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Monday, 28 November 2016

Is World-Wide Satellite Broadband Coming Soon?

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:14 AM (04:14)

It seems as though Elon Musk (of SpaceX fame) is pushing for a new way to do satellite-based communications.

Instead of placing a few large satellites in geosynchronous orbit (22,300 miles up), he wants to put up lots — 800 to start, 4225 in the end — of small satellites (about 850 lbs apiece) in lower orbits (about 700-850 miles up).

The goal of this project is to offer gigabit-level bandwidth all over the Earth’s surface. Which is a damn sight better than the current wired services (I usually get somewhere around 54 Mbps on Comcast, using copper wire for the last mile).

Each end user will get a “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs.”

Chances are that the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” will use a standard electrical plug that connects to the outlets found in residential and commercial buildings . . .

And since adapters that allow you to connect those plugs to a car’s cigarette lighter or electronics jack, the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” can just as easily be mounted on the roof of your RV or SUV. Or your everyday four-door sedan.

Mobile broadband that’s faster than what’s available over the wired services? Sounds like a decent deal to me.

Another aspect of this is that it could put the traditional satellite providers (Direct TV, Dish, HughesNet, etc.) out of business. Why would you bother with them when you can get YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu or Vimeo anywhere in the world? And the cherry on top — you won’t have to pay extra for watching porn.

Now we’re waiting on Musk to get approval for this from the FCC and its international relative, the ITU (can’t have this project giving the Chinese a way around the Great Firewall, can we?) to sign off on it. Which means Musk will have to engage in some legalized bribery lobbying, because the Political Classholes simply can’t approve it without their palms being sufficiently greased in some manner.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Science Alert – SpaceX wants to surround Earth with an internet service that’s 200 times faster by Dave Mosher
  2. Ars Technica – SpaceX plans worldwide satellite Internet with low latency, gigabit speed by Jon Brodkin

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.9
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    3. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Back Into Blogger, but for How Long?

Filed under: Frustrations, Life, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:43 PM (23:43)

Over a week ago (Tuesday, 1 November 2016, about 1:00 PM MST), I tried to log into Blogger from my Toshiba Satellite laptop (running Linux Mint 17 and Firefox) to post an article to the LPNM blog, and the Google login screen prompted me for my phone number for verification purposes.

So I put my cell number in and clicked “Submit.” A few seconds later, I received a code like this: “G-123456” (not the real code, obviously).

Then I typed in the verification code, but the screen for it would only allow me to imput the first four numbers: “G-1234.” Clicking “Submit” gave me an error message, as I also received when I tried “G12345” and “123456.” A few tries of that and I was locked out.

So I tried again, with my Dell desktop running MS Windows 7, and got the same web-based song and dance. This time, at the end of it, up popped a screen telling me that my account was locked for an alleged terms of service violation, but that was it – no word as to what that violation was. So I typed in my email address, along with a request for some enlightenment as to what I had done wong, and clicked “Appeal.”

In the same time frame, my Gmail account (another Google product) was also locked up. I was able to access that a few days later, and it seems that they were in the process of upgrading the Gmail software.

Just a few minutes ago (Friday, 11 Novemner 2016, 10:49 PM), I tried once more to access my Blogger account.

This time I was surprised that the admins actually let me in, after over a week of denying me access without telling me WHY they were denying me access.

(I realize that Google and its subsidiaries are in the private sector, and my use of them is subject to their rules. More on that below.)

This is what I found —

Here’s the full text of it —

Libertarian Party of Mora County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of McKinley County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Hidalgo County, New Mexico — [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Harding County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Guadalupe County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Grant County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of De Baca County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

Libertarian Party of Curry County, New Mexico [ Permanently delete ] [ Appeal ]
Your blog was locked for violating Terms Of Service. If you wish to request a review of your blog, edit its content and click ‘Appeal’. This blog will be permanently deleted within 79 days unless you request a review.

The other 26 county affiliate blogs were presumably free from Terms of Service violations, and are thus unlocked (at present).

Still, Google (or Blogger) won’t tell me the specific nature of the alleged violations. Which is rather shitty of them — wouldn’t you want to know if you were violating someone’s rules for their property, and how exactly you were violating those rules?

Luckily, there’s nothing on the affected blogs that I don’t already have backed up, so losing them won’t really be a loss.

Still, it was a bit of work on my part to set them all up.

With that, I’ll be downloading the archives to my hard drive(s) here, and moving them to the LPNM’s WordPress install.

Fuck it, I like WordPress better anyway.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / WordPress.com

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

John McAfee: Security is an Illusion

Filed under: Preparedness, Security, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:01 PM (23:01)


  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / seen.life / Tea Party Community / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Monday, 11 July 2016

No TOR for the Masses?

Recently Techspot India reported that the NSA doesn’t want us civilians using the TOR technology —

NSA classifies Linux Journal readers, Tor and Tails Linux users as “extremists”

Funny how TOR was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory and furthered by DARPA. Now that it’s out of the bag, they want to put it back under their exclusive control. Sort of like the internet itself.

Of course, the govvies probably won’t mind too much if political figures with ties to George Soros and the Saudi royal family use it. At least they didn’t seem to mind when a certain former senator turned Secretary of State mishandled classified information on a private home-based server, so I’m guessing that they’ll sign off on corrupt use of the TOR tech as well, just so long as it’s the “right people” using it.

H/T Seth Anderson Bailey


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Wikipedia page for Tor
  2. Wikipedia page for TAILS
  3. Wikipedia page for Dark web

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Google Plus here and here / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

Copyright © 2016 Libertarian Party of New Mexico, Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
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Friday, 17 June 2016

My First Toehold on the Darknet

Filed under: Dark Side, Fun, Politics, Preparedness, Principles, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:48 AM (03:48)

Instead of just clicking on the picture (you won’t be able to see the site with a standard browser), first install TOR Browser, then copy the URL from here and paste it into the address bar on TOR Browser.

Now I’m in the market for a decent VPN. Any suggestions? What should I look for? What should I avoid?


  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Google Plus / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
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Monday, 16 May 2016

No Chrome For Me

Filed under: Frustrations, Life, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:05 PM (18:05)

Way back when, say, around December, 2008, I downloaded and installed Google Chrome. At the time I first tried it, I was also having connectivity problems. Which, if you’re a Chrome user, is a big problem, because Chrome needs to connect to Google’s servers to actually, you know, function at all. When I got nowhere with it, I decided “that’s enough for me.”

Side note: This is a big reason I have no interest in buying a Chromebook, as the Chromebook also requires a connection to the Google servers. Sometimes I need to do things at home. And I prefer to store my files at home, where I know where they are — “store it on the cloud” is just a fancy way to say “trust ME with your files . . .”

Fast-forward seven years and change . . .

Today I was halfway across Albuquerque, and opened Chrome on my new phone (an LG K7) to check for Pizza 9 locations near me. I typed in “pizza9.com,” and instead of just taking me to that site, Chrome bounced me over to btnactive.net, then something else, finally ending up on pizzahut.com

Mind you, this is the FIRST TIME I’ve launched Chrome on this phone or any other device or system, since 2008.

And it’s also a brand-new phone — I purchased it on Friday at about 5:45 PM, and haven’t used it much.

So I installed Mozilla Firefox instead.

In a way, it’s sort of good that this happened, as about three hours later, I found out that my debit account had been hacked . . .


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Friday, 15 April 2016

China’s “Sesame Credit” — Coming to America Soon!

Filed under: Networking, Preparedness, Resistance, Technology — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 11:41 AM (11:41)

After watching that video clip, who can truthfully say that the DNC and a good bit of the RNC wouldn’t want something along the lines of China’s proposed “Social Credit System” for deployment here in the States?

Why, they might even make your health a part of your “personal score,” thanks to Obama’s federalized copy-and-paste job from Massachusetts Romneycare. So much for the “privacy guarantees” that were allegedly instituted with HIPAA.

If the Imperial District wants to know if you’ve made any financial transactions that they disapprove of, they can always check with the\ Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and add those to your score.

I’m sure I left some things out, but the Imperials from the District of Criminals will think of things to fill in any blanks I left here.

H/T L. Neil Smith at The Libertarian Enterprise


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 14.2
  2. Original article
  3. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    5. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

Copyright © 2016 Libertarian Party of New Mexico, Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
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Sunday, 3 January 2016

17th Century “Assault Weapons”

Filed under: Principles, Resistance, Science, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:18 AM (11:18)

First, the very term “assault weapon”[1] is a nonsensical phrase intended to cause confusion amongst the members of the public who aren’t familiar with firearms, specifically to incite fear of said firearms amongst those same people[2].

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the inane notion that “the Founders didn’t forsee today’s weapons such as the AK-47 or AR-15 — thus the Second Amendment only applies to single-shot muskets and flintlocks.”[3]

The fact remains that the Founders were familiar with multiple-shot firearms, as such had been developed in Europe over a century before the Revolution:

For starters, there’s the Kalthoff repeater.

Kalthoff repeating rifle c 1650

Kalthoff-type flintlock rifle (1600s) at the Livrustkammaren (Photo from Wikipedia)

The Kalthoff repeater was reportedly used in the Siege of Copenhagen (1659)[4] and the Scanian War (1675-1679) between Denmark and Sweden[5]. That’s 132 and 116 years, respectively, before the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791.

The Kalthoff never saw widespread use because it was expensive to manufacture, maintain and repair, thus only the wealthy could afford to obtain them. Still, it was a start. The “standard issue” magazine for the Kalthoff appears to have been six shots, while some models may have gone as high as thirty shots. If today’s hoplophobes and victim disarmers had been around then, the Kalthoff would have them soiling their drawers like semi-automatic copies of the AR-15 and AK-47 do today.

Next comes the Cookson Volitional Flintlock Repeater, first made in 1750 in the UK (41 years before the Second Amendment was ratified).

Cookson Volitional Flintlock Repeater

Cookson Volitional Flintlock Repeater at the National Firearms Museum (Photo from the National Firearms Museum)

The Cookson apparently used the Lorenzoni System (first developed in 1680111 years before the Second Amendment was ratified) as its internal mechanism. As with the Kalthoff, the Cookson appears to have been expensive to build and operate, hence it was relegated to a historical footnote instead of taking the world by storm.

While the Founders had heard of the concept of multiple-shot firearms, it wasn’t until the idea of interchangeable parts came about as a practical form of technology — in the 1820s[6] — that they became a real possibility.

So when practical, portable laser and railgun weapons become a realistic possibility[7], we’ll hear and read it all over again from the hoplophbes and victim disarmers — “The Founders never foresaw these!”

I think just as Tench Coxe wanted private civilians to have ready access to and proficiency with the military weapons of the day[8], today he’d be talking about the AR-15 / M-16 / M-4 and AK-47 / AK-74 series of weapons, and in a hundred or so years, he would be talking about lasers and railguns.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. See the Wikipedia page for “assault weapon” [quotation marks added by myself – MWB] versus the Wikipedia page for assault rifle
  2. “Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.”
    Violence Policy Center: Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, by Josh Sugarmann
  3. District of Columbia v. Heller backs me up here –

    Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, e.g., Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U. S. 844, 849 (1997), and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, e.g., Kyllo v. United States, 533 U. S. 27, 35-36 (2001), the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.
    District of Columbia v. Heller via the Legal Information Institute [LII] at Cornell University Law School

  4. Wikipedia page for the assault / siege of Copenhagen
  5. Wikipedia page for the Scanian War
  6. Wikipedia page for interchangeable parts
  7. When I took Intro to Lasers (PHOT 2005) at CNM in 2008, the Nd-YAG laser we used would put out 3 W of continuous-wave (CW) power, and could go up to about 20 W when in Q-switching mode (pulsed beam). That unit (built in the 1980s) had a power supply and cooling pump about the size of WWII-type footlocker and required 2.5 gallons of water per minute for cooling purposes to be pumped through the laser head. Fast-forward to today . . .
    1. Wicked Lasers advertises its “Spyder 3 Arctic” as being about the size of a handheld flashlight, with an output of 1-3 W. Prices range from 200 to ∅400, depending on beam power.
    2. The “Burning & Cutting Lasers” page at Information Unlimited offers plans, kits and assembled units of portable and desktop lasers for cutting, engraving and other purposes.
    3. “Kipkay” on YouTube likes to modify handheld laser pointers, jacking up the beam power on occasion.

    As for railguns . . . DuckDuckGo search for “railgun DIY”.

  8. The power of the sword, say the minority . . . , is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.
    Tench Coxe, Letter to the Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 February 1788

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Fetlife / Google Plus / seen.life / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    6. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Fooling Google and Facebook a Bit

Filed under: Humor, Preparedness, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:34 PM (19:34)

After installing Linux Mint 17.2 on my Asus K54L laptop, I logged into Google, and got the following alert message at my Gmail account:

2015-11-15-182044-ss-gmail-google-login

Then I logged into Facebook, and received this alert message:

2015-11-15-18-19-08-ss-gmail-fb-login

Here’s the funny thing — I logged into both accounts using Mozilla Firefox.

So why am I getting messages saying that I used Safari on Mac OS X?

For the record, I haven’t touched anything Apple or Mac since April, 1994, when I had to use a Leatherman multi-tool to pull my floppy disk out of the drive slot when the “Eject” command (⌘-E) didn’t work after repeated tries.

After installing Linux Mint on the laptop, I launched Firefox, and installed the following add-ons to Firefox —

The costs of this?

  1. Linux Mint 17.216.99 + tax (It was on the live DVD glued to the front cover of Linux Format magazine – part of the price tag is for the DVD. Another part of the price tag is that it’s printed in the UK and shipped across the Atlantic every month.)
  2. A few minutes of time, a few watts of electricity to spin that live DVD in the drive.
  3. A few mouse clicks here and there . . .

. . . and to paraphrase the MasterCard advertising copy, the upside — giving a virtual single-digit salute to two of the biggest privacy invaders on the planet — PRICELESS.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Bananas! at liberty.me by David Montgomery — You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

Copyright © 2015 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

My First Run with antiX Linux

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:58 PM (21:58)

Yesterday, I popped the live DVD that came included with Linux Format #201. Bundled on that disc was antiX 15-V.

First impressions —

  • The desktop GUI looks and feels a bit like KDE, but isn’t KDE. (I’m not a fan of KDE at all.)
  • It shuts down QUICK – with 5 seconds.
  • It’s very easy to customize the general look and feel of the desktop – there’s even a spot on the main menu for this.

Is antiX a keeper as Linux Mint seems to be? I’m not sure, but am willing to pursue further use.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. antiX Wikipedia page
  2. Official site of antiX

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / FetLife / Google Plus / MeetMe / tsu / Twitter / WordPress

Copyright © 2015 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
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