Today I learned that many/most color laser printers layer an array of yellow microdots on top of documents 🔬
This Machine Identification Code https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_Identification_Code encodes a print date and a serial number unique to the machine. It only became public knowledge in 2004, ~20 year after deployment 😑
The Technical University of Dresden released a tool 2 years ago to layer on _even more dots_ to render the MIC unreadable and aid whistleblowers publishing https://github.com/dfd-tud/deda ✊
„the Zoom app uses non-industry-standard cryptographic techniques with identifiable weaknesses. In addition, during multiple test calls in North America, we observed keys for encrypting and decrypting meetings transmitted to servers in Beijing, China“ https://citizenlab.ca/2020/04/move-fast-roll-your-own-crypto-a-quick-look-at-the-confidentiality-of-zoom-meetings/
AND....this is what happens when the shutter speed of the camera doesn't synch with the turbine's angular speed...
...or maybe 👽 are using our technology against us...
This thread is important when it comes to preserving evidence: you cannot rely on the Internet Archive. Companies have ways to remove unwanted information about them, and they often won't hesitate to do that.
My uncle (111 M) gifted me (33 M) a ring before leaving to go travelling. A close family friend (2019 M) told me to destroy the ring due to problematic associations with the jeweller who made it, but the ring is precious to me and I would feel guilty throwing it away. AITA?
“The tool could identify activists at a protest or an attractive stranger on the subway, revealing not just their names but where they lived, what they did and whom they knew.”
A lot of women would die. That's what if. https://twitter.com/CNET/status/1218931492669263873
y'ever think about how useless our names for the months are?
some are named after gods most people don't know much about, and then others are numbers but the wrong number for how far into the year it is, like "7" is the 9th month and "10" is the 12th.
meanwhile lakota folk by like "first moon of winter" and "the moon when bison have red fur" and folk are like 'oooh so mystic, so primitive' nah mate it's just useful
I find it truly disappointing I was able to write about a half-dozen essays about the Fediverse culture when I first got here and been able to pretty much just reshare them as new events occur.
This one addresses why people who desperately want off Twitter, don't want to be here.
So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.
There are a bunch of websites for finding penpals, but you can also use special-interest forums where you can find people who are otherwise very different from you except this one interest, and you can also use video game lobbies!
There are so many ways to learn what's /actually/ happening to people around the world, but they almost all involve talking to people around the world, not consuming a capitalised broadcast feed produced by voyueristic imperialists.
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Cloud extraction technology: the secret tech that lets government agencies collect masses of data from your apps
The Fed Will Lend $2.93T to Wall Street Banks over the Next Month
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