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Thursday, 29 August 2019

[TLE] Re: Armies of Chaos (2)

Filed under: Correspondence, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:29 PM (17:29)

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 at 7:21 AM:

His is something sci fi if it’s more powerful than a 44 mag.

Here’s the technical details as specified by L. Neil:

  • 4 times as powerful as a .44 Magnum projectile
  • Half the size of a Smith & Wesson Model 29
  • Can be constructed by unskilled labor using manual tools in 60 minutes with 5 bucks worth of materials
  • Very durable if built from steel or titanium
  • If made from plastic, is disposable and undetectable by metal detectors

Most of the “sci-fi” (pronounced “skiffy”) type devices (lasers, railguns or coilguns, or plasma projectors) that people are building at home are either way larger than a Model 29, or way less powerful, and almost always cost more than 5 bucks to construct. Also, they all require quality tools and a working knowledge of electronics. Plus, the schematics for such devices often are multi-page, considering the details involved.

Most if not all of them are not at the point where they can be used as actual weapons, as described in L. Neil’s article.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE], #1,035: Sunday, 25 August 2019Armies of Chaos, by L. Neil Smith

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Monday, 26 August 2019

[TLE] Re: Armies of Chaos (1)

Filed under: Correspondence, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:29 PM (19:29)

Monday, 26 August 2019, 06:09:

Speaking of weapons, do you know what L Neil is referring to in Sunday’s article? [1]

I’d like to know the details myself. It sounds like some sort of 12-gauge pistol, or several .410 shotgun barrels arranged in a pepperbox configuration.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper-box

MWB


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. The Libertarian Enterprise [TLE], #1,035: Sunday, 25 August 2019Armies of Chaos, by L. Neil Smith

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Big (Quite Possibly Less Than Desirable) Changes Coming to Facebook?

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:07 PM (16:07)

Recently, I saw an article highlighting some possible changes that could be coming to Facebook —

The Admin ZoneUpcoming Facebook Changes by Lisa

H/T the Armed Equality Facebook page

Basically, where Facebook Groups are concerned, the Facebook admins and the robots that they task with doing most of the real work of determining whether or not everyone is playing nice are going to be placing a lot more responsibility onto group owners and admins to make sure that everyone plays nice.

Alternatives do exist. (My pages on these sites are linked to below.)

https://switching.social/

Diaspora* — http://diasp.org/people/797c4c40d5020132c71100259069449e

Friendica — https://meld.de/profile/mikewb1971

MeWe — https://mewe.com/i/mikewb1971

Minds — https://minds.com/mikewb1971


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Diaspora (social network)
  2. Friendica
  3. MeWe (social media)
  4. Minds

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Friendica / Gab / Minds / Twitter / VK

Friday, 21 June 2019

Yet Another Phisher?!

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 2:49 AM (02:49)

Oh, joy, another phisher trying to get my ProtonMail password —

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
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Dear Mikewb1971

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Take a verification if you think it’s just an error..

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First, I tried to go to accountaxxxx244.ee

Going to the actual phishing site’s domain name (https://bonga.go.in.ua), I first had to navigate through Google’s Safe Browsing warnings AND let Google know that I am aware of the “danger” —

Which eventually took me to this —

These phishers never seem to improve their bag of tricks. Instead, they rely on their (potential) marks to be stupid.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Fediway / Friendica / Gab / Minds / Twitter / VK

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

[TLE] Re: Excellent Article Today

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Correspondence, Media, Politics, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:52 PM (14:52)

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

I hope all is well with you and yours, Neil!

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:16 AM, L. Neil Smith wrote:

Dear Mike —

I greatly enjoyed what you wrote for us today[1]. I love philosophy related specifically to hardware. Wish I were confident that an AR-15 drum magazine would be reliable.

I’ve read that drum magazines in general lean towards unreliability. I haven’t had any personal experience with them (yet).

I hated the Beretta. No first-hand knowledge about the P320. You know me; I’m not fond of 9mm in general, although I have some.

I’ve never fired any of Beretta’s weapons, nor any of SIG’s. I am willing to give them a tryout, though. (I am definitely in “try before I buy” mode where firearms are concerned these days.)

The 9mm of today isn’t the 9mm that Paul Mauser created in 1902. People have been killing other people with it for over 100 years now, so it’s not entirely bad.

An interesting twist is that the eco-fascists’ insistence that ammo manufacturers stop using lead (a lot of them are also victim disarmers, so this was an attempt to shut down the ammo industry) has caused some ammo companies to produce solid-copper projectiles.

Since copper is considerably lighter than lead, putting the same powder charge behind it as you would behind a slug with lead in it is going to yield significantly higher muzzle velocities.

What was the formula for kinetic energy, again? 1/2 x m x v^2

(The Soviet-era steel-core ammo was an attempt by the Soviets to save a few rubles, and also yielded higher muzzle velocities, such that the F-Troopies tried to ban it as “armor-piercing.”)

I also wanted to tell you that I believe the Glock 22 may be the finest sidearm ever in produced by Mankind. Mine is actually a G23 Gen4, and it is my constant companion.

I am also wanting to try out the Springfield XD, the Arsenal Strike One, among others.

I also share your view “Of course they’re weapons if war, you retarded dirtbag — a war against me that you started and continue to wage! What else did you think James Madison had in mind?”

Nice Coxe quote, too.

Madison in Federalist Paper #46 is good, as well as Thomas Jefferson’s stuff.

MWB


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. #1,025 : Sunday, 16 June 2019Bernalillo County DA Raul Torrez, Idiot or Liar?

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Operation Choke Point Moves (Back) to the Private Sector

Filed under: Politics, Resistance, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:00 AM (06:00)

First, Big Finance tried to shut down the firearms industry in the 1990s when Bank of America, among others, decided that they would no longer provide financial services to federally-licensed unregulated firearms dealers and manufacturers —

https://startpage.com/do/dsearch?query=banks+refusing+firearms+business

Then in 2013, Barack Obama decided to make this sort of thing official federal policy with Operation Choke Point.

Trump, to his credit, shut down Operation Choke Point in 2017.

Now the Silicon Valley victim disarmers are getting into the game. Recently, Salesforce head Marc Benioff decided to have his company join the act by cutting off his company’s services to firearms dealers and manufacturers.

Here’s the boilerplate legalese that comprises Salesforce’s terms of service —

https://c1.sfdcstatic.com/content/dam/web/en_us/www/documents/legal/Agreements/policies/ExternalFacing_Services_Policy.pdf

The last paragraph of Section 6, Prohibited Actions (on page 3), is where Salesforce puts Benioff’s victim disarmament fetish into Salesforce’s terms of service —

Worldwide, customers may not use a Service to transact online sales of any of the following firearms and/or related accessories to private citizens. Firearms: automatic firearms; semi-automatic firearms that have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any of the following: thumbhole stock, folding or telescoping stock, grenade launcher or flare launcher, flash or sound suppressor, forward pistol grip, pistol grip (in the case of a rifle) or second pistol grip (in the case of a pistol), barrel shroud; semi-automatic firearms with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds; ghost guns; 3D printed guns; firearms without serial numbers; .50 BMG rifles; firearms that use .50 BMG ammunition. Firearm Parts: magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds; flash or sound suppressors; multi-burst trigger devices; grenade or rocket launchers; 80% or unfinished lower receivers; blueprints for ghost guns; blueprints for 3D printed guns; barrel shrouds; thumbhole stocks; threaded barrels capable of accepting a flash suppressor or sound suppressor.

Still, there ARE alternatives to Salesforce (H/T the Jews Can Shoot FB page) —

https://selecthub.com/customer-relationship-management/salesforce-alternatives/


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Cash In With “Gun Control” AND Support the Second Amendment

Filed under: Events, Humor, Media, Politics, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:20 PM (17:20)

Every gun should be a happy and wanted gun, adopted by loving owners who will care for it and feed it and make sure that there are plenty of other guns nearby to keep it company.

Still, most of the Political Classholes, along with their flunkies among law enforcement and the media, are working to part you from your firearms by hook, crook, or any other means available to them.

For example, this event in Albuquerque currently scheduled for Saturday, 13 July 2019, as advertised covered by KOB

APD to hold gun buyback event

The event in question isn’t a “buyback” at all, unless the City of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County were at some point in the business of providing firearms to private citizens — the people didn’t get them from the City or County in the first place, so the event organizers are not buying any guns back from anyone.

This is nothing more than a publicly-funded turn-in-your-guns-now-for-a-pittance-so-we-don’t-have-to-red-flag-you-and-maybe-kill-you-later scheme.

Most people don’t realize that this could be a way to make some easy cash at the expense of the victim disarmers and hoplophobes.

Simply shop the plumbing sections of Home Depot or Lowes. A hundred bucks worth of pipe and end-caps can be made into 400-500 worth of 12-gauge zip guns. I doubt that APD will be test-firing them before handing over the cash.

And making those zip guns is completely legal under New Mexico law. Selling them to anyone other than a federally-licensed dealer might put you afoul of federal victim disarmament statutes. Just remember to make sure that the barrel length is at least 18 inches (more like 26 inches, as the overall length of your hypothetical zip gun needs to be 26 inches), per the National Firearms Act of 1934.

(Will the Albuquerque Police Department or the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office be conducting background checks on anyone turning in their guns for pennies on the FRN? Signs point to “no.”)

What else does this bit of do-it-yourself “gunsmithing” do besides add some potential cash to your wallet?

It allows you to illustrate the utter futility and stupidity of victim disarmament statues.

When anyone who paid a bit of attention in high-school shop class (do they still have that in the taxpayer-subsidized, government-owned-and-operated indoctrination and daycare centers public schools any more?) can build themselves a serviceable shotgun for under 50 in about an hour, what does that do to the victim disarmament schemes of the Political Classholes?

Simple — it ensures that at least some segment of the population will almost always be armed, despite what the Classwipes want.


NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,022: Sunday, 26 May 2019
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress
    3. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Another Phishing Attempt Upon Me

Filed under: Security, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:53 AM (03:53)

After logging into my ProtonMail account to send my latest to The Libertarian Enterprise, I noticed a bit of spam in my inbox there —

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐On Saturday, May 11, 2019 9:28 AM, Proton Team <MicrosoftS.Office.365-NotificatiSons-Noreplys@server102.hostwhitelaabel.com> wrote:

Mikewb1971

Your mikewb1971@protonmail.com will be removed in the next 24 hours as your device has been sending a shut down request to our internal server.

Take a verification if you think it’s just an error..

Let’s dissect the email address first — MicrosoftS.Office.365-NotificatiSons-Noreplys@server102.hostwhitelaabel.com

server102.hostwhitelaabel.com gives me nothing but an error message —

hostwhitelaabel.com also gives me an error message —

Back to the original message in my ProtonMail inbox —

The blue box marked “VERIFICATION NEEDED” links to https://tinyurl.com/y5st9lzr/, which in turn redirects to https://bitmex.global/css/proton/cmd-login=2d31d5c9d52dd9c521620c808d5558d4/0710dev14pfbr0fwwhw8x9dr.php?rand=13InboxLightaspxn.1774256418&fid.4.1252899642&fid=1&fav.1&rand.13InboxLight.aspxn.1774256418&fid.1252899642&fid.1&fav.1&email=&loginpage=&amp;.rand=13InboxLight.aspx?n=1774256418&fid=4#n=1252899642&fid=1&fav=1, a lookalike of the Protonmail login page

Typing “gofuckyourself” into the username field and random text into the password field somehow led me back to my Protonmail account (or a lookalike of it), so I couldn’t click the big “X” in the upper right-hand corner of that particular tab fast enough.

Going to bitmex.global revealed only a black screen saying

THIS DOMAIN IS FOR SALE

josephgasparello@protonmail.com

Maybe “Joseph Gasparello” should seek honest employment, instead of trying to phish my Protonmail account?

But too late — just changed my password (2:57 AM)


LESSONS TO BE LEARNED HERE

  1. NO, I do NOT have a sense of humor about someone messing about maliciously with me or mine. I DO reserve the right to have some malicious counter-fun with such people.
  2. ALWAYS check the address bar to make sure that the site you’re logging into actually IS the site you intend to log into — your credit rating, reputation and such will thank you for doing so.

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Minds / Twitter / VK

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Transparent Aluminum — Star Trek Technology is Now Real [Video]

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 2:15 AM (02:15)


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. WikipediaTransparent aluminum

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Friendica / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook page

Sunday, 26 November 2017

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

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