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Mike Macgirvin

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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Was wondering when we would see something like this. Wonder no more. So if you are more or less self-sufficient in terms of energy, but still connected to the grid; the grid can reach in and take your electricity if they are running out.

'World's largest virtual power plant' switched on in Adelaide

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What's being called the world's largest residential virtual power plant has gone live in suburban Adelaide.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Perhaps you'll understand the significance of this someday.

And just so you know, I tend to prefer the original (Larry Williams) version of this song - even ahead of the Beatles which I bought as a 45 in 1964; but this one popped up in a search and I decided to go with it. It's pure flash in the pan, which is sort of what we're discussing here.



Golden Earring - Slow Down (official clip 1981, live)
by leonardinez on YouTube
Mike Macgirvin
  
Love the song, but that jitterbug scene was likely stolen. I've seen it on probably 30 different 'original music videos' now. I think it's originally from a  Bill Haley clip.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Yeah, I see that now. :-D
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
What is the train wreck waiting to happen?
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I've been telling folks this ever since they hacked me. It was clever, very advanced, and thorough. Many did not believe or thought I was just being tin-foil-hat paranoid.  

Your whole life is hacked: Wikileaks reveal on CIA surveillance shows no area of your life is private anymore -- Sott.net

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The major takeaway from the latest WikiLeaks dump centers around the terrifying, 'all-seeing-eye' surveillance project codenamed 'Weeping Angel.' The CIA appears to have taken espionage to a whole new level if WikiLeaks' initial analysis is...
Marshall Sutherland
  
Longer article:
Wikileaks Unveils 'Vault 7': "The Largest Ever Publication Of Confidential CIA Documents"; Another Snowden Emerges | Zero Hedge

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the "largest ever publication of confidential documents on the CIA." It includes more than 8,000 documents as part of ‘Vault 7’, a series of leaks on the agency which expose the agency's massive hacking arsenal.

Even my router maker, MikroTik gets a mention:
HIVE: HIVE is a multi-platform CIA malware suite and its associated control software. The project provides customizable implants for Windows, Solaris, MikroTik (used in internet routers) and Linux platforms and a Listening Post (LP)/Command and Control (C2) infrastructure to communicate with these implants. The implants are configured to communicate via HTTPS with the webserver of a cover domain; each operation utilizing these implants has a separate cover domain and the infrastructure can handle any number of cover domains.
Maria Karlsen
 
This has been on many news sites now - and still no reaction whatsoever from most people. That's scary.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
-- Lyndon B. Johnson
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
You're probably sound asleep but Happy 51st Birthday @Carolus Rex
Oliver
  
Happy birthday! ... if you are already woke up @Carolus Rex
Einer von Vielen
  
@neue medienordnung plus @Digitales Echo @René Röderstein This might interest you.

@neue medienordnung plus Do you know this organisation CoLab sitting in Berlin?
Einer von Vielen
  last edited: Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:25:07 +1100  
The idea of feudalism coming back in some forms is repeated in some media these days The idea that it is coming back through "digitalisation" too is interesting.

/edit/ @neue medienordnung plus I can't get this article out of my mind... This could be a good intellectual ground you can refer to if you plan courses and certifications for Hubzilla and similar stuff. The ideas there might help to convince the people you are dealing with to spend money (and interest) as well as sharpen an overall vision.
Andrew Manning
  
Excellent analysis and accessible description of what is happening. So many of our other big challenges, such as climate change, are driven by overwhelming physical obstacles. It is extremely frustrating to me that some of our other big challenges, like how to shape our digital infrastructure and balance individual and state power, can be solved purely with ideas, yet they are effectively as difficult as something like climate change.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
A social network and data archive for preserving "at risk" data.

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Mario Vavti
  
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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
So we've got @Michael Meer and @Paolino with birthdays today, @Carolus Rex in a couple of days, and @tonyb a couple of weeks ago but he popped up today.

Homebrews for all!!
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
tonybtonyb wrote the following post Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:43:36 +1100
Where are Jake M., Adam R., Charles R., and Giaco?
I need those brothers in my life again.
Please alert them of my return to the free world, if you can.

Thanks
Dr. Tony B. Katz
  
<3 I have missed you much my brother.
Manuel Jiménez Friaza
  
Welcome back, @tonyb ! Missed you...
Maria Karlsen
  last edited: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:03:07 +1100  
Welcome back Tony! You have been missed.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I've had to answer a lot of questions about nomadic identity recently. It's not that hard. Let me try and bring it to an easier conceptual level.

For our example we'll start with email since it's a concept many people sort of understand.

You've got a friend named Bob. Bob has two email accounts. He has a home account at bob@home.server, and he has a work account at bob@work.server . Now most people instinctively know that if they get an email from either address, that they've received an email from Bob. They usually don't even think about what server he is using.  

Nomadic identity just means that when we send an email, we will send to both of Bob's addresses any time we send an email to Bob. This way he'll get the message no matter if he's at home or if he's at work.

Simple enough? Good, let's continue.

Now let's take this into the decentralised social networking space such as provided by Hubzilla. What's different? The only thing is that if Bob posts a picture while he's at work, his work server send a copy to his home server so he'll have the same picture in his photo albums in both places. If he makes a new friend, the friend will be added on both servers so he has the same friends no matter where he goes.

Now if Bob loses his job and his account gets removed from work.server, Bob's onlife life still goes on and he still knows the same people and still can post the same things. He'll just use home.server; and then when he gets a new job, he can send you stuff from bob@newjob.server. Your software will instantly notice - "hey, this is my friend Bob!" even if it has never heard of newjob.server before and update some stuff internally to indicate that Bob can now be reached at newjob.server.  

None of this matters to you, because as far as your software is concerned, it's just 'Bob'. You don't care what server he uses or what job he has this week.

That's what nomadic identity is all about..
Mike Macgirvin
  
Many people it seems have a huge problem understanding two synchronised channels. However everybody knows someone with two email addresses. I'm trying to bridge the gap in understanding using an example that is familiar to everybody. There are some differences, but conceptually it's just one person that has an account on two servers.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
This story is wrong on so many levels. For the moment we'll ignore the obvious ones. This has been quietly brushed under the carpet and kept out of the public eye for 7 years.

Pharmacist fights for licence after fake drugs found at children's hospital

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An investigation finds thousands of counterfeit prescription pills made their way into Australia's official supply chain in 2010, ending up at a children's hospital in Sydney.
Marshall Sutherland
  
He bought the drugs from an unlicensed supplier who sold stock from an unmarked van.

Sounds totally legit!
Mike Macgirvin
  last edited: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:32:08 +1100  
In response to both: this isn't the code writing desk. It's the desk desk.

[Edit: And to the next question -  "one guitar, really?" don't be silly. I could stock a music store. Or throw a party and supply computers to all the attendees. And I've got my own brewery.] :-P
Fabio
  
so, computers, guitars and beer for everyone: let us know when the party is!
Mike Macgirvin
  
Last night. Sorry.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
-- Buddha
Einer von Vielen
  
Reminds me of "Sapere aude" in the sense Immanuel Kant used it.

"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-incurred immaturity." He argues that the immaturity is self-inflicted not from a lack of understanding, but from the lack of courage to use one's reason, intellect, and wisdom without the guidance of another. He exclaims that the motto of enlightenment is "Sapere aude"! – Dare to be wise!
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Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
An aboriginal leader on the question of how to handle nuclear waste:

"Well if it had been up to us, we would never have been in this position, because we would never have allowed the technology that results in nuclear waste. We would have looked back seven generations for lessons from our ancestors and looked forward seven generations to its risks and harms to future generations and decided against its use."
Manuel Jiménez Friaza
  
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Manuel Jiménez Friaza
  
aboriginal
Beautiful word! < lat. ab origine
Seth Martin
  
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Beni Grind
  
@Seth Martin lool, the only correct answer!
Mike Macgirvin
  
I hope this isn't referring to "current" events


Nope. These events happened over about 150-200 years. Current events are merely providing a match for that keg of dynamite you're sitting on.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Got Zot?

A battle rages for the future of the Web

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Should the WWW be locked down with DRM? Tim Berners-Lee needs to decide, and soon.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  last edited: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:43:16 +1100  
Is he Sir or un-Sir?
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
Hubzilla_wp (Hubzilla/Wordpress bridge - WordPress side) Version 1.4
Mike Macgirvin
  
This should fix @Manuel Jiménez Friaza 's quote issue.
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
43C (110F)


and climbing.
Mike Macgirvin
  
The news was fun. A lot of people frying eggs in odd places. On top of cars, on sidewalks, on rocks, rooftops....
Maria Karlsen
  last edited: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:29:25 +1100  
I don't know what to say. I am ashamed I've ever complained about 30°C being too hot...
Mike Macgirvin
  
Here we go - not very often that the temperature in the highlands is higher than the middle of the outback but it was only by a degree or two.


https://twitter.com/QPSmedia/status/830322391737720832
Mike Macgirvin
 High Range, Australia 
One in three kids showing signs of UV eye damage

'No hat, no sunglasses, no play': Schools urged to make eye protection compulsory

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Doctors call on schools to make sunglasses compulsory after an alarming number of young children present with eye damage.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
Ouch, I did not know that. The article said she had taken her kid to the beach in summer without sunglasses, so it seemed a bit too much to make it part of the school uniform unless on a field trip.
Mike Macgirvin
  
Aussie schoolkids aren't allowed outside for recess without a wide-brim hat, and unless it's raining - sunblock. We all know people who go to the beach and try to act like normal beach-goers; and we also know most will die from skin cancer. I go to the beach completely covered and the collar of my long-sleeved shirt turned up to protect my neck. Same as I do around the farm. My short sleeve shirts are only for working inside, and swim suit/(costume) is only worn at indoor pools. This is the world we live in.
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)
  
I guess I have grown blinkers in my wet world.