expanded domestic surveillance, fueling a new generation of companies that make sophisticated technology at ever lower prices. A global infrastructure initiative is spreading that technology even further. Read more ⟶
Boeing has admitted that the recent two crashes involving their 737 MAX aircraft model was due to a problem with the software running on the aircraft. The problem involves the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that was introduced to compensate for changes in the design of the newer 737 model compared to earlier versions. Read more ⟶
Here’s another example showing why you can’t trust and rely on the major content publishing and social media websites these days. Two days ago I received an email from Medium that they suspended my account (which I’ve had at least since February 2016). I didn’t receive any warnings beforehand nor a chance to possibly correct any mistakes. Read more ⟶
Cloudflare announced their new VPN product called Warp, which is based on their own implementation of WireGuard. This product seems to fit into their general strategy of wanting to man-in-the-middle (MITM) themselves into most of the traffic on the Internet, like I discussed in a previous post. As I explained there, they did the same thing with IPFS as well. Read more ⟶
Right now I’m working on an extender for QuantumGate that demonstrates how to do video and audio communications, comparable to video and audio calls via WhatsApp and Skype. With this extender I want to test QuantumGate’s performance with real-time communications as well as provide other programmers with another example of how to build an extender for QuantumGate. Currently there’s already an example extender included in the project’s source code that demonstrates chat- and file transfer functionality. Once this new extender is finished, it should be relatively easy for someone to learn from these examples and use them to build a WhatsApp- or Skype like application running on top of QuantumGate. There are still many things on my to-do list for QuantumGate, but currently, having some more examples demonstrating how to use it has high priority.
Back in Januari 2019 I had already warned not to use equipment from Huawei if security and privacy are important to you. I warned my friends and colleagues who wanted to buy Huawei phones not to do so, and here on my blog I wrote: If you’re using (networking, computing, and communications) equipment from Huawei, it would be wise for you to assume that the Chinese government can easily gain access to your information via Huawei. Read more ⟶
Project Veritas published an interview with a former Facebook employee revealing, among other things, the fact that Facebook has been censoring information on its platform with functionality called “deboosting”. This functionality enables Facebook to actively limit the reach certain information has by blocking (groups of) people from seeing it — the opposite effect of boosting content on Facebook. Read more ⟶
JP Morgan launched their cryptocurrency called JPM coin, and from what I’ve read it’s a very dangerous development which will allow them, and other banks who follow in their footsteps, to create an even bigger banking scam. Here’s from the BBC: US investment bank JP Morgan has created a crypto-currency to help settle payments between clients in its wholesale payments business. Read more ⟶
After a short break I’m in the process of picking up where I left off on QuantumGate. I’ve added a code of conduct today to the main repository on GitHub. It’s very different from the default suggestions on GitHub and what you’re likely to come across in other projects. Some of those are inspired by very questionable motivations as we’ve recently seen with Linux. Below is the code of conduct for QuantumGate. Read more ⟶
Here’s another fine example of censorship by YouTube: YouTube demonetized Collective Evolution’s entire channel. It looks like companies in Silicon Valley are doing their best to demonetize, deplatform and ultimately censor most of the alternative media and providers of content going against the brainwash of the establishment. Read more ⟶
Do not trust Patreon, PayPal, Stripe and Slack. Do not become dependent on their services and stay away from them if possible. A few days ago Patreon banned another creator from their platform in what can only rationally be described as censorship. Read more ⟶