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Comment Re:Meet Shino, the Surveillance Turd (Score 1) 243

The implementation of OpenSSH will use the Windows encryption libraries and random number generator, just like their implementation of SSL/TLS used by their webserver and browsers. If you are using Windows, a least some lof of the time you'll probably using at least one of those. Even if it's just to retrieve and verify Windows Updates.

So if you don't trust those... why would you use Windows in the first place ?

Comment Re:The Age of Cyberpunk with its Corporate Sociali (Score 1) 180

Insomniac ? I hope you don't have that regularly, if so I suggest you do something about that. Less caffeine and less stress ?

OK, I'll be the first to admit it. I'm no expert, I suggest you talk to one.

I'm also not completely sane at this moment, this is the morning after a night on the town, their is still a lot of alcohol in my body. ;-)

Anyway, about the topic at hand...

Yes, I do think about it like a pendulum as well and about how far it can or will be pushed in one way (maybe even multiple pendulums). I think most people would really want to avoid full on revolution. Because it's hard to predict the outcome. Take for example the Arab spring. Also look at ISIS/IS/ISIL/Daesh they came out of the chaos largely created by the US (but that is a whole different topic).

Maybe I'm wrong, but I think at least some people in government get it.

Sometimes when I see police in countries like the US get more and heavier arms, I'm thinking someone is preparing for that future in a very negative way.

But let's look at the positive.

Let's take for example the people that claim that automation will take our jobs:
https://www.technologyreview.c...

Maybe they are wrong, but one thing is correct, technology can cause a lot of change and it probably will. Maybe even accelerate.

When talking about that, you'd always keep in mind what Voltaire said: Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.

Then you look at what people in some governments are trying to do:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

From a US perspective you'd think it's some kind of socialist system, but a lot of the ideas behind that came from the US from people like: Friedrich Hayek, Richard Nixon and Milton Friedman. Or as Andrew McAfee likes to say with a big smile: frothing-at-the-mouth socialists ;-)

In Europe we now have a bunch of organisations, countries and cities looking seriously into this and testing it in real life again.

From a pure technology perspective, I can see technology solving the need problem.

If energy prices do really keep falling like they have with capturing the energy from wind and solar light and heat then it will get easier (=cheaper). Take for example the Sahara Forest Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Energy storage is also still improving too: http://rameznaam.com/2013/09/2...

They seem to be on a Moore's Law like trajectory.

They might claim to be the first:
http://inhabitat.com/worlds-fi...

But automatic milking also has been doing very well for how long ? over 10 years now ?

If you combine: cheap energy, cheap clean water, cheap electronics/communication, cheap energy storage, cheap food production
you get a very potent mix to solve a large part of the problem of need that Voltaire talked about. In the documentary I linked they also talk about cheap health care (I hope so). Those are some very positive trends.

Cheap technology also seems to create a more decentralized future, so maybe in that sense Bitcoin/OpenBazaar and solar panels are similar.

I'm from Europe, I personally don't see the state as my enemy like some people in the US or some in Bitcoin do. For example I think of the government as the biggest VC funder/risk taker of them all. Who would spend more than 10 years on fundamental research with a high amount of risk of failure and then give it away for free (simple example: Internet, funded by ARPA now called DARPA. I don't know if it was considered a risky endeavour at the time, but it's an example of long term funding). And probably without the state no guaranteed minimum income either.

As usual, technology solves one problem and then causes to creates now ones too.

For example what if we start deplete our planets resources

I think growing inequality is a problem too, actually partly caused by technology. Look at most of the newly created really wealthy people they all came from technology companies. I think inequality might actually be partly the cause of our current shitty economies. The medium incomes haven't gone up.

Anyway, I could go on... but maybe this post is also long enough.

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