An outrage and violation of the highest order

Many of the people searching through the haystacks were young, enlisted guys, 18 to 22 years old. They’ve suddenly been thrust into a position of extraordinary responsibility, where they now have access to all your private records. In the course of their daily work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated in any sort of necessary sense – for example, an intimate nude photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation. But they’re extremely attractive. So what do they do? They turn around in their chair and they show a co-worker. And their co-worker says, ‘Oh, hey, that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way’, and then Bill sends it to George, George sends it to Tom, and sooner or later this person’s whole life has been seen by all of these other people.

–Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden just stated that, as a matter of course, the United States government commits felony sexual abuse.

And when I walk into a cafe, or am shopping for groceries, and someone there, whom I’ve never met, is smirking at me and clearly has a look of odd amusement at me, what am I supposed to think?

It was just in the news that a gynecologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore was found to have been secretly recording the genitals of his patients during gynecological exams. Those patients suffered extensive trauma and psychological harm because of this and were awarded hundreds of millions of dollars.

How much more damaging is it already, based on what is known about government invasion of our lives, knowing that anyone in our presence could be a rapist?

At least the women who were patients at Johns Hopkins could know exactly who it was that had seen images of their genitals. Imagine their horror if they knew or strongly suspected that tens of thousands of people, who could be anywhere around them at any time, had seen them.

It is an outrage.

I personally don’t even care anymore about living. Every day I think how it would be preferable to die than to this. I am living a a victim of the highest order of violation and abuse that continues day after day, and there is no accountability for it. No justice whatsoever. Just endless mockery, harassment, and abuse.

This is America in 2014. A sick, satanic, rapacious country run by thugs.

And who does the American government give its money to? The number one recipient of foreign aid from the US is Israel to the tune of over $3 billion annually in military aid.

Everything is utter, complete bullshit.

Amazing guitar sample app (Kontakt plugin)

This guitar sample app sounds amazing.

This one too!

This music is so soulful! It makes me want to grab my violin and find some resonant place to play.

One more! So enchantingly beautiful!

App spam is making me sick

I am so pissed with Google/Android and WordPress both because of the fact that its not possible to filter their lists of apps (plugins for WP). How hard would it be to add filters when searching for apps, one of which would be the ability to filter for things which are genuinely free, not some BS scams which deceptively claim to be free and end up being not free or laden with ads?

A second thing – more significantly for WordPress, and this would actually be useful for Linux distro repositories as well – would be the ability to filter by crustiness: the age of an app or how recently it has or has not been updated, or perhaps some kind of rating on how frequently it is maintained and updated by its author(s).

For this last one, there could be a rating system such as one that, if the author hasn’t updated an app every three months, it loses a star (or point or whatever). There needs to be some way to know that the author updates/maintains the app at regular intervals. How often? Weekly? Monthly? Bi-annually? Yearly?

There are so many reasons why people would not want to use or employ crusty software not the least of which is security.

But the thing that kills me completely every time with Android and WordPress is the way so many apps masquerade as free and end up not being free. There are times when I’m looking for something, searching for an app or plugin, and I really only want to see a list of things that are free. Do there have to be varying categories of free? Fine, then have them: Ad-status: yes/no. License: GPL/BSD/etc. In-app purchases: yes/no. Etc.

There are many times when I really want only something that is free, ad-free, no in-app purchases. No enhanced, paid-version promos/ads. Etc.

Its sad, but it seems like with Android, Google has created a new type of monster on the Internet: that of App spam. First there was regular e-mail spam. Later there was search-engine spam. Now there are spam apps and it is a total drag!

There are also deeper considerations behind this. With the app-as-spam model which Google and WordPress foster, it has really changed the mentality of the tech industry in a seriously negative way. It is cultivating a kind of grubbiness and greediness which I think is very unhealthy.

And, if people do want to be grubby and greedy, then I guess let them. But give me the choice to avoid it please.

I’m so sick of having these disgusting encounters with Google apps and WordPress plugins which claim to be free and end up being scams.

I’m waiting for something to succeed both Android and WordPress because my loyalty to both of these right now is seriously waning.

If, for example, Mozilla comes out with their Firefox mobile OS and it really is much more based on the model of free, Open Source Linux distributions with their repository models, I think a lot of people are going to bail on Android.

Another thing that kind of makes me sick is that Google, when it set up Android and its Marketplace (not called Play Store, woohoo) just copied the model of repositories from Linux distros but added a payment system to it. But by doing that they really destroyed something and I think the damage is way more pervasive than they are probably capable of seeing, being so bedazzled by greed as they are.

Prevent idiots from stealing your shopping cart at Ikea

Everyone knows how long it takes to walk through an Ikea store. Once you enter along the winding path and embark on your sojourn through the store its not like you can easily just exit or walk back to the entrance.

Which is what makes someone’s taking your shopping cart a really annoying experience. This has happened to me a few times at Ikea’s now and to be honest it really pisses me off.

After my cart was taken by an idiot today I asked the first store employee I saw about it. I also asked her if one of the staff would have taken it and she said definitely not. They do not take carts, even if they are empty. So it definitely was a moron shopper who did it.

Anyhow, I thought of a way to prevent people from taking your shopping cart in the middle of the store: Put an item or even multiple items in it. They do not have to be items you intend to buy. I know this is a sad thing to do because someone else at the store will have to place those items back in their original location, but it seems to be the only way to get people to not do what they already, if they had a sense of integrity, would not be doing.

Other than that, the only thing I can think of that might work would be to get one of their pencils, a piece of paper, and tape or somehow affix to the cart. On the paper write:

Hey moron! I didn’t push this cart a quarter-mile through the labyrinth aisles of this store up to this point and burn 1000 calories dodging kids, fat people, and invalids so your dumb ass could take it! Keep your hands off!

🙂

Remove the annoying folder links under “This PC” in Windows 8.1

It turns out that Windows 8.1 added a bunch of folder links to the topmost heirarchy of files which you see in Windows Explorer under “This PC”. It has added links for Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop which are all links to the actual directories in the user’s home folder.

This is highly annoying. When I’m viewing the level of “This PC” – which, by the way, I always rename to the name of my actual computer because “This PC” just sounds so silly to me – I don’t want it to be cluttered with links to folders in a completely different location.

It turns out that there is a solution posted at Eightforums.com which is as easy as downloading a .reg registry tweak and running it. There is also available there another .reg tweak which restores the links.

This is funny

AOL in 1996 vs. Windows 8 in 2012

AOL in 1996 vs. Windows 8 in 2012

Microsoft probably made the tiles interface to make it easier for novice users to use devices. But a lot of more technologically-adept people have been very put off by it. The way Microsoft introduced it was to force it on users which upset a large base of users.

The tiles are also clearly designed for a tablet type device where input is made via touchscreen. With interfaces where a mouse is used, they are not a good idea.

AOL was trying to accomplish a similar objective with their interface: making it easy for novice users to be able to do things.

But in 2012 Microsoft should have been more adept at being able to provide a good system for novice users without ripping out the functionality that experienced users were accustomed to and forcing the novice design on them.

The next and only time I will vote will be on November 8, 2016

And, on that day, the person I will vote for President of the United States will be Edward Snowden.

I am through voting in the United States. Every election, from the local levels up to the federal levels, is a disgusting farce.

There is absolutely no question that Edward Snowden is the most fit person to be the leader of the United States and, were he to become so, would no doubt be its greatest leader ever.

How disgusting and sick America has become

Some guy, 8 years ago, makes a $400 donation to some ballot proposition campaign and when he gets appointed as a CEO of some organization everyone shits their pants.

But now the company Lyft which wants to introduce service in New York City gets blocked from doing so. And no one gives crap. 23andme, a company which simply provided people with information about their own DNA gets blocked. No one gives a crap.

What gets me to is, what would the fascists do if the ride-sharing were simply free? In fact, in Germany there is a website mitfahrgelegenheit.de which is run by that country’s equivalent of AAA which enables people to offer and to find rides for free. Whatever happened to freedom. If someone wants to give someone a ride, why t.f. is that anyone else’s business?

Supposedly, the story line goes, all these grubby tech people are making the world better. And by “grubby tech people” I don’t mean just technically-inclined people, or people into Open Source, but the disgusting gold-digging ones who only think of ways to capitalize off things instead of ways to benefit people. The entire mentality which has affected so many is a disease.

I don’t see things getting better. America is a disgusting, fascist place. People are so engrossed in their indulgence, so fat, spoiled, lazy, and stupid that things are going down the tube fast.

America has morphed into a disgusting, fascist, rotten oligarchy.

Person from Spain 7,000 years ago

La Braña 1, the name used to baptize a 7,000-year-old individual from the Mesolithic Period, had blue eyes and dark skin.

PELOPANTON / CSIC

7,000 years ago is in the time called the “Mesolithic” which simply translates into “Middle-stone” age. During this time humans had advanced a lot and were getting more into growing crops and making things. It was around this time or perhaps a little later that the wheel was invented and humans would have started using animals to pull simple carts. This is also around the time, perhaps just a little before, people figured out how to make bronze and from which they could then make things like axes.

An article about the DNA analysis of these pepole found at the La Braña-Arintero site near present day Leon, Spain, states that their DNA is not related to present-day inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula but is related to peoples in Northern Europe.

I’m sure people didn’t live as long then, and they did not have the advantages of things like modern medicine which has made great improvements in the quality of life for humans, but sometimes I wish I could live back then. Just a simple life among the people of my tribe, enjoying being a creature of Earth from day to day.

I look around and see the waste, the ruin, the stupidity and sickness and it makes me wonder. Clearly Earth is no better off with the developments of the past couple hundred years. I’d be willing to sacrifice some comforts and cures for things in order to know what its like to live on a healthy planet.

Easily Root a MetroPCS LG LGMS769 Optimus L9 phone

I upgraded to an LG LGMS769 Optimus L9 phone (also called P769 in forums) yesterday and the first thing I wanted to do was root it.

I actually thought about this and, really, there is often not a need for my phone to be rooted. But still, its just the principle of having full control over the devices I own which is so important to me.

This also gave me a chance to reflect on the balance between companies wanting to make good products for their customers vs. companies wanting to exploit or manipulate their customers, to force things on them, invade their privacy, manipulate them, etc. Companies which pull that kind of BS cause a lot of damage because they destroy people’s ability to trust any company and make people suspect everything.

Yes, we live in a capitalistic society (supposedly, but from what I know that’s actually complete bullshit because its far from a fair playing field) but then where is the line drawn? At what point do people stand up and say “This is bullshit. We do not accept this.”?

On the one hand, everything with technology is new and people are trying to work out paradigms which will be successful and sustainable. On the other hand, there are actually a lot of grubby, disgusting motherfuckers that just want to make money and don’t give a shit. Then there are also a lot of people who are kind of like Nazi collaborators, people who occupy a grey area in between the extremes who frequently will engage in acts which betray and fuckover people, but then will cross back across the line and try to be good.

Getting a new phone with the factory image on it and using it and setting it up for the first time makes me think of all this. As I said, its really sad how people cannot trust companies anymore and just basically have to assume that everything is shit because that’s just the way it is.

But actually I thought that this LG phone seems pretty reasonable. While I may not use a music service like Rhapsody, there are people who will get a phone and want to be able to download music and probably not have a clue about how to do that. The company is providing them with a way to listen to and purchase music.

There are other apps pre-installed which are similar which I will probably not use but which I can definitely see how the company would want to provide the features to customers.

I have to realize that not everyone is like me. Not everyone can whiz through this stuff and know all these things. Somehow there has to be a way for everyone to be happy, for companies to be able to make customers happy but do so with integrity.

There are also what I believe are some very deep problems because of very fucked up paradigms which are currently dominant but which must be completely overthrown for the sake of the future. Companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and others are definitely on the wrong side. They are trying to capitalize of “niches” which are really things which should be open, free standards. People should be in the mode of paying for service – like a fee to a hosting company for their connection – but using open protocols to conduct information logos – that is, the creation, transmission, archival, etc. of information.

The way it is now, there are all these companies offering “free” services and the actual reality is that things are far from free. They are very fucked up.

Also, perhaps the most significant wrong is that of the content providers and carriers – from cable companies to broadcast network companies to mobile phone companies. All these companies are fucked and we, the public, should own the airwaves and communication infrastructure which our money has paid for dearly many times over.

I was going to write a post about rooting the MetroPCS Optimus L9. It actually turned out to be really, really easy. There is a company called Mgyun and they have an app called Vroot. This app claims to be able to root 8,000 different Android devices. All I did was install it and connect my phone and that was pretty much it!

After it rooted my phone I immediately went to Play Store and installed SuperSU. When SuperSU runs for the first time it will detect that there is already another root app on the phone and will ask to disable it which I did.

I then went into Titanium Backup Pro – pretty much the first app I install on any new device – and, at the very end of the list of apps under the Backup/Restore tab there’s an app with Chinese characters which I first made a backup of and then uninstalled.

That was it. Phone rooted!

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